UPDATED TO MARCH 15, 2017

Statement Dates

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, February 27, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to acknowledge an organization and its leader for remembering Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who served and died in various parts of the world, during World War I. I speak of the Trail of the Caribou project team and their leader retired Major Michael Pretty of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. For the past 10 years these volunteers have researched every aspect of where Newfoundland and Labrador soldiers from World War I are buried. Their promise was to ensure that all members of the Newfoundland Regiment, who had died, would be remembered.

Their quest has taken them around the world to ensure all graves are identified and marked. At each grave site the team places a beach rock and a Newfoundland flag. They also perform a private commemoration service including the playing of the Ode to Newfoundland, the Last Post and the reciting of the Act of Remembrance.

On Remembrance Day, Major Pretty and his wife completed the team’s quest by laying a beach rock and Newfoundland flag on the grave of Captain Gerry Goudie of Northern Arm.

Mr. Speaker, I ask this hon. House to join me in congratulating and thanking Major Pretty and the Trail of the Caribou project team.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise, the Opposition Leader.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I’ve had the honour of attending the Depart with Dignity Flag Raising Ceremony at the Town of Paradise on January 4th, 2016, for Paradise-native Sergeant Judy Sparkes.

The Depart with Dignity program is offered by the Canadian Forces to personnel who have at least 25 years of military service to recognize the member’s contribution to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. In recognition of the member’s lengthy service, the individual is eligible for presentation of a Canadian Flag which is flown according to the member’s wishes.

Sergeant Sparkes began her career 35 years ago and included posts across the country and around the world. It also included five years as a flight attendant where she was involved in flights with dignitaries including the Governor General, our prime minister and the royal family in addition to repatriation flights. She had requested that her Depart with Dignity Flag Raising ceremony be held in her hometown, the Town of Paradise, right here in Newfoundland and Labrador where she intends to reside after her retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and thanking Sergeant Sparkes for her loyal service. We are proud to have a native resident serve our country with the dedication, the commitment and allegiance that she has shown.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand to recognize a group of female youth from Mobile Central High School and their coaches from my district who represented Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada in the World School Cheerleading competition in Orlando, Florida, the week of February 5 to 7.

They were awarded a full paid bid in October by the International Cheerleading Union. This is the first time that this bid has ever been awarded in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mobile Cheerleading was chosen based on their performance over the past few years, placing second place in Nationals in 2014 and first in 2015. The team won grand champions at the Nationals level with the highest score of all high school teams, with over 90 teams competing. The team also won two provincials two years in a row, competing at the highest level in the province for the high school last year.

At the competition in Florida, the Mobile High School Cheerleaders placed fourth in their division and took home the Canadian Cup for receiving the highest score for all Canadian teams in attendance.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating Mobile High Cheerleading team for their outstanding accomplishments.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the volunteers and organizators of the 34th Annual Mount Pearl Frosty Festival. With over 60 events throughout 11 days, and over 10,000 people in attendance, the Frosty Festival is one of the largest winter festivals in Eastern Canada.

The Frosty Festival brings residents and friends in Mount Pearl together for a number of events such as the Jiggs’ dinner and variety show, community breakfasts and this year’s opening night show, Circus Glorious, featuring Wonderbolt Circus. The festival also includes a dinner theatre, Battle of the Brains trivia contest, visits to seniors’ homes and even a birthday party for Frosty.

Mr. Speaker, organizing a festival of this magnitude takes many hours and much dedication. I would like to extend congratulations to all of those who made the 34th Annual Mount Pearl Frosty Festival possible: the festival’s board of directors, the 24 community group partners, the festival’s 35 sponsors, the over 500 volunteers and the many supporting organizations and businesses.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in thanking and congratulating the 34th Annual Mount Pearl Frosty Festival on the tremendous success of this year’s winter carnival.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize a very brave young lady from Torbay, Lynelle Cantwell, who took a stand against bullying.

Recently, Lynelle discovered she was listed on an online poll that named her one of the 10 ugliest girls at Holy Trinity. Although Lynelle Cantwell was named to this poll, her reaction was inspiring. She did not let theses bullies get to her.

Lynelle stood up and responded back to Facebook saying she felt sorry for these people. I quote, “Just because we don’t look perfect on the outside does not mean we are ugly. If that’s your idea of ugly then I feel sorry for you like seriously get a life.”

Lynelle’s response and her positive outlook have given her local and national attention. Lynelle has become a role model for many young people in this province. She was invited and attended the National Youth Leadership Conference and many other events.

We all can take lessons from this modest, reasonable, compassionate young lady and take a stand against bullying.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in thanking Lynelle Cantwell of Torbay for taking a stand.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to pay tribute to Mr. Larry Hudson, our treasured friend and media persona, who passed away last year at the age of 89. A seasoned reporter, Mr. Hudson played an integral part in recording the colourful history of Newfoundland and Labrador. From the lighthearted coverage of Christmas Spree celebrations to being one of the first journalists on scene at the horrific Air Arrow crash of 1985, Larry Hudson is a household name whose distinctive newscast coverage is forever linked to recollections of our past.

Larry was a loved and valued member of our community and he will be deeply missed. I have no doubt that his stories and reflections of our culture, so accurately and warm-heartedly depicted with his words, will forever be a part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique character.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this hon. House to join me in paying tribute to Larry, whose legacy of hundreds of memorable stories portraying life in our province, particularly rural Newfoundland and Labrador, holds a place near and dear in our hearts, as it surely did in his.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for the District of Conception Bay South.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this hon. House to honour two army veterans, Donald Hookey and Marc Gauci, who are both involved with VETS Canada, a volunteer-led group that aims to help vets who are at risk of becoming homeless, are now homeless or face some other crisis.

Mr. Speaker, these two men, in November, held a second annual 24-hour veterans’ vigil at the National War Memorial to recognize and raise awareness of the number of Canadian veterans facing homelessness.

Over the Christmas season, this organization assisted many veterans from Conception Bay South and surrounding areas. VETS Canada help veterans young and old with injuries, depression, anxiety, PTSD and those simply having trouble transitioning from military life back to what the rest of us consider normal life.

Mr. Speaker, these individuals are bringing awareness and assistance to homeless veterans in our communities. I want to commend Donald Hookey and Marc Gauci for the work they have done and also bring attention to their cause and encourage all Members to do so.

To learn more about getting help for vets check out www.vetscanada.org.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to acknowledge entrepreneur Rick Stanley of Ocean Quest Adventures. This past month Mr. Stanley developed, financed and participated in a significant future economic business in my district, this being the Mine Quest adventure diving expedition.

Rick and 12 of the world’s elite divers have embarked on an expedition to document and map the sprawling tunnels that make up the Bell Island mines. The mine shafts run kilometres beneath the ocean floor, and are a treasure trove of historical gems which reflect the mining industry of the era. The objective of the expedition is to build a road map so that inexperienced divers can be taken down into the mines without risk.

The teams plan to open the mines up to the diving public has earned them the coveted title of Expedition of the Year from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

In addition to their award, a further acknowledgement of the significance of this expedition is evident in that a film crew from the Discovery Channel is documenting the group’s expedition for a two-part series.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and wishing every success to Ocean Quest and Mr. Rick Stanley.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 21, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Opposition.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are blessed with residents who have a strong sense of community spirit and choose to become involved with the planning and execution of various social events and activities that they and the entire community can enjoy.

Today, I rise to recognize the Town of Paradise who recently celebrated their winter carnival: Snow and Ice in Paradise. From February 12 to the 21 there was something for everyone to enjoy. There were 10 fun-filled days in the Town of Paradise that came together and celebrated the splendor of winter as much as they could, and which featured fun activities for adults and children of all ages. These activities would not be possible if it weren’t for the numerous volunteers, corporate sponsors, the councillors themselves and especially the staff of the town, who through tireless work, effort and support, their commitment and hard work made this winter festival a great success and a time of enjoyment for all residents.

I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the Town of Paradise and its residents and wish them continued success with Snow and Ice in Paradise in the years to come.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HUTCHINGS: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department. This past year they celebrated their 39th anniversary. I’ve had the pleasure over the past years to attend a number of events to celebrate the work of this brigade.

I would like to acknowledge and say thank you to the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department, as well as all volunteer members over the years. The unselfish giving of their time to the residents of their communities ensures people they have someone to rely on in the event of a fire or any type of emergency.

We all hope we’ll never have to avail of the services they provide, but if required, people of the area are very thankful knowing they would do so without hesitation and can rest easier knowing they’re ready to respond at any time.

The volunteer fire department will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in October, and I look forward to being a part of that celebration.

I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating Fire Chief Jay Green and all members of the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department for their many years of service.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance on a very successful Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet. At a recent ceremony, four athletes and builders from Newfoundland and Labrador were honoured and inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Speaker, this annual event, hosted by the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance, honours those individuals who have, and in some cases still do, contribute to sports and athletics in a very significant way. It is through their individual commitment that we are able to continue the work and operation of sporting organizations in our communities and in the province.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance in honouring the achievements of these individuals. I would also like to congratulate specifically the most recent inductees. In the category of builder: Dave LeGrow and Dave Randell; and in the category of athlete: Jennifer Andrews and Wince Taylor. Each of these individuals is very worthy of this honour. I would like to wish them all the best in their future endeavours and hope they continue their contribution to sport and to our community.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: For Honour 100 today we have the Member for the District of Cape St. Francis.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MR. K. PARSONS: I will now read into the record the following 40 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve or the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine. This will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: William Cox, Henry Charles Crane, John Charles Crane, Joseph Crane, Nathaniel Crane, James F. Cranford, Llewellyn C. Cranford, Kenneth Critch, Francis Thomas Crocker, Harrison Crocker, Job Crocker, Stanley Crocker, James Matthew Cron, George Graham Crosbie, William Cross, Leo Crotty, James E. Croucher, Nathaniel Croucher, George Little Cuff, Elijah Culimore, Ersatus Cumby, Arthur Cummings, John Cunningham, John Thomas Curley, George Robert Curnew, James Patrick Curran, Archibald Curtis, Frederick Dalton, James Joseph Daly, Christopher Dawe, Fred Dawe, Henry Charles Dawe, Stewart Dawe, William Henry Dawe, James Lewis Day, Norman Kenneth Dean, Walter Augustus Dean, Thomas J. Delaney, Timothy Samuel Delaney, Harold DeLouchrey,

(Moment of silence.)

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 11, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: I recognize the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge April 10-16 as Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible contribution of our volunteers. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to bloom.

Volunteers are the backbone of our communities, from those involved through youth groups to seniors associations, from those who support healthy lives to healthy environments – all are essential to the continued social, cultural and economic development of our province. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient.

Volunteers are crucial to many great causes, and also, the not-for-profit sector of Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s estimated there are approximately 3,600 volunteer and not-for-profit organizations in our province and over 200,000 active volunteers.

Seniors are helping to actively engage and inspire our youth – our province’s next generation of leaders and volunteers. With shifting demographics, it is more important than ever before for young people to be engaged in their communities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this hon. House to join me in offering our thanks and appreciation to volunteers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to congratulate the Bay d’Espoir Academy Senior Boys Softball Team who captured the 2015-16 2A School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Championship in October 2015. This was the Predators third Provincial Senior Boys championship in the past four years and they certainly have earned recognition as one of the top high school teams in the province.

It is an honour to recognize the following members of the 2015-16 championship team. Players: Kyle Barnes, Preston Collier, Stephen Cox, Luke Fowlow, Mark Fowlow, Gudmund Hepsoe, Ethan Lawson, Dylan Northcott, Jesse Organ, Michael White, Matthew Willcott and Mitchell Willcott. Their coaches: Shawn Fowlow as head coach, Nathan Gidge and Nancy Oliver as assistant coaches.

Thank you to all of these individuals who have invested countless hours of practice to build a strong softball program in the Bay d’Espoir area and we commend their tremendous sportsmanship which is a great source of pride in our school and community.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating the Bay d’Espoir Academy Predators for bringing home the gold and the coveted 2A Slo-Pitch Banner. I wish them the best of luck as they prepare for next season and defend their title.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Before we move to the next item on the Order Paper, we welcome to the gallery former Member of the House of Assembly for St. John’s East, Mr. George Murphy.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to honour a Royal Air Force Veteran, Mr. Harold (Jack) Gillingham from Kelligrews who passed away December 30 at the age of 95.

In 1939, Mr. Gillingham joined the Royal Air Force serving as a wireless operator with the 149 Squadron. On March 1, 1943, during a raid against Berlin, his bomber was attacked by a night fighter as it headed home. The Skipper decided the fuel was too low and gave the order to bail out over Dieppe, France.

Jack became a prisoner of war and was sent off to Lamsdorf, Poland. He survived the infamous long march from January 1945 until liberation on Good Friday, March 30.

In 1965, Jack became an electrical inspector with Newfoundland Power and worked with the rural electrification program and the development of the provincial power grid.

