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Autopsy In 1960s
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I was not present yesterday. I was very ill yesterday, but I am feeling a little better today, and I am happy I could be present. I came here yesterday for a while but I could not do the work because I was so ill. That is my apology to you. I want to be present as much as I can when I am here. As you know, I am very new and I know there are going to be a lot of things that I will have to learn. I am not happy I was not able to come yesterday, but it could not be helped because I was ill.

RCMP did not give me any documentation. They just told me it was all right. That is all I wanted to say, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

Autopsy In 1960s
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Members' statements. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Counsellors' Abstention From Alcohol And Drugs
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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to take the time to commend the current Social Services Minister for taking such decisive action in respect to abstention by alcohol and drug counsellors in the NWT. I believe it is critically important that alcohol and drug counsellors, in order to effectively assist Members and individuals in the Territories that are having problems with the abuse of alcohol or drugs, be leading the way by showing an example. I believe that abstaining from any drug or alcohol is the perfect way of showing an example. I would like to commend him for this decision, and I am sure it will be to the benefit of many of the people who are facing this problem in the NWT.

Counsellors' Abstention From Alcohol And Drugs
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you. Mr. Antoine.

Destruction Of Liard Valley Forests
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Today I want to talk about a serious concern that has to do with a number of different issues rolled into one. This is regarding the forest in the Liard Valley. Recently the Liard Valley has been viewed as potentially developing renewable resources, hopefully for sustainable economic development. A couple of weeks ago, when I was touring in that area, I was in Nahanni Butte and the plane from Deh Cho Air picked me up and flew me over Fort Liard. Eight minutes over Fort Liard is the British Columbia border, and the Yukon border kind of veers into there too. So we have the BC border very close to Fort Liard. The pilot wanted to fly me in there to show me what the BC side looks like.

What I saw was very shocking because what they are doing on the BC side is, they are clear-cutting. They have a big sawmill in Fort Nelson, and they take the spruce for lumber. Then there is a chopstick factory there, as well, that takes the birch and the poplar. So they are going into an area and cutting everything down. There are big clear spots all over that valley.

It is really concerning the people in Fort Liard and Nahanni Butte. If any development of the forest happens, they do not want to see this development happen in their area. I raise this today because I feel it is very crucial and I do not know if the Government of the NWT has any prior arrangement with BC, especially on the environmental impacts of such -- I call it -- destruction of the natural environment. Mahsi.

Destruction Of Liard Valley Forests
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you. Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Relocation Of Inuit Cultural Institute
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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the community of Arviat there is an organization called the Inuit Cultural Institute, a non-profit organization, which collects traditional interests of the people of Arviat and the region. Since its inception it has been in Arviat. The Inuit Cultural Institute was moved this summer to Rankin Inlet against the people of Arviat's wishes. Although this is not a GNWT matter, I would like to make the Members aware and to show on record that I, as the representative of Arviat, agree with the elders.

At the appropriate time, Mr. Speaker, I will table a letter written to me by Joe Manik, who is a resident of Arviat. He wrote this letter as a representative of the elders of Arviat. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Relocation Of Inuit Cultural Institute
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Thank you, Mr. Arngna'naaq. Members' statements. Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question O14-12(1): First Class Travel For Expo '92 Personnel
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked by Mr. Gargan on December 10, 1991, concerning first class travel for Expo '92 personnel, Mr. Speaker. No first class tickets have been purchased for travel by government officials or contractors to travel to Seville. Between February and September, officials travelled to Spain on different airlines, including Canadian Airlines International and Air Canada. Different fare bases were used for these trips, including economy and business class.

In September of this year, Canadian Airlines International became a corporate partner with the Government of the Northwest Territories in the Expo '92 project and, as such, is the carrier that our officials now use for travel to Seville. They offer business class service, Mr. Speaker, and, as part of the sponsorship arrangements, provide our officials with business class service for the price of economy seats. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Return To Question O14-12(1): First Class Travel For Expo '92 Personnel
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Returns to oral questions. Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question O41-12(1): Moneys Spent To Date On Expo '92
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to a question asked by Mr. Antoine on December 11, 1991, concerning the Expo '92 budget and expenditures to date. Four million dollars have been budgeted for Expo '92, and to date $979,048.30 has been expended or committed. No revenues have been received to date, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question O41-12(1): Moneys Spent To Date On Expo '92
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Returns to oral questions. Mr. Kakfwi.

Return To Question O26-12(1): Directive On Breach Of Confidentiality
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

December 13th, 1991

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you. This is in response to a question asked by Mrs. Marie-Jewell on December 10, 1991, on a directive on breach of confidentiality. As the Minister of Personnel, I am responsible for the management and direction of the territorial public service in accordance with the Public Service Act, so breach of confidentiality concerns fall within that responsibility. When allegations of breach of confidentiality are made to the department, they are investigated by officials of Personnel.

At this time there are no directives in place, of which I am aware, that govern the conduct of employees in relation to the release of confidential material. However, every employee is required to swear an Oath of Office and Secrecy when they are hired. This oath states that an employee shall not release information gained in their employment without proper authority. Thank you.

Return To Question O26-12(1): Directive On Breach Of Confidentiality
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Returns to oral questions. Mr. Allooloo.

Return To Question O11-12(1): Snare Lake Winter Road
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to a question asked by Mr. Zoe on December 10, 1991, with regard to a proposed winter road to Snare Lake. The Department of Transportation considers a public access winter road to Snare Lake to be a logical future extension of the present winter road system and is investigating the possibility of scheduling a road for every second year beginning in 1991-92. Unlike the previous winter truck routes which were only constructed when needed to meet specific shipping requirements and which remained open for about one week only, a public access road would be maintained throughout the winter season and would be available for use by local residents.

The Department of Transportation has never been funded to construct a winter road into Snare Lake. The road to the Colomac mine site and the extension to Snare Lake in previous years were constructed by private companies who charged the costs of construction to those agencies shipping goods to the community.

The costs for a public access winter road are estimated at between $300,000 and $400,000. While these costs are significant, especially in the current financial situation, they would be partially offset by the reduced costs of resupplying the community by road rather than by air. In addition, the various construction projects planned for the community over the next few years require the delivery of materials and equipment. Again, the savings achieved by shipping by winter road rather than by air would partially offset the cost of the winter road construction. A decision on the viability of the public access winter road is expected to be made by the end of December.

In the event that a public access winter road is not constructed, resupply and delivery of construction equipment and materials must once again be accomplished by a combination of air and private truck convoy. Initial meetings have taken place with Robinson Trucking Limited of Yellowknife, who have provided a truck haul service in the past. It is anticipated that such a convoy would be scheduled for late January or early February. I have instructed my department to co-ordinate the government's involvement in such a convoy, and it is attempting to firm up details of the shipping requirements of the various departments.

Thus far, it is understood that the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs requires shipment of a front-end loader, a three-quarter ton fire truck, an all-terrain vehicle and materials for construction of an equipment maintenance garage. The petroleum products division requires shipment of 51,000 litres of heating and vehicle fuel. The preliminary estimate of the cost to transport all of these materials by truck convoy or cat-train is $150,000. The NWT Housing Corporation does not have any materials scheduled for Snare Lake this winter.