This is page numbers 909 - 930 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 5th 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 chairman.

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Return To Question 389-12(5): Clearing Right-of-way Between Taltson And Pine Point
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I have a return to an oral question which was asked by Mr. Gargan on March 25, and it concerns the clearing right-of-way between Taltson and Pine Point.

Madam Speaker, the corporation has tendered a brushing contract for the Taltson/Pine Point transmission line in the area from Fort Smith to Pine Point for the past three years. In 1991-92 the contract value was $42,000; in 1992-93, $31,000; in 1993-94 the contract was worth $11,000. This undertaking will be completed by April 14, 1994.

In 1994-95 approximately $41,000 has been budgeted for maintenance brushing on the north side of the river. This amount includes helicopter time and the hiring of three local northerners. The corporation's contact for this work is the Fort Smith operations superintendent. Thank you.

Return To Question 389-12(5): Clearing Right-of-way Between Taltson And Pine Point
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. The honourable Member for Baffin Central, Ms. Mike.

Return To Question 345-12(5): Percentage Of Nwt Residents Addicted To Alcohol And Drugs
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked by Mr. Lewis on March 22, 1994, regarding the percentage of NWT population addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.

It is not possible to determine how many residents of the Northwest Territories are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. To answer this question the department would have to access every resident of the Northwest Territories.

The information that can be verified is that in 1992-93, 598 residents of the Northwest Territories had requested assistance for their addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, and were provided treatment by the Department of Social Services. Thank you.

Return To Question 345-12(5): Percentage Of Nwt Residents Addicted To Alcohol And Drugs
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Deh Cho, Mr. Gargan.

Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

My question is to the Minister of Social Services. Madam Speaker, the situation in Hay River with the termination of the contract for running of the group home disturbs me. In light of a letter of support from members of my constituency, I have little choice but to lead the allegations of wrong-doing on the part of the district office of Social Services in Hay River. Can the Minister explain to me the rationale for the termination of the contract?

Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Social Services, Ms. Mike.

Return To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Greenway Holdings ran the Hay River group home in 1992 and 1993, and were rehired on a three year contract for 1993-94 until 1995-96. The working relationship has deteriorated over the last year, and numerous attempts have been made by the area supervisor and the regional superintendent to maintain a viability of this contract. These attempts have not been successful. While all parties maintain that the well-being of the children in their care is their number one priority, there is a demonstrated inability between the contractor and the area office staff to work together to meet this priority.

The contract with Greenway was cancelled under a provision of the contract which allowed that department to terminate the contract with 90 day's notice. The reason for the termination was that the working relationship between the contractor and the Social Services area office had broken down completely. Thank you.

Return To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Item 5, oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Gargan.

Supplementary To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Serious allegations have been raised about the professionalism of the staff at the Hay River district office of Social Services. Is the Minister prepared to strike an independent committee to investigate these allegations as was requested by the Groenewegens, subsequent to their contract being terminated by your department?

Supplementary To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Social Services, Ms. Mike.

Further Return To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes.

Further Return To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Item 5, oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Gargan.

Supplementary To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

My last supplementary, Madam Speaker. In view of the community support for the operation of the group home as it now stands, can the Minister please tell this House what the plans are for the group home in Hay River?

Supplementary To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister of Social Services, Ms. Mike.

Further Return To Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Question 399-12(5): Termination Of Hay River Group Home Contract
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. In the meantime, the children who are in care have been placed in homes. The care of the children has to be the number one priority. So they have been placed in foster care homes. Thank you.