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Members’ statements in the House

Members of the Progressive Conservative Government Caucus present “Members’ Statements” daily in the House of Assembly near the start of each sitting day.

The rules for Members’ Statements are defined in the Standing Orders of the House, clause 25.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, as my grandfather would say, I come to my taps very proudly today to recognize career colleagues who have received honour from the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association.

On June 9, Barry Hall and Gerald Wheeler were among five inductees into the NLVA Provincial Hall of Fame. Both of these gentlemen from Bonavista North recently retired from teaching. Not only did they leave their mark on the lives of many students inside the classroom, but they enriched the athletic life of their students, their schools, and their communities for three decades. Both coaches advanced the volleyball experience for many students beyond that which anyone could comprehend or appreciate.

Hall and Wheeler coached in neighbouring small schools at Lumsden and Musgrave Harbour. Low enrolments made it difficult recruiting a team, but both coaches managed to complete their rosters and develop a dedication and work ethic that created winning teams. When the Eagles or the Vikings took the court, they served up a magnificent display of spirit and enthusiasm of which there was no rival.

I am confident all members here assembled will extend congratulations to Barry Hall and Gerald Wheeler on this remarkable achievement. On behalf of our players, a simple but very complete “thank you!”

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this hon. House to acknowledge the efforts of a very special group of people within the District of Mount Pearl South who administer the Shepherd’s Café program at the Parish of the Good Shepherd.

The Shepherd’s Café began in June of 2010 and is run by nearly eighty volunteers from all walks of life and various faiths. This program offers fellowship and a hot meal to more than 100 persons per week, and provides a very beneficial social outlet to the many senior citizens in attendance. This café operates entirely on donations and all meals are free.

Mr. Speaker, this is a shining example of the great value that volunteers bring to our Province. I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the Parish of the Good Shepherd, as well as the numerous community-minded individuals who make this program a success in the City of Mount Pearl.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate a resident of Mount Pearl and a great friend of mine who was named the 2011 Mount Pearl Citizen of the Year, Ms Christine Hennebury.

Christine has been an avid volunteer in Mount Pearl for many years. She is the founding chairperson of the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl and has been spearheading this community organization ever since. Christine also has a long-standing commitment to Girl Guides in Mount Pearl. Always ready to lend a hand, Christine is well known to residents of the city.

I have known Christine almost all of my life. I have witnessed her dedication to community and the arts first hand. Christine is a strong voice in Mount Pearl and someone I am proud to call my friend.

I would also like to extend a sincere thanks to the Mount Pearl Kinsmen for hosting the Mount Pearl Citizen of the Year Award again this year, and congratulate all of the nominees for 2011, including Sandra Hoysradt, Roy Locke, Gail Brittain, Eric Beckett, and Ladies of the Wednesday Café. Their volunteer efforts in Mount Pearl certainly do not go unnoticed.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Mount Pearl’s Citizen of the Year, Christine Hennebury, and wish her all the best as she continues to make our community a better place for others.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in my place with great honour to recognize a former teaching colleague today.

Emerson Cooze is one of a group of retiring teachers in the Nova Consolidated School District who retires tomorrow. I have singled him out from his group because he has served tirelessly as branch president of the NLTA for Trinity-Deadman’s Bay branch for the past sixteen consecutive years.

I remember years ago when attending a branch meeting it was an event, with attendance at nearly 70 per cent. In more recent years such has not been the case, and the local president is actively carrying the majority of the load keeping members informed, and representing the interests of teachers at provincial meetings.

Emerson has taught his entire career in the New-Wes-Valley school area as French and Grade 6 homeroom teacher. He has a very energetic style and entertains his students with an unending amount of trivia in his conversations.

On behalf of his students and members of the Trinity-Deadman’s Bay branch of NLTA, I would invite hon. colleagues assembled here to salute and recognize the commitment of Emerson Cooze and the other teachers in that region in their service to their colleagues.

Thank you and happy retirement.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, the community of Goulds lost one of its most dedicated volunteers last week, Ed Janes died on Monday, June 11 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Ed moved to the Goulds after he met and married Rose Finn. He built their home there and raised two fine young sons Eddie and Blair. Ed worked many years with the City of St. John’s as a mechanic and was a former Deputy Mayor of the Goulds.

Ed was always involved with what was going on in the community. That included minor hockey, church and school. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, a long time volunteer with the Goulds Scouting movement, an active member with St. Kevin’s Parish, and with many other groups and organizations. Every time there was a fundraiser of any kind, you saw Ed Janes actively involved. The Boy Scout movement in the Goulds owes a lot to Ed Janes. He is one of the main reasons why it stated active so long.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join me in offering condolences to his wife Rose, their two sons and their families on the loss of such a great man. Ed, we will miss you greatly.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, I stand to congratulate Mr. Ed Flood of Corner Brook on being awarded the Ron Healey Memorial Award at the annual general meeting of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador recently.

The Ron Healey Memorial Award is presented annually as a lasting memorial to a man who gave over twenty-five years of service to hockey officiating at all levels of amateur hockey in this Province. Flood began officiating as an eighteen-year-old back in 1974 in a game that was officiated by Mr. Healey himself. Over the past forty years, Flood has been officiating throughout the Province and spends many hours a week at the rink.

Mr. Flood has also spent many hours assisting with new aspiring officials in the Province as he believes that it is important to pass on the skills of officiating to other generations. Ed plans on returning for another hockey season next year because, as he says in his own words, “he never wants to see kids missing a game of hockey because they don’t have an official”.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Mr. Ed Flood on his most recent achievement and wish him well in all future hockey games.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a young hockey player in my district. Lucas Batt started playing hockey at the age of five, but his drive, determination, and talent saw him progress through the system at a quick pace.

After playing with the bantams for only one year, Lucas was granted exceptional player status with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador and started playing Triple A Midget at age fourteen. Lucas played on the provincial under-fourteen team, the provincial under-fifteen team, and the provincial under-sixteen team.

Mr. Speaker, at the age of fifteen, Lucas left home and moved to Wilcox, Saskatchewan to attend the Father Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, which is a private boarding school. This school has Grades 9 to 12 and an elite hockey team. Lucas did his Grade 10 while in Saskatchewan and he played with the Notre Dame Argos, where he finished as the second leading scorer on the team. Recently, Mr. Speaker, on June 9 in Quebec City, Lucas was taken in the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft by the Victoriaville Tigers.

Members of this House, would you please join with me, with Lucas’s family, his mom Denise and his dad Glenn, and the entire town of Lewisporte, in congratulating Lucas Batt.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: I rise in this hon. House of Assembly to congratulate the top winners of the thirty-eighth Annual Stephenville Rotary Music Festival.

The festival encourages and provides opportunities for the youth in the Bay St. George area to develop and showcase their musical talents. The Rose Bowl Award is the highest award given at the festival and this year’s winner was Stephen Eckert. Stephen was recognized for the giving the top performance for his outstanding piano solo.

Also, Samantha Budden earned the best vocal award for her musical talent. Lourdes Elementary School Choir was decorated with the Best Choral Scholarship and Stephenville Middle School Grade 7 Band was awarded the Best in Band. There were many other youth and groups who were recognized for their talents and they are all to be congratulated.

Mr. Speaker, all of the organizers, adjudicators, and volunteers are to be applauded for making the annual Rotary Club Music Festival a very successful and important event.

I ask all hon. Members of the House of Assembly to join with me in congratulating this year’s winners and all the participants of the thirty-eighth Rotary Music Festival and to thank them for making the festival yet another success.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I would like to recognize and congratulate the Grade 2 and 3 students of St. Mark’s School in King’s Cove for winning The Energy Diet Challenge, sponsored by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic. In May of this year, the students accepted their award-winning banner and a smart board as one of the grand prize winners in the national challenge.

From February 6 to March 30, with the help of their very dedicated teacher, Mrs. Aylward, the students collected points that had them conserving energy and teaching others how to do the same. They achieved a total of forty-one points by completing seven challenges, including Post-It, Making the Energy Grade, and Drew’s One Hour No Power. Each of the student’s hard work paid off, beating out nearly 500 schools across Canada.

Mr. Speaker, members of the House, please join me in congratulating the Grade 2 and 3 students of St. Mark’s School, as well as their teacher, Mrs. Alaina Aylward, on such an impressive achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this House to congratulate table tennis athletes Adam Drover, Nick Hiscock, Jerry Hiscock, Alexandra Wells, Chris Hussey, and Tony Smith on their medal-winning performances at the recent Atlantic Table Tennis Championship held at Ascension Collegiate.

The event attracted over sixty athletes from across Atlantic Canada, competing in team and individual events. Team Newfoundland and Labrador won both the Senior and Junior Men’s titles, while finishing runner up in Junior Women’s. This was the first time that Table Tennis Newfoundland and Labrador has hosted this competition outside the metro area, and from all reports, it was a resounding success.

I want to congratulate and thank the local organizing committee led by Mr. Paul Drover for their time and effort in preparation for this event. It takes countless volunteer hours to have events as this run smoothly from start to finish, and this event was flawless.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating our athletes and organizers on their success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to congratulate Rose Auchinleck of Torbay for receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; a wonderful lady who has a great community spirit. She is a friend to anyone who needs a helping hand. The last time I met Rose was when she was driving a friend to the cancer clinic. She is always there to help anyone get to a social event.

Rose’s husband was a member of the Armed Forces and he travelled overseas. She spent time with him assisting families and was involved in peacekeeping. In 2000, Rose returned to Torbay and has become a very active member of the community.

Rose is eager to help at anything; if there is a need, Rose will be there. Groups she is involved with include: the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, the Catholic Women’s League, the Holy Name Society, the Torbay Women’s Institute, the Torbay 50 Plus Club, she volunteers at the seniors’ home in Torbay, and is a member of the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association.

Rose is an outstanding person and at the age of seventy-seven has no intention of slowing down. It is people like Rose Auchinleck who make Newfoundland and Labrador such a special place to live. I ask all members to join with me in congratulating Rose on receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Grade 6 class of Woodland Elementary in the great District of Bellevue.

Graduating from their elementary school at Dildo, from Grade 6, means they will be moving into a regional high school in September. They will be attending intermediate classes at Crescent Collegiate High School in Blaketown. These young men and women say they are very excited and cannot wait for September classes to start.

Mr. Speaker, this is a transition when they were the oldest people in Woodland Elementary and this September they will be the youngest in Crescent Collegiate. With any change in life you will face challenges. This Grade 6 class has prepared themselves for the future ahead as high school students.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Grade 6 class on successfully graduating from Woodland Elementary and wish them all the best in their education at Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to congratulate Devin Benoit for his receipt of the Premier’s Athletic Award for powerlifting. We are very proud that Devin’s hard work has been recognized and appreciate our government’s support of this top young athlete.

In April of 2010, at only fifteen, he decided to take up powerlifting and attended his first competition in June of 2010 where he set five provincial records in his weight class. He then qualified for the Canadian National Powerlifting Championship in PEI, all while maintaining an honours average in school and serving as the drum leader of the traditional Mi’kmaq Paqtismji’j Drummers.

In this test of pure brute strength, Devin has a powerlifting record of squat 247.5 kilograms, bench press 145, and dead lift 222.5 kilograms. We have no doubt that he will achieve his highest potential at the elite level of this sport. Dedication and perseverance will serve this young man well in all his future pursuits and will certainly help to grow this great sport in this Province.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating Devin and wish him the best of luck in the provincial championships which will take place in St. John’s on July 7 at the College of the North Atlantic.

Voila.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is with tremendous pride that I rise in this hon. House today to wish Happy Birthday to a very special person, Mr. Herb Pike, born in 1923 in Bishop’s Falls, grew up in Buchans and now residing in Springdale, celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday on June 5.

He joined the Royal Air Force at the age of seventeen and was stationed in West Africa and England where he met his late wife, Doris. Mr. Pike was a Warrant Officer First Class during World War II. Following the war, he became the chief chemist with the American Smelting and Refining Company in Buchans until 1983, at which time he relocated to Springdale to manage the laboratory for Atlantic Analytical until his retirement.

He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for sixty-five years serving many offices repeatedly. He received the Meritorious Service Award for his loyalty and service. Over the years, he has been a member of the school board, Lions Club, Boy Scouts, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Mr. Pike remains active today by gardening, fishing, filling snow shoes, and accepting many speaking engagements from surrounding schools.

I ask all members to join me in wishing Mr. Herb Pike a very happy eighty-ninth birthday and many more.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Relay for Life organizing committee and its participants in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The annual Relay for Life was held this past weekend over a twelve-hour period from 7:00 o’clock Friday evening until 7:00 o’clock Saturday morning. I was proud to take part in the opening ceremonies and bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, it was an emotional event, as a number of cancer survivors clad in yellow tee-shirts kicked off the event with a victory lap around the track in celebration of their winning the battle against cancer.

The hundreds of luminaries placed around the track glowed throughout the night as a memorial to those who lost their battle with cancer.

The generosity of the people of Lake Melville is well known, and this was evidenced once again, Mr. Speaker, by the tremendous financial success of the event. Seventeen teams from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Sheshatshiu, and North West River raised a total of $60,000.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the organizers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the seventeen teams who made this year’s Relay for Life another phenomenal success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Harbour Main, by leave.

MR. TOM HEDDERSON: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to pay tribute to a musician, an icon, who made a huge cultural contribution to our Province throughout his life, Mr. Wilf Doyle, who passed away Friday, June 8.

Born in 1925, Wilf began playing at barn dances at a very early age. By nineteen he had already formed his first band, and soon after did begin to tour the Province with a full orchestra. The ambition he showed as a musician extended into his professional exploits, as he would study electronics and eventually build his own recording studio where he recorded his own unique brand of traditional Newfoundland music.

Through the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s he played regularly on VOCM, performed in television productions, formed the St. Anne’s Dancers, played nineteen different instruments, and recorded eleven albums. Wilf’s many achievements were officially recognized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in 2007 through a Lifetime Achievement Award for his influence on the music of the Province.

He was a great, generous, gregarious man, and I am very proud that this music legend was a constituent of mine. I ask the hon. members to join me in applauding his achievements, and extending our respects to his family.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate a resident of Mount Pearl and a friend of mine, James Loder, on his recent success on being elected president of the National Association of Career Colleges. He was recently voted into this position at NACC’s annual convention in Montreal on May 5 of this year. This is only the second time a Newfoundlander and Labradorian has been elected as president in the last couple of decades.

The NACC has represented the interests of independent career college students, faculty, and staff from all provinces and territories since 1896.

James has been involved in the Newfoundland and Labrador education system for more than twenty years and currently works as a director with Academy Canada Career College. He also serves on the Provincial Apprenticeship Board, Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Career Practitioners. His experience as a career counsellor, instructor, principal, and manager is impressive.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating James Loder on his success in being elected president of the National Association of Career Colleges, and wish him all the best in his efforts to serve the students, faculty, and staff of independent career colleges across Canada.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, I stand to congratulate the Corner Brook Regional High Titans Female U18 Volleyball Team on their many successful performances this year.

This team has shown that it can compete not only on the provincial level but on the national level as well. The girls claimed silver in Division 2 at the Canadian Open Volleyball Championships at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto recently. A total of ninety-two teams participated in three divisions.

In round robin play, the Titan girls defeated one of the top teams in the country for the past several years, Manitoba Junior Bisons. This was a heavyweight battle with the girls winning two games to one.

After nine gruelling matches, the Titans placed second out of thirty-four teams and ranked thirty-sixth overall out of ninety-two of the top teams in Canada. The Titans were defeated by Envolley from Sherbrooke Quebec, two games to one in a best of three final affair.

Corner Brook schools including Presentation, G.C. Rowe, and Corner Brook Regional High have been producing great volleyball teams for many, many years now. The volleyball community can say that they along with other provincial teams can compete at the national level. This is indeed a great accomplishment.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize and congratulate the Discovery Geopark Project Steering Committee on their presentation, which received the highest reviews, at the recent national convention of the Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada, in St. John’s.

Formed in 2005 by residents in and around the District of Bonavista South, the committee’s goal is to establish itself as North America’s second Geopark. The group is compiling a site selection list, prioritizing the sites they would like to highlight and develop, covering a large geographical region on the Bonavista Peninsula. Some of the top sites are Tickle Cove, King’s Cove, Bonavista and Port Union.

More than 800 people attended the conference, including a number of renowned geologists from around the world. Following the conference, a group of twenty-one earth scientists travelled to the district, visiting many of the proposed sites. As one scientist said, “With each stop, I’m becoming more and more amazed of what this area has to offer”.

Honourable colleagues, please join me in congratulating this Grassroots Steering Committee on the continuous work and dedication they contribute to our Province, as a result of which will once again place Newfoundland and Labrador on the international stage as a leader in tourism.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the St. John’s Regional Fire Department on the positive review it recently received from the Fire Underwriters Survey, making it one of the best fire departments in the country.

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department serves the Cities of St. John’s and Mount Pearl and provides emergency services to the surrounding municipalities. As a result of this review, the department received new insurance grades of Class 1 for both residential and commercial properties. Mr. Speaker, with this reclassification, St. John’s has become only the third city in the country to receive this top grade.

The insurance grades are based 30 per cent on how well the municipality provides water to the department and 70 per cent on various fire department related factors such as administration, communications, fire safety, inspection, training, vehicle maintenance, and speciality response. Mr. Speaker, this reclassification is a result of many improvements and much hard work over the past ten to twelve years in these areas.

I commend the St. John’s Regional Fire Department on this achievement and ask all hon. members to join me in wishing them the very best in their service delivery to our region.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this hon. House to recognize the efforts of St. Kevin’s High School, Goulds for its attempts to link the study body with the seniors the community. For the past fourteen years, St. Kevin’s has held a Seniors’ Day at the school.

Seniors, usually the grandparents and/or other relatives of a particular class, are invited to St. Kevin’s for a full day of entertainment, food, and tours. The interaction that occurs during the events of the day allows the students to have a greater appreciation of the seniors. It also affords the seniors an opportunity to recognize the value of young people.

This year, Seniors’ Day at St. Kevin’s was held on May 23 and was sponsored by Mr. Halliday’s Canadian history class. This class did all the planning and organization for the day’s events, which started at 9:30 a.m. with an assembly and then a tour of the school followed. After a hot lunch, students provided entertainment for the seniors.

I ask all hon. members to join me in commending St. Kevin’s High School, Mr. Halliday, and his Canadian history class for such a great day. Keep up the good work St. Kevin’s!

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge an outstanding businessman from my district who will turn 100 on June 29. Mr. Jim Yick, originally from the Canton province of China, emigrated to this Province eighty years ago to find a better quality of life.

He had to pay a head tax of $300, a substantial amount at the time.

He travelled from St. John’s to Stephenville, working for as little as fifty cents a week so he could sponsor his family into Canada.

He settled on Bell Island in the early 1940s and became a successful businessman on Bell Island and in Ontario in the areas of retail and real estate. When Newfoundland joined Confederation, he successfully sponsored his wife into Canada.

When the mines closed in 1966, he would not abandon his adopted home. He continued to invest in the community and worked in his retail business until 2006.

In 2006, Mr. Jim Yick received an apology and compensation for the head tax he paid to enter Canada. He held no ill feeling, as he was grateful for the opportunity to call Newfoundland and Labrador home.

He lives with his family in my district as a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian. I ask all members to join me in wishing Mr. Jim Yick a happy 100 birthday.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize and congratulate the Parish of the Ascension for its outreach and support of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

Mr. Simon Chambers, communications coordinator for PWRDF, recently visited the church in Mount Pearl and its congregation to share stories, information, and challenges that will help the church identify their contribution to PWRDF and how it makes a difference to others in the world.

Over the past year, the Parish of the Ascension in Mount Pearl contributed over $13,000 to the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. In particular, they held a fundraiser at Christmas which raised $1,300 for aid efforts in Haiti and over $1,300 for aid efforts in South Africa.

The Parish of the Ascension is a testament to the generosity and selflessness that exists in our community. I am impressed with the work that they do in our community and beyond. Rev. David Burrows and his team are doing great things.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the Parish of the Ascension on their efforts to date with the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, and wish them all the best as they continue helping others through their outreach programs.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize an inspirational student from my district, Asia Holloway of Musgravetown. Asia, daughter of Candida and Eugene Holloway was selected as the one successful candidate for our Province’s nomination to Pearson College.

