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Work Of Volunteers
Item 3: Members' Statements

December 11th, 1991

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I want to talk about the public service. I worked in the public service for many, many years and one gets a little bit tired of hearing all this criticism of people who have dedicated their lives to being of use to the public.

Today, Mr. Speaker, I would like to point out that much of the voluntary work done throughout the Territories, worth millions and millions of dollars out of peoples' pockets and their time, is done by people who really believe they want to serve their community. However, it is very rare that I get up and try to retain a serious note all the way through, because people get a little bit down and become critical of those people who are always critical of those individuals who believe that in their lives they can do something useful with their time.

I would like to point out, Mr. Speaker, that there are many people in this community and throughout the communities in the Northwest Territories who do give up their time without payment so that they can be useful citizens. At 6:00 p.m. tonight there will be a turkey bingo at the Elks for the NWT Council for Disabled Persons. There are many people who are out of town, and the Council for Disabled Persons, in fact, serves a territorial function as an advocacy group for those people throughout the Territories who throughout their lives live with some degree of misfortune.

It is because of the work of many volunteers that do this work that those people get the support and assistance that they have come to expect over the many years. Many Yellowknife people give up their time so that this kind of service can be provided, not only for the people in Yellowknife, but for people throughout the Northwest Territories. However, in the flyer that went throughout the city over the last few days there was a mistake. The bingo is not a $35,000 bingo; it is a $3500 bingo. It begins at 6:00 p.m., with the doors opening at this time, and the bingo starts at 7:00 p.m.

Work Of Volunteers
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Members' statements. Mr. Arvaluk.

Mathias Awa
Item 3: Members' Statements

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James Arvaluk Aivilik

(Translation): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Before I start my statement, I would like to congratulate Mr. John Ningeongan of Coral Harbour on his successful election as mayor. I am looking forward to working with him during his term of office.

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to be able to say a little bit about my father, Mathias Awa, who is here today. Awa was born and raised in my constituency near Repulse Bay. His father, Uyarak, and his grandfather, Awa, were guides and companions of Knut Rasmussen on his Fifth Thule expedition. Mr. Rasmussen talks a great deal about his reports. When Awa grew up and got married, he worked hard on his trapline and managed to buy his furs while whaling at Arctic Bay. He and his wife carried them by dog team over the land to Igloolik in the summertime, in June. When he came to the fishing lake, he rafted the boat down the river, hauled it up and walked all the way back to pick up his wife and dog team. Perhaps, Mr. Speaker, we should start a new movie, "An Incredible Journey."

Awa's children are now well on their own. A couple of them you may well know: Simon Awa is an Inuktitut production manager with the CBC; Joanna Awa is with TV Aqsarniit as a former colleague of George Tuccaro, Paul Andrew and Marie Wilson.

My statement is not to tell you about how well we did, but rather to tell you that as a father, Awa worked very hard with his children and helped them in achieving what they can do best, and he has been a member of the local education council as long as his younger children can remember. He is now 70 and is still working.

Mr. Speaker, my message is, let us all work with our constituents and urge parents to work with their children to stay in school and make the most of their abilities. We have been criticizing the Department of Education and school staff for lack of achievement by our children. The parents must take more responsibility in encouraging and supporting their children to work and stay in school.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, let us tell our children that, whatever career they choose, they must work to be the very best they can be. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Mathias Awa
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you, Mr. Arvaluk. Members' statements. Members' statements. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Plea Bargaining
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I want to address an issue of concern with respect to the justice system. The concern I would like to speak about is what the courts sometimes call plea bargaining. I would like to give an example of the outcome of a plea bargaining issue addressed by the Crown prosecutors.

Last summer, Mr. Speaker, my house was broken into here in Yellowknife and two gentlemen were charged. The first fellow was given probation for one year even though the RCMP had his fingerprints on the window. The second fellow, Michael Pritchard, was charged with break and enter and possession of stolen property. There was well over $8000 of personal property stolen. The Crown wanted to avoid a trial and avoid convicting him, therefore, the Crown prosecutors made the deal. One of the young gentlemen got one day in jail, was fined $575 and had to pay a $55 victim of crime charge due to the deal that the Crown prosecutors made. If he had been allowed to go through the courts by being convicted, he would probably have had to pay restitution or possibly even be given a probation order.

Mr. Speaker, I am concerned about plea bargaining. I am concerned about this happening to someone else. I appreciate the efforts that were made by the RCMP, Constable Thalhofer in particular.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to advise the current Minister of Justice to address the issue with respect to the plea bargaining being done in our justice system. In my opinion, plea bargaining and making deals before going through the court system is definitely an injustice to the justice system. Thank you.