Jack was active in the Royal Canadian Legion, Wesley United Church and the Air Force Association of Canada. He was a modest man who learned by hard experience the value of life’s simple pleasures.

Jack is survived by his wife and eight children.

I ask all Members of this House to join me in honouring an extraordinary Newfoundlander and Labradorian, Mr. Jack Gillingham.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Today for Honour 100, we have the Member for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MR. BRAZIL: I will now read into the record the following 43 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve, the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine, or the Royal Flying Corps. They will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: Henry Dunn, Edmond Lawrence Dunphy, John Dunphy, John Joseph Dunphy, John Joseph Dunphy, Thomas P. Dunphy, William Dunphy, Fred Roy Durnford, John Thomas Dwyer, Martin Dwyer, William Dyer, William Gerrard Dyer, Gilbert Dyke, John Walter Dyke, Patrick Eagan, George Earle, William Eason, Alfred Eavis, Morgan Eavis, Thomas Eavis, John Ebbs, Frederick Ernest Ebsary, Hubert Edgar Ebsary, Samuel Joseph Ebsary, Alonzo Eddy, John Francis Edens, Leonard A. Edens, Albert Edgar, Charles LeGallais Edgar, Edwin Edgar, Edward Francis Edgecombe, Silas Edgecombe, Samuel R. Edney, Alphonsus J. Edwards, Hubert Frank Edwards, John Charles Edwards, George Elliott, John Elliott, William Elliott, William Skeffington Elliott, Ambrose Ellis, John Joseph Ellis and James Ellsworth.

(Moment of silence.)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: I recognize the Member for the District of Conception Bay East – Bell Island.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to acknowledge and congratulate a new organization in my district. I speak of the Paradise Minor Hockey Association. In 2004, Paradise was granted a minor hockey association contingent on a number of conditions being met. It took 11 years for all conditions to be met, which included the building of the Paradise Double Ice Complex.

With this facility open, the next chapter in the establishment of the Paradise Minor Hockey Association was to have an executive put in place to organize the 2015-2016 hockey season. Under the leadership of President Chris Griffiths, the entire executive and a number of volunteers, the first season of the Paradise Minor Hockey Association was very entertaining and successful. The association had nearly 500 registered players in their first year, competing in all categories of the minor system.

In February, after calling for the public’s input into the name of the association’s teams, it was decided that the association name would be Warrior. In typical Paradise fanfare, the logo and name was unveiled by the president in front of hundreds of supporters.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating the Paradise Minor Hockey Association on a successful first season.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the organizers of the 2016 Snowfest celebrations in the Towns of Flatrock and Pouch Cove. The time and dedication of many volunteers have made this event a success again this year.

I had the pleasure of bringing greetings at the opening ceremonies, during which marvelous talent and incredible community spirit was shared. It was fantastic to see the joy and excitement from the children and the families in attendance.

Snowfest is filled with fun activities for all ages, which includes a kid’s pajama movie party, craft fair, ice fishing derby, community skate and a delicious hot roast beef dinner hosted by the Pouch Cove Lions Club. There was also a kids’ bingo, card games, a scavenger hunt, youth musical showcase, heritage society contest, tea and bake sale and an adult dance.

Our seniors also had special activities to attend, like bowling and the seniors’ food celebration, which offered a healthy living workshop. Organizers, with the assistance of the Volunteer Fire Department, hosted a bonfire night at the beach in Flatrock with storytelling and refreshments.

Please join with me in congratulating the organizers and volunteers for this fantastic Snowfest celebration.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Today for Honour 100 we have the Member for the District of Conception Bay South.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MR. PETTEN: I will now read into the record the following 43 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve, or the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine. This will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: John Thomas Ellsworth, Walter Emberley, George Emberly, Hugh S. England, Gordon Etheridge, Richard Etheridge, Henry Evans, Hubert Evans, John Evans, Joseph Wellington Evans, Leonard Evans, Nicholas Evans, Francis Evoy, Joseph Ezekiel, Stephen Fallon, Joseph Farewell, Martin Patrick Farrell, Patrick Joseph Farrell, John Roy Ferguson, Stewart Small Ferguson, James Joseph Fever, Lawrence Joseph Fewer, John Field, Charles Fields, Frederick Fifield, Frank Fillier, Ernest Fisher, John Fitzgerald, Thomas Joseph Fitzgerald, Alphonsus Fitzpatrick, David Flannigan, Richard Fleming, Richard Fleming, Dominic Foaley, Albert Folks, Albert Follett, Elias Ford, Gerald Ford, James Ford, Stephen Fortune, William Fortune, Norman Forward and William Fowler.

(Moment of silence.)

MR. SPEAKER: Please be seated.

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize a constituent of mine from my district who passed away on February 22, 2016, Mrs. Ellen O’Keefe – known as Molly – who lived a full life to the exceptional age of 102 years. Molly was born May 22, 1913 in Clears Cove, Port Kirwan. Molly left home at the age of 16 to work as a housekeeper for Dr. Horan on the Southside Road in St. John’s. In 1935 she was hired as a housekeeper for John Ronayne who was a fish merchant in Tors Cove and returned to the Southern Shore to work. It is there she met Albert O’Keefe and they were married on October 10, 1938.

Molly and Albert raised three children, Anita, Lucy and Alice. Molly resided in Tors Cove until December 2012, and at the age of 99, she moved into Chancellor Park where she passed away on February 22, 2016.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask all my colleagues in this House to join me in honouring the life of Ms. Molly O’Keefe and the contribution she made to our great province.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate and recognize a young resident of Mount Pearl and Loran Scholarship winner Noubahar Hasnain.

Noubahar was named Mount Pearl Female Youth of the Year at last year’s Focus on Youth Awards and just recently served as one of our Youth Ambassadors for the 34th annual Frosty Festival.

Every year, the Loran Scholars Foundation invests in young Canadians who have more than an excellent transcript. Approximately 3,600 applicants apply and interviews are conducted to determine who are the best fit for the scholarship.

Out of the 3,600 applications only the top 30 are chosen. Each scholarship is valued at $100,000.

Noubahar is currently in her graduating year of high school, attending Mount Pearl Senior High. She plans to continue her education in the fall and I am certain that this scholarship award will assist significantly.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating Noubahar on her accomplishments to date, and wish her all the best as she continues her education. I would also like to recognize the work of the Loran Scholars Foundation and thank them for supporting our students.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. K. PARSONS: I rise in this hon. House today to thank a local business in my district for continuing to contribute to their community and for helping the Torbay local library to remain open.

District Drugs was opened in 1963 and has since been a huge part of Torbay and the surrounding communities. When schools, sports teams, local service groups and any group was in need, District Drugs has been there to support their cause.

Recently, the owners stepped forward to help the local library. Jack Hogan and Keith Hogan, owners of District Drugs, also owned the building where the library is located. When the library was in danger of closing, they offered it rent free for a few months.

Jack and Keith Hogan recognized the importance of the library to the community. The library has been a huge part of Torbay and many members of the Hogan family have taken advantage of it. The library is named after Libby Morey, a good friend and one of Mr. Hogan’s first customers.

Please join with me in thanking District Drugs and the Hogan family for their support of the local community and their local library.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to recognize two industrious young women, Nicole Whittle and Eemaan Thind of Harbour Breton, both recipients of a Youth Ventures Award at the 18th Annual Provincial Youth Ventures Awards in St. John’s in 2015.

Nicole received the Star Coordinator Award for her exceptional work as the Youth Ventures Coordinator for the South Coast – Coast of Bays region. This award goes to the Site Coordinator that has shown initiative and outstanding efforts in the delivery of youth ventures in their area.

Ms. Thind received the Excellence in Product Design Award for EemaanArt. This award is given to a business that shows unique talent in the craft or artistic ability of their product. Congratulations to Eemaan for employing her awesome creativity and artistic skills creating customized handmade drawings and henna body tattoos.

We are all so very proud of Nicole and Eemaan for their great accomplishments and commend them for being excellent role models for our youth.

I ask that all Members join me in congratulating these fine young women who I am sure will continue to show outstanding effort and success in their future endeavours.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Winterfest in CBS was a huge success this year. The ten-day event kicked off on February 6 and took place at various locations throughout Conception Bay South. Winterfest has become a tradition in our community. I attended many events this year and experienced first-hand the strong community spirit.

I’d like to extend my congratulations and thanks to the Winterfest committee, sponsors, volunteers and the Town of Conception Bay South for contributing to the festivals’ success.

Mr. Speaker, Winterfest 2016 had activities for all ages and groups. I was pleased to attend many events, including the Fred Squires and Annie Parsons Shield Hockey Challenge, as well as the Junior High Challenge.

The Annual Pancake Breakfast was a huge success, with a record turnout at the new CBS Arena. This year there were some new activities added, including an Outdoor Family Fun Day, and a Casino Night fundraiser in support of the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the Winterfest committee and the Town of Conception Bay South in hosting a tremendous winter festival.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, the Town of Conception Bay South is home to many of this province’s finest athletes. On February 25, my colleague, the MHA for Topsail – Paradise, and I attended the 2015 Athletic Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of the town’s athletes.

During the evening, all nominees for the five award categories were honoured, and the following athletes were recipients of the 2015 awards: Coach of the Year, Mr. Robin Brown; Junior Male Athlete of the Year, Alex Wiscombe; Junior Female Athlete of the Year, Jessica Davis; Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Tony Pomroy; and Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Keira Eavis.

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to congratulate Sports Hall of Fame inductees Ms. Colleen Wade Noseworthy, Ms. Linda Lane Olden (Greeley), Mr. Ron Smith and Mr. Carl Morgan who have all contributed tremendously to our sporting community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating all recipients and nominees of the 2015 Conception Bay South Athletic Awards.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, recently I had the pleasure of attending the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Meet & Greet, held at the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre which is located in Paradise, as they hosted the National Final Leg here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Now the Final Leg is a long-standing tradition where law enforcement officers carry the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies in the Special Olympic Games. The Flame of Hope is used to light the cauldron signalling the start of the games competition.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. Now past its 25th year here in Newfoundland and Labrador, law enforcement is responsible for making a tremendous impact on Special Olympics and more importantly Special Olympians throughout our province.

Over 400 officers, civilian employees, their families and friends raise funds in their local communities. It is managed by volunteer group of committed law enforcement individuals, many of whom have been members since its inception. The mission of the committee is simple: to raise funds to help sustain Special Olympics programs and their needs.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to extend their appreciation to the Law Enforcement Torch Run on their dedication and commitment to Special Olympics and Special Olympians here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this House today to pay tribute to Dr. John Collins who passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. Dr. Collins was born in 1922 in what was then known as the Dominion of Newfoundland. Coming of age during the height of the Second World War, he served here at home as a radio officer and also on the Merchant Marine fleet delivering valuable supplies across the very dangerous waters of the North Atlantic to the Northern Russian port of Murmansk. He was honoured with medals from the Russian government as a result.

A graduate of St. Bon’s and Memorial University College at the time, he travelled, after the war, to Scotland where he attended the University of Edinburgh for five years to earn his doctorate in medicine. As a physician specializing in pediatric cardiology, he engaged first in medical research, then next as a general practitioner in private practice and then as the head of cardiology at the Janeway Hospital.

He would go on to serve as the National Chair of the Canadian Medical Association and in the late ’60s, he also served on the Child Health Commission, in the early ’70s as President of the Canadian Pediatric Society and Chief of Neonatal at the Grace General Hospital.

In 1975 he decided to run for office on the Frank Moores’s team and was elected as the PC MHA for St. John’s South. From 1975 to 1979 he held the post of Deputy Speaker, while concurrently heading to the Grace Hospital’s Department of Neonatology. In 1979 Premier Brian Peckford appointed Dr. Collins to serve as the province’s Minister of Finance and the following year as President of Treasury Board as well.

Dr. Collins later served as the province’s Minister of Health and for a year, in 1988, as Deputy Premier until his retirement from political office in 1989. Even after his retirement, and working privately in property management, he continued to take an active interest in political life on the province’s stage and that he served so diligently for, for so many years and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dr. Collins was known and admired provincially, nationally and internationally for his many enduring contributions. One can only estimate the impact of his service, not only as a legislator and a minister, a merchant mariner, but also as a cardiologist saving the lives of children. It’s an incredible legacy that he’s left us, and a fine example to follow.

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully ask that we honour his memory collectively as Members of this hon. House and send our heartfelt sympathies to his family.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to recognize Jill Curran, owner and operator of Lighthouse Picnics in the Town of Ferryland.

Jill Curran operates her business out of a 130-year old lighthouse in Ferryland, specializing in gourmet lunches sourced from local suppliers along the coast. Meals are prepared, packed in baskets and brought to the people perched on the cliffs taking in the fantastic view of the ocean and wildlife.