Pearson College, UWC is a two-year, pre-university school, Grade 12 and Gap Year, for up to 200 students from over 100 countries. There is only one way to get in, Mr. Speaker, and that is by scholarship, worth over $80,000 over two years. Asia attends school at Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge as a Level II student and maintains an above 90 per cent average.

Asia is an accomplished musician and voice student, winning numerous awards since the age of four. She has performed with the New York Staff Band and has recently led a school choir trip to New York where she was accompanied by her group on piano and performed a solo selection.

Asia has a passion for children and has been a councillor in training with the Salvation Army’s summer camp program and has assisted with many local church programs for the last several years. Asia will leave for Victoria, BC at the end of August.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in recognizing Asia Holloway.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I get great satisfaction today to rise and compliment the volleyball teams at Gill Memorial Academy in Musgrave Harbour.

Gill Memorial is a small, rural, K-12 school with a population of 125 pupils. Although they may be small in numbers, they have a rich and successful history on volleyball courts throughout the Province and in Eastern Canada. This year presented a challenge to produce a full complement of players to fill the teams. Gill Memorial Vikings compete in the A Division Volleyball regional and provincial tournaments at School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador.

The girls’ teams, coached by staff member Mr. John Abbott, travelled to Rushoon. Player Hillary Hicks was presented with a sportsperson award and the team triumphantly returned home carrying a provincial banner. The boys, under the coaching of Mr. Blair Hann, competed at Conne River. Brandon Rae received a sportsmanship award there and the boys matched the girls with a provincial banner.

Principal Sheldon Gillam speaks very highly of the calibre of commitment that his players show to this program and how his students proudly represent his school.

I am sure all members will support my praise of these students and we all give them our best congratulatory greetings.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize a newly developed walking trail that had its grand opening in Arnold’s Cove.

The trail is named the War Path-Otter Rub Walking Trail and has completed its first stage. On Friday, May 18, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., with 170 persons in attendance, I had the great pleasure of joining the oldest original resident of Arnold’s Cove, Ms Jessie Wareham, Mayor Tom Osborne, and MP Scott Andrews in the cutting of the ribbon surrounded by many students from Tricentia Academy, their teachers, and other volunteers. I would like to also recognize Ms Cindy Collins for her dedication and hard work in making this day a success.

This trail development was sponsored by the Arnold’s Cove Heritage Foundation Inc. and is a redevelopment of a trail used by American solders of World War II. This trail will enhance tourists to the area and provide and promote healthy and active living for all the area, as well to all those who visit.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the Arnold’s Cove Heritage Foundation Inc. on the opening of the War Path-Otter Rub Walking Trail.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate two Cadet Corps in the District of Bellevue. 209 Great Eastern is a Sea Cadet Corps from Dildo; this corps has cadets from surrounding communities from Blaketown to Green’s Harbour. On May 26, I had the great pleasure of attending the 209 Great Eastern ACR.

On June 2, I had the pleasure of attending the annual review of the 2093 Army Cadets of Norman’s Cove. This annual review marked the fortieth anniversary of the 2093 Army Cadet Corps. The marches were superb, with boots shining and uniforms outstanding. Mr. Speaker, both the 209 Great Eastern Sea Cadets and 2093 Army Cadets displayed the talent of professionalism like no other. Thanks to their leaders and support of their parents, both annual reviews were a huge success.

I ask that all members of this hon. House join me in congratulating 209 Sea Cadet Corps of Dildo and the 2093 Army Cadet Corps of Norman’s Cove on a very successful year.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape la Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: I rise today to commend the 3065 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of English Harbour West for its strong presence in our community, which is providing our young people with great experiences and helping guide them to become our future leaders.

Cadets, your involvement in the corps is something in which you should take great pride, and I thank you for inviting me to share in your awards banquet. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it is a pleasure to pay tribute to the following award recipients. Best Green Star and Junior Cadet went to LCpl Patricia Hammond; Best Red Star, Cpl Quinton Poole; Best Silver Star, MCpl Kaitlin Savoury; Best Gold Star, Commanding Officer, and Comradeship Award, CSM Devon Hodder; Best Senior Cadet, RSM Drucilla Dominix; Most Improved Cadet, LCpl Tucker Dominix; Best Dressed Cadet, SGT Kelsey Savoury.

I also commend your Captain, Maxine Clarke, and Civilian Instructor, Steward May, for such dedication in promoting the program’s core values of loyalty, professionalism, mutual respect, and integrity.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating this corps and encourage the cadets to continue their journey, enjoying all the rewarding experiences the corps has to offer, which will serve you well as you progress through life.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I recently had the privilege of addressing the Con Ba Su Area Girl Guides AGM in Paradise. This includes the Towns of Paradise to Georgetown, Mount Carmel and St. Mary’s region. Currently, there are approximately 800 members in this area.

Several milestone pins were presented for years of service. They included: Violet Butler, thirty years; Nina Butler, forty years; Carrie Gosse, forty-five years; Zita Butler, forty-five years; Frances Rideout, fifty-five years; Rachel Fagan, sixty years; Dot Bishop, sixty years; Ellaline Smith, sixty years; Margaret Butler, sixty years; Margaret Greeley, sixty years. Unfortunately, Ms Greeley passed away last week, Mr. Speaker.

On June 9, Kay Penney of Paradise will be installed as the new Girl Guides of Canada Provincial Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador. Kay brings seventeen years of service to guiding and started volunteering her time with Girl Guides in the St. Thomas district. Pam Eavis, a resident of Topsail, will be installed as the Provincial Deputy Commissioner.

At the Girl Guides of Canada national AGM held in Calgary this past weekend Sharron Callahan was installed as the nineteenth Chief Commissioner for Girl Guides of Canada. Sharon is a resident of St. John’s.

I ask all members to join with me in congratulating the Con Ba Su Area Girl Guides and their leaders.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in this hon. House to recognize the thirtieth Annual Labrador Indoor Soccer Cup, held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week, with twenty-nine teams from all over Labrador and thousands of spectators blocking the EJ Broomfield Memorial Arena for six full days. It was certainly my pleasure, Mr. Speaker, to participate in the awards ceremonies.

The men’s event winners were: Lewis Concrete, consisting of Glenn Pittman, Jeff Holwell, Brud Roberts, Keith Winters, Jody Snow, Carlos Spearing, Dagan Kelly, Andrew Warr, Mike Daly, Adam Trasher, Colin Caroll, and Sheldon Broomfield.

The ladies event winners were: Woodward’s, consisting of Robyn Wells, Karen Gregory, Gill Wade, Riley Winters, Jamie Rose, Brittany Coombs, Caitlin Lyall, Kelcie Winters, Vanessa White, Keira Eavis, and Lindsay Gambin.

I would also like to thank the organizing committee, Mr. Speaker, consisting of Chairperson Trevor Paine and members Paul Motty, Mick Emmens, Mal Wells, Carl Cull, Pat Loder, Barry Keough, Glenn Pittman, Steph Janes, Gail King, Gail Rowsell, Rob Densmore, and Michelle Pittman. Also, Mr. Speaker, thanks to the sponsors: Bud Lite – Bentley’s, Woodward’s, and Nalcor Energy.

I ask all hon. members to congratulate these players, organizers, and sponsors for their great efforts in helping to make the 2012 Labrador Cup such a phenomenal success.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the music department at Lewisporte Collegiate and the great work being done by their music teacher, Mr. Lindy Whitt.

The senior concert band is made up of eighty-four students from Levels I, II, and III. It is the largest band in the school’s history, which has continued to grow despite the fact that the student population has decreased significantly over the years. In a school of 260 students, to have a band membership of eighty-four is quite remarkable.

This year the concert band has performed at many different venues and won many awards. They received a gold standard at the Kiwanis music festival. They won the Stanley Memorial Rose Bowl for best performance by a group, the Alphonsus Hennessey Award for best performance by a concert band, and the Trans Continental Award for the most outstanding performance of the festival.

Mr. Speaker, the dedication of the students, the passion of their teacher, Mr. Whitt, and the support of the parental body have all come together to attribute to this great success.

Members, please join with me in sending congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents who are affiliated with the music department at Lewisporte Collegiate.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Madonna Wilkinson of Flatrock, who recently received the Volunteer Recreation Recognition Award.

Mr. Speaker, I have known Madonna my whole life and she has always freely given her time, her talent, and her energy to various community and church-based organizations in our area.

I can attest that if there is something on the go in Flatrock – whether it is a community function, clean up or church service – Madonna Wilkinson is there offering her full support either to organize or to lend a helping hand. She is also the lead organizer in community events such as the Terry Fox Run, Remembrance Day Memorial Service, and the Canada Day Memorial Service.

Mr. Speaker, Madonna is a talented singer, dancer, and accordion player. She often provides the entertainment at many events and functions that she helps organize. She was even enlisted by a local group, Shanneyganock, to sign on their recent album. The song she sings is McNamara’s Band, and it is a great song.

Mr. Speaker, Madonna Wilkinson is an outstanding volunteer and she is also an outstanding person. I ask all hon. members in this House to join with me in congratulating Madonna on receiving her award for the Volunteer Recreation Recognition Award.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to stand in his hon. House to acknowledge a shining example of youth engagement in the City of Mount Pearl.

The Mount Pearl Youth Action Team was formed in 2005 to be a voice for youth in the community. Since that time, this group has been engaged in numerous community activities such as the organization of Youth Week activities, participation in the Frosty Festival and Mount Pearl City Days celebrations, organization of community food drives, and facilitation of public speaking events, just to name a few.

The group’s membership is comprised of youth from the city’s two junior high and high schools. These young men and women are true role models and should remind us all of the valuable contribution youth have to offer to our Province.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Youth Action Team for their significant contribution to the community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I rise in this House today to recognize and congratulate the # 84 Golden Hind Catalina Sea Cadet Corp on doing an outstanding performance at their fifty-ninth annual review. This event took place this past Saturday, June 2, of 2012.

The corp. members captivated the audience with stellar displays that included: the colour party, a drum routine, a guard display, and a band display. Hard work, dedication and discipline were evident in each cadet’s performance.

Lieutenant-Commander David Botting, the inspecting officer, said that this review was the best that he has ever attended. Of course, the officers who volunteer their time to oversee these fine young sea cadets are to be commended for their services.

While I can congratulate the cadets who won awards, it was Chief Petty Officer First Class Ben Larson’s distinction that excelled, taking home the Cadet of the Year Award, a scholarship, and most importantly, the Lord Strathcona Award; an award only bestowed on a select few individuals within the sea cadet movement who must pass stringent requirements.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, please join me in congratulating Mr. Larson and each of his fellow cadets on these achievements and a great performance.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

May 4, May 11, and May 24 were milestone days for the 2012 graduating classes hailing from Indian River High, Springdale; MSB Regional Academy, Middle Arm; and Copper Ridge Academy, Baie Verte.

It was indeed a pleasure and an honour for me to celebrate with them this special, memorable time in their lives, and to commend them upon their achievement. Parents, teachers, family, and friends beamed with pride as the graduates were honoured. I was very impressed with the quality speeches and leadership exhibited by the sharp-looking youth. Exuding with confidence, each graduated validated my first impressions – that is: They are ready to seize the opportunities that are in front of them and be a success story.

All three schools and supporting communities are to be commended for providing such a caring, nurturing environment so that each graduate could attain maximal achievement.

Hon. members, please join me in saluting all three classes upon their high school graduation. We look forward in hearing about their future accomplishments.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this hon. House to congratulate a special group of individuals from Western Newfoundland and Labrador who participated in the 2012 Atlantic School Sports Weekend.

This annual event featuring seventy-one blind and visually impaired athletes from all over Atlantic Canada was held in St. John’s for the first time. As one of the participants stated, “Participation is always key whether you win or lose”.

I congratulate Terry Gardner for being chosen Best All Around Partially Blind Athlete, and Bruce Barrett for Best Overall Totally Blind Athlete. Other teams members included Anthony Gaulton of Goose Bay, Katie Colbourne, Ben Goulding, Barb Pike, Darrell Pike, Dot Vincent, and Marjorie Pike from Corner Brook.

Terry Gardner, first place, Partially Blind Men’s Darts, first place in the sixty metre and 100 metre race, second place in shot put, and tied for second with Anthony Gaulton in horseshoe toss. Barb Park, first place in horseshoes and women’s darts. Ben Goulding, second place in the sixty metre and 100 metre race, and third spot in the 400 metre. Anthony Gaulton claimed third place in men’s darts for partially blind athletes.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating all participants for their participation and achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is a great pleasure to rise in this hon. House this afternoon to congratulate long-time resident of Mount Pearl and volunteer, Mary Randell, on the recent celebration of her eighty-ninth birthday.

Mary has been living in my district for several decades and has been volunteering in our community for over fifty years. She was the leader of the first Girl Guide unit to open in Mount Pearl in 1959 and has held many positions, including Brown Owl, District Guider, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Camping Advisor. Just last year, Mary received her fifty-year pin from Girl Guides of Canada for her contribution to this organization.

Mary participated in the Crystal Cliffs Training Conference in Nova Scotia in 1970. She was a Site Guider at many camps from 1959-1989, participating in Company Camps in three Atlantic Provinces. I am sure her camp stories are endless.

In addition to her fifty-year pin, Mary has also received the Blue Thanks Pin, Gold Merit and Medal of Merit Awards, Letter of Commendation, and an Honorary Life Award.

I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Mary Randell on the celebration of her eighty-ninth birthday and thank her for her commitment to our community and to the Girls Guides of Canada.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, on Saturday, May 26, the Trefoil Central Area of Girl Guides of Canada held their very first Canada Cord Awards at the Brittany Inns in Lewisporte.

Mr. Speaker, the Canada Cord presentation is the second-highest award any girl can receive in all her years with Girl Guides and can only be awarded after they meet the requirements of the three-year program.

Mr. Speaker, from Bishop’s Falls, the recipients were: Chelsea Baker, Samantha Martin, Shae-Lynn Slade, and Danielle King. From Botwood, the recipients were: Erin Ball, Julia Collins, Kelsey Saunders, and Brianna McGrath.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating these recipients on their dedication to the Guide movement and for this prestigious recognition.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise in this hon. House to recognize the Mount Pearl Lions Club for their tremendous contribution to the City of Mount Pearl and indeed to the Province as a whole. This group of community-minded volunteers are actively engaged in such activities as: the Adopt-a-Highway program, participation in the Frosty Festival, blood donor clinics, Christmas hampers for the needy, Christmas shoe box campaign, eyeglass recycling program, Peace Poster Contest, and the running of the Mount Pearl Santa Claus Parade, just to name a few.

They also contribute financially to many worthwhile programs such as the School Breakfast Program, sponsoring of sports teams, high and junior high school scholarships, and the Mount Pearl Youth Opportunity Fund.

Mr. Speaker, we have often heard the expression that volunteers are the heart of our community. This group is certainly a testament to that. I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in commending the Mount Pearl Lions Club for the great work they do in the community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize a lady who was a foster parent for fifty years. Today I pay tribute to Louise Lane of Makinsons for her caring, sharing, and enhancing the lives of over 160 children.

Mrs. Lane opened her doors to her first foster child in 1961, was a birth mother for two children, and adopted three children during her life. She was widowed at the age of forty-two with four of her own children and five foster children at the time.

As the family grew, so did her home, with the addition of another room constructed mostly by her sons to accommodate the next child who came her way. She commented that when a child left, it was like giving away one of her own children.

Mrs. Lane is now gone, but her legacy of love, devotion, caring, and sharing will live on in the lives she has touched. In her last years, while battling illness, she still shared her home with children in need and on the day of her passing was caring for two foster children.

I ask all hon. members to join me in recognizing a woman who gave her love to everyone who passed over her doorstep.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It gives me great pleasure and honour to rise today to recognize several graduating cadets from my district. I was fortunate to attend ceremonial reviews of the 840 Indian Bay Air Cadet Squadron and 2910 Lions Army Cadet Corps at New-Wes-Valley on the 28 of April, and the 12 of May, respectively.

I have always admired the discipline and commitment of the cadets and their leaders, and I witnessed very poised performances in public speaking, music, band performance, demonstrations of leadership by youth, and lessons on first aid and survival in their static displays.

I would like to name personally the graduating cadets from my district who have been involved – and most of them, I would add, with 100 per cent attendance for all six years. From the 840 Squadron in Indian Bay: Warrant Officer First Class Lyndon Rogers, and Warrant Officers Second Class Noelle Slaney and Kaitlin Hunt. From the 2910 Lions Army Cadet Corps at New-Wes-Valley, Chief Warrant Officer Myles Burry, Warrant Officer Hillary Feltham, and Warrant Officer Megan Blackwood. Also, from the 537 Squadron at Gander, Flight Sergeant John-Charles Tulk of Aspen Cove, who travelled to Gander weekly. His father drove him, so you might say he had a driven desire to be a cadet.

I would ask all members to congratulate also two gentlemen who had the foresight forty years ago, Mr. Gerald Batstone and Walter Jacobs who were instrumental in founding and being active in all forty years of 2910 Corps at New-Wes-Valley. Mr. Speaker, I have come to realize that being a cadet involves more than marching and polishing shoes.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize an individual from my district, Mr. Gerald Thomas of Musgravetown. Mr. Thomas has spent his entire adult life volunteering with a number of organizations within the Musgravetown and surrounding area. A snapshot of Mr. Thomas’ community service shows his overwhelming level of commitment.

His past and present roles include, but are not exclusive to, former Boy Scout leader, as well as Chairperson of the Board of Stewards, Official Board Member and Cemetery Committee at the Heritage United Church in Musgravetown. He actively assists with the local Royal Canadian Legion, is a Chairperson of the Heritage Collegiate School Council since its formation, is a member of the Triple Bay Eagles Search and Rescue Team, St. John Ambulance Instructor, and previous town councillor – and of course the role he is best known for, currently as Fire Chief of the Musgravetown local fire department. He has also held that position since it was formed in 1975, Mr. Speaker.

I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in recognizing the efforts of Mr. Gerald Thomas, who has given his time so unselfishly, and has demonstrated how the actions of one person can benefit so many.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Je me lève aujourd’hui pour féliciter les élèves de la circonscription de Port-au-Port qui on été reconnus à la 15e Western Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Heritage Fair, à Corner Brook le 5 mai, pour leurs projets exceptionnels qui montrent la fierté que nous éprouvons a l’égard de notre histoire et notre culture.

Cette foire régionale donne l’occasion aux élèves passionnés de leur culture et de leur histoire de faire valoir leurs capacités scolaires et créatives.

All the students that participated across the Western Region are to be commended for their exceptional projects. I extend special congratulations to Brady Gaudon, for receiving the Use of Artifacts Award; Tanner Hann was awarded the Canada History Award; Christian Butt, for the Western Newfoundland School District Award; Jesse Byrne received the Effective Use of Theme Award; Anna Dollimont, the Parks Canada Award; and Sara Dyment for her project, Newfoundland Fairies.

Je demande à tous les députés de cette Chambre de se joindre à moi pour féliciter ces bons élèves. Je tiens aussi à remercier les enseignants, le personnel des écoles, les parents et le comité de planification bénévole d’avoir fait en sorte que la foire de cette année soit un grand success.

Merci, le Président.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the kind actions of students of Phoenix Academy in Carmanville on Valentine’s Day, 2012.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 showed the true spirit of kindness as they participated in a friendly inter-class competition to raise money for a very worthy cause. When students contributed from their recess money they were given a paper ice cream scoop to add to their classroom cone. Students began asking friends and relatives to contribute and before long the ice cream cones spread along walls and ceilings and out into the corridors.

The Grade 3 class enjoyed an ice cream reward to celebrate their accomplishment of raising the most money. In total, the primary and elementary classes raised over $1,200, which will be forwarded to the Janeway Children’s Health Centre.

Mr. Speaker, I am confident all members will be happy to join me in sending congratulations to these very unselfish students of Phoenix Academy. This is truly a way your fundraising spirit can take a licking. I scream, you scream, let’s all scream for Phoenix ice cream.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the St. Matthew’s School Grade 7 drama club and their drama teacher John Battcock on their recent success at the Eastern School District Regional Drama Festival.

Mr. Speaker, this is the first time St. Matthew’s drama club participated in the drama festival and it was a very successful run. The club performed the play Ghosts of Brigus South and was recognized with three individual awards and one ensemble award.

