Oct. 2, 2019 – House of Assembly Proceedings


♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ … . … The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE.
BEFORE WE BEGIN THE ROUTINE, THE TOPIC OF THE LATE
DEBATE THIS EVENING AT THE CONCLUSION OF DAILY BUSINESS
SUBMITTED BY THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX ARMDALE.
WHEREAS NOVA SCOTIA IS AT ITS HIGHEST POPULATION ON RECORD AND
IMMIGRATION HAS BEEN A FUNDAMENTAL CONTRIBUTOR TO
GROWTH. BE IT RESOLVED ALL MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS POSITIVE MOMENTUM OUR
POPULATION EXPANDS AND OUR PROVINCIAL ECONOMY STRENGTHENS.
THAT’S THE CONCLUSION OF DAILY BUSINESS TODAY. NOW MOVE
ON TO THE ROUTINE. BEGINNING WITH PRESENTING AND
READING OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON RICHMOND.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, RISE ON A POINT
PRIVILEGE. MR. SPEAKER, IT MY PRIVILEGE AS A MEMBER THIS
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO HAVE ACCESS TO A CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
WHEREBY GREAT CONSTITUENTS QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS,
CONSTITUENTS ARE ABLE TO VISIT TO ACCESS INFORMATION AND
RESOURCES. TO ASSIST THEM WITH THEIR ISSUES. CONCERNS OR
PROJECTS. OFFICE WHERE I THE MLA CAN MEET WITH CONSTITUENTS
WHO REQUIRE ADVICE OR INTERVENTION WITH GOVERNMENT
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 24th,
2019, YOUR OFFICE CEASED PAYMENT.
The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE. REMIND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
THAT ANY MATTERS THAT UNDER THE JURISDICTION THE
SPEAKER’S ADMINISTRATION ARE TO DEALT WITH PRIVATELY.
I’M HAPPY TO MEET WITH THE MEMBER AT ANY TIME TO DISCUSS
THIS ITEM. WE’LL NOW MOVE ON TO PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS. PRESENTING REPORTS
OF COMMITTEES. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG.
>> PLEASED TO PRESENT THE REPORT FOR NATURAL RESOURCES,
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FROM JANUARY 2019 TO JUNE 2019.
The Speaker: REPORT IS TABLED. TABLING REPORTS,
REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS. STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS.
NOTICES OF MOTION. THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
COMMUNITY SERVICES.>>I TO MAKE
INTRODUCTION. The Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
JOINING US TODAY IN THE EAST GALLERY SOMEONE WHO
PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE ARE FAMILIAR WITH, BECAUSE OF HER
LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR LAST TWO YEARS AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE
NOVA SCOTIA NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION, THE FORWARD PATH.
HELPED TO CREATE FOR THE ORGANIZATION. LORRAINE WHITMAN
JOINING US FROM FIRST NATION AND I’M HAPPY SHE COULD BE WITH
US DURING HISTORY MONTH AND WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH. LORRAINE
WAS JUST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NATIVE WOMEN’S
OF CANADA. IS AN HONOUR TO INTRODUCE HER IN
HOUSE IN HER NEW ROLE, ACCOMPANYING HER TODAY ARE HER
HUSBAND THOMAS AND STAFF FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA ADVISORY COUNCIL
ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN OFFICE. STEPHANIE LANGLEY, PATH GORAM
AND HEATHER TURNAWAY. I ASK FOLKS TO PLEASE RISE. I
WOULD THE MEMBERS TO GIVE THEM THE WARM WELCOME OF THE
HOUSE. [APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF SERVICES.>> MOVE THE ADOPTION OF
THE RESOLUTION. WHEREAS LORRAINE WHITMAN, PRESIDENT
OF THE NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION AND ADVOCATE FOR
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE NATIVE
WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ON SEPTEMBER 14th
, 2019 AT THE ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
WHEREAS MS. WHITMAN, ELDER FROM FIRST NATION HAS EXPERIENCE
WORKING WITH MI’KMAW WOMEN, INCLUDING 23 YEARS AS A SOCIAL
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, 15 YEARS AS A COUNCILLOR OF THE NATIVE
ASSOCIATION. MS. WHITMAN’S LEADERSHIP ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S
RIGHTS, HER PASSION FOR HEALTH-CARE AND HEALING, AND HER
KNOWLEDGE OF THE SEVEN SACRED TEACHINGS IN THE TRADITIONAL BE
OF GREAT BENEFIT TO INDIGENOUS WOMEN GIRLS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THE MEMBERS OF
THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING MS. WHITMAN’S
ELECTION TO THIS IMPORTANT NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLE AND
WISH HER GREAT SUCCESS AS SHE BE A FOR
ALL SCOTIANS AND ALL CANADIANS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK
FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE.
The Speaker: REQUEST POUR WAIVERS. AGREED?
>>AGREED. The Speaker: PLEASE SAY AYE
FAVOUR.>>AYE.
The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED. NAY. THE MOTION
CARRIED. [APPLAUSE] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
GIVE NOTICE. I MOVE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING
RESOLUTION. OCTOBER IS DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS
MONTH. AND WHEREAS WITH ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TRAINING AND
COMMUNITY SUPPORT, PEOPLE DISABILITIES ARE ABLE TO THRIVE
AND LEAD FULFILLING LIVES CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF OUR
COMMUNITIES. WHEREAS THE WORKPLACE SUPPORT PROGRAM
PROVIDES NOVA SCOTIANS WITH DISABILITIES WITH THE SUPPORT
THEY NEED TO ENTER AND STAY WORK FORCE AND SCHOOL,
INCLUDING TECHNICAL AIDS, ASSISTIVE DEVICES SUPPORT.
NOVA SCOTIA IS THE ONLY PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY TO OFFER SUPPORT.
REMOVING A SIGNIFICANT BARRIER WITH PERSONS DISABILITIES
TO ACCESS AND SUCCEED WORK. BE IT RESOLVED ALL OF THIS
LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZE OCTOBER AS DISABILITY
EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH PLEDGE TO CONTINUE TO REMOVE
BARRIERS FOR NOVA SCOTIANS WISH TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL
CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR OF
NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE.
The Speaker: AGREED?>>AGREED.
The Speaker: ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE AYE.
>>AYE. The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED
NAY. THE MOTION CARRIED. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SENIORS.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION.
The Speaker: PERMISSION GRANTED.
>>EAST GALLERY DISTINGUISHED VISITORS REPRESENTING SENIOR
ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS OUR PROVINCE. I WOULD LIKE THEM
20 RISE AS INTRODUCED. CHARLES GAUDET. ALMA, PRESIDENT OF
SENIOR CITIZENS PENSIONERS OF SCOTIA. HELEN, ALLISON
HILLIER WITH RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. CINDY ATON.
ANNAPOLIS VALLEY. ALSO HERE WITH HER SISTERS, DIANE, JUDY
LAURA LEE. WELCOME TO PROVINCE HOUSE. THE WARM
WELCOME OF MEMBERS. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SENIORS.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE OF A DAY, MOVE THE
ADOPTION OF FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. WHEREAS THIS WEEK
WE RECOGNIZE SENIORS WEEK AND THE ENDLESS EFFORTS OF OLDER
SCOTIANS. WHEREAS WE COMMEND THESE OLDER
SCOTIANS AND THEIR COMMITMENT SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES AS
MENTORS, VOLUNTEERS, CAREGIVERS, AND BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY
LEADERS. SUCH AS CINDY OLTON WHO STARTED HER OLD COMPANY AT
THE AGE OF 55 AFTER LEAVING THE ALBERTA OIL INDUSTRY TO RETURN
TO NOVA SCOTIA TO GROW AN ENVIRONMENTALLY
ALTERNATIVE TO SPONGES. WHEREAS WE ACKNOWLEDGE VALUE, PROMOTE
AND SUPPORT ADULTS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SEE OUR
PROVINCE. BE IT RESOLVED ALL MEMBERS OF
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION OF
NOVA SCOTIA’S OLDER ADULTS TO ENSURING OUR CONTINUES THRIVE OF
COURSE MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE
PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE. The Speaker: A REQUEST FOR
WAIVERS. AGREED?>>AGREED.
The Speaker: AGREED. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION,
PLEASE SAY AYE.>>AYE.
The Speaker: MINDED NAY. THE IS CARRIED.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF AFRICAN NOVA AFFAIRS.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HEREBY GIVE NOTICE ON A FUTURE
DAY, I MOVE THE ADOPTION THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS.
WHEREAS THE BLACK EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ITS 50
50th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. AND
WHEREAS THE GRASSROOTS NONPROFIT FOUNDED IN 1969 HAS COMMITTED TO
HELPING AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIANS DEVELOP
THEIR EDUCATIONAL FUTURE BUILD A MORE INCLUSIVE AND
EQUITABLE PROVINCE. AND WHEREAS THE BLACK EDUCATIONORS
ASSOCIATION WORKS WITH GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS,
COMMUNITY GROUPS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL BODIES TO HELP
ADVANCE THEIR WORK. BE IT RESOLVED OF THIS
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THE
EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION ON THEIR 50th
AN ANNIVERSARY AND RECOGNIZING THE THEY DO AND CONTINUE TO
DO FOR AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIANS. I ASK FOR A OF NOTICE AND
PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE. The Speaker: AGREED?
>>AGREED. The Speaker: FAVOUR OF
THE MOTION, PLEASE AYE.>>AYE.
The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED NAY? MOTION CARRIED.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: ONHONOURABLE
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES.>>FUTURE DAY, I MOVE
ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. POLISH NOVA
SCOTIANS CONTINUE TO MAKE CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, CREATIVE AND
SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR DIVERSE PROVINCE LIVING IN RURAL
AND URBAN AREAS WORKING IN EVERY SECTOR NOVA SCOTIA HAS
OFFER, INCLUDING NOT LIMITED MINING, HEALTH AND EDUCATION.
AND WHEREAS POLISH SCOTIAN IDENTITIES AND COMMUNITIES
FORMED GENERATIONS THROUGH SHARING WITH COMMUNITIES,
AND STRENGTHENED BY THE PRESENCE OF LANDMARKS AND
CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL SYMBOLS DEVELOPED BY POLISH NOVA
SCOTIANS. THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER HOLDS HOLDS
SIGNIFICANCE, INCLUDING FOUNDING OF ST. MICHAEL’S POLISH
ASSOCIATION IN 1909. AND ST. MARY’S PARISH IN 1913
BOTH IN CAPE BRETON. COMMEMORATION OF POLISH
IMMIGRATION THROUGH PIER 21 IN HALIFAX. BE IT RESOLVED ALL
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY RECOGNIZE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
TO BE POLISH MONTH IN THE PROVINCE SCOTIA.
MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST WAIVER NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT
DEBATE. The Speaker: A REQUEST FOR
WAIVERS. AGREED? PLEASE AYE IN FAVOUR OF MOTION.
>>AYE. The Speaker: MINDED
NAY. THE IS CARRIED. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN
AFFAIRS.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
HEREBY GIVE ON A FUTURE I MOVE ADOPTION OF
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. WHEREAS THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK
SOCIAL WORKERS CELEBRATES ITS ANNIVERSARY YEAR. AND
WHEREAS SINCE 1979 THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL
WORKERS HAS BEEN HELPING CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH AND
WELL-BEING OF ALL NOVA SCOTIANS AND AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIANS, AND,
AS WELL AS HELPING TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC REGARDING SOCIAL
JUSTICE, INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM AND CHILDREN IN CARE.
AND WHEREAS SOCIAL WORKERS ARE THE MOST TRUSTED
PROFESSIONALS WHO SUPPORT, GUIDE AND ASSIST INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES
AND COMMUNITIES DURING TIMES NEED. YET ARE
CHALLENGED AND UNDERREPRESENTED BECAUSE THEY DEAL WITH EVERY DAY
REALITIES. THEREFORE, IT RESOLVED OF
HOUSE OF ME IN CONGRATULATING THE ASSOCIATION
OF BLACK WORKERS ON THEIR 40th ANNIVERSARY AND RECOGNIZE THE
IMPORTANT WORK SOCIAL WORKERS DO AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE AND
PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE. The Speaker: A REQUEST FOR
WAIVERS. AGREED?>>DISAGREED.
The Speaker: ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION SAY AYE.
>>AYE. The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED
NAY. MOTION IS CARRIED. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: NOW MOVE ON TO INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY
I MAKE AN INTRODUCTION? The Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED. MR. SPEAKER, EAST GALLERY. WOULD LIKE TO
INTRODUCE DELLA, PRESIDENT THE DENTURIST SOCIETY.
MARJORIE HICKEY, AND MAUREEN HOPE, THE REGISTRAR FOR THE
DENTURIST LICENCING BOARD OF NOVA SCOTIA. THEY ARE HERE IN
RELATION TO LEGISLATION THAT’S BE TABLED. I REQUEST
MY COLLEAGUES THEM A WARM WELCOME.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER HEALTH.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED “AN ACT TO AMEND
CHAPTER 5 OF THE ACT OF 2000, DENT YOU ARIST URIST ACT.”
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH TO INTRODUCE
A ENTITLED AN AMEND CHAPTER 25 OF THE ACTS OF 2000,
DENTURIST ACT. The Clerk: BILL 166. ACT TO
AMEND. DENTSUREIST ACT. The Speaker: ORDER BILL
BE READ A SECOND ON A FUTURE DAY.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>>AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 OF THE ACTS OF 1993, THE
ACCESSING ACT. [APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEAVE
INTRODUCE A ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 14 OF THE ACTS
OF THE TOBACCO ACT. The Clerk: BILL 167, ACT TO
AMEND CHAPTER 14 OF ACTS OF 1993.
The Speaker: ORDER THIS BILL BE SECOND ON A DAY. THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A ENTITLED AN ACT
RESPECTING THE REGULATION OF SHORT TERM RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN ACT
RESPECTING THE REGULATION OF SHORT TERM RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS.
The Clerk: BILL 168 ENTITLED AN RESPECTING THE REGULATION
OF SHORT TERM RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS.
The Speaker: THE BILL BE READ SECOND ON A DAY. NOW
MOVE NOTICES OF MOTION. STATEMENTS
BY MEMBERS. HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE CONTINUING
CARE MONTH IN NOVA SCOTIA. THIS CONTINUING CARE, YOUR HOME,
PASSION. I LIKE TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK ALL
THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS IN CUMBERLAND NORTH WHO WORK AND
CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN NEED IN THEIR HOME OR
COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE
MANAGER, MONICA HARVEY AND HEALTH THAT WORK
WITH HER IN THE CUMBERLAND CONTINUING OFFICE. THEY
IMPORTANT WORK FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED CARE EVERYONE WHO
GOES ABOVE BEYOND FOR THEIR CLIENTS DESERVE OUR GAT FOR –
GRATITUDE. PLEASE ME. THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR TIMBERLEA-PROSPECT.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DO A INTRODUCTION.
The Speaker: PERMISSION GRANTED.
>>EAST GALLERY HE IS HE ESTHER SWARTZ. I LIKE HOUSE TO HER
WARM WELCOME. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR TIMBERLEA-PROSPECT.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ASK MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF TO JOIN
IN RECOGNIZING ESTHER SWARTZ,
RESIDENT OF TIMBERLEA. FROM INDIA, EMIGRATED TO CANADA IN
1981, IS A PROUD CANADIAN CITIZEN WHO LIVED HERE FOR
ALMOST 40 YEARS. ESTHER STARTED TEACHING CHILDREN IN HER 20s
IN INDIA. 1990 DECIDED TO OPEN HER BUSINESS. ESTHER’S
PROGRAM WAS WELL STRUCTURED. A FOCUS ON FUN AND LEARNING
COMPONENT FOR ALL AGES. BEST PART OF PROGRAM, SHE LOVED
EACH CHILD LIKE HER OWN AS HER FAMILY, HUSBAND DANNY
AND DAUGHTERS. HER CHILDREN THE ALPHABET AND
WRITE SIMPLE WORDS BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL. REPLY PRIMARY
TEACHERS COULD PICK OUT CHILDREN THAT WENT THROUGH
ESTHER’S PROGRAM. I LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ESTHER ON HER
RETIREMENT AND IMPORTANT ROLE SHE SUPPLIED AND HER
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
TODAY TO CONGRATULATE AMBER AND MIKE FISHER, THE LOUNGE
THE OPENING THEIR NEW BUILDING. THE ORIGINAL WAS IN
FIRE OF DECEMBER 11th , WAS A VERY COLD -20
WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED CALL THE RESTAURANT
WAS ON FIRE. ONLY A FEW AFTER IT BURNED, THE
SATURDAYED BE REBUILT. — STARTED TO BE REBUILT. OF
AN OPENING DAY IN SUMMER. WAS DATE. PLEASE ME IN
CONGRATULATING MIKE AND AMBER AND THEIR SUCCESS ON
THE OPENING DAY AND MORE YEARS TO SERVING CUSTOMERS AT THE
RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE THE LOCAL HOLE. THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. The Speaker:
MEMBER DARTMOUTH NORTH.>> MENTIONED LACK OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN DARTMOUTH NORTH. WHILE ASKING
QUESTION, PLEA PEOPLE CAME INTO MY CONSTITUENCY OFFICE, ALL OF
WHOM WERE BEING EVICTED BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T PAY RENTS.
WE WERE ALSO ADVOCATING FOR A MOTHER OF TWO TO FIND
HOUSING. THIS UNFORTUNATELY IS A TYPICAL DAY AT THE DARTMOUTH
NORTH CONSTITUENCY OFFICE. RENTS ARE SKYROCKETING. INCOMES
ARE AND I AND I KNOW INADEQUATE. URGE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE
IMMEDIATE ACTION. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS AT OUR TIPS, IF
ONLY THERE WAS THE POLITICAL WILL. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR COLCHESTER NORTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
FORMED IN 2007 A REGISTERED NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION,
HIKE NOVA SCOTIA ENCOURAGES AND PROMOTES HIKING, WALKING AND
SNOWSHOEING SCOTIA. IN 2019 HIKING SUMMIT
HELD IN MAY. 175 GATHERED, HIKERS, CLUBS, GROUPS
AND THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. HIKE NOVA SCOTIA’S
AWARD, AWARD IS PRESENTED TO AN ORGANIZATION OR
WHO DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO THE
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIKING. THIS YEAR IT WAS
AWARDED TO GARNETT McLACHLIN. LOGGED COUNTLESS HOURS THE
DEVELOPMENT OF TRAILS ALL OVER THE PROVINCE INSPIRING AND
TEACHING PEOPLE TO GET OUTSIDE TO ENJOY AND BENEFIT FROM
NATURE. HE AND HIS WIFE A CONSULTING FIRM WHICH FOCUSES ON
THE CREATION OF SUSTAINABLE TRAILS AND PLAYGROUNDS,
OFFERING ENJOYMENT OF NATURE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THEIR
IMAGINATION. McLACHLIN HAS MANY HOURS TO VOLUNTEER
WORK, HIKE NOVA SCOTIA, NOVA SCOTIA TRAILS, THE TRAIL SYSTEM,
AND THE ECO SOCIETY. HE IS HIKED NOVA SCOTIA’S PAST
PRESIDENT. OUR CONGRATULATIONS ON RECEIVING THE SUMMIT AWARD
AND WE WISH HIM HAPPY TRAILS. The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN PASSAGE.
>>I BRING RECOGNITION TO THE LIBRARY. CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY. OVER THE YEARS, THE LIBRARY HAS
BEEN A STAPLE A WIDE RANGE OF FOR TODDLERS,
STUDENTS, RETIREES AND BETWEEN. THE LIBRARY PLAYED AN
IMPORTANT ROLE FOR ALL OF NEIGHBOURING SCHOOLS AND EVEN
PROMOTING READING FOR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT SUMMER. WHETHER
YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, STARTING A BOOK CLUB, PLANNING A PROJECT,
ARRANGING A PLAY DATE OR MEETING, THE LIBRARY AND BEEN
THE ESTABLISHMENT TO TO. I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF
THE NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE TO JOIN ME IN CON CONGRATULATING
THE COLE HARBOUR LIBRARY STAFF. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR YARMOUTH.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. THE YARMOUTH PET VALU BOY CLIPPERS HAD AN EXCELLENT
SEASON OF SOCCER. UNDEFEATED ALL SEASON. THREE TOURNAMENT
GOLD MEDAL WINS. WON THE UNDER 15 CHAMPIONSHIPS. I
ASK THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING PLAYERS OF THE
TEAM [READING NAMES] ALONG WITH COACHES JERRY DEREK, CHRIS
BROWN AND TEAM MANAGER ON A DOMINANT SEASON.
THEM THE THE FUTURE. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH.
>> SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE NOVA SCOTIA PUBLISHED A
LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF THE PUBLIC SOCIETY OF DARTMOUTH
ENTITLED “THERE IS HOUSING CRISIS IN CITY AND IT IS
GETTING WORSE.” THE BOARD WROTE ABOUT THE WORK
DONE DARTMOUTH HOUSING HEALTH, HOUSING SUPPORT
LOCATED ACROSS THE HALL MY OFFICE. DARCY’S OFFICE AND
OFFICE WORK TOGETHER ON CASES. HE IS AN AMAZING ADVOCATE FOR
THE STRUGGLING TO FIND AND HOUSING. THE LETTER
WENT ON TO SAY QUOTE DESPITE THE DETERMINED EFFORTS FROM PEOPLE
DARCY OTHERS, THE PICTURE HAS GONE FROM BAD TO
WORSE QUOTE. WE ARE HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENT AND SERVICE
ORGANIZATIONS IN AREA. I STAND TODAY TO AMPLIFY
VOICES OF THE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP
PEOPLE AGAINST ODDS. THE SOLUTIONS ARE AT OUR FINGER
TIPS. IF THERE ONLY THE WILL. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
RECOGNIZE THREE YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS IN OUR
COMMUNITY WHO HAVE TAKEN ON LEADERSHIP ROLES WITH
PEERS, COMMUNITY, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PUBLIC AT LARGE IN
DISCUSSIONS AROUND CHANGE. ROLAND, AND NEIL ARE
INFORMED WITH A CLEAR AND EDUCATED UNDERSTANDING OF
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR PROVINCE AND
COUNTRY. ROWAN, IRA AND KNEEL NEIL ARE COMMITTED. I
THEM CONTINUE THIS THE FUTURE. YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE-BEAVER
BANK.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TODAY
TO ACKNOWLEDGE EMILY EMILY ALFORD. THE RESIDENT
THE CANADIAN JUNIOR GIRLS DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS HELD IN
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN. IN ADDITION, EMILY VOTED MOST
SPORTSMAN HER PEERS AND THE TEAM LEADERS ACROSS CANADA.
IN OCTOBER OF YEAR, SHE COMPETED IN ENGLAND AND IS
TRAINING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN ROMANIA. MR. SPEAKER,
ATTRIBUTES HER SUCCESS TO THE
SUPPORT OF HER PARENTS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. I WOULD TO
TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WISH EMILY THE GREAT SUCCESS AND A
TRIP. THANK YOU, SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CLARE-DIGBY.
>> YOU. THE LAST 35 YEARS, THE WAY WAY MOUTH HAS
HOSTING TEA PARTIES. SOCIETY FORMED IN 1978 TO
RESTORE ST. THOMAS CHURCH BUILT IN 1864 AND ADAPTED TO BE A
CENTRE. SINCE 1983, THE SOCIETY HAS BEEN HOSTING
THEIR TEA PARTIES, KEEPING ALIVE THE TRADITION FROM A SLOWER
TIME. THE POPULARITY OF TEAS HAS BEEN GROWING OVER THE
YEARS WITH WHO WENT TO THE TEAS, 1980s, NOW BRINGING
THEIR CHILDREN TO TEAS. THE SOCIETY NOT ONLY HAVE CREATED A
LOCAL ACTIVITY USE IT TO HELP OTHERS TO GIVE BACK TO
COMMUNITY. EACH TEA WHICH ARE HELD ON THURSDAY AFTERNOONS THE
SUMMER, AND EARLY FALL, ALSO A FUNDRAISER FOR
LOCAL GROUPS. FOR EXAMPLE, HALLOWEEN-THEMED WITCHES TEA IS
A FUNDRAISER FOR MS SOCIETY. SOCIETY STARTS PLANNING FOR 2019
SEASON, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THEM FOR 35 YEARS
OF HOSTING TEAS AND THANK THEM FOR USING THE FUNDS RAISED
THESE TEAS TO HELP OTHER GROUPS. THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR ARGYLE-BARRINGTON.
>> SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SALUTE A FORMER OF THIS
LEGISLATURE AND A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. THE FORMER MLA
FOR ARGYLE. CHRIS WAS ELECTED FOR ARGYLE IN 2003. AND
IMPRESSIVE VICTORIES IN 2006, 2009, 2013 AND OVER
HIS LONG CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE, SERVED AS OF
AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MINISTERS OF ACADIAN
AFFAIRS, SERVICE, MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH
AND CHAIR OF THE SENIOR CITIZEN SECRETARIAT. CHRIS IS PROUD OF
HIS ACADIAN ROOTS AND IS A DEDICATED HUSBAND DEVOTED
FATHER TO THEIR SONS. I’M PROUD TO CALL HIM A MENTOR AND COUNT
HIM FRIENDS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF
THIS LEGISLATURE TO ME IN THANKING CHRIS FOR HIS
TO OUR PROVINCE AND WISH HIM WELL AS HE SEEKS REPRESENT US
IN OTTAWA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.>> SPEAKER, WAS HONOURED
TO RECENTLY BE INVITED TO SPEAK AT HIGH HOPES HOUSING
CO-OPERATIVE AND NEEDHAM HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE ON TWO
OCCASIONS. THESE ARE TWO OF THE LEGACY CO-OPS BUILT IN THE 70
CIRQUE DU 70S AND 80s. HOW DIFFERENT THESE HOUSING CO-OPS
ARE AND INVESTMENT IN THOSE HOUSING CO-OPS FROM
SUPPLEMENTS WHICH WILL THIS GOVERNMENT’S LEGACY ON THE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FRONT. RENT SUPPLEMENT DOLLARS AND MAJORITY
FLOW EVERY YEAR FROM THE PUBLIC PURSE TO THE SECTOR
WITHOUT EVER RESULTING IN NEW UNITS OF AFFORDABLE SOCIAL
HOUSING. THAT I’M BEING CONTACTED BY CONSTITUENTS
ASSIGNED SUPPLEMENT CAN CAN FIND PLACE THAT WILL TAKE
THEM. AND NOW I’M FINDING CONSTITUENTS STRUGGLING TO FIND
PLACE AT ALL IN MUNICIPALITY LIVE. I’M
RETBRETTING THE YEARS WE HAVE LOST — REGRETTING THE YEARS WE
HAVE LOST. THANK YOU. The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR PRESTON DARTMOUTH.>>MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
RECOGNIZE MS. SAMANTHA DIXON. OWNER AND OPERATOR OR STYLES BY
SD LIMITED PORTLAND STREET IN DARTMOUTH. SHE CONTINUING
THE LEGACY OF BLACK HAIRSTYLISTS AS SHE RECEIVED HER TRAINING
FROM MS. SKINNER WHO IN TRAINED UNDER MS. VIE VIOLA
DESMOND. THE FIRST AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN RECEIVE THE RED SEAL
CERTIFICATION FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA APPRENTICESHIP AGENCY. I
WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE PROVIDING A
VALUABLE SERVICE TO HER COMMUNITY AND CONTINUE THE
LEGACY STARTED MS. DESMOND. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR QUEENS SHELBOURNE.>> YOU, SPEAKER.
ACHIEVEMENTS THE DOCTOR. AT THE IN JUNE, DR.
DOUCET DR. DOUCET HONOURED WITH THE AWARD.
ACKNOWLEDGES AND CELEBRATES HIS CAREER, HE PROVIDED
COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE AS A FAMILY PHYSICIAN. IN ADDITION,
HE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE INNOVATIVE AND TIRELESS ADVOCATE
FOR HEALTH-CARE IN HIS COMMUNITIES BEYOND. DR.
DOUCET CURRENTLY AS THE CHAIR OF THE QUEENS GENERAL
HOSPITAL FOUNDATION WHERE HIS EFFORTS HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL
OBTAINING EQUIPMENT AND FOR THE HOSPITAL
AS WELL AS ATTRACTING PHYSICIANS TO COMMUNITY OF QUEENS.
MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO
JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING DOUCET ON THIS WELL DESERVED
AWARD AND HIM FOR HIS YEARS SERVICE AND CARE TO
RESIDENTS ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF NOVA SCOTIA. THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR BEDFORD.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE
BEDFORD RESIDENT ON WINNING A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2019 PAN
AMERICAN GAMES. AND HER TEAM-MATES ALEXA IRVIN, ADRIAN
FROM QUEBEC AND ALANA ONTARIO WON CANADA’S FIRST
MEDAL OF THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES IN THE K4-500-METER EVENT. THE
CANADIAN TEAM NARROWLY EDGED MEXICO. ARGENTINIAN TEAM
THIRD. BOTH ANNA AND ALEXA TRAIN ON CARNEY LAKE. I HAVE
SPOKEN ABOUT ANNA IN THIS BEFORE. PART OF GROUP OF
STUDENTS WHO ORGANIZED A PROM DRESS DRIVE SO THE COST OF A
DRESS WOULD NOT DETER STUDENTS FROM THE EVENT. INITIATIVE
CONTINUES NOW THAT ANNA IS ATTENDING UNIVERSITY. ANNA IS A
WINNER ON THE AND OFF. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HER ON HER
GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE ATHLETE AND VOLUNTEER. THANK
YOU. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR INVERNESS.
>>JOAN McLEGALEN AS MANAGER. LONG-TERM CARE
CHALLENGES THOSE NEEDING CARE PROVIDING IT. INVERARY
MANOR IS INCOMPARABLE. A HISTORY AND REPUTATION SECOND TO
NONE. JOAN HAS BEEN A BIG PART THAT. FACILITY WAS REBORN
AND SERVES AS A MODEL FOR LONG-TERM CARE IN THE PROVINCE.
THE COMES FOR PEOPLE ENTER A HOME, EVERYONE WANTS
THE CHANCE TO GET INTO THE HOME THAT JOAN MANAGED. DOESN’T THAT
SPEAK VOLUMES? PEOPLE TRUST THE CARE THEIR LOVED ONE WILL BE THE
BEST CARE. LET US CONGRATULATE JOAN ON A
CAREER MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR MANY.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR HANTS EAST.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
SPEAK TODAY ABOUT A QUIET PONG UP IN COMMUNITIES
ALL ACROSS PROVINCE, INCLUDING HANTS EAST. SCHOOL
HOUSE IS A FOLK SCHOOL. THIS WILL UNIQUE IDEA VOLUNTEER
HOSTS OFFER HOMES OR COMMUNITY SPACES TO SMALL
WORKSHOPS SUCH AS GARDENING, ARTS, COOKING AND BAKING. MORE
WITHOUT THE OF MONEY. INSTEAD, FACILITATORS SHARE
THEIR SKILL IN TRADE ITEMS. THIS MOVEMENT ALLOWS ANYONE
REGARDLESS OF ECONOMIC, ETHNIC OR SOCIAL BACKGROUND TO TAKE
PART IN LEARNING ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS AND ARTS. WHILE ALSO
BRINGING THE IDEA FACE IT FACE CONTACT YOUR
NEIGHBOURS. MR. SPEAKER, IT’S A GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES LIKE THIS
THAT CAN HELP WELCOME OUR NEWCOMERS AND START MEANINGFUL
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW TO MAKE COMMUNITIES THRIVE. I
LIKE TO ASK ALL MEMBERS OF HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING
THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS PUT BY THE HOSTS
AND FACILITATORS OF LIFE SCHOOL HOUSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR VICTORIA LAKE.
>> SPEAKER, EVERY FALL AS THE HIGHLANDS IS BLAZEED WITH
AUTUMN COLOURS. THREE-DAY SESSION OF THE WRITTEN WORD.
THE CAB BOT TRAIL WRITERS FESTIVAL BEING HELD IN ST. ANN’S
FROM OCTOBER 4 TO 6th IS AN UNSTOPPING LITERARY
EXPERIENCE. LAUGHTER FILLING THE GAPS READINGS,
WORKSHOPS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS. ALLOWING READERS AND WRITERS TO
ENJOY ONE ANOTHER’S COMPANY. KICK BACK AND UNWIND. MR.
SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY TO ME
IN WISH EVERY SUCCESS TO THE ORGANIZERS AND PARTICIPANTS
IN YEAR’S ANNUAL CAB BOT TRAIL WRITERS FESTIVAL TAKING
PLACE FROM OCTOBER 4th TO 6:00. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR GUYSBOROUGH-EASTERN SHORE-TRACADIE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TODAY WITH A HEAVY
JOYOUS HEART IN RECOGNITION OF THE LATE ARTHUR McKENZIE OF
SHEET HARBOUR. VETERAN, LION, MUNICIPAL COMMUNITY LEADER.
IN 1942, JOINED ROYAL CANADIAN FOURTH DIVISION SERVED
IN THE SECOND WAR IN EUROPE A MOTORCYCLE
ESCORT FOR MUNITIONS CONVOYS. RETURNING TO CANADA IN 1946,
MARRIED HIS DEAR WIFE. ART BEGAN HIS COMMUNITY SERVICE BY
JOINING MANY LOCAL GROUPS, SERVING CHAIR OF THE BOARD
EASTERN HOSPITAL. BOARD TRADE. AND AS ELDER OF
THE CHURCH. WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE ROYAL
CANADIAN LEGION. BRANCH HE JOINED LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL
IN SHEET HARBOUR IN 1958. HOLDING MANY POSITIONS IN THE
LOCAL CLUB AND AT THE DISTRICT NOVA SCOTIA LEVEL. HE WAS
ELECTED AS LION’S DISTRICT GOVERNOR FOR NOVA SCOTIA.