Lighthouse Picnics was awarded the Doug Wheeler Award during the Tourism Excellence Awards gala at the 2016 Conference and Trade Show. This award is presented annually to a person or group which has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Jill’s entrepreneurial skills have made Lighthouse Picnics a tremendous success, and she is a great ambassador for success in our tourism industry in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating Jill Curran of Lighthouse Picnics on winning the Doug Wheeler Award and making a significant contribution to the tourism industry on the Southern Shore.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Coffee Matters in Mount Pearl and owners Scott Hillyer and Cyril Peach on recently being recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the best bakeries in Canada.

Coffee Matters recently opened one of its newest locations in the District of Mount Pearl North. It is a state-of-the-art facility that is able to accommodate anyone in our community. This business is a prime example of the talent and skill that is possessed by local entrepreneurs.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Mr. Hillyer and Mr. Peach and their team have all of the skills for success and will continue to be recognized for their abilities and exemplary customer service. I recommend to anyone who hasn’t stopped in to Coffee Matters on Commonwealth Avenue to do so – and if I’m there, I’ll buy you a coffee.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. KENT: That’s true.

AN HON. MEMBER: (Inaudible) and I’ll be there.

MR. KENT: Not all at once.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members of this House on both sides to join me in congratulating Coffee Matters – Mount Pearl and their team on a great accomplishment that they should be very proud of, and wish them all the best as they continue to reach new heights.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: For Honour 100 today we have the Member for the District of Ferryland.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I will now read into the record the following 40 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve, the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine or the Newfoundland Forestry Corps. This will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: Lewis G. Hudson, Peter Hudson, Edward Hulan, Gerald Hulan, Howard Hulan, Hubert Hull, Stewart Hull, Victor Willie Hull, Alfred Humphries, Cecil Hunt, James Hunt, Robert Hunt, Arthur William Hurdle, Robert J. Hurley, Thomas Hurley, Francis Joseph Hussey, Harold Hussey, William Thomas Hussey, Alfred Hutchings, Richard Hutchings, William S. Hutchings, Harold Hutchins, Aloysius Hynes, Harry Hynes, James Joseph Hynes, James Walker Hynes, Lemuel Edward Hynes, Leonard Hynes, Richard Edward Hynes, William Patrick Hynes, Herbert Stewart Inder, Joseph Ingraham, Moses A.C. Ingram, John Alfred Ivany, William Cox Ivany, William Garland Ivany, William M. Ivany, James Ivey, Arthur Joseph Jackman, Bert Jackman.

(Moment of silence.)

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. K. PARSONS: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate The Concert Crowd, a group from Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove. They started in 1968. March 5 marked their 48th year of performing.

This group consists of 40 amateur actors, singers, dancers and musicians with most of them hailing from the local community. They have welcomed a few members from outside.

The Concert Crowd had a humble beginning in a school, using desktops for their stage. They have now expanded to the Arts and Culture Centre to sold-out shows. The Concert Crowd performs at conventions, festivals, the RNC seniors’ party and more.

The Concert Crowd donates its proceeds to charities like the Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation, Rainbow Riders, Community Food Sharing Association, VOCM Cares Foundation, Day Break Lunch Association, CNIB, medical emergency support, the town museum, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Cemetery and many more. To date this group has donated $150,000.

I ask all Members to join with me in congratulating this dedicated group of individuals for the time and effort they put in to helping others.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate and recognize two individuals who live in my district, Ron and Ethel MacNeil. Ron and Ethel currently reside in Masonic Park and are greatly involved in the community and the seniors’ programs at Masonic Park.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to honour both of them on being outstanding artists and pursuing their talents. Ethel didn’t realize that she had the ability to paint until her late 60s. Since then, she continues to paint and has a passion for it. In fact, one of her prints hangs in my house proudly. Ron, on the other hand, has always been aware of his talent. Ron started knitting at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since.

Recently, one of Ron’s cross-stitch pieces of the Battery was noticed and is now hanging in Government House here in St. John’s. I encourage anyone who is visiting Government House to take a look.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating Ron and Ethel MacNeil on their accomplishments to date, and wish them all the best in continuing to do what they love.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to acknowledge the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s community awards ceremonies held this past Monday. I had the privilege of bringing greetings and presenting awards. The gala was a very classy event, with long-time Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s resident VOCM personality Fred Hutton serving as master of ceremonies.

Awards were presented in the categories of Youth, Volunteer, Athletics and Business. We were entertained by former Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s resident, International Long-Distance Runner and Coach Ray Will, as guest speaker. All categories had recipients who excelled locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

I would like to acknowledge the following awards recipients: Youth Award, Nathan Chaulk; Seniors Award, Rebecca Tucker; Service Award, Women’s Institute; Volunteer Award, Janet Martin; Male Athlete Award, Kyle Williams; Female Athlete Award, Jessica Greeley; Coach Award, Neil Penney; Team Award, the Royal Canadian Legion national dart champions; Employee Award, Everett Sacrey; New Business, Beachy Cove Café; Developer Award, Mike O’Leary; and Business Award, Country Convenience Store.

The gala ended with a passionate and entertaining reception acceptance speech by the Business of the Year recipient, Ron Sullivan of Country Convenience. Ron, an 80-year-old resident recovering from a stroke, had us all in stitches and tears about the pride he has as a business owner in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating all recipients.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today in this hon. House to congratulate a group of volunteers for undertaking a very valuable project. Mr. Speaker, I speak of Radio Bell Island which has operated for the past five years at St. Michael’s High on Bell Island.

This asset includes a group of volunteers from the community, an operation manager but, particularly, students from St. Michael’s High. The shows program includes news, interviews, a talk show, call-in song requests, culture, sports and history segments and everything else to catch the ear of the preschooler to the seniors. The station has listeners in all parts of the country, and as far away as France.

While the whole of the community benefits from the operations of the station, there’s one group that gains immensely; these being the students of St. Michael’s High, who were trained in every aspect of the techniques of broadcasting, from interviewing, to research, to the use of technology.

I am pleased to say, Mr. Speaker, that a number of these students who volunteer have shown an interest in a career in the broadcasting industry.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Radio Bell Island on their fifth anniversary.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: For Honour 100 today, I recognize the Member for Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I will now read into the record the following 40 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve or the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine. This will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: Francis Kearsey, Patrick Keating, William Keats, Aloysius Keefe, Saul Keefe, Mack Keepin, James G. Keeping, Solomon Keeping, Stanley Keeping, William Kehoe, Albert Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Francis Kelly, James Joseph Kelly, Michael Francis Kelly, Thomas Joseph Kelly, Edward William Kendall, Michael Francis Kennedy, William Kenney, Martin Patrick Kent, Martin Keough, Robert Kershaw, Aaron King, Alexander King, Arthur King, Ephraim King, George Joseph King, Henry A. King, Jabez William King, John F. King, Joseph Andrew King, William King, William King, William John King, William P. King, Patrick Kirby, William Kirby, George Samuel Knight, Thomas Knight and William Knight.

(Moment of silence.)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the outstanding public speaking abilities of youth in my district who participated in the Lions Club Annual Speak Offs, local and zone, both of which were hosted this year by the St. Alban’s Lions Club.

The first place winner was Julie Young whose topic this year was that music should be a part of every child’s life. Melanie Collier placed second and Bianca Stokes placed third. Julie placed first at the local speak out with nine other participants, and went on to win the zone speak out. Congratulations also to Maggie Adams Vaslett who placed second at the zone speak out. From there, Julie went on to compete in the Lions Club International District 3N Speak Out in Corner Brook.

All these extremely bright, young ladies continue to show their outstanding ability for public speaking and they certainly make us all very proud. I would also like to throw a bouquet to the Lions Clubs, teachers, parents and volunteers who assist the young in developing their oratory talent and skills. I throw a special bouquet to Julie’s grandma, Ethel Burt, who was one of the best English teachers ever.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to join me in delivering accolades to all the fine young ladies who show such courage in highlighting important issues and concerns in our society today.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

In 2015 the T’Railway in Conception Bay South was nominated as one of the Great Places in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners. There are nearly 900 kilometres of abandoned rail bed that provides the basis for a trial link between Port aux Basques on the West Coast and St. John’s on the easternmost edge of the Island.

The Conception Bay south T’Railway spans 18 kilometres of this former rail bed, and forms continuous, non-motorized destination trail in the community. It’s a coastal extension of the Grand Concourse tail system and will soon link into 135 kilometre network of world-class urban walkways and cycling trails in the City of St. John’s, the City of Mount Pearl and the Town of Paradise.

The T’Railway links together nine historic rural communities, starting at Spruce Hill Road in the east and continues westward through Conception Bay South and brings users into the heart of the community. It’s completely accessible for users of all ages, mobility levels and used every day, all year long by countless enthusiasts.

Mr. Speaker, I ask Members of the House to join me in congratulating Conception Bay South T’Railway on being nominated as one of the greatest places in Canada.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize educators in our communities and acknowledge one of many teachers that impacted my education, Mr. Gerard Walsh.

Mr. Walsh has taught in Mount Pearl for over three decades and I was fortunate to be one of his students at St. Peter’s.

While he now teaches junior high Social Studies, for many years he led the school band programs. He introduced me to music, and my time in the band program with Mr. Walsh had a profound impact on my development and on my life. He provided us with confidence and encouragement to continue following our passions.

I learned so much from Mr. Walsh. He was an amazing mentor, role model and friend. I recall how much he loved his profession and how much he loved the students, and we loved him.

Several of my former classmates have gone on to pursue careers in music, and Mr. Walsh’s guidance and inspiration no doubt played a major role in that.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in not only recognizing Mr. Walsh for his outstanding teaching abilities and continued service as an educator, but also the other 6,000 teachers in the province. I thank them for everything they do for our young people.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 9, 2016

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

MR. K. PARSONS: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this hon. House today to recognize a group of grade six students from Holy Trinity Elementary in Torbay. I had the pleasure to attend, as a judge, at their public speak off, along with Colleen Tapper, a school council member, and Ms. Charlotte Barrington, former principal of Holy Trinity Elementary.

The ten finalists in the speak off were: Mackenzie Parrell, No More Homework, Please; Halle Fleming, Keep Torbay Library; Gabe Brown, The Benefits of Hockey; Jack Waterman, Keep the Seal Hunt; Emily Mahon, Learn a Second Language; Brianna Squires, Why Smoking Should Be Banned; Chantelle Peyton, Rid the World of Joseph Kony; Andrew Gosse, Why all Pre-Teens Should Have a Cellphone; Perry Cahill, Don’t Drink Pop; and Matthew O’Driscoll, Kids Should Play Minecraft.

It was a very difficult contest to judge. They were all very good. Perry Cahill took first place. Second place went to Gabe Brown and Jack Waterman taking third. Standing up in front of your fellow students and family is not easy. They did a fantastic job.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in extending my congratulations to the grade six students at Holy Trinity Elementary.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to thank Mr. Frank Collier for 37 years of dedicated service to the St. Alban’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, with 12 years serving as Fire Chief.

Mr. Collier’s professionalism and commitment to his community is very much appreciated. On behalf of residents, I would like to extend him a sincere thank you and wish him the best of luck in his retirement.

Over all the years, Frank has been a model of strong community spirt, hard work, and an excellent example of selfless service to others that will serve the members of the Volunteer Fire Department in great stead. Frank’s volunteerism and fundraising efforts also aided tremendously in the great success of their annual telethon, which are essential in acquiring the funds necessary to purchase equipment and to ensure the communities’ and firefighters’ safety.

I ask all hon. Members to join me in congratulating Mr. Collier for his years of outstanding dedication and protecting our residents’ safety. True to his character, he remains a steadfast supporter of volunteer work in the community. We are very grateful to him for always lending his talent as a musician to local fundraising events, particularly for the fire department.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to inform my hon. colleagues about an exceptional individual from my district who was named Conception Bay South 2015 Citizen of the Year. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Conception Bay South Lions Club 45th anniversary Charter Night where the award was presented to Mr. Robert T. Dawe.

Robert is a former teacher of Queen Elizabeth Regional High school and also served as the English department head from 1971 to 1977. He mentored many students in public speaking and debating in regional, provincial and national levels. He coached students for a provincial heritage award, composed plays, poems and songs for celebrations and official openings.

Robert authored the Prentice Hall publisher’s school textbook Resourcelines used in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada to assist in improving students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills. He is a member of the Vestry, People’s Warden and presently serves as the Eucharistic assistant at St. John the Evangelist Church, Topsail. Robert, along with the committee, helped raise funds to install and dedicate 17 stained-glass church windows; each window being unique and telling a Biblical story.

I congratulate Robert for his commitment and achievements and ask all hon. Members to join with me in recognizing his contribution to our community and this province.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to congratulate the graduates of St. Michael’s High on Bell Island. This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending the 2016 prom with 27 graduates, their parents, guardians, teachers and hundreds from the community who wanted to celebrate their accomplishments.