Emily Dwyer, Nicholas Riou both received honours for excellence in lead acting, and Megan O’Leary won the Gauthier Dempsey award for outstanding stage direction. St. Matthew’s also received the ensemble award for original screenplay.

Mr. Speaker, this is quite impressive and given that this was the maiden run for this club, I am certain they have a bright performing future ahead of them.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating the St. Matthew’s Grade 7 drama club and their teacher John Battcock on their success at the Eastern School District Drama Festival and wish them continued success in the future.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Nathan Whalen who is an incredibly active and well-rounded young man from the District of Kilbride and a recent recipient of a 2012 URock Volunteer Award.

Nathan has been particularly involved with Allied Youth in various leadership roles, including provincial president, provincial board member, and fiftieth anniversary committee member. At eighteen-years-old, he is already a longstanding volunteer coach with the Newfoundland and Labrador Blind Lawn Bowling Team. Nathan has been a strong voice for students and the community in his current role as vice-chairperson of the Bishops College School Council. In this capacity, he is active in Bishops College-Booth Memorial West End High School Committee.

In 2011, Nathan earned several awards in recognition of his dedication to the community, including the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership and the Canadian Association of School Principals’ Student Leader of the Year award. Throughout his first year of university, Nathan was involved with MUN Oxfam, is a post advisor with the local Allied Youth post and is currently the CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Speech and Debate Union.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating this outstanding young man.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Placentia – St. Mary’s. (by leave)

MR. FELIX COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to rise in this hon. House to pay tribute to Jeana Bowen of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay.

Two weeks ago, Jeana participated in the Canadian Council for the Blind Atlantic Sports and Recreation Games, which were held in the Province for the first time. Jeana participated in the totally blind under fifty category. Jeana competed in eleven of the fourteen events, and won first place ribbons in the sixty metre run, the 100 metre run, discus throwing and javelin throwing, as well as second and third place ribbons in other events.

For her efforts, Mr. Speaker, Jeana was named the Best Totally Blind Female Athlete for Atlantic Canada, the first time this award has ever been won by a person from this Province. She is looking forward to defending her award at the games next year in Moncton.

Mr. Speaker, Jeana says that participation in events like this help her keep her self-confidence and independence. I have known Jeana for almost seven years, and she is an inspiration to everyone who knows her and has earned the admiration and respect of her community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join with me in congratulating Jeana on her amazing achievement.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to pay tribute to professional artist Ruth Lawrence for receiving the 2011 Artist of the Year Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Since her graduation from Conrad Fitzgerald Academy of English Harbour West, Ruth has demonstrated that hard work, determination, and a strong belief in yourself does ensure that dreams can come true. She is an amazingly talented artist who has performed more than 100 roles in professional theatre, film, television, musicals, and radio productions. She also chairs the board for Neighbourhood Dance Works and is executive director of the Nickel Independent Film Festival.

Ruth’s commitment and dedication is second to none, and we are all so glad that she made her choice to practice her profession here at home. All residents of Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune are very proud of our Newfoundland treasure, and we highly commend her determination to excel as an artist.

I ask that all members join with me in congratulating her remarkable talent. Well done, Ruth, you are truly an inspiration to us all to follow our dreams and we look forward to your new efforts.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

On Saturday, May 11, I had the privilege to attend a very unique health care fundraiser in Baie Verte.

The fourth annual Victorian Tea Party is a fundraiser to develop a therapeutic wander garden for long-term care residents who struggle with dementia in the region.

Health care staff and other volunteers sold costumes and chair covers, polished silver, built a backdrop, handled delicate china teapots and dishes, and prepared a delicious selection of finger foods. A wonderful and elegant environment was created in the modern Copper Ridge Academy gymnasium.

The event has grown in popularity, with 161 people experiencing the valued Mother’s Day tradition in the community.

Huge accolades go out to Tracy Comeau, Central Health Director of Health Services for Baie Verte, for spearheading the event, and to all of the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre staff for their contribution.

I ask all hon. members to congratulate Ms Comeau and her team of volunteers for a wonderful event and wish them well in their quest to create the first therapeutic wander garden in the Province.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased t rise today in this hon. House to congratulate the high school graduates of Lake Melville School in the beautiful town of North West River, who celebrated this milestone on May 5, 2012.

The four graduates are Max Matthews, Brooke Davey, Sammi Rae Brown, and Tom Rich.

I would also like to thank the principal of Lake Melville School, Mr. Barry Flynn, for all of his hard work he has put into the students over the years. I would also like to thank the staff for their ongoing support of these students.

I ask all hon. members of this House to join with me and congratulate these four students on their successes and a great achievement.

Congratulations, graduates of 2012; here is wishing you all the very best for your future!

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Torbay Post Allied Youth #1050, a very active and dedicated group of young people in my district. The Torbay Post recently had the forty-ninth Annual Provincial awards held in Gander for the past year.

Mr. Speaker, the group was awarded the John Nolan Cup for Outstanding Community Leadership as well as the Dawe Award for Outstanding Positive Lifestyle Initiatives.

Two members of the Torbay Post were presented with individual awards for their personal contributions to their town and the Allied Youth organization. Sarah Fitzgerald received the Hawkins Award for Outstanding Senior Allied Youth member. Ashley Vincent received the Dove Award for outstanding Senior Allied Youth member.

Mr. Speaker, two members of the group were also elected to the provincial executive. Ryan Mahon was selected as Youth Director for the Avalon Region. Lucas Ings-Simms was elected Provincial President for the fiftieth Allied Youth anniversary year.

Mr. Speaker, the Torbay Post Allied Youth is an amazing group of young people, and I ask all hon. members to join with me in congratulating them for their recent achievements.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to speak of the great community of Monkstown.

Mr. Speaker, on Saturday, May 19, Victoria Day weekend, I had the great privilege of attending the 112th anniversary of the Salvation Army at the beautiful small community of Monkstown.

Mr. Speaker, Monkstown is a true testament of the way of life in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

Although there are not many full-time residents, Monkstown has much to offer the Province. Nestled away in the Hills is a hydro plant consisting of seven turbines, the community’s fishery, and three kilometres away in nearby Davis Cove, there are landings of approximately 1.5 million pounds of crab, cod, and lobster annually, that generates revenue to the economy.

That weekend, the community shined with people from all over. The Salvation Army held a supper with ninety-two seated at the community centre, and later the church a Gospel Hymn Sing performed to a full church of eighty-nine. That weekend they raised $7,700-plus dollars – what an accomplishment for their church.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Salvation Army Corp of Monkstown on their one hundred and twelfth anniversary.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in this hon. House to recognize the tremendous work of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in the fight against drugs. The DARE program is a drug abuse prevention program designed to equip students with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of this abuse, and aims to equip these students with the skills to resist peer pressure when it comes to experimenting with drugs. This ten-week program is offered to all Grade 6 classes under the jurisdiction of the RNC and benefits approximately 1,950 students each school year.

Mr. Speaker, DARE is a co-operative effort by the police, schools, parents and community; all four working together to help our children make the right choices concerning drugs.

I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in commending the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and all of their community partners in the great work that they are doing in the protection of our greatest resource – our children.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I would like to recognize and congratulate the members of Tourism Elliston on winning Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Tourism Excellence award for Innovator of the Year. This volunteer group was recognized for the unique and innovative vision they had and brought to life by implementing the Roots, Rants and Roars Festival, hosted by Elliston in September of 2011.

This one-of-a-kind event is the only culinary festival in the Province. It attracted hundreds of people with a large percentage of the participants being from outside the area. The festival was a three-day event that included the King of the Cod Competition, which saw five recognized chefs from across the Island compete. Next, there was a five-kilometre hike through the community, with stops to sample traditional foods along the way, followed by the evening gala event. Finally, there was a grand finale night, a house party at Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen, a chance to stomp the night away.

Mr. Speaker, members of the House, please join me in congratulating Tourism Elliston’s members: Myrtle Stagg, Betty Goodland, Colleen Duffett, Charlotte Ritman, John Grant, Gary Oldford, Gina Little, and Marilyn Coles-Hayley; and chef and consultant, Todd Perrin.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this hon. House to recognize Atlantic Grocery Distributors, who recently was honoured for the promotion of environmental products by the Cascades Tissue Group. The award was presented in recognition of AGD’s contribution in lowering Cascades’ environmental footprint and informing buyers and users on the importance of sustainable development.

AGD started distributing Cascades Tissue Group’s Away From Home products nearly a decade ago. These products are sold to both commercial and industrial customers made from 100 per cent recycled fibre, therefore avoiding the release of 74,333 kilograms of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 23 car emissions in 2011.

AGD is a supplier of choice for nearly 200 franchise stores as well as independent grocers throughout the Province. The company also supplies and operates three corporately owned full-service supermarkets and two restaurants in Conception Bay North. The company is 100 per cent Newfoundland and Labrador privately owned, with reported sales in excess of $100 million annually, and has been in business for over sixty years, competing with all major retail operations.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Atlantic Grocery Distributors on their promotion of environmentally safe products.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Best Boy Entertainment Productions and owner-operator Ed Martin Senior on recently celebrating their grand opening in Mount Pearl. Best Boy Entertainment is a state-of-the-art production facility located on Park Avenue in the heart of Mount Pearl. They are already well established and produce several popular television shows.

Pet ER is in its second season and airs on The Pet Network in Canada. The show is a docudrama about family pets in medical crisis. Also underway for The Pet Network is season three of Mickey’s Farm, a proven preschool success that blends colourful animation, live action, and original music. Mickey is a playful series that teaches children simple concepts in each episode.

Best Boy Entertainment has plans to expand into the feature film industry with two features currently in development: Gamblers Never Die and A Little Problem with Murder. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Martin and his team have all of the skills for success, and will continue to do well in the television production business.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Ed Martin Senior and his team on the grand opening of Best Boy Entertainment Productions, and wish them all the best as they pursue new projects for development.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I rise in this House today to recognize and congratulate Mr. Ryan Furlong, who was one of only eight youths in this Province to receive a URock Award during the 2012 URock Volunteer Award Show, that took place on May 12 of this year.

Ryan is a resident of Plate Cove West and at the young age of eighteen, it is commendable that he commits so much of his time volunteering. At school, he is president of the student council and he coaches the junior boys’ volleyball team. Ryan is a member of the Centre for Distance Learning and innovation advisory group and a member of his school’s social justice club, working to address serious issues of cyber-bullying. He sits on the provincial board of directors for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth Parliament and he is a youth representative for Bonavista area Youth Network, focusing on enhancing educational and recreational opportunities for youth in rural communities.

Mr. Speaker, I am so proud of this young individual and I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating such an outstanding member of our Province, Mr. Ryan Furlong.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this hon. House to congratulate the organizers of the Corner Brook Achievement in Community Awards held on May 15. I want to congratulate all nominees as well as all winners of individual awards.

Specifically at this time, I want to congratulate both Sheldon Peddle and Robert Leamon who were recognized as Citizen of the Year and Youth Citizen of the Year respectively.

Sheldon was recognized for his tireless commitment to the enhancement of Corner Brook through his volunteering and support of environmental and social causes. Sheldon was also recognized as the community environmental leader as well.

Robert, a Memorial University Grenfell Campus student puts many hours of volunteer work to aid his fellow students. He was a part of Grenfell’s first Relay for Life, helped established the Bay of Islands Radio, volunteers as a firefighter and is a youth representative for the Blow Me Down Cross-Country Ski Club.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating both Sheldon and Robert on their achievements and in making Corner Brook a better place to live.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the members of the Portugal Cove – St. Philips Lions Club on their tremendous success during this past year. The Portugal Cove – St. Philips Lions Club was chartered in 1976 and has nineteen members who work year-round to make Portugal Cove – St. Philips a better place to live.

In 2012, the Portugal Cove – St. Philips Lions Club was one of only a few clubs in our Province to receive the International Lions Club Excellence Award. The award is granted to a club that meets several criteria, including: good standing; community service projects; net growth in membership; raising the club’s profile; receiving leadership training for club officers; and meeting international standards.

A President’s Excellence Award was granted to Club President Bradley Moss for overseeing this development. He is a third generation Lion who has been a member for eight years and president for the last three. Mr. Moss is a 2011 recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship, which is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual Lion.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all member to congratulate the Portugal Cove – St. Philips Lions Club.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, this year Canada’s literary giant, Indigo Books, allocated $1.5 million for new books and other literacy materials to be shared among twenty elementary schools across Canada to upgrade their libraries.

Mr. Speaker, thanks to Indigo’s Love of Reading Foundation, Helen Tulk Elementary of Bishop’s Falls will receive $19,000 each year for the next three years, for a total of $57,000. Principal David Alcock said, “they have a literacy committee consisting of teachers at the school and they researched the applications and completed the necessary info needed to file for the grant.” According to Mr. Alcock, the school can order any books and technology Indigo Books may carry.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the staff at Helen Tulk Elementary for taking the initiative to apply for this grant and for the love of reading.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to applaud the Canadian Cancer Society on its Relay for Life event held in Gambo on May 11. This is an all-night event to celebrate the lives of those who are living with cancer, remember those who have lost their battle, and to raise funds and awareness in order to beat this horrible disease. More than just an event, Relay for Life is a life-changing experience for many.

Mr. Speaker, I had the pleasure to participate in this year’s Gambo Relay for Life and I am very pleased to report that due to the huge commitment and dedication of the volunteers and participants, they raised in excess of $25,000. What an amazing feat by a relatively small group.

I ask all members of this House to join me in recognizing this group’s tremendous effort. As many have said before me, Mr. Speaker, Newfoundland and Labrador have some of the best volunteers and most giving people in the country and this is a true testament to that.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: I am happy to rise in this hon. House of Assembly to extend my sincerest congratulations to both the Town of Stephenville and the Town of Port au Port East as they will be celebrating their sixtieth anniversary of incorporation as municipalities.

Anniversaries are a time to reflect and think about the past and celebrate our accomplishments. It is also a time to say thank you to the many volunteers and to all who have worked hard to build these towns over the past sixty years. Their efforts have helped their towns grow and improve, make it safer, bring people together, and be proud of where they come from. They have become landmarks and hold a great sense of community and pride to all who call or have called these communities home. The towns possess deep character and defining elements that capture the attention of residents and visitors alike.

I ask all hon. members of this hon. House of Assembly to join me in extending congratulations to the Town of Stephenville and the Town of Port au Port East as they celebrate their sixtieth anniversary and to wish them prosperous futures.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in our hon. House today to congratulate and recognize a unique individual from Bonavista North. In the community of Badger’s Key there lives a mild-mannered gentleman with a very distinctive voice and a distinctive personality. Wayne Brown is a man among men and as a volunteer he is in a class of one and about to reach a very significant milestone.

In the summer of 1967 he participated in his first summer carnival-regatta for the Rural District Sports Club. In successive years, Wayne has been a very active member of many reiterations of such a carnival. In 2012, the Town of New-Wes-Valley enjoyed its first winter carnival in two decades. One need not guess who was on the committee. This guy does not just organize; he is also there, where we say, the rubber hits the road, in ticket booths and hot dog stands.

This is not his first, his second, or tenth, but his fiftieth carnival in New-Wes-Valley. Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, he is only sixty-two years old.

An invitation I extend now to all hon. members to come to New-Wes-Valley Crab Festival carnival day in July. I am confident you will hear Wayne Brown in his finest style, calling the phrase, “Get your tickets here, folks… only three more left until we spin.”

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Colin Thomas, a resident of my district, who received the 2012 Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship.

Mr. Speaker, these scholarships were awarded earlier this month, and all of the recipients have worked hard and demonstrated excellence in sport.

Colin is an avid curler who, despite his young age, has already had an accomplished sporting career. Colin has competed and won at the provincial, national, and international levels. He was Provincial Junior Men’s Champion in 2008, and last year he won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championships. Colin also led his Memorial University team to a gold medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Curling Championship last season. In January, he and his university team won the silver medal at the Karuizawa International Curling Championship in Japan. Most recently, Colin and his Newfoundland and Labrador team travelled to Ontario to again represent our Province at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Mr. Speaker, Colin Thomas is truly a credit to his sport, and I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating him on receiving the 2012 Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship and in wishing him continued success in his athletic pursuits.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Bishops College on hosting the Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair.

On Friday, March 30, students attended tours at Memorial University during the morning, followed by judging in the afternoon at the high school. Over 200 students from twenty senior and junior high schools on the Avalon Peninsula competed. A snowstorm cancelled the Saturday event, but on Sunday the public viewing and awards ceremony took place. Several hundred people showed up on Sunday, including representatives from the major sponsors of the fair, and our own MHA for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

Six students were selected to represent Eastern Newfoundland at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in PEI in May. They were Hannah Boone, Michael Fleet, Anna O’Grady, Kaitlyn Stockley, Jared Trask, and Sarah Winsor. Anna O’Grady, a constituent of mine from Kilbride, was awarded the Best of the Fair.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join me in commending Bishops College, Eastern Newfoundland Science Fair Council, and the six students who went to the Canada-Wide Fair in PEI, and especially Anna O’Grady.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Valmont Academy was the place to be on Saturday, April 28. I witnessed a packed gym, charged with electricity, as the Valmont Academy Vikings stole the show.

Valmont captured the Provincial SSNL 2A Female Ball Hockey Championships, with a convincing 6-2 victory over the French Shore Academy Warriors from Port Saunders. In the eight team tournament, the Vikings went undefeated, which is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and skill of the team members.

In addition, huge accolades go to the whole school community – parents, teachers and students – whose commitment to athletics and volunteerism is unsurpassed as they played host to the provincial tournament.

Members of the championship team include: Natalie Burt, Robyn Rideout, Elizabeth Austin, Kaitlyn Budgell, Britany Andrews, Kailey Gillingham, Megan Burt, Jasmine Anstey, Kristin Budgell, Kelsie Moore, along with coaches Tanya Warford and Adam Matthews.

With pride, I ask all hon. colleagues to join me in conveying congratulations to the Valmont Academy Vikings for capturing gold.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I rise today in this hon. House to pay final tribute to my friend Alton Best, originally of Mud Lake. It is with great sadness that the family announced his passing on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Labrador Health Centre at the age of seventy-seven years.

It was my honour to speak this past Thursday, May 17, at a service of remembrance to celebrate his life, and I would like to thank the family for that privilege. It was no surprise to see so many turn out for this celebration and celebrate they did, Mr. Speaker, as they gave special tribute to Alton through a live performance of The Flummies and a video tribute demonstrating his truly amazing musicianship where we got to see that wonderful smile once more.

He will sadly be missed by his wife Ena; children: Maurice (Carol), Clarice (Jim), Yvonne (Kirby); and grandchildren: Matthew, Nova, Jamie, and Emily.

I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in paying tribute to a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, an Order of Newfoundland and Labrador recipient, and a true son of Labrador, Mr. Alton Best.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a well-known and a much-loved lady in my district, Ms Kathleen Dwyer. Ms Dwyer was born in Tilting on July 4, 1916, to Eliza and Patrick Burke. As a young woman, Kathleen met Leo Dwyer, who promised her he would return from World War II and make her his wife. This he did, Mr. Speaker, with a wedding reception that lasted three days.

During the early days, they ran a general store in Tilting and a passenger boat service around Notre Dame Bay. In 1953, they moved to Lewisporte and were instrumental in establishing the Roman Catholic Church there.

Her children tell me that their mother loved all of them and never judged or interfered with their decisions. Kathleen and Leo raised nine children, had nineteen grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

She loved life. She was always active, driving her car right up to the age of ninety-three. She was positive and possessed a great sense of humour. Sadly, on May 8, at the age of ninety-five, Kathleen passed away leaving a wide circle of family and friends.

Members of the House, please join me in recognizing and celebrating the life of Mrs. Kathleen Dwyer.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to pay tribute to St. John’s Regional Fire Department Deputy Chief Jack Hickey who, after thirty-six years of service to the community, has retired.

Mr. Speaker, I have known Jack for many years and have had the opportunity to play hockey against him. I can honestly say he is one of the most competitive and determined people I have ever met, and that is why it is so easy to see how he had such success rising through the ranks of the fire department. Whether it is fighting fires or sports, anyone who had the opportunity to know Jack has the greatest respect for him.

