This is page numbers 333 - 364 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 6th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was services.

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Members Present

Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Dent, Mr. Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Hon. Jeannie Marie-Jewell, Hon. Rebecca Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Mr. Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Good afternoon. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin Central, Ms. Mike.

Minister's Statement 27-12(6): Nunavut Municipal Lands Referendum
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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

(Translation) Madam Speaker, I am pleased to announce that preparations are now under way to hold a municipal lands referendum in each Nunavut community in April 1995.

The lands referendum, Madam Speaker, is a requirement under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, which provides for the devolution of public lands administration to Nunavut communities. The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs will see to the turnover of fee simple title to all municipal lands by July 9, 1996.

As owners of municipal lands, Nunavut communities will have control of the allocation of land in their communities. This is a responsibility communities have sought for many years.

Before the municipalities can dispose of municipal lands, however, it is a requirement of article 14 of the land claims legislation that voters in each community decide on the level of authority the local community council should have.

Each community is to hold its own separate referendum on whether the local community council should have the choice to sell any of its municipal lands, or whether the council should be prohibited from selling lands and only be able to grant leases and permits.

I am pleased to advise Members that a key first step has been taken with an agreement with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, (NTI), on the details of the community referendum. The date of April 10, 1995 has been set, and the referendum question has also been finalized.

The question will read as follows, Madam Speaker. "Do you want the Town of Iqaluit to be able to sell municipal lands"? All voters are eligible to vote in their local referendum, which will be decided by a simple majority vote.

Madam Speaker, department staff are already working with NTI on referendum preparations, including public information materials such as posters, pamphlets and advertisements (in both Inuktitut and English) to assist the community voters to understand the question being asked. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Minister's Statement 27-12(6): Nunavut Municipal Lands Referendum
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake, Mr. Dent.

Provision Of Services To People With Special Needs
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the Ordinary Members' Caucus to talk about a group of people who need the support of both government and their communities. These are the children, teenagers and adults who have a special need. There are many types of special needs, ranging from FAS related disorders to blindness, from brain disorders to dyslexia, from autism to speech disorders.

Madam Speaker, the Special Committee on Health and Social Services identified a number of pressing concerns in the provision of services to people with special needs. The more we can support and encourage these people to reach their full potential, the less they must rely on social assistance and other government programs. We should be doing the best we can as a society to help special needs individuals become, to the best of their ability, accepted and functioning members of society.

Madam Speaker, as an example, recently in this House I and other Members have been asking questions regarding respite care for the families of those with special needs. Respite care would give some well deserved time off to these care givers, allowing them to be refreshed in working with their special needs family members.

Members of the OMC still have many outstanding concerns in the area of special needs. These include assessment, treatment services, support structures, early intervention and appropriate budgeting. Members also find the various roles of the departments involved in providing services or programs for special needs, confusing. We are sure families with special needs individuals also share our confusion.

Madam Speaker, during question period today, Members will try to find answers to some of the outstanding issues concerning the services and support for special need individuals. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Provision Of Services To People With Special Needs
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine.

Fort Simpson Municipal Election
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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. I rise today to offer my congratulations to the mayor and council of the village of Fort Simpson on their successful election last night.

Madam Speaker, I feel there is a good mix of people on the new council which should make for a smooth transition period. I would like to congratulate Ray Michaud for being re-elected mayor.

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My congratulations also go out to the following councillors-elect: Andy Norwegian, Tom Wilson, Hilda Antoine, Lindsay Waugh, Robert Hanna, Ken Brown, Stella Gargan and Owen Rowe on their election as village councillors.

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As the incumbent mayor and councillors on the village council know, Madam Speaker, I am available to work with the village council in Fort Simpson in representing them on territorial matters.

My congratulations also go out, Madam Speaker, to the newly elected members of the community education council. Best wishes go to Ernest Cazon, Hilda Gerlock, Betty Hardisty, John Hazenburg, Marie Lafferty, Anne McKee, Doug Robertson and Albertine Rodh.