The celebration started with a church service and ended with the grand march and the safe grad dance. The highlight of the dinner came when the guest speaker addressed the graduates by video. To the surprise of the graduates, it was their former teacher Mr. Jamie Wilkinson who has been on medical leave for the past 18 months living in hospital in Toronto while he waits for a heart transplant.

Jamie spoke of watching the students grow into community volunteers and leaders. He empowered them to never give up and work through adversity. He ended by sharing with the graduates that his health had improved to the point that he had now been added to the list for a heart transplant and his hope is to be back with the class and meet them in their graduating ceremonies next fall. This was received by a roaring cheer.

Mr. Speaker, we congratulate all the graduates and wish Mr. Wilkinson good health.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize the members of the Paradise Adventure 50+ Group. Since its inception in 1987, this group has been providing quality opportunities to its members and, as a result, has grown to become a very well operated and organized and physically active group of 156 members.

This active group is primarily comprised of residents from the Town of Paradise, but also residents from Conception Bay South, the City of Mount Pearl and other areas. On a weekly basis, they participate in various regular activities such as dancing, card games, shuffle board, dart tournaments and once a month, on a Saturday night, they enjoy a social, which I’ve had the honour of attending many times.

The Paradise Adventure 50+ Group is a great example of a group that is proactive, fostering both active, healthy lifestyles and close friendships amongst its participants.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating the Paradise Adventure 50+ Group and wish them continue success in all of their efforts.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the hon. House to recognize the Bay Bulls to Bauline Athletic Association on the vital role they play in the region. This group of volunteers has assisted in bringing many important recreation activities to our area, engaging people from youth to our seniors. Many of our kids avail of many different recreation activities such as the summer soccer, softball and many other activities.

I would also like to congratulate the association on their Annual Regional Winter Carnival, which had something for all ages. I attended some of these events myself and, as always, very impressed with the variety of events. Many of these events were organized and sponsored by various businesses, community groups and organizations throughout the area and the Bay Bulls to Bauline Athletic Association played a huge role.

The association holds an annual auction which raises funds for recreation infrastructure for the region, which has been very successful in past years.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the Bay Bulls to Bauline Athletic Association in organizing recreation programs and revenue generation for the Bay Bulls to Bauline region.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the young people honoured earlier this week at Mount Pearl’s Annual Focus on Youth Awards.

The Focus on Youth Awards program recognizes youth in several categories. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees and winners of these awards. In particular: Female Athlete of the Year, Sarah Hiscock; Male Athlete of the Year, Liam Hickey; Team of the Year, the Mount Pearl Senior High Male Huskies Soccer Team; Adult Volunteer of the Year, working with youth in sports, Gerald Costigan; Youth Volunteer of the Year, Megan Glover; Official of the Year, Ashley Hammond; Female Youth of the Year, Victoria Jackman; Male Youth of the Year, Michael Howse; RNC Youth in Service Award winner, Ryan Linstead; Youth Group of the Year, the O’Donel High School Robotics Team; Visual Arts Award, Shea O’Keefe; Performing Arts Award, Joseph Coffin; Adult Volunteer working with youth, the Mount Pearl Senior High Breakfast Club Teacher Volunteers.

For the Performing Arts Group Award: we had a tie between the Mount Pearl Show Choir, the O’Donel Jazz Band, the cast of Etcetera 29, the Mount Pearl Senior High Jazz Band, the Mount Pearl Senior High Transitional Band and the cast of Mount Pearl Senior’s Musical: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the winners and nominees on this well-deserved recognition. It was a fantastic night.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the newest Lions Club in the province, the first one in the past 20 years.

On May 7, the Torbay Lions Club had their first charter night celebrations, hosted at the Pouch Cove Lions Club, attended by family and friends from Torbay, Pouch Cove and Flatrock.

Torbay Lions Club projects for 2015-16 were: host a bingo at the North Pond Manor for seniors; assisted in serving Santa breakfast at Holy Trinity Elementary; entered a float at the Christmas parade and collected food for the food bank; participated in an awareness campaign at the Christmas market at Jack Byrne Arena to fundraise for community groups; served brunch at the Gathering Place for world hunger week; donated 100 pairs of eyeglasses to Bishops Falls Correctional Centre eyeglasses recycling program.

The club donated a total of $1,600 to local groups and Lions Club International including: the Torbay food bank, the Holy Trinity Elementary breakfast program, Pathfinders, the Gathering Place, White Cane project and the diabetic campaign.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in congratulating the Torbay Lions Club on their first year and wishing them many more.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise to deliver accolades to Mr. John Kendell who has shown tremendous fundraising initiative through Cycling for Cancer, which has raised over $50,000 to assist local cancer patients in my area.

This July marks the 17th Annual Bay d’Espoir Cancer Benefit, where all residents band together to reinsure that cancer patients have access to funding and support. Through the efforts of volunteers such as John, this public fund has raised over $1 million since 1999, a true testimony of our unified fight against cancer.

Today, we thank and commend Mr. Kendell for his tremendous dedication which embodies the Benefit’s spirit of giving and caring. John is an inspiration to all of us in our shared commitment of “People Helping People.” For nine years, he has led the Cycling for Cancer ride down Route 360 and his group’s triumphant entrance to open the Benefit sparks the uplifting mood and spirit of generosity which carries throughout the entire event.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to applaud Mr. Kendell and I encourage him to continue giving so whole-heartedly to his community. I also encourage more cyclists to join John on his ride this year and wish them great success in their fundraising effort.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and celebrate the incredible contributions of our volunteers. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a rich history of volunteering and community involvement. They are on the front lines of all our community services from health care, disaster relief, volunteer firefighting, minor sports – the list is endless.

The work of the volunteer is essential work and is the backbone of our communities. These individuals, who give freely of their time through organizations or on their own, provide a foundation upon which the communities can grow and prosper. In turn, these stronger communities help build a more vibrant province and this can be seen in Newfoundland and Labrador, more specifically in the Town of Conception Bay South where I recently attended the annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre just last week along with the MHA for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

I want to thank each and every volunteer who has given their time and talent to make our communities a better place to live. Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in thanking all volunteers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: For Honour 100 today, we have the Member for the District of Mount Pearl North.

The Commemoration of the First World War and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I will now read into the record the following 40 names of those who lost their lives in the First World War in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve, the Newfoundland Mercantile Marine, or the Newfoundland Forestry Corp. This will be followed by a moment of silence.

Lest we forget: Francis O’Toole, Norman A. Outerbridge, Richard Owen, Walter Oxford, Patrick Palfrey, George Richard Pardy, Augustus Percival Park, Cecil Parmiter, Norman Parmiter, John Richard Parrell, Patrick Parrell, John Parson, Aubrey L. Parsons, Bertram C. Parsons, Charles Albert Parsons, Charles H. Parsons, Harry Parsons, Pierce Parsons, William Parsons, William Thomas Parsons, William W. Patey, Reginald J. Paul, Stephen J. Paul, Frank Payne, Naaman Payne, Stephen Payne, Archibald W. Peach, Henry W. Peach, Josiah Wesley Peach, William H. Peach, Hector Pearce, Samuel R. Pearce, Jacob Pearcey, Edward Peckford, Alec Peddle, Eli Peddle, Richard Peddle, Clarence Pelley, Cornelius Pender, Charles Pennell.

We will remember them.

(Moment of silence.)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand to congratulate a group of students from St. Michael’s High on Bell Island. Yesterday, I and hundreds of thousands of Canadians had the privilege of watching students from the school do a great job performing traditional NL music and dance live on Canada AM.

The students were invited to perform on the Canada AM show that was broadcast live from St. John’s yesterday. The students played a number of musical instruments such as the fiddle, accordion, guitar and performed one of our own traditional dances.

These talented students enjoy preforming so much that they constantly perform for fellow students and groups to ensure our traditional music and dance is not forgotten. Along with the students, teachers of St. Michael’s High played an important role in teaching music and dance to the students.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the volunteer contributions to the group by Order of Canada recipient and Bell Island resident Kelly Russell, who not only serves as the volunteer co-ordinator for the group, but teaches traditional music and dance to the students.

I congratulate and thank the students, staff and Kelly for being ambassadors for Bell Island and our province.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I thank all hon. Members for leave today to present this Member’s statement.

On November 10 of last year, we lost a former Member of the House of Assembly, the former Member for Gander, Mr. Harold Collins. Born almost exactly 91 years ago – it would have been on May 21, 1925 this coming Saturday. He was raised in Indian Islands in Notre Dame Bay. He later worked and travelled extensively in Newfoundland and Labrador with the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and, after Confederation, with the Canadian National Communications, which brought him to Gander in his formative years, where he took a lead role in many aspects of the town.

Elected in Gander in a by-election in 1967 and in three subsequent general elections, he served with Premier Frank Moores in the Cabinet posts of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, Health, Rehabilitation and Recreation, Social Services, and Consumer Affairs and Environment. He later served as the province’s Chief Protocol Officer and as Chair of the Canadian Fisheries Support Board. An avid hunter, he aptly entitled his 2004 autobiography Always a Straight Shooter, which well described his own character.

Among other things, Minister Collins proposed the groundbreaking Royal Commission on municipal government. He brought universal suffrage, the right to vote, to the City of St. John’s, where before you had to be a landowner in order to vote. He established the Fishing Industry Advisory Board and the Marine Service Program. He expanded the Fisheries Loan Board; prepared for the establishment of the 200-mile limit; opened the Health Sciences Centre.

He transitioned the old General Hospital into the Miller Centre. He transitioned the former US Air Force hospital in Goose Bay into the International Grenfell Association. He opened the new Waterford and the first Detoxification Centre in our province; the Twillingate hospital. He enlarged Western Memorial Hospital, and the first of its kind, the Corner Brook seniors’ care centre in the former hospital.

For more on his work and his love for outport Newfoundland and Labrador, people should certainly pick up a copy of his book.

Among his 10 children, Kevin, who serves with the Information Management Division of the House of Assembly, is with us today, as well as his sister, Betty, and also their mom. We express sympathy to Joan and the entire family, and we honour Harold Collins for a lifetime of service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the hon. House today to recognize the Goulds 39th Charter Night. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize all members of the Goulds Lions Club, past and present, for the outstanding contribution they make to their community.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are well known for the amount of volunteer work contributed each year in our province, indeed we lead the country in our hours of volunteerism. This is exemplified no better than with the Lions Club from the Goulds. I’ve had many opportunities to work with the Lions and see their tremendous efforts in all they do.

I want to commend the Goulds Lions for all the great work the club has done in the past 40 years and I’m sure this important community role will continue in the future. The Goulds is a better place because of their tireless efforts.

I would like to ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the Goulds Lions and all the wonderful work they have done in the past 30 years.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate and recognize the Members of the Mount Pearl Senior High Robotics Team, who took first place at the Regional Robotics Competition recently.

Underwater Robotics is an extracurricular activity for students who are interested in building remotely operated vehicles that will compete at the Marine Institute. The group meets regularly from January to May to prepare for this competition. When competing, the students are also required to prepare a technical report, a poster display and an engineering presentation as well. All of that is presented to the judges.

The Mount Pearl Senior High Robotics Club consists of 19 students and two mentors. I would like to recognize team members: Alex Hayes, Aloysius Ducey, Andrew Pye, Brady Chaulk, Carley Froggatt, Connor Hynes, Daniel Drodge, Jessica Hynes, Kevin Verge, Kyle Curtis, Kyle Edison, Mary Pike, Mitchell Tuck, Randy Russell, Ryan Hayes, Sean Purchase, Tyler Purchase, Zachary Anstey, Khafra Pike and mentors Paul King and Cameron Williams.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Senior High Robotics Team and wish them the best of luck as they travel to Houston Texas for the International Competition in June.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the 2016 Business Award winners in the Town of Torbay.

On May 5, I had the pleasure of attending the Torbay Business Awards event held at the Kinsmen Centre. Most of the nominees for the awards were in attendance.

Economic Development Officer, Ross Houlihan, spoke on the recent municipal development projects and activities in Torbay; however, the highlight of the evening was the awards presentation.

New Business of the Year was awarded to Edge Beauty Bar co-owners Katie Porter and Suzette Kelly; two young business ladies were delighted with their award.

Entrepreneur of the Year was a husband and wife team, Glen and Chen Stokes, who are owner operators of Mrs. Liddy’s Bar and Breakout NL.

Business of the Year award was presented to Brian Eason and Cynthia Littlejohn, owner operators of Joint Therapy. They became just the second business to ever win two Torbay Business Awards, winning New Business Award in 2015.

The Customer Commitment award went to a long time established business in Torbay, Dr. Mathai Dentistry. I can attest of her commitment first-hand because she is my dentist and one of the nicest ladies you will ever meet.

I would like to congratulate all involved.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: I rise in this hon. House to congratulate Ms. Shannon Hickey, recipient of one of six HSBC Bank Canada Woman Leader of Tomorrow Regional Awards in 2015.