What makes Jack Hickey a unique firefighter is that Jack began competing for Firefighting Combat Challenges in 1999 – a competition recognized as “the toughest two minutes in sport”. Since then, he has clinched eleven world championships, and also holds three world records – and one of those still stands today.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members in this House to join with me in thanking Jack Hickey for his role in representing all firefighters in this Province so well. I would like to wish Jack an enjoyable retirement with his wife, Loretta, and their family.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize the Isthmus Regional Playground Committee.

This committee received a Valentine’s gift on February 14, when it was announced that they are the recipients of a National Helping Hands Award from Let Them Be Kids. This award contributes a 50-50 match opportunity that gives the community a dollar of equipment buying power for every fifty cents they raise, which helps to significantly cover the costs of the structure and equipment for building a new playground.

The playground build date is set for June 9, and, Mr. Speaker, they have just over 200 registered volunteers for build day, including myself. I extend an invitation to all members.

This committee started with only five members and has grown into a committee of nineteen. The committee was formed in November, 2011, and since then has raised almost $70,000 to build the playground. Now, Mr. Speaker, they can not just build a new playground, but there will also be a new basketball court and picnic area adjacent to the Holy Family Elementary School in Chapel Arm.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Isthmus Regional Playground Committee on reaching their goal to build a new playground.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to pay tribute to Bud Davidge who received a honourary doctorate of laws degree from Memorial University for his contribution to Newfoundland music. Bud is famous for his work with Simani and gifting us with traditional music that is a part of every Newfoundlander’s soul. Our culture is forever indebted to Bud for preserving our history and traditions in such an enduring and artistic fashion.

Bud recently released a Christmas CD, a gospel CD, and an album entitled Black and White, which continues to tell amazing stories about ordinary Newfoundlanders such as resettlement and famous sea disasters. Bud is a true Newfoundland treasure and an integral part of the “Heart of the Home” in our beautiful and unique Province, where “Music and Friends” are enjoyed by all!

The storytelling masterpieces of Mr. Davidge will keep our Newfoundland stories alive and echo their powerful sentiments throughout every generation. I ask all members of this hon. House to join me and thank Mr. Davidge for his contribution to the Newfoundland culture, and extend sincerest congratulations on his doctorate degree from Memorial University.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this House to acknowledge a significant business investment in my district. Last week, Home Hardware opened a modern state-of-the-art retail operation on Bell Island. With executives of Home Hardware and owner-operator Mr. Leonard Clarke in attendance, the ribbon was cut to unveil one of the largest Home Hardware stores in Atlantic Canada.

Mr. Clarke, a long-time respected Bell Island entrepreneur, had a desire to offer the residents of Bell Island a modern shopping experience. With an investment in the millions, he and his staff created the principle shopping centre for the Island. This is another example that Bell Island is a community and as a potential place for business investment is alive and well.

Mr. Clarke, along with his family and senior managers Ron Moores, Wade Reardon, and Theresa Power and all staff of Clarke and Clarke Home Hardware Limited, are proud of this accomplishment. The total shopping experience includes nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join with me in congratulating Mr. Clarke and all staff of Home Hardware Bell Island on the opening of their new operation.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, exercising for breakfast may not have much meaning until you meet a unique group of women from Bishop’s Falls. Sheila Brace, Agnes Wells, and Diane Hillier started an exercise program and targeted women between the ages of forty to seventy. This group, now forty-seven members, decided to collect a fee and donate it to a charity.

Mr. Speaker, Pastor Anna Rowsell of Bishop’s Falls is the director of an orphanage in Tanzania, Africa, and started a breakfast program for children in the area not involved with the orphanage.

Mr. Speaker, Sheila Brace, a friend of Pastor Roswell, thought it would be a great idea if her group would agree to sponsor the breakfast program, which they did without hesitation. The group also has a motto: We lose, they gain, we are all winners.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the exercise group for sponsoring this worthwhile cause and my niece, Anna, for starting the breakfast program.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today in this hon. House to recognize the students of Ascension Collegiate who won six medals at the recent Skills Canada competition held in St. John’s. As well, these students earned their school the overall top place standing in this year’s competition. This is the seventh time in eight years the students of Ascension Collegiate have won this award.

The school earned four gold and two silver medals in the following competitions: robotics, IT network systems administration, job interviews, IT software solutions for business, TV-video productions, and 2D computer animation. The medal winners were: Kaden Clarke, Brandon Snow, Jordan Dicks, Justin Stone, Jordan Marshall, Erica Badcock, Jared Petten, Jordan Thomas, Sarah Dawe, Alex Oates, Clay Burton and Joshua Coombs. Some of these fine students represented our Province at the recent national competition held this past week in Edmonton, Alberta.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating these students on their various achievements.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this House and congratulate Terri Woods-Boone on being selected to sail to the Arctic this summer, as the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation scholarship winner. The award is an all-expenses-paid, two-week expedition to the Eastern Canadian Arctic with eighty other youth from around the world.

The Grade 9 student from Corner Brook won the award because of her commitment to the community and as a peer role model. Terri volunteers as a tutor at Dunfield Park Community Centre; helps supervise the Kids Eat Smart Program; and has attended several workshops on teen suicide prevention, drug awareness and prevention, bullying awareness, mental health and addictions, and first aid.

The expedition program educates students on climate change and other environmental, social, and geopolitical issues. Terri will participate in hands-on research activities while accompanied by a team of scientists, historians, educators, and polar experts.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Terri Woods-Boone on her achievements to date, and wish her well on her Eastern Arctic Summer Expedition.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the members of the Girls 4A Provincial Indoor Soccer teams from O’Donel and Mount Pearl Senior High for respectively placing first and second in the Provincial Indoor Soccer Tournament.

Being involved in sports and athletics is vital in ensuring a healthy lifestyle. Young people are challenged today more than ever to be active. In a world that is largely based on technology, it takes effort to encourage our youth to get off the couch, put down the game controller, the mouse, or the cellphone and get moving.

I was thrilled to hear that both O’Donel and Mount Pearl Senior High represented Mount Pearl and Paradise in such high form at the recent Provincial Indoor Soccer Tournament, taking both first and second place. I would also like to congratulate all teams who attended the provincial tournament.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the Girls 4A Provincial Indoor Soccer teams from O’Donel High and Mount Pearl Senior High for a great showing at the provincial tournament, and I wish them all the best for their future competitions.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to stand in this hon. House to offer congratulations to a group of individuals who have made a tremendous contribution to sport in my community. The Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1995 by the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance. Since that time, it has inducted sixty-one tremendous individuals.

Today, I would like to acknowledge the achievements of five others. Gary Martin and the late Nellie Devereaux have been inducted into the Athlete-Builder category; Don Kelly in the Builder category; and the Special Olympics’, the late Janet Maher; and hockey, soccer, and ball hockey player Patrick O’Keefe in the Athlete category. I would also like to acknowledge the 1990 Mount Pearl Under 16 Girls All-Star Soccer team who have been added to the team honour roll.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating these individuals on this significant accomplishment.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Ferryland, by leave.

MR. KEITH HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Mrs. Jennie Bidgood of the Goulds who passed away on March 27 at the age of eighty-six.

Jennie was raised on the land – she knew farming and together with her husband Roger, built a business that was based on the produce of the sea and the land. Today, the Bidgood’s brand is synonymous with local goods and quality, with a unique Newfoundland flavour.

The Bidgood’s developed a niche in the market before people defined the term niche market. Jennie was a successful woman entrepreneur before many of us came to realize the importance of fostering women entrepreneurship. The Bidgood’s never forgot their roots.

Jennie supported Girl Guides, provided scholarships to schools and supported countless other activities. More recently, the Bidgood’s supported heritage development in Petty Harbour and donated approximately thirty-eight acres of land for Bidgood’s Park in the Goulds.

Jenny was a fixture in the store. Quick to laughter, full of understanding, kindness and generosity – she knew everyone and everyone knew her.

All hon. members please join me and my colleagues in extending sympathies to the Bidgood and Walsh families and in recognizing the contribution she has made to her community, her region and her Province.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize some of the tremendous things that have been happening at Lewisporte Intermediate School in Lewisporte. Lewisporte Intermediate is a school of 167 junior high students with a staff of nineteen and a tremendously supportive parental community.

Lewisporte Intermediate recently won a competition which will see one full class of students being awarded an iPad for next year. All textbooks, assignments and other work will be done digitally – no paper. The school has been chosen to take part in NASA’s Grail Moon Cam project as part of their science program.

Their music program is second to none with many first place awards in various music competitions. One student, Chloe Gale won the Junior Rose Bowl Award this year – one of the most prestigious awards given out at the Kiwanis Music Festival. They have many sports banners hanging in the rafters, drama awards in the showcases, technology projects in cyberspace and an overall excellent academic program.

Members, please join me as together we recognize the staff, students and parents of Lewisporte Intermediate for creating a school we are proud to call our own. In closing, Mr. Speaker, I want to say happy retirement to Ms Freake.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Grade 3 class at St. Matthew’s Elementary School and their teacher Mrs. Danielle Bishop.

The class is participating in a twinning program this year with the Grade 3 class at Presentation Primary School in Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Mr. Speaker, the boys and girls of St. Matthew’s have been communicating with their new friends in Ireland since early in the school year with letters, cards and handmade crafts, as well as through the use of e-mail and Skype technology. My understanding is that when the students saw each other for the first time through Skype both classes cheered with joy.

Mr. Speaker, the students have been able to share information about their schools, homework, and past times but also about broader issues such as geography and the weather. This has proven to be a wonderful learning experience for the children and teachers alike on both sides of the Atlantic.

I ask all hon. members to join me in wishing the Grade 3 class at St. Matthew’s Elementary and their teacher, Mrs. Danielle Bishop, the very best as they continue their correspondence throughout the remainder of the school year.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, it is with great regret I announce the passing of Josephine Heffernan of Goulds on May 5, 2012. Mrs. Heffernan – Jose, as she was commonly known – was seventy-one years old, and for several years a very active volunteer in our community. Jose was, until her death, the Chairperson of the Goulds Daffodil Seniors Club, a very active club that has kept many seniors active and involved.

In 2011, the Goulds Seniors Daffodil Club applied for and was successful in acquiring a Provincial Wellness Grant. This grant offered seniors in our area opportunities for increased physical and social activity, as well as mini courses in personal and home security, first aid, as well as a beginner computer course. Mrs. Heffernan almost single-handedly looked after this program, including accounts payable.

Mrs. Heffernan leaves her husband Kevin after fifty-two years of marriage, and four sons, Kevin Jr., Cal, Glen, and Tim, nine grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, as well as a great many friends at the Goulds Daffodil Club.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join me and my colleague, the Member for Ferryland, in extended condolences to the family on the loss of such a great mother, wife, and volunteer.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Baie Verte-Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to applaud the efforts of the Baie Verte Sabres Under 15 Female Hockey Team. They captured the silver medal at the Provincial Tournament hosted by the Town of Baie Verte.

Members of the team are: Callie Whelan, Chelsea Greenham, Bailee-Lynn Jenkins, Crystal Sacrey, Hailey Austin, Abigail Robinson, Jessica LeGrow, Alaina Pardy, Kendra Goudie, Kaylie Goudie, Summer Barrett, Emily Chislett, Carrie Thomas, Amanda LeGrow, Terra Traverse, Renee Thistle, Megan Decker, Hailey Shelly, and Madison Northcott.

Coaches Jamie Bounds and Clem Thomas are to be commended for their time and effort put into motivating and building a strong team. In addition, Mr. Speaker, parents and volunteers are to be applauded for a stellar job in organizing such a successful tournament.

The gold medal game featured the Baie Verte Sabres and the Stephenville Jets. Fans were treated to lots of excitement as it took two extra sudden death periods of heart-stopping hockey for the Stephenville Jets to score the winner.

Mr. Speaker, I invite all colleagues in this hon. House to congratulate the Baie Verte Sabres Under 15 Female Hockey Team upon their achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Our Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation released a statement about the Arts and Letters Competition Awards referencing a very youthful David Blackwood last week in this House.

This year we see another young person from New-Wes-Valley receiving recognition in the Junior Division Prose Category. Bethany Kean, ninth grade student of Pearson Academy, daughter to Gail and Dean, penned a piece of fictional prose titled The Prey.

“Placing a kiss upon each of his small children’s brows, he turned without a second glance and headed towards the door. A raw snake of cool air slithered through the weakness of his jacket as he took the first steps to what he was confident was going to be a very perilous day.”

Such vivid diction from a tender teen is witness to Bethany’s literary skill. This early excerpt from the winning entry certainly grabs the readers’ interest and quickly her words have captured the reader, who has no choice but to read on. It suggests that she has honed her reading skills to polish her own craft of composition.

I humbly request today that all members of this House join me in congratulating my former student, Miss Bethany Kean. Let’s hope we can all become fans of her future compositions.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I would like to recognize and congratulate the members of the Heritage Huskies Cheerleading team of Heritage Collegiate School in Lethbridge, Bonavista Bay for their recent victory. The thirty-two member team participated in a two-day competition on March 24 and March 25 at Cheer Expo in Halifax, Nova Scotia that included over 200 cheerleading teams. The Huskies competed in the Open Senior Level II category, and due to a flawless performance, they were able to bring home a national banner. This was achieved through many hours of hard work and dedication.

After only two years as a team, it is quite an accomplishment that they secured a national banner, while competing with individuals who had been practicing since they were as young as five-years-old or six-years-old. In fact, this is only the second time the team performed in public, the first time being when they attended the provincial competition and won the title in their category. Coach Janice Harnum is to be commended for giving so much of her time and effort.

Mr. Speaker, members of the House, please join me in congratulating the Heritage Huskies on a job well done.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize and commend the Dover and Area Community Family Coalition. This non-profit, community-based organization provides a valuable service in a number of towns throughout my district. While the hub site is in Dover, there are satellite sites in Gambo, Glovertown, and Eastport, as well as a site operated in my colleague’s District of Bonavista North in the Town of Centreville. In total, Mr. Speaker, they provide service to seventeen communities.

Their mandate is to create healthy and safe environments for children to learn and grow, while at the same time teaching both the children and their parents important skills.

Mr. Speaker, I have firsthand experience with this group, as my fifteen-month-old daughter is currently enrolled in one of the programs at the Family Resource Centre in Glovertown. As new parents, such groups are so vitally important. It allows children to have interaction amongst their peers while at the same time providing time for parents to network and share ideas with one another.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join with me in thanking Nicole Parsons, Program Coordinator, and all her very skilled and capable staff members and all those who volunteer. You are all to be commended.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in this hon. House to recognize the 2012 graduating class of the Eric G. Lambert School in the community of Churchill Falls in the great District of Lake Melville.

Mr. Speaker, it was my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the ceremony and celebrations this past Saturday, May 5, and it was my honour to bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and address the fifteen proud graduates.

It started, Mr. Speaker, with an inspirational church service and a wonderful meal, then, in the school gym; later that evening, these young adults at the theatre were presented with their diplomas. This is where I had the opportunity to address the 2012 graduating class of Eric G. Lambert School, and they are: Mark Acreman, Darian Bird, Emily Bonnell, Mark Brushett, Shane Collins, William Flynn, Sarah Fowler, Bailey Fudge, Tyler Harris, Brandon Jones, Devon Lethbridge, Alexis Loder, Adam Loder, Andrew Loder, and Kane Priddle.

I ask all hon. members of this House to congratulate these graduates from the community of Churchill Falls for their hard work, dedication, and successful achievement of this most important milestone, and to wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavours.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate participants of the Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival from the great District of Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

Caisie Watkins won Vocal Concert Group and a Kelly Family award in the Rose Bowl competition. Whitney Willcott-Benoit received four awards for best vocal solo, sacred music, folk music, and the Ron Ennis Award for best traditional folk performance. Kendra Willcott-Benoit won the Adjudicator’s Award for outstanding solo voice and best performance in vocal quick study. Michaela Benoit received Best Performance for Sacred Music. Sarah Collier, Taylor Collier, and Kendra Willcott-Benoit won best performance by a vocal trio. Sarah also won for Best Performance in Newfoundland Music. The Bay d’ Espoir Academy Dolce Singers received the Adjudicator’s Award for Choir. St. Ignatius Youth Choir won the Howell Memorial Award and the Cecilian Training Chorus won best performance by a choir.

I also extend congratulations to the Cox, George, Burke, Collier, and Willcott-Benoit families, and accolades for Destiny Benoit, the Bay d’ Espoir Academy Choral Speech Group, the St. Ignatius Youth Choir, Sarah and Taylor Collier, Kendra and Whitney Willcott-Benoit, and Garrison George, who performed at the Stars of the Festival.

Thanks as well to Brenda Jeddore and Valerie Coombs. You dedication to fostering exceptional music talent in our region is very much appreciated.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Elizabeth Park Elementary on the celebration of its first birthday. The school, faculty, and students celebrated the one-year anniversary of the new school earlier this year.

After being relocated at the School for the Deaf temporarily, the students, staff, and families of Paradise Elementary and now Elizabeth Park Elementary did the best they could with the situation at hand. The Department of Education, in co-operation with Eastern School District, worked tirelessly to build two new schools for the students of Paradise; while that happened, the teachers and students commuted to another school outside of their community for a period of time. Their temporary home was still a strong, vibrant school community.

It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since Elizabeth Park Elementary has opened its doors to welcome students back home. Not only are the students and faculty enjoying their new school closer to home, but they are enjoying a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly school.

I am sure that everyone would agree that this new school, located on Ellesmere Avenue in Paradise, is a great addition to our community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Elizabeth Park Elementary, the staff, faculty, and students, on the celebration of their first birthday.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to recognize a young man of New Harbour, Mr. Matthew Williams. In the 2012 March edition of the Newfoundland Sportsman magazine, Matthew’s story, “Chasing His Dream,” was featured. Matthew is a highly respected and active member of his community through his involvement with the church and the Community 5 Lion’s Club.

Matthew is a person living with Down Syndrome and just a few short years ago, he was granted the opportunity to complete the Hunter’s Safety Course – which, I might add, he passed with flying colours, thus completing a portion of his dream.

The following year, Matthew applied for a moose licence, but was unsuccessful in the moose draw. This did not discourage young Matthew. Determination set in, he applied of the caribou licence, and his application was met with success.

In the fall of 2011, Matthew, his father, uncle, David and cousin, Nelson, set out on the hunt, Mr. Speaker. Matthew triumphed; on November 11, he shot his first caribou. His dad said it was a tear-filling moment for him, but for Matthew, it was a dream come true.

I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in congratulating Matthew on his very first successful caribou hunt.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for District of Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this hon. House today to recognize a historical gem contained within the District of Mount Pearl South.

Admiralty House Museum and Archives was originally erected in 1915 for the British Royal Navy. It was later restored by the City of Mount Pearl. The museum chronicles events such as the history of the HM Wireless Station Mount Pearl, the development of wireless technology, the training of the Royal Naval Reserve in World War I, the life of Commander Sir James Pearl, the history of Mount Pearl, and the tragedy of the S.S. Florizel. The museum is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and walkways, enjoyed in the summer for weddings and picnics.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the staff and volunteers of the Admiralty House Museum and Archives on the tremendous work they are doing in the preservation of our history.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I am honoured to rise in this House today to congratulate the five senior students from Discovery Collegiate High School of Bonavista, who won the finals in Safework Newfoundland and Labrador’s game show Who Wants to Save a Life.

This is a travelling youth trivia game show put forward by the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, designed to educate youth about workplace health and safety. The strategy was launched in 2008 and this season featured more than thirty-five games at various high schools throughout the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Discovery Collegiate placed first at one of the four semi-final competitions and went on to win the finals, which was held at Empire Theatres on May 2 of this year. Each team member was awarded a certificate, jacket, and $1,000 scholarships. Their school also received $5,000.

The team’s teacher, Nicole Waye, is to be commended for her time and commitment to her students. The team members: David Cox, Crystal Mouland, Cole Hayley, Kaylin Mouland, and Brittany Short did a phenomenal job and should be proud of their accomplishments.