---Applause

Plea Bargaining
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Members' statements. Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Outbreak Of E-coli 0157, "hamburger Disease"
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there was a very serious epidemic in Arviat this summer. There were many people who were quarantined for many weeks at a time. The school was closed for the primary students for a number of weeks. All this was caused by a disease called E-coli 0157. The scientists or doctors who were doing the research were not able to determine the cause of this disease. They indicated that it was probably caused by the diet in the country foods they ate, and in the way they preserved this food. However, the people of Arviat have said, and still maintain, that it was caused by the water supply in the community.

Mr. Speaker, to this day the water supply in Arviat comes from a still pond. In making this statement, I would like to make the Minister responsible for Public Works as well as the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs aware of this problem in Arviat. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Outbreak Of E-coli 0157, "hamburger Disease"
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you, Mr. Arngna'naaq. Members' statements. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Mr. Gary Bohnet, President of the Metis Nation.

---Applause

Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Ms. Cournoyea.

Return To Question O4-12(1): Minister Calling For Resignation Of Director General, Diand
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a reply to an oral question that was asked by Brian Lewis, the MLA for Yellowknife Centre, on December 9, 1991. Mr. Speaker, as we all know, our colleague Don Morin is a person who likes to tackle problems head on. He certainly took that approach as an ordinary MLA, and I do not expect him to do otherwise as a Minister of our government.

When Mr. Morin wrote to the Director General of Indian and Northern Affairs on behalf of the community of Fort Resolution, he signed the letter as the MLA for Tu Nedhe. In speaking with Mr. Morin, he now recognizes the awkward position cabinet Ministers sometimes find themselves in when they are asked to forcefully represent the interests of their constituents. He understands that it is not a government policy or cabinet practice for Ministers to request the resignation of public servants who, as Mr. Lewis stated, were simply doing their job.

As a result, Mr. Morin is now pursuing this issue through the proper channels. He has also assured me that if he has any more problems with the decisions of public servants, that he will discuss them with the appropriate federal Minister. Thank you.

Return To Question O4-12(1): Minister Calling For Resignation Of Director General, Diand
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Returns to oral questions. Returns to oral questions. Mr. Morin.

Return To Question O5-12(1): Delivery Of Heavy Equipment
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is a return to a question asked by Mr. Zoe on December 9, 1991, on the delivery of heavy equipment into Snare Lake by the Department of Public Works. This year the Department of Public Works has purchased a chemical fire truck, a front -end loader and a Honda ATV for Snare Lake. When the equipment was ordered, it was expected that a short access road would be constructed off the Neptune Resources, Colomac Mine winter road. This was the approach taken two years ago when the new power plant and three HAP houses were delivered to Snare Lake. The road construction and freight haul were done by a private contractor.

With the closure of the Colomac Mine, a much longer winter access road must now be constructed and options are being reviewed. The Department of Transportation is co-ordinating the review of the options for the winter freight haul and a decision is expected by the end of this month. That road normally goes in in January. Thank you.

Return To Question O5-12(1): Delivery Of Heavy Equipment
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Returns to oral questions. Returns to oral questions. Item 5, oral questions. Mr. Gargan.

Question O32-12(1): Site Of 1994 Arctic Winter Games
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to direct my question to the Minister responsible for sport and recreation. I have a newspaper clipping of September 23 with regard to Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta being chosen as the site for the 1994 Arctic Winter Games. I would like to ask the Minister why, for the first time, these games will be held South of 60.

Question O32-12(1): Site Of 1994 Arctic Winter Games
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Mr. Patterson.

Return To Question O32-12(1): Site Of 1994 Arctic Winter Games
Question O32-12(1): Site Of 1994 Arctic Winter Games
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This will not be the first time the Arctic Winter Games are held South of 60. When Quebec was participating in the Arctic Winter Games, they were held some years ago in Shefferville, Quebec.

Mr. Speaker, I should first explain that the decision about the location of the Arctic Winter Games site is not actually made by the government -- perhaps the Member already knows that. In fact, the Arctic Winter Games are run by a corporation which is funded only in part by the government, and it is the corporation which runs the games and decides on the location. Having said that, Mr. Speaker, I understand that because we now have participation from Alberta in the Arctic Winter Games, from Northern Alberta, and because the sites for Arctic Winter Games do rotate from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is Alberta's turn to host the Arctic Winter Games after the forthcoming Arctic Winter Games this coming March in Whitehorse. Thank you.