As the leader of Enactus Canada group at the College of the North Atlantic, business owner and active volunteer, Shannon understands what it means to achieve success and she has great empathy for others. She recognizes the importance of collaboration to achieve positive results. Shannon successfully lobbied and secured funding for her group to attend the global Enactus event in Beijing. She is actively involved in programs such as Independent You, which teaches financial literacy and responsibility to high school students; and Total Exposure, which promotes the artwork of outpatients who deal with mental health issues.

With a humorous nature and vivacious spirit, Shannon is always welcome at any event and readily lends a hand for numerous community projects; she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Sacred Heart RC Church and actively supports the St. Lawrence Anglican Church in her hometown of Belleoram.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to join with me in extending congratulations to Shannon and encourage her to continue offering her skills to help people and our communities.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, on March 11, I had the pleasure of attending the 140th anniversary dinner at the Prince of Orange Lodge, LOL #23 at the Foxtrap Parish Hall.

The Loyal Orange Association has made a significant contribution to our community and the residents of Newfoundland through their commitment to various fundraising initiatives, including the CBS Monument of Honour, Janeway, Daffodil Place and many more worthwhile charities.

On March 11, 1876, Most Worshipful Grand Master and Sovereign of the Loyal Orange Association of Canada, Brother M. Bonnell travelled to Newfoundland from Nova Scotia by train to Kelligrews. He entered the new building in Middle Bight Road where he presented the Loyal Orange Warrant and dedicated and named the hall Prince of Orange #23.

During the early years the Orange Lodges were the only meeting halls in many towns. Prince of Orange #23 has served many purposes such as a church, classrooms, a theatre and a polling station where political rallies and fundraisers were held. The social life of the Orange Lodge itself was celebrated in the form of dances, wedding receptions, concerts, birthdays and anniversary parties.

I ask all hon. Members to join me in congratulating the Prince of Orange, LOL #23 on its 140th Anniversary.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to recognize a very active organization in my district. I speak of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club, who for the past 20 years has supported the residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s through a multitude of special events and unique events.

I’ve had the privilege of working with the members of the Lions Club and have seen first-hand the impressive work they do to engage and improve the lives of the citizens in our community. From partnering with the town to offer seniors programs, to donating playground equipment to ensure disabled young people can be active, to donating special health equipment for citizens to improve their quality of life, and the list of supports they offer goes on and on.

But this past fall, the club took on a special project and sent their president, Mr. Bradly Moss, to Haiti in a partnership with Project Broken Earth to help provide free eye screening to over 650 patients and issued eyeglasses from the Lions Club to 423 men, women and children.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and thanking president Moss and all the members of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 30, 2016

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize and congratulate the nominees and the winner of the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award for the City of Mount Pearl.

Volunteers give so much of their time, without need or want for compensation of any kind. The selfless acts of these individuals were especially evident at the 2015 Citizen of the Year Ceremony which was recently held in the City of Mount Pearl. The work of volunteers is oftentimes not recognized, and it is vital that such ceremonies continue, to bring the efforts of these individuals to the forefront, highlighting the great work they do.

I would like to recognize in particular Donna Collens, Sandra Milmore, Bill Vincent, Sandra Woolfrey-Fahey and the winner of the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award, Emma Thornhill, nominated by the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating all nominees as well as the winner, Emma Thornhill, of the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award for Mount Pearl. Volunteers are truly the heart of our community.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the coaches and volunteers of the Southern Shore and Goulds Minor Hockey Associations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the entire group of volunteers who unselfishly devote their time to our youth. Being a hockey coach and volunteer indeed requires many hours.

The youth in my district have been very successful in the 2015-2016 hockey season; they have won many banners and medals over the past number of years as well. The youth’s success in the sport is a reflection of relentless hours of coaching. Without our many coaches and volunteers, our hockey leagues would not be such a huge success.

I had the opportunity to experience this for myself when I attended the opening ceremonies in the Gould’s Arena for the Bantam “G” and also the Southern Shore Arena for the Peewee Provincial Tournaments that were held in my district this past Easter.

I would like to ask all Members of this hon. House to join me in congratulating the coaches and volunteers of the Goulds and Southern Shore Hockey Associations for the wonderful work they do and have done.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

This past Saturday, May 28, I had the pleasure of attending the 43rd Annual Conception Bay South Fire Department Firefighters’ Ball, along with the Members for Conception Bay and South and Harbour Main.

At the time the Conception Bay South Fire Department was formed in 1973, it was totally a volunteer service. Over the years, the department continued to expand and has become a composite service, operating with a combination of career and volunteer firefighters providing safety for over 25,000 citizens of the town.

To date, the CBS Fire Department has responded to 350 calls for assistance and, in 2015, they responded to 846 calls for assistance ranging from fires, rescue, emergency medical service, hazardous conditions, service calls and good-intent calls.

At the annual firefighters’ ball this past weekend, several members were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication. Along with the approximately two dozen firefighters receiving service honours, I had the honour of presenting Fire Chief John Heffernan with his 25-year Provincial Service Bar.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and extending best wishes to each and every member of the CBS Fire Department and thank them for their dedication, their hard work and commitment to ensuring the safety of the citizens of Conception Bay South.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. K. PARSONS: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize one of the most active volunteer fire departments in the province. Last year, the Torbay Volunteer Fire Department answered 234 calls.

For the past 42 years they have served the towns of Flatrock and Torbay, with 40 dedicated members that are on call 24/7, and Chief Mike McGrath has been there since day one. The department takes great pride in the level of training their members have.

Mr. Speaker, the department has a very active ladies auxiliary. They work side by side with the department, and the work they do is really appreciated.

Both town councils of Flatrock and Torbay have played huge roles in ensuring the department has the resources it needs to do their job.

At the annual firefighters’ ball, several members were recognized for their outstanding work and dedication. Best attendance award went to Captain Ken Dodd and firefighter Shelaine Wade. Honorary member inductee was firefighter Pat Butler. This year’s William Manning Award for firefighter of the year went to Captain Ken Dodd.

I ask all hon. Members to join me in congratulating and thanking all volunteer firefighters for their dedication, hard work and commitment.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: I rise to congratulate Mr. Don Northcotte of Hermitage-Sandyville for receiving the St. John Ambulance Life-Saving Award on May 26, 2016 for his heroic efforts to save the life of his eight year old son, Lincoln.

Lincoln had run ahead of his family at the local swimming hole and jumped right in. Horrified, his mother, Nina, saw him go under. Don immediately jumped into action and flew down the trail and into the water to grab his son, who, after the longest seconds of this family’s life, was not moving. Don retrieved Lincoln’s limp body and commenced CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Had it not been for Don’s quick decisive action and knowledge of CPR, acquired through a St. John Ambulance course, all witnesses do not think that Lincoln would have survived.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to join me to offer special recognition to Mr. Northcotte for his very deserving receipt of the St. John Ambulance Life-Saving Award. By telling his story, we can highlight to all parents just how important it is to have some type of first aid and emergency response training, because one never knows when something tragic will happen.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, on May 10, I had the opportunity to attend and present both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards to 28 deserving young women and men at Frank Roberts Junior High in Foxtrap.

To qualify for an award, participants much undertake a balanced program of leisure-time activities and meet the prescribed standards in four different area of self-development, including community service, adventurous journeys, physical fitness and skill development.

This group has been involved in many challenging and worthwhile activities under the direction of committed volunteer leaders. In speaking with participants individually, they tell stories of personal growth and commitment as they embarked on the various challenges and opportunities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members to congratulate the Silver recipients: Ryan Letto, Mitchell Fagan, Alexa Johnson and Jacinda Porter.

Bronze recipients: Krista Greeley, Luke Strickland, Alexandra Gamble, Nathan Lake, Lauren Payne, Leah Pomeroy, Mackenzie Searle, Kelsey Smith, Chelsea Bolt, Emma Jacobs, Sarah Fagan, Katie Currie, Madison Tarrant, Alexandra Benson, Samantha Bursey, Sara Burry, Chelsie Cake, Matthew Broders, Kristina LeDrew, Miguel Santos, Kaitlyn Day, Jenna Scott, Karley Morgan and Olivia Cave.

This is quite an accomplishment and I wish them well in their silver and gold metal pursuit.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 6, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize and thank the Kiwanis Club of Bell Island for taking a leadership role in supporting local and provincial organizations. This past weekend the Kiwanis Club on the island took the lead to support the Janeway Telethon by co-ordinating the community’s ability to donate to the Janeway. The organization with support from students of St. Augustine’s Elementary and St. Michael’s High set up hot dog stands where for a donation individuals were given a hot dog as a thank you. The community supported the project by coming to the high school or the ferry terminal to make donations.

I have to note a special 10-year-old young man, Mr. Cody Newell, who for the past number of months donated all the money he received as gifts or chores he had done. Cody arrived at St. Michael’s high with a bag of money he had collected in the amount of $340. The total collected through the hot dog donation stands amounted to $6,200.

I ask all Members to join me and thank the residents of Bell Island, the Kiwanis Club and Cody.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast. This club, Mr. Speaker, serves the Towns of Conception Bay South and Paradise and was founded in 1989 and currently has a membership of 38 women and men.

As a result of its collective efforts, this dedicated group has earned a reputation of doing more than expected for a club of its size. The Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast has been instrumental in making significant contributions to the development of Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, the Topsail Beach Rotary Park, the Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre, the Richard Parsons Memorial Park, as well as a number of other very important community projects including the CBS Monument of Honour, CBS Library Early Literacy Program, Lifestyle Clincs, Choices for Youth Momma Moments, Chamberlains Park, Parson’s Field and many more.

Mr. Speaker, this club provides the local community with a variety of projects, also including high school scholarships, the junior achievement and DARE programs.

Mr. Speaker, in reflection of all this, I ask that all hon. Members join me in congratulating and thanking the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast on its continued efforts and contributions to our communities.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a constituent of mine from my district, Amelda Boland lost her courageous battle with cancer at the young age of 49 on May 21, 2016. Amelda was married to Jerry for almost 26 years and had two wonderful daughters Shae-Lynn and Danielle.

Amelda was well known all over the province for her love of Girl Guiding. She has been involved in the guiding movement for the past 27 years. Amelda’s nickname was “guideaholic”. She received every award there was to be awarded within the Girl Guides. She received her last reward, “The Dedicated Guider Award” the day before she passed away, at her home in Renews.

Amelda was a much respected leader, volunteer and loved by all guides and colleagues. Amelda lived her life with great determination and never took no for an answer in whatever ventures or causes she took on.

During Amelda’s funeral many guides from all over the Avalon attended and she was acknowledged with a Girl Guide honour guard.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask all my colleagues of this House of Assembly to join me in honouring the life of Amelda Boland and the contribution she made to our youth and to our province overall.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Good morning, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the 60 anniversary of the Mount Pearl Lions Club. The Lions celebrated their 60 anniversary at Park Place in Mount Pearl on May 27.

The Lions Charter in Mount Pearl started in 1956 and consisted of 28 members. Their longest serving Member is Mr. Fred Anderson who joined the club in its charter year. Currently, the charter has 32 members, including me, involved in our community.

The Mount Pearl Lions Club undertakes many projects of a humanitarian nature, within the community, nationally and internationally.

Current projects the club is working on include collecting used eyeglasses to send to other countries, organizing the Mount Pearl Santa Claus Parade, working with schools to offer scholarships at junior high and senior high schools and holding peace poster contests in schools, plus numerous other activities. The club is very active with helping the youth and seniors in our community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Lions Club members as they celebrate their 60th anniversary, and for all the great work they do to contribute to our community.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 14, 2016

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Pouch Cove Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years of service to the residents of Bauline and Pouch Cove.

At the firefighters’ ball on 24th of September, it was nice to see a full house at the Pouch Cove Lions Club. Departments from all over came out to celebrate with Chief Derek Sullivan, along with the 32 members, four junior firefighters and firettes. The firettes host many fundraising events throughout the year.

Fire Prevention Officer Shawn Wall was presented with his 20-year pin for his dedication to the department. Chief Derek Sullivan was also recognized for 25 years of service. He received a gift from the town, as well as the firettes.

The Pouch Cove Volunteer Fire Department is very well trained and the members take great pride in their work. The department also has a junior firefighters program which encourages young people to get involved in the department.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in thanking the Pouch Cove Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years of service to the residents to Pouch Cove and Bauline.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to deliver the highest of accolades and thanks to the many individuals who worked tirelessly to keep us safe and meet the challenges caused by the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew.

During this storm, historical rainfall amounts produced multiple states of emergency across the province. Rainfall amounts of over 200 millimetres in our region battered roads, isolated our communities and destroyed many residents’ homes.

Today, I thank all those volunteers and officials who worked tirelessly to make sure residents remained safe and secure throughout the response and recovery effort to reconnect communities and have access to basic essentials. We also thank you for your continued hard work as we move towards full recovery.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to join me in thanking and congratulating those who epitomize our true spirit of South Coast strong, which was clearly evident throughout the district as we commenced the rebuilding effort together.