Mr. Speaker, members of the House, please join me in congratulating these five students of Discovery Collegiate on their recent victory.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today in this hon. House to recognize the Bay Arena Pee Wee A Hockey Team on an outstanding season. The team won the Joe Lamontagne Invitational Triple A tournament in Nova Scotia and then won the Provincial Championship in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Their win in Nova Scotia was not an easy one for this team. It started out very poorly due to weather when half the team was stranded in the Province, causing them to default their first game. In a true show of sportsmanship, the organizing committee rescheduled the game until the next day and with a victory over Cole Harbour, the Rovers were on their way. In an overtime thriller, the Rovers beat TASA Ducks 4-3 with only forty-seven seconds remaining in overtime. This is the first team from the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association to win a Triple A hockey championship outside the Province.

The Rovers then went undefeated to win the Provincial Championship in April in Grand Falls-Windsor. This team is truly worthy of our recognition today.

The team is comprised of: Ryan Petten, Mark Barrett, Colin Parsons, Blake Mercer, Mackenzie Shephard, Michael Hopkins, Noah Mercer, Zach Bennett, Cameron Chipman, Mason Oates, Owen Petten, Kyle Tetford, Brandon Crane, Cameron Simms, Jacob Russell, Matthew Ackerman, Jarrod Mercer, and coaches: Nelson Bennett, Scott Mercer, Craig Mercer, Lindsay Petten, and Trevor Dixon.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating this team on a tremendous season.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Today, I stand to pay respect to an individual that left his mark on the lives of many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

Dr. Thomas Christopher (T.C) Farrell passed away on April 14 at the age of eighty-seven. T.C. came to Newfoundland in 1950 after studying medicine in Dublin, Ireland. When his plane landed in a raging snow storm, he was wearing only a light rain coat and worn-out shoes.

Tom had not planned on staying, but there was a dire need for doctors at that time. He travelled the coastline from Bay St. George to Corner Brook providing for the sick. T.C. eventually married and Newfoundland became his home away from home.

His medical practice was extensive and he was loved by his patients. He was always there for them in their time of need.

Dr. Farrell represented the District of Humber East from 1971 to 1979. During those years he held many portfolios and served as President of the Executive Council and as Deputy Premier.

Dr. Farrell was a great story and joke teller. He was an avid fisherman who loved to spend time at the family’s property in the Codroy Valley.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in extending deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret, his children, and extended family.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Grand Falls-Windsor – Green Bay South.

MR. RAY HUNTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Si Thompson for winning Citizen of the Year for Grand Falls-Windsor. In our town, when you hear volunteerism, Si Thompson is the name that comes to mind. Even though there were twelve fantastic people nominated, Si deserves top recognition for his hard work. He has been a friend of mine for forty-two years.

Si is retired from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment as an officer. He is the founding member of Exploits Ground Search and Rescue and he served as President of Environment and Resources Management. He is an executive member of Ducks Unlimited.

Si was involved in the first-ever Relay for Life and donates his time to the Status of Women Central as well as volunteering with the Red Cross, which of course takes in 9-11.

I ask my hon. colleagues to join with me in congratulating Si Thompson as Citizen of the Year for Grand Falls-Windsor.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate a resident of Paradise and a great friend of mine, Damian Follett, on his recent success in the music industry.

In March of this year, Damian’s song, Long As You’re A Good Man, made the independent Christian charts, and remained there for approximately six months. It peaked at number thirteen. Overseas, this song also made the independent European country charts and stayed there for approximately three months, peaking in the top twenty. Damian’s second release, Summertime, made it to number fifty-nine in the independent country charts as well. Another release, One Of These Days, peaked in the top ten.

Damian has been writing songs and performing for several decades. He is well known locally and is another example of the amazing talent we have here in Newfoundland and Labrador. I have been enjoying his music for many years.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Damian Follett on his significant achievements in the music industry and we wish him continued success in the future.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the winners and nominees at the recently held Stephen Awards Banquet in Stephenville on April 21 as part of Volunteer Week 2012.

Susan Oates was honoured with the Citizen of the Year Award and Sonali Verma was honoured with the Youth of the Year Award, both for their outstanding volunteer service to the community. Jesse Byrne was the winner of the Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award; and Jillian Forsey was presented with the Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Mr. Speaker, also that evening, nineteen Certificates of Merit for Outstanding Volunteer Work were presented. Congratulations are extended to: Randy Alexander, Carmie Bozec-Young, Rose Brown, Audrey Burden, Marina Cormier, Martina Cormier, Mary Dawson, Clyde Doucette, Wanda Griffin, Phyllis Hapgood, David Mills, Josie Noseworthy, Carter Powers, Kim Saunders, Bilal Sikandar, Evelyn Smith, Rosie Verma, Riley White, and Patricia Woodrow for their hard work, dedication, and contribution in making our area a better place to live and work.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to join with me in congratulating all award winners and nominees of the Stephen Awards on their invaluable contributions to the community, the region, and the Province.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Imagine, Mr. Speaker, the score is tied, it is overtime, the puck leaves your stick and tickles the twine. The familiar “He shoots, he scores!” makes you a hero. Well, this happened three times for three different teams that skate out of the Beothic Arena in 2012.

It is with great pleasure that I rise to do the dishonourable action of boasting in this hon. Chamber today. It was a fitting end to, arguably, the greatest championship series in the Central Newfoundland Recreational Hockey League three-year history. Troy Stratton, the league’s regular-season top scorer, notched the Beothics’ season-winning goal in overtime in game five of a best three-out-of-five series to beat the Gander Flyers.

The Beothics are comprised of players who grew up in the Straight Shore region of Bonavista North. Many of them commute home on weekends for games from all over the Province and were dedicated to their hometown team. This Beothics win provides me with bragging rights over teams in the league which represents the Districts of Gander, Lewisporte, and the Isles of Notre Dame.

This team also motivated the Easter Tournament teams in our minor hockey league, because the PeeWee team scored in overtime in the championship game at home in New-Wes-Valley, and the Atom team did it in double overtime in Bishop’s Falls.

I invite all members to join me in congratulating these teams, their coaches, and the fans – the Kings of Overtime.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the St. John’s Elks Lodge, which hosted the Eighteenth Annual Provincial Elks Convention this past weekend.

Mr. Speaker, the convention included a number of workshops, as well as a banquet and dance, which I had the pleasure of attending. The National President of the Elks of Canada, Mr. Jerry Wernicke, was a special guest. He travelled from British Columbia. In speaking with him, I can assure you he was very impressed with the convention, and he was equally impressed with our beautiful city.

Mr. Speaker, I have been involved with the Elks for many years, and I know first-hand that it is a wonderful service organization with a long history. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Elks of Canada, and next year will mark the eightieth anniversary of the Elks in our Province. They are a fantastic group of men and women who promote and support community needs across our Province and our country.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating the St. John’s Elks Lodge and, indeed, all participants in this year’s provincial convention for making it a very successful event.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, students from St. Kevin’s High School, Goulds, recently competed in Skills Canada Province-wide Trades and Technology Competitions held in St. John’s. This is an annual competition sponsored by the Newfoundland branch of Skills Canada, with first place finishers moving on to compete nationally.

St. Kevin’s sent seven students to this year’s competition: Hilary Williams, Kerra Howlett, Stephen Connors, Megan Gosse, Devin Sooley, Raylene Mackey and Julia Buckley. These students had the option of competing in several categories including hairdressing, plumbing, carpentry, cooking, video productions, computer animation, graphic design, and workplace safety. The team won three medals.

Devin Sooley and Raylene Mackey won a silver medal in video productions, Stephen Connors won a silver for his performance in a job interview competition, and Julia Buckley won a silver medal in the workplace safety category.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the St. Kevin’s High School students and their teacher, John Goldsworthy, on their success in this competition.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, on Monday, April 16, during Volunteer Week, I and the Minister Responsible for Volunteer and Non-Profit were fortunate to attend a volunteer recognition banquet at the Royal Canadian Legion in Botwood. The event was sponsored by the Towns of Botwood, Peterview, and Northern Arm.

Mr. Speaker, what was so special about this event was the number of groups and individuals recognized for their dedication to volunteerism.

Mr. Speaker, the population of these three towns is less than 5,000 people, however, there were 105 groups and individuals recognized during the event; and furthermore, there was a volunteer of the year named for each community. For the Town of Northern Arm, Allan Cranford, for the Town of Peterview, Marion Hibbs, and the Town of Botwood was shared by Frank Dominie and Graham Hayter.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in recognizing the contributions of this group of volunteers, and all the volunteers in our fair Province.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in this hon. House to recognize several residents of Sheshatshiu who participated in the Penote Ben Michel Hockey Tournament in Sheshatshiu earlier last month.

The annual memorial tournament is named for the former President of Innu Nation the late Ben Michel, an Innu leader whose life’s work was to preserve the culture and way of life for the Innu people, and create a better future for them through partnerships with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the federal government. In attendance were family such as his grandson, Zach Pastiwet, his brother Simon Michel and wife Janet Michel.

Of the four teams in the competitive division, Team Sheshatshiu placed second in a hard fought championship with Labrador City resulting in a final score of two to one. Team Sheshatshiu are: Atshapi Andrew, Jonathon Andrew, Matthew Andrew, Sheldon Nui, Tyson Russell, Kilibuk Qupee, Owen McCarthy, Jeremy Andrew, Mike Ward, Muakuss Fontaine, Chris Holden, Lee Bellefontaine, Steve Power, and Adam Thrasher.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to congratulate these athletes from the Community of Sheshatshiu for their hard work and great effort at a tournament in honour of a great man.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this hon. House to recognize a recently retired RCMP officer, Mr. Harold Nippard of Embree.

Harold grew up in a family of ten children where he was taught the value of hard work and the need to be successful. Shortly after graduating from high school, Harold began his training in Regina and started to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.

Harold spent his entire career within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He started out on Bell Island and had postings in Labrador City, Trepassey, Springdale, Bonavista, Flower’s Cove, Carmanville, Port aux Basques and Grand Falls – Windsor. Harold worked his way up the ranks, becoming a Corporal in 1988, a Sergeant in 2003, Operations NCO in 2004, and Staff Sergeant and District Commander in 2008.

Harold’s philosophy has been to become an integral part of each community in which he was posted. He believed in serving people and helping out wherever he could. Reflecting back, Harold says, “I would do it all again”.

Colleagues please join with me, and also with Harold’s wife Elizabeth, in congratulating and thanking Harold Nippard for his thirty-eight years of serving and protecting the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Today I rise to commend a young woman from my district, Ms Chelsea Harris. Ms Harris is a kinesiology student at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University.

Rewarded for her hard work and dedication, she was one of four recipients of the Director’s Award for an Exemplary Work Term. Chelsea completed her work term with Dr. Michelle Ploughman as a research assistant, where she recruited and conducted in-depth interviews with Multiple Sclerosis patients. She also worked directly with patient rehabilitation as a therapist assistant and as a group exercise instructor for people with disabilities.

Dr. Ploughman described Chelsea as having excellent organizational and time management skills, and as a critical thinker and problem solver. Mr. Speaker, while on work term, Chelsea was also successful in winning a $5,000 research studentship from the Atlantic endMS Regional Research and Training Centre at Dalhousie University, out-competing medical and graduate students from across Atlantic Canada. This studentship would see her working with neurologist Dr. Stefanelli conducting further MS research.

Chelsea Harris is a fine example of the extremely bright and energetic students MUN is turning out. Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to join with me in congratulating Chelsea Harris on her recent accomplishments and wishing her every success in the future.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I had the honour of attending a function yesterday in my district that celebrated a man’s life, a man larger than life with an even bigger heart. I talk of the funeral of Tom Fitzgerald, affectionately known as Big Tom. With over 700 in attendance, which included some of the Province’s most successful business, media, music, and comedy people, along with hundreds of average citizens, who all came for the same reason: to give a fitting send-off to someone who had done so much for so many.

Our community and this Province have lost a true ambassador. His parents, Tom and Judy, both lifelong civil servants, have lost their little boy. His daughter, Sophie, has lost the love of her life. All of us in this Province have lost a friend. I am proud to say Tom Fitzgerald was my friend and he will be missed.

As the last words of his eulogy read: Big Tom Forever.

I ask all members in this House to join me in celebrating the life of Tom Fitzgerald.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay and its Grade 6 students for successful participating and completion of the DARE program. This program is presently being offered to all Grade 6 students that attend school in the RNC jurisdictions. It covers the health, legal, and social problems encountered when involved with drugs. It gives students the skills and tools required to take a strong stand against illegal drugs and the ability to make healthy and wise choices.

Mr. Speaker, the RNC should be very proud of the work that its member, Constable Kevin Foley, is doing, presenting assistance to all of the students. I was able to attend the DARE program graduation exercise and it was very visible how excited the students were about this program and the knowledge and power it had given them to make a strong stand against illegal drugs and the association with it.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join with me in congratulating the Holy Trinity Elementary School, the RNC for making this available to our students, and to Holy Trinity Grade 6 class for being eager participants and graduating the DARE program, a tool they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Last Friday, April 27, I had the great privilege of attending the graduation ceremony of the graduating class of 2012 at the Fortune Bay East Academy in St. Bernard’s. It was a pleasure to see those young men and women dressed in their tux and gowns and to contest a great job that they did in presenting themselves in their last moments as graduates as they addressed their parents, teachers, and guests.

The future is theirs, it is in their hands, and as they go out in a world of uncertainty I suggest they choose a profession that they will enjoy. Good luck in the future that lies ahead of them, and remember, if you can dream it you can achieve it.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the graduates of 2012 from Fortune Bay East Academy in St. Bernard’s.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is indeed a pleasure to rise in this hon. House to congratulate the senior boys’ ball hockey team from MSB Regional Academy, Middle Arm, for capturing the gold medal at the provincial SSNL tournament, hosted by the Cannon Richards Memorial Academy, Flowers Cove. The eight team tournament took place from March 29 to 31, engaging numerous volunteers from around the region, whose help and dedication contributed to a very successful event.

Members of the victorious team include: Jasper Dicks, Zackery Goudie, Alex Rowe, Miguel Saunders, Jordon Robinson, Zackery Penney, Grant Foster, and Avery Austin. Coaches Zackery Lane, Lyndon Austin and Danny Dicks are to be applauded for guiding the team to victory.

MSB Regional Academy Wildcats narrowly defeated the Cannon Richards Memorial Academy Wildcats in the championship game with an eight to seven overtime victory. Zackery Penney of MSB took home the prestigious sportsmanship award.

Mr. Speaker, I invite all colleagues in this hon. House to join me in relaying congratulations to the senior boys’ ball hockey team hailing from MSB Regional Academy upon their outstanding achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, April 30, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I would like to recognize and congratulate the members of the Boys Volleyball Team at Catalina Elementary School for their recent victory. The team brought home the gold medal in Tier 2 at the 14-and-Under Provincial Tournament held in Clarenville on March 23 and March 24 of this year. Even more rewarding, it is the first time a banner was won and brought to Catalina Elementary since 1999-2000.

The boys’ volleyball team was picked from an after school volleyball club that ran for students in Grade 6, 7, and 8. The team started playing and practising together last year; and due to hard work and dedication, went from winning only one set in a tournament they attended last year, to bringing home gold just one year later. Coach Janice Hayward and Assistant Coaches Kyle and Grant Johnson are to be commended for their help and commitment to this team.

Mr. Speaker, members of the House, please join me in congratulating Catalina Elementary Boys Volleyball Provincial Champs: Nathan Butt, Adam Cullimore, Zachery Duffett, Tyler Gould, Gavin Hart, Bradley Hiscock, Adam Lodge, Daniel Lodge, Nathan Lodge, Nicholas Lodge, and Evan Peddle.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today in this hon. House to recognize the recent passing of Mr. Nigel Mercer of Upper Island Cove. Mr. Mercer was well known throughout Trinity Conception for his work and involvement with the Trinity Conception Shrine Club.

Mr. Mercer was recognized as the 2011 Shriner of the Year by the provincial organization last fall. I had the privilege to know Mr. Mercer through our involvement with the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation. He was a dedicated volunteer representing the Shriners and the Royal Canadian Legion at this event.

He has served as the Right Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador, served on many boards like the Anglican Parish Council, Helping Hands Goodwill Centre, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation.

In paying tribute to Mr. Mercer a friend said “he will be remembered not only for his contribution to the Shrine Club, but also for his dedication to all fraternal organizations and worthy causes in which he was involved.”

Mr. Mercer was person whose true wish was to make life a little bit better for those in need.

I ask that all members of this hon. House join me in recognizing a gentleman of distinction who will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and the causes he served so well for so many years.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this House to congratulate the organizers and participants of an event that took place in Corner Brook during the weekend of March 16. The history departments at both Grenfell Campus Memorial University and Corner Brook Regional High partnered to hold a Titanic Symposium.

A Centennial Remembrance was a student-centered event that marked the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Corner Brook Regional High’s participation comes out of the connection between the high school and the university which is just next door to each other.

The whole aim of the symposium was to promote an interest in history on a personal and academic level. Three high school students presented academic papers at the university on many topics associated with the Titanic disaster. As their former high school principal, I congratulate these students for presenting their individual research in a public forum at a university level, academic papers at an academic conference.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating students: Melissa Kennedy, Matthew Evans, and Cohen Chaulk. I would also thank Ms Michelle Park, a great teacher for always challenging students to go beyond in seeking higher achievement for all of her students.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is my privilege to stand in this hon. House to recognize the tremendous success story which is the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group. This organization was established in 2007 with a mandate to advocate, plan, and promote the independence, dignity, health, and well-being of senior citizens. They provide programming for 273 members, including weekly activities such as crafts, bowling, a Tuesday friendship club, fitness, a drop-in centre, and a walking program, just to name a few. They also administer a summer odd jobs and snow busters program, as well as other annual activities such as health awareness day, visits to personal care homes, income tax clinic, flu shot clinic, and a monthly caregiver respite centre.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group for the tremendous work they do to improve the lives of seniors in our Province.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate two students from Swift Current Academy for their outstanding achievement at the 2012 Vista Regional Drama Festival in Trinity a week ago.

Mr. Speaker, there were fourteen students from Swift Current Academy who took part in the 2012 drama festival. They took part in three different workshops and performed in the play entitled The Big Bad.

Special awards were presented to Janelle Maye for Best Actress in a Comic Role and Emma Miller for Best Stolen Moment.

I would also like to take this opportunity, Mr. Speaker, to recognize Ms Lori Ann Upshall and Ms Samantha Drover for their time, dedication, and encouragement to their students. They prepared their students very well for this competition.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in congratulating the students of Swift Current Academy for a great performance.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It gives me great pleasure and honour to rise today, Mr. Speaker, and declare that I have proof that love was in the air in 1941 and 1942 in Bonavista North. I am just as convinced that same love endures today, Mr. Speaker.

On March 18, 1941, Arthur Wicks and Eunice King were united in matrimony at Port Nelson in Bonavista North. Many members and most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians would easily recognize the name Art Wicks as a fisherman, union activist, and Open Line contributor. Mr. and Mrs. Wicks reside at Badger’s Quay today. They have happily raised four children, ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Art is ninety-two years young and Eunice is ninety. Art still lives in the family house, but Eunice’s health requires her to reside at Bonnews Nursing Care Facility. Art spends about ten hours every day lovingly and patiently sitting by her bedside at the home.

Also, a year later, on March 12, 1942, Nathan Humphries married the love of his life, Melina Stagg, at Cape Freel’s. The calendar tells us that uncle Nat is ninety-five, but his looks could cheat at least twenty-five years from that. On my visit he stated that they moved to Badger’s Quay in – he thought it was –1977, to get closer to the fish plant; she quickly corrected him and said it was 1967, and he said, just as quickly: She has been doing that for seventy years. The Humphries’ have eight children, eighteen grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

I request that I can speak in one voice to represent this entire assembly in wishing the Wicks and the Humphries’, as we call them, a happy seventy-first and seventieth anniversary respectively. Their love and commitment has certainly withstood the test of time.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Noel “Jake” Stanford, a resident of St. John’s West and winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador 2011 John Drinkwater Memorial Coach of the Year Award.

I had the pleasure of being in attendance as Jake was presented with this award during the 2012 Annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala held April 14 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Mr. Speaker, Jake Stanford has had a long and successful sporting career and he had very impressive results with the soccer teams he coached in 2011. His Under-16 Girls Soccer Team was undefeated in the provincial league and won gold at the Provincial Championships. They also placed third in the Senior Ladies Jubilee League. Jake also coached Holy Cross/Kirby Senior Men’s Team to first place in Challenge Cup Soccer with just one loss during the season. This team won the Challenge Cup Provincial Championship and also placed fourth at the national competition.