A LIFE MEMBER OF LIONS INTERNATIONAL. WAS A
RECIPIENT OF CLUB’S HIGHEST AWARD, THE MELVIN JONES
FELLOWSHIP AND LIONS CLUB, SECOND HIGHEST AWARD TO
PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL. SERVED AS A COUNCILLOR AND WARDEN OF
HALIFAX COUNTY, PRECURSOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY. I WOULD
LIKE TO ART’S LONG HISTORY OF COMMUNITY WORK.
WAS AN AMAZING MAN WHO WILL DEARLY MISSED. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY LEWISBURG.
>>CONGRATULATE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON THEIR 60th
ANNIVERSARY. ESTABLISHED IN 1959. ACTIVE MEMBERS. THIS
DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE THE LARGEST DEGRAPHICCAL
DE- GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. THE MA EXPWRORT OF THE MEMBERS TAKE
PRIDE IN BEING OF A LONG-STANDING DEPARTMENT.
THANK AND CONGRATULATE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND
THEIR MEMBERS ON WORK AND DEVOTION. THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX ARMDALE.
>>IN RECOGNITION OF SENIORS WEEK, I’M PLEASED TO HIGHLIGHT
THE GOOD WORK ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT
ENRICH LIVES OF OLDER NOVA SCOTIANS. IN ORDER TO CONNECT
OLDER ADULTS WITH RESOURCES JUNE, I HOSTED A SENIORS EXPO.
I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK ORGANIZATIONS PACKED
THE GYM AND SHARING SERVICES, ASSISTANCE
AVAILABLE TO IN AREA. THE WE RECEIVED WAS
INCREDIBLE. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE EANDEES LEAVING WITH NEW
INFORMATION — ATTENDEES LEAVING WITH NEW INFORMATION. I WANT TO
THANK PHARMACARE, HOUSING AND AGENCIES, 211 AND
311, CNIB, CHEBUCTO LINK, CONNECTIONS. RED CROSS,
ARTHRITIS SOCIETY, EFFICIENCY NOVA SCOTIA, THE YMCA,
CAREGIVERS NOVA SCOTIA. SOUTH FITNESS AND ORTHOTICS. AND SO
MANY OTHER GROUPS ORGANIZATIONS. THANK YOU FOR
THE WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY TO HELP OLDER NOVA SCOTIANS
CONTINUE TOM MAKE VITAL CONTRIBUTION TO SEE OUR
COMMUNITY. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO KATHLEEN
McKAY AND BARBIE LOWER SACKVILLE. KATHLEEN AND BARBIE
SUFFERED LOSS SUICIDE ON A VERY PERSONAL LEVEL. KATHLEEN’S
17-YEAR-OLD SON KYLE AND BARRY’S 15-YEAR-OLD – BARBIE’S
15-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TOOK LIFE. THEY ORGANIZED A
WALK TO REMEMBER TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE BRINGING THE
COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THOSE LOST TO SUICIDE. TO
SUPPORT TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR OWN MENTAL
HEALTH. TO LET SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE KNOW THAT THEY ARE
ALONE. I WOULD LIKE ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE TO
JOIN TO APPLAUD EFFORT OF KATHLEEN AND BARBIE
ORGANIZING THIS IMPACTFUL, CARING EVENT.
[APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER KINGS WEST.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD THE
EFFORTS OF YOUNG COMMUNITY CHANGE MAKERS FROM PINE RIDGE
MIDDLE SCHOOL WHO THREW THEIR INITIATIVE VOLUNTEERED WITH
SELF-LED COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. THE
PANTHERS HAVE MADE QUITE AN TAKING ON TASKS SUCH AS RAKING,
HIGHWAY AND CLEANUPS, VISITING RESIDENCES. AND MORE.
THE STUDENTS HAVE BECOME ENGAGED IN THEIR COMMUNITY.
THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ON OCCASION JOINED BY OF 14
WING GREENWOOD TO HELP WITH THEIR COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
EFFORTS, INCLUDING OUR DUCK POND. YOUNG COMMUNITY-MINDED
CHANGE MAKERS INSPIRED OTHERS TO TAKE ACTION AND WILL
PUT OUT INTO COMMUNITY AGAIN IN FUTURE. I HAVE NO DOUBT
THEIR FUTURES ARE ALL BRIGHT. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HELP
CHANGE THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE
JOIN ME THANKING THE YOUNG PEOPLE, COMMENDING THEIR EFFORTS
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND INSPIRING CHANGE.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER PICTOU CENTRE.>> SPEAKER, I LIKE TO
TAKE THIS TO RECOGNIZE TWO LADIES FROM PICTOU
COUNTY INVOLVED AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON LYME DISEASE. AMY
AND JENNIFER ORGANIZED AN EVENTS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th AT
THE WELLNESS CENTRE. THE AFTERNOON SESSION WAS ARRANGED
FOR 80 MEDICAL THE HEALTH-CARE SECTOR. OVER
400 RESIDENTS ATTENDED THE EVENING FORUM. PHYSICIANS,
DR. ROSS FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS AND DR. FROM BELFAST MAINE HAVE
EXPERIENCE TREATING PATIENTS WITH LYME. JIM WILSON FROM
BRITISH COLUMBIA, PRESIDENT OF THE LYME FOUNDATION
ADDRESSED THE CROWD. THEY DRIVEN THEIR PURSUIT TO
EDUCATE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND PUBLIC WITH PERSONAL
CONCERNING DISEASE CAUSING DISTRESS WORRY IN
PROVINCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR-PORTLAND VALLEY.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT’S MANY
CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY SENIORS IN COLE HARBOUR, FROM VOLUNTEERS TO
ENTREPRENEURS, VETERANS TO GRANDPARENTS, SENIORS WILL PLAY
AN IMPORTANT ROLE MAKING OUR COMMUNITY
BE. PARTICIPATION IN BUSINESS, VOLUNTEERISM,
LEADERSHIP, TO OUR COUNTRY, AND AS MENTORS
EXAMPLES. WE ALL SHOULD TAKE NOTE AND DO OUR BEST TO
EMULATE. LOCAL BUSINESS ICONS LIKE DEBORAH, HARRY AND
CATHERINE OF MOLTON. AND
LIVESTOCK FEED AND LIMITED ARE EXAMPLES OF HOW
OVER 40 OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY
ESTABLISHED THESE WELL-LOVED BUSINESSES AS LANDMARKS IN
HARBOUR. AND HUNDREDS OF SENIORS WHO VOLUNTEER TO HELP TO
MAKE OUR COMMUNITY STRONGER. GROUPS CITIZENS ON PAROLE,
A GROUP OF RESPONDER RETIREES WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE
THROUGH THEIR VOLUNTEERISM. MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT
ALL COLLEAGUES JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING AND ACKNOWLEDGING
THE HARD WORK OF SENIORS. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
RECOGNIZE A TRULY REMARKABLE COUPLE. JIM AND JUDY EDGAR.
THEY HOSTED A FUNDRAISER IN DARTMOUTH IN JUNE. THE PURPOSE
OF THE WAS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CREATION OF THE DAFFODIL
GARDEN FOR CANCER SURVIVORS. BE BEAUTIFUL PLACE
OF QUIET AND A CELEBRATION OF SURVIVORSHIP.
THIS CAUSE NEAR DEAR TO MY HEART DAUGHTERS, SOPHIE
AND ELA WHO VOLUNTEERED AND SPOKE. JIM AND JUDY WORKED
FOR A LONG TIME TO GET GARDEN INTO PLACE. IT’S
HAPPENING. SURVIVED THEMSELVES, THE SUCCESS
OF THIS PROJECT IS A TO THEIR DEDICATION TO THE
DARTMOUTH COMMUNITY. I’M TRULY PROUD TO KNOW THEM. MR.
SPEAKER, I ASK MEMBERS OF HOUSE TO THANK JIM AND JUDY
EDGAR FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS IN ESTABLISHING THE
DAFFODIL GARDEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR FAIRVIEW-CLAYTON PARK PARK.
>> SPEAKER, IN WAKE OF HURRICANE DORIAN, RESIDENTS
IN MY COMMUNITIES WERE POWER NECESSITIES
SEVERAL DAYS. IN THIS OF NEED, MANY BUSINESSES AND
ORGANIZATIONS STEPPED FORWARD TO HELP. THE CENTRE FOR IMMIGRANT
PROGRAMS BAYERS OPENED AS COMFORT CENTRES. THOSE
WITHOUT POWER COULD CHARGE DEVICES OR HAVE A HOT CUP
COFFEE. THE COMMUNITY Y OFFERED HOT SHOWERS. I’M ALWAYS
WHEN THE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER IN
TIMES OF NEED. I THE OF THIS HOUSE TO ME IN THANKING LOCAL
YMCAs. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH.
>> SPEAKER, RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FEDERAL ELECTION
FOR THE REGION. SERVES AS CHAIR OF THE EAST FOUNDATION,
DIRECTOR OF THE ROTARY CLUB AND MEMBER OF THE PC
OF NOVA SCOTIA. MR. SPEAKER, MARTHA HAS WORKED HARD FOR THE
PEOPLE KINGS NORTH IN PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER
ROLES. I EXPECT WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME AS
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I LIKE TO
CONGRATULATE MARTHA. SUCCESS IN THE UPCOMING FEDERAL ELECTION
OCTOBER 21st , 2019. THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR WAVERLEY FALL RIVER
BEAVER BANK.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
RISE TO CONGRATULATE FIRST UNDER 17 NATIONAL CHAMPION. NICK AND
SHAWN COLLINS WHO BOTH WERE CONTRIBUTORS TO A TEAM HISTORIC
GOLD VICTORY. THE WIN DESCRIBED AS SURREAL. BEING ON
FIELD FOR THE FINAL STRIKE INSANE. THEY HOPE THEIR
ACCOMPLISHMENT LAY THE FOUNDATIONS WITHIN THE BASEBALL
ASSOCIATION FOR THE YOUNGER KIDS. MR. SPEAKER, AND MEMBERS
OF THE LEGISLATURE, PLEASE ME IN CONGRATULATEING NOVA
SCOTIA UNDER 17 NATIONAL TEAM IN THE FIRST EVER GOLD MEDAL WIN.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE
INITIATIVE BEING TAKEN BY MEMBERS OF FIVE PICTOU CHURCHES.
UP SEEDS OF HOPE COMMUNITIES GARDEN. THESE
COMMUNITIES GARDENS HAVE BEEN UP RIGHT IN PICTOU WITH 19
PLOTS AVAILABLE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER
OVER LOVE GARDENING. THESE GARDENERS ARE GIVEN
AN OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE PRODUCE THEY GROW TO
CHARITIES. IT IS PROGRAMS LIKE THESE THAT TRULY STRENGTHEN OUR
COMMUNITY. IT OUR CITIZENS THE OPPORTUNITY
ENJOY THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, LEARN SKILLS GIVE BACK
TO OUR COMMUNITY. THANK THE MEMBERS OF CHURCHES IN
PICTOU FOR THEIR WORK TO BUILD A PROGRAM TO BRING
TOGETHER. IT IS AN HONOUR WATCH THE COMMUNITY
TOGETHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR CHESTER ST. MARGARET’S.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE
PEGGY’S COVE FESTIVAL OF THE ART SOCIETY NINTH CELEBRATION OF
THE ARTS. THE FEATURED OVER 100 LOCAL, NATIONAL AND
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE. MANY PEOPLE FROM NOVA
SCOTIA AND VISITORS FROM ABROAD TO PEGGY’S COVE AND THE
SURROUNDING AREA JUST FOR THE FESTIVAL. SINCE LAUNCH IN
2011, THE PEGGY’S COVE AREA FESTIVAL OF THE HAS GROWN
QUICKLY INTO A FULL FLEDGED NOT-FOR-PROFIT EVENT ATTRACTING
ART ENTHUSIASTS. THIS COASTAL FESTIVAL IS A CELEBRATION OF
WEALTH OF ART TECHNICAL – ARTSISTIC TALENTS. THE PEGGY’S
COVE LIGHT HOUSE ON ST. MARGARET’S BAY. AND INCLUDE
INDIAN HARBOUR, GLEN HAVEN, BAYSIDE, BLACK POINTS AND OTHERS
UP TO AND INCLUDING THE PENINSULA. I REQUEST MEMBERS OF
THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ME IN CONGRATULATING THE MANY
VOLUNTEERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.>> SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO
RECOGNIZE BILL DIGDEN, PETER, WARNER, LATE RANDY AND
OTHER ORGANIZING MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUCCESSFUL EVENTS OF
FIFTH ANNUAL BIKER BASH. THIS SUPPORTS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS
AND BRINGS OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER. THE EVENT HAS TOYS
FOR TOTS, STUNTS, PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS FOR
CHILDREN. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT EVENTS DURING SUMMER AND
HUNDREDS, IF THOUSANDS TO OUR AREA. THESE
MEN WORKED HARD TO CREATE THE BORDERTOWN BIKER BASH AND
CONTINUE HAVE SUCCESS. PLEASE JOIN ME THANKING THESE
FOR HARD WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker:
ATLANTIC.>>WITH GREAT SADZNESS RISE TO
SPEAK OF NELSON BURKEY. NELSON WAS A LONG MEMBER OF THE
SPRY FIELD COMMUNITY. MOVED WHEN HE HIS WIFE. THEY
REMAINED THE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE.
NELSON WAS A HEARTED MAN, GENEROUS, WILLING TO LEND A
HELPING HAND NEIGHBOURS FRIENDS. HIS GENEROSITY WAS
APPARENT WITH BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SPRY FIELD. DURING HIS
55 YEARS OF MARRIAGE, HE OPENED HOME TO FAMILY. FAMILY
WAS ALL IMPORTANT TO NELSON. HE SPENT HIS LIFE DEDICATED HIS
FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO
THE FAMILY, AND MY CA AND HER FAMILY THEIR LOSS.
NELSON BE MISSED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND MY THOUGHTS AND
ARE WITH THEM DURING THIS TIME. THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TODAY
TO ACKNOWLEDGE A CONSTITUENT WHO JOINED 31 OTHERS
WALKED 8 KILOMETRES TO COLLINGWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR
THE 39 ANNUAL TERRY FOX. THE 85-YEAR-OLD MANAGED TO WALK
THE WHOLE WAY DESPITE A STROKE A FEW YEARS AGO.
MERLIN WHAT HE DONE FOR HIMSELF AND THE COUNTRY AND
WANTED TO CARRY ON LEGACY. MERLIN IS LOOKING FORWARD
PARTICIPATING IN THE TERRY FOX NEXT YEAR. AS LONG AS HE IS
ABLE TO – ABLE TO, HE WILL DO IT. WISH HIM CONTINUED HEALTH
IN FUTURE. PLEASE ME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: P The Speaker: YOU VERY
MUCH FOR STATEMENTS. ORAL QUESTIONS PUT MEMBERS TO
MINISTERS. HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK THE PREMIER SAID
GOVERNMENT WAS WINNING IT COMES FINDING DOCTORS
FOR NOVA SCOTIANS. NEWS, I’M SURE, MR. SPEAKER FOR
THOUSANDS OF NOVA SCOTIANS THAT HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A FAMILY
DOCTOR. ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING PROMISED ONE BY THIS GOVERNMENT
SUCCESS YEARS AGO. STRANGER WHEN PREMIER’S NEW MINISTER OF
HEALTH LAST WEEK THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT
MEASURING THE DIFFICULTY IN ACCESSING A FAMILY
DOCTOR AS WELL AS IT WOULD LIKE. THE QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER,
HOW THE PREMIER CONCLUDE THEY ARE AT MATCHING
PATIENTS WITH FAMILY DOCTORS DESPITE THE FACT THE DEPARTMENT
SAYS IT’S NOT MEASURED AS MUCH AS IT BE.
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT I SAID LAST WEEK WAS THE FACT WE
WERE IN A GLOBAL COMPETITIVE MARKET WHEN CAME TO ACCESSING
PRIMARY HEALTH-CARE. ONLY SCOTIA, OUT THERE
SEARCHING DOCTORS. ALL CANADIAN PROVINCES,
JURISDICTIONS. WHAT SAID, MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE NUMBER FOUR IN
THE COUNTRY PRIMARY. WE’RE NUMBER 4 THE COUNTRY, ONLY
THREE CANADIAN PROVINCES DOING BETTER, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE
WINNING THIS BATTLE, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL MEET
COMMITMENT. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>> SPEAKER, I DON’T THINK THE 50,000 PLUS PEOPLE THAT ARE
WAITING FOR A FAMILY AFTER THIS GOVERNMENT PROMISED
THEM ONE, I DON’T THINK THEY FEEL LIKE THEY’RE WINNING,
SPEAKER. FACT IS THIS PROVINCE IS LOSING DO DOCTORS SPECIALISTS. 385
NEW DOCTORS SINCE 2016 TO THE PROVINCE. BUT ON THE OTHER
SIDE, BUT ON THE SIDE, THEY’RE RETIRING. THEY’RE
QUITTING. THEY’RE LEAVING PROVINCE AND THEY’RE SUCH, A
RATE SO QUICK DEMAND IS NOT BEING MET. AND TABLE A
DOCUMENT HERE WHERE THE DEPUTY MINISTER SAYS MAKING SOME
INROADS, SOME PROGRESS. BUT CLEARLY NOT ENOUGH. DEPUTY
DOESN’T THINK WINNING. SAYS THEY’RE NOT DOING
ENOUGH. ASK THE QUESTION WAS WAITING TWO YEARS TO DEVELOP A
DOCTOR RECRUITMENT STRATEGY, PART OF THE PREMIER’S WINNING
STRATEGY? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
PREMIER.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER STOOD
THIS PLACE AND WERE 100,000 NOVA SCOTIANS
WITHOUT A DOCTOR. CONFIRMED THERE’S 50,000. I WOULD SAY
WE’RE WINNING. The Speaker: ON AND SHE WILL
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL — The Speaker: HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>>MUCH DIFFERENT THAN NOVA SCOTIANS IDEA OF WINNING.
WINNING IS DEFINED. THE LAST BYELECTIONS. WINNING IS
NOT SOME SUBJECTIVE IDEA. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS 52,000
NOVA SCOTIANS THAT WE KNOW OF STILL CAN’T A FAMILY
DOCTOR. 52,000. DEPUTY MINISTER SAID LAST YEAR THAT
ONLY HALF THE PEOPLE REPORT, 52,000, PLUS 52,000 IS OVER
100,000, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOT WINNING A PROVINCE. I WOULD
LIKE TO ASK THE PREMIER WHAT PART OF PREMIER’S WINNING
PLAY ENTAILED LOSS OF SPECIALISTS AND FAMILY DOCTORS
FROM NOVA SCOTIA’S COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS PROVINCE?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>THE FACT OF MATTER IS HE STOOD IN PLACE TWICE, MR.
SPEAKER, ONE POINT HE SAID 100,000. NOW SAYS IT’S 52,000.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS A GAIN IN ENSURING PEOPLE’S ACCESS TO
PRIMARY HEALTH-CARE. I WANT TELL THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, WE
KNOW THERE’S MORE DO. THAT’S WHY THE MINISTER OF
IMMIGRATION SENT A SECOND TEAM INTO THE U.K. WITH A NEW STREAM
UNIQUE TO NOVA SCOTIA THAT US THE COMPETITIVE IN THIS
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE’RE COMPETING FOR HEALTH-CARE
WORKERS. HE MIGHT BE PESSIMISTIC OF THE OF PROVINCE.
THIS IS OPTIMISTIC. WE’RE WORKING WITH
TEAMS MAKE IT HAPPEN. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC
PARTY.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
ACCORDING THE CANADIAN RENTAL HOUSING INDEX, THE –
The Speaker: PLEASE. HONOURABLE MEMBER OF THE NEW
DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS FLOOR.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
ACCORDING TO THE CANADIAN RENTAL HOUSING INDEX, THE PROVINCE OF
ATLANTIC CANADA THAT HAS THE MOST UNHEALTHY HOUSING
MARKET ISN’T NEW BRUNSWICK OR P.E.I. OR NEWFOUNDLAND. US
HERE IN NOVA SCOTIA. AND SPEAKING FOR OUR PART IN THE
N.D.P., WE DIDN’T NEED THE INDEX TO US THIS BECAUSE WE ARE
HEARING REGULARLY FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVED WITH RENTAL
INCREASES OF 30, 40, 50, EVEN 55%. WANT TO ASK THE
PREMIER IF HE ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT THE RENTAL HOUSING
SITUATION IN NOVA SCOTIA IS AT A REAL BREAKING POINT FOR A LOT
PEOPLE? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
PREMIER.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
WANT THANK FOR QUESTION. HE IS HIGHLIGHTING A MAJOR
WE PARTS OF OUR PROVINCE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH RENTS UP
TO ENSURING WE’RE PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MR.
SPEAKER, WHEN SEE THE GROWTH HAPPENING IN PARTS OF
OUR PROVINCE, YOU BEGIN TO SEE THE PRICE OF REAL ESTATE
CONTINUE TO ESCALATE. UP. THE MARKET DEMANDS THAT. IT
PUSHES OUT AFFORDABLE RENT I KNOW THE LEADER VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT. IT’S WHY WORKED TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE
RENTS UP IN PLACE TO ENSURE THOSE FAMILIES THAT REQUIRE THE
SUPPORT HAVE THEM. HE WOULD ALSO WE JUST SIGNED A
NATIONAL HOUSING AGREEMENT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE’LL
CONTINUE WORK WITH PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY TO
MAKE WE’RE PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
SCOTIA. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE NEW PARTY.
>>MR. SPEAKER, THE SPEAKS AS HE HAS OFTEN SPOKEN IN
THE PAST WHEN WE HAVE QUESTIONED AND CHALLENGED HIM THIS
GOVERNMENT ABOUT THIS QUESTION ABOUT RENT SUPPLEMENTS AND PLACE
THEY HAVE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAM FOR DEALING WITH THIS
SITUATION. IT’S INCREASINGLY COMMON TO HEAR FROM
PEOPLE WHO HAVE IN FACT BEEN ASSIGNED SUPPLEMENTS WHO
STILL NEVERTHELESS ARE NOT ABLE TO FIND AN AFFORDABLE ADEQUATE
PLACE THEMSELVES LIVE. SURELY THE PREMIER CAN SEE THAT
IN SUCH A TIGHT RENTAL MARKET AS WE HAVE, IT’S A PRETTY EASY
THING FOR LANDLORDS SHOO SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T HAVE A RENT
SUPPLEMENT OVER SOMEBODY DOES. – — TO CHOOSE SOMEONE
WHO DOESN’T HAVE A RENTS SUPPLEMENT OVER SOMEBODY. WITH
A RENTS SUPPLEMENT, ABLE TO FIND A PLACE LIVE?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>MR. SPEAKER, THE HAVE, SUPPLEMENTS ARE
MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THOSE WHO HAVE THEM. I WILL
UNDERTAKE WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS ADEQUATE TODAY OR SHOULD BE
ADJUSTED. THAT’S A QUESTION AS WE LOOK INTO WHAT WE
DO WITH THE HOUSING STRATEGY GOING FORWARD. IF THAT IS
MEETING THE CURRENT MARKET THAT THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
REFERRING TO, WE LOOK THAT.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC
PARTY.>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT SURELY MUST BE AS AWARE AS AWARE
OF HOW COMMON IT IS BECOMING FOR LANDLORDS IN PROVINCE TO
UNDERTAKE RENOVATIONS AS A PRETEXT TO EVICT WITH
THE REAL PURPOSE OF MAKING DRAMATIC INCREASES IN RENT.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FIRST CAME OFFICE, THE WORD RENTS RENT
EVICTION WAS PART OF THE VOCABULARY IN NOVA SCOTIA. BUT
IT IS TODAY IN THE PROVINCE. SO IN RESPONSE TO OUR QUESTIONS THE
HOUSING CRISIS, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD MEMBERS
OF THE SPEAK SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT THE BILATERAL
HOUSING AGREEMENT AND WHAT STANDS BRING FOR THE FUTURE.
CAN THE TELL US WHAT HIS IS GOING TO DO TO TENANTS FROM
THESE KINDS OF RENT EVICTIONS NOW?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>> WANT TO THANK THE MEMBER FOR QUESTION. BEFORE WE
COME IN, OUR ECONOMY GROWING, MR. SPEAKER. WE
WEREN’T SEEING THE GROWTH WE’RE SEEING WITH NOT ONLY POPULATION,
YOUNG PEOPLE COMING BACK. WE KNOW PUTTING PRESSURE ON HOUSING
STOP TO ENSURE WE HAVE AFFORDABLE RENTS SOME
PARTS OF OUR PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. WHY I MADE A
COMMITMENT TO THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WE LOOK AT WHETHER
OR NOT THE RENTS ARE MEETING THE NEEDS. THE GROWTH WE’RE
IS PUTTING PRESSURE ON PROPERTIES. TWHRZ NO THERE’S
NO QUESTION THAT. PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES, MORE JOBS,
UNEMPLOYMENT ALL-TIME LOW. WE’RE ATTRACTING PEOPLE
HOME. IMPACTING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET.
WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PARTNERS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN
YARMOUTH RETIRED, PATIENTS WERE
PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE, PARTICULARLY CANCER PATIENTS.
OVER THE SUMMER PLANS WERE ANNOUNCED TO HIRE A NAVIGATOR TO
FACILITATE RECRUIT AM. COMMUNITIES NAVIGATOR WAS HIRED
TO GO TO WORK ON RECRUITING AND RETAINING DOCTORS IN YARMOUTH.
I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE HAS THE GOVERNMENT
FUNDING SUCH POSITIONS FOR OTHER ACROSS THE PROVINCE
AND HOW MANY HAVE THEY FUNDED SO FAR.
The Speaker: SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF
ANNOUNCED IN BUDGET, 200,000 BE SET ASIDE TO PARTNER WITH
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS OUT DOING WORK. LUNENBURG
LEADING THE WAY AS AN ORGANIZATION. GROUP.
GROUP YARMOUTH IS TAKING ON. GROUP IN THE VALLEY
RESPONDING COME TO LOOK FOR SUPPORT. PARTS OF THE
PROVINCE, BUT MR. SPEAKER, WE’LL CONTINUE WORK. GROUP IN DOING A
TREMENDOUS JOB. FORGET THE NAME OF DOCTOR.
I CAN’T THINK IT. I WILL TELL YOU THEY LEADING
WAY COMMUNITIES. WE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM TO CONTINUE TO HELP
COLLABORATE WITH AS WE GO FORWARD. THERE’S A DOCTOR
ON A RECRUITING TRIP US. THAT WILL BE ABLE
BE SUPPORTED. NO ONE SPECIFIC WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO THAT
NUMBER DOWN, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO FOR ALL KINDS WAS. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
ADD PICTOU COUNTY. COMMUNITIES ARE STENG – ARE STEPPING UP.
IN DAYS GONE BY, COMMUNITIES HAD A SAY IN RECRUITING AND
RETAINING PHYSICIANS. THE CREATION OF THE NOVA SCOTIA
HEALTH TOOK THAT AWAY. KNOW IT WAS TAKEN AWAY. FOR
TWO YEARS, NOBODY THOUGHT ABOUT IT SOMEBODY SAID MAYBE WE
SHOULD FOCUS ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION AT THE NOVA SCOTIA
AUTHORITY. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PREMIER IF FACT
THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW SETTING MONEY ASIDE TO HELP
COMMUNITIES FIND THEIR OWN DOCTORS IF THAT IS AN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE STRATEGY RECRUITMENT IN PROVINCE,
THEY CONSOLIDATED IN AN IN BEEN A FAILURE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, LET ME CORRECT THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER. RECRUITMENT WAS TRANSITIONED IN YEAR TWO OF
THE HEALTH AUTHORITY INTO RESPONSIBILITY THE HEALTH
AUTHORITY. CURRENTLY 11 PEOPLE WORKING ON THE RECRUITMENT SIDE
THE HEALTH AUTHORITY. WHAT WE HEARD, MR. SPEAKER FROM
COMMUNITIES THAT WANTED TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTIONS. INSTEAD
OF BEING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES, THEY BROUGHT FORWARD
POSITIVE SOLUTIONS. WE TO WORK WITH THE MINISTER. THEY’RE
GRATEFUL A GOVERNMENT LISTENING WORKING WITH THEM.
THEY’RE AWARE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES EXIST IN
THEIR COMMUNITIES. VIRTUES OF COMMUNITIES WERE WE’RE
GRATEFUL, MR. SPEAKER, THEY CONTINUE TO WORK THEIR
GOVERNMENT ON A VIEW AND VISION FOR PROVINCE.
WHY WE’RE SEEING MORE DOCTORS CHOOSE COME HERE. WHY WE’RE
NUMBER 4 IN CANADA. MR. SPEAKER, WE’LL CONTINUE TO MAKE
SURE WE THAT. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: ON AND SHE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH
NORTH.>> CALGARY, MY
QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER. THERE DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE
STRONG EVIDENCE FOR SPORTS TEAMS OF A CITY
HAVING A MEANINGFUL. CAN THAT. YESTERDAY THE
PREMIER WILL BE LOOKING INTO THE ENTIRE ECONOMIC
FOOTPRINT OF THE PLAN FOR A STADIUM IN SHANNON PARK. THE
BOTTOM LINE GOVERNMENT FUNDING SERVE TO LINE
POCKETS OF FOR COMPANIES AND STICK THE PUBLIC WITH
BILL. CAN THE PREMIER PLEASE EXPLAIN WHO IN THIS GOVERNMENT
WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERTAKING THE ECONOMIC
ANALYSIS THE STADIUM PROPOSAL. WHEN THE RESULTS WILL
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>> YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HONOURABLE MEMBER SAID YES, THAT
IS BEFORE CITY COUNCIL, COUNCIL GOING TO TO MAKE
A DECISION. I HAVE LOOKED AT PROPOSAL COME FORWARD
I TOLD HER, WE WOULD LOOK THAT. DECISION MAKE,
HAVE TO DEFEND. WE WILL DO THAT, BUT The Speaker: WE WILL DO
MORE. WHICH CAN NOVA SCOTIANS HAVING DOING FOR THE LAST COUPLE
OF DECADES. BUT THE SAME TIME, I WANT TO TELL THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO GROW THE ECONOMY OF THIS
PROVINCE. WE’LL DO IT BY ENCOURAGING THE PRIVATE SECTOR
TO CONTINUE TO GROW, TO PROVIDE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. MORE
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE STAYING HERE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS GOING DOWN.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICK. PICTOU WEST.
>>PLANNING EXERCISE FORECASTS THE CLINICAL WORK FORCE REQUIRED
OVER TEN YEAR PERIOD. THE DEPARTMENT DESCRIBED IT AS A
TOOL TO INFORM PLANNING AND TRAINING AROUND DOCTORS.
HOWEVER, SINCE 2016, NO FURTHER UPDATES OR FORECASTS HAVE BEEN
MADE PUBLIC. DOCTORS NOVA SCOTIA HAS SAID THIS PUTS
STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS WHO WANTS TO PRACTICE HERE AT AN
INFORMATION . MY QUESTION IS WHY
ARE RESOURCE FORECASTS BUT IS NO LONGER MAKING THEM PUBLIC?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION. THAT’S NOT WHAT IS TAKING PLACE WITH THE PHYSICIAN
RESOURCE PLAN, MR. SPEAKER. THE PHYSICIAN RESOURCE PLAN WAS
BUILT OFF A PROPRIETARY MODELLING SYSTEM AS HAS BEEN
CITED IN THIS LEGISLATURE IN PAST SESSIONS SEVERAL TIMES.
THAT REPORT IDENTIFIED I BELIEVE AN AVERAGE OF 1,000 PHYSICIANS
OVER A TEN YEAR PERIOD. WHICH WORKED OUT TO A TARGET OF 100
PHYSICIANS PER YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE HAVE CLEARLY
NOTED THAT WE ARE WORKING TO RECRUIT MORE THAN 100 PHYSICIANS
PER YEAR. AND SO WHEN THE WORK WAS BEING DONE UNDER THE MODEL
CAME BACK WITH ESSENTIALLY THE SAME INFORMATION, WE RECOGNIZED
THAT MODEL WASN’T WORKING FOR NOVA SCOTIA. WE HAD TO TAKE A
DIFFERENT APPROACH.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>>SHELVING THESE RESOURCE FORECASTS HAS BEEN SIMPLE. WE
HAVE AN APP FOR THAT. HE WAS PREVIOUSLY STATED AND I HAVE
TABLED THAT DOCUMENT ALREADY, THAT HE WAS QUOTED IN HOUSE
ANALYTICAL TOOL WOULD HELP TO TRACK FUTURE NEEDS. HE SOUNDED
LIKE HE WAS IN NO RUSH TO MAKE THAT TOOL PUBLIC. KEEPING THIS
TAXPAYER-FUNDED DATA INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC MAY ACTUALLY,
MR. SPEAKER, SAVE THE GOVERNMENT FROM ANSWERING TOUGH QUESTIONS.