Hats off to our volunteer fire departments, our mayors and town staff, emergency responders, local volunteers, the aquaculture companies who provided boats for freight delivery so we could have food, the mayor who rode a dory to transfer doctors and nurses from one side of the bay to the other, our road crews and everyone involved in the relief effort. We are so very proud of you all.

Thank you so much, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, from August 13 to 21, more than 1,500 young athletes from across the province attended the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in the beautiful Town of Conception Bay South. I’m proud to say that for the first time in Newfoundland games history, Aboriginal teams participated, along with eight regions in the province.

Both the SportNL trophy for the team showing the most improvement from one summer game to the next and the Lieutenant Governor’s award celebrating sportsmanship and spirit were presented to the host region: CBS. These games are a great opportunity for our young athletes to compete, develop skills, meet new friends and also learn the values of sportsmanship, skill and development.

I honestly enjoyed every aspect of the games, and it was obvious that teamwork and community spirit was evident throughout the entire week.

Congratulations to the organizing committee led by games chair, Eric Schibler, and the hundreds of volunteers who have made these games possible. I also commend the Town of Conception Bay South for their support and, once again, demonstrating its outstanding ability to host first-class sporting events.

Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize a very active organization in my district. I speak of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club who, for the past 40 years, has supported the residents of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s through a multitude of special projects and unique events. I had the privilege of speaking at the Lions Club 40th anniversary banquet this past Saturday and saw first-hand the impressive work they do to engage and improve the lives of residents.

They partnered with a multitude of groups to offer seniors programs, to supply equipment for disabled youth, special health equipment for citizens to improve their quality of life and the list of supports they offer goes on and on.

I would be remiss if I didn’t note an international project the club was involved with this past year. The club took on a special project and sent their president, Mr. Bradley Moss, to Haiti in a partnership with the project Broken Earth to help provide free eye screening to over 650 patients and supplying eyeglasses from the Lions Club to 423 men, women and children.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and thanking president Moss and all members of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the Town of Paradise and the St. John’s Regional Fire Service on the opening of the brand new Paradise Fire Station No. 8 which celebrated its grand opening just recently, Friday, October 28.

To start the ceremony, the St. John’s Regional Fire Service Honour Guard completed a parade of flags from the Paradise Town Hall to the brand new fire station. Thomas Tippett, a grade six student from Paradise, was the Honour Guard commander for a day, and was part of the flag march that led the opening ceremonies. He was selected during a contest as part of town’s 2016 Municipal Awareness Days.

The St. John’s Regional Fire Service is responsible for providing the region with an acceptable level of fire and emergency protection in the most economical manner, with a backup of emergency services being provided to a number of surrounding towns in the Northeast Avalon region. Fire Station No. 8 is equipped with Engine 8 and Tanker 8, a staff complement of 17 firefighters. I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, it is a state-of-the-art facility.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating the Town of Paradise and St. John’s Regional Fire Service for their enhanced service to the region.

Thank you.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize a constituent of mine from the District of Ferryland, Kenny Williams. In his 32-year hockey career he played a very important part to the overall success of hockey across Newfoundland and Labrador.

His hockey life started at Maggotty Cove Pond in Bay Bulls and later played as a junior hockey player in the Southern Shore Junior League. He’s currently manager of the Southern Shore Arena since 1987.

He was elected a founding president of the Southern Shore Minor Hockey Association, where he remains a volunteer. He has been Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador provincial coordinator for 24 years. He was instrumental in reviving senior female hockey at the provincial level and brought the first team in many years to Prince Edward Island to compete nationally. He held a director’s position on the provincial female hockey committee for several years.

Kenny was inducted into Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame during Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s awards ceremony in June of 2015. Kenny also was presented the Avalon East Hockey Ambassador Award in the Builder’s Category in October at the Jack Byrne Arena.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask all my colleagues of this House to join me in honouring Kenny Williams and the contributions he has made to hockey on the Southern Shore and certainly throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize Mr. Reginald White on his recent achievement in being named a Senior of Distinction – what a great honour.

The Seniors of Distinction Awards program was designed to identify and celebrate the contributions, achievements and diversity of older persons throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s very important to recognize our seniors who dedicate so much time to helping their community and fellow citizens.

Reg’s lifetime of volunteerism and community service is a testament to his true character. Reg has been named Mount Pearl Citizen of the Year and was inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame. I hope that Reg continues his efforts with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer initiatives.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members of this House to join me in congratulating Reg White and this year’s recipients of the Seniors of Distinction Awards: Gerald Andrews of Carbonear, Alice Blundon of Carbonear, Russ Murphy of Marystown and David Rex of Stephenville.

Thank you.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize an icon in my district, Mrs. Mary Power, who passed away on October 28. Her family described her as a rock, a guiding light. Her presence in the entire district will surely be missed. Whenever you were in her company, it was a feeling of warmth and compassion.

She showed kindness to everyone with her unwavering devotion to her faith; she visited schools, read to children. While an elderly lady herself, she was always reaching out to those in seniors’ homes or in hospital. She would visit them, read to them, bring communion, say a few prayers or just give an ear to their concerns.

Her age is a secret she takes with her. I know she’s smiling just at the thought that I mentioned that. If you asked her age, her answer was very, very fast: “Age is a number and mine is not listed.” However, I’m confident she was over 90 years old.

My condolences to her family and friends, they will miss her dearly, but she will remain in the hearts of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. God bless you, my friend.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to pay tribute to John and Frances Kealey, pioneers of our province’s aquaculture industry who were awarded the NAIA Aquaculturist of the Year at this year’s banquet in September.

Since the 1970s, John and Frances have put their business and economic development skills and sheer determination to great use for the advancement of the aquaculture industry and betterment of our rural communities.

Through the years, with the Bay d’Espoir Development Association, SCB Fisheries, and Nordic Salmon, from salmon to trout to Arctic char, the Kealeys have proven time and time again that they know how to get the job done. They can feel very proud that they played an instrumental role in proving that aquaculture is a viable, profitable and community-sustaining initiative.

I highly commend them for their pioneering fortitude that led to the confirmation that Nauyak Arctic char is very compatible with the Bay d’Espoir marine environment. We look forward to greater expansion of our aquaculture products and markets in the years to come.

I ask all Members to please join me in paying tribute to John and Frances for the well-deserved Aquaculturist of the Year award.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

On Thursday, October 20, I had the pleasure of attending the fifth annual Bright Business Luncheon Awards ceremony at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.

The annual event is hosted by the Town of Conception Bay South and it’s a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to network and showcase their individual businesses in our community. This year 54 nominations were received.

The Bright Business Achievement Awards help recognize the contributions of local businesses that have gone above and beyond. This year’s award winners are: Beautiful Business – CBS Glass for Single Tenant and Don Hennessey Limited for Multiple Tenant; Community Pride and Partnership – Musically Inclined; Main Street Business Improvement Association Member of the Year – The Co-operators; David Murphy Chamber Leadership – Cal LeGrow insurance; Established Business of the Year – Dawe’s Plumbing and Electrical; New Start Up of the Year – T & T Auto.

I would like to extend my congratulations to the award winners, nominees and sponsors. Conception Bay South has grown significantly and it’s great to see that the business community has also shown tremendous growth.

Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to inform the Members of this House and residents of our province of an historic event that will take place on September 16, 2017. I speak of the 75th anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the U-boat attacks off the shores of Bell Island which saw the loss of 69 sailors.

This event, which is hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 18, Bell Island and coordinated by Bell Island resident retired Major Marjorie Coakwell will take place at Lance Cove Beach on Bell Island.

The ceremony will honour the victims of the U-boat attacks for their service and sacrifice; recognize the actions of the residents of Lance Cove who came to the aid of the mariners immediately following the attacks, will highlight the service of the Merchant marines, will pay tribute to the contributions made by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, as well as the Royal Canadian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel during the Second World War and specifically during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Dignitaries already confirmed for this event include: present and former Lieutenant Governor, federal ministers and others.

I ask Members to join me in congratulating and thanking the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 18 and Major Coakwell for hosting such an event.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, the first Bell of Hope was unveiled at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre in April, 2015 as part of the National Cancer Awareness Month. For cancer patients, there are many milestones along their journey with their disease, and this is why the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre Foundation launched the Let Hope Ring in partnership with Newfoundland Power’s, Power of Life. It gives those with cancer a special way to celebrate milestones in their life, to celebrate and enjoy the big events that are important.

I had the pleasure of taking part in the first time the bell was rang with 30-year-old breast cancer patient, Nikki Parrell. With the installation of the first Bell of Hope, word quickly spread among cancer patients and families all over this province. Cancer patients in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador were looking for a Bell of Hope to be installed in their local chemotherapy clinics so that they could celebrate milestones with their own cancer care teams.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Newfoundland Power and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, and cancer care teams across the province who now have a Bell of Hope at all of our province’s 14 cancer care sites.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the hon. House to recognize the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department. This year marked their 40th anniversary. I’ve had the pleasure over the past years to attend a number of events to celebrate the work of the brigade and see first-hand what they mean to the region.

I would like to acknowledge and say thank you to the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department members of today, as well to all volunteer members over the years who have contributed greatly to the protection and the well-being of the region. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the support of the members’ spouses, partners and family members for supporting them in their role as volunteers.

The volunteers of the Goulds Fire Brigade give the residents of the surrounding communities great comfort knowing they have someone to rely on in the event of a fire or any type of emergency. People of the area are very thankful knowing they would do so without hesitation and can rest easier knowing they are ready to respond at any time.

I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating all members of the Goulds Volunteer Fire Department on their 40 years of service.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in the hon. House today to congratulate Campia Gymnastics on the grand opening of its new facility. After years of hard work, on September 19, Campia Gymnastics held the ribbon-cutting ceremony to embark on its new adventure in a new facility on Old Placentia Road in my district, which has new equipment and better safety measures as well. Some of the new equipment includes a foam pit, which is a lot of fun for the kids – and, believe it or not, I also tried it myself and had to be rescued.

I’m proud of the volunteers, sponsors, parents and gymnasts who made this possible. I’m also proud to have been an active supporter of this initiative. Thank you to the City of Mount Pearl for supporting this effort as well.

Campia Gymnastics currently serves over 1,200 gymnasts throughout our region and it continues to grow. Campia is a wonderful sports organization. As a former Campia coach – believe it or not – I can speak first-hand of the strength and importance of Campia’s work.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in welcoming Campia Gymnastics to their new home and we wish them all the best.

Thank you.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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

MR. K. PARSONS: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Outer Cove men’s rowing crew, championship winners at the 2016 Royal St. John’s Regatta, the oldest continuing sporting evening in North America. This team trained hard in the gym and on the ergs; in May, they hit the pond every day, doing drills and practising in all kinds of weather.

My district had several teams competing in the Regatta with great success. The Outer Cove crew was led by Coach Bert Hickey, Manager Mike Power and crew members were: Brent Hickey, James and Daniel Cadigan, Mark Perry, Brent Payne, Colin Stapleton, coxswain Mark Hayward, and spare Craig Whittle.

Also, I’d like to acknowledge the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove for ensuring the Outer Cove name stays in tradition with the pond. The team was sponsored by the town, and the team took great pride in rowing under the Outer Cove name.

Their goal was simple: Put in the hard work, bring the people to the pond and keep the tradition of rowing and interest in the Regatta alive. Their goal is to bring home a record as they train for the 200th anniversary in 2018.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in congratulating the Outer Cove men’s rowing crew and wish them the best in the future.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to deliver accolades to Latonia Hartery of Bay d’Espoir, recipient of the CBC Emerging Artist Award for 2015.

The award-winning director, field manager, producer and writer has achieved wonderful success with her work on CBC documentaries, DOC ZONE and our treasured Land and Sea. As director of two episodes, “The Last Sardine Outpost” and “Rum Running”, viewers savoured her efforts evidenced by some of the highest ratings in the program’s history.

Latonia’s credits also include three independent short films – Escape Routes, Wind Money and Sadie, a historic thriller set in rural Newfoundland. Sadie has been shown in 18 festivals worldwide and was also named best Newfoundland film at the Nickel Film Festival, 2015.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Latonia. We have no doubt that Bay d’Espoir’s native daughter will continue to make us all extremely proud as she showcases her directing, producing and writing talents, whether in her own feature, Teflon Dons or production of Wanda Nolan’s Crocuses or upcoming documentaries. Please view her remarkable work if you have not done so already and keep your eye on this emerging artist.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this House today to honour Mr. Gerald Morgan Greenslade from Long Pond, CBS who passed away at the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion on September 23, 2016 at the age of 96.

In 1940, Mr. Greenslade joined the Royal Navy during WWII and served honourably until 1946. He lived the rest of his life in CBS where he founded the company, Greenslades Construction Ltd.