Mr. Speaker, Jake’s leadership and coaching knowledge has proven invaluable to his teams and he is very deserving of this award.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Jake Stanford on being named the Newfoundland and Labrador 2011 Coach of the Year.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the Waterford Lions Club on the occasion of its thirty-second anniversary commemorated on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

The Waterford Lions Club was chartered thirty-two years ago in April, 1980 with a mandate to work with the residents and staff at the Waterford Hospital to provide services and financial help wherever a need was identified.

Over the past thirty-two years, this group has raised funds to organize Christmas parties, dinners and dances, bingo games, and movies for the residents of the Waterford Hospital.

For many years, the Waterford Lions club provided scholarships for children and staff attending high school. This practice has since been discontinued and now the club sponsors a Leo Club organized at Beaconsfield Junior High School.

At the charter night event, March 10, several awards were presented to individual Lions Club members. The Lion of the Year award was presented to Lorraine Pearce for her outstanding devotion, loyalty, and hard work. Walter Bishop received an appreciation award for outstanding service and nearly all members were recognized for 100 per cent attendance.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in congratulating the Waterford Lions Club on its thirty-second anniversary.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, it is not always easy to make choices, especially when it is between two sports that you are passionate about playing.

That is what happened to several players on the Bishop’s Falls Junior Men’s Broomball team on the weekend of February 9 to 11 when Bishop’s Falls hosted the Provincial Junior Championships, and the school hockey team, Leo Burke Academy, were competing for the Confederation Cup in St. John’s on the same weekend.

Mr. Speaker, several players chose to go to St. John’s, leaving the three-time defending broomball provincial champions without some of their top players.

Mr. Speaker, with only eleven players they competed in the provincial tournament and after round robin play, they qualified for the crossovers, defeating Goose Bay two to one in overtime, which placed them in the gold medal game.

Mr. Speaker, the championship game was exciting, which saw Stephenville – and I am sure my colleagues from Port au Port and Stephenville East will be glad to hear that Stephenville won the game in a close final one to nothing.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Bishop’s Falls Junior Men’s Broomball team on their determination and accomplishment.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate a young resident of Mount Pearl and a member of the Junior Blades, nine-year-old Zachary Dean. Zachary was selected to attend the Canadian Tire NHL Junior Skills Competition held in Ottawa in January of this year.

Zachary was one of the top finishers among children his age across Canada following regional competitions. His skill is shooting. Zachary is to be commended for his extraordinary hard work and dedication. He is committed to the sport of hockey and works tirelessly to improve his skills.

I would also like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Zachary’s parents, and the Mount Pearl Junior Blades. Without their support, I am sure that Zachary would not have had the opportunity to travel to Ottawa and compete on the Rideau Canal.

While in Ottawa, Zachary also attended the NHL All Star Game, which was no doubt a highlight of the weekend for him and his fellow competitors. What a wonderful experience for a nine-year-old hockey player.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Zachary on his achievements thus far in the sport of hockey and wish him all the best as he continues his journey as an athlete. I am sure that we will all be watching his progress.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this hon. House to pay tribute to a wonderful lady in my district, Lucy Ann Rowe. Lucy was born in Joe Batts Arm on Fogo Island, on October 1, 1910. She is 101 years old.

She currently resides at Pleasantview Manor in Lewisporte. I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Rowe this past fall, and I also had the honour of introducing Mrs. Rowe to our Premier.

She was married to James Oliver Newman, a WWI veteran and together they raised five children. She also has sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

Lucy was a devoted member of the Church of England and for many years was a Sunday school teacher and a church organist. Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, knitting and she watches no television.

She moved to Pleasantview Manor in Lewisporte in her 100th year. She takes no medication and she attributes her long life partially to the fact that she takes two cod liver oil or two seal capsules every day.

Members of this House of Assembly, would you please join with me in recognizing Mrs. Lucy Rowe and congratulating her on her long life.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this House to acknowledge an outstanding young man from my district. Mr. Speaker, I speak of Donovan Taplin, a Level III student at St. Michael’s High on Bell Island who this past week was offered the prestigious 2012 national Loran Award. The nationwide candidate’s pool was comprised of nearly 4,000 applicants.

The scholarship, which includes summer programs and mentorship opportunities, is valued at up to $75,000. In an announcement made only hours ago, Mr. Speaker, Donovan has also been awarded the national TD Canada Trust Scholarship valued at $70,000.

Donovan has been a participant in both the Students on Ice Expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, and is the communications director of the Students on Ice delegations to the 2012 Earth Summit, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June.

Donovan has been a very active volunteer on Bell Island with the school’s student council, Tourism Bell Island, the Accordion Idol, Radio Bell Island, and many other groups. Mr. Speaker, I had the pleasure of having Donovan as one of my team members in a fundraising hockey tournament this past fall, and found him to be an exceptional, well-rounded young man.

I ask all members of this House to congratulate Donovan on his many accomplishments.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to congratulate a hockey team on their recent accomplishment, and while this hockey team is not technically from my district, a good portion of their fans hail from there. The team of which I speak is, of course, the Clarenville Caribous.

On April 1, the Caribous beat the Grand Falls Cataracts, winning four games straight, the series ending 4 games to 1. This was the third Herder championship in four years, and that is in addition to the team winning the prestigious national championship, the Allan Cup, in 2011.

As I have heard from you, Mr. Speaker, in a conversation we had just recently, the Clarenville Caribous have achieved senior hockey supremacy in this Province.

I would ask all members of this House of Assembly to join with myself and the Speaker in congratulating the Caribous senior hockey team on another hugely successful season.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the forty-eight years of service the Port au Port Economic Development Association has been providing to its catchment area.

The Port au Port Economic Development Association is a not-for-profit, community-based volunteer organization that works toward implementing short-term and long-term economic planning in the region. This is accomplished by facilitating the identification of local needs, acting as a forum for the exchange of ideas on how to address these local needs, and the development of local leadership.

PAPEDA, for instance, co-ordinates and hosts the Port au Port Agricultural and Craft Fall Fair, a highly successful annual event that showcases local businesses and farmers’ products and services. This year, Mr. Speaker, will mark its forty-fifth anniversary.

PAPEDA also manages I would say to be one of the most picturesque parks in all of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Piccadilly Head Regional Park, which is greatly enjoyed by visitors, tourists, and local residents alike.

Mr. Speaker, I ask hon. members of this House to join with me in applauding the efforts of the Port au Port Economic Development Association for their coordinated community work that has benefitted the area for almost fifty years.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today congratulating fire departments in my district. On Saturday, March 3, I had the great privilege of attending a fireman’s annual dinner at Dildo. This dinner marked the thirty-third year of the Seaside Volunteer Fire Department that provides services to Blaketown, Old Shop, South Dildo, Dildo, and New Harbour. With a total of thirty-three active members, this department does a fantastic job volunteering their services to this regional area.

I also want to say thank you to Don Bishop, who is a long-time member of the Seaside Fire Department for the past thirty-three years. Prior to this, he served with the Heart’s Delight Fire Department for two years, totalling thirty-five years of service.

Mr. Speaker, there is also another fine gentleman, Mr. Melvin Newhook, who has served thirty-three years with the Seaside Fire Department. Melvin is currently disabled, but still makes it out to the meetings and holds the treasurer position within that department. I would like to thank him for his much-dedicated services.

I ask that all members of this hon. House join me and thank each and every volunteer firefighter throughout our Province for their countless hours of work they do each year to serve their communities.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

At its annual conference held in St. John’s on February 9, 2012, the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association revealed that Springdale Forest Resources Inc. was the 2011 winner of the Award of Excellence in the large established company category.

I rise today, Mr. Speaker, in this hon. House to applaud this remarkable achievement. It speaks volumes of the company’s commitment to safety.

Mr. Speaker, the award recognizes a company’s outstanding commitment and dedication to occupational health and safety in the construction industry.

Located in the vibrant Town of Springdale, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Springdale Forest Resources strives not only to foster a safe work culture, but also strives to protect the environment in its daily operations. It is a proactive company that employs people in the construction, forestry, trucking, and diamond drilling sectors, contributing immensely to the regional economy.

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully ask all hon. colleagues to join me in congratulating Mr. Dennis Young, President; Mr. Harvey Rice, safety officer; and all employees of the Springdale Forest Resources for capturing the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association Award of Excellence.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I am pleased to rise today in this hon. House to congratulate a sports icon in Lake Melville, and a personal family friend, Mrs. Winifred McLean.

Winnie was invited to referee in Port au Choix by daughter Claire on March 1 at the Senior Provincial Broomball Tournament. Winnie and husband Clayton quickly packed up and made the trip.

March 3, at the banquet, what came next was described by Winnie as a pleasant shock, Mr. Speaker, two years in the making, kept secret by all family and fellow players. Winnie made history as the 13th person inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Broomball Hall of Fame, and it is my deep honour, Mr. Speaker, to say that she is the first Labradorian to be inducted.

She is a true ambassador for the sport, with accolades including provincial and national titles, and an eight-year provincial winning streak for the Goose Bay team. For her forty years as a player and a coach in this Province, and in recognition of her induction into the Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to broomball in the Province as an athlete/builder, I ask all hon. members of this House to recognize and pay tribute to an amazing woman of Labrador, Mrs. Winnie McLean.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for District of Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have a reputation for helping those in need. A clear example of this was displayed in the recent actions of the students at Hazelwood Elementary, a school that many of my young constituents attend.

On November 9, 2011, Mr. Newton Atela, the director of a small orphanage in Kenya, Africa, visited Hazelwood Elementary and told the children there about the children who live and go to school at this orphanage. He told them about the many needs these children have.

The Hazelwood Elementary students and staff were very touched by this story and keen to help the Kenya Orphanage. A Pennies for Kenya drive was begun, and when it was over, a cheque was presented to the orphanage for $3,185.

Hazel Elementary students have shown their great generosity and care in other projects as well. Last March, they raised over $12,000 for cancer research in their Shave for the Brave Campaign. They also participated in the annual VOCM Coats for Kids project, food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Christmas Shoeboxes for Children Campaign.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this House to join me in commending the generosity of these young children at Hazelwood Elementary.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise to deliver accolades to Cindy Cox, Volunteer of the Year for 2011 in St. Alban’s. Cindy is a dynamic, energetic and committed individual who gives endlessly of her time and talent to help others.

A mother of six, she holds many volunteer positions, such as Treasurer and Secretary for the Heritage Society and Tidy Towns, and supervisor for summer students and JCP, Job Creation Partnership programs.

Cindy also led a fundraiser that raised over $30,000 to install a monument at our cemetery, and she has organized numerous charity events for organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Cecilian Singers, and Moms for Play. In addition, Cindy can be relied upon to arrange potluck dinner theatres to raise funds for sick children and families in need. She also organizes cleanups for the St. Ignatius Parish and town council.

Cindy is now in the process of establishing a heritage museum in the community centre. She has collected over 1,200 photos dating back to the early 1800s as part of preserving our past.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating Cindy for her outstanding dedication to volunteerism, and we look forward to her continued commitment and initiative for years to come.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this hon. House to recognize Mr. Vernon Petten for his fifty years of volunteer service as Treasurer of the Port de Grave Pentecostal Tabernacle.

Mr. Speaker, a special service was held recently celebrating Mr. Petten’s fifty years as treasurer of his church. He received notes of congratulations from our Premier and from former pastors of the church. As well, Mr. Petten has travelled on several church missions to countries like St. Lucia, Zambia and Montserrat building schools and churches for those less fortunate than ourselves. He devotes many hours to the Gideon’s where he is, you guessed it, their treasurer. Mr. Petten is well known throughout the district for his many years of community service and volunteerism.

I ask that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Petten on recognition of his dedicated service to church and community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Mr. Speaker, I stand to recognize Major Henry Gaudon, CD3 (Canadian Declaration – 3rd Clasp) for forty-eight years of military service, twenty-eight of which were spent in the Canadian Armed Forces Regular and twenty in the Canadian Forces Reserves, Cadet Instructor Cadre.

On March 17, the 3012 Lynx Army Cadet Corps carried out a Change of Command Ceremony where Major Gaudon passed on command of this fine Army Cadet Corps to Captain Travis Young as its new Commanding Officer.

Mr. Speaker, Major Gaudon was celebrated for his great dedication and passion to the youth of the Port au Port Peninsula and for the investment he made in their lives.

Major Gaudon was influential in building a 3012 Lynx Cadet Corps into the largest Army Cadet Corps in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a twelve-piece military marching band, Colour Party proudly displaying our Canadian, provincial, Francophone, Mi’Kmaq, Army Cadet League, and the 3012 Lynx Cadet Corps flags, an Honour Guard, Mr. Speaker, as well as a competitive air rifle shooting team.

This impressive Corps has now been placed under the capable command of Captain Young, who I am sure will continue this strong legacy.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members to join with me in congratulating Major Gaudon for his outstanding contribution.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to stand in this hon. House to honour the memory of an extraordinary person from my district, the late Janet Maher. Janet was not only a tremendous human being, but also a very gifted athlete who excelled through her involvement with the Mount Pearl Special Olympics.

She won numerous individual and team awards at the provincial and national levels in the sports of floor hockey and bowling. Some of her achievements include: 2008 National Female Athlete of the Year; Mount Pearl Female Athlete of the Year; and, Mount Pearl Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year, just to name a few.

She was also awarded a 125 Anniversary Commemorative Medal by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her contribution to her co-athletes, community and nation and was recently inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Speaker, even though Janet has left us far too early, her spirit of competitiveness and collaboration continues to inspire athletes in Mount Pearl and elsewhere.

I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in recognition of this outstanding Newfoundlander.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to recognize a wonderful lady, Mrs. Mary Kinsella, who has raised her family in Logy Bay where she enjoys telling stories of years gone by, and she does her best to keep Newfoundland and Labrador traditions alive and going strong.

At the young age of ninety-two, Mrs. Kinsella lives in her own home and hosts many family dinners and gatherings. She has a great community spirit.

Mrs. Kinsella prides herself on passing her traditions on to others. Her willingness to share her rug hooking talents with the people in the town is really appreciated. On Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 o’clock at the museum in the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, she teaches rug hooking classes. Most nights she has five or six ladies in her class, also some of her family members enjoys in sharing her time with her.

Mr. Speaker, at present, Mrs. Kinsella and her group are creating a large rug which will display the scenic view of our rugged coastline. It is people like Mrs. Kinsella at the age of ninety-two, who shows us what great community spirit is all about.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members in this House to join with me in thanking Mrs. Mary Kinsella for her dedication in keeping our traditions alive and sharing her talents with others.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: the hon. the Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services, by leave

MS CHARLENE JOHNSON: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the RCSCC 295 Baccalieu Cadet Core in Old Perlican for receiving the distinguished award of Top Cadet Core in Newfoundland and Labrador. I had the opportunity to attend the awards presentation on February 29 in Old Perlican, Mr. Speaker. Commander Trimm from CFS St. John’s and Station Chief Harris visited the corps to officially present this prestigious award.

295 Baccalieu consists of eighty-four cadets, ten officers, and three ci’s. They are a very active group with the cadets participating in numerous activities including sail seminars, band seminars, and public speaking competitions. They contribute greatly to their region by participating in six Santa Claus parades a year, fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation, and countless other events. Also, Mr. Speaker, they recently won the right to compete at a provincial competition next month in the Zone Drill Category.

Baccalieu 295 receives tremendous support from their committee members, parents, Baccalieu Collegiate School, numerous local businesses, and the community as a whole. We are all very proud of Baccalieu 295 for being recognized for their hard work and dedication by winning the Sea Cadet Core of the Year Award for 2011.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in offering congratulations to Baccalieu 295 Cadet Core.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to extend congratulations to the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador, or COD-NL, on the opening of their new location on Hamlyn Road in my District of St. John’s West.

Mr. Speaker, COD-NL is an advocacy organization for persons with disabilities in our Province. It serves people with all disabilities, promoting their rights and raising awareness at local and provincial levels.

Mr. Speaker, I had the honour of attending the grand opening of COD-NL’s new office back in December, which was organized to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I was very impressed with the space. I had the opportunity to speak with board members from across the Province, as well as members of organizations representing individuals with various disabilities and they, too, were very excited about the space.

The new office is fully accessible, there is more parking, and of course, the location itself provides increased visibility. Mr. Speaker, increased visibility goes hand in hand with creating increased awareness within the community of COD-NL, and this is very positive.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating COD-NL on the opening of their new office and wish them continued success at their new location.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, on Monday, February 6 of this year, the Bishop’s Falls Fire Department celebrated fifty years of volunteer firefighting service in the town. The event was recognized with an anniversary dinner and was attended by current members, honourary members, and ten of the chartered members from 1962.

Mr. Speaker, in 1962 citizens of the Town of Bishop’s Falls recognized a need for fire protection in the community, and on February 6, 1962, the volunteer fire department was formed with thirty-five members.

Mr. Speaker, I am sure in 1962 firefighting was their main focus. Since then, they have grown into a well-trained, well-respected emergency response team. They have responded to residential fires, forest fires, highway traffic accidents, our major flood of 1983, and recently responded to a fire at the Bishop’s Falls hydro generating station and was successful in preventing another disaster.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the Bishop’s Falls fire department on fifty years of dedication to fire protection and emergency response to the Town of Bishop’s Falls and the Exploits Valley.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to stand in this House to congratulate the organizers of an event that has been taking place in Corner Brook for over a quarter century. The event I speak of is the March Hare.

March Hare was started twenty-six years ago by the late Al Pittman to give poets a platform to gather and share their work. Festival organizers strive to keep audiences engaged by offering a mixture of poetry, storytelling, prose, reading and traditional music. March Hare has grown from its early beginnings in Corner Brook to include shows in Europe, Mainland Canada, St. John’s, Gander, Deer Lake, Rocky Harbour, and indeed, Corner Brook.

The 26th Annual March Hare was a huge success and came to a close on March 11, 2012. Mr. Speaker, about 1,500 people attended the shows over a ten day period.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all member of this hon. House to join with me in congratulating the host committee under the direction of Mr. Rex Brown, and wish them much success in future March Hare Festivals.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Grand Falls-Windsor – Green Bay South.

MR. RAY HUNTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Ms Emily Bland. Emily has achieved great strides in her seventeen years. Her latest is being chosen as Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador for the year 2012.

Her training and awards are also lengthy. Emily is very active in volunteer work and extracurricular activities such as coaching volleyball, grad steering committee, mathematics, and has achieved many awards, such as Kiwanis Music Festival, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, and competitive cheerleading.

She has special training such as voice, ballet, piano, school band, art and painting just to mention a few. She also has honours with distinction in Grades 7 to 9, and Grade 11, honours in Grade 10, and made the Principal’s list in Grades 10 to 12.

I would like to ask my hon. colleagues to join with me to congratulate Emily Bland for all her accomplishments, and as well, Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this House to congratulate a group of volunteers who are undertaking a very valuable project. Mr. Speaker, I speak of Radio Bell Island which operated from March 19 to March 24 at St. Michael’s High School on the Island. It was operated with a large group of volunteers from the community, the town council staff, but particularly students from St. Michael’s High School, along with the leadership of local musicians and volunteers Terry Parsons, Tonya Kearley, and Kelly Russell.

These individuals were responsible for the design of the broadcast, programming and all aspects of the technical operations. These six days gave residents the opportunity to be educated, informed and entertained, but more importantly engaged. The programs included news, interviews, talk shows, call in song requests, a sports and a history segment and everything else to catch the ear of preschoolers to seniors. While the whole of the community will benefit form the operation of this station, there is one group that has gained immensely, those being the students of St. Michael’s High who were trained in every aspect of the techniques of broadcasting, from interviewing to research to use of technology.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join with me in congratulating all involved with Radio Bell Island.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in the hon. House today to congratulate the Pearson Academy Astros Boys Senior Volleyball team. The team has had a consistent string of victories at high-profile competitions.

The school has seen its share of success in the past, but this year has seen all of the stars align, and the players and coaches are experiencing a year like no other in recent memory. The year began when a very humble team organized and regrouped after losing several key players to last year’s graduation.

