This is page numbers 549 - 580 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 housing.

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Supplementary To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Supplementary, Madam Speaker. The Minister just mentioned the memorandum of agreement had been signed. It was my understanding that a letter had been sent from the Minister's office, so I'm not sure it was an actual memorandum of understanding. I may have misunderstood that.

Madam Speaker, notwithstanding the Minister saying that future governments cannot be committed, there have been long-term agreements signed. For instance, a block funding agreement with Yellowknife has been signed which goes into years beyond the first year in which it is signed.

District No. 1 is looking for a commitment from the Minister that they will not be left with an expensive bill for operating or maintaining Sir John after the transfer. My question is, will the Minister commit to meet with the public school board to see if they can come to an agreement or an understanding on that issue so that we can have some signed agreement between the two parties on this issue.

Supplementary To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, I will make that commitment.

Further Return To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Dent.

Supplementary To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Supplementary, Madam Speaker. I thank the Minister for that commitment. Madam Speaker, Yellowknifers are concerned not only with the transfer of Sir John but, as I pointed out in my Member's statement, the equitable funding of education in Yellowknife. I would like to ask the Minister what steps he is taking in order to make funding of schools in Yellowknife and in the rest of the Northwest Territories more equitable for people who pay property taxes towards school funding.

Supplementary To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. What I can indicate to the honourable Member is that has been the normal case; we're treating all boards and divisional boards as fairly as we can in terms of the formula. There are a number of issues that are outstanding, of course, Madam Speaker, on the matter of the transfer of Sir John High School: the whole issue of staffing, O and M, and the whole issue of capital expenditures in future. I do hope, Madam Speaker, that prior to coming to a final conclusion on these issues, we can reach a fair, reasonable agreement that recognizes that we're not prepared to -- at least as a government and myself as a Minister -- lay the financial burden that the honourable Member is concerned about, including the remarks that he made in his statement.

Further Return To Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Question 262-12(6): Agreement Re Sir John Franklin Transfer
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine.

Question 263-12(6): Telecommunication Services For Unserviced Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 27th, 1994

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. I would like to direct this question to the Minister responsible for Public Works and Services. It's with regard to the statement I made earlier today about communications, specifically telephone service and fax service into the small communities that I represent and into other areas, there are some other communities besides mine that require these types of services. I would like to ask the Minister if there has been any communication at all with NorthwesTel with regard to the requests that I've made and the communities have made with regard to improving and increasing the communications services into these communities. Mahsi.

Question 263-12(6): Telecommunication Services For Unserviced Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Public Works and Services, Mr. Morin.

Return To Question 263-12(6): Telecommunications Services For Unserviced Communities
Question 263-12(6): Telecommunication Services For Unserviced Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Madam Speaker. The Department of Public Works and Services has the responsibility for dealing with NorthwesTel on this issue. The Members had requested a meeting with NorthwesTel. I have arranged that meeting for November 15th, and I've signed off the letters to those Members who represent communities that are unserviced.

Through CRTC hearings that were held in the Northwest Territories, we did take a presentation to those hearings: that we supported the concept of a general surcharge to all NorthwesTel customers to pay for the service going into these unserviced communities. They had come back with CRTC's final decision on this matter, or it's expected soon. But the proposed schedule that NorthwesTel has come up with is Snare Lake to have telephones in 1994-95; Colville Lake, 1995-96; Jean Marie River, 1996-97; Nahanni Butte, 1995-96; Trout Lake, 1996-97; Kakisa, 1996-97. That's what NorthwesTel is proposing and that's basically what we'll discuss with the president of NorthwesTel on November 15th with the Members. Thank you.

Return To Question 263-12(6): Telecommunications Services For Unserviced Communities
Question 263-12(6): Telecommunication Services For Unserviced Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Yellowknife North, Mr. Ballantyne.

Question 264-12(6): Innovative Fund Raising For Stanton Hospital
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I have a question for the Minister of Health. Last night, Madam Speaker, I watched, with interest, a news show on television showing the very innovative and imaginative ways that hospitals across the country are raising money. There was an example of a Tim Hortons outlet in one hospital. There are other retail stores in hospitals. My question to the Minister of Health...Here in Yellowknife, it's my understanding that all we have is an American-based catering company, so we probably have some room for imagination. Has the Stanton Yellowknife Hospital looked at any innovative ways of raising money within the hospital?

Question 264-12(6): Innovative Fund Raising For Stanton Hospital
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister of Health, Madam Premier.

Return To Question 264-12(6): Innovative Fund Raising For Stanton Hospital
Question 264-12(6): Innovative Fund Raising For Stanton Hospital
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, when we were considering the new chairman of the Stanton territorial hospital, one of the discussions I had with the now chairman was to try to find those innovative approaches to finding extra funds and financing some of the projects in the Stanton territorial hospital. Given the background of the chairman, I believe that with his energy and his innovative ideas that he has demonstrated in his everyday life, hopefully that can be transferred in inspiring the board to look at these innovative ways. Thank you, Madam Speaker.