He led the rapidly growing community of Conception Bay South into incorporation and, in 1973, was appointed the town’s first mayor, where he served voluntarily from 1973 to 1977.

Gerald was instrumental in building Branch 50 – Royal Canadian Legion where he served as president. He served on numerous associations; he was a member of the Masonic Lodge Conception, Avalon Lodge, Royal Order of Scotland, St. John’s Scottish Rite Freemasons, St. John’s Shrine Club, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association and an honourary member of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He received many awards and recognitions such as CBS Citizen of the Year, and the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

Gerald’s life was one filled with devotion to his family, outstanding service to his community, province and country.

I ask all Members of this House to join with me in honouring an extraordinary Newfoundlander and Labradorian, Mr. Gerald Greenslade.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand today to recognize an organization in my district which has offered services and supports for youth for over 60 years. I speak of the Wabana Boys and Girls Club on Bell Island.

Over the past six decades, this organization has been a pillar in the community in engaging, supporting, fostering, promoting and celebrating the accomplishments of the community’s youth. The hundreds of thousands of young people who have had the privilege of calling a Boys and Girls club home in this country will attest to the benefits they have gained.

The club on Bell Island offers programs related to community leadership, academics, personal and social development, career exploration, healthy living and every aspect of physical activity. These programs are the foundation for fostering well-rounded, engaged citizens in our community.

The alumni of the Bell Island club includes successful doctors, engineers, educators, health professionals, tradespersons, academics and all other sectors of our society, including politicians.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the work of the volunteers and the staff who go beyond the call of duty to support the youth of Bell Island.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating and thanking all involved with the Wabana Boys and Girls Club.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the hon. House today to recognize the 65th anniversary of a business in Petty Harbour.

Herbert and Marguerite Weir opened Weir’s Wholesale and Retail General Store in 1951. The store was a typical outport store where fisherman and their families bought groceries, dry goods and supplies. Customers would place their orders of delivery, which Herbie and his daughters would deliver on Saturdays. The store was a meeting place and community news was exchanged there over the counter.

Herbie also provided a complementary trucking service where he transported salt cod and cod liver oil to the fish plants in St. John’s. On his return home, he would bring food supplies, coal, salt and other items customers requested.

Herbie’s Olde Shoppe is located in Weir’s General Store. The store was built in 1933 and the interior is original to that of that time period. The old general store ambience remains. The merchandise has changed from beans, sugar, flour and fishing lines to quality crafts, woolens, books, jewelry and prints made by Newfoundland and Labrador artisans and crafters.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join in congratulating Herbie’s Olde Shoppe in Weir’s General Store on their 65th anniversary.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today in this hon. House to recognize and congratulate the community of Portugal Cove South and the region on the announcement of July 17, 2016 to have Mistaken Point designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the past number of years many of the residents, community groups, federal and provincial departments have worked very hard to make this happen. It was indeed a pleasure to work with all who were involved; it was great to see the passion and dedication from the community coming together to achieve such a significant accomplishment, to put the area on the world stage. This will provide much-needed economic growth and will attract many visitors to the area.

I would like to acknowledge the residents who, for decades, recognized the importance of the area and elevated the importance and protection of the site so we could be here today.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the community of Portugal Cove South, all the community partners and volunteers on making Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve designed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Before I recognize the Member for Mount Pearl North, we welcome members of Levandier family today to the public gallery. They’re the subject of the Member’s statement.

The hon. the Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in the hon. House today with a heavy heart to recognize a long-time resident of Mount Pearl. Richard Levandier passed peacefully away in October surrounded by family.

Richard was well known in the City of Mount Pearl. Any Kinsmen event, and most other community events, you were sure to see him there. Richard was a dedicated volunteer in our community. Recently, he received Mount Pearl’s 2016 Community Service Award. He was recognized over the years for his volunteerism, with such awards as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Beaumont-Hamel Local Hero Commemorative Award.

One of Richard’s many passions was slo-pitch softball. He was involved with Mount Pearl Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball League for over 25 years. At the Citizen of the Year award ceremony in April of this year, Richard received a big surprise as the softball field was being named after him.

Richard will be greatly missed by his family, members of Kinsmen and Kinettes, his friends, but also all residents of Mount Pearl who will miss his outstanding dedication to our community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all my colleagues in this House to join me in honouring the life of Richard Levandier and the incredible contribution he made to Mount Pearl and to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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

MR. K. PARSONS: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate the Town of Bauline on the grand opening of their beautiful new town hall and community centre.

In 2009, the gathering place in the town was the old school. It had to be closed for safety reasons. The town had to rent an apartment to hold council meetings and to hold public meetings, they used the United Church.

Mayor Rita King and the council started planning for the new community centre. Under a new council, with the leadership of Mayor Chris Dredge, the work was started. Town Manager Craig Drover, Mr. Everything, was the person in charge of overseeing the project.

I was happy to attend the grand opening on November 19, and already the building is booked solid. They have a dart league, Zumba classes, showers, dances, all kinds of parties and community functions. It also has new council chambers and offices.

I ask all hon. Members to join with me in congratulating Mayor Dredge and the Town of Bauline on the opening of their beautiful new building.

Thank you very much.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the 70th anniversary of incorporation of the Town of Belleoram. Today, we pay tribute to all those who have served as mayors and councillors and all those who have served the town since their incorporation in 1946.

Beautiful, scenic Belleoram is a town of many dedicated volunteers who give their time and effort to enhance the quality of life in Belleoram. As your Member of the House of Assembly during the last nine years, I have personally witnessed the strong commitment your town has made to improving infrastructure and the programs and services that you offer your residents.

I have every confidence that all of you who serve your town will continue to do so with steadfast commitment to improve the lives of your residents and ensure the sustainability of your community. This town is rich in so many ways; your amazing musical talent, gorgeous scenery, historic sites, famous Iron Skull Festival and warm, friendly people, which always makes Belleoram one of my most favourite places to visit.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating the Town of Belleoram as they celebrate this momentous milestone.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, on November 29 I had the pleasure of attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award ceremony at the Capital Hotel.

One of the most prestigious awards Canada offers to our young people is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Established in Canada in 1963, the tri-level non-competitive program encourages youth to set and achieve goals in the areas of community service, skills, fitness and adventure.

Today, I stand to recognize six young people from my district who received gold pins and bronze and silver certificates from the Hon. Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor. Congratulations to Luke Kennedy, Kendra Bishop, Evan O’Reilly, Shawn Baker, Ryan Jones and James Keats. These students are part of COSTA, Challenging Our Students to Achieve, an initiative to support the participation of youth with cognitive and physical disabilities in the awards program.

On November 28, Emily Lush, another resident from my district – Rabbitown Community Centre received the bronze award for achievers from the Engage, Achieve, Succeed Project which involved participants from our local community centres and Waypoints. Congratulations Emily.

Mr. Speaker, these individuals have worked extremely hard in attaining their awards. I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating them on their achievements.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand to acknowledge and congratulate a constituent of mine who will be named as a recipient of Order of Newfoundland and Labrador next week. I speak of educator, farmer and entrepreneur Ms. Melba Rabinowitz of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. Melba and her husband, Mike, have become the premiere experts regarding organic farming in our province

Melba has had a storied history as an innovative educator, particularly as it related to children with special needs and support for vulnerable families, as one of the original architects of the Daybreak Parent Child Centre, noted as the first family resources program in the province and one of the first in Canada.

Melba has spent nearly four decades as an innovator in developing educational programs that combine every aspect of a child’s development. She has become one of the leading trainers for early childhood development, not only in our province but the country. She is also a founding member of the organization GEMMA, which is for the promotion of infant mental health that helps develop policy, programs and services for professionals who offer services for early childhood development.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Melba as a recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, just recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia Newfoundlander and Labradorian Rich Wheeler, a native of Baie Verte, received the Michael Wright Community Leadership National award from the Huntington Society of Canada. Through his efforts, Mr. Wheeler has helped organize an annual walk and event in Coachman’s Cove which has raised $60,000 in four years.

The true motivation behind Mr. Wheeler’s efforts is his wife Ruby. She was diagnosed with this debilitating disease in 2012 and the degenerative disease of the brain’s nerve cells has progressed rapidly since then.

Ruby was forced to retire, plagued by weight loss, sleeping problems, slurred speech and a gradual slowing of her movements. Despite Ruby’s physical ailments, Mr. Wheeler says his wife is an inspiration to him. “I’m motivated every day by Ruby,” he said. “Never once does she complain about what life has dealt her. Every day I come home, she asks how my day was, not how her day was.”

Mr. Wheeler said the recognition was a shock. Receiving the award from Susan Wright, daughter of Michael Wright, who had Huntington’s disease, was very special for him.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Mr. Rich Wheeler on his efforts to bring public awareness to Huntington’s disease.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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MADAM SPEAKER: Today we have Members’ statements from the District of Ferryland, the District of Mount Pearl North, the District of Harbour Main, the District of Labrador West and the District of St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi.

I recognize the hon. Member for Ferryland.

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you,

Madam Speaker, I rise today in the hon. House to recognize the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council on the vital role they play in the Southern Shore Shamrock Festival and Arts Centre. This group has been an integral part of both cultural and tourism development in the region for decades.

This year was the 31st Annual Southern Shore Folk Art Festival. It is because of the commitment and enthusiasm of the many staff and volunteers that continues to make this event such a huge success.

The Arts Centre was a commercial landmark in Ferryland, but with its transition of many years of hard work of its restoration it is now an exceptional venue for cultural events, public art displays, dinner theatre, concerts and other social gatherings for the residents of the region, as well as tourists to enjoy our culture and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Madam Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join with me in congratulating the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council on their many years of success.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MADAM SPEAKER: I recognize the hon. Member for Mount Pearl North.

MR. KENT: Thank you, Madam Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize Mount Pearl athlete Mark Peddle. Mark helped co-host the Special Olympics Canada National Awards on November 17 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Mark joined TSN Sportscaster Vic Rauter to recognize the athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the year.

Mark has been a member of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador for the last decade or so. Mark has excelled with Special Olympics and has been presented with a whole host of opportunities. Recently, he attended his fifth Special Olympics Canada Games, which took place in Corner Brook.

This isn’t Mark’s first time hosting for a Special Olympics event. Mark attended an Athlete Leadership Course, where he started his training as a public speaker and advocate for Special Olympics. He has had lots of practice. He has accepted the Special Olympics Canada’s Team of the Year award this past November at the Awards Gala.

Mark said at the time: “I am very honoured to have this opportunity to represent Special Olympics Athletes from across Canada. I look forward to giving the awards ceremony a Newfoundland flair.” And he certainly did. Mark is an inspiration to all.

I ask all Members of this hon. House to congratulate Mark for doing such a tremendous job on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate Kaitlyn Dalton of Flatrock on winning a writing competition with her speech, “What Canada Means to Me.”

Kaitlyn is a grade eight student at Holy Trinity High in Torbay. She is also a very proud Canadian who clearly loves her country and all that it stands for. Based on her entry, Kaitlyn was selected as one of four finalists taken to CBC studios to tape their speeches. A week later, Kaitlyn was notified that she had been selected as the winner.

Winning the competition provided Kaitlyn with the opportunity to present her speech in front of thousands of people who had gathered at St. John’s City Hall this past New Year’s Eve to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. No doubt, this was a very proud moment for Kaitlyn, her family, her school and her community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members to join me in commending Kaitlyn for her winning speech and for the pride she has in our country.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

It is indeed a pleasure for me to rise today and pay tribute to the remarkable firefighters, first responders, Lions members, countless volunteers and community groups that make my district distinctly South Coast Strong.

Recent disasters and tragic events have borne witness that residents along this coast truly epitomize the characteristics of perseverance, kindness and camaraderie that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are famous for. Our community spirit, along with our ability to respond effectively to the urgent and ongoing needs of residents, following the unprecedented events of Hurricane Matthew and the recent fires that destroyed our public buildings has been truly extraordinary.

Looking back on how we weathered these storms together brings a great sense of pride. Today, it is an honour to recognize our South Coast Strong volunteers who rallied so admirably in response to adversity. We know you are always working steadfastly every day, and we thank you for being the very heart of our communities.

I ask that all hon. Members join me in congratulating and thanking our South Coast Strong volunteers. This is a tough one today, because it’s been emotional for us. It’s incredible how much we can accomplish when we work so harmoniously and courageously together.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Conception Bay South.

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to inform my hon. colleagues about an exceptional individual from my district who has been named one of the best principals in the country. David Locke, the principal of Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South, is among 40 people across the country listed among Canada’s Outstanding Principals.

David Locke has received national recognition for his work as an educator. The Learning Partnerships news release said David Locke is a leader who builds trust with his staff, students and the broader school community. He is intentionally visibly in the halls and classrooms of Holy Spirit High School, interacting and connecting with his 900 students, often referring to them by name.

Since his arrival, the graduation rate at Holy Spirt has consistently been near or at the top of the province. Additionally, the percentage of students in the non-academic stream has been decreasing.