After several weeks of practice and honing their skills and strategies to their great advantage, the Astros served up a powerful attack as they defeated all competitors in the following. When I submitted my first statement there were three items here and now we have five victories. This team attended the Senior High Volleyfest 2011 here in St. John’s and they carried home the provincial banner in Male B. They attended VolleyCentral, the Newfoundland Volleyball Association, and carried home the provincial banner in Male B. They attended the regional high school Sport Newfoundland and Labrador and took home the Regional Medal and banner. They then hosted and raised in their own gymnasium the Provincial Championship Banner in AAA Boys Senior High Volleyball. More recently, they attended the Juveniles Under 18 Male and they took home the provincial championship there.

Mr. Speaker, I am sure all members of this hon. House join me in congratulating the players, the parents, the fans, and the coaches of Pearson Academy Astros on a tremendous volleyball season. The team exhibited a great combination of high-quality play and great sportsmanship.

We salute the Pearson Astros, comprised of thirteen young men, with Coach Craig Loder, who originates from Humber Valley, and Coach Principal Juan Gill, a home-grown boy.

As a former Astro and as a former principal to these Astros, I would like to go on record as saying: Go, Astros.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize and offer thanks to a recently retired employee with the City of Mount Pearl: Mr. Gerard Philpott, the Parks and Facilities Supervisor.

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Gerard during my time with the City of Mount Pearl and since then as well. I know that many others will echo my sentiments. Gerard will certainly be missed by council members and staff alike.

Working for the city for almost a quarter of a century, Gerard has been known to many as the go-to guy. If you need information or assistance with any issue, Gerard could always help. If he did not have the answer, which was rare, he would direct you to the appropriate person or department.

I know that Gerard’s retirement is well deserved, but I have a feeling that he will not be far from community life. I am sure many of his co-workers and colleagues will see him from time to time.

I would like to extend my best wishes to Gerard and his family on his retirement. I am sure that they are all looking forward to spending quality time together.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Gerard Philpott on his retirement from the City of Mount Pearl, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Honourable colleagues, I rise in this House today to acknowledge the outstanding humanitarian work and effort put forth by Pastor Cathy Harris, a resident of Bonavista.

Reverend Harris, founder and president of Prodigal Ministries Incorporated, spends her time travelling, evangelizing, preaching, and doing mission work. She has been to Thailand, Cambodia, and Toronto on short-term missions, has volunteered with the Salvation Army in the 9-11 terrorist bombing disaster in New York, and has helped raise money for the 2010 Haiti Relief Fund.

Pastor Harris created a four-member team that has completed two missions to Uganda, Africa, and is currently preparing for a third visit November 2012. Harris, along with Sandra Durdle, Eliza Swyers, and Lora Swyers, also residents of Bonavista, travelled to Watoto, a mission-run village for orphans, helping build a classroom and caring for children. To raise funding, Reverend Harris has released two music CDs, and organizes and performs various fundraisers.

Mr. Speaker and members of this House, please join me in paying tribute to Reverend Cathy Harris and her team. She has done great work and will continue to represent this Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the less-fortunate countries of the world. We wish them all the best on their upcoming mission, Mr. Speaker.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this hon. House today to congratulate two fine gentleman of St. Bernard’s – Jacques Fontaine who have devoted twenty and twenty-five years of their time to their local volunteer fire department. These men are Clayton Johnson and Gerard Hodder

I would like to thank the St. Bernard’s – Jacques Fontaine volunteer fire department for the services they provide to their community and four other communities: Bay L’Argent, Little Bay East, Harbour Mille, and Little Harbour East.

Mr. Johnson was presented with the Firefighting Twenty-five-year Long-Term Service Bar and Medal and Mr. Hodder with the Firefighting Twenty-year Long-Term Service Bar and Medal.

It is our volunteer firefighters who are there when we are at our darkest time, during life-changing events, risking their lives to save our homes and properties. It is the men and women like these whom we the people of this Province depend on to keep our homes, businesses, and communities safe.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating Clayton Johnson and Gerard Hodder and all the fire department volunteers throughout this Province for their devoted services.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Fortune Bay – Cape la Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to deliver accolades to Chef Dereck Collier, originally from St. Alban’s and now residing here in St. John’s. Earlier this year, on January 14, Mr. Collier received the Chef of the Year award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Chef’s Association.

This award is presented to a chef who participates in culinary events, competitions, assists the chef’s association, and contributes their spare time to helping chefs across borders. Among his achievements and volunteer charitable contributions are provincial and national skills competitions, Hot Soup Cool Jazz Competitions, local collunarium competitions, Cupcakes for Breast Cancer, and the World Chefs Tour against Hunger in South Africa. Dereck has also served as acting vice-president of the Chef’s Association and is an instructor for the College of the North Atlantic.

Very well respected, Mr. Collier is a tremendous individual, with tremendous talent and a genuine desire to help others.

On behalf of myself and my hometown, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in recognizing the culinary skills and charitable generosity of Mr. Dereck Collier, Chef of the Year for 2012.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bay Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the achievements of three high school graduates in my District of Baie Verte – Springdale.

Terri-Lynn Baggs of Baie Verte Collegiate, Danielle Locke of H.L. Strong Academy, and Lauren Robinson of MSB Regional Academy were the proud recipients of Electoral District Scholarships, valued at $1,000 each.

Mr. Speaker, the awarding of these scholarships is based solely on the public examination results.

All three schools and the communities are to be commended for fostering a strong learning environment and a positive culture that contributed to the success of these aspiring students.

I conclude by respectfully asking my hon. colleagues to join me in congratulating Terri-Lynn, Danielle, and Lauren upon their outstanding accomplishments.

We wish them every success in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to congratulate three youths from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. They are Grade 9 students, thirteen year old twins Kelsey and Courtney Roberts, and fourteen year old Sarah Fowler. They have spent the past year raising more than $11,000 for a new animal shelter for the local SPCA.

Mr. Speaker, they witnessed a stray dog that sparked a discussion on what they could do to make a difference. They young ladies organized bake sales, barbecues, grocery bagging at the local Co-Op, and they also went door to door fundraising. Their message is a simple one, they want people to know that it is very important to give back to your community and anyone can do this type of fundraising, no matter what their age. They want other youth to know that you can indeed have fun while doing something that supports a good cause.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join with me in congratulating Kelsey Roberts, Courtney Roberts and Sarah Fowler for their outstanding fundraising efforts in putting their community first, and raising an incredible amount of money for their local SPCA.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise to offer my congratulations to the girls’ volleyball teams at Greenwood Academy in Campbellton.

Greenwood Academy is a small K-9 school in rural Newfoundland with a usually successful volleyball program. They have four teams: Grade 5s, Grades 6 and 7, Grade 8, and Grade 9. They are coached by Ambrose Patterson and Jody Curlew. They hold practices twice a week and, Mr. Speaker, any girl who wishes to play gets the chance. There are no tryouts. Everybody is welcome. The girls started at a young age and they have learned to have fun, even when they lose. Their enthusiasm and skill level have made them consistent medal finishers at tournaments. In fact, in ten tournaments this year, Mr. Speaker, they have won eight medals, including six gold.

The Grade 9 team, who have been together since Grade 5, consist of the following members: Tanisha Harris, Catlin Steele, Lacey Lewis, Caley Thoms, Keesha Cooper, Jenny Yeomans, Jenna Burt, Amber Mills, Samantha Budgell, Kayla Hoddinott, and one Grade 8 student, Cara Thoms.

Members of the House of Assembly, please join with me in recognizing the success of these students and also in thanking the teachers involved for their interest in their students.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Premier; I understand she has leave for the member’s statement today.

PREMIER KATHY DUNDERDALE: Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise in this House today to recognize the extraordinary efforts of a school community in my district. The students, teachers, and parents of Roncalli Elementary School in Airport Heights demonstrated community-minded compassion and commitment to others with their fundraising results for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Shave for the Brave.

On Monday, March 19, Roncalli Elementary hosted its first Shave for the Brave and it was an outstanding success. Mr. Speaker, forty-eight people participated in the shave, including forty-three students, two teachers, and three parents, raising over $24,000.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

PREMIER DUNDERDALE: That amount raised, Mr. Speaker, makes Roncalli Elementary the leading school for money raised by schools all across Canada participating in this year’s Shave for the Brave.

To introduce the idea of holding a Shave for the Brave, each grade level was read a children’s book based on a true story of a little girl named Alex, who, when faced with cancer decided to help herself and others by setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for her local hospital. This young girl’s courage was contagious and now there is a foundation set up in her name with over $1 million raised!

On the day of the shave at Roncalli Elementary, they held their own lemonade stand with all proceeds going to Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC), an organization supporting people aged fifteen to thirty-nine facing cancer challenges. Mr. Speaker, from the lemonade stand alone, $584 was raised with Kindergarten to Grade 6 students donating their spare change for a cup of lemonade.

A very special seven-year-old that I know – my own grandson, Jack, – will participate in the Shave for the Brave on Monday in memory of his poppa.

Mr. Speaker, with this example of caring for and giving to others in compassion and human kindness I am uplifted, encouraged, and inspired once again by the children of this wonderful Province. I know our future is secure, not just because of our natural resources and our good governance but because of people these children are and the adults they will become.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating all members of the Roncalli Elementary community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize and congratulate a personal friend and former classmate of mine, Dana Cox, wife and mother of three beautiful children who has been battling cancer since she was first diagnosed in June of 2010.

Last night at the Delta Hotel, I attended A Night for Dana. It was a concert organized through sheer miraculous faith. After Paula Tessier, Development Officer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation had heard a song Dana had written on the way home from her radiation treatment, she arranged a meeting between Dana and a company from California looking to get involved and help raise funds for the foundation.

Mr. Speaker, from that meeting the rest is history. The concert was fantastic and so inspiring. Dana sang, No Time For You, a defiant song written to her cancer. She then went on to perform alongside the band, Abbey Road and Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s legendary rocker, Rik Emmett- much to the delight of the hundreds of Dana’s friends and family in attendance.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join with me in recognizing Dana’s fighting spirit and her recent accomplishments. Keep up the fight Dana, you have so many people in your corner cheering for you.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, for the second year in a row, Botwood Collegiate’s senior robotics team captured first place at the Provincial Skills Canada competition held at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s. In May of 2011, the team travelled to Quebec City and posted a fifth place finish.

Mr. Speaker, team coaches Mr. Brian Antle and Mr. Brian Ball were instrumental in the team’s success and have been recognized for their efforts.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Ball was offered and accepted a position with the Provincial Technical Committee, and Mr. Antle accepted a position as the National Technical Committee Member for Robotics representing the Atlantic Provinces. This position also means that he is chair of the Provincial Technical Committee.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Mr. Brian Ball and Mr. Brian Antle for their contributions and accomplishments in the Robotics Skills competitions.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance for honouring those who are involved in sporting in Mount Pearl. I congratulate all those who were inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony that was held in January of this year.

Mount Pearl has always been a leader in promoting sports, health and fitness. The Mount Pearl Sport Alliance maintains a strong working relationship with all sporting organizations and helps to support and co-ordinate events and activities that promote positive involvement. The Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame is a great example of this support.

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Pat O’Keefe Jr., the family of Nellie Devereaux, the family of Janet Maher, Don Kelly as well as Gary Martin as this year’s inductees. Their dedication to sports and athletics in Mount Pearl is evident by this honour.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating all inductees of the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance for their continued commitment to sport and athletics in Mount Pearl.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in this hon. House to recognize the accomplishments of four individuals who have given their time and talents to the sport of soccer in the City of Mount Pearl. Three of these individuals: Roger Ruttgaizer, Tom McGrath, and Bob Hillier have been inducted into the Mount Pearl Soccer Hall of Fame in the category of Builder, and the other, Raeleen (Dunne) Baggs, in the category of Player. Raeleen also has the distinction of being the first female to be inducted into the hall.

Soccer, like many other sports, provides tremendous benefits to our youth, not only from a health and wellness perspective, but also in providing lifelong lessons such as the value of hard work and commitment and of working as part of a team.

I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in commending these individuals for their contribution to this great sport and congratulating them on being inducted into the Mount Pearl Soccer Hall of Fame.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Today, I rise in this hon. House to recognize the Town of Bay Roberts for sixty years as an incorporated municipality.

Mr. Speaker, at the Annual Christmas and Volunteer Dinner, the town celebrated sixty years of continued growth and development. The town, now the largest community in Conception Bay North, took the time to honour and recognize one of its founding fathers, Mr. Eric Dawe, a former mayor, councillor, and an hon. Member of the House of Assembly. Now ninety years old, Mr. Dawe spoke to the gathering of those humble beginnings and how by referendum the people of the area chose to incorporate as a town. Initially there were only two taxes, Mr. Speaker, a vehicle tax and a resident tax, with a total budget of $50,000.

As well, that evening the town recognized its longest-serving mayor, Mr. Wilbur Sparkes, who served in that capacity for twenty-four consecutive years. Mr. Sparkes, prior to his election as mayor, served six years on the Community Council of Bay Roberts East and was instrumental in amalgamating Bay Roberts East with the Town of Bay Roberts.

I ask that all members of this House join me in congratulating these two gentlemen for their service and foresight in the building of their community.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for District of Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I stand in this hon. House today to recognize an outstanding young man in my district, Daniel Noftall. Daniel was hired four years ago as an instructor with the Waterford Valley Summer Sports Program and has worked every summer since, most recently as supervisor.

From the start, Daniel displayed great leadership qualities and quickly became the go-to guy when something had to be done. His organizational skills and ability to communicate his superior knowledge of the game of softball gave a great boost to the whole Waterford Valley Association. Kids and parents really like Daniel, and the Association president, Paul Healy, says he is the best supervisor that he has seen in ten years as president.

Daniel played fast pitch softball from the ages of eight to eighteen, and is recognized as a talented player who has represented the Province in numerous Eastern Canadian and national championships.

Daniel graduated from Bishops College in 2010 with an 87 per cent average. Currently, Daniel is attending Memorial University, majoring in athletic psychology. His marks are at the top of his class.

I ask all hon. members to join me in recognizing this fine young man.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Honourable colleagues, I rise in this House today to congratulate Mr. Charles Fry and Mrs. Pearl Fry on reaching quite a significant wedding anniversary. On December 15, 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Fry celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.

I would also like to acknowledge what an outstanding community member Mr. Charles Fry is.

At the age of seventeen, Mr. Fry served in the 166 Newfoundland Field Regiment Royal Artillery during the Second World War.

In 1956, Mr. Fry became the founding president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Bonavista South, Branch 37. Over the years he earned numerous ribbons and medals that include Past District Commander, Past President, Past Chaplin, Treasurer, Service Officer, 50 Year Medal, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Life Member Medal, the Italian Star, the Defense Medal, the Newfoundland Volunteer Medal, and the 1939-45 Medal, the Commemorative Medal, and the Golden Jubilee Medal. Charlie is very proud of his service in the Royal Canadian Legion and is currently an honorary member.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all members of this House to join me in paying tribute to such an honorary member of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. Charles Fry.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to congratulate an exhibit of great community collaboration and effort in the City of Corner Brook.

Curlers were able to take to the sheets of a state-of-the-art curling facility during the fall of 2011 after a two-year hiatus.

On Saturday, January 21, 2012, the community was invited to attend the opening ceremonies of this fabulous facility. The day started with a fun spiel with local curlers of all ages participating, and ended with official ceremonies and celebration.

I extend congratulations to two individuals who believed in this project and spent tireless hours to see the project through. George Spracklin and Carl Loughlin gave and continue to give many hours to this sport and this project.

George and Carl believe that this facility was important as a community builder, and it was through their time, effort and dedication that the area now has a wonderful sporting addition. Since opening in the fall of 2011, there has been steady curling activity at the rink each and every day of the week.

To George and Carl and the entire Corner Brook Curling Club, I would ask all hon. members to congratulate and wish many years of curling and community success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Grand Falls-Windsor – Green Bay South.

MR. RAY HUNTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, the Lifesaving Society of Newfoundland and Labrador has created the Tina Moores Memorial Cup for Lifeguard of the Year.

This award has been established in memory of Tina Moores, who lost her life trying to save the life of a young child in 2009.

Tina was a member of the Lifesaving Society and had completed all of their programs.

Tina’s family have received many awards of bravery since her death in 2009, including the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General and the Carnegie Heroism Medal which is presented throughout North America to those who risk their lives while trying to or saving the lives of others.

I ask my hon. colleagues to join with me in remembering Tina and congratulating The Lifesaving Society on their new award for lifesaving excellence.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to commend the Traytown Junior Recreation Committee that was organized by Judy Tulk back in 2010, and since that time they have accomplished great things.

Recognizing the need for more recreational opportunities in their community, they refurbished the old town’s dilapidated playground as well as restoring the local outdoor ice rink. Through hard work and dedication, both projects were complete successes. Next, the committee plans to construct a beach volleyball court and, Mr. Speaker, considering their track record, I do not have any doubt in my mind they will achieve their goal.

This committee has formed key relationships with the town council, local recreation committee, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation through its capital grants program, and even the Canadian Armed Forces who provided much needed skilled labour to the group, free of charge. Not only have these projects given the town and its residents tangible assets, equally as important, it has served as an exercise of community building.

I ask all members of this hon. House to join with me in congratulating this fine group of young people and thanking them for setting an example to others on how young people can effect positive change in their communities.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this hon. House of Assembly to congratulate the business recipients in the Stephenville-Port au Port-Bay St. George area who were recognized for their business accomplishments at the Heart of the Community Gala in Stephenville during Business Week 2011 which was held this past fall.

Mr. Speaker, Noel Estoppey of Domino Pizza House was honoured with the Life-Time Achievement Award at the Gala. Claude, his father, started the business in Stephenville forty-nine years ago. Domino Pizza House is well known for its excellent food and notably for its charitable community spirit.

Ten additional businesses were also recognized with the Heart of the Community Awards: Callahan’s Contracting, Holiday Inn Stephenville, Romain’s Farm, Sew Much More, The Gravels Development Group, Tabletop Family Chiropractic, Deb’s Airport Café, Arlim Company, E.H. Scott Sales, and Stephenville Theatre Festival.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members of this hon. House of Assembly to join me in congratulating the businesses that received these awards and to wish them a strong and prosperous future here in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise honourably today to congratulate and recognize fantastic achievements of the Crystal Gliders Figure Skating Club, who skate out of the Beothic Arena in Bonavista North.

I would like to preface this year’s accomplishments by a short comment about last year; the synchro teams competed in the 2011 provincial competitions and returned with one bronze medal in the Beginner 2 category.

This year, teams came away with four medals and, to top it off, they set two provincial records. The Loop Lightning earned bronze in PreNovice and the Kitti Koasters skated to bronze in Beginner 1. However, the biggest achievement came from the Krystal Blades and Krystal Koasters, who both skated their way to record-breaking gold medal wins.

The Blades captured gold in Elementary with a score of 26.55, while the Koasters earned gold in Beginner II with a score of 13.49. Both scores were overall skill records for skating skills.

The feat is pretty outstanding, considering each synchronized skating team, their blades actually hit the ice surface for roughly forty-five minutes of practice each week.

I respectfully express congratulations, and feel confident I am joined by all members of this House to extend congratulations to coach Claudia Drover, and each and every individual athlete and parent involved. Enjoy your medals, ladies, and one gentleman. Although they looked great on you, your smiles were much nicer.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to offer congratulations to Heather Strong and her Newfoundland and Labrador curling team, who recently represented our Province at the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Heather Strong and her St. John’s Bally Haly team consisted of Laura Strong, Jen Cunningham, Stephanie Korab and Noelle Thomas-Kennell, who won the right to represent the Province when they captured the provincial curling championship in January. The rink is coached by Jamie Korab.

Mr. Speaker, Heather Strong’s name has been synonymous with championship for many years. She is a ten-time provincial ladies champion and has represented our Province at the Tournament of Hearts nine times.

This year’s women’s Canadian championship curling field was again a very competitive one. Heather said that her rink’s goal was to represent the Province as best they could and they certainly put forward a tremendous effort.

Mr. Speaker, Heather Strong and her team are wonderful ambassadors for the sport of curling and for our Province. I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Heather, Laura, Jen, Stephanie, Noelle and Jamie on representing Newfoundland and Labrador at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bellevue.

MR. CALVIN PEACH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to talk of a remarkable couple that has reached a milestone in their lives. Albert and Harriett Piercey celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary January 2012 with family and friends.

They are a true testament to a happy couple of seventy years marriage. There are not many who can attest to this accomplishment.

