This is page numbers 281 - 307 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 7th 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 development.

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Members Present

Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Dent, Hon. Samuel Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Marie-Jewell, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Hon. Kelvin Ng, Mr. Ningark, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Good morning. I have been informed that Her Honour, the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, is prepared to assent to bills. Mr. Clerk, would you ascertain if the Commissioner is prepared to enter the Chamber and assent to bills?

Assent To Bills
Assent To Bills

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Commissioner Maksagak

Please be seated. As Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, it gives me pleasure to assent to the following bills: Bill 2, An Act to Amend the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act; Bill 3, An Act to Amend the Judicature Act; Bill 4, An Act to Amend the Limitation of Actions Act; Bill 5, An Act to Amend the Maintenance Act; Bill 6, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act; Bill 7, An Act to Amend the Co-operative Associations Act; Bill 8, An Act to Amend the Dental Mechanics Act; Bill 9, An Act to Amend the Legal Profession Act; Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Liquor Act; Bill 11, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act; Bill 12, An Act to Amend the Judicature Act, No. 2; and, Bill 14, Miscellaneous Statutes Amending Act, 1994. Thank you.

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Assent To Bills
Assent To Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Ningark.

School Material Written In Different Dialects
Item 3: Members' Statements

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, when Nunavut Caucus had their meeting in Gjoa Haven, there was a resident of Gjoa Haven who made a presentation to the committee regarding the use of the Inuktitut language instruction in the schools. We are happy to have aboriginal languages taught in the schools; however, there was one concern raised by the presenter that the materials being used in the schools are written in a different dialect and not the dialect used in Pelly Bay. There are dialect differences and the materials that are being used right now are currently from another area, Mr. Speaker. I think the material should be made available in different dialects, so that the appropriate dialect can be taught in the school. I will be asking an oral question to the Minister regarding this item. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

School Material Written In Different Dialects
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Pudlat.

Policies Governing Social Assistance
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Under Members' statements, I would like to say that in the north, we have people receiving social assistance from Social Services. Recipients are able to cash their cheques. People would like to know who made the cheques cashable. Mr. Speaker, I will be asking questions regarding where the authority to cash welfare cheques came from, if there are policies regarding social assistance and how it should be dealt with. I will be asking a question of the Minister in this matter.

Policies Governing Social Assistance
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Pudlat. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Whitford.

Coastlines Of Canada
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there are a few times that things really irritate northerners, to the point where they write or phone to complain. Sometimes the complaints are listened to and positive changes are made and other times not. One of the things that has irritated people quite a lot in the last little while is the phrase continually used by our national broadcaster, the CBC, that Canada is from coast to coast. Anyone looking at a map can tell at a glance that Canada has three oceans. It is bordered on the east by the Atlantic, the Pacific on the west and the Arctic Ocean on the north.

Our national radio, the CBC, continues to use this phrase. They even have programs called "Coast to Coast." Cross Country Checkup on Sundays continuously uses the phrase that they are broadcasting from coast to coast. I was in Cambridge Bay not too long ago, on the northern coast, and I listened to CBC there and there was no reference made to it at that time. Even more irritating, Mr. Speaker, is our national broadcaster continuously advertises on the news and their current affairs programs, "Just call us and let us know your concerns," and they give a 1-800 number. Oft-times constituents of mine have tried to call these numbers and they are told that number doesn't operate here in the Northwest Territories. Well, excuse me, Mr. Speaker, but the last time I checked the map, the Northwest Territories was still in Canada.

I wrote a letter to the CBC asking that this be corrected and, hopefully, something will come out of it. Northerners do like to participate in these programs and we certainly want to have some reference made to the fact that Canada is from coast to coast to coast. Thank you.

Coastlines Of Canada
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Whitford. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Lewis.

Second Annual Beer Tasting Festival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to mention today a small business which seems to have done very well over the past several years. A Mr. and Mrs. Koshynsky run a little business called E-Zee-Brew and many, many people go there to buy all kinds of supplies so they can make their own product at home. It has become a bit of a tradition now in the north that more and more people are beginning to make these things which normally, if they go to the local liquor store, cost them a lot of money.

I know that some proprietors are getting very concerned because this year, Mr. Speaker, the sales of alcohol in the Northwest Territories have gone down significantly. That's a good thing because when you brew gentle stuff at home; it is mild and often good for your system. I would like to point out, Mr. Speaker, that nearly all the stuff that we bring in from the south, especially if it's not distilled, is water. Northern people know that we have lots of water.

Second Annual Beer Tasting Festival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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An Hon. Member

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Well, maybe not the Power Corporation, but we do have enough. A few gallons is not going to make a difference to the cost of power in the territories, Mr. Speaker. This is a gentle kind of industry done at home which most people seem to be enjoying and which seems to have resulted in quite a reduction in the sale of the more damaging kinds of brews that come in from the south and which possibly cause people damage. At least that's the evidence that I have.

In the next few weeks, there will be the second annual beer tasting festival in Yellowknife and those people who have been brewing and have perfected their art over the last 30 years will be competing with each other to see which individual has created the most palatable brew. So, Mr. Speaker, I wanted Members to know that this is a small industry which is flourishing quite well and is, in my opinion, having a good effect on those people who are very moderate in their needs to consume any kind of alcohol. This is, in fact, a very gentle sport, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

Second Annual Beer Tasting Festival
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Antoine.