Principals are nominated for Canada’s Outstanding Principals list by their colleagues, school staff and community members. The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to supporting, promoting and advancing publicly-funded education in Canada.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Mr. David Locke on being selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I had the honour to attend an event in my district this past fall that was about celebrating the accomplishments of students of St. Michaels high on Bell Island. Only a short few years ago, St. Michaels was labelled as the least successful high school in Atlantic Canada as it related to academic achievement, community engagement and social development.

I’m happy to announce that, as of this school year, St. Michaels has the distinction of being the most improved high school in Atlantic Canada, a testament to the administration, teachers, school council, the community, but most importantly, the students.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: The night saw a great celebration that included all sectors of the community with a slideshow outlining the school’s accomplishments, speeches by dignitaries congratulating the school, a musical evening that had music for all ages. The entertainment included country music star Craig Young, Irish traditional band the Punters and local rock band Beacon Point. A special note of thanks to Bell Island resident Kelly Russell for organizing this event.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating all involved with St. Michaels high on their accomplishments.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to take this time to acknowledge two incredible individuals that have received the Canadian Red Cross Lifesaving award for their heroic efforts, in September of 2014, for saving the life of a young soccer player who had been seriously injured on the Topsail soccer field. Gerry Stead and Alana Langdon were watching the children’s soccer game when this tragedy took place, and together Gerry Stead and Alana Langdon without hesitation both rushed onto the field to the injured 11-year-old boy.

Each played a role – a very serious and important role – and the life saved is a result of a superb team effort. The attending surgeon said if not of the quick action of Gerry and Alana it is unlikely that this young player would have survived. Both said the true hero was the young player who survived these injuries, and has made a full recovery and again able to enjoy his life and a game of soccer.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members to join me today in congratulation both Gerry Stead and Alana Langdon who are two true heroes.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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

MR. HUTCHINGS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand in the House today to recognize the Goulds Atom B Pacers players and coaches who took home the gold medal at the 24th Annual All Star Invitational Christmas Hockey Tournament that was held in Mount Pearl from December 27-30. The Pacers, aged nine and ten, played five regular games over a four-day period before moving on to the championship game against St. John’s Caps, where they defeated the Caps 3-1 to claim their gold medals.

Members of the winning team are: Colton Chafe, Jackson Collier, Aiden Curtis, Kalem Dalton, Christopher Fagan, Colby Howlett, Azlan Hubley, Ingo Jonsson, Harrison Lynch, Jacob McDonald, Kirk Noel, Daniel O’Brien, Owen O’Driscoll, Ben Ryan, Brendan Ryan and Adrian Whelan. Coaches were: Bob Lynch, Peter Ryan, Colin Howlett and Andrew McDonald.

I would like to congratulate the players on a job well done and working together to win the tournament. I would also like to acknowledge their coaches and volunteers for giving so freely of their time and for the great job they do in training and preparing players for their game.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the Goulds Atom B Pacers team on their accomplishments.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to pay tribute to Dr. Ragaie Diebes, our incredibly dedicated doctor to the residents on the South Coast for over 42 years. Recently, Dr. Diebes received much deserved recognition from Wow the World and took his place on our Pathway of Heroes at the St. Alban’s Community Park.

Wow the World celebrates the extraordinary stories of everyday people making a difference, and it surprises none us that Wow’s most read and liked story of 2016 featured our very own Dr. Diebes.

We have felt very fortunate and grateful that Dr. Diebes chose our rural area to call his home. First, he practiced from the fondly remembered old doctor’s house, with limited equipment and staff, and then later opened the Bay d’Espoir Medical Clinic in 1974 where he still practices today. He is not only our doctor, he is our friend.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in thanking our local hero for all his years of mending our cuts, bruises, broken bones and also helping us through many family illnesses. Dr. Diebes devotion to medicine and our region continues to wow us and we are so proud of his presence on our Pathway of Heroes.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

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

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

I rise in this hon. House today to acknowledge the residents of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove for their thoughtful and compassionate spirit. This past December, the residents of the town came together to offer a fellow resident, Anne Blanchard, a powerful act of kindness which, as they say, is sometimes the best medicine a person can receive.

Anne has been battling cancer for the past five years. During Christmas, roughly 100 residents from the town, including the mayor and some town staff, gathered to sing Christmas carols outside Anne’s home, despite the cold and miserable weather. Anne’s husband Tony, son Jordan, daughter Keely helped Anne out to the front step to see the crowd gathered, and she was clearly overwhelmed by their act of kindness.

The event was organized by the town, which also provided the crowd with glow sticks, and volunteers provided the song sheets. Everyone agreed that the blustery weather was no challenge for the supportive community, and the message to Anne was loud and clear – she’s loved in her town.

I ask all hon. Members to join me in commending the residents of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove and sending best wishes to Anne Blanchard and her family.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to congratulate and recognize a young resident of Mount Pearl, Noubahar Hasnain, who has chosen to be a federal delegate for Daughters of the Vote. Noubahar was selected by the organization, Equal Voice, as one of 338 women across Canada. With 1,500 applicants, Noubahar is representing the federal riding of St. John’s South – Mount Pearl.

Noubahar is a first-year engineering student at the University of New Brunswick. She’s hoping to enter Civil Engineering next semester, and aims to work full time helping build infrastructure in developing countries.

On February 23, as Members of the House know, the Daughters of the Vote for Newfoundland and Labrador visited our Legislature for a day of learning and orienting on legislation and women in leadership. Noubahar will take a seat in Parliament in Ottawa on March 8.

Equal Voice’s ultimate goal is to ensure women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision-making table in the country.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating Noubahar and many other young women on their accomplishments to date. I would also like to recognize the extraordinary work of Daughters of the Vote.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the Conception Bay South.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this hon. House today to pay tribute to the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews on the occasion of their 60th anniversary. I recently had the pleasure of attending their anniversary dinner celebration. They have worked tirelessly serving the needs of those in Conception Bay South.

The Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews has had a significant impact on the community over the last 60 years. To see an example of its many contributions, one only has to look at the minor softball field located next to the club, and their commitment to the youth of the area is very evident.

With projects ranging from developing the Sgt. Thomas Ricketts Memorial Park and long-time hosting of the annual Santa Claus parade and the infamous annual Kelligrews Soiree; the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews is committed to bringing the exceptional services to our community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of this House to join me in congratulating the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews on 60 years of service to the Town of CBS, and wish them all the best in their future efforts to assist the people in our community.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize the passing of a unique character and friend of mine from my district. Every community has a unique citizen that is endeared by all and is part of the fabric of that community. Bell Island had the late Frederick Clarence Spencer.

In his 93 years Freddy, as he was affectionately known, could be seen on a daily basis going into the woods and carrying out a piece of firewood sometimes twice his size, and walking the two to three kilometres to his home. Freddy had a real passion for the movies and worked most of his working life as an usher at the Prince Theatre on Bell Island.

But Freddy’s unique talent was that he was a walking encyclopedia when it came to sports. Freddy had spent some time working in Boston, in the old days, as he would say, where he became a big fan of baseball and hockey. Freddy could stand around the bar and jump right into a conversation regarding present-day games or games from 75 years ago, and could give a true analysis of what happened years ago and why, and what could happen today and why.

Freddy was an accomplished athlete in his own right. He enjoyed a good conversation, a good drink and good game. He asked society for very little, but appreciated everything he was given.

Rest in peace, big fellow.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

MR. KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance on a very successful annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet. At the recent ceremony, two outstanding citizens were honoured and inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Speaker, this annual event is hosted by the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance, and it honours those individuals who have and, in some cases, still do, contribute to sports and athletics in a very significant way. It is through their individual commitment that we are able to continue the work and operation of sporting organizations in our communities in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members of the House to join me in congratulating the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance in honouring the achievements of these individuals. I would also like to congratulate specifically the two most recent inductees: under the category of Builder, Ralph Chapman; and under the category of Athlete, Jennifer Folkes.

Both of these individuals are very worthy of this honour. I would like to wish them all the best in their future endeavours and hope they continue their contribution to sport and to our community.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

MR. PETTEN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, recently I had the pleasure of attending the Salvation Army Conception Bay South Corps Volunteer Appreciation Night. The event featured an evening of song, prayer and good food in thanking the volunteers who helped throughout the year.

The third Annual Riley Mercer Memorial Toy Drive was held in December at the Long Pond Citadel. This year’s toy drive surpassed all expectations and was a complete success.

Today the CBS Corps is led by Majors Lorne and Barbara Pritchett who has been with the CBS Corps since July 1, 2011, and who play an active role in our community. The congregation remains vibrant throughout the town helping families and individuals in need.

They are involved and contribute to the CBS/Paradise food bank, school lunch program within CBS schools, and have a thrift store at the Villa Nova Plaza in CBS.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to give a special thank you to the Salvation Army Corps in Long Pond for their continued support in our community, their Christmas spirit, strong faith and hard work throughout the year to help so many unfortunate people, and I want to commend them.

Thank you.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for the District of Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to acknowledge Mrs. Helen Hood, who is celebrating her birthday today. Mrs. Hood was born to Alfred and Lillian Worrall, attended Prince of Wales College in St. John’s and worked in the family grocery store; their business was on New Gower Street in St. John’s. She married Daniel Hood in 1940 and, together, they had three children.

Mrs. Hood was born with a hearing impairment. She took elocution lessons for her speech and was a stickler for proper English grammar. She had learned several poems which she was well known to be able to recite for entertainment around the city, and I’ve enjoyed listening to her poems myself.

Being very active, Mrs. Hood drove until she reached the age of 90 years old. She enjoyed a very serious game of bridge until she was 96 years old, when her sight began to fail her.

Mrs. Hood currently resides at Glenbrook Lodge where she enjoys the company and the care that she receives. Celebrating her birthday today are her son, daughter, four grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all hon. Members to join me in wishing Mrs. Helen Hood a very happy 102nd birthday.

Thank you very much.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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

MR. K. PARSONS: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House today to recognize Paula Burke, the wonderful Recreation Co-ordinator at the North Pond Manor, a personal care facility in Torbay. Paula was the first recreational therapist in the private home sector. I am told she basically created the job herself, at the time convincing the owners of the home that the residents needed recreational activities. And that was twenty years ago.

Paula goes above and beyond to ensure that the residents of North Pond manor have the best recreation program available. The games she uses are of her own design and are suited for the residents of the Manor. Paula also organizes a variety of outings and activities that bring great joy to the residents. One of the most popular events is the Christmas Party, which welcomes over 300 family members, friends, volunteers and staff. Paula also organized the first ever Torbay Seniors Day last Fall. She’s also known to belt out a tune or two if called upon.

Mr. Speaker, Paula’s enthusiasm and commitment to improving the lives of others is unparalleled, and benefits many people. I ask all Members to join with me in saluting Paula Burke, for a job well done

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

MS. PERRY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise in this hon. House to extend congratulations to three very bright and dedicated recent graduates who received $1,000 Electoral District Scholarships in November of 2016 form the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: from John Watkins Academy, Ashley Loveless, from King Academy, Carey Stoodley, and from Bay d’Espoir Academy, Julie Young.

The district scholarship recognizes individuals who excel in their academic studies and receive the highest marks based upon public examination results. We are very proud of their achievement and wish them the very best of luck as they pursue their post-secondary education.

Achieving academic excellence is an important part of preparing these fine young adults for their future, and I know they will never forget where they came from. We are also truly grateful to their families, their teachers, and all those people who encouraged them to be the very best that they can be. They have proven their tremendous work ethic and we know their dedication and great initiative will serve them well indeed.

I ask all Members to join me in congratulating Ashley, Carey, and Julie. With what they have achieved already, there is no doubt that they have very bright futures ahead of them.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for Topsail – Paradise.

MR. P. DAVIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today to recognize Mackenzie Glynn and Katie Follett, both from the Town of Paradise.

In February these two 16-year-old girls were on the curling team, Team Atlantic of St. John’s Curling club that won the 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Under 18 Women’s Curling Championship in Gander. Along with team members Sarah Chaytor, Camille Burt and the guidance of Coach Dave Trickett they will not represent Newfoundland and Labrador as Team NL at the 2017 Canadian Under 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships being held in Moncton, New Brunswick in April.

This is not the first time that these ladies have won. In 2016, they also won the Under 18 Women’s Provincial Curling Championship and represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Atlantic U18 Curling Championships held in Halifax, Nova Scotia in March 2016 and they played in a bronze medal game.

In addition to their curling accomplishments, these young athletes volunteer as assistant coaches for the junior curling program for children age five to 10 years every Saturday morning at the St. John’s Curling Club while they also maintain 90-plus averages in school.

So, Mr. Speaker, I ask all Members to join me in congratulating, not only these two ladies, but the entire on their successes and wish them all the very best of luck in the upcoming curling championship.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

 

 

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