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Further Return To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Mr. Speaker, I just have one more return. It is a return to an oral question asked by Mr. Ballantyne on March 29th, regarding the strategy for monitoring air quality.

The problem of airborne pollutants is not restricted to the Northwest Territories. It is a global problem that requires global solutions. The Government of Canada has taken a lead role in promoting new international agreements on the management of pollutants, such as through the United Nations economic commission for Europe's convention on long-range transboundary air pollution. While Canada no longer allows the use of pollutants such as DDT and toxaphene, many other countries have not yet done so.

The Government of the Northwest Territories, primarily through the Departments of Renewable Resources and Health and Social Services, continues to urge the federal government to take any actions necessary to reduce international sources of airborne pollutants. The Premier has brought this concern to the attention of the Prime Minister. Where appropriate, our government participates directly on task forces or Canadian delegations to ensure that northern concerns relating to airborne pollutants are heard and addressed. Most recently, at the February meeting of Canada's Energy and Environment Ministers, the Department of Renewable Resources spoke of northern concerns and the need to promote new agreements to manage these pollutants.

To respond to concerns over territorial sources of air pollutants, the Department of Renewable Resources has prepared air quality guidelines which recommend local limits for certain airborne pollutants. Compliance with the guidelines is voluntary. The Government of the Northwest Territories will continue to participate in programs that monitor the levels of air pollutants in the air, water, wildlife and people. The most recent information shows that levels of airborne pollutants in country foods are not increasing or affecting the productivity of territorial wildlife. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 351-12(7): Strategy Re Monitoring Air Quality
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Ms. Cournoyea.

Return To Question 380-12(7): GNWT Employees' Notice Re Lease Termination
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a reply to a question asked by Mr. Patterson on April 3rd regarding GNWT employees' notice of lease termination.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is allowing the leases on 12 single-detached staff houses to expire, as there is no ongoing need for the units. The leases expired on March 31, 1995.

Affected tenants were hand-delivered written notices on March 3, 1995, by property managers, Public Works and Services, advising them that the GNWT would not be renewing the head lease on their unit. The notice for one tenant was posted on his door as he was not at home. The letter advised tenants of several options available and provided the name and telephone number of a contact person with the Department of Personnel who would assist them with alternate staff accommodation. Tenants were informed that they could be relocated to alternative staff housing and that moving assistance would be made available to assist them. Another option would be to negotiate directly with the owner to remain in the unit.

Mr. Speaker, tenants were advised that, where warranted, the GNWT would consider holding over the head lease beyond March 31, 1995. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 380-12(7): GNWT Employees' Notice Re Lease Termination
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Lewis.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

April 11th, 1995

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize in the gallery a distinguished medical person, Dr. George Gibson, who has been here for many, many years. He's not so heavily involved in medicine as he once was and it's nice to see he's still in Yellowknife, very heavily involved in the community, and I know he has no plans to leave. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Whitford.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, colleagues. I'm pleased to recognize in the gallery 25 students from the grade eight class of the Range Lake North School and their teacher, Ms. Sarah McDonald and their principal, Mr. Ulrich.

---Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Patterson.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Mr. Speaker, this period in our orders of the day is usually taken up by Yellowknife Members to recognize their constituents because I don't very often have constituents come all the way here from Iqaluit. I'd still like to take this opportunity to recognize a familiar face back in his old seat, Mr. Ben McDonald, who works for the Union of Northern Workers. Thank you.

---Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Koe.

Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday my colleague, Mr. Antoine, asked the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism about the status of the review of the tourism zone associations. I, too, have concerns about this study and some of the current events that have posed questions about the consultants who were hired to do this study. When the call for proposals was advertised last fall, one of the conditions included was as follows: "Clause 6.7, schedule. The consultant must be prepared to begin work immediately upon reward of this contract and is required to have all work completed and approved no later than March 31, 1995."

Mr. Speaker, March 31, 1995 has come and gone, and here we are awaiting results of this study. Can the Minister advise us if the contractors have lived up to the terms and conditions of the contract to study tourism zone associations?

Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Todd.

Return To Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Later on today, I will be tabling an executive summary of the study and the review that Mr. Koe is referring to. Thank you.

Return To Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Koe.

Supplementary To Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Question 452-12(7): Fulfilment Of Contract For Tourism Zone Association Review
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Thank you. I look forward to that review. I also understand that currently the department is initiating an interim consultation process with the Northwest Territories tourism operators to assist in the creation of new representatives for both east and west tourism industry organizations.

Mr. Speaker, I agree that there should be two separate organizations, one in the east and one in the west, but I would like to hear why the department is carrying out another consultative process while you still do not have the results of the one that was supposed to be completed for March 31st.