BUT IT WON’T LET NOVA SCOTIANS BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE CONFIDENCE
OF THIS GOVERNMENT IS ON TOP OF THIS ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO
KNOW WHEN WILL THE INHOUSE ANALYTICAL TOOL THE MINISTER
INDICATED BE READY TO MAKE PUBLIC FOR NOVA SCOTIANS.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH FRONTLINE
HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONALS AND OUR PARTNERS AT THE HEALTH
AUTHORITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY AND THE IWK TO
IDENTIFY THE HEALTH-CARE NEEDS AND THE HEALTH-CARE
PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR DELIVERING CARE NOVA
SCOTIANS NEED AND DESERVE. MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE
MEMBERS CONCERN SHE RAISED HERE ABOUT RELEASING INFORMATION
PUBLICLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT DOES NOBODY ANY SERVICE IF WE RELEASE
INFORMATION BEFORE IT’S READY TO DOS. INFORMATION HAS TO BE
ACCURATE. WE HAVE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE TO US AS A
DEPARTMENT. TO HELP INFORM OUR DECISIONS AND THE PROCESSES WE
MOVE FORWARD WITH. MR. SPEAKER, THAT’S THE WORK THAT’S ONGOING.
WHEN IT’S READY AND COMPLETE, WE’RE ABLE TO BRING THAT FORWARD
THROUGH THE MORE PUBLIC FORMS.
INSTITUTE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>>WE RAISED THIS A FEW TIMES IN THE SESSION. THE NUMBERS ON THE
NEED A FAMILY PRACTICE REGISTRY LEAVE US VERY CONCERNED ABOUT A
YEAR AGO THE MINISTER STOOD ACROSS FROM US AND STATED THE
DECLINING NUMBERS OF DOCTORS, NUMBERS OF NOVA SCOTIANS THAT
HAD REGISTERED FOR A DOCTOR. BUT THE NUMBERS ON THE REGISTRY
HAVE GONE NOWHERE THIS YEAR FLOATING AROUND ABOVE 52,000 OR
MORE. THEY HAVE GONE UP, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN TABLE THAT
DOCUMENT. THIS IS IN CONTRAST TO THE DEPARTMENT’S DEPUTY
MINISTER RECENTLY STATING WE’RE MAKING SOME PROGRESS. WE’RE IN
A POSITIVE BALANCE. HOW DOES THE MINISTER ACCOUNT FOR THE
FACT THAT THE NUMBER OF NOVA SCOTIANS SELF IDENTIFYING AS
NEEDING A FAMILY DOCTOR HAS REMAINED QUITE STAGNANT?
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. OBVIOUSLY AS WE
DISCUSSED MANY TIMES ON THIS FLOOR, ATTACHING NOVA SCOTIANS
TO PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS IS OF UTMOST PRIORITY FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT AND INDEED FOR ALL NOVA SCOTIANS. MR. SPEAKER, I
HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE DOCUMENT. IF YOU TRACK NEED A
FAMILY PRACTICE UPDATE WHICH PROVIDES THE DETAILS OF DATA, I
BELIEVE THE LIST IN NOVEMBER OF 2018 AT 59,000 PEOPLE. THE DATA
RELEASED WENT ON-LINE EARLIER TODAY, 51,000 NOVA SCOTIAENS.
THAT’S A DECREASE OF 13.5%. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.>>MR. SPEAKER, WE HEARD FROM
MANY NOVA SCOTIANS LATELY WITH CONCERNS ABOUT THE OPERATION OF
THE NEED OF FAMILY PRACTICE LIST. IT APPEARS THAT IN SOME
CASES FOLKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LIST AS A RESULT OF AN
ERROR. AND THEY’RE UNCERTAIN OF THEIR PRIORITY ON THAT LIST.
THEY DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE PUT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST OR
RESTORED TO THE PREVIOUS PLACE ON THE LIST. CLEARLY, THIS
WOULD BE OF GREAT CONCERN TO ANYONE WHO WAITED YEARS FOR A
PHONE CALL MATCHING THEM WITH A FAMILY DOCTOR. MY QUESTION TO
THE MINISTER IS IF NOVA SCOTIANS WHO HAVE NOT FOUND A DOCTOR ARE
REMOVED FROM THE LIST AS A RESULT OF NSHA, IS IT POLICY
THAT THEY REGAIN THEIR SPOT IN LINE OR THEY PUT BACK TO THE
BOTTOM OF THE LIST? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. AGAIN, THE
INTRODUCTION OF THE NEED A FAMILY PRACTICE LIST IN 2016
PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HOUSE AUTHORITY AND THE
DEPARTMENT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE NEED. NOT JUST THE NEEDS IN
A GENERAL SENSE IN TERMS OF A NUMBER ACROSS THE PROVINCE, BUT
INDEED REGIONALLY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE NEEDS MAY BE MORE ACUTE.
THAT’S HOW THE LIST IS HELPING INFORM. IT’S ALSO, MR. SPEAKER,
HELPING WITH PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS, AND FAMILY PHYSICIANS
IN THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT PRACTICES TO FACILITATE THEM
WHEN LOOKING TO EXPAND PRACTICE. SET UP A NEW PRACTICE. THAT’S
WHAT WE USE THE LIST FOR, MR. SPEAKER. WE PROVIDE THAT
INFORMATION. THEY CONTACT THE INDIVIDUALS PRIMARY PROVIDERS
CONTACT THE INDIVIDUALS ON THE LIST AND THEY ATTACH THEM THAT
WAY, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE USING THE LIST FOR. AND
THAT’S HOW IT PROCESSES. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.>>THE LAST TIME I ASKED THE
MINISTER ABOUT THE LOSS OF DOCTORS, HE SAID TO ME, HE
WASN’T GOING TO GIVE HIS HOME AREA SPECIAL TREATMENT. MR.
SPEAKER, IF THAT’S THE WAY ANTIGONISH IS GOING TO BE
TREATED, GOD HELP THE REST OF THE PROVINCE.
[APPLAUSE]>>WHAT HAPPENED SINCE THEY LOST
ANOTHER PHYSICIAN. NUMBER 11. OBSTETRICS SPECIALIST.
SPECIALIST THERE ARE NONE. THAT AFFECTS PEOPLE OVER AN HOUR AWAY
IN INVERNESS. IF YOU LIVE THERE AND HAVING A BABY, YOU HAVE A
PROBLEM. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS CREATED CONDITIONS AT YOUR
REGIONAL HOSPITAL WHERE DOCTORS ARE BAILING. WHY IS THE
MINISTER LETTING CONDITIONS IN HEALTH-CARE GET TO THE POINT
DOCTORS ARE LEAVING HIS OWN CONSTITUENCY IN DROVES?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIND INTERESTING THE MEMBER
WOULD CONTINUE TO SUGGEST THAT AS A MEMBER I SHOULD SOMEHOW
TREAT MY CONSTITUENCY DIFFERENTLY THAN ANY OTHER.
OBVIOUSLY WE UNDERSTAND WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL MAY CHOOSE TO
GOVERN. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I TOOK THE OATH AS THE MINISTER
OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS TO SERVE THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA.
MR. SPEAKER, … [APPLAUSE]
>>MR. SPEAKER, AS THE MEMBER CITED INFORMATION RELATED TO
PHYSICIANS WHO MAY HAVE RETIRED OR CHOSEN TO PURSUE A PRACTICE
ELSEWHERE, WE HAVE CONVENIENTLY FAILED TO INDICATE, MR. SPEAKER,
THE NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS THAT HAVE COME AND STARTED WORKING IN
ANTIGONISH AND ST. MARTHA’S HOSPITAL. WE HAVE SEVERAL COME
AND JOIN INCLUDING AN OBSTETRICIAN TO REPLACE THE ONE
THAT LEFT. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR INVERNESS.>>THE FACT THERE ARE NO
OBSTETRICIANS IN ANTIGONISH TODAY. I CHECKED TODAY. THERE
ARE NONE. MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER CAN SAY THAT. IF YOU
GO BACK IN HANSARD, THOSE WERE HIS WORDS. I ASK HE LOOK AFTER
PEOPLE IN HIS OWN AREA AND THE REST OF THE PROVINCE. BUT IF HE
CAN’T LOOK AFTER HIS OWN AREA, HOW CAN HE LOOK AFTER THE REST
OF THE PROVINCE. MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE GOING TO ST. MARGARET’S
HOSPITAL AFTER ACCESS TO VISITING VISITING TRANSITIONS.
— VISITING OBSTETRICIANS. IT CAN DETER THE RECRUITMENT OF
OTHER SPECIALISTS. WORK AND CRISIS SITUATIONS WILL FALL ON
THEIR SHOULDERS. WHO WANTS TO COME INTO A HOSPITAL MANAGED BY
THIS GOVERNMENT WITH THOSE WORK CONDITIONS WHEN OTHER
JURISDICTIONS WILL GIVE THE DOCTORS BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
AND PAY. MY QUESTION, WHAT GOOD IS THE REFRUITMENT STRATEGY WHEN
HE — RECRUITMENT STRATEGY WHEN HE FAILED TO CHANGE THE
CONDITIONS THAT HAVE LED DOCTORS TO LEAVE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS
INQUIRIES. I THINK THE MEMBER ST. MARTHA HOSPITAL SERVES HIS
CONSTITUENTS. I DON’T REMEMBER SEEING THE MEMBER THERE WHEN WE
HAD A RALLY OF SUPPORT THAT WAS ORGANIZED. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS
THERE TALKING TO THE MANY PEOPLE AROUND ANTIGONISH, RICHMOND, MR.
SPEAKER. GUYSBOROUGH AND INVERNESS.
The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE. ORDER, PLEASE. ORDER, PLEASE.
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS THE FLOOR.
>>MR. SPEAKER,. The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE.
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS THE FLOOR.
>>MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER LIKES TO HIGHLIGHT AND STRESS THE
HEALTH-CARE THAT’S BEING PROVIDED IN ANTIGONISH. MEMBER
LOOKS PREVIOUS QUESTIONS OF HIS COLLEAGUE FOCUSED ON PRIMARY
CARE. ANTIGONISH AND THE REGION HAS THE BEST ATTACHMENT IN THE
PROVINCE FOR PRIMARY CARE SERVICES BECAUSE OF DEDICATED
PROFESSIONALS IN THE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM PROVIDING THAT CARE. WE
HAVE STRONG ROBUST HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM. PROFESSIONALS PROVIDE
THE CARE TO MEMBERS IN THE REGION. REGION HONOURABLE The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.>>FOR THE MINISTER OF BUSINESS.
YESTERDAY WHEN I ASKED THE MINISTER OF HOUSING ABOUT
REGULATIONS FOR SHORT TERM RENTALS, HE RESPONDED THAT NOVA
SCOTIA HAS FINALLY SIGNED A BILATERAL HOUSING AGREEMENT
WHICH WILL UNFOLD OVER THE NEXT DECADE. BUT THAT DOESN’T
ADDRESS THE IMPACT SHORT TERM RENTALS ARE HAVING ON THE
HOUSING MARKET TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER TELL
NOVA SCOTIAENS WHEN THEYENS EXPECT REGULATION — NOVA
SCOTIANS TO EXPECT REGULATIONS ON THE HOUSING MARK.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF BUSINESS.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION. THE REGULATIONS, SHORT TERM RENTAL LEGISLATION
WILL BE IN PLACE BY THIS TOURISM SEASON UPCOMING. THAT’S OF
2020. OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A REQUIREMENT TO HAVE THOSE IN
PLACE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES AT THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS.
MINISTER HAS BEEN GREAT IN CONSULTING MUNICIPALITIES.
STAKEHOLDERS AROUND WHERE WE’RE GOING TO GO WITH THOSE
REGULATIONS. WHAT THE STAKEHOLDERS NEED IN THE
MUNICIPALITIES AND ALL THOSE IMPACTED. MR. SPEAKER, I SAID
AROUND THIS QUESTION, PART OF THE KEY FOR THIS REGULATORY
PIECE AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM THAT WILL HAVE FOR SHORT TERM
RENTALS, WE HAVE THE EXACT DATA. INFORMATION, UNDERSTANDING OF
HOW THIS WILL IMPACT THE HOUSING STOCK, FOR SHORT TERM RENTALS OR
FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE HOUSING STOCK AVAILABLE IN
METRO, CAPE BRETON. AND THE PROVINCE. IT WILL BE RUNNING BY
THIS SPRING. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.>>MR. SPEAKER, IF THE MINISTER
WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY VISIT DATA POINTS, I COULD WALK HIM
AROUND MY NEIGHBOURHOOD. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW THE
BILATERAL AGREEMENT IS ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE? THIS
QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HOUSING. IT’S A GOOD – NO
DOUBT IT IS GOOD NEWS, BUT THE PROVINCE HAS SIGNED A BILL
BILATERAL AGREEMENT. AND ACTION PLAN, IN THE CONSULTATION WITH
MUNICIPALITIES, THEY IDENTIFIED AIRBNB ARE BARRIERS TO
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THE ACTION PLAN DOES NOT ADDRESS THE
BARRIER. WILL THE MINISTER OF HOUSING ACKNOWLEDGE A KEY
REASONS NOVA SCOTIANS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND A PLACE,
RENTAL STOCK IS DISAPPEARING.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER OF HOUSING.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
MENTIONED THE THREE YEAR ACTION PLAN WE SIGNED A SHORT TIME AGO.
INVESTING IN THAT $88 MILLION TO HELP THOUSANDS OF HOUSEHOLDS,
MR. SPEAKER IN THIS PROVINCE. THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA IS
INVESTING ANOTHER 70 MILLION, MR. SPEAKER, AS WELL. UNMATCHED
DOLLARS WHICH WILL INVEST IN 2500 MORE HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THIS
PROVINCE. AND MAKE A NUMBER OF PRIORITIES FOR AFFORDABLE
HOUSING TO BETTER SERVE NOVA SCOTIANS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
WE RECOGNIZE THE ISSUE. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT. LOTS OF
WORK TO DO. WE’RE ANXIOUS TO GET STARTED.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR QUEEN’S SHELBOURNE.>>A CHAIR OF THE PHYSICIAN
RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION COMMITTEE. HE TELLS US THE
PHYSICIAN SITUATION AT ROSEWAY IS HITTING A CRITICAL POINT. A
DOCTOR IS ABOUT TO RETIRE. A DOCTOR IS BUYING OUT A CONTRACT.
EXPECTED TO RETURN TO NEW BRUNSWICK BY DECEMBER 1st OF
THIS YEAR. ANOTHER PHYSICIAN, IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE. THAT
LEAVES ONE PHYSICIANTO HANDLE TO
HANDLE CARE. SINCE THE NEAR CRISIS SITUATION AT ROSEWAY,
WHAT DO THEY PLAN TO DO ABOUT IT.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR RAISING
THIS ISSUE ON BEHALF OF HER CONSTITUENTS. OBVIOUSLY
CONCERNING SITUATION THERE, MR. SPEAKER. ONE I CHECKED IN ON
WITH THE HEALTH AUTHORITY. IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THEY HAVE BEEN
EVERYTHING MEETINGS, INCLUDING MEETINGS AS RECENTLY AS THE LAST
DAY OR TWO. SO THOSE ENGAGEMENTS WITH COMMUNITY AND
HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE INPUT AND SUGGESTIONS AND CHART
THAT PATH FORWARD ARE ONGOING, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, IT IS A
SITUATION THAT HEALTH AUTHORITY AND THE DEPARTMENT ARE AWARE OF
AND IS ACTIVELY BEING WORKED ON.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR QUEEN’S SHELBOURNE.
>>I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER IS BEING SINCERE WHEN HE REPORTS
THAT THIS PROGRAM AND INCENTIVES AND MEETINGS ARE TAKING PLACE TO
HELP EASE THE HEALTH-CARE ANXIETIES OF NOVA SCOTIAENS.
THOSE SAME CONSTITUENTS ARE NOT COMFORTED BY STEPS THAT MAY TAKE
MANY YEARS TO DELIVER RESULTS ON THE GROUND. I BELIEVE THAT THE
MINISTER NEEDS TO GO TO THE GROUND LEVEL TO GRASP THE ACUTE
AND IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS THAT ARE FACINGNESS PATIENT CARE FOR MY
CONSTITUENTS. WILL THE MINISTER COMMIT TO SITTING DOWN WITH
DOCTORS AND THE PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
COMMITTEE IN ORDER TO HELP ALLEVIATE PRESSURES ON INPATIENT
CARE AT THE ROSEWAY? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
HAVE BEEN TO ROSEWAY HOSPITAL. I MET WITH PHYSICIANS THERE
ALONG WITH OTHER REPRESENTATIVES IN THE FACILITY. MR. SPEAKER,
THE DEPUTY MINISTER, INCLUDING THE INTERIM DEPUTY MINISTER WAS
DOWN THERE, AS WELL. WE CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN A DIALOGUE
AND INFORMATION, ENGAGEMENT AGAIN. THE HEALTH AUTHORITY IN
THEIR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY AROUND RECRUITMENT IS ACTIVELY
INVOLVED IN THE SHELBOURNE AREA ACROSS THIS PROVINCE,
MR. SPEAKER. WE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE. THAT’S WHY
WE’RE TAKING STEPS TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION. SHORT TERM
INITIATIVES LIKE INCENTIVES TO ADDRESS HARD TO FILL PHYSICIANS,
ALSO LONG-TERM STRATEGIES. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. MR. SPEAKER, IN SEPTEMBER I HOSTED
TOWN HALL ON HEALTH-CARE IN KEMPTVILLE. MOST CONCERNED
ABOUT THE WAIT TIMES IN THE E.R. DOCTORS IN ATTENDANCE SAID IT
WAS THE NUMBER OF INCREASE OF ORPHANED PATIENTS. A SHORTAGE
OF FAMILY DOCTORS. QUICK CHECK OF THE RECRUITMENT SHORT 33
FAMILY DOCTORS. MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER IS HOW DOES THE
MINISTER EXPECT TO FIX EMERGENCY ROOM BACKLOGS WHEN THERE ARE NOT
ENOUGH FAMILY PRACTITIONERS TO KEEP PRIMARY ISSUES OUT OF THE
E.R.? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE IMPORTANCE OF
A FOCUS ON PRIMARY CARE SERVICES AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE
STRATEGY TO HELP ADDRESS PRESSURES AT OUR EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS. I HAVE SPOKEN TO THAT POINT IN THE PAST. IT’S
WHY WE HAVE FOCUSED ON INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO
PRIMARY CARE SERVICES. INVESTMENTS AND EXPANSION OF
CARE PRACTICES, EXPANSION OF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT
DALHOUSIE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESIDENCECY PROGRAM. ONLY
JURISDICTION MAKING THAT INVESTMENT IN OUR MEDICAL
STUDENTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL PROFESSIONS. – STEPS WE ARE
TAKING IN COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH.
>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER. A
CLINIC CLOSED. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE UPSET AT THE
LOSS. TWO NEW FAMILY IN KEMPTVILLE, NSHA OWN STATISTICS
AS OF SEPTEMBER 1st, RESIDENTS IN THE WESTERN REGION ARE
WITHOUT A FAMILY PHYSICIAN. MY QUESTION IS WHEN THE MINISTER
ACCEPT HEALTH-CARE IN THE WESTERN REGION IS IN CRISIS?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HIS
QUESTION. INDEED, EFFORTS CONTINUE WORK IS ONGOING WITH
RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES. THE STEPS WE TAKE
ACTIONER THERE IS NO ONE PATH TO THE END STATE, MR. SPEAKER. WE
HAVE TO ADDRESS BOTH SHORT TERM, MEDIUM TERM AND LONG-TERM
SITUATIONS. THAT’S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE INVEST IN SHORT TERM
INCENTIVES AND PROGRAMS, MR. SPEAKER. INCLUDING THE
40 MILLION, APPROXIMATELY 40 MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, PRIMARY CARE, COMPENSATION AND INCENTIVES, MR.
SPEAKER TO HELP ATTACH NOVA SCOTIANS TO PRIMARY CARE
PROVIDERS PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE. WE CAN’T IGNORE THE
LONG-TERM INITIATIVES UNDERWAY MR. SPEAKER. LIKE THOSE I
MENTIONED IN MY PREVIOUS RESPONSE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST SUMMER, I WAS APPROACHED BY
CONSTITUENT WHO WAS DISAPPOINTED TO TELL ME THAT A LOCAL
CUMBERLAND COUNTY WOMAN WHO STUDIED MEDICINE. FINISHED A
RESIDENCY OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE DECIDED TO SET UP A FAMILY
PRACTICE ON THE WEST COAST. SHE WENT ON TO TELL ME NO ONE FROM
THE HEALTH AUTHORITY HAD CONTACTED HER TO LET HER KNOW
ABOUT ANY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PROVINCE. NO ONE MADE ANY
ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT HER TO OUR PROVINCE. MY QUESTION TO THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS HE CONSIDERED CREATING A PHYSICIAN
RECRUITMENT PLAN FOR NOVA SCOTIA THAT INCLUDES IDENTIFYING NOVA
SCOTIANS WHO HAVE STUDIED ABROAD OR DONE MAYBE COMPLETED THEIR
RESIDENCIES IN OTHER PROVINCES IDENTIFY THEM, TARGET THEM AS
PART OF THE RECRUITMENT PLAN. WE KNOW MOST PHYSICIANS WANT TO
COME BACK HOME. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE THEY
KNOW ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES. AND RECRUIT AND RETAIN THEM BACK
TO NOVA SCOTIA. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. SUGGESTION TO HELP
PURSUE. MR. SPEAKER, WE LOOK AT NUMEROUS AVENUES AND
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT WITH PERSPECTIVE RECRUITS. ONE OF
THE CHALLENGES WITH THE MODEL OR THE APPROACH THE MEMBER HAS
SUGGESTED IS INDEED BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY THESE INDIVIDUALS
WHO MAY HAVE STUDIED OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE. THE HEALTH SYSTEM HAS
NO MEANS OF KNOWING WHEN A STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE DONE THEIR
UNDERGRADUATE OR MEDICAL STUDIES IN ANOTHER JURISDICTIONS TO
IDENTIFY. SO CERTAINLY IF THE MEMBER HAS SUGGESTION IN TERMS
OF HOW TO SOLICIT THAT INFORMATION, INDEED, CERTAINLY
PUT, TELL MY COLLEAGUES, MEMBERS FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES, FEEL
FREE TO PASS THAT INFORMATION ON TO LOCAL RECRUITERS OR MY
OFFICE. The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.>>THANK YOU. THIS WAS STUDIED
WHO STUDIED MEDICINE AT DALHOUSIE, DID THEIR FAMILY
MEDICINE RESIDENCY OUTSIDE OF THE PROVINCE. WE WOULD HAVE
ACCESS TO ALL THE DALHOUSIE MEDICAL GRADUATES RECRUITMENT
OFFICERS COULD USE. I WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO DR. FERGUSON
RETIRED FROM HIS PRACTICE OF 38 YEARS. THE COMMUNITY AND I ARE
GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE. I WANTED TO IDENTIFY THE FACT THAT
AFTER 38 YEARS, NO ONE FROM THE HEALTH AUTHORITY OR NSHA
CONTACTED HIM TO DO AN EXIT INTERVIEW. SAY THANK YOU. OR
TO ASK HOW MANY OF HIS PATIENTS WOULD BE LEFT WITHOUT A FAMILY
DOCTOR? MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH FOR THE
PURPOSE OF PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT, DOES HE NOT THINK
THE NSHA SHOULD BE ASKING RETIRING DOCTORS HOW MANY
PATIENTS THEY HAVE, WHAT ARE THEIR DEMOGRAPHICS AND WHAT ARE
THEIR PATIENT NEEDS? The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH. HEALTH THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK
THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. INDEED, THE EXPECTATION IS THAT
THE HEALTH AUTHORITY WHEN THEY’RE ABLE, WHEN THEY’RE AWARE
OF PHYSICIANS RETIRING OR CLOSING UP THEIR PRACTICE,
CONDUCT EXIT INTERVIEWS. THE MEMBER BRINGS FORWARD AN EXAMPLE
OF A PARTICULAR PHYSICIAN WHERE APPARENTLY DIDN’T TAKE PLACE.
I’LL BE POLLING UP WITH THE HEALTH AUTHORITY TO CONFIRM THAT
SITUATION. AGAIN, IF MEMBERS OPPOSITE ARE AWARE OF SITUATIONS
IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHERE AN OFFER OF AN EXIT INTERVIEW. IT
IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE HEALTH
AUTHORITY CAN PUT OUT THE OFFER, THERE IS NO MEANS OR MECHANISM
TO FORCE THE PHYSICIAN, RETIRING PHYSICIAN OR HEALTH-CARE
PROVIDER TO APARTMENT. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE
HOSPITAL IS CLOSING THE ENDS OF THIS WEEK FOR REMEMBER VAGUESES.
STAFF FROM THE HOSPITAL ARE BEING SENT TO GLACE BAY. LOCAL
RESIDENTS ARE WORRIED THIS MIGHT BE THE FINAL TIME THE HOSPITAL
CLOSES ITS DOORS. DOCTORS AT THE GLACE BAY HOSPITAL ARE PAID
A PREMIUM OVER THOSE WHO SERVE IN THE WATERFORD. I CAN’T
IMAGINE THEY’LL WANT TO COME BACK MAKING $50 LESS AN HOUR.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER OF HEALTH TELL ME AND MY
CONSTITUENTS IS THIS FRIDAY THE LAST DAY THAT THE HOSPITAL WILL
BE OPEN TO SERVE PATIENTS. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. THE MEMBER WOULD KNOW
THAT WE’RE INVESTING HEAVILY IN THE AREA IN THE FUTURE OF THE
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HEALTH-CARE SERVICES, MR. SPEAKER. WE
REMAIN COMMITTED TO ENSURING WE PROVIDE HEALTH-CARE SERVICES IN
THAT COMMUNITY. AS FOR THE CURRENT FACILITY THAT’S IN NEW
WATERFORD, THERE’S NO PLANS TO CEASE SERVICES BEING PROVIDED AT
THAT FACILITY, MR. SPEAKER UNTIL AFTER WE HAVE A NEW CENTRE
AVAILABLE FOR THAT COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE CARE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MANY RENOVATIONS, MAJOR RENOVATIONS
AND UPGRADES TO THE PHYSICAL BUILDING AT THE HOSPITAL HAVE
BEEN GOING ON FOR TWO YEARS NOW. EVEN THOUGH THE LIBERALS
ANNOUNCED THE HOSPITAL WOULD BE CLOSING MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.
MR. SPEAKER, RUMOURS ARE GOING AROUND IN THE COMMUNITY THE
GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SELL THE HOSPITAL, MINERS PAID FOR TO A
PRIVATE NURSING HOME TO OPERATE FOR A DOLLAR. MR. SPEAKER, CAN
THE MINISTER CONFIRM UPGRADES ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN TO GET THE
PROPERTY READY TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A PRIVATE NURSING HOME?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CAN ASSURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
INVESTMENTS IN UPGRADES OR MAINTENANCE, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE
WATERFORD FACILITY MUCH LIKE OTHER FACILITIES ACROSS THE
PROVINCE ARE BEING DONE BECAUSE THEY’RE NECESSARY TO BE DONE TO
PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR PATIENTS AND THE HEALTH-CARE
PROVIDERS WORKING WITHIN THEM. THERE ARE NO PLANS, MR. SPEAKER,
DECISIONS MADE AS TO WHAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN WITH THESE
FACILITIES. OUR FOCUS, MR. SPEAKER, ON GETTING THE NEW
FACILITY BUILD FOR THAT COMMUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, TO
PROVIDE HEALTH-CARE, INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE NEXT 50
YEARS IN THAT COMMUNITY. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF
JUSTICE. CROWN ATTORNEYS IN THIS PROVINCE HAVE FULL PLATES.
AT TIMES FULL PLATES LEAVE THEM WITH LESS TIME THAN THEY WOULD
LIKE TO HAVE IN ORDER TO MEET WITH SURVIVORS. THIS HAS BECOME
A PROBLEM IN CASES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING WHERE SURVIVORS HAVE
BEEN BRAINWASHED, TORTURED, AND MANIPULATED TO A POINT WHERE
THEY REQUIRE PATIENTS AND COMPASSION. — PATIENCE AND
COMPASSION. EVEN THE MOST EMPATHETIC PERSON DOES NOT HAVE
THE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE THESE VICTIMS WITH THE TIME THEY
DESERVE AND NEED. MY QUESTION IS WHAT RESOURCES ARE MADE
AVAILABLE TO CROWN ATTORNEYS TO ENSURE HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
RECEIVE THE ATTENTION AND CARE THEY REQUIRE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF JUSTICE.
[APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
APPRECIATE THE QUESTION FROM MY COLLEAGUE. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS
A SERIOUS CONCERN IN THE PROVINCE. I HAVE HAD THE RECENT
OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE MEMBER AS WELL AS ADVOCATES OF
SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. WE HAVE RECENTLY EXPANDED THE
POLICE UNIT HERE IN THE PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER, AROUND
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE. WE’RE ENGAGING OUR
PUBLIC PROSECUTION AS WE SPEAK, MR. SPEAKER, ON OPPORTUNITIES
WITHIN THE GUNS AND GANGS FUNDING WE COMMITTED TO THIS
ISSUE, $4.7 MILLION. WE RECOGNIZE HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS
AN ORGANIZED CRIME MATTER. AS I SAID TO MY COLLEAGUE IN PAST
DISCUSSIONS, THIS IS A NON POLITICAL, ALL PARTY DISCUSSION
AND WE HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR
THAT ANSWER. I TOTALLY AGREE. IT’S A NON PARTISAN ISSUE. THE
WAY OUR SYSTEM IS STRUCTURED, HOWEVER, ONLY WAY FOR A HUMAN
TRAFFICKING CASE TO BE TRIED IS FOR THE VICTIM TO TAKE THE
STAND. LOOK AT THEIR ATTACKER RIGHT IN THE FACE AND TESTIFY.
THESE TRAFFICKERS, PIMPS AND JOHNS HAVE ABUSED THEIR VICTIMS.
THE VICTIMS HAVE TO FACE THEM WHO TORTURED THEM, BLACK MAILED
THEM, BRAINWASHED THEM AND THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY. THEY HAVE
DONE EVERYTHING TO THEM. DUE TO STAFFING SHORTAGES, AT VICTIM
SERVICES, VICTIMS OFTEN HAVE TO TAKE THE STAND WITH NO SUPPORT
WORKER BY THEIR SIDE. THEY STAND THERE ALL ON THEIR OWN.
WHAT STEPS HAS THE MINISTER TAKEN TO GUARANTEE THAT EVERY
VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS A VICTIM SERVICES WORKER WITH
THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR WHOLE TRIAL?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF JUSTICE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY COLLEAGUE RAISES A MOST
IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS,
PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF PREPARATION FOR COURTS AND
TRIAL. VULNERABLE WITNESSES WHO HAVE FACED THE CIRCUMSTANCES MY
COLLEAGUE IDENTIFIED NEED THAT SUPPORT. THE VICTIM SERVICES
PROGRAM IS ESTABLISHED THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE. IF
THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MY COLLEAGUE IS AWARE OF WHERE
VICTIM SERVICES AREN’T PROVIDING SUPPORT, I’M INTERESTED IN
HEARING THOSE CONCERNS. IT IS OUR OBJECTIVE. IN CREATING THE
HUMAN TRAFFICKING SECTION AND EXPANDING THAT UNIT, PART OF
THEIR MANDATE IS TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT
EVERY ELEMENT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS THERE TO
SUPPORT SURVIVORS. WE’LL WORK TOWARDS THAT OBJECTIVE.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST.
>>MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION. OUR
EDUCATION SYSTEM, WE TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT PUBERTY IN GRADE
FOUR. SEX EDUCATION IN GRADE FIVE. WE TEACH ABOUT SAFE SEX
AND ISSUES TO WATCH OUT FOR. BUT WE DON’T TEACH ABOUT THE
DANGERS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. AND WHAT MANIPULATION FROM
SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO LOVE YOU LOOKS LIKE. MR. SPEAKER, IN
NOVA SCOTIA SITS TOP OF THE LIST OF NUMBER OF REPORTED HUMAN
TRAFFICKING INSTANCES. WE DON’T TEACH ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN
OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. MY QUESTION IS THIS. WHAT WORK HAS BEEN
DONE TO INCLUDE HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OUR PROVINCIAL
CURRICULUM. THANK YOU. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. SERIOUS QUESTION AND MEMBERS OF OUR CAUCUS HAVE
BROUGHT CONCERNS RELATED TO THIS TO OUR ATTENTION, AS WELL. WE
CAN LOOK INTO OPTIONS IN OUR CURRICULUM PROCESS. THAT
PROCESS IS DRIVEN BY OUR TEACHERS. WE ALLOW THEM TO TAKE
THE LEAD WHEN IT COMES TO CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT AND
DEVELOPMENT. WE CAN ASSURE THAT THE CONVERSATION THAT THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE IS ADVANCING HERE CAN BE ADVANCED THROUGH THAT
PROCESS, AS WELL. The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE
R.C.M.P. HAS REPORTED CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 12 YEARS OLD ARE
WORKING IN THE SEX TRADE INDUSTRY IN HALIFAX. WE HEARD
FROM PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE MANIPULATED AND TAKEN OUT OF
THE PROVINCE AT 14 YEARS OLD TO WORK IN THE SEX TRADE. THIS
ISN’T A PROBLEM IN SOME FAR AWAY LAND. THIS ISN’T A PROBLEM OF
THE PAST OR THE FUTURE. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT IS HAPPENING
RIGHT HERE AND NOW IN NOVA SCOTIA. IT’S A VERY REAL. IT’S
VERY TERRIFYING. MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN OUR CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT
TO BE EQUIPPED WITH THE EDUCATION, PROPERLY PROTECT
THEMSELVES FROM THOSE WORKING TO MANIPULATE AND EXPLOIT THEM,
WILL THE MINISTER WORK WITH THE ADVOCATES TO CREATE HUMAN
TRAFFICKING CURRICULUM? THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WORK IS ONGOING WITH
THE R.C.M.P., AS WELL. THEY HAVE A HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNITS
THAT GOES INTO COMMUNITIES, HELPS INFORM COMMUNITIES ABOUT
THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR. WE CAN
ALWAYS LOOK AT ENHANCING THOSE PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE THE
EDUCATION THAT WE’RE GIVING OUR STUDENTS, PARTICULARLY ON
SOMETHING AS SCARY AS CONSEQUENTIAL AND PROBLEMATIC AS
THIS ISSUE. [APPLAUSE]
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SYDNEY RIVER.
