17th legislative assembly

Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Time has expired on question period for the day and with that, we will end our live coverage this session.

Bob Bromley
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

In responding to Bisaro's questions about the MVEIRB's recommendations on the Giant Mine remediation plan, Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley (and this reporter) swears he heard Minister Miltenberger say some recommendations have been accepted, some rejected and some modified.

Bob Bromley
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Speaking of the Deh Cho Bridge project, the GNWT seems poised to make the same mistakes over again with the Inuvik-Tuk highway, said Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley.

He called it a "black hole project whose costs we don't even know."

Tom Beaulieu
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Will there be an independent audit of the Deh Cho Bridge, which in the end cost the GNWT more than $200 million, Yellowknife Centre MLA Robert Hawkins  asked newly-appointed Transportation Minister Tom Beaulieu three times in a row, attempting to get a positive response. 

Throughout the line of questioning, Beaulieu would not commit to such an audit, saying the department is working on an evaluation for the project.

Wendy Bisaro
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Who was responsible for signing off on the GNWT letter rejecting the MVEIRB's 26 recommendations for the Giant Mine remediation project, Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro asked. 

Minister Michael Miltenberger took responsibility.

Bob Bromley
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley had strong words for Environment Minister Michael Miltenberger over his refusal to look into fracking chemicals used in the Sahtu.

Miltenberger upheld his belief that he has the right to set aside the Council of Canadians' request under the Environmental Protection Act to investigate chemical disclosure by companies that use hydraulic fracturing because the ConocoPhillips application has already gone through the regulatory process. 

Frederick Blake
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Mackenzie Delta MLA Frederick Blake Jr. took his questions about policing services in Tsiigehtchic to "the new sheriff in town, Mr. Ramsay."

If the community were to build a detachment, would the Department of Justice consider leasing the building and providing officers to the community, Blake asked. 

Norman Yakeleya
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

What type of programs are available for elders and trappers to take young people on the land to sustain the traditional economy, Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya wanted to know.

Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ramsay said his department funds the Take a Kid Trapping Program.

ENR and MACA are also involved in work aimed at getting school-aged children out on the land, he said. 

Robert C. McLeod
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

There are many holidays throughout the year, but Remembrance Day on Monday has a special place in the heart of Minister Robert C. McLeod.

Wendy Bisaro
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

It has been nearly four months since the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board released its report on the remediation of Giant Mine, the department responsible for the cleanup. 

Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro weighed in with her concerns today. The MVEIRB report outlines 26 recommendations that were informed by local residents and businesses.

Norman Yakeleya
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

MLAs seem to be in high spirits on this, the last day of this session. Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya based his member's statement on Merle Haggard's Fighin' Side of Me. 

The statement included lines such as "If you're running down by Bill 24, you're walking on the fightin' side of me."

Kevin Menicoche
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Nahendeh MLA Kevin Menicoche welcomed new Transportation Minister Tom Beaulieu to the file and took the opportunity to introduce him to his two favourite words: Highway 7.

Daryl Dolynny
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Remember sitting in Grade 10 math class and wondering when you would ever use this in the real world? Range Lake MLA Daryl Dolynny does, and said his statistics class paid off recently as he and his office worked to analyze how well cabinet ministers responded to questions in the house from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4 this yer.

David Ramsay
Laura Busch
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Another step has been taken this week toward creating a viable Aboriginal tourism sector in the NWT, Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ramsay announced today.

During its annual general meeting and conference this week, the Aboriginal Tourism Champions Council released its recommendations for how to create authentic experiences for tourists wishing to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and communities in the territory.

Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Question period is over for the day.

Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya is making a motion asking cabinet to look into creating a technical institute in the Sahtu to allow them to benefit from oil-development and renewable-energy jobs.

Jackson Lafferty
Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Yellowknife Centre MLA Robert Hawkins continued to push for a Bachelor of Social Work program at Aurora College.

He argued that those from the North, trained in the North would be better received by families, specifically if members of First Nations communities were trained and able to work in their own communities.

Jackson Lafferty
Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro and Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty seem to disagree over the best way to address the number of developmentally delayed children in the territory.

Bisaro cited academic papers that state children benefit most from programs offered between the ages of zero and three, and that any benefit of junior kindergarten is lost by Grade 3.

Norman Yakeleya
Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Why not create a Grade 13 so that students who wish to be able to transition straight into a post-secondary program can, Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya asked.

"We're open to idea and suggestions, but this is the first time I've heard about Grade 13 through the engagement that we had," said Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty.

Robert Bouchard
Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Hay River North MLA Robert Bouchard clearly thinks there are too many NTPC jobs in Yellowknife.

When Minister Michael Miltenberger said there are roughly 45 NTPC positions in Yk, Bouchard responded: "I am concerned with that large number," said Bouchard, asking why so many engineers and specialists are located in the capital when the headquarters for NTPC is in Hay River. 

Jane Groenewegen
Laura Busch
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

There are "dire statistics on the preparedness of students" but not in every school, said Hay River South MLA Jane Groenewegen.

She gave the example of Hay River schools, where test scores have been soaring in recent years. She then suggested that the new initiatives be targeted to communities where there is a demonstrated need for an education overhaul.

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