Albert is ninety-five years of age and Hattie turned ninety just a week before their anniversary. Both are of sound mind and have a lot of memories of their wonderful life together. They raised a family of eleven children – ten are still living, sixteen grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.

On January 8, I had the privilege and pleasure of joining them in the celebration of their seventieth wedding anniversary.

Mr. Speaker, both are thankful for their good health and strength. I ask that all members of this hon. House join me in sending a well-deserved congratulation to Albert and Harriet Piercey for their seventieth wedding anniversary.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Lewisporte.

MR. WADE VERGE: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this hon. House to pay tribute to a recently deceased veteran of World War II, Mr. Frederick Thoms of Boyd’s Cove.

Mr. Thoms was born on August 27, 1921. At the age of nineteen he was serving as a leading seaman in the British Royal Navy. He served this Province and our country from August 1940 to January 1946 in the World War II conflict. Upon his return to civilian life in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. Thoms worked in the fishery, the logging industry, and also in the construction industry.

Mr. Thoms was known in his hometown as a very hardworking, unassuming man with a great sense of humour. I visited Mr. Thoms in his Boyd’s Cove home in July of last year. In his failing health, he still managed to tell me several stories about his life overseas and to also crack a few jokes.

Mr. Speaker, Frederick Thoms passed peacefully away on February 6, 2012 at the age of ninety years. He left to mourn his wife Shirley, six children, and a wide circle of relatives and friends.

Members of this House of Assembly, would you please join with me in recognizing and in thanking Mr. Frederick Thoms for his life and for his years of service to our country.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Cape St. Francis.

MR. KEVIN PARSONS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the 2011 Small Business Award Winners in the Town of Torbay.

On November 29, the third annual Torbay Small Business awards were held at the Kinsmen Community Centre. The awards night has been growing since its inaugural event won the 2010 Marketing Canada Awards in Quebec City as Best Special Event in Canada in its class.

Mr. Speaker, there were three awards handed out and a total of seven nominees. The winners were Mudder’s Mobile Kitchen for Best New Business, Bob Newman for Entrepreneur of the Year, and Metal World for Existing Business of the year. This program has been put in place by the economic development of the town to recognize and reward their business community, which has been enjoying incredible growth.

I ask all hon. members to join with me in congratulating the Town of Torbay, the nominees, as well as the award winners in such a great event.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in this hon. House to recognize the City of Mount Pearl on being awarded the 2011 Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador Torngat Award in the category of Environmental Sustainability. This was presented to the city for the leadership demonstrated in the construction of the Glacier Arena Expansion project, which incorporates a geothermal heating system, grey water and an Eco-Chill waste heat recovery system. It is also my understanding that the city intends to incorporate this new technology into the construction of their new recreational multiplex project.

Mr. Speaker, this project demonstrates the progressive, cutting edge approach to governance which the City of Mount Pearl is so well known for throughout this Province. I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the City of Mount Pearl on this significant achievement and commend them on their outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Fortune Bay – Cape la Hune.

MS TRACEY PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Mr. Donald Stewart of Harbour Breton for receiving the Herbert D. Brett Lifetime Achievement Award.

It is quite an honour to be recognized for one’s outstanding contributions, and Mr. Stewart has indeed been a strong leader within Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune. From his early beginnings founding the South Coast Regional Development Association through to his roles today, he has made a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

Mr. Speaker, Donald Stewart also served in this hon. House as our member from 1979 to 1985, and he served us exceptionally well during that time. He was instrumental in establishing our local newspaper, known today as The Coaster, and has served on numerous local committees and boards, including six years as Mayor of the Town of Harbour Breton.

Since the 1960s, he has been a successful business person, and today he serves as Chair of the Regional Board, Chair of the Harbour Breton Investment Corporation, member of the Central Newfoundland Rural Secretariat, and councillor. He is truly an honourable man who continually gives of his time and skills in a volunteer capacity. He is always looking for and analyzing new opportunities for the region, and is indeed an economic development asset to the Coast of Bays.

It would be impossible to put a dollar figure on the countless hours, weeks, months, and years he has dedicated to making our home a better place – economically stronger and socially stable. We all look forward to many more years of great leadership to come.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this hon. House to join me in recognizing Mr. Donald Stewart for his outstanding contribution to the betterment of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Baie Verte – Springdale.

MR. KEVIN POLLARD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I count it a privilege to stand in this hon. House today to applaud the outstanding volunteer work that the King’s Point-Rattling Brook firefighters provide to the residents of the area. The extraordinary service and commitment that they display is greatly appreciated and respected by the entire community. Whether it is a motor vehicle accident, a burning house, flooding, or some other emergency, the King’s Point-Rattling Brook firefighters are there, on call, 24-7.

Mr. Speaker, with strong support from the mayor and council, and in fact, from the whole town, these unsung heroes will continue to serve with passion, with pride, and with courage. Not going unnoticed is their time, energy, and effort expended to keep the fire department running smoothly and efficiently. Today, more than ever before, various emergencies come their way, and in each case, sometimes not knowing what to expect, but with boldness and an unusual courage, they bravely meet the challenge.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. colleagues to join me in conveying our appreciation and gratitude to King’s Point-Rattling Brook firefighters for serving so unselfishly in their capacity as firefighters.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Port au Port.

MR. TONY CORNECT: Monsieur le président, je prends la parole aujourd’hui à l’honorable Chambre d’assemblée afin de reconnaître le Centième Anniversaire de la Paroisse de Lourdes.

The history of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mr. Speaker, has made it unique in that it has not only been a place of worship, but it has been a source of strength and guidance to the communities it serves.

There are many activities planned throughout the Centennial year that will celebrate the past, the present, and plan for the future.

Mr. Speaker, it is also a time to congratulate and say thank you to all the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for their commitment and dedication to making a valuable contribution to their communities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members of this hon. House of Assembly to join with me in congratulating Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on its 100th anniversary.

Merci, monsieur le président.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Lake Melville.

MR. KEITH RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to recognize and congratulate a dear friend of mine and a very well-known individual in Newfoundland and Labrador, and more specifically, the great District of Lake Melville, Mr. Alton Best.

This past September, Mr. Best was inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of being an outstanding individual who has greatly contributed to the preservation of traditional music of Labrador as one of the founding members of the musical group, The Flummies.

Mr. Speaker, anyone who knows Alton knows that he is certainly no stranger to charity work and that he has given freely of his time and his music for decades whenever he is called upon. I would like to give mention to the warmth and overall presence of this man; whether it is a smile or handshake in passing, a great conversation over a cup of tea, or a boat ride to the Mud Lake Fair, you can be sure when you ran into or visited with Alton you came away feeling as if you had just spent time, even if just a moment, with a truly great man.

I know that Alton right now and his wife Ena are going through some difficult times. I would like to wish them all the best as they fight to overcome this latest challenge.

Mr. Speaker, on October 11 last year, I stood in front of a packed campaign headquarters to give my election victory speech; as I spoke to the support of the different communities in my district, I came across the smile and the look of pride of Mr. Alton Best, and I was humbled once more.

With pride I now ask this all members of this hon. House to join me in recognizing a true son of Labrador, Mr. Alton Best.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Port de Grave.

MR. GLENN LITTLEJOHN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this hon. House to congratulate three outstanding teachers from Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts who received the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The award recognizes teachers from across the country who exemplifies best practices in education. To paraphrase, three is definitely not a crowd when Catherine Downey, David Gill, and Corey Morgan get together. When they team up magic happens and Amalgamated Academy turns into Amalgamated Media Production Company. These three educators make it their mission to help students find ways to express themselves and discover their creative self. Whether they are creating graphic design assignments or a video news report, these students feel empowered and proud to show it off.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members in this House to join me in recognizing these three outstanding educators for their achievement.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Mount Pearl North.

MR. STEVE KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today on International Women’s Day to recognize Mount Pearl Intermediate and the Character Counts Community project, an initiative that has been created to help encourage children and youth to be more accepting of others. This program was implemented in recent years.

The Character Counts program invites students and staff to create a positive school environment where all students and staff can feel safe and respected. This program also promotes an atmosphere of acceptance, trust, and responsibility for others.

While planning this project, the committee sought a unique way to transform the physical building so that their determination and commitment to the Character Counts program would be reflected. Posters, murals, banners and displays were created, but still, the committee felt their efforts lacked the wow factor they were looking for.

Considering that Mount Pearl Intermediate was a small community within the larger community of Mount Pearl, it was decided to designate the hallways and corridors as friendly areas by using street signs. The size and design of the signs were mirrored after the City of Mount Pearl street signs, but the colour was changed, the school crest was added along with the new street names. The signs have made a huge impact on how the school looks and feels.

Placed in high-traffic areas, like the main circular hallway referred to as the Citizenship Circle, all students see the signs. Twenty signs have currently been mounted with plans for at least ten more to complete the community. The names reflect the type of school Mount Pearl Intermediate strives to be. Some of the signs include: Caring Crescent, Citizenship Circle, Fairness Freeway, Respect Road, Responsibility Way, and Trustworthiness Trail.

The overall response from the Grade 5 to 9 students, staff, parents, and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. This idea has definitely made a bold statement to everyone concerned. The message is clear: Character counts at Mount Pearl Intermediate.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating the staff and students at Mount Pearl Intermediate for continuing to create the best learning and working environment for our children and youth.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Mount Pearl South.

MR. PAUL LANE: Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to stand in this hon. House to recognize the tremendous success which was the thirtieth annual Frosty Festival in the City of Mount Pearl. Once again, this year’s festival included various activities for citizens of all ages and interests including: a concert featuring Newfoundland and Labrador’s own Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, two community breakfasts, an Irish pub night, a lip sync contest, seniors bingo, jigs dinner, a variety show and a dinner theatre, just to name a few.

Mr. Speaker, as I am sure you can appreciate, any festival of this magnitude would not be possible were it not for the hard work and co-operation of a number of community partners. I would therefore ask all members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the City of Mount Pearl, the Frosty Festival Board of Directors, the various community groups and organizations, the corporate sponsors and all of the community-minded volunteers who contributed to the great success story which was Frosty Festival 2012.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Bonavista South.

MR. GLEN LITTLE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, hon. colleagues, I rise in this House today to recognize and congratulate Captain John Russell on reaching a major milestone that few of us probably ever will. On December 11, 2011, Mr. Russell celebrated his 105th birthday.

It is most astonishing that Mr. Russell still resides in his own home. I had the honour of sitting with him as he enlightened me with the tales of his life’s adventures, portraying a memory as sharp as yours or mine. These memoirs can be found in the book, Memories of a Lifetime, a published autobiography that Mr. Russell wrote back in 1997 at the age of ninety.

Captain Johnny Russell, a title he earned while sailing on schooners as a young man, spent his earliest years growing up in Red Cliff, and has then lived in Bonavista since 1952. He is well known and admired by many people throughout the Bonavista Peninsula and the great Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. I certainly hope I get the privilege of helping Captain Johnny Russell celebrate birthday number 106.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating such an honorary member of our Province, Captain John Russell.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s West.

MR. DAN CRUMMELL: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to extend congratulations to Colin Thomas and his Memorial University curling team, who represented Canada in the 2012 Karuizawa Invitational held in Japan in January. The team put forth an excellent effort at this tournament, which resulted in them winning the silver medal.

Mr. Speaker, this young team was skipped by Colin Thomas and coached by Jeff Thomas, Colin’s father, who are both residents of St. John’s West. The team also includes Third, Cory Schuh; Second, Chris Ford; First, Spencer Wicks; and Fifth, Stephen Ryan.

Mr. Speaker, this is a talented group of young players, each with successful curling histories of their own. For his part, Colin comes from a strong curling family and his father, Jeff, has coached him his entire life.

Colin has competed and won at the provincial, national, and international levels as a member of a number of curling teams. He was Provincial Junior Men’s champion in 2008, and in 2011 won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championships. Last season, Colin led his MUN team to the gold medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport curling championship. Most recently, Colin and his Newfoundland and Labrador team travelled to Napanee, Ontario last month to again represent our Province at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.

Mr. Speaker, Colin and the members of his team will all undoubtedly have lengthy curling careers ahead of them. Certainly, they are wonderful ambassadors for the sport and for our Province.

At this time, I ask all hon. members to join me in extending congratulations to Colin Thomas and his Memorial University curling team on representing Canada and indeed, Newfoundland and Labrador, so well in winning the silver medal at the 2012 Karuizawa Invitational in Japan.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Kilbride.

MR. JOHN DINN: Mr. Speaker, I stand in this hon. House today to congratulate six young constituents of mine who were recently awarded medals at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards presentation ceremony in St. John’s.

These young people were Kayla Blackwood of St. Kevin’s High School, who received a bronze medal; Ashley Chafe of St. Kevin’s High School also received a bronze medal; Allanah Murphy of Bishop’s College had a silver medal; Justin Pippy of St. Kevin’s High School received a silver medal also; Kyle Sellars of St. Kevin’s High School had a silver medal; and Tara Osmond of O’Donel High School had a sectional award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip. It came to Canada in 1963. The program encourages youth ages fourteen to twenty-five to participate in new activities and pursue current interest in four different areas: community service, personal skill development, physical activity, and adventurous journey.

The six young award winners from my district volunteered, learned to cook, played sports, learned to set up a tent and go camping. They all did very well and enjoyed their experiences immensely.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Kayla, Ashley, Allanah, Justin, Kyle, and Tara on their achievements.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Exploits.

MR. CLAYTON FORSEY: Mr. Speaker, the Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization, developed the Canada’s Outstanding Principals Program. Principals are nominated by their peers, school staff, or a community member and forty principals across Canada were named Outstanding Principals for 2012.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. David Hamlyn, a school principal at Leo Burke Academy in Bishop’s Falls, was recognized as one of the top forty principals across Canada and one of only two chosen in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, in his response to the announcement of his recognition, Mr. Hamlyn said, “He’s the one receiving the award, but many people had a part to play in this process, including Vice-Principal Ms. Rose, his secretary Alice Butler, and especially the teachers”. He said, “We have great teachers at the school and the students are given every opportunity for them to learn”. The school is seeing more students achieve success and achieve their potential, which is their main objective.

Mr. Speaker, the students at LBA are constantly reminded of the school’s motto, Second to None, and now the school’s principal is rated number one in Canada.

In February, Dave attended the School of Management at the University of Toronto and received his award at the Principals Gala on February 28.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Mr. Dave Hamlyn on receiving this prestigious award.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Humber West.

MR. VAUGHN GRANTER: Mr. Speaker, I stand in this hon. House to congratulate, yet again, a wonderful contribution to winter life in Corner Brook and surrounding areas.

The event I speak of is the Corner Brook Winter Carnival which, for ten days this past February, celebrated its forty-first anniversary with over 100 individual group and community events and is the largest carnival east of Montreal.

I extend congratulations to Mr. Calvin Barrett, this year’s chairperson, and his committee for their hard work and dedication in making this year’s carnival one of the best ever. Winter Carnival in Corner Brook has been and continues to be a time for families and friends to get out and share in the carnival and community spirit.

This fun-filled community event brought people of all ages and walks of life together to celebrate winter fellowship with one another in our community. For many years the people of Corner Brook and surrounding areas have been donning their warmest winter gear and coming out to enjoy the many fun-filled events and food-tasting activities.

Each year new events have been added to maintain the fun, involvement and activity, and an impressive list of distinguished Canadians from across Canada, as well as our Province, have attended.

I would ask all hon. members of this House to congratulate the Corner Brook Winter Carnival Committee and wish the Corner Brook Winter Carnival organizers many, many more years of success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Grand Falls-Windsor – Green Bay South.

MR. RAY HUNTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House to congratulate Bill Nippard and his family of Grand Falls-Windsor.

Bill and his family recently had their Christmas holidays in the Dominican Republic. They spent countless hours of hard work and dedication as volunteers through the Live Different Hero Holiday program.

All members of the family worked many hours working without tools to repair two homes. Seven-year-old Genevieve helped finish the first house by filling holes in the cinder blocks with her hands to ensure the wind and rain would not get in.

Bill Nippard donated a percentage of the funds received from the sale of his book The Teamwork Ladder to make this project possible.

The greatest gift of all was the gratitude felt by the people who received what we take for granted. Thank you to Mr. Nippard’s family for taking time out of their lives to make it better for others.

I would ask all my hon. colleagues of the House to join with me in congratulating Bill Nippard and his family for reminding us what the spirit of Christmas should be, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

MR. DAVID BRAZIL: Mr. Speaker, I stand in the House today to acknowledge the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Heritage Committee.

Mr. Speaker, in late February of 2011 I had the pleasure of attending a public meeting to discuss promoting the heritage of this unique corner of the world. While I assumed this would be poorly attended, as it may not be of interest to a large sector of the community, I was pleasantly surprised when over 150 residents attended with every intention of preserving and celebrating their history.

This past week, the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Heritage Committee released the Our Heritage Document. This was developed under the leadership of Mr. Winston Fiander, and a very talented, dedicated committee and a researcher who researched the educational, historical, employment and social history of the community. This document sets out the framework which will drive the establishment of a permanent museum to house the many artifacts donated by the residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Mr. Speaker, the committee with the financial and moral support of the town council are looking forward to preserving permanently the 500 years of history.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to acknowledge the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Heritage Society for preserving and celebrating their history.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Terra Nova.

MR. SANDY COLLINS: Thank you.

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise today in this hon. House to congratulate an organization in my district on its recent accomplishment. During the 2012 Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Conference and Trade Show held in Gander back in late February, the Eastport Peninsula Heritage Society was announced as the winner of the prestigious Doug Wheeler Tourism Award. This award, as many of my colleagues would know, is presented annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in this Province.

This society which is made up of volunteers runs the Beaches Heritage Centre in Eastport. Simply put, Mr. Speaker, this centre is a cultural gem, not only in my district but certainly throughout our Province as a whole. It showcases traditional music and arts, develops and offers cultural and historical programming, organizes a number of festivals and promotes the vast tourism product that this area has to offer.

Mr. Speaker, and while the product that the Eastport Peninsula offers in terms of tourism potential is great, what is equally as great is a strong and dedicated group of volunteers that make up this society. It always amazes me how much time and effort these folks put into the operation of the facility and it is through their hard work that the centre realizes such overwhelming success.

This past summer, I was fortunate enough to have the former Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation and our Premier attend the centre’s grand opening, and I think it is safe to say that all of us were thoroughly impressed.

I ask all hon. members to join with me in congratulating the society on their accomplishment, and in the same breath, Mr. Speaker, thanking them for helping to keep our Province’s priceless cultural fabric vibrant and alive.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Bonavista North.

MR. ELI CROSS: It is with, indeed, great pride today, Mr. Speaker, that I stand in this hon. House to congratulate the Town of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity on receiving a Torngat Municipal Achievement Award at the most recent MNL convention in Corner Brook, in 2011.

Some of the things I am going to mention, Mr. Speaker, may not seem important to larger centres in the Province but to a smaller community some of these things are very significant. Mr. Speaker, this town has seen a very significant amount of growth and economic development, and town spirit. The newly elected council of 2009 inherited a significant financial challenge. They undertook a full financial review, and as a result, reduced their DSR from 30 per cent to 13, and by negotiating a much lower interest rate on outstanding debt, they qualified for over $400,000 capital works funding to install a new chlorination system to get rid of an eighteen-month boil order in their water system.

Mr. Speaker, as a result of the improved financial picture, the town was able to improve technology at the town hall by installing computer systems, Interac, and credit card, and on-line payments, which resulted in more timely and efficient payment of taxes by residents. Mr. Speaker, the town introduced new group benefits and RRSP packages for their employees and committed to significant employee training, which resulted in more efficiency and a greater understanding of the town’s infrastructure by its workers.

Mr. Speaker, the town council also hosts quarterly public town hall meetings which enhance openness and transparency. These meetings have witnessed more than two hundred in attendance, which approaches 30 per cent of the town’s voting population. Mr. Speaker, I could elaborate more on their accomplishments, but I feel this is enough to reinforce why this town has received this very distinguished award, the Torngat Municipal Achievement Award, from MNL.

I wish to congratulate Mayor Rogers, Deputy Mayor Pickett, and all councillors and residents of the town on behalf of hon. members of this House, and thank them for their unselfish and tireless efforts to improve life in their town and deliver good, local governance.

Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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