[APPLAUSE] AS I
>>MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. I’M A REGISTERED
NURSE EXPERIENCING IN PSYCHIATRY NURSING AND ADDICTION SERVICES.
FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH YOUTH IN NEED OF ACUTE
PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES. MY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ONLY
ENABLES ME TO GO SO FAR. NO ACCESS TO INPATIENT MENTAL
HEALTH FOR CHILDREN IN CAPE BRETON, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE
LEFT TO HELP THE YOUTH WITHOUT THE RESOURCES. ACUTE CASES NEED
TO BE BROUGHT WITHOUT THE CERTAINTY OF BEING ADMITTED.
BEING SENT BACK TO CAPE BRETON. FINANCIAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL. SINCE
PARENTS ARE FORCED TO COVER GAS, HOTELS, MEALS AND MORE. CAN THE
MINISTER LET THE PEOPLE KNOW WHEN THEY WILL HAVE A
PSYCHIATRIST IN THEIR COMMUNITY FOR YOUTH?
The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR RAISING
THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION. IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY THOSE IN
NEED OF THESE SERVICES.
CERTAINLY PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE CAPE
BRETON REGION, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE BEEN A PRIORITY SINCE COMING
INTO THIS OFFICE, MR. SPEAKER, AS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
WELLENING. WE HAD RECOMMENDATIONS — WELLNESS.
SENATOR DR. STAN KUCHAR. BASED ON SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THAT
COMMUNITIES. WE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
TO HELP. The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE.
TIME ALLOTTED FOR ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS TO MINISTERS HAS
EXPIRED. WE’LL MOVE ON TO OPPOSITION BUSINESS. HONOURABLE
HOUSE LEADER FOR THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I CALL BILLS FOR SECOND READING.
The Speaker: BILLS FOR SECOND READING.
>>BILL NUMBER 143, EMERGENCY AID AT SCHOOL ACT. HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR ARGYLE-BARRINGTON.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’M GLAD TO
STAND AND HONOURED TO SPEAK TO MY FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN
THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY. [APPLAUSE]>>ACT 143 EMERGENCY AID SCHOOL
ACT INTRODUCED EARLIER BY MY FRIEND, MEMBER FROM QUEEN’S
SHELBOURNE. I CANNOT THANK THE MEMBER ENOUGH FOR THE HARD WORK,
SUPPORT. AS A FIRST RESPONDER, I APPRECIATE THE PUBLIC USE OF
THESE INTERVENTIONS LISTED IN THE BILL. AND YOU MATED
DEFIBRILLATOR — AUTOMATED DEFIBRILLATORS AND EPINEPHRINE,
NAXOLONE. AN ALLERGIC REACTION AND DECREASED BREATHING,
SECONDARY TO OPIOID OVERDOSES. ALL OF THESE EMERGENCIES ARE
TIME SENSITIVE EMERGENCIES WHERE SECONDS COUNT. AND BYSTANDERS
ARE ABLE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE OUTCOME OF THE
PATIENT. I BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS A GREAT START TO IMPROVE
PUBLIC ACCESS TO INTERVENTIONS FOR NOVA SCOTIANS. OUR SCHOOLS
ARE A GREAT LOCATION TO START OFF WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
IMPLEMENTATION INITIATIVE. THEY ARE HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS IN
COMMUNITY HUBS WHERE THERE’S CONCERTS, SPORTING EVENTS,
COMMUNITY MEETINGS IN THE EVENING, FOR EXAMPLE. BEFORE I
BEGIN TALKING, I’LL EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEART
ATTACK AND CARDIAC ARREST. THESE TWO TERMS ARE
INTERCHANGEABLY USED BUT BOTH REQUIRE DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONS.
IT IS A BIT OF A PET PEEVE OF MINE WHEN THEY’RE USED
INTERCHANGEABLY IN THE MEDIA. A HEART ATTACK IS A BLOOD SUPPLY
PROBLEM WHERE THERE’S DECREASED BLOOD FLOW INTO YOUR HEART DUE
TO THE OBSTRUCTION OR PARTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF A CORONARY ARTERY
LEADING TO DAMAGE OR TISSUE, HEART MUSCLE DEATH IN YOUR
HEART. ONE MAY GET CHEST PAIN, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, NAUSEA,
VOMITING, NECK, SHOULDER, JAW, ARM PAIN. IF NOT TREATED, IT
MAY LEAD TO A CARDIAC ARREST. A CARDIAC ARREST IS AN ELECTRICAL
PROBLEM WITH YOUR HEART RESULTING IN YOUR HEART FAILING
TO PUMP EFFECTIVELY. YOUR HEART STOPS BEATING. AND YOU GO
UNCONSCIOUS. YOU DIE.
DEFIBRILLATORS ARE USED FOR CARDIAC ARREST THAT DETECT
ABNORMAL ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY OF THE HEART. TWO SHOCKABLE
RHYTHMS, NAT LINE IS SHOCKABLE
RHYTHM. A SHOCK IS DELIVERED. IF NO SHOCKABLE RHYTHM IS
DETECTED, NO SHOCK WILL BE ADVISED. AEDs ARE SAFE, MR.
SPEAKER, EASY TO USE AS RESCUERS TRAINED OR NOT. MORE PLACES ARE
INSTALLING THEM. I BELIEVE THERE ARE 970 REGISTERED AEDs
WITH THE REGISTRY. UP TO 40,000
CARDIAC ARRESTS OCCUR EACH YEAR IN CANADA, MR. SPEAKER. THINK
ABOUT IT. THAT’S ONE CARDIAC ARREST EVERY 12 MINUTES. OCCUR
SUDDENLY WITHOUT SIGN OR SYMPTOMS. THE HEART AND STROKE
FOUNDATION USES THE CHAIN OF SURVIVAL TO EXPLAIN AN APPROACH
TO CARDIAC ARREST SURVIVAL. WE AS LAY PEOPLE PLAY A VERY
IMPORTANT ROLE. SIX LINKS AND BYSTANDERS, LAY RESCUERS ARE
INVOLVED IN THE FIRST FOUR. EARLY RECOGNITION OF A CARDIAC
ARREST, EARLY ACCESS TO 9-1-1, THEREFORE CALLING 9-1-1. EARLY
CPR AND EARLY DEFIBRILLATION. A CHAIN IS ONLY STRONG AS ITS
WEAKEST LINK. A WEAK LINK OR A MISSING LINK, MR. SPEAKER, WILL
NEGATIVELY IMPACT PATIENT OUTCOME. THEREFORE IT IS
IMPORTANT TO HAVE A POSITIVE EMPHASIS ON WHAT CAN BE DONE
BEFORE PARAMEDICS ARRIVE. FOR EACH MINUTE AN AED IS IN THE
USED, THE SURVIVAL RATE DECREASES ALMOST 10%. THEREFORE
AFTER 12 MINUTES OF NO DEFIBRILLATION, SURVIVAL OF
CARDIAC ARREST IS LESS THAN 5%. AS IMPORTANT THAT ARE AEDs, SO
IS CPR. BOTH GO HANDS IN HAND. AND TRAINING FOR BOTH ARE
OFFERED TOGETHER. I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES
TRAINING FOR ALL THREE INTERVENTIONS FOR SCHOOL
PERSONNEL, PROFICIENCY IS IMPORTANT. WE MUST PROMOTE NOT
ONLY AED ACCESS BUT CPR TRAINING, AND THIS IS SOMETHING
TO CONSIDER ADDING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM AS RECOMMENDED
BY THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION. CARDIAC ARREST
SURVIVAL IS 5 TO 10%. BUT THERE’S SOME AREAS, IN SOME
JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE SEEN UP TO 20% SURVIVAL RATES AND THAT’S
BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD AN INCREASE ACCESS TO PUBLIC ACCESS
AEDs. IN MY FIRST FEW DAYS HERE IN THIS HOUSE, I WAS HAPPY
TO LEARN THAT PROVINCE HOUSE HAS HAS 2A EDS AND ONE. THE CORE
GOAL OF THE REGISTRY, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO LINK ALL
AEDs AND RESPONDERS TO CARDIAC ARREST PATIENTS. THEREFORE
IMPROVING SURVIVAL RATES. I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO PROMOTE
THE AED REGISTRY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. IT’S A BENEFIT FOR
ALL NOVA SCOTIANS. NOW TO ANAPHYLAXIS. A SEVERE ALLERGIC
REACTION IS ANOTHER LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY THAT
MAY LEAD TO DEATH IF UNTREATED. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS INCLUDE
SHORTNESS OF BREATH, VOMITING, SLOWING OF YOUR AIRWAY, LOW
BLOOD PRESSURE AND AGAIN IT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE TREATMENT
THAT INCLUDES EPINEPHRINE ADMINISTRATION. ANAPHYLAXIS
DOES NOT OCCUR ON A PERSON’S FIRST EXPOSURE TO A PATHOGEN,
FOOD, INSECTS, LATEX, FOR EXAMPLE. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE
FOOD RESTRICTIONS IN SOME SCHOOLS, IT’S IMPORTANT TO
REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE
PROHIBITED ITEMS ARE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL. IT IS CRUCIAL TO HAVE
IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO EPP NEVADA EPI PENS. TO HAVE STAFF
APPROPRIATELY TRAINED IN SAFE ADMINISTRATION OF AN EPI PEN.
NAXOLONE, WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE INSTANCE OF OPIOID
OVERDOSES ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA IN CANADA. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE
54, THERE WERE OPIOID DEATHS IN NOVA SCOTIA. OPIOIDS ARE
PRESCRIBED AS PAINKILLERS SUCH AS MORPHINE, FENTANYL, CODEINE.
STREET DRUGS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE BECOMING LACED WITH SUCH OPIOID
SUCH AS FENTANYL. AND THESE DRUGS ARE GETTING INTO THE HANDS
OF YOUTH, UNKNOWN DOSAGES AND LEADING TO OVERDOSES. OPIOID
WILL CAUSE RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION. YOU’LL STOP
BREATHING AND LEAD TO CARDIAC ARREST IF NOT TREATED.
THEREAFTER NAXOLONE BLOCKS THE EFFECTS OF OPIOIDS TEMPORARILY.
I BELIEVE INCREASED ACCESS TO NAXOLONE IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT
DIRECTION FOR OUR PROVINCE AS IT CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE
OPIOID OVERDOSES. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE EDUCATION PIECES, MR.
SPEAKER, ENFORCEMENT ON DRUGS USE, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD TAKE AN
EXTRA STEP TO PROVIDE QUICK ACCESS TO NAXOLONE FOR OUR YOUTH
WHILE AT SCHOOL. OUR CAUCUSES DID NOT HAVE TO SEARCH FAR FOR
AN INITIATIVE TO SUPPORTS THIS BILL. ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO A
CARDIAC ARREST SURVIVAL STORY. AROUND THIS TIME IN 2017,
FOLLOWING THE QUICK ACTION OF MEMBERS OF OUR CAUCUS, THEY WERE
ABLE TO RESUSCITATE OUR FRIEND, A MEMBER FOR VICTORIA OF THE
LAKES WHO EXPERIENCED AN APPARENT SUDDENNING CARDIAC
ARREST. THIS IS INSTANCES LIKE THIS THAT REMIND US CARDIAC
ARREST CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE AT ANY TIME. I’M THANKFUL FOR MY
CAUCUS COLLEAGUES JUMPING INTO ACTION AND USING THEIR TRAINING
AND HAPPIER THAT THE MEMBER FOR VICTORIA OF THE LAKES HAS MADE A
FULL RECOVERY AND HERE SAD ADVOCATING FOR THIS BILL, THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER. The Speaker: ORDER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. I’M
PLEASE TO RISE TO ADDRESS BILL 143 PRESENTED BY THE MEMBER FROM
QUEEN’S SHE SHELBURNE TO AMEND
THE EDUCATION ACT. IT WAS INTERESTING TO HEAR THE
PRIVILEGE OF A PERSPECTIVE –
PERSPECTIVE OF A FIRST RESPONDER. I AM NOT A FIRST
RESPONDER, BUT A FIRST-AIDER FROM WHEN I WAS A BROWNIE IN MY
EARLY YEARS, GUIDING MOVEMENT AND INTO ADULTHOOD. I HAVE
ALWAYS TAKEN FIRST-AID AND CPR. AND I RECOMMEND IT FOR EVERYBODY. THIS BILL ADDRESSES
THE NEED FOR, – I LIKE THE WORDING THE MEMBER FROM
ARGYLE-BARRINGTON USED, TIME SENSITIVE EMERGENCIES, BECAUSE
WE COME ACROSS EMERGENCIES ALL THE TIME IN SCHOOLS. AND THIS
SPECIFIC BILL SPEAKS TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL
DEFIBRILLATORS, EPINEPHRINE AND NAXOLONE. SO THE JUNIOR HIGHS,
THEY RECOMMEND AND SENIOR HIGHS FOR THE NAXOLONE. I CHALLENGE
THAT BECAUSE I DON’T THINK ANYONE IN OUR SOCIETY IS IMMUNE
TO THE EFFECTS OF OPIOIDS. IT CROSSES ALL DEMOGRAPHICS. ALL
AGE GROUPS. ALL FAMILIES. NOBODY. NOBODY IS EXEMPT FROM
THE USE OF OPIOIDS AND SO I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THAT BE IN
ALL SCHOOLS IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE FEEL SHOULD BE PARTS OF
THE TIME SENSITIVE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT IN SCHOOLS. THIS
GOVERNMENT REALLY TAKES HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND
STAFF AND OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY ALREADY
ARE LOOKING INTO PUTTING, INSTALLING AUTOMATED EXTERNAL
DEFIBRILLATORS IN THE SCHOOLS. THEY’RE BASICALLY LOOKING AT THE
LOGISTICS AND I THINK WE’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT. WE
KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. ANY OF YOU WHO ARE HANGING AROUND
HERE ON FRIDAY LIKE MYSELF, I GOT TRAINED IN THE USE OF AN
AED. I WAS IN THE HALL. PETER GRABBED A HOLD OF ME. HE WAS
DOING SAFETY TRAINING WITH THE STAFF HERE IN THE LEGISLATURE.
THE PAGES, THE COMMISSION ERS AND
CLERK. I DID CHEST COMPRESSIONS. DIFFERENT THINGS.
ANYWAY, IT WASN’T NEW TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE TAKEN CPR AND
FIRST-AID. IT WILL SHOW YOU THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THESE. DO
YOU KNOW WHERE OUR AED IS IN THIS BUILDING, THIS FLOOR? IT’S
BEHIND ME IN THE CLOSET. YOU’LL IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE THAT
TRAINING. I’M NOT – I’M NOT SURE ABOUT JUST HAVING
PRINCIPALS, VICE PRINCIPALS AND SELECTED STAFF TRAINED FOR THIS.
I THINK, IN MOST SCHOOLS YOU HAVE DESIGNATED FIRST-AIDERS AND
THEY ARE POINTED OUT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR AND WHEN THERE IS AN
EMERGENCY IN SCHOOL, IT’S ANNOUNCED, FIRST-AIDER IS
REQUIRED IN THE OFFICE. THE GYM. OUT IN THE PLAYGROUND,
WHATEVER, IMMEDIATELY. SO I’M NOT QUITE SURE OF BEING THE
PRINCIPAL OR VICE PRINCIPAL IS THAT IMPORTANT. THE IMPORTANT
THING IS TO HAVE PEOPLE TRAINED. EVERYONE CAN BE TRAINED. WERE
SHOULD BE TRAINED IN THESE TIME SENSITIVE EMERGENCIES. AND I
KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE HAD NAXOLONE TRAINING BECAUSE MY
CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANCE AND I GOT INVOLVED IN THE FREE KITS
WITH NAXOLONE. WE WERE WORKING TO HAVE WORK WITH OUR HEALTH
FOUNDATION. THEY WERE PROVIDING FREE KITS. MONEY FOR FREE KITS.
AND WE DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO GET INVOLVED WITH THAT TO MOVE
THE PROCESS ON. AND THE PROVINCE CAME OUT WITH THE
PROGRAM FOR THE FREE KITS. SO WE, THAT MONEY THAT WAS
ALLOCATED. IT WAS $10,000 OUR SOUTH SHORE FOUNDATION OFFERED
THROUGH THE WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE. WE DECIDED TO USE THAT
FOR COMMUNICATION. SO MY STAFFER AND I TOOK THE NAXOLONE
TRAINING WITH OUR LOCAL PHARMACIST. TAUGHT US HOW TO
ADMINISTER IT IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. I HAVE A KIT IN MY
HOME. I HAVE ONE IN MY OFFICE. AND ANY OF YOU CAN DO THAT.
THERE’S NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
ANYONE CAN GET A KIT. ALL SCHOOLS CAN BE PROVIDED WITH
FREE KITS THROUGH LOCAL PHARMACIES. THAT’S BEING DONE.
I ENCOURAGE YOU THERE TO, IT’S EASY TRAINING. THE USE OF EPI
PENS. MOST STUDENTS WHO HAVE SEVERE ALLERGIES ALREADY CARRY
ONE. A CONCERN I HAVE WHICH CAN BE LOOKED AFTER VERY EASILY IS
THAT THEY ARE TIME SENSITIVE THEMSELVES. THEY EXPIRE. YOU
REALLY HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOUR KITS ARE UP-TO-DATE. A LOT OF
PEOPLE DON’T CARRY THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE VERY EXPENSIVE. TO BE
PURCHASING THEM IF THEY DON’T COME OR YOUR HEALTH PLAN, THEY
DON’T GET THEM. SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO HAVE IT IN A FIRST-AID
KIT IN SCHOOL. ALTHOUGH I SAY IT’S COSTLY. WHAT WE HAVE DONE
IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOL, OUR LOCAL PHARMACY SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR
COMES UP, A STAFFER. CHECKS OUR FIRST-AID KITS TO MAKE SURE THEY
ARE PROPERLY EQUIPPED, THAT EVERYTHING IS UP-TO-DATE. ALL,
ANYTHING THAT’S DATED IS REPLACED. AND THEY WILL COME UP
A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OUR FIRST-AID
KITS ARE IN PLACE. AND I THINK THAT’S A GOOD PRACTICE. I’M NOT
SURE IF ALL SCHOOLS DO THAT. I KNOW MY LOCAL SCHOOL DOES IT
BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD A GOOD PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR LOCAL
PHARMACY. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THAT FOR ALL OF YOU TO ONCE
AGAIN SEE WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS. HOW ARE
THEY REACTING TO THESE TIME SENSITIVE EMERGENCIES. HOW
EQUIPPED ARE THEY NOW? HOW MUCH MORE DO THEY NEED TO BE
EQUIPPED? I THINK THAT ALL OF US KNOW THAT ALSO EMERGENCIES AT
SCHOOLS DON’T ALWAYS TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 8:00 IN THE MORNING AND
2:30 OR IF IT’S 9:00 TO 3:00. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF EMERGENCIES
HAPPEN OUT ON THE PLAYGROUND AFTER SCHOOL. FAMILIES USE THE
PLAYGROUND ALL THE TIME. KIDS USE THE PAVEMENT TO LEARN HOW TO
RIDE BIKES AND SKATEBOARDS. I KNOW WE HAVE LOTS OF
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN OUR SCHOOLS. SOCCER GAMES GOING
ON ON THE SOCCER FIELD, COULD BE BASKETBALL GAMES. BUT YOU HAVE
TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE A SCHOOL, YOU HAVE THE WHOLE
COMMUNITY USING THE SCHOOL. SO IT’S NOT JUST EMERGENCIES FOR A
CHILD YOU MAY BE ADDRESSING OR A STUDENT. IT MAY BE A GUARDIAN
WHO COMES TO PICK UP A CHILD. A GRANDPARENT COMES TO PICK UP A
CHILD AND HAVE A HEART ATTACK. YOU MAY NEED TO USE AN AED AT
THAT MOMENT. THERE’S LOTS OF VIDEOS OUT THERE. I POSTED ONE
ON MY FACEBOOK ON FRIDAY. THERE’S A GREAT APP THAT NOVA
SCOTIA PROVIDES ON THE EMERGENCY SERVICES THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD
ON YOUR PHONE FOR QUICK REFERRAL FOR USING AEDs. SO I
RECOMMEND YOU ALL DOWNLOAD THAT APP. AND I DID THE OTHER NIGHT.
SO I TOOK A LOOK AT IT. WE HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL. NOT
ALWAYS WOULD A PRINCIPAL, VICE PRINCIPAL OR THAT DESIGNATED
STAFFER BE AVAILABLE IN THE BUILDING. THAT’S ONE OF THE
GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE AED IS THAT IT HAS INSTRUCTIONS. IT
WILL TALK TO YOU. IF YOU’RE SPEAKING TO 9-1-1, THEY ARE
DIRECTING YOU AT THE SAME TIME. SO NEVER HANG UP. BEFORE YOU
USE THE AED, YOU NEED TO BE ON 9-1-1. YOU NEED TO BE DIRECTING
PEOPLE WHAT THEIR DUTIES ARE AROUND THE SCENE. AND ALSO YOU
NEED TO MAKE SURE THE AREA IS CLEAR AND SAFE BEFORE YOU USE
IT. AND I THINK THAT FOR MOST OF US, YOU FIND THE INSTRUCTIONS
ARE VERY EASY. YOU CAN, SOMEONE CAN BE READING THE INSTRUCTIONS.
AND LETTING THE PERSON WHO IS ADMINISTERING THE AED DO THE
WORK. IT’S VERY SIMPLE. AND ANYONE CAN USE IT. BUT I
RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE BEFOREHAND GET THEMSELVES TRAINED
SOMEWHERE. I KNOW OUR LOCAL LEGION HELD PUBLIC, A COUPLE OF
PUBLIC DAYS WHERE THEY TRAINED PEOPLE IN AED AND I WOULD JUST
LIKE TO REAFFIRM OUR DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS REALLY, REALLY
FOCUSED ON SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE AND IN THE SCHOOL
ENVIRONMENT, AND THEY’RE LOOKING INTO ALL THESE.
The Clerk: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: RECOGNIZE THE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH SOUTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.
SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO RISE AND SPEAK TO BILL 143, EMERGENCY AID
AT SCHOOL. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUES. THE
N.D.P. CAUCUS SUPPORTS THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL. AND ALL
DECISIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS ARE SAFE.
AND I THINK WE OF COURSE ALL AGREE ON THAT IN THE
LEGISLATURE. THE POINT OF LEGISLATION AROUND THAT IS TO
ENSURE THAT THAT’S IN FACT PROVIDED FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT.
IN TERMS OF AEDs, I WAS INTERESTED TO LEARN THE COMMENTS
OF MY NEW COLLEAGUE ON AEDs, THE TIME SENSITIVE NATURE OF THE
USE OF THOSE DEVICES. WE INTRODUCED A BILL JUST LAST
SESSION AROUND IMPROVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO AEDs, SO THE
REGISTRY WAS MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES. WE THINK THAT REGISTRY
SHOULD BE MANDATORY, NOT OPTIONAL BECAUSE IT’S FINE IF
YOU HAVE AN AED IN THE BUILDING. WHAT IF NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT
IS. AND PART OF THAT WAS INSPIRED BY THE EVENTS THAT
HAPPENED WITH OUR COLLEAGUE IN THE PC CAUCUS. IT WAS GREAT
THAT THERE WERE PEOPLE THERE WITH KNOW-HOW. THEY KNOW WHERE
THE NECESSARY EXPERTISE WAS. BUT NOT EVERYONE ALWAYS DOES.
SO WE ALSO STRONGLY SUPPORT THAT THOSE MACHINES SHOULD BE IN ALL
PUBLIC BUILDINGS. AND THAT NOT ONLY SHOULD INDIVIDUALS REGISTER
THEM, BUT THAT REGISTRY SHOULD BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE AND SHOULD BE
SUPPLIED REGULARLY TO EHS SO THAT ALL FIRST RESPONDERS ALSO
KNOW WHERE THOSE MACHINES ARE. SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT’S CLEAR
THAT THOSE ARE NECESSARY BUT AGAIN THAT’S NOT AN ISSUE OF
COMMUNITY BANDING TOGETHER. THAT’S AN ISSUE OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAYBE IN COLLABORATION WITH HEALTH AND
WELLNESS ENSURING THOSE MACHINES ARE PUT INTO THOSE BUILDINGS. I
THINK THAT’S WHAT THIS BILL IS CALLING FOR. IN TERMS OF
NAXOLONE KITS WHICH WE KNOW CAN REVERSE OPIOID OVERDOSES AS WE
HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING. OBVIOUSLY THOSE ARE ANOTHER IMPORTANT
FIRST-AID TOOL LIKE THE MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG WEST, WE HAVE
TAKEN THAT TRAINING IN MY OFFICE. I THINK IT SHOULD BE
MANDATORY FOR ALL MLA OFFICES OFFICES UNDER THE RULES OF THIS
HOUSE TO TAKE THAT KIND OF TRAINING. WE ALL SEE VULNERABLE
PEOPLE IN OUR OFFICES WHO ARE SUFFERING MYRIAD CHALLENGES.
THAT’S WHY THEY COME TO SEE US. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. BUT
CERTAINLY IN SCHOOLS WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ALTHOUGH WE IN
NOVA SCOTIA HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED THE EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID USE WE
HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE PROVINCE, IT’S COMING. PUBLIC HEALTH
TELLS US IT’S COMING. AS WITH MANY ISSUES, WE TEND TO FOLLOW
RATHER THAN LEAD, BUT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PREPARED.
I THINK THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR PROVINCE CAN BE
PREPARED. NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE WITH OPIOID
USE DISORDER OVERDOSING ON GROUNDS. YET WE KNOW IT’S MORE
LIKELY THAN NOT THAT MAY HAPPEN. IF IT DOES, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT
THE TEACHERS AND/ORS AT THOSE SCHOOLS ARE — THAT TEACHERS ARE
PREPARED IN THAT EVENT. 54 CONFIRMED OPIOID TOXICITY DEATHS
IN 2018. AS OF SEPTEMBER 1st, 28 CONFIRMED AND NINE PROBABLE
OPIOID TOXICITY DEATHS IN 2019. SINCE JANUARY 2016, MORE THAN
10,000 NAXOLONE KITS HAVE BEEN DISPENSED TO NOVA SCOTIANS AND
THERE HAVE BEEN 135 REPEATED REVERSALS. MR. SPEAKER, IN ALL
LIKELIHOOD THAT’S 135 LIVES THAT WERE SAVED. PEOPLE, 135 PEOPLE
WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY WHO OTHERWISE WOULDN’T BE ALIVE.
SHEES ATHESE KITS ARE WIDELY AVAILABLE — THESE KITS ARE
WIDELY AVAILABLE. BE A POLICY CHANGE TO ENSURE THEY’RE IN ALL SCHOOLS. AS FOR ALLERGIES, EPI
PENS, THIS IS A HUGE ISSUE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THERE ARE
LOTS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE AND INCREASING NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO
HAVE ANAPHYLACTIC ALLERGIES TO PEANUTS, BEE STINGS, ALLERGIES
OF THAT NATURE. SOMEONE POINTED OUT, MANY OF THESE CHILDREN DO
WEAR AN EPI PEN ON THEIR BODY IF THEY KNOW THEY HAVE THAT
LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGY, IF THEY CAN AFFORD IT. IF THERE’S
NOT A SHORTAGE WHICH HAPPENED RECENTLY IN NOVA SCOTIA.
PARTICULARLY GIVEN THAT WE HAVE ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN LIVING IN
NOVA SCOTIA IN POVERTY. THIS IS A LIFESAVING ISSUE. SO I
SUSPECT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IN FACT THESE EPI PENS ARE IN THE
SCHOOLS. I SUSPECT, MR. SPEAKER, THE TEACHERS ARE PAYING
FOR THEM. SO THE QUESTION IS WHO IS – THESE NEED TO BE
PROVIDED AND PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND ENSURE. IN MY
CHILDREN’S SCHOOL, MR. SPEAKER, THERE’S A PICTURE BOARD WITH
EVERY CIELD WITH AN ANAPHYLACTIC ALLERGY IF ANY OF THOSE CHILDREN
PRESENT WITH AN ISSUE, IMMEDIATELY THE OFFICE KICKS
INTO HIGH GEAR. SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY PAYING ATTENTION TO
THESE ALLERGIES. THEY’RE FINELY TUNED TO RESPOND TO THEM. MY
DAUGHTER WAS STUNG BY A WASP ON THE PLAYGROUND. I FOR GOT A
PHONE CALL WITHIN A MINUTES-AND-A-HALF SAYING IS SHE
ALLERGIC. IF SHE WERE AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT, THAT COULD
HAVE BEEN LIFE OR DEATH. SO I THINK ALL THESE THINGS, MR.
SPEAKER, ARE TOTALLY REASONABLE ASKS. I THINK WHAT I SEE IN
THIS BILL IS ASKING THAT THE PRESENCE OF THESE THINGS BE
CODIFIED AND WHERE NECESSARY, PAID FOR AND PROVIDED BY THE
RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS, MR. DEPARTMENTS. I THINK WE OFTEN
HEAR WHEN WE PRESENT THE KIND OF LOTION OR THIS LEGISLATION,
PLATITUDES FROM – THE GOVERNMENT SAYING OF COURSE WE
BELIEVE IN THIS. WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT. WE ALL THINK IT’S
IMPORTANT. SAFETY IN SCHOOLS IS IMPORTANT. IF IT’S HAPPENING,
THAT’S FANTASTIC. BUT I THINK WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IS WHERE IS
IT HAPPENING? WHERE IS IT MANDATED? WHO IS IT BEING PAID
FOR BY? ARE WE SURE THAT IT’S THE REGIONAL CENTRES AND THE
GOVERNMENT? OR THE RELEVANT MINISTRY THAT’S PAYING FOR THESE
SUPPLIES AND NOT THE TEACHERS? AND NOT THE ADMINISTRATORS? I
THINK THAT’S THE SPIRIT OF THIS BILL. WE SUPPORT THE SPIRIT OF
THAT BILL. AS I MENTIONED WE INTRODUCED OUR OWN RELATED TO
AED. WE SUPPORT THE USE OF NAXOLONE. OBVIOUSLY EPI PENS
ARE IMPORTANT. THEY’RE THE MOST EXPENSIVE. AEDs ARE
EXPENSIVE. BUT THEY HAVE A BROAD REACHING IMPACT. BUT EPI
PENS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. SO I LOOK FORWARD, I HOPE AT SOME
POINT TO THE GOVERNMENT TALKING ABOUT THE PRACTICAL WAYS IN
WHICH THESE THINGS ARE OR WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED. BECAUSE I
BELIEVE THAT WE ALL BELIEVE STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS SHOULD BE
SAFE. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR DETAILS. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] The Speaker: RECOGNIZE THE
MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES ME
PLEASURE TO SPEAK ABOUT BILL 143 TODAY. ADJACENT AID IN SCHOOLS.
CAUCUS MEMBERS KNOW IT AS THE BRODY BILL. THIS BILL COVERS A
FEW THINGS. I’LL SPEAK ABOUT A FEW STORIES THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO
THIS BILL. THAT WOULD SUPPORT IT. ONE OF THE POINTS THAT MY
COLLEAGUE OPPOSITE MADE IS WE DO KNOW WHAT GOES ON IN OUR OWN
SCHOOLS AND OUR AREAS. BUT DO WE KNOW WHAT HE GOES ON IN THE
OPPOSITE SCHOOLS BESIDE US? WHAT A BETTER POINT AND BETTER
WAY TO MAKE THIS POLICY THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE. MANY
OF US STOOD IN THIS HOUSE BEFORE AND TALKED ABOUT MAKING NON
PARTISAN ISSUES. WHAT A BETTER BILL TO PROVE IT. ONE OF THOSE
STORIES I’M GOING TO SHARE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS OF BRODY.