The next three years in the term of the village council will be very challenging. There are many important issues to be dealt with at the community, regional and territorial level. The municipal government is there to represent everyone in the community, not only just a small group of residents. The village council must work with the band council and the Metis local of that community. The reality, Madam Speaker, is that there are many common issues, problems and concerns. While there may be a difference of opinion on how to resolve some of these issues, it should not jeopardize the spirit of cooperation in the community.

I look forward to working in the future with them. Thank you.

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Fort Simpson Municipal Election
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife South, Mr. Whitford.

Yellowknife Municipal Election
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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, today I rise to congratulate our new city of Yellowknife mayor and aldermen.

Yesterday evening ended a very exciting and trying time for the six mayoralty candidates, 24 aldermanic candidates and for over 16,000 Yellowknifers.

Like some things is life, not all things end up even. There are those who won't earn enough votes to win first place, but they are not losers because by placing their name on the ballots and putting their ideas and talents forward we are all the beneficiaries.

I want to congratulate mayor-elect Dave Lovell on his successful campaign, and say thank you to candidates: Beaumont, Brooks, Byrne, Debogorski and Cyr for their efforts. I also extend congratulations to the alderpersons elected: Blake Lyons, Trevor Kasteel, Jo MacQuarrie, John Dalton, Vi Beck, Ruth Spence, Dick Peplow, Merlyn Williams and to the school boards because their campaign, Madam Speaker, was kind of down-played during this mayoralty and alderpersons' election. The successful persons in the school board I wish to congratulate are: Edwin Castillo, Dennis Crane, Peter Groenen, Jane Haley, Steve Hill, Fred Nowicki, Noel O'Sullivan; public school, Wendy Bisaro, Debra Jepson, Gary Black, Dave Turner, Joan Lovlin, Terry Brooks and Barb Bilodeau. True, Madam Speaker, the election is over, but now the work begins. I wish all the best and offer my support for their work.

Madam Speaker, this morning, being a public person, I went around to many of the places in Yellowknife where people meet and talk. I was around some of the arenas of public opinion and I heard the same old complaints: the grumbling and the whining, as people have their coffee, about who won and who lost. People with all the answers to all of the problems have an opinion on everything, but, Madam Speaker, we never see their names on any of the ballots or any of their hands...My time has run out. I seek unanimous consent to continue.

Yellowknife Municipal Election
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

The honourable Member is seeking unanimous consent to continue. Are there any nays? Proceed, Mr. Whitford.

Yellowknife Municipal Election
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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I was on a roll there, now if I can continue...

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People with all the answers to all of the problems have an opinion on everything, but, Madam Speaker, we never see their names on ballots or their hands at the task of helping candidates carry their ideas forward. To them I say they either lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. Put your name forward, put your money forward, put your knowledge where your mouth is. Don't just stand there criticizing. At least we've had 50 candidates willing to do just that and to them I say thank you. They are all winners.

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Yellowknife Municipal Election
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Inuvik, Mr. Koe.

Inuvik Municipal Election
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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. I too would like to congratulate the winners who were elected in the Inuvik municipal election yesterday. The mayor who was re-elected is Tom Zubko. The councillors who were re-elected are Richard Barnes, Alan Davis, Dennie Lennie, Floyd Roland and Bob Simpson. And the newly elected councillors are Vivian Hunter, Harry Joujan and Julian Tomlinson.

I would like to congratulate these elected people, and I would like to congratulate the other people who ran and who weren't successful. But the spirit of democracy is still alive and well, and people still get a chance to put their X on ballots to choose the people they wish to represent them for the next few years.

I would also like to congratulate the appointees to the community education council. They provide a valuable service to the community of Inuvik and I wish them all well.

Again, I want to continue the work that I've been doing with the Inuvik town council and hope that our relationships prosper and Inuvik prospers with us. Mahsi cho.

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Inuvik Municipal Election
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Kitikmeot, Mr. Ng.