OCTOBER 6th, 2010, BRODY WAS BORN INTO THIS WORLD TO BROTHER
KEEGAN AND PARENTS JENNIFER AND STEVEN. YOU SEE, BRODY WAS BORN
WHEN WHAT HE CALLS A SICK HEART. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER BIRTH,
THE IWK, BRODY HAD HIS FIRST OPEN HEART SURGERY. AT 9 YEARS
OLD TODAY, BRODY HAS HAD SEVERAL OPEN HEART SURGERIES. AND NOW
RELIES SOLELY ON A PACEMAKER TO KEEP HIS HEART GOING. TO SAY
HIS LIFE HAS BEEN AFFECTED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT IN HIS SHORT
CHALLENGED LIFE. MANY ADULTS HAVE NEVER SEEN THE CHALLENGES
THIS 9-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS HAD. BRODY HEADS IT ON DAY AFTER DAY
WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE. SAME WAY HE MARCHED IN HERE AND SAT
IN OUR GALLERY LAST SPRING, THIS LEGISLATURE. WHEN THE BILL WAS
PRESENTED, BY THE GOOD MEMBER OF QUEEN’S SHELBURNE. IF ANYBODY
TOOK THE TIME TO LOOK IN THE GALLERY, THE PREMIER AND MYSELF
WERE SITTING WITH BRODY. THE PREMIER SAID TO BRODY, DO YOU
MIND IF WE SIT HERE WHILE THEY READ THIS BILL FOR YOU? BRODY
WAS SO PROUD. THE PREMIER OF NOVA SCOTIA WAS SITTING WITH HIM
WHILE A BILL WAS BEING READ. FOLLOWING THAT DAY’S DAILY
ROUTINE, THE PREMIER INVITED BRODY TO HIS OFFICE. BEING ONE
OF MY CONSTITUENTS, BRODY CALLS ME UP THAT FOLLOWING WEEK. HE
WAS SO EXCITED THAT THE PREMIER EXTENDED A WORD THAT HE WAS
ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS BILL AND WOULD HAVE A GOOD LOOK AT IT AS
BRODY STATED. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN BRODY TURNED FIVE, HE ENTERED
INTO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. HIS FAMILY NEEDED NEED ASSURANCE
AN AED WOULD BE ON SITE. TRAINING CONDUCTED FOR THE
TEACHERS. BRODY IS A HAPPY GO LUCKY KID AND WANTS TO BE AROUND
HIS FRIENDS AND TAKE PART IN WHATEVER ACTIVITY HE CAN. THE
TEACHERS AND STAFF AT THE SCHOOL WELCOME BRODY WITH OPEN ARMS HIS
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. WELL TRAINED, AND AED ON SITE.
UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE FALL OF 2018, BRODY’S SCHOOL
WAS CLOSED DOWN FOR A PERIOD OF TIME FOR REPAIRS. THIS LEFT ALL
THE STUDENTS IN THE AREA TRAVELLING TO A MAYBING
NEIGHBOURING SCHOOL. BRODY HAD TO WAIT TO START HIS SCHOOL YEAR
LAST FALL UNTIL AN AED COULD BE PLACED IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
AND TRAINING PUT IN PLACE FOR HIS TEMPORARY PLACE OF
EDUCATION. MR. SPEAKER, BRODY HAS COME A LONG WAY BUT HE’S NOT
OUT OF THE DARK YET. HE CAN NOW TAKE PART IN SOME OF THE SPORTS
AND TRAVEL SCHOOL TRIPS AND ARENAS THAT HAVE AN AED ON SITE.
HE WAS PROUD TO COME TO TELL ME HIS DOCTOR TOLD HIM, BRODY COULD
START PLAYING IN THE MINOR HOCKEY SYSTEM. AFTER BRODY
RETURNED TO HIS NORMAL SCHOOL LAST FALL IN EARLY DECEMBER,
EXPLAINING HIS DEPENDENCE ON AN AED, BRODY WROTE ME, HIS MLA, A
LETTER ALONG WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER STEVEN AND JENNIFER. I
WANT TO READ A FEW EXCERPTS BEFORE I TABLE IT. IN BRODY’S
LETTER TO MYSELF, IF MY
PACEMAKER STARTS, MY HEART WILL STOP BEATING AND I’LL DIE. ALL
SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE AN AED TO KEEP ME AND OTHERS SAFE.
WITHOUT MY HEARTBEATING MY DOCTOR TELLS ME IN 3.5 MINUTES,
MY PACEMAKER IS DONE. I WATCHED THE NEWS SOMETIMES WHEN MY
FRIEND TORY IS ON IT. BUT HE SPEAKS, MR. SPEAKER, OF SEEING
THE NEWS ABOUT P.E.I. AND MANDATORY AEDs IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. MY FRIENDS CALL ME
ASTRO BOY. I WOULD HOPE THAT MY PUSHING AEDs WILL HELP EVERY
SCHOOL IN NOVA SCOTIA BECOME A SAFER PLACE. I’LL TABLE THAT
ONE. A LETTER FROM HIS PARENTS.
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST IS UNPREDICTABLE. PROBABILITY OF
SURVIVAL DECLINES 7 TO 10% WITHOUT AN AED. HIS FATHER’S
QUOTE, WE HAVE AN AMBULANCE BASE IN OXFORD. BUT OXFORD’S
AMBULANCE RARELY BASED OUT OF THERE. AS A FIREFIGHTER, I KNOW
OUR INCREASED MEDICAL RESPONSES HAVE INCREASED AND SOMETIMES OUR
AMBULANCE IS COMING FROM 45 MINUTES AWAY IN COLCHESTER
COUNTY. THAT MAKES THE PARENTS SCARED. IN A CASE LIKE MY SON
BRODY, HE IS ONLY A FEW MINUTES IF HIS PACEMAKER STOPS. – HE
HAS ONLY A FEW MINUTES. THAT RESPONSE FOR HIM IS TOO LONG.
HE’S ONLY EIGHT YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I’LL TABLE
THAT LETTER, AS WELL. BRODY HAS A UNIQUE SITUATION. BUT HE’S
MATURE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND HE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH A HEART
CONDITION. OR SOMETHING WE SEE IN A BASKETBALL COURTS NOWADAYS
OR HOCKEY ARENAS, YOUNG PEOPLE DO HAVE CARDIAC EPISODES.
HERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MOVE ON. BRODY SAID, HE IS A
FRIEND OF MINE. I HAVE COME TO KNOW BRODY. HE STARTED A
CAMPAIGN AROUND THIS BILL AND HIS ISSUE WITH A HEART
CONDITION. HIS CAMPAIGN IS CALLED BRODY BOT. HE WANTED TO
SHAWSH AND MAKE ROBOTS TO SHARE WITH OTHER KIDS WITH SIMILAR
ISSUES. MR. SPEAKER, ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE, ON JULY 15th,
2009, MY SECOND SON WAS BORN. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, WE REALIZED
HE HAD A PEANUT AND TREE NUT ALLERGY. MY SON IS CAUTIOUS.
HE’S OUTGROWN THE TREE NUT. HOPEFULLY SOME DAY WE’LL LEARN
HE OUTGROWS THE PEANUT ISSUE. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, MR.
SPEAKER, WHEN HE WE WANT INTO PRIMARY, THERE WAS — HE WENT
INTO PROCESS THERE WAS A PROCESS WITH OUR TEACHER AND SCHOOL.
ONE DAY WE REALIZED THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SUBSTITUTE IN THE
AREA FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. WE REALIZED IN THAT PROCEDURE
AND TRAINING, THERE WAS A LOOPHOLE. THE TEACHERS AND
STAFF WERE GREAT AROUND THIS. STILL TO THIS DAY, I KNOW
THERE’S DIFFERENT POLICIES AN PROCEDURES IN EACH SCHOOL. WHEN
THE LOCAL SCHOOL CLOSED DOWN LAST FALL, MANY MEMBERS OF THE
COMMUNITY, STAFF OF THE SCHOOL AND EDUCATORS LEARNED THERE IS
LOOP HOT, HAZY AND HUMIDS IN POLICIESS IN POLICYLOOPHOLES IN
POLICIES LIKE THIS, MR. SPEAKER, LEGISLATURES, WE NEED TO FILL
THOSE VOIDS. WE NEED TO ENSURE WE’RE SENDING OUR 8-YEAR-OLD
KIDS AND 9-YEAR-OLDS TO SCHOOL AND BY ALL ODDS, THEY RETURN
HOME. I MAKE THIS PLEA ON BRODY’S BEHALF THAT HE IS
INITIATED HIS CAMPAIGN. AT THE END OF THE DAY DOES IT MATTER
WHOSE NAME IS ON THIS BILL. AS I SAID EARLIER, HERE’S AN OPTION
WHERE WE CAN BE NON PARTISAN. HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PASS A
BILL AND MAKE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AND STRUCTURES MORE
SAFER. NOT JUST FOR THE STUDENTS BUT FOR THE STAFF. I
COME FROM INDUSTRY. WE HAD TO HAVE A PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE
TRAINED ON FIRST-AID AND AED. INDUSTRY USUALLY DOUBLES THAT TO
ENSURE PEOPLE ARE AWAY AT THE TIME. THEY’RE STILL TRAINED
PEOPLE ON SITE. WHETHER IT’S AN EVENT OR WHATEVER. PLEASE MY
COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDES AND OVER HERE, SUPPORT THIS IN GENERAL. AS I SAID DOES IT
REALLY MATTER AT THE END OF THE DAY WHOSE NAMES IS ON THIS BILL?
IT DOES. BRODY’S NAME. EVERY OTHER STUDENT OR YOUNG
INDIVIDUAL IN THIS PROVINCE THAT MAY RELY ON AN AED SOME DAY. I
COULDN’T KNOW YOUNG NOVA SCOTIA BOY I SPEAK ON BEHALF AND
MENTION. BUT THERE’S MANY OTHERS. I’M SURE EVERY MEMBER
IN THIS HOUSE WOULD SHARE THAT.
MR. SPEAKER, HERE’S A CHANCE FOR US TO SEND THIS TO LAW
AMENDMENTS. I PLEAD WITH THE GOVERNMENT SIDE. I HEAR SOME
REMARKS OF CHANGES TO THE POSSIBLE BILL. I PLEAD LET’S
SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN LAWSUIT –
LAW AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR BRODY. – LAW
AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR BRODY.
The Speaker: RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR KINGS SOUTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASURE TO RISE AND TAKE THE
LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES, I BELIEVE, WE HAVE TO SPEAK ON
THIS BILL. I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU HOW I LEARNED
ABOUT AEDs IN THE SCHOOL, SCHOOL SYSTEM. AND WHAT’S BEEN
HAPPENING WHAT THE PLANS ARE GOING FORWARD. I OPENED THE
ADVERTISER REGISTER TO READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT A CONSTITUENT FROM
FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE
ARTICLE REFERRED TO LOCAL EDUCATION CENTRE DENYING HIM THE
OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY FUND RAISE AND DONATE AN AED. I FUND
PUZ APPROXIMATELYING. REACHED OUT TO THE DEPARTMENT AND
LEARNED THERE WERE POLICIES THROUGHOUT. DIFFERENT POLICIES
THROUGHOUT THE DIFFERENT EDUCATION CENTRES, FORMER BOARD.
NO CONSISTENCY THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE. I REACHED OUT TO THE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE AND WAS HAPPY THAT HE
IMMEDIATELY LOOKED INTO THIS AND HIS STAFF WORKED WITH THE LOCAL
EDUCATION CENTRE TO ALLOW THIS TO GO FORWARD, ALLOW THIS
CONSTITUENT TO FUND RAISE FOR AN AED DONATION. AND AS I SAID AT
THE TIME, IT WAS AN IMPORTANT
THING TO CARRY FORWARD AND THAT POLICY LATER. IT MADE SENSE WE ALLOWED HIM TO DO HIS
FUNDRAISING. NOT ONLY ARE WE LOOKING AT THIS
AS A GOVERNMENT BUT AS ALSO BEEN SPURRED ON BY INDIVIDUALS WITHIN
OUR COMMUNITIES AND I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK
KURT STERRICK FROM THE ADVERTISER REGISTER WHO RAISED
THIS TO THE PUBLIC DISCUSSION THROUGH HIS ARTICLE FOR DAVE
JONES AT THE REGIONAL EDUCATION CENTRE WHO MADE THIS HAPPEN AT
THE REGIONAL LEVEL, TO THE MINISTER AND HIS STAFF FOR
MAKING THIS HAPPEN AND ALSO CONTINUING THE WORK ON LOOKING
AT POLICY PROVINCE-WIDE AND FINALLY TO Mr. ALEX PUDSLY FOR
THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE AND IN BRINGING AN AED TO THE NEW MINAS
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
HOUSE LEADER FOR THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
// I WILL NOW BE CALLING RESOLUTION 853, CALLING ON THE
GOVERNMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS
THAT IS IN THE PROVINCE. FOR CLARITY, ALL SPEECHES NOW ON
THIS RESOLUTION AND THE BILL THAT WILL BE CALLED FOLLOWING
THAT CAN BE UP TO 15 MINUTES IN LENGTH. The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
MEMBER FOR QUEENS-SHELBURNE FOR 15 MINUTES.
// THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. I AM HAPPY TO RISE TODAY TO SPEAK
TO RESOLUTION 853, THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN NOVA SCOTIA PUT
FORTH BY OUR CAUCUS. Mr. SPEAKER, ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
IS THE NUMBER 1 ISSUE IN MY CONSTITUENCY OFFICE. AND SADLY,
I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE. IT IS A NUMBER 1 ISSUE BECAUSE PEOPLE
ARE AFRAID THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WON’T BE THERE FOR THEM
WHEN THEY NEED IT. DAY AFTER DAY, I HEAR FROM SENIORS WHO
TELL ME THEY ARE SIMPLY GOING TO GIVE UP BECAUSE THEY CANNOT BEAR
TO SIT EIGHT HOURS IN A WAITING ROOM TO RECEIVE THEIR
PRESCRIPTIONS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR. DAY AFTER
DAY, I HEAR FROM YOUNG FAMILIES WHO TELL ME THEY ARE FORCED TO
TAKE AN ENTIRE DAY OFF WORK WITH NO PAY TO SIT IN AN EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR CHILD WHO WAS AN EAR INFECTION BECAUSE
THEY DON’T HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR. AND DAY AFTER DAY, I HEAR FROM
RESIDENTS FROM SHELBURNE WHO TELL ME THEY ARE AFRAID THEY
WILL RUSH A LOVED ONE TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM ONLY TO FIND IT
IS CLOSED. Mr. SPEAKER, THAT FEAR IS
WELL-FOUNDED. DAY AFTER DAY, I HEAR FROM MY CONSTITUENTS WHO
ARE FORCED TO WAIT 12 WEEKS TO SEE THEIR DOCTOR OR NURSE
PRACTITIONER. WHEN YOU CALL TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT, THE
SECRETARY RESPONSIBLES WITH IF YOUR MEDICAL ISSUE IS URGENT,
THEN PRESENT YOURSELF AT THE LOCAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.
THIS ADDS TO THE WORK LOAD OF AN ALREADYOVER BURDENED HOSPITAL
E.R. FOR THIS GOVERNMENT TO SAY THAT THE MAJORITY OF NOVA
SCOTIANS HAVE FOUND THEIR OWN DOCTOR IS ZERO COMFORT. IT’S
ESSENTIALLY JUST A DISTRACTION WHEN PEOPLE ARE WAITING THIS
LONG TO ACCESS PRIMARY CARE. Mr. SPEAKER, TOO MANY NOVA
SCOTIANS ARE FORCED TO ACCESS HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN
EMERGENCY ROOMS. AND ON TOP OF THIS, Mr. SPEAKER, SINCE THIS
GOVERNMENT CAME INTO POWER IN 2013, EMERGENCY ROOM CLOSURES
HAVE DOUBLED. IN AUGUST, ALMOST A THIRD OF E.R.s IN THIS
PROVINCE WERE CLOSED AT THE SAME TIME.
Mr. SPEAKER, SINCE BECOMING ELECTED AND I KNOW I MAY SOUND
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD BUT THE RECORD IS GOING TO KEEP PLAYING,
I HAVE SAID IN THIS HOUSE TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT MY
CONSTITUENCY HAS TWO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. ONE AT QUEEN’S
GENERAL HOSPITAL WHICH HAS NEVER CLOSED ITS DOORS SINCE IT’S
OPENED AND ONE AT THE ROSEWAY HOSPITAL IN SHELBURNE WHICH
STRUGGLES TO KEEP ITS DOORS OPEN.
Mr. SPEAKER, ROSEWAY HOSPITAL WAS ONE OF THOSE HOSPITALS THAT
WAS CLOSED IN AUGUST. ACTUALLY, Mr. SPEAKER, THE CLOSURES OF
THE E.R. AT ROSEWAY HAS SADLY BECOME THE NORM FOR RESIDENTS OF
SHELBURNE COUNTY. I HAVE ASKED THE QUESTION TIME AND TIME
AGAIN, HOW IS THIS FAIR FOR RESIDENTS IN SHELBURNE COUNTY?
HOW IS THIS SAFE? HOW IS THIS EVEN JUST? THEY DESERVE BETTER.
TOO OFTEN, I HEAR IF SHELBURNE COUNTY RESIDENTS SAYING WHEN
THEY REQUIRE E.R., THEY DON’T EVEN WASTE THE TIME TO SEE IF
THEIR HOSPITAL E.R. DOORS ARE OPEN, THEY SIMPLY DRIVE BY TO
QUEEN’S GENERAL TO SAVE TIME TO PROTECT THEIR LOVED ONES. I
HEAR FROM PARAMEDICS WHO WHEN THE FAMILY OF THE PATIENT ASKS
WILL YOU BE TRANSPORTING MY LOVED ONE TO ROSEWAY, PARAMEDICS
MUST CALL DISPATCH TO SEE IF THE ROSEWAY E.R. IS OPEN FIRST.
Mr. SPEAKER, I’VE SPOKEN IN THE PAST ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE —
THE DISTANCE THAT SHELBURNE COUNTY RESIDENTS MUST DRIVE.
THE TWO NEAREST REGIONAL HOSPITALS ARE LOCATED IN
YARMOUTH AND IN BRIDGEWATER. BOTH ARE 100 KILOMETRES AWAY
FROM ROSEWAY AND QUEEN’S GENERAL HOSPITAL IS EASILY 45 MINUTES
FROM THE TOWN OF SHELLBURN AND FURTHER FROM OTHER PARTS IN
SHELBURNE COUNTY. I KNOW THAT ALL THOSE HOSPITALS ARE
PROVIDING EXCELLENT CARE. ROSEWAY HOSPITAL DOCTORS
AND NURSES PROVIDE EXCEPTIONAL CARE, BUT THEY NEED TO BE
SUPPORTED TO KEEP THESE DOORS OPEN.
TO EXPECT PEOPLE TO TRAVEL THAT DISTANCE IN AN EMERGENCY IS NOT
HEALTH CARE IN NOVA SCOTIA. THE MINISTER HAS TALKED ABOUT
THE AMAZING WORK THAT OUR PARAMEDICS DO AND I ABSOLUTELY
WILL BE THE FIRST TO AGREE. I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE
ADVANCED CARE PARAMEDICS. AND I KNOW HOW DEDICATED THEY ARE TO
THE PROFESSION AND TO THE PEOPLE THEY CARE FOR. BUT WHAT HAPPENS
IN SHELBURNE WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE BALANCE AVAILABLE FROM
YARMOUTH TO HALIFAX? AND, Mr. SPEAKER, THAT IS A FACT. ON
SEPTEMBER 29th AT APPROXIMATELY 6 p.m., THE
PARAMEDIC UNION TWEETED THERE WAS ONLY ONE AMBULANCE AVAILABLE
FROM YARMOUTH TO HALIFAX. CAN YOU IMAGINE, Mr. SPEAKER, WHAT
ARE THE CHANCES OF THE AMBULANCE ARRIVING AND TRANSPORTING TO THE
NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT? IT REDUCES THE CHANCES OF
SURVIVAL. Mr. SPEAKER, WHEN THE
EMERGENCY ROOM IS CLOSED IN SHELBURNE, IT PLACES TREMENDOUS
PRESSURES ON THE ALREADY OVERCROWDED EMERGENCY ROOM AT
QUEEN’S GENERAL. OUR DOCS AND NURSES ARE FRUSTRATED AND THEY
FEEL UNAPPRECIATED. THEY ARE WORKING AT 150% CAPACITY AND WE
EXPECT THEM TO TAKE ON THE PATIENTS WHO WOULD NORMALLY GO
TO A DIFFERENT EMERGENCY ROOM. SOME DOCS AT QUEEN’S GENERAL CAN
SEE UP TO 50 PATIENTS A NIGHT IN THE E.R. AND THAT IS AFTER
WORKING ALL DAY IN THEIR OWN CLINICS CARING FOR THEIR
PATIENTS. AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, WELL, GUESS WHAT, Mr.
SPEAKER, THOSE COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY PRACTITIONERS WHO ARE
LOOK AFTER THEIR OWN PATIENTS, PROVIDING IN-PATIENT AND URGENT
PATIENT CARE, PALLIATIVE CARE, LONG-TERM CARE, IN-HOME CARE,
AND E.R.? WELL, AT QUEEN’S GENERAL, THESE DOCTORS ARE PAID
LESS THAN PHYSICIANS IN THE E.R.s IN BOTH SHELBURNE AND
BRIDGEWATER. FAMILY DOCTORS AT QUEEN’S GENERAL ARE RECEIVING
LESS PAY THAN HOSPITALLISTS TO PROVIDE IN-PATIENT CARE. HOW IS
THIS FAIR? I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY A
VERY STRONG DOCTOR WHO I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR SAID TO
ME, I AM SACRIFICING MY OWN HEALTH TO CARE FOR OTHERS.
Mr. SPEAKER, THIS DOCTOR SAVED
BOTH OF MY DAUGHTER’S LIVES. AND I KNOW HE HAS SAVED MANY
MORE. WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS 16 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED
WITH HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. WE BATTLED THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM TO GET HELP. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF IT WASN’T FOR
THIS DOCTOR AT QUEEN’S GENERAL, MY DAUGHTER WOULD NOT BE ALIVE
TODAY. THANK GOD FOR HIM BECAUSE SHE CELEBRATES HER
31st BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 1st IS.
[ Applause ] OCTOBER 31st. OUR LOYAL
DOCTORS ARE GETTING MORE FATIGUED, BURNED-OUT, AND
THEY’RE SAYING THAT THEY NEED TO DRAW THE LINE FOR THEIR OWN
PERSONAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO
LOSE DOCTORS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUES, LISTEN, AND IMPLEMENT THE FRONT LINE
HEALTH CARE WORKERS’ SOLUTIONS. THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO
BE DONE TO ADDRESS AND FIX THIS CRISIS THAT WE ARE IN.
THESE DOCS LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY SLUG IT OUT
EVERY DAY. AND THEIR CLINICS — AT OUR CLINICS, AT OUR
HOSPITALS, AND THIS IS WHERE THE SOLUTIONS LIE, WITHIN OUR
DOCTORS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES PRACTICING.
THE MINISTER TALKS OF THE STEPS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TO
EXPAND AND ENHANCE SERVICES FOR FUTURE RECRUITMENT AND THAT IS
WELCOMED NEWS. BUT RETENTION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS
RECRUITMENT. Mr. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO
UNDERSTAND THAT PHYSICIANS RECRUIT PHYSICIANS. RECRUITS
WANT TO HEAR WHAT IT’S LIKE TO PRACTICE MEDICINE IN THE
COMMUNITIES FROM THE PHYSICIANS ALREADY WORKING THEM. I THINK
ABOUT Dr. AL DOUCETTE WHO HAD AN AMAZING CAREER OF 35 YEARS
WORKING AT QUEEN’S GENERAL. HE’S RECRUITED DOCTOR AFTER
DOCTOR AFTER DOCTOR FOR QUEEN’S COUNTY. THE SUCCESS IS THERE.
Mr. SPEAKER, EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE BECOME CHAOTIC.
PARAMEDICS, DOCS, AND NURSES ARE RUN OFF THEIR FEET AND PATIENTS
ARE SCARED. SURELY THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT WANTS TO
CONTINUE. THIS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO INVEST IN COMPREHENSIVE
FAMILY DOCTORS WHO ARE WILLING TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY ROOM CARE,
IN-PATIENT COVERAGE, NURSING HOME COVERAGE, PALLIATIVE CARE,
AND HOME VISITS. THIS IS WHERE IT IS MORE THAN JUST TREATING
PATIENTS. IT IS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP THAT CAN BE SHARED
WITH THE PATIENT AND DOCTOR. IN NOVEMBER 2017, I SENT A
LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH STATING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
IS IN CRISIS AND I WORRY THAT THINGS WILL ONLY GET WORSE. A
YEAR AGO IN SEPTEMBER, I ASKED THE MINISTER WHAT HIS PLAN WAS
TO ADDRESS THE CONSTANT CLOSURES OF THE E.R. AT ROSEWAY. HIS
RESPONSE WAS THE HEALTH AUTHORITY CONTINUES TO WORK ON
RECRUITMENT AND ACCESS SERVICES REQUIRED FOR THE E.R. UNITS AND
WHERE IT CONCERNS THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT ROSEWAY, THEY
WILL, THAT’S TOO SOON TO SAY. I TABLED THAT DOCUMENT IN QUESTION
PERIOD JUST THE OTHER DAY. Mr. SPEAKER, SINCE JUNE 2019,
ROSEWAY HAS BEEN CLOSED 784
HOURS. THAT’S 32 DAYS. THAT’S SHAMEFUL TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
LIVING IN SHELBURNE COUNTY. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IT APPEARS AS IF
THE PLAN THE MINISTER HAS TALKED ABOUT HAS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED.
IT IS TIME THIS GOVERNMENT ADDRESS THE CRISIS IN HEALTH
CARE WITH SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE RESIDENTS IN QUEEN’S SHELBURNE
AND BE ACROSS THIS PROVINCE CAN ACCESS PRIMARY CARE AND
EMERGENCY CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT. Mr. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN
SAYING ON THIS SIDE OF THE HOUSE WITH THE AGING POPULATION WHICH
INCLUDES OUR AGING DOCTORS AND LOCAL DECISION MAKING REMOVED
FROM OUR COMMUNITIES AND SO MUCH MORE BUT I ONLY HAVE 15 MINUTES
TO SPEAK SO I PROBABLY CAN’T LIST ALL OF THAT, YOU’LL CUT ME
OFF. BUT WE’VE BEEN SAYING THAT IT IS A PERFECT STORM BREWING.
WE ARE NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM, Mr. SPEAKER.
Dr. A.J.’S ARTICLE IN THE HERALD RECENTLY STATED THE
HEALTH CARE STORM IS NOW A CATEGORY-2 AND DEVELOPING INTO A
CATEGORY-3. THE RESULTING DAMAGE IS PLAINLY VISIBLE ACROSS
THIS PROVINCE AND I WILL TABLE THAT DOCUMENT, Mr. SPEAKER.
SHE’S RIGHT. IT IS GATHERING AND THIS STORM IS WORSENING.
AND THE RESIDENTS OF QUEENS SHELBURNE ARE TIRED OF
WEATHERING STORMS. Mr. SPEAKER, WE NEED ACTION
AND WE NEED URGENT ACTION TO ADDRESS AND RELIEVE THIS CRISIS.
THE RESIDENTS IF QUEENS SHELBURNE DESERVE BETTER FROM
THIS GOVERNMENT. SHELBURNE COUNTY DESERVES TO HAVE THEIR
E.R. DOORS OPEN. WITH THOSE FEW COMMENTS, Mr. SPEAKER, I WILL
TAKE MY SEAT AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THIS
HEALTH CARE RESOLUTION 853, HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN NOVA
SCOTIA. [ Some Applause ]
The Speaker: THE RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR HAMMOND PLAINS
LUCASVILLE. // THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr.
SPEAKER, AND I’LL BEGIN BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE VERY PERSONAL
AND CLOSE TO HOME TESTIMONIAL OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM SHELBURNE.
I’VE ONLY BEEN HERE FOR SIX YEARS. THERE’S OTHERS THAT HAVE
BEEN HERE LITTLE BIT LONGER. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT
THERE ARE DAYS IN OUR JOB WHERE WE HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT THESE
TOUGH SITUATIONS. PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME, DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB
AFTER SIX YEARS AND MY RESPONSE IS ALWAYS MOST DAYS. AND MOST
DAYS MEANS THAT ON SOME OF THOSE DAYS, YOU GET CALLS FROM
CONSTITUENTS WHO, YOU KNOW, WHO HAVE FAMILIES THAT ARE
NAVIGATING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND, YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE,
DESIRE A PROCEDURE THAT IS NOT COVERED, THAT WANT A DRUG FOR
THEIR FAMILY MEMBER THAT’S NOT COVERED, WHO ARE IN THESE
SCENARIOS WHERE WAIT TIMES ARE EXHAUSTING AND CHALLENGING, THAT
TESTIFY THAT THE PHYSICIANS OR THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT
THEY’VE GONE TO SEE ARE STRESSED AND OVERWORKED, AND I THINK THAT
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO TAKE TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE
ARE STRESSORS ON OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT
IT. AND QUITE FRANKLY, Mr. SPEAKER, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT
THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE ARE
ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE DEALT WITH IN OUR SYSTEM. AGAIN, MOST
DAYS I LOVE MY JOB BUT IN SITUATIONS WHERE THOSE TOUGH
HEALTH CARE-RELATED ISSUES COME TO THE TABLE, THOSE ARE THE DAY
US THAT DON’T LIKE BECAUSE NOT EVERY TIME CAN YOU HELP YOUR
CONSTITUENTS FIND A SOLUTION. SO I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF
WITH THAT, THAT LINE OF COMMUNICATION TO MY — TO THE
MEMBERS OPPOSITE BECAUSE JUST BECAUSE WE ON THIS SIDE OF THE
HOUSE CHOOSE NOT TO USE AN INFLAMMATORY WORD SUCH AS THE
WORD CRISIS TALKING ABOUT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DOES NOT MEAN
THAT WE’RE NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE’S ROOM FOR
IMPROVEMENT AND CERTAINLY THAT THERE ARE CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT
THE AREA. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IS THAT
I’VE ALSO HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS AROUND
PROVIDERS THAT HAVE SAVED THEIR LIVES, THAT HAVE DRAMATICALLY
IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES. YOU KNOW, MORE RECENTLY,
I HAD A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS — WHO HAD A VERY SERIOUS PROCEDURE
IN THE HOSPITAL. I WAS THERE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TIMES AND,
QUITE FRANKLY, THE CARE AT THAT SHE GOT WAS GRADE A. THE NURSES
WERE PERSONABLE, RELENTLESS, AND
HELPED HER GET THROUGH THAT PROCEDURE, HELPED MY FAMILY GET
THROUGH THAT PROCEDURE. AND WHAT I’D ALSO LIKE TO SAY
THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU HEAR STORIES ABOUT THE NEGATIVE, BUT YOU ALSO
HEAR STORIES ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A WORLD CLASS CANCER CARE
IN THIS PROVINCE. MORE RECENTLY, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO VISIT THE IWK AND TAKE A PEEK AT THE NEWLY DEVELOPED NICU
THAT’S OVER THERE. WE HAD A PRESENTATION FROM THE QEII
FOUNDATION TALKING ABOUT THE TRAINING FACILITIES THAT THEY
HAVE. LIKE, THESE ARE ALL WORLD CLASS FACILITIES AND THINGS THAT
WE CAN CALL NOVA SCOTIAN. SO, AGAIN, WHEN WE TALKING ABOUT
THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THERE ARE THINGS OUT THERE, I THINK
THAT IT’S FAIR TO SAY BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE
THINGS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CONVERSATION, BUT IN MY VIEW,
PART OF MY JOB AS A COMMUNITY LEADER, AS AN MLA, I WAS ELECTED
REGARDLESS OF HOW TOUGH THINGS GET, IT’S MY JOB TO BE
OPTIMISTIC. EVEN WHEN THINGS ARE SO CHALLENGED THAT, YOU
KNOW, WHY WOULD YOU BE OPTIMISTIC. IT IS MY
RESPONSIBILITY TO BE OPTIMISTIC, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE SCENARIO
IS. AND I THINK THAT WE ALL NEED TO CONSIDER THAT WHEN WE
USE INFLAMMATORY REMARKS. AND I LIKE TO THINK THAT REGARDLESS OF
WHAT SIDE OF THE HOUSE I WAS ON, IT IS MY JOB TO BE OPTIMISTIC ON
BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS .
YOU KNOW, WE’VE — WE DO NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ADDITIONALLY THAT
ALIGNED WITH — OR NOT ALIGNED WITH, IN RESPONSE TO SOME OF THE
CHALLENGES WE’VE FACED THROUGHOUT OUR HEALTH CARE
SURGERY YOU KNOW, WE’RE ACTIVELY AND RELENTLESSLY WORKING TO
RECRUIT PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS, TO RECRUIT DOCTORS, TO RETAIN
DOCTORS. WE’VE MATCHED UPWARDS OF 110,000 NOVA SCOTIANS TO A
PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER SINCE 2016. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE
WILD THING IS TO ME, Mr. SPEAKER? IS — AND BE IT’S JUST
A TESTAMENT TO HOW ELEMENTS OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN
NEGLECTED FOR DECADES. UP UNTIL 2016, WE AS A PROVINCE DIDN’T
EVEN RECORD THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE — WHO DON’T HAVE A FAMILY
DOCTOR. I HAD ASKED AT THE TIME, YOU KNOW, WHAT’S THIS
MIRACULOUS THING, THIS GROUND-BREAKING THING WE’RE
DOING AS A GOVERNMENT AND ALL WE WERE SIMPLY DOING WAS RECORDING
WHERE PEOPLE WERE AND THE FACT THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE A FAMILY
DOCTOR. TO ME, THAT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, BUT THAT JUST
GOES TO SHOW HOW IN THAT RESPECT NEGLECTED THE SYSTEM CAN BE AT
TIMES. SO, YOU KNOW, WE’VE OPENED UP DOORS FOR ADDITIONAL
NURSE PRACTITIONERS, ADDITIONAL
RESIDENTS, ADDITIONAL DOCS AT OUR DALHOUSIE INSTITUTIONS. WE
OFFER INCENTIVES FOR DOCTORS, TUITION INCENTIVES FOR DOCTORS
TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES WHERE WE NEED IT THE MOST AND THEY GET
THEIR TUITION COVERED. WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION. THERE IS, YOU KNOW, SPECIFIC
IMMIGRATION STREAM TO BRING DOCTORS DIRECTLY IN TO
FAST-TRACK THEM HERE. THERE IS PRACTICE-READY ASSESSMENTS FOR
DOCTORS WHO HAVE TRAINED OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY WHO WANT TO COME
HERE AND PRACTICE. Mr. SPEAKER, WE’VE DEDICATED
$2.4 BILLION TO HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE. YOU KNOW, THAT
MEANS COMMITMENTS ALL ACROSS THE PROVINCE FROM CAPE BRETON TO
WINDSOR, TO THE SOUTH SHORE. YOU KNOW, YOU’RE STARTING TO SEE
SOME OF THE MOMENTUM BUILD AROUND THIS INFRASTRUCTURE PIECE
AND THE FACT THAT THIS REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS HAS TAKEN
PLACE ALONGSIDE OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND EXPERTISE. LIKE,
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE’RE DEFERRING TO DRIVE THIS BUS.
IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE THAT RELATIONSHIP AND WE
CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE NEEDS ARE BASED
ON WHAT THEY SAY IS BEST FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS OF HEALTH CARE.
SO I GUESS MY — YOU KNOW, I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE I’M
JUST, YOU KNOW, RATTLING THROUGH TALKING POINTS, BUT IT IS
IMPORTANT THAT WE DO TAKE TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE
THINGS THAT ARE ACTIVELY TAKING PLACE THAT GOVERNMENT IS, YOU
KNOW, WORKING HARD TO RESPOND TO THE HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES THAT
DO EXIST. THE FACT THAT AS A GOVERNMENT, WE CHOOSE NOT TO USE
THAT WORD DOES NOT — DOES NOT MEAN THAT BE WE DON’T
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE NOT ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE RESPONDED
TO. AND I’LL SAY IT AGAIN. PART OF MY JOB AS THE LEADER OF
MY COMMUNITY AND I KNOW TO AN EXTENT EVERYBODY RECOGNIZES
THIS, IS OUR JOB REGARDLESS OF WHAT SIDE OF THE FLOOR YOU’RE
ON, TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OUR FUTURE HERE. AND, FRANKLY, WE
TALK ABOUT ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. WE TALK
ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE EXPERIENCE, BUT IN MY
SEAT, IT IS MY CHOICE AS REPRESENTATIVE FOR HAMMOND
PLAINS LUCASVILLE TO BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF
HEALTH CARE IN THIS PROVINCE AND THAT’S WHAT I’LL CONTINUE TO DO.
THANK YOU. [ Some Applause ] The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. WE
CAN’T FIX WHAT WE DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE AND WHATEVER THE
MEMBER CHOOSES TO CALL THE SITUATION IN HEALTH CARE RIGHT
NOW, WE CAN’T KID OURSELVES THAT IT’S NOT A CRISIS. LET’S LACK
AT THE DEFINITION. LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT THE ISSUE IS,
AND LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TO FIX THAT. BELIEVE ME, THIS
SIDE OF THE HOUSE, Mr. SPEAKER, IS NOT SAYING THAT THE
STAFF THAT WE HAVE IS NOT EXEMPLARY. THAT THEY’RE NOT
TOPNOTCH. THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING THE JOB THAT THEY WERE
HIRED TO DO BECAUSE WE ARE SAYING THAT. WHAT WE’RE SAYING,
Mr. SPEAKER, IS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH OF THEM..
[ Some Applause ] YOU KNOW, I GOT A CALL —
ACTUALLY, I HAD A COUPLE OF E-MAILS AND A COUPLE OF CALLS
ABOUT THIS ACRONYM, NEEDOCS, IT’S A MEASUREMENT TOOL THAT
EMERGENCY ROOMS USE TO MEASURE THE LEVEL OF DANGER I GUESS WITH
WHICH THE STAFF ARE WORKING. AND THEY ONLY FILL THEM OUT WHEN
THE THEY’RE WORKING IN THOSE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THEY FILL
THEM OUT EVERY DAY, Mr. SPEAKER, THEY FEEL OUT THESE
NEEDOCS EVERY DAY BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE DAY, OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS
ACROSS THIS PROVINCE ARE WORKING IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THE
STAFF THERE ARE AMAZING. THE STAFF THERE ARE DOING EVERYTHING
THAT THEY CAN, BUT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH OF THEM. Mr. SPEAKER,
WE HAVE DOCTORS AND NURSE IN EMERGENCY ROOMS THAT DON’T GET
TIME TO GO TO THE WASH ROLL. IF THAT IS NOT A CRISIS, THEN
HONESTLY, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS. THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TALKS
ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER AND IT WOULD BE ON THE MYSTIC. WELL,
HAVEN’T I BEEN SAYING THAT SINCE I STARTED? LET’S WORK TOGETHER.
WHAT PART OF THIS IS PARTISAN NUMBER WHAT PART OF THIS HEALTH
CARE CRISIS SHOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT COLOUR POLITICAL
STRIPE YOU. ARE IT SHOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. WE
SHOULD ALL NUMBER THIS CHAMBER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HEALTH
CARE. AND YOU CAN PROBABLY REPLAY EVERY SPEECH — HEALTH
SPEECH I’VE MADE AND IT WOULD SOUND THE SAME BECAUSE IN MY
OPINION, THE ANSWERS ARE STILL THE SAME. WE NEED TO WORK
TOGETHER. AND FUNNY ENOUGH, Mr. SPEAKER, AT THE LAST
HEALTH CARE MEETING, WHEN I WAS ASKING A QUESTION TO THE NEW
DEPUTY MINISTER, HIS ANSWER WAS THIS IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE. WE
ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. IT WAS LIKE, OH, MY DEAR LORD,
SOMEBODY FINALLY LISTENED TO ME, SOMEBODY FINALLY HEARD WHAT I
WAS SAYING. AND I MET THE DEPUTY MINISTER AFTERWARD, Mr.
SPEAKER, AND I COMMENTED IN THE MEETING BUT I ALSO COMMENTED
AFTERWARDS AND I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS
SINCE I WAS ELECTED MAY 30th OF 2017, WHY CAN’T WE ALL WORK
TOGETHER. I’VE HEARD THE MEMBER OPPOSITE TALK ABOUT WORKING
TOGETHER AND THAT WE’RE ALL HERE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF NOVA
SCOTIANS BUT WHAT I DON’T SEE, Mr. SPEAKER, IS THAT ACTUALLY
HAPPENING. I’VE ALSO BEEN ACCUSED OF NOT
PROVIDING SUGGESTIONS AND SOLUTIONS TO THE HEALTH CARE
PROBLEMS, BUT, Mr. SPEAKER, I COULD NAME OFF NUMEROUS
SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS, AND BILL OFS, THAT I AND MY CAUCUS HAVE
PUT FORWARD TO PRY SOME HELP TO THIS ISSUE. AND I, Mr.
SPEAKER, I’M NOT LOOKING FOR CREDIT. I DON’T NEED MY NAME ON
A BILL. WHAT I NEED IS MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE
CONSTITUENTS OF NOVA SCOTIA TO GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY CURVE
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THEY ARE NOT. WHETHER IT’S 50,000 OR 100,000,
PEOPLE, Mr. SPEAKER, ARE NOT PUTTING THEIR NAMES ON THATTIST
WILL. SO WE CAN ARGUE WHETHER IT’S 50,000 OR 100,000, BUT IN
2013, THE PREMIER OF NOVA SCOTIA GUARANTEED A DOCTOR FOR EVERY
NOVA SCOTIAN. HE DIDN’T SAY A COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE FOR EVERY
NOVA SCOTIAN. THE PREMIER DIDN’T SAY THAT WE WILL ONLY
HAVE 50,000 PEOPLE. THEY — HE SAID THAT WE WILL HAVE A DOCTOR
FOR EVERY NOVA SCOTIAN AND, Mr. SPEAKER, THAT HAS NOT
HAPPENED. THAT IS A CRISIS .
PEOPLE THINK THAT — SOME PEOPLE THINK — VIEW MY COMMENTSES A
NEGATIVITY. Mr. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IT’S REALITYTISM PEOPLE
ALSO BELIEVE I’M AGAINST THE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH COULDN’T BE
FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH, BECAUSE I’M ALL ABOUT NEW INFRASTRUCTURE
AND LET’S BRING ON JOBS AND DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO EMPLOY PEOPLE
ALL ACROSS THE PROVINCE, ESPECIALLY IN MY CONSTITUENCY IN
CAPE BRETON. BUT WHAT I DON’T APPRECIATE AND THE WHAT I DO
SUGGEST ADDS TO THIS CRISIS IS THE LOSS OF SERVICES BECAUSE AT
THE END OF THE DAY, I WILL SEE IN MY CONSTITUENCY THE LOSS OF
AN EMERGENCY ROOM, THE LOSS OF AN OR, THE LOSS OF LONG-TERM
CARE BEDS. BECAUSE WHILE WE’RE GETTING A NEW FACILITY, THESE
PARTICULAR ITEMS WILL NOT BE INCLUDED. AND AGAIN, Mr.
SPEAKER, I GO BACK TO WORKING TOGETHER. WHEN I STOOD NEAR MY
PLACE IN THE SPRING AND I ASKED THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND I
BELIEVE I MEAN ASKED THE PREMIER, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE
NEW FACILITIES WILL BE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WILL INCLUDE, AND
I WAS TOLD, Mr. SPEAKER, WE DO NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION YET.
I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER TO BE THAT QUESTION.
Mr. SPEAKER, I WILL TELL YOU, AS I STAND HERE ON MY LIFE, THAT
I HAVE NOW SINCE FOUND OUT THAT THESE DECISIONS WERE MADE IN
MARCH. THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN STAKE HOLDERS TAKEN TO MEETINGS
AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO CALL THEM. THESE DECISIONS WERE MADE
IN MARCH. NOT OUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR, NOT THE LOCAL MLA,
NOBODY WAS INCLUDED IN THESE DECISIONS, Mr. SPEAKER, AND WE
WERE NOT TOLD THE TRUTH IN THIS CHAMBER WHEN I HAD ASKED THOSE
QUESTIONS AND I THINK THAT’S DISGRACEFUL. I’M SPEAKING THE
TRUTH. The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER.
ORDER! ORDER! WE’RE NOT ESSENTIALLY CALLING PEOPLE LIARS
IN THE CHAMBER. YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO. THAT YOU KNOW
THAT. MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE?
// AND ASIDE, YOU KNOW, ASIDE FROM THAT, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT
THE EVENLY PEOPLE THAT WERE INCLUDED IN ANY OF THESE
DECISIONS WERE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ONBOARD FOR THE LOSS OF
SERVICES AND THE NEW FACILITIES. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU
ANNOUNCE OR REANNOUNCE THE SAME THING, IT STILL COMES UP THE
SAME, WE’RE LOSING SERVICES. WE HAVE FAMILIES FAMILIES WHO ARE
DESPERATE, Mr. SPEAKER, TO GET HEALTH
CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
IMAGINE AND I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE, IMAGINE IF IT WAS
SOMEBODY WHO BELONGED TO ME. WHO WAS ON THE BRINK OF SUICIDE
AND THEY WERE TOLD TO CALL 1-800. MY HEAD WOULD LITERALLY
BLOW OFF AND I’LL TELL YOU, I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYBODY NUMBER
THIS CHAMBER SHOULD REALIZE. THAT IMAGINE, CALL 1-800.
HOPEFULLY BY THE TIME YOU GET THROUGH TO SOMEBODY, YOUR LOVED
ONE WON’T BE DEAD BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH, Mr.
SPEAKER, ESPECIALLY IN CAPE BRETON.
LET’S TALK ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE AND THE LACK OF INVEST THAT WILL
THIS GOVERNMENT HAS PUT INTO LONG-TERM CARE AND THE REASON
WHY OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS ARE BACKED UP, THE REASON OUR
AMBULANCES ARE BACKED UP. YES, THERE HAVE BEEN IMPROVEMENTS,
HOWEVER WE DON’T KNOW THAT BECAUSE THE AMBULANCE REPORT
THAT WAS DUE LAST YEAR IS STILL NOT OUT. BUT THE OTHER DAY AS
THE MEMBER HERE SAID, AN AMBULANCE WAS — THERE WAS ONE
AMBULANCE BETWEEN HALIFAX AND YARMOUTH. WOW. ANYBODY IN THIS
CHAMBER WHO DOESN’T CALL THAT A CRISIS IS NOT BEING TRUTHFUL TO
THEMSELVES. BECAUSE, AGAIN, AND I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT, THAT AN
AMBULANCE WAS CALLED TO SOMEBODY IN MY CONSTITUENCY AND IT HAD TO
COME BADDECK. I’M JUST GLAD THAT THAT PERSON WASN’T IN
CARDIAC ARREST BECAUSE AGAIN IN THIS CHAMBER WHEN I ASKED THE
BUSINESS AGENT FOR THE PARAMEDICS JUNE AND IT’S IN
HANSARD, I SAID SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I CALL EHS BECAUSE MY LOVED
ONE IS HAVING CHEST PAIN. HIS ANSWER WAS, THEY’LL DIE.
THEY’LL DIE. SO THAT’S NOT A CRISIS? PEOPLE ARE DYING AND
THAT’S NOT A CRISIS? THE FACT THAT WE’RE LOCKING UP DIAPERS
FOR LONG-TERM CARE PATIENTS IS NOT A CRISIS? IMAGINE GOING
INTO A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY AND YOUR LOVED ONE SITTING IN
THEIR EVEN MESS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW MANY HOURS BECAUSE THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS CUT $5 MILLION FROM THE BUDGET? THEY CUT 8,
PUT 5 BACK. THEY’RE SHORT. AND STAFF BREAK THE RULES BECAUSE
JOHN DOUGH IS SITTING IN HIS OWN MESS FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF
HOURS. WHAT A DISGRACE. THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF
THEMSELVES TO PUT THAT ON THE SENIORS WHO HAVE COME BEFORE US
TO PREPARE THIS WORLD AND TO MAKE OUR LIVES A BETTER PLACE.
BUT YET YOU LET THEM SIT IN THE THEIR OWN MESS? THAT IS A
DISGRACE. IN THE SUMMER, FUNNY ENOUGH,
WEIRD ENOUGH, SADLY ENOUGH, I HAD A PERSONAL ISSUE THAT HAD ME
GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FIVE DAYS INS A ROW. AND FOR THE
MOST PART, PEOPLE KNOW WHO I AM, AND FOUND IT VERY FUNNY THAT I
WAS ADMITTED TO HALLWAY 25. BUT WE’RE GLAD THAT I WAS ADMITTED
THERE AND I HAD TO GO IN EVERY DAY FOR A PROCEDURE AND THEY
SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE WAY WE ARE EVERY DAY. AND WE WERE
LIKE A — WE ARE LIKE A, YOU KNOW, A CONVEY YOUR BELT. WE
WERE JUST BANG, BANG, BANG, UP THE HALLWAY. AND I HAD TO HAVE
AN AREA THAT I COULDN’T EXPOSE LOOKED AT SO AFTER THE IV
TREATMENT THAT I WAS RECEIVING IN THE HALLWAY, THEY HAD TO FIND
A SPACE SO THEY COULD SEE HOW I WAS DOING. THIS GOVERNMENT
DOESN’T THINK THAT’S A CRISIS? AND I MEAN, AND I’M NOTHING
SPECIAL. OH, THAT’S ACTUALLY THE LINE OF A SONG! BUT I’M
NOTHING SPECIAL, BUT I GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT FIRST HANDLE AND I
WATCHED THE STAFF IN THAT DEPARTMENT RUNNING. AND, YOU
KNOW, I SAID I’M INSPECT NO HURRY, I’VE GOT A HUGE IV BAG,
YOU KNOW, DO YOUR THING. BUT HOW DOES THIS GOVERNMENT NOT
THINK THAT THAT’S A CRISIS? AND, YOU KNOW, MAYBE LUCKILY
ENOUGH, NOBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE HAS HAD TO
EXPERIENCE THAT FIRST HAND. I’M JUST HAPPY AND THANKFUL THAT IT
WAS NOTHING LIFE-THREATENING OR VERY SERIOUS FOR ME. BECAUSE I
WAS — I DIDN’T MIND SITTING THERE BECAUSE I WAS CONTAINED
AND — BUT IMAGINE IF YOU HAD A LOVED ONE WHO WASN’T CONTAINED
A. YOU KNOW, I SAW OLDER — AN
OLDER GENTLEMAN WITH HIS — HE WAS EXPOSED. HE WAS IN THE
HALLWAY, THEY HAD NOWHERE FOR HIM TO GO. AND HE WAS THERE IN
A JOHNNY SHIRT. Mr. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY THAT IF THAT WAS
SOMETHING IN MY FAMILY, I WOULD BE — THE MINISTER BOB HEARING
FROM ME AGAIN. — THE MINISTER WOULD BE HEARING FROM ME AGAIN.
ASIDE FROM THE LACK OF NURSING HOME BEDS THAT WE HAVE IF THIS
PROVINCE, IMAGINE BEING MARRIED FOR 60 YEARS AND YOUR LOVED ONE
BEING SENT FOUR AND A HALF HOURS AWAY. I DO HAVE THOSE
CONSTITUENTS AS WELL, Mr. SPEAKER. THEIR LOVED ONE LEFT
AT HOME CAN BARELY MAINTAIN THEIR HOME BECAUSE AT LEAST HALF
OF THEIR MONEY IS GOING TO THE NURSING HOME AND THEY’RE LEFT
HOME ALONE TO MAINTAIN, ASIDE FROM LOSING THEIR LOVED ONE.
AND THEN THERE’S THE FACT OF HAVING TO RAISE MONEY IN ORDER
TO PROVIDE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT SO THAT THE STAFF THAT WE HAVE
IN OUR NURSING HOME, IN OUR ICUs, THAT THEY HAVE TO RAISE
MONEY IN ORDER TO, YOU KNOW, THE ICU STAFF ARE RAISING MONEY SO
THEY CAN GO AWAY ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, SO THEY CAN LEARN
THE LATEST AND THE GREATEST. I KNOW STAFF IN NURSING HOMES THAT
ARE RAISING MONEY AND I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE, FOR LIFTS. IN THE
MAPLE HILLMAN NOR, THEY ARE RAISING MONEY, THEY ARE
FUNDRAISING SO THEIR PATIENTS OR THEIR RESIDENTS CAN BE LIFTED
AND TRANSFERRED PROPERLY AND SO THAT THEIR STAFF DON’T GET AN
INJURY. WHAT PART OF THAT DOES NOT SAY CRISIS? YOU KNOW, LET’S
FIND A PRETTIER WORD, WOULD THAT, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN’T
MATTER WHICH WAY YOU SLICE IT, IT’S A CRISIS. YOU KNOW, AND I
THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE’RE NOT DOING ANYBODY ANY
SERVICE UNLESS WE’RE HONEST. DEAL WITH IT HOWEVER WE HAVE TO
DEAL WITH IT. I WOULD BE ONLY TOO HAPPY TO BE — TO DO
WHATEVER I COULD TO TAKE PART. BUT I’M ALWAYS EXCLUDED. IT
SEEMS MY COUNCILLOR ANDRY EXCLUDED FROM EVERYTHING BUT
THAT’S ANOTHER DAY. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE AND WORK
WITH THIS GOVERNMENT OR ANY GOVERNMENT WHO COULD PROVIDE US
WITH THE LEADERSHIP, WITH THE DIRECTION, AND WITH THE IDEAS
AND INSIGHTFUL PROCESS TO MOVE THIS FORWARD, TO TAKE OUR
PROVINCE OUT OF THE CRISIS IT’S IN, TO PROTECT THOSE WHO WILL
COME — WHO HAVE COME BEFORE US AND TO PROTECT THOSE WHO WILL
COME AFTER US. THANK YOU. [ Some Applause ]
The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FOR SYDNEY MYER
LEWISBOURG. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, FOR
ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE FACING THE
PROVINCE. ESPECIALLY MY CONSTITUENCY. THROUGHOUT MY
RECENT CAMPAIGN, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO
THOUSANDS OF MIGHT HAVE CONSTITUENTS AND THE VAST
MAJORITY OF THEM, HEALTH CARE WAS THE MAJOR ISSUE, BIG-TIME.
THE CONSTANT E.R. CLOSURES IN AREAS SUCH AS GLACE BAY WHICH
WAS OPEN FOUR DAYS THIS SUMMER, REASON CLOSURES OF THE NORTH
SIDE GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE RURAL EFFECTS ARE BEING FELT
THROUGHOUT CAPE BRETON, ESPECIALLY THROUGHOUT MY
CONSTITUENCY. SPEAKING WITH A NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE PROTESTALS
FROM A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES, FROM NEUROLOGY TO PSYCHOLOGY TO
FAMILY MEDICINE, THEY FEEL COMPLETELY SET UP OVER THE LACK
OF CONSULTATION AND THEIR INPUT INTO LOCAL DECISION MAKING IN
CAPE BRETON ESPECIALLY. I’M SPEAKING FROM FIRST HANDLE
EXPERIENCE AS I WORKED AS A RENTED NURSE IN THE HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM. — AS A REGISTERED NURSE IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
I THINK THERE’S BEEN MISMANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE IN
CAPE BRETON ESPECIALLILY AND THIS IS VERY OBVIOUS AT THIS
TIME IN MY CONSTITUENCY AS WELL. FAR TOO MANY CONSTITUENTS FEEL
THAT EXECUTIVE DECISIONS IMPACTING CAPE BRETON ARE BEING
MADE IN IVORY TOWERS IN HALIFAX TO WHICH THEY HAVE THRILL TO NO
INPUT. THIS CONTINUES TO BUILD FRUSTRATION WITH CONSTITUENTS
OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS SUCCESS IN
AREAS OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. WELL, IN CAPE
BRETON, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE HALLWAYS FOR DAYS AND DAYS ON
END. I HAD A COLLEAGUE LAST NIGHT SEND ME A PICTURE A PIECE
OF WHITE CONSTRUCTION PAPER TAPED TO A WALL IN THE HALLWAY
IT. WAS ROOM 25. I THINK THAT’S WHAT IT SAID.
I KNOW SPEAKING FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE, WE CONTINUOUSLY HAVE
OCCUPANCY RATES IN THE IN IN-PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH OF 100%
WITH NEW PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS BEING HEAD IN E.R.s FOR DAYS
WITH NOWHERE TO GO, WHICH IS VERY DIFFICULT TO MANAGE AS YOU
CAN IMAGINE. I THINK WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH NOW IN ORDER
TO CHANGE THE DOWNWARD TRAJECTORY IN CAPE BRETON AND IN
THIS PROVINCE WITH HEALTH CARE. INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUMPING 9
THIS ISSUE OBVIOUSLY ISN’T WORKING. THERE’S SOMETHING
WRONG WITH OUR APPROACH. THERE NEEDS TO BE A COMPLETE
RE-EXAMINATION OF THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF CENTRALIZATION
AND THE EFFICIENCY OF THE CURRENT APPROACH.
I AM IMPLORE THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THERE
IS A CRISIS SO WE CAN STAND TOWARDS WORKING TOWARDS A
SOLUTION. I CAN SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO INSTANCES OF
HEALTH CARE DEFICIENCY IN CAPE BRETON THAT ARE CURRENTLY FOUND
IN A WIDE ARRAY OF PRACTICE AREAS. LAST NIGHT, I SPOKE TO
MY WIFE WHO IS A REGISTERED NURSE AND OBJECT SET CAL NURSE
AT CAPE BRETON REGIONAL. SHE ALSO WORKS IN PEDIATRICS, NICU,
AND LABOUR AND DELIVERY. SHE’S ALSO FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS
PREGNANT HERSELF. SHE GOT HEM LAST NIGHT EXHAUSTED AS USUAL
WITH NO BREAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WHETHER THAT BE LUNCH,
BATHROOM, ET CETERA. NOW, THAT’S A TYPICAL DAY FOR MY WIFE
LOCKING ON THAT UNIT AND A LOT OF HER COLLEAGUES AND STAFF AS
WELL. THEIR UNIT IS BUSTING AT THE SEAMS. WHY DO YOU ASK THIS
MAY BE THERE. ARE NO LONGER BABIES BEING BORN IN GLACE BAY,
OR ELSEWHERE. IT’S SIMPLE THERE. HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY
HIGH TURNOVER OF OB GYNs. OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW OVER THE LAST YEARS BECAUSE OF
EXCESSIVE WORK LOADS, A LACK OF RESPECT, LACK OF SUPPORT IN
THEIR DECISION MAKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THERE’S
ALSO CURRENTLY A SIX-MONTH WAIT TIME TO SEE A GYNECOLOGIST IN
CAPE BRETON AND NO NEONATALLOLOGISTS FOR BABIES
BORN PREMATURELY UNDER 34 WEEKS. THESE BABIES HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO
HALIFAX WHICH ULTIMATELY DELAY TREATMENT AND THIS LIFE-SAVING
MEASURE. WHICH ALSO PLACES EXTRA MENTAL AND FINANCIAL
STRAIN ON FAMILIES. ONE THING I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS
UNIT IN CAPE BRETON WHERE OUR FIRST DAUGHTER WAS BORN JUST
OVER TWO YEARS AGO IS THE CARE WE RECEIVED WAS EXCEPTIONAL AND
FIRST CLASS. I’D LIKE TO COMMEND THEM ON THAT. ACCORDING
TO THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION IN 2018, NOVA
SCOTIA HAS THE LOWEST PAID PHYSICIANS IN THE COUNTRY. I
WILL TABLE THAT, PLEASE. THE METHOD HOW PHYSICIANS HAVE PAID
AS MANY AND MANY AND MANY HAVE CAME TO ME WITH THIS ISSUE IS
FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED AND SHOWS A DISRESPECT TOWARDS THE
PROFESSION. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NOVA SCOTIANS REMAIN WITHOUT
A FAMILY DOCTOR AND THIS IS PARTICULARLY CONCERNING IN CAPE
BRETON . — WHERE THE RATES OF
OBESITY, BINGE DRINKING, HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, AND
CANCER ARE HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. MY
CONSTITUENTS NEED QUICK AND TIMELY ACCESS IN ORDER TO MANAGE
THESE CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS BEFORE GETTING TO THE POINT OF
NO RETURN WHICH ULTIMATELY LEADS TO IN-PATIENT HOSPITAL
ADMISSION. I THINK THE MAIN REASON FOR EXTREME WAIT TIMES IS
BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ROUTINE FOLLOW-UP EDUCATION IN
THE FORM OF A FAMILY PHYSICIAN. THE WAIT TIMES FOR CT SCANS AND
MRIs CONTINUE TO BE MONTHS AND MONTHS WHICH NEGATIVELY IMPACT
CLINICAL OUTCOMES FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DETERIORATING HEALTH
CONDITIONS SUCH AS CANCER WHICH COULD BENEFIT FROM QUICKER TREATMENT.
FROM PROFESSION EXPERIENCE WORKING IN MENTAL HEALTH AND
ADDICTIONS IS PARTICULARLY TROUBLING. ACCORDING TO THE
MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA, SUICIDE RATES IN NOVA
SCOTIA WENT UP 56% FROM THE YEARS 2000 TO 2016. I’D LIKE TO
TABLE THAT AS WELL. CURRENT FRIDAY CAPE BRETON AT ANY GIVEN
TIME, THERE ARE 10 TO 11 VACANCIES FOR PSYCHIATRIST AND
NO SUPPORT FOR ADDICTIONS FOR THOSE UNDER THE ABLE OF 18 IT.
WAS ALSO POINTED OUT TO THE ME LAST YEAR THAT PSYCHIATRISTS IN
CAPE BRETON ARE PAID LESS THAN THOSE IN HALIFAX WHICH GIVEN
THEIR EXTENSIVE WORK LOAD AND FREQUENCY OF BEING ON CALL, ALSO
CONDUCTING ECT TREATMENTS, I FOUND HARD TO BELIEVE. I SPOKE
WITH ONE GENTLEMAN FROM LEWISBURG THIS SUMMER, ACTUALLY,
LIVING WITH A BIPOLAR MOOD DISORDER. HE WAS WAITING TO SEE
A PSYCHIATRIST FOR SEVEN MONTHS FOR A SIMPLE MEDICATION
ADJUSTMENT WHICH HE COULD NOT GET AN APPOINTMENT. THIS LACK
OF SERVICE CAUSED THIS INDIVIDUAL TO DECOMPENSATE WITH
HIS HEALTH, LEADING TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND DIABETES. HE CANNOT
AFFORD HIS INSULIN, TEST STRIPS, OR THE PROPER CONDITION TO
MANAGE HIS HEALTH UNDER THE CURRENT PHARMA CARE STRUCTURE.
THERE ALSO NEEDS TO BE A MENTION OF THE IMPACTS OF CENTRALIZATION
THAT HAS HAD IN CAPE BRETON, PUTTING SIGNIFICANT STRAIN
OUTSIDE OF THE CENTRALIZED AREAS SUCH AS BADDECK. PEOPLE FROM
CAPE BRETON ARE UNSURE OF WHERE TO GO IN THE EVENT OF A MEDICAL
EMERGENCY BECAUSE THE CLOSURES ARE SO FREQUENT. THIS
UNCERTAINTY CUSSES A GREAT DEAL OF ANXIETY AND STRESS AMONGST
THIS POPULATION . THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON
FOR CAPE BRETON ESPECIALLY. NO ACCESS TO CARDIAC SURGERY OR
CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION, WHICH ARE ROUTINE PROCEDURES HERE IN
HALIFAX. THE RECENT CUTBACKS OF THORACIC SURGERY WAS ALSO A
GREAT LOSS TO CAPE BRETON GIVEN ITS HISTORY OF COAL MINING AND
THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND HIGHER PREVALENCE OF LUNG CANCERS, ALSO
DELAYING TREATMENTS FOR THESE PEOPLE.
I THINK THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE DIRE NEED FOR A CHANGE TO THE CURRENT
STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN CAPE BRETON AND THIS REQUIRES
IMMEDIATE ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT. LASTLY, I WOULD
LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE TREMENDOUS HEALTH CARE WORKERS
IN NOVA SCOTIA AND IN SPECIFICALLY IN CAPE BRETON,
INCLUDING DOCTORS, NURSES, PARAMEDICS, SOCIAL WORKERS,
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS,
PHYSIOTHERAPISTS AND ALL OTHERS. I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU. WE
HEAR YOU, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS A CRISIS AND WE CAN
FIND SOLUTIONS IF WE WORK TOGETHER BUT WE NEED TO STOP
THINGS FROM GETTING ANY WORSE RIGHT NOW.
I WOULD LIKE TO JUST USE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES FROM MY OWN
PERSONAL PRACTICE WORKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN CAPE
BRETON. THAT REALLY KIND OF STAND OUT TO ME OVER THE LAST
NUMBER OF YEARS. A 12-YEAR-OLD SUICIDAL CHILD ON
AN IN-PATIENT PSYCHIATRIC BED WITH NO FAMILY DOCTOR, WITH NO
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRISTS AND THERE’S NO
BEDS AVAILABLE AT THE IWK. SHE WAS SITTING WITH — SO I WAS
SITTING WITH THIS CHILD AT 1:00 IN THE MORNING WHILE HE’S ON THE
SAME UNIT AS AN 89-YEAR-OLD CONFUSED GERIATRIC PATIENT. YOU
TELL ME HOW I’M SUPPOSED TO MANAGE THAT SITUATION. I DON’T
KNOW. OFTEN TIMES, AN 18-YEAR-OLD WITH
SEVERE SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES ON THE SAME UNIT AS AN 89 GERIATRIC
PATIENT WHO HAS AGGRESSIVE VASCULAR DEMENTIA. AGAIN, HOW
ARE WE SUPPOSED TO MANAGE THAT AS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS?
THERE IS INCREASING VIOLENCE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS ESPECIALLY.
PERSONALLY, I’VE BEEN PUNCHED, SPIT ON, I HAD A KNIFE PULLED ON
ME TWO MONTHS AGO. THAT WAS A FIRST W LITTLE OR NO REPER
INDICATIONS FOR THE SAFETY OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND
THIS DOESN’T GET TALKED ABOUT AT ALL.
A BEST FRIEND OF MINE FROM GLACE BAY DID MED SCHOOL IN THE U.S.
I LIVED WITH HIM FOR A YEAR, ACTUALLY, WHEN WE WERE IN OUR
EARLY 20s. HE HAS 2-YEAR-OLD SON, A WIFE FROM GLACE BAY, A
FAMILY DOCTOR. AND HE’S PRACTICING IN PRESS SCOTT,
MAINE, RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE HE CAN’T GET BACK TO GLACE BAY TO
PRACTICE FAMILY MEDICINE. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO
ME. THERE’S THOUSANDS OF CARE BEDS NEEDED. NOT HUNDREDS.
HAVING WORKED IN LONG-TERM CARE, I CAN SPEAK TO. THAT WE NEED TO
START DOING A BETTER JOB AND BE IT NEEDS TO START RIGHT NOW.
THANK YOU. The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SYDNEY. // THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I’M
NOT SURE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE FOR THE DEBATE. OKAY. WE’VE
GOT ABOUT TEN MINUTES. SO HONOUR TO RISE TO TALK ABOUT
THIS VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSION. I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY A FEW
TIMES NOW. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE SPEAKERS THAT CAME BEFORE
ME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT IN THIS. I WILL MENTION TO THE
MEMBER FROM SYDNEY RIVER THAT WHEN MY BABY CAME INTO THE
WORLD, IT WAS HIS WIFE THAT ACTUALLY PLAYED A BIG PART IN
THAT SO I KNOW HOW HARD SHE WORKS, SIR, SO PLEASE SAY HI. FOR ME, THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT
CONVERSATION. I ALWAYS GO BACK TO WHAT WE’RE DOING ON THE
ISLAND. OF COURSE, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION RIGHT
ACROSS THE PROVINCE. BUT I REMEMBER HAVING THIS
CONVERSATION WHEN I WAS ACTUALLY A COUNCILLOR BACK IN 2008 WHEN
AT THAT TIME WE WERE TALKING ABOUT AS A COMMUNITY HOW WE’RE
GOING TO BE ABLE TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN PROFESSIONALS IN THE
COMMUNITY AND HERE WE ARE IN 2019 STILL HAVING THAT
CONVERSATION. I THINK ONE OF THE CHALLENGES AT HOME THROUGH
THAT PERIOD OF TIME REALLY WAS THAT WE — SUCCESSIVE
GOVERNMENTS WEREN’T REALLY MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS THAT WERE
GOING TO HELP WITH THE IDEA OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF OUR
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. SO HERE WE ARE IN 2019 LOOKING AT CAPE
BRETON AND WHAT WE NOW HAVE EMBARKED ON IS PROBABLY THE
LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT THAT CAPE BRETON ISLAND WILL
EVER SEE. ALONG WITH ALL THE PROGRAMS THAT MY COLLEAGUE
TALKED ABOUT IN REGARDS TO RECRUITING DOCTORS ABOUT OUR NEW
IMMIGRATION STREAMS, ABOUT SOME OF THE INTERNSHIPS THAT WE’RE
LOOKING AT, THESE ARE PAYING OFF. THESE ARE PAYING BIG
DIVIDENDS. WE ARE SEEING NEW DOCTORS COME INTO THE COMMUNITY.
JUST RECENTLY AT HOME, WE HAVE THREE NEW DOCTORS THAT ARE
ORIGINALLY FROM CAPE BRETON THAT STUDIED ABROAD THAT ARE COMING
HOME THAT ARE TAKING PATIENTS FROM A DOCTOR THAT RETIRED. SO
WE ARE BEGINNING TO FILL THAT GAP.
AND IT’S ALWAYS BEEN PEAKS AND VALLEYS. SO EARLIER ON IN OUR
DELIBERATIONS TODAY, THE OPPOSITION TALKED ABOUT THE 811
LIST. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I TRACK REGULARLY AND I’VE SEEN
THAT LIST REALLY FLUCTUATE AT TIMES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE LIST
CURRENTLY NOW FOR THIS MONTH IN 2019, YOU LOOK AT THE COMMUNITY
OF CHETICAMP, WE HAVE NOBODY ON
THE WAIT LIST. THAT IS A GOOD SIGN. IF YOU LOOK AT OTHER
COMMUNITYIES INVERNESS, THERE ARE
JUST OVER 20 LOOKING. WE NEED TO FIND CARE FOR PEOPLE PUTTING
THEIR NAME ON THE LIST. IN SYDNEY, THE NUMBER FLUCTUATES AS
WELL BECAUSE WE HAVE DOCTORSES THAT RETIRED AND MOVE ON BUT,
AGAIN, WE HAVE DOCTORS THAT COME IN, WHICH WE’RE SEEING. SO
THAT’S BEEN VERY POSITIVE. YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE
INVESTMENTS THAT WE ARE MAKING ON THE ISLAND, LOOK AT THE
HOSPICE, THE HOSPICE HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS
BEEN ADVOCATING FOR FOR YEARS, LED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO
APPROACH GOVERNMENT FOR HELP. WE’RE DELIVERING FOR THEM. WE
ARE GOING TO PROVIDE THE OPERATIONAL FUNDS SO THE
COMMUNITY CAN HAVE A HOSPICE. LOOK AT THE CANCER CENTRE. THE
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, THEY’VE BEEN
ADVOCATING FOR YEARS FOR AN EXPANDED CANCER CENTRE TO REACH
THE NEEDS THAT WE NEED, NOT ONLY ON THE I’LL BUT ACROSS THE
ISLAND BECAUSE IT WILL SERVICE FAMILIES FROM ALL OVER. WE’RE
COMMITTED TO THAT. WE’RE MAKING THAT HAPPEN. THAT IS A LARGE
PROJECT THAT IS BEING DRIVEN BY THE DOCTORS AT HOME.
THE E.R.s, WE’RE EXPANDING THE E.R.s AT THE REGIONAL AND
DELAYS BAY BASED ON THE FEEDBACK FROM OUR DOCTORS AND MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS AT HOME THAT SAYS THIS IS THE NOODLE NEW RECRUITS
WANT TO WORK IN. THIS IS THE SERVICE THEY WANT TO PROVIDE.
I’VE HAD THE TOMBTY TWICE NOW TO BE IN THE COMMUNITY OF NEW
WATERFORD WITH DOCTORS TO ANNOUNCE WHAT IS THE FIRST IN
CANADA COLLABORATIVE CENTRE WHICH IS GOING TO INCLUDE A NEW
HEALTH CARE CENTRE LONG-TERM CARE SALT AND A NEW SCHOOL FOR
THE COMMUNITY. AND Mr. SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU, THERE
WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THERE YESTERDAY TO SUPPORT THAT
PROJECT. SO I KNOW AND THE CONVERSATIONS I’M HAVING WITH
THE COMMUNITY AND THOSE STUDENTS ARE IMPORTANT, THEY’RE VERY
IMPORTANT TO THIS BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT THEM, THEY WERE THERE,
THEY’RE EXCITED FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY. NOT
ONLY ARE WE ENHANCING HEALTH CARE OR ENHANCING THEIR LIFE,
IT’S GREAT. THESE ARE UNHADS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN
CONSTRUCTION THAT ARE GOING TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
FOREVER YEARS IN OUR COMMUNITY, NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAUNDRY
FACILITY, NEW LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY. AGAIN AT THE ADVICE
OF OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE THE
ONES THAT ARE CALLING THE SHOTS. THEY’RE THE ONES THAT ARE COMING
FORWARD TO US SAYING WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT PATH FOR
HEALTH CARE IN CAPE BRETON. AND WE’RE SAYING YES, WE’RE THERE TO
SUPPORT YOU, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE’VE MADE A NUMBER OF
SIGNIFICANT ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO IMPACT HEALTH CARE
IN CAPE BRETON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
[ Some Applause ] AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE, I WANT
TO RECOGNIZE Dr. KEVIN ORO AND THE HEALTH CARE REDEVELOPMENT
TEAM BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK OVER
THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, REALLY, TO GET USES TO THIS
POINT. THEY ITEM STEPPED UP FOR THE CANCER CENTRE, THEY STEPPED
UP FOR THE E.R., THEY STEPPED UP FOR CRITICAL CARE, THEY STEPPED
UP FOR LONG-TERM CARE, THEY STEPPED UP FOR NEW
STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES, THEY STEPPED UP FOR THE
COMMUNITY. THEY STEPPED UP FOR THE COMMUNITY.
[ Some Applause ] AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE KNOW
THAT OUR HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO BE BETTER OFF, WE’RE SEEING
DOCTORS WHO LIVED AWAY, LOCAL DOCTORS AND DOCTORS FROM ALL
OVER THE WORLD STARTING TO SETTLE BACK IN CAPE BRETON.
AND, MADAM CHAIR, THE WORK IS NOT DONE IT. WILL NEVER BE
DONE. AND MADAM CHAIR, I’M SO GLAD THAT THE LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION CAME TO CAPE BRETON FOR THOSE IMPORTANT
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SUPPORTEDS THAT YOU DAY IN THE IMPORTANT
INVESTMENT IN THE WORK THAT THOSE DOCTORS DID.
[ Some Applause ] NO, I’M SAYING THAT WITH ALL
SERIOUSNESS BECAUSE HEALTH CARE — HEALTH CARE —
// [ Inaudible ]. // MADAM CHAIR, MADAM CHAIR.
The Chair: ORDER! // MADAM SPEAKER, ANY TIME IS A
GOOD TIME TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WHETHER IT’S IN CAPE
BRETON OR IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE BORDER.
// ORDER! THE MEMBER HAS THE INTERIOR.
// SO, MADAM SPEAKER, AGAIN, I’M HONOURED TO RISE IN MY SPOT TO
TALK ABOUT THIS AND I ONLY HAVE ABOUT TWO MINUTES LEFT BUT WE’RE
MAKING IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WORK TO DO.
ACCESS TO CARE WILL ALWAYS BE A TOPIC FOR WHATEVER GOVERNMENT
SITS ON THIS SIDE OF THE FLOOR. THERE IS NO QUESTION BECAUSE IT
IS ALWAYS GOING TO EVOLVE. BUT I DO KNOW THIS. ALL OF THE
THING THAT WE’RE DOING IS AS A RESULT OF THE DISCUSSIONS AND
THE FEEDBACK AND THE HARD WORK OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ON
THE GROUND, ON THE GROUND. GOVERNMENT IS THERE TO SUPPORT
THEM ALONG THE WAY. AND TO ALL OF THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
IN — AT HOME OR ACROSS THE PROVINCE, THANK YOU.. FROM ALL
OF US. THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR THE
DEDICATION TO OUR FAMILIES. WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU. WE’RE
LISTENING TO THE FEEDBACK THAT WE’RE RECEIVING. I COULD, YOU
KNOW, IF I HAD MORE TIME, I COULD, YOU KNOW, GET INTO SOME
OF THE OTHER DETAILS THAT WE’VE DONE TO SUPPORT FAMILIES ACCESS
PRIMARY CARE OR SPECIALIZED CARE FOR THAT MATTER.
AS I’VE SAID, WE ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THE LARGEST
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT IN THE HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF THE
CBRM. PROJECTS THAT WILL DEFINE THE COMMUNITY FOR YEARS TO COME.
PROJECTS THAT ULTIMATELY ARE ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND THE WELL
BEING OF OUR COMMUNITIES BUT ALSO ARE GOING TO CREATE
HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME
IN OUR COMMUNITY. PEOPLE ARE EXCITED. PEOPLE — THE
CONVERSATIONS I’M HAVING WITH PEOPLE THERE.
The Speaker: ORDER! THE MEMBER HAS THE FLOOR.
// [ Inaudible ] // , SO MADAM SPEAKER, IF MY
LAST 20 SECONDS, TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED, TO OUR REDEVELOPMENT
TEAM, TO THE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES IN VARIOUS
DEPARTMENTS WHO HAVE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO GET US TO THIS
POINT, WE HAVE LOTS OF WORK TO DO AND WE’RE GOING TO GET THE
WORK DONE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: ORDER. I
RECOGNIZE THE DEPUTY HOUSE LEADER FOR THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION. // THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I
WOULD NOW CALL BILL 155, THE HEALTH CARE.
The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU
WEST. [ Some Applause ]
// THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. IT’S ALWAYS
AN HONOUR TO STAND IF MY PLACE. I’M VERY EXCITED TO OPEN DEBATE
ON BILL 155, AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF THE HEALTH CARE
OMBUDSMAN. PERHAPS NOT ALL IN THIS CHAMBER, BUT MANY ARE
ASKING WHY. WHY THIS BILL. WHY DO WE NEED A HEALTH CARE
OMBUDSMAN. FOR MEASURING IT’S OBVIOUS. WHY WHY. BUT FOR THOSE
QUESTIONING, PLEASE KNOW THE MOTIVE BEHIND THIS BILL IS ALL
ABOUT THE PATIENT AND ALL ABOUT SERVICING NOVA SCOTIANS WHEN
THEY FIND THEMSELVES HITTING THAT PROVERBIAL BRICK WALL WITH
THE CHALLENGES OUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PRESENTS
THEM…. [ Please Stand By ] // — THIS LEADS TO NEGATIVE
IMPACTS ON PATIENT’S HEALTH AND WELL BEING AND ON THE HEALTH
CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. IN FACT, MADAM SPEAKER, JUST YESTERDAY
ALL MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US
RECEIVED THE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE NOVA SCOTIA OMBUDSMAN.
I’M NOT SURE HOW MANY OF US HAVE READ IT YET. IT’S NOT THAT LONG
OF A REPORT. I THINK IT’S IN THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT
LANGUAGES. BUT I READ IT. AND IN THAT REPORT, ON PAGE 19 AND I
CAN TABLE A COPY, THERE IS A GRAPH SHOWING THE YEAR IN REVIEW
FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS. AND IT CLEARLY SHOWS
THE INCREASE OF COMPLAINTS. I’M JUST GOING TO TABLE THAT COPY.
COMPLAINTS THAT CAME INTO THE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE WITH REGARDS
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND THE NSHA. 1 ANYONE
9 COMPLAINTS. — 1 199 COMPLAINTS.
AND YET MOST DON’T KNOW THEY CAN FILE THIS OFFICE TO FILE A
COMPLAINT WITH REGARD TO THEIR UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCE WITHIN
THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. MOST OF US DON’T EVEN
KNOW REALLY WHAT THIS OFFICE DOES. I WONDER HOW OFTEN DO ANY
OF US ACTUALLY USE THIS OFFICE AND PROVIDE THIS RESOURCE TO OUR
CONSTITUENTS. THE DIMENSIONS OF RESPECT IN
HEALTH CARE INCLUDE FREEDOM FROM HARM AND MISTREATMENT.
PRESERVATION OF PATIENT’S DIGNITY, VERY IMPORTANT, MADAM
SPEAKER. MAINTENANCE OF CONFIDENCALTY, PROVISION OF
INFORMATION AND INFORMED CONSENT. ENGAGEMENT WITH
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION RESPECTING PATIENT’S CHOICES.
PROVISION OF FISH AND EFFECTIVE CARE, AVAILABILITY OF COMPETENT
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND ACCESS TO FAMILY SUPPORT. IT’S DIFFICULT FOR A PATIENT TO
NAVIGATE OUR SYSTEM. AND A PATIENT’S NAVIGATION THROUGH THE
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM IS POTENTIALLY AND I WOULD SAY MORE
TIMES THAN OFTEN, MADAM SPEAKER, WITH CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY WHEN
HOSPITALIZED AND EVEN MORE SO IF THEY DO NOT HAVE A NETWORK OF
FAMILY, FRIENDS, TO SUPPORT THEM THROUGH WHAT IS OFTEN THEIR MOST
VULNERABLE TIMES IN LIFE. AND MOST TIMES, MADAM SPEAKER, THE
REALITY IS PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO RECEIVE OR ACCESS THE CARE THEY
NEED AND THAT USUALLY ENCOMPASSES WHETHER IT’S PRIMARY
CARE, HOME CARE, LONG-TERM CARE, OR JUST HAVING TO GO TO
EMERGENCY. OR PERHAPS SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF AND MY FAMILY THAT
DOESN’T HAVE A DOCTOR. THIS BILL HELPS THOSE IN WHAT
MAY BE THEIR WEAKNESS MOMENTS AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO STAND
BACK AND LOOK AT, THIS BILL AGAIN HAS TO BE NONPARTISAN.
THIS IS HELPING EVERYONE. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THE RIGHTS AND
INTERESTS OF PATIENTS AND SENIORS ARE PROTECTED, THAT
THEIR VIEWS ARE HEARD, AND THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE
HEALTH CARE SERVICE. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO PROVIDE
ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES ABOUT THE
AVAILABILITY, ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS, AND THE
RESPONSIVENESS AND RELEVANCE OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND AS WELL
THE BELL WOULD REVIEW AND INVESTIGATE MATTERS AFFECTING
THE RIGHTS OF PATIENTS AND SENIORS.
RIGHT NOW, THEIR VOICES ARE NOT BEING HEARD. GRIEVANCES CAN
RESULT, MADAM SPEAKER, FROM ANY STAGE IN THE PATIENT’S JOURNEY.
WE KNOW THAT A PATIENT’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
SYSTEM IS OFTEN VERY DIFFICULT. AND THIS IS USUALLY MORE LIKELY
TO OCCUR IF THERE IS AN ADVERSE EVENT SUCH AS WHEN THE PATIENT
IS POSSIBLY HARMED. I BELIEVE, MADAM SPEAKER, A
HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER IN A PROVINCE
THAT IS FACED WITH A HEALTH CARE CRISIS. AND WITH WE ALL JUST
HEARD MANY MEMBERS STAND UP IN THEIR PLACE AND SPEAK ABOUT THAT
CRISIS. SOME VERY SAD STORIES AND WE COULD STAND HERE ALL DAY
SHARING STORY. AND WE KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS
BEING DONE IN THIS PROVINCE. HEALTH CARE-WISE. BUT THE
CHALLENGES OUTWEIGH THE GOOD THAT’S HAPPENING. INTERESTING
ENOUGH, A SWEDISH PERSON MEANT GRIEVANCE AND IT WAS FIRST USED
BELIEVE IT OR NOT IN 1809 WHEN THE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT
ESTABLISHED SUCH AN OFFICE TO SERVICE ALL THEIR RESIDENTS.
THIS GRIEVANCE PERSON WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF LOOKING AFTER
CITIZENS IN INTERESTS IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH GOVERNMENT. THE
SYSTEM WAS TAKEN UP BY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE 20th CENTURY.
SO MUCH THAT THERE ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 150 COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO
THE INTERNATIONAL OMBUDSMAN INSTITUTE. 150 COUNTRIES THAT
HAS SUCH AN OFFICE. EVERY OMBUDSMAN SYSTEM HAS TWO
BASIC FUNCTIONS, MADAM SPEAKER, AND IT’S PRETTY BASIC. IT’S
INVESTIGATION AND RESOLUTION OF GRIEVANCES SUFFERED BY
INDIVIDUALS AND, OF COURSE, IMPROVEMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES
THROUGH LEARNING FROM THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE
UNDERTAKEN AND, OF COURSE, IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS
RECOMMENDATIONS AND TO MONITOR AND ENSURE THAT THE DESIRED
OUTCOMES ARE ATTAINED. THE VALUES OF THE VARIOUS HEALTH
OMBUDSMAN SYSTEM INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING. THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY OF PATIENTS ARE, OF COURSE, PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.
NUMBER 2, THE ACTIONS ARE INDEPENDENT AND IMPARTIAL AND IN
THE PUBLIC INTEREST. OPEN AND HONEST COMMUNICATION AND SHARING
OF INFORMATION ASSISTS IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE
DELIVERY, AND OF COURSE, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
ARE THE BASES FOR GRIEVANCE. FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT FOR
PATIENTS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AS WELL. THIS
INCLUDES THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC
AND PROMOTION OF HIGH STANDARDS OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY BY
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND SERVICES. AS WELL AS PROMOTION
OF PROFESSIONAL, SAFE, AND COMPETENT PRACTICES BY HEALTH
CARE PROFESSIONALS AND MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC
CONFIDENCE. I BELIEVE THAT EVERY MEMBER IN
THIS CHAMBER WOULD LIKE TO SEE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE INCREASE
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, IT’S LACKING IN THIS PROVINCE. WE NEED
CONFIDENCE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE GROVANCES, SAFETY
AND EQUALITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND THIS IS WHAT THIS
BILL WILL DO. THE HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN SYSTEM
FUNCTIONS BY RECEIVING AND INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS ABOUT
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND SERVICES AND PROFESSIONALS. IT
WOULD ALSO BE THE DECIDING ACTION — WOULD TAKE ON THE
DECIDING ACTION THAT WOULD HELP TO RESOLVE MANY OF THESE
COMPLAINTS AND IN CERTAIN INSTANCES TAKING IMMEDIATE
ACTIONS TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC WHICH THEY WOULD
MONITOR THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE OF REGULARTORS, HEALTH CARE —
REGULATORS, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND RESOLVING
HEALTH CARE GRIEVANCES. THERE WOULD BE REPORTING ON THE
PERFORMANCE OF ITS FUNCTIONS TO THE PUBLIC AND TO THE NOVA
SCOTIA HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY. MADAM SPEAKER, MANY OF US IN
THIS LEGISLATURE SPENT OUR SUMMER KNOCKING ON DOORS,
WHETHER IT WAS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS OURSELVES WITH OUR
CONSTITUENTS, OR IF IT WAS GOING INTO OTHER CONSTITUENCIES DURING
THE BY-ELECTIONS TO HELP ELECT OUR COLLEAGUES. WE WERE VERY
LUCKY IN THOSE FOUR BUY ELECTS AND IT’S GREAT TO HAVE NEW
COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE CHAMBER. BUT I THINK MORE
IMPORTANTLY GOING BACK TO THE DOOR KNOCKING ASPECT OF THIS
SUMMER, IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO HEAR AND UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS
OF THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT FROM A GRASSROOTS LEVEL, TO BE ABLE
TO STAND AT THEIR DOOR OR BE INVITED IN TO SIT AT THE KITCHEN
TABLE OR IN THEIR LIVING ROOM AND HEAR EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE
EXPERIENCING. MADAM SPEAKER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT ONE ISSUE THAT
CAME UP OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN WAS HEALTH CARE. BY THE
END OF THE DAY, WHEN WE WOULD ALL CONNECT AND SAY HOW WAS YOUR
DAY, WHAT DID YOU HEAR, WE KNEW ONE TOPIC THAT WAS ALWAYS GOING
TO BE DISCUSSED WAS HEALTH CARE. MADAM SPEAKER, PEOPLE ARE
AFRAID, THEY ARE FRUSTRATED, AND THEY ARE ANGRY. THEY ARE ANGRY.
AND WE CAN’T BLAME THEM. THEY ARE AFRAID THE SYSTEM WON’T BE
THERE WHEN WE NEED IT. THEY ARE FRUSTRATED THAT IT IS BECOMING
HARDER AND HARDER TO ACCESS LIFE-SAVING SERVICES. AND THEY
ARE ANGRY THAT THEY HAVE FEW OPTIONS TO EXPRESS THEIR
FRUSTRATION. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW THEM TO HAVE SUPPORT IN
EXPRESSING THEIR FRUSTRATIONS. THEY REALLY RIGHT NOW HAVE
NOWHERE TO TURN. BILL 155 GIVES THEM SOMEWHERE TO TURN, SOMEONE
TO INVESTIGATE THEIR COMPLAINTS, SOMEONE TO GIVE THEM A VOICE,
AND SOMEONE TO HELP THEM GET ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE HEALTH
CARE SERVICES. THIS BILL MAKES THE HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN AN
INDEPENDENT OFFICER OF THE LEGISLATURE. BECAUSE HE OR SHE
IS INDEPENDENT OF GOVERNMENT, THE HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN CAN
ENSURE THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF PATIENTS AND SENIORS AND THAT
THEY ARE PROTECTED WITHOUT FEAR. THAT MEANS THEY CAN MEDIATE OR
ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF A PATIENT. IT MEANS THEY CAN END INDICATE
NOVA SCOTIANS ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE
ROLE OF THE HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN. I DON’T KNOW A NOVA
SCOTIAN, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WOULD NOT WANT THIS SERVICE
PROVIDED TO THEM. FINALLY, A HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN
CAN REVIEW AND INVESTIGATE HEALTH CARE MATTERS AFFECTING
NOVA SCOTIANS. WHEN NOVA SCOTIANS ARE ABLE TO ACCESS OUR
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THEY USUALLY RECEIVE EXCELLENT CARE. WHERE
WE RUN INTO PROBLEMS MOSTLY IS ACCESSING CARE. ON
SEPTEMBER 1st, THE NSHA REPORTED THAT NEARLY 52,000 NOVA
SCOTIANS DID NOT HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR. THAT SHUTS ONE DOOR TO
THE SYSTEM. OVER THE SUMMER, WE WITNESSED EMERGENCY ROOMS CLOSE
TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND THE FALLOUT OF THOSE CLOSURES WERE
NOT GOOD. DURING ONE WEEK IN AUGUST, ALMOST A THIRD, A THIRD
OF ALL THE EMERGENCY ROOMS IN THE PROVINCE WERE CLOSED FOR
SOME OR ALL OF THE WEEK. MADAM SPEAKER, IF YOU ARE A NOVA
SCOTIAN WITHOUT A FAMILY DOCTOR, THE LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM IS ONE
OF YOUR ONLY OPTIONS. IN FACT, I SAT THERE FOR 13 HOURS THIS
PAST WEEKEND WITH MY FATHER WHO DOESN’T HAVE A DOCTOR.
MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BILL PROVIDES A UNANIMOUS PARTISAN
CONCRETE WAY TO HELP NOVA SCOTIANS AND TO IMPROVE OUR
SYSTEM. MADAM SPEAKER, IT SIMPLY JUST MAKES SENSE FOR US
TO TAKE A UNANIMOUS PARTISAN APPROACH AND I URGE ALL 51
MLAs TO SUPPORT BILL 155 AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL
TAXPAYERS IN NOVA SCOTIA. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER. // THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM
SPEAKER, AND CERTAINLY A PLEASURE TO RISE AND SPEAK ON
BILL 155. AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF THE HEALTH CARE
OMBUDSMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THAT . I’M PLEASED
THAT ON OCCASION, SHE’S EVEN COMPLEMENTED THE GOVERNMENT ON
SOME OF ITS STEPS ON THE HEALTH CARE FILE, BUT NATURALLY WE
DON’T AGREE ON ALL ISSUES ON ALL MATTERS OF POLICY OR PRACTICE
AND PROCESS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE STATED THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHY. WHY DO WE NEED
AN OFFICE OF THE HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN? WELL, MADAM SPEAKER,
I HOPEFULLY ANSWER HER QUESTION. AND I’M SURE THAT AS A
REASONABLE VOLK FOR HEALTH CARE ON BEHALF OF ALL NOVA SCOTIANS,
SHE WILL RECOGNIZE THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH AN
OFFENSIVE WOULD SIMPLY BE AN EXPENSIVE DUPLICATION OF SERVICE
SERVICE. BUT WE CERTAINLY AGREE ON THE
RIGHT OF NOVA SCOTIANS TO FAIR AND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTH
CARE SERVICES AND ALL PATIENTS AND IN PARTICULAR SENIORS ARE
SUPPORTED IN MAKING DECISIONS ON THEIR HEALTH CARE. INDEED,
MADAM SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING THE
RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF PATIENTS ARE PROTECTED. THAT THEIR VIEWS
ARE HEARD. AND THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE HEALTH
CARE SERVICES. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE CONTINUES TO BE A
GREAT DEAL OF MISUNDERSTANDING AND, IN FACT, A GREAT DEAL OF
MISINFORMATION IN REGARD TO THE PROTECTION OF PATIENT’S RIGHTS
AND INTERESTS AND IN REGARD TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THE DATA
DOES NOT SUPPORT SUCH A NARRATIVE.
SO LET’S HEAR SOME FACTS. FACTS RATHER THAN FALLACY. AND HERE’S
SOME QUICK FACTS THAT PERTAIN BOTH TO THIS AND ALSO SOME OF
THE OTHER COMMENTS WE’VE HEARD HERE IN THE HOUSE TODAY. NOVA
SCOTIA IS 4th IN CANADA WHEN IT COMES TO CONDUCTING
PATIENTS — CONNECTING PATIENTS WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. AND
THAT’S NOT THIS GOVERNMENT’S STAT. THAT’S STATS CANADA
SPEAKING TO THAT. NOVA SCOTIA HAS THE HIGHEST
NUMBER OF DOCTORS PER CAPITA IN CANADA. AGAIN, NOT AT STATISTIC
GENERATED BY THIS GOVERNMENT BUT THAT COMES FROM THE CANADIAN
INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION. AND AS WE HEARD
FROM MY COLLEAGUE EARLIER TODAY, AS OF SEPTEMBER 1 OF THIS YEAR,
OVER 110,000 PEOPLE IN NOVA SCOTIA HAVE FOUND A PRIMARY
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, A FAMILY DOCTOR OR A NURSE PRACTITIONER.
AND THAT’S TRACKED THROUGH THE NEED OF FAMILY PRACTICE
REGISTRY. AND, IN FACT, NUMBERS IN THE REGISTRY — IN FACT,
NUMBERS HAVE DECLINED IN SEVEN OF THE LAST TEN MONTHS. NUMBERS
ARE STABILIZING AND DECREASING. PUT LET’S RETURN TO THE MATTER
AT HAND HERE. — BUT LET’S RETURN TO THE MATTER AT HAND
HERE. THE MEMBER OPPOSITE SPOKE TO THE SAME REPORT, THE OFFICE
OF THE OMBUDSMAN AND SHE SAID THAT SHE HAS READ IT. I MIGHT
SUGGEST THAT SHE HAS SELECTIVELY READ IT OR SELECTIVELY SPOKEN
FOR IT — // AND YOU WOULD KNOW.
// I WOULD. I WOULD KNOW. OKAY. THANK YOU.
The Speaker: ORDER. THE MEMBER FROM CHESTER St.
MARGARETS HAS THE FLOOR. // YES, WE’VE JUST RECEIVED THIS
AND THE MEMBER QUOTED A STATISTIC ON PAGE 19. THERE’S
SOME NICE COLOURFUL CHARTS THAT INDICATE THAT THERE WERE 1 199
COMPLAINTS FENCE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS FROM 2018
TO 2019. NOW, IF SHE HAD TAKEN THE DISCUSSION FURTHER, PERHAPS
SHE WOULD HAVE NOTED THERE WERE 498 COMPLAINTS MADE AGAINST THE
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES. TWO AND A HALF TIMES
MORE THAN MADE AGAINST HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND THE NSHA. SHE
MIGHT ALSO HAVE NOTED THAT THERE WERE 320 COMPLAINTS MADE AGAINST
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I
PAUSE TO WONDER IF THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WONDERS IF WE SHOULD
ESTABLISH AN OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICE OMBUDSMAN OR THE OFFICE
OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OMBUDSMAN AND SO ON AND SO
FORTH. BUT, NO, THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE AND THE PARTY OPPOSITE TENDS TO HAVES A ONE-TRACK MIND
WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. THE FACT IS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE
NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY ,
THEY BOTH HAVE QUALITY ORGANIZATIONS WHERE THEY CAN
MAKE COMPLAINTS. PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE CARE THEY
RECEIVED FROM ANY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS OR PROFESSIONALS CAN
MAKE A COMPLAINT TO THEIR REGULATORS, INCLUDING THE
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, THE COLLEGE OF NURSES,
AND THE COLLEGE OF PARAMEDICS, IN FACT. THE DEPTH OF HEALTH
AND WELLNESS CAN ALSO LOOK INTO MATTERS IF PATIENTS OR THEIR
FAMILIES FEEL THEY ARE NOT BEING HEARD. BUT PRIMARILY WE HAVE
THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN WHO CAN INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS
AGAINST THE NSHA, AGAINST THE IWK, OR AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS OR AGAINST NUMEROUS OTHER
DEPARTMENTS. SO I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT IS A COSTLY DUPLICATION
OF SERVICES TO SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULD ESTABLISH A SEPARATE
OFFICE. NOW, THIS REPORT, IT DOES REPEAT
THE ROLE, THE MANDATE OF THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN AND I’LL
TABLE THE REPORT AS MY COLLEAGUE DID. AND THAT’S TO ENSURE
GOVERNMENT DECISIONS AND PROCESSES ARE FAIR AND
CONSISTENT AND TRANSPARENT. THEIR MANDATE APPLIES TO
INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM OR IMPACTED BY A
PROVINCIAL, AND IN FACT, EVEN MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS. I’D LIKE
TO DRAW THE MEMBERS’ ATTENTION TO SEVERAL EXAMPLES IN THIS
REPORT THAT SPEAK TO THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE. SO ONE COMPLAINANT SPEAKS OF A
SENIOR WHOSE HOME CARE NURSING WAS DISCONTINUED AND AFTER
REVIEW, THE OMBUDSMAN MADE A TOTAL OF 13 RECOMMENDATIONS.
ALL OF WHICH HAVE EITHER BEEN IMPLEMENTED OR ARE CURRENTLY
BEING MONITORED FOR IMPLEMENTATION. MADAM SPEAKER, ANOTHER CASE
HERE, PAGE 22 AND 23, MAY I QUOTE, MADAM SPEAKER, FROM THE
REPORT, IF I’M TABLING IT? The Speaker: YOU HAVE TO TABLE
THE REPORT. // I WILL DO THAT. TWO
INDIVIDUALS EXPRESSED CONCERN FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL BEING OF
A SEAN YOUR WHO WAS LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO THE
INDIVIDUALS, THEY BELIEVE THE SENIOR WAS AT RISK AND AS A
RESULT, THEY SUBMITTED COMPLAINTS OR REFERRALS TO ADULT
PROTECTION. IT WAS IDENTIFIED
THIS WAS A MISCOMMUNICATION OR MISUNDERSTANDING REGARDING USE
OF KITCHEN FATS BY HOME CARE STAFF.
FURTHER COMMUNICATION IF THE COMPLAINANTS INDICATED THEY NO
LONGER HAD CONCERNS REGARDING THE SENIOR’S SAFETY.
TWO EXAMPLES OF HOW THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN IS SUCCESSFULLY
DEALING WITH CONCERNS THAT IMPACT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
THAT IMPACT SENIORS, THAT IMPACT THE WELL-BEING OF NOVA SCOTIANS.
IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM, IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, IN COMMUNITY
SERVICES THROUGHOUT SO I’D SAY,
MADAM SPEAKER, IN RESPONSE TO NOVA SCOTIA’S AGING POPULATION
AND THE DEMAND PLACED ON THE CONTINUING CARE SYSTEM, THE
OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN HAS INCREASED OUTREACH TO NURSING
HOMES AND OTHER LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES. AN OMBUDSMAN
REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND SENIORS OUTREACH EVENTS IN AN EFFORT TO
CONNECT WITH THOSE WHO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CARE
AND TO SUPPORT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE LIVING WITH EXTRA CARE
NEEDS. MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY THAT
OUR SYSTEM IS WELL SUITED TO ENSURE THAT NOVA SCOTIANS
RECEIVE FAIR AND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND THAT
PATIENTS AND SENIORS ARE SUPPORTED IN MAKING THEIR HEALTH
CARE DECISIONS. IN ESSENCE, MADAM SPEAKER, IN
ESSENCE, MAD TAM SPEAKER, THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF ALL NOVA
SCOTIANS PERTAINING TO HEALTH CARE ARE PROTECTED BY THIS
GOVERNMENT. NOW, WE SPOKE OF FACTS AND
FALLACIES AND THERE ARE SO MANY. I’M JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH A
FEW OF THE FACTS OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, OKAY? CONTINUING
CARE — CONTINUING CARE. REDUCED WAIT LIST FOR HOME CARE.
EXTENDED THE CAREGIVER BENEFIT
PROGRAM FOR CAREGIVERS WITH OVER 1300 NEW PEOPLE ENROLLING.
WE’VE CUT THE WAIT LIST FOR LONG-TERM CARE IN HALF.
[ Some Applause ] WE HAVE ACTED ON ALL
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL TO IMPROVE
QUALITY OF HOME CARE IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES. WE HAVE
ADDED NURSING HOME BEDS ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA. 122 IN CAPE
BRETON. WE’VE MOVED BEDS FROM
THE BG AND QEII HEALTH SCIENCESTER AND PROVIDED FUNDING
TO OPERATE AND SUPPORT THE HOSPICE. WE’RE SUPPORTING THE
CREATION OF HOSPICES IN KEMPTVILLE AND CAPE BRETON
THROUGH FUNDING TO OPERATE THESE HOMES. MENTAL HEALTH. WE’VE
EXPANDING SCHOOLS PLUS SO THE REMAINDER OF SCHOOLS — TO THE
REMAINDER OF SCHOOLS IN NOVA SCOTIA THIS YEAR. THAT’S 45
SCHOOLS ADDED THIS YEAR. ALL SCHOOLS ACROSS THE PROVINCE WILL
NOW HAVE ACCESS TO SOME — The Speaker: ORDER, ORDER!
THE MEMBER FOR CHESTER St. MARGARET’S HAS THE FLOOR.
// THANK YOU, MAD TAM SPEAKER. WE’VE EXPANDING THE CAPER BASE
MODEL, THE VERY SUCCESSFUL CAPER BASE MODEL TO YOUTH OUTREACH IN
NORTHERN AND WESTERN ZONES. WE’RE PILOTING NEW YOUTH HEALTH
CENTRES IN CITADEL, GLACE BAY, AMHERST. ADDICTIONS. WE HAVE
CUT THE WAIT LIST FOR OPIOID TREATMENTS WHICH WAS DISCUSSED
EARLIER HERE TODAY BY ABOUT 90%. AS OF JULY 1st, THERE WERE
ONLY 19 NOVA SCOTIANS LEFT ON THE WAIT LIST FOR OPIOID USE
DISORDER TREATMENT. AND ABOUT 9300 NALOXONE KITS HAVE BEEN
PROVIDED, MAJOR ADVANCES IN ADDICTION CHALLENGES. AND WE
CAN NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT DOCTOR RECRUITMENT,
NOR CAN THE OPPOSITION. DOCTOR RECRUITMENT. 181 NEW
DOCTORS AND SPECIALISTS RECRUITED SINCE APRIL 2018.
181! 74 FAMILY INTERESTS AND 107 SPECIALISTS.
// [ Inaudible ] // WE HAVE A NEW FUND — THANK
YOU, EFFORTS BY COMMUNITIES TO CREATE DOCTORS AND WITH I’M
PLEASED THAT MY OWN COMMUNITY OF CHESTER St. MARGARET’S IS
WORKING HARD IN THAT AREA. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, IN WRAPPING UP, I
WOULD JUST AGAIN LIKE TO REPEAT THAT WHILE WE APPRECIATE THE
EFFORTS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY, WE DO RECOGNIZE THAT
ESTABLISHING THIS OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN HEALTH CARE WOULD BE
INEXPENSIVE DUE APPLICATION OF CURRENT SERVICE PROVIDED BY THIS
GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER.
The Speaker: I WILL ASK THE MEMBER TO TABLE THAT REPORT. I
RECOGNIZE THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.
// THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY
TO SPEAK ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PROVIDED BY MY COLLEAGUES
AND THE OPPOSITION. I GUESS FOR US, THIS PROPOSAL IMMEDIATELY
SPARKS THE QUESTION, YOU KNOW, WHERE HAVE WE GOTTEN TO IF WE
NEED A HEALTH OMBUDSPERSON? TO ME, IT’S A SIGN THAT THE IF I
RECALL LOT OF HAS STOPPED LISTENING TO PATIENTS. THAT’S
WHY PEOPLE TEND TO WANTED AN OMBUDSPERSON. THAT SORT OF AN
OFFICE. WHEN THERE ISN’T TRUST IN THE SYSTEM. PATIENTS HAVE
BEEN SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM FOR MANY YEARS AND AT TIMES WHEN THEY ARE IN THOSE
HOMES OF CRISIS, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO GET THE ASSISTANCE, THE
ANSWERS, THE ASSURANCES THAT THEY NEED, THAT THEIR FAMILY
MEMBERS ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF AND THAT THEY’RE REALLY
LEGITIMATE CONCERNS — THEIR REALLY LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ARE
GOING TO BE ADDRESSED. WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE MEDIA WITH
THEIR TERRIBLE EXPERIENCES, IT’S ITEMCALLY AFTER SEVERAL YEARS
EVEN OF ATTEMPTING TO GET AN ANSWER OR — TYPICALLY AFTER
SEVERAL YEARS OF ATTEMPTING TO GET AN ANSWER FROM THE HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM TO ADDRESS THEIR NEEDS. I’M SURE THAT I’M NOT
ALONE AS AN MLA IN HAVING PEOPLE COME TO MY OFFICE WITH VERY
CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO HEALTH OR HAVING
THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS OR PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM CONTACT ME BECAUSE
THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO GET SATISFACTION WITHIN THE SYSTEM.
I THINK, FOR EXAMPLE, A WOMAN IN MY CONSTITUENCY WHO HAD BEEN A
CLIENT OF INCOME ASSISTANCE AND ENDED UP IN HOSPITAL FOR A
PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME WHERE ONCE SHE HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ALL OF HER INCOME WAS REMOVED AND SO
SHE LITERALLY HAD NOT A DOLLAR COMING IN TO PAY FOR INCIDENTS
WHILE SHE LIVED ESSENTIALLY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A VERY LONG
PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE BEING MOVED FINALLY TO A LONG-TERM
CARE FACILITY. AND IT REQUIRED ADVOCACY FROM MY OFFICE TO BRING
COMMUNITY OFFICES AND HEALTH TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
EVEN SOMEONE WHO IS IN HOSPITAL ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, NEEDS AND
DESERVES ENOUGH MONEY TO, YOU KNOW, BUY A GREETING CARD OR,
YOU KNOW, MAKE A LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALL. ANOTHER EXAMPLE I
CAN THINK OF WAS A WOMAN WHO HAS
BEEN ON OPIOIDS FOR PAIN RELIEF FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND AS
POLICIES HAVE CHANGED, SHE WAS FEELING VERY VULNERABLE TO
ACTUALLY HAVING HER MEDICAL CARE, WHICH WORKED FOR HER DUE
TO A VERY RARE CONDITION BE DISRUPTED AND THAT CAME WITH THE
REMOVAL — THE EXITING, THE RETIREMENT OR MOVING AWAY OF
MULTIPLE PAIN SPECIALISTS WHO WERE WORKING IN THE HALIFAX
AREA. AND CERTAINLY I WOULD HAVE
APPRECIATED A MEDICAL OMBUDSMAN BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS ONE
OF THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE I ACTUALLY CALLED UP MAUREEN
McDONALD, WHO OF COURSE, WAS WONDERFUL AND A VERY EFFECTIVE
HEALTH MINISTER BUT ALSO THE MLA IN MY CONSTITUENCY FOR 18 YEARS
AND SHE HELPED ME WADE MY WAY THROUGH THAT AND FINALLY, YOU
KNOW, GAVE ME SOME ADVICE THAT, YOU KNOW, AS AN MLA, I’M
ACTUALLY NOT — I’M ELECTED TO BE A LEGISLATOR, NOT TO BE
SECOND-GUESSING MEDICAL ADVICE OR MEDICAL DECISIONS AND YET I
FELT THAT MY CONSTITUENT REALLY WANTED AND EVEN DESERVED AN
ADVOCATE WHO HAD SOME EXPERTISE IN MODE ISN’T AND SO, YOU KNOW,
I THINK OF THOSE CASES AND I THINK OF OTHER CASES WHERE NOVA
SCOTIANS AND WE SAW IT, WE SAW IT QUITE RECENTLY, SHARED THEIR
HEALTH CARE HORROR STORIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA, ON FACEBOOK.
THEY’RE FINDING THOSE PLATFORMS BECAUSE THEY’RE FEELING LIKE
THEY ARE NOT BEING HEARD. AND THAT IS IN THE END THE FUNCTION
OF ANY OMBUDSPERSON. SO I GUESS EVEN THE UNDERLYING
QUESTION THEN BECOMES SHOULD THAT BE NECESSARY? WHAT SORT OF
A SITUATION ARE WE IN WHEN PEOPLE ARE, YOU KNOW, ASKING FOR
AN a.m. BUDS PERSON BECAUSE — OMBUDSPERSON BECAUSE OTHERWISE
THE ONLY OPTION IS TO MAKE A VIDEO THAT YOU HOPE GOES VIRAL.
SHOULD OUR EXPECTATIONS OF HOW WELL OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
RESPONDS TO PATIENTS BE SO LOW? AND ARE PEOPLE REALLY SO FED UP
THAT THEY’RE CALLING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WHOLE
ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE TO ENSURE THEIR ISSUES DON’T FALL
THROUGH THE CRACKS. WHY IS THAT? AND AT THE SAME TIME, TO
CHALLENGE THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT ON NOVA SCOTIANS’ EXPERIENCE OF
THIS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND OF THE RESPONSIVENESS OF OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM. THE TRUTH IS THAT WHEN THE PREMIER WAS ONE OF THE
FIRST IN CANADA TO BAIL ON TRYING TO NEGOTIATE A NATIONAL
HEALTH ACCORD IN 2017 AND INSTEAD OF WORKING TOGETHER WITH
OTHER PROVINCES TO SECURE A NATIONAL DEAL THAT WOULD HAVE
INCLUDED FUNDING FOR NOVA SCOTIA TO MEET OUR SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE
NEEDS AND OUR SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC CIRCUMSTANCES, AND
WHEN HE ACCEPTED THE SAME FORMULA FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU THAT
HAD BEEN OFFERED BY PREVIOUSLY AND NEGOTIATED BY STEPHEN
HARPER’S GOVERNMENT, WE WERE SIGNING UP FOR THE LENGTH OF
THAT ACCORD TO UNDER-FUND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, TO NOT HAVE
THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED. AND SO EVERYWHERE IN OUR HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM, PEOPLE ARE BEING TOLD TO MAKE DO AND TO DO MORE WITH
LESS. JUST SEE MORE PATIENTS WITH FEWER DOCTORS AND NURSES,
TO CARE FOR MORE NURSING HOME RESIDENTS WITH FEWER STAFF, AND
WITH FEWER FUNDS PER PATIENT. TO DELIVER MORE BABIES WITH
FEWER MIDWIVES. AND SO IT’S NO WONDER THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING
BAD EXPERIENCES AND THAT THEY’RE NOT GETTING THE CARE THAT THEY
DESERVE AND THAT THEY’RE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. CASES REQUIRING AN OMBUDSPERSON
SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE EXCEPTION AND NOT THE RULE. AND IN
GENERAL, OF COURSE, NOVA SCOTIANS WANT A HEALTH CARE
SYSTEM THAT THEY CAN RELY ON. NOT ONE WHERE THEY FEEL LIKE
THEY HAVE TO FIGHT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IT GET THE CARE THAT
THEY DESERVE. AND LIKE MULTIPLE OTHER MEMBERS IN THIS CHAMBER
TODAY, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT NOTHING THAT WE SAY FROM THIS
SIDE OF THE HOUSE IS EVER MEANT TO CRITICIZE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
WORKING VERY HARD IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, BUT I KNOW FROM MY
OWN EXPERIENCES OF GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR THAT SOME OF THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST DISSPIRITTED AND ARE MOST FRANK ABOUT THE
CHALLENGES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ARE ACTUALLY THE PEOPLE
WHO ARE WORKING IN IT. OR AS IS THE CASE OF, YOU KNOW, ONE NURSE
IN PARTICULAR I CAN RECALL A LONG CONVERSATION WITH, THE
PEOPLE THAT HAVE CHOSEN TO LEAVE THE SYSTEM RATHER THAN TO
CONTINUE WORKING BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY LOVE THEIR WORK,
THEY FELT THEY SIMPLY COULD NOT ABIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT
THEY WERE WORKING IN AND BECAUSE IN THAT PARTICULAR CASE, SHE
FELT THAT SHE WAS GOING TO JEOPARDIZE HER OWN HEALTH BY
CONTINUING TO WORK IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT NURSES
WORKING IN THE EOR AND THE O.R.WERE FACING. IF PEOPLE FEEL
WE NEED A HEALTH OMBUDSMAN AT THIS TIME, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY
BUT I THINK WE NEED TO START LOOKING AT THE ISSUES THAT LIE
BENEATH THE SURFACE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN PASSAGE.
[ Some Applause ] // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. I
WOULD JUST LIKE TO START BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE NDP’S ACTUALLY
SPEAKING TO THE BILL AND THE INTENT OF THE BILL, SO THANK YOU
VERY MUCH. I DO TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE MEMBER FROM CHESTER St.
MARGARET’S BAY MORE THAN ONCE DISPARAGING THE COMMENTS OF THE
MEMBER FROM PICTOU WEST WHO INTRODUCED THIS BILL. BUT I DID
AGREE WITH SOMETHING THAT THE MINISTER OR THE MEMBER FROM
CHESTER St. MARGARET’S BAY SAID ABOUT AN EXPENSIVE
DUPLICATION OF SERVICES AND I’M MAKING THE OBSERVATION THAT HIS
GOVERNMENT WOULD KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT. HOWEVER — HOWEVER, THAT
WAS INSULTING TO SUGGEST THAT AN
ISSUE SO IMPORTANT AS HEALTH CARE WOULD BE SO DISMISSIVELY
DISCUSSED BY THIS GOVERNMENT. WE DO HAVE AN OMBUDSMAN IN NOVA
SCOTIA. AND AS THE MEMBER FROM CHESTER St. MARK MARGARET’S BAY
POINTED OUT AND THREW THE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE BUS, THEIR
DEPARTMENTS HAD MORE COMPLAINTS I’M NOT SURE HIS GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO BE BRAGGING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I WOULDN’T. BUT IT DOES
BRING UP THE POINT — [ Some Applause ]
— THAT BE THERE WERE 199 COMPLAINTS TO THE OMBUDSMAN FOR
HEALTH CARE ISSUES. SO THE MEMBER SAID WE DIDN’T WANT IT
DEAL IN MISINFORMATION, WE WANTED TO HEAR FACTS. SO LET’S
LOOK AT THE FACTS FOR THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY. THERE
WERE 23,000 STAFF MEMBERS WITH THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH
AUTHORITY. WE HAD OVER A MILLION IN-PATIENT AT AS. WE
HAVE 3100 BEDS. I HAVE WILL POINT OUT FOR THE FACTS, WE HAD
3555 HOSPITAL BEDS THE YEAR BEFORE THAT. WE LOST 400 BEDS
LAST YEAR. THAT’S 10% OF THE BEDS IN THIS PROVINCE! AND
WE’VE GOT PEOPLE BACKED UP IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT BECAUSE
THEY CAN’T GET TO THOSE ACUTE CARE BEDS BECAUSE 20% OF THOSE
PEOPLE IN THOSE BEDS ARE WAITING FOR A LONG-TERM CARE BED. THOSE
ARE THE FACTS, Mr. SPEAKER, THOSE ARE THE FACTS.
TWO YEARS AGO, WE HAD 585,000 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS. THE YEAR
BEFORE THAT, WE HAD 600,000. SO WE HAVE 15,000 LESS EMERGENCY
ROOM VISITS LAST YEAR. DOES ANYBODY HERE THINK THAT’S
BECAUSE WE’RE HEALTHIER? NO. IT’S BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF E.R.
CLOSURES CONTINUES TO GO UP UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT. THAT’S
THE FACT. I HOPE I’VE CLARIFIED THAT. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. IN.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS,
1400 FEWER CLIENT VISITS LAST YEAR. THEY’RE SHOWING UP IN THE
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. SO WHY DO WE
NEED AN OMBUDSMAN IN THE FIRST PLACE? I JUST CHECKED WITH A
FEW HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THAT I KNOW OF. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN
TELL A PATIENT TO CALL AN OMBUDSMAN? NO, THEY DIDN’T KNOW
THAT. SO WHO ARE WE, IN FACT, CALLING? WELL, WE’RE CALLING
MLAs OFFICES. WE’VE BECOME THE HEALTH OMBUDSMAN. I GET AS
MANY CALLS ABOUT HEALTH CARE AS I DO ABOUT ANY OTHER ISSUE. WE
GET CALLS TO THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, HEALTH
AND WELLNESS, 811. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. I’LL LISTS A
FEW AUTHORITIES. NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH HAS ESTABLISHED A PATIENT
FAMILY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. THEY’VE GOT AN ADVISORY COUNCIL.
WE’VE GOT A JOINT COUNCIL FOR PATIENTS. WE’VE GOT A PATIENT
FEEDBACK LINE. WE’VE GOT A PATIENT VOICE INITIATIVE. AND
WE NOW HAVE AN ELECTRONIC PATIENT EXPERIENCE KIOSK SET UP
IN THREE HOSPITALS TO ALLOW THE PROVISION OF REAL PATIENT
EXPERIENCE FEEDBACK. Mr. SPEAKER, WHEN YOU GO TO
LOOK AT WHAT CAME IN ON THOSE CALLS AND WHAT THE PATIENT
EXPERIENCE IS, WE HAVE THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY PATIENT
EXPERIENCE RESULTS. AND WE HAVE OTHER REPORTS TALKING ABOUT
RESULTS. THOSE RESULTS SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS A STAGGERING 98%
APPROVAL ON A WHOLE HOST OF ISSUES. AND I’M GOING TO READ A
COUPLE OF THEM. UNDER CARE PROVISION AND I’M QUOTING FROM
THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY RESULTS 2017 AND 18. THE CARE
TEAM MEMBER WAS AVAILABLE WHEN I NEEDED THEM. THIS IS IN A
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY. 93% OF THE TIME PATIENTS SAID THERE WAS
SOMEBODY AVAILABLE WHEN THEY NEEDED THEM. I DON’T KNOW WHO
THEY SURVEYED, BUT I CAN TELL YOU FROM HAVING WORKED IN THOSE
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES, THAT 93% OF THE TIME, YOU’RE NOT
GETTING SOMEBODY WHEN YOU PRESS THAT BUTTON TO GO TO THE
BATHROOM OR TO GET YOUR MEDICATION OR TO GET MOVED IN
BED BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN LAYING ON A PRESSURE SORE TOO LONG.
ANOTHER PATIENT SURVEY RESULT THAT THIS GOVERNMENT NOVA SCOTIA
HEALTH AUTHORITY SAID WATTS STAFF OFFERED TREATMENT WHEN I
HAVE PAIN. 100% OF THE PATIENT SATISFACTION SAID, YES, THEY DO.
A HUNDRED PERCENT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT FACILITY THEY SURVEYED
BECAUSE AS A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DEALING WITH PATIENTS IN CHRONIC
PAIN, THAT’S A LUDICROUS RESPONSE TIME.
SO THE FACT THAT WE HAD ONLY A COUPLE HUNDRED COMPLAINTS TO THE
OMBUDSMAN ABOUT HEALTH IS NOT A REFLECTION OF HOW NOVA SCOTIANS
FEEL ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I’VE HAD MORE
COMPLAINTS THAN THAT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.
SO WHAT DOES THE OMBUDSMAN DO AND WHAT IS HIS DEPARTMENT LOOK
LIKE? THERE’S 16 STAFF IN THE NOVA SCOTIA OMBUDSMAN OFFICE FOR
A BUDGET OF 1.8 MILLION. THEY DEALT WITH 2,278 NEW MATTERS.
SO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT ONLY 199 WERE ABOUT HEALTH
CARE SERVICES SO I’M GOING TO SUGGEST THAT EVEN THOUGH JUSTICE
AND COMMUNITY SERVICES HAD A WORSE RECORD, THAT THIS RECORD
DOESN’T ANYWHERE COME CLOSE TO REFLECT WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING
ON. SO THEN WHY THIS BILL? THE
MEMBER SAID IT WOULD BE AN EXPENSIVE DUPLICATION OF
SERVICES. WELL, I’LL GOING MAINTAIN THAT HE’S SAVING
MONEY BY THE FACT THAT THERE’S OVER 52,000 PEOPLE IN THIS
PROVINCE WITHOUT A FAMILY DOCTOR. SO THERE IS ALL SORTS
OF PEOPLE NOT COSTING THIS GOVERNMENT ANY MONEY BECAUSE
THEY CAN’T GET INTO THE SERVICES OR THE SURGERIES OR THE TESTS
THAT THEY NEED. SO IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE IN THE
COUNTRY DOING WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DOING. FRANKLY, I GET SO
TIRED OF BEING THE PROVINCE THAT IS BEING THE LAST TO DO THINGS.
WE’VE GOT THE HIGHEST CHILDHOOD POVERTY RATE AND LACK OF FOOD
SECURITY. WE’VE GOT ONE OF THE WORST HOUSING CRISES IN THE
COUNTRY. WE’RE ALWAYS THE LAST TO IMPLEMENT ALL SORTS OF
THINGS. THE ADOPTION DISCHESS SURE BILL IS ONE OF THEM THAT I
INTRODUCED LAST SESSION THAT HOPEFULLY WE’LL MOVE FORWARD.
WITH IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE AS A PROVINCE COULD BE ONE OF THE
LEADERS BUT THIS GOVERNMENT IS VERY FOND OF SAYING THAT WE
COMPLAIN AND WE HOLD THIS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE, ALTHOUGH
THEY SAY THAT WE’RE BEING NEGATIVE WHEN WE HOLD THEM
ACCOUNTABLE. I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE THEY THOUGHT AN OPPOSITION
PARTY WAS SUPPOSED TO DO WHEN THEY SAY THAT WE ARE
HIGHLIGHTING THINGS LIKE THE FERRY NOT RUNNING. SHOULD WE
NOT ASK THOSE QUESTIONS? WHAT ARE WE DOING OVER HERE IF WE’RE
NOT SUPPOSED TO? AND YOU KNOW, IT MIGHT BE NICE IF EVERY ONCES
IN A WHILE YOU LISTENED TO US ON AN IMPORTANT ISSUE LIKE THIS.
SO LET’S TAKE THE EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER PROVINCE. ONTARIO.
THEY DON’T HAVE A HEALTH OMBUDSMAN, THEY HAVE A PATIENT
OMBUDSMAN. NOT SURE IF ANYBODY WAS AWARE OF THAT. SO THEY
BROUGHT THIS IN AND I’LL QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE, ON
DECEMBER 10th, 2015, CHRISTINE ELLIOT WAS APPOINTED AS
ONTARIO’S FIRST PATIENT OMBUDSMAN AND SIX MONTHS LATER
ON JULY 4th, 2016, THE PATIENT OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE WAS OPENED
FOR BUSINESS AND THE AUTHORITY WAS SET IN THE ACT OF THE
EXCELLENT CARE FOR ALL ACT OF 2010. THEY CALLED THIS DOCUMENT
AND THE REPORT THAT THEY PUT OUT FEARLESS. I LIKE IT. THEN THEY
PUT OUT ONE A YEAR LATER TORE SAY HOW WELL DID THEY DO AND
THEY CALLED IT FAIRNESS BECAUSE WHAT THEY FOUND IS THE NUMBER 1
REASON FOR PEOPLE CALLING ANYBODY IN THIS PROVINCE WHO
COMPLAINED ABOUT HEALTH CARE IS NOT BECAUSE THEY THINK THEIR
HEALTH IS GOING TO IMPROVE BECAUSE THAT SHIP HAS SAILED IN
TOO MANY CASES. PEOPLE HAVE DIED. THEY’VE HAD SURGERIES
THAT DIDN’T GO WELL. THEY’VE GOTTEN TWO YEARS OF A WAIT AND
THEY’VE GONE TO ANOTHER PROVINCE. THE NUMBER 1 REASON
AND IT WAS 80% OF THE REASON WHY PEOPLE CALLED AN OMBUDSMAN FOR
THIS IN ONTARIO WAS THE FACT THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT THE SAME
PROBLEM THAT BE THEY RAN INTO TO HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY ELSE. THEY
DIDN’T CALL BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THEIR PARTICULAR CASE WAS GOING
TO BE SOLVED BECAUSE IN MANY CASES IT WAS TOO LATE. THEY
CALLED BECAUSE THEY SAID, BARB, I JUST DON’T WANT ANYBODY ELSE
TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS. RIGHT NOW IN THIS PROVINCE WITH
ONLY 200 CALLS GOING TO THE OMBUDSMAN, THAT SHOULD BE A
SCREAMING ALARM BELL GOING OFF IN THIS GOVERNMENT’S VOICES IN
THEIR EARS SAYING THIS CLEARLY, THE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE IS NOT
GETTING THOSE CALLS. THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY WILL GET
THOSE CALLS, YOU’LL CALL THE PATIENT ADVOCATE LINE. WELL, I
CAN TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL THAT LINE BECAUSE I
CALLED IT MYSELF ONE YEAR WHEN FOUR SEPARATE TIMES AN HE HAS
TOPIC PREGNANCY THAT I HAD GOT MISSED AND I ENDED UP HAVING
EMERGENCY SURGERY AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH THE PATIENT
ADVOCATE, SHE SAID I’LL HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WITH THEM. AND
WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT. AND I WAITED A YEAR AND FOUND THAT BE
THEY DIDN’T TALK ABOUT IT AT ALL. SO THERE’S NO CONFIDENCE
IF THE SYSTEMS AND MULTIPLE DUPLICATIONS WE’VE GOT GOING ON
IN THIS PROVINCE THAT PEOPLE NEIL THEY’RE BEING LISTENED.
TO. THE OTHER 20% OF THE REASON WHY
PEOPLE CALLED THE OMBUDSMAN IN ONTARIO FOR THE PATIENT
OMBUDSMAN WAS BECAUSE THEY WANTED SOMEBODY WHO WAS
NONPARTISAN WHO NOT ONLY WAS WILLING TO LISTEN, WAS WILLING
TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND THEN THE KICKER IS AT THAT THEY
ACTUALLY HAD SOME AUTHORITY TO COMPEL PEOPLE TO DO THINGS.
WE USED TO HAVE THAT IN THIS PROVINCE. WHEN WE HAD PUBLIC
ACCOUNT EVERY WEEK AND WE WERE, IN FACT, ALLOWED TO SET AGENDAS
AND BRING UP TOPICS THAT WERE OF RELEVANCE AND IMPORTANCE, WE
COULD DO THAT. BUT THIS GOVERNMENT TOOK AWAY THAT
ABILITY WHEN THEY CUT IT FROM ONCE A WEEK TO ONCE A MONTH.
THAT’S THE FACT, Mr. SPEAKER. THAT’S THE FACT. THIS
GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT OPPOSITION PARTIES ASKING ABOUT
IMPORTANT ISSUES OF HOW THEY’RE SPENDING OUR MONEY, HOW THEY’RE
CREATING POLICIES AND WITH REGULATIONS. THEN THEY SET UP
THE HEALTH COMMITTEE. WONDERFUL. ONCE A MONTH. WE
WANT IT ONCE A WEEK. NOT IMPORTANT. I THINK IF I CAN
QUOTE IT ACCURATELY, ONE OF THE MEMBERS SAID WHEN WE ASKED FOR
THAT TO BE ONCE A WEEK AND THE MEMBER FROM THE GOVERNMENT
DEBATED IT AND CAME BACK TO US AND SAID WE WOULD LIKE TO
BELIEVE THING THE WAY THEY ARE. WELL, WE DON’T WANT IT LEAVE
THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE BECAUSE I HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO
ARE DYING AND I’VE HAD SEVEN SUICIDES IN MY CONSTITUENCY IN
THE LAST FOUR MONTHS ALONE, TWO OF WHICH AFFECT MY CONSTITUENCY
ASSISTANT AND HER HUSBAND’S FAMILY’S FAMILIES. I SAT IN
THAT EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FOR FOUR HOURS THREE WEEKS AGO
BECAUSE THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STAFF WERE GOING TO PUT A WOMAN
WHO WAS NEWLY HOMELESS OUT WHO HAD LOST CUSTODY OF HER SON THAT
MORNING BECAUSE SHE WAS NOW HOMELESS OUT ON THE STREET IN
HER BARE FEET WITHIN 24 HOURS OF HAVING ATTEMPTED TO COMMIT
SUICIDE. SO I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THINGS THE WAY THEY. ARE
AND I WANT AN OMBUDSMAN WHO CARES ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THIS
COMMUNITY BECAUSE 50% OF WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE A DOING AS
A GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE OF THIS PROVINCE.
AND I’VE SEEN NO EVIDENCE FROM YOUR STATISTICS OR OURS THAT IT
IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE ARE NOT WINNING.
WE ARE LOSING THIS BATTLE, DESPITE WHAT THE PREMIER WANTS
TO SPIN. [ Some Applause ] SO I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT
COSTS TO HAVE ME SERVE AS THE HEALTH OMBUDSMAN FOR MY
COMMUNITY. I’LL CONTINUE TO DO IT. BUT IN TERMS IT OF THE
MEMBERS’ SUGGESTION THAT A HEALTH OMBUDSMAN WOULD COST THIS
GOVERNMENT MORE MONEY, I THINK THAT’S — I CAN’T USE THE TERM I
WANT TO USE BECAUSE I’LL GET RULED OUT OF ORDER.
// [ Inaudible ] // THAT’S A LOAD OF STUFF THAT
YOU FELT FROM A FARM. The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE.
ORDER, PLEASE. // [ Inaudible ].
The Speaker: JUST LIKE TO REMIND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
THAT THE COLLECTION OF WORDS USED IN THAT TERM — ORDER,
PLEASE! I’D LIKE TO REMIND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER THAT THE
COLLECT OF WORDS USED IN THAT TERM POINTED TO A CLEAR SPENT TO
SOMETHING UNPARLIAMENTARY. THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN PASS AN JAM OF
THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THAT DISTINCTION. MY
POINT IS THAT THE PATIENT OMBUDSMAN WILL IMPROVE THE
HEALTH CARE OF THIS PROVINCE IT. WILL IMPROVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY
OF THIS GOVERNMENT. IT WILL CONSTITUENTS THE SENSE THAT
THERE IS AN IMPARTIAL PERSON WHO ACTUALLY HAS NOT ONLY THE
WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN, THE ABILITY TO IMPACT AND THE
AUTHORITY TO DO SO. UNLIKE WHAT WE HAVE FOR OUR PRIVACY
COMMISSIONER WHO HAS SOME AUTHORITY TO LISTEN AND TO MAKE
JUDGMENTS, BUT NO REAL AUTHORITY TO COMPEL THE GOVERNMENT TO DO
ANYTHING. SO, Mr. SPEAKER, I’M GOING TO ASK THIS GOVERNMENT
TO CONSIDER BRINGING THIS FORWARD TO LAW AMENDMENTS TO LET
THE PUBLIC DECIDE WHETHER THEY THINK THIS WOULD BE A GOOD USE
OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S MONEY BECAUSE I CERTAINLY GET A WHOLE
LOT OF PHONE CALLS FROM MY CONSTITUENTS TELLING ME THAT
SOME OF THE THING THIS GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING ITS MONEY
IS NOT WHAT THEY ASKED FOR. IT DOESN’T ADDRESS THEIR HEALTH
CARE NEEDS, IT DOESN’T ADDRESS THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND
THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE POOR ACCESS AND THE FACT THAT MY
STATE ANSWERS ABOUT IS THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT A SINGLE FAMILY
DOCTOR. THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX ATLANTIC. // Mr. SPEAKER,

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