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Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

June 15th, 1995

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation a question. Mr. Speaker, regarding the new rules with regard to public housing for seniors, as we know as of April 1st, seniors don't pay any rent. However, the Government of the Northwest Territories recognizes seniors from the age of 60. There are civil servants who may not be retired, who exceed the age of 60 years, who have fairly good jobs, and who may want to sell their homes. They might be encouraged to go into public units because of the free rent for seniors. I would like to ask the Minister whether or not he is reviewing the criteria for seniors for public unit free rent, to ensure that this type of situation is avoided. Thank you.

Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation, Mr. Morin.

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Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That's one of the questions I have posed to the Housing Corporation and we're looking at the issue of giving seniors free units. They assured me at that time that seniors with high incomes or who want to sell their houses, because of the way the policy is and the core need income threshold, they would make themselves ineligible for public housing. Public housing is for low-income people, so low-income people come first. So far, in the Northwest Territories, there is a waiting list in every community for social housing and that waiting list is full of low-income people. The process, itself, will weed out high-income people. Thank you.

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Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Supplementary To Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you. On the same note, with regard to seniors, Mr. Speaker, there are seniors who own their own homes and who are still paying mortgages, I believe, through the NWT Housing Corporation R and R program. They are not in free housing because they have this mortgage liability. I'd like to ask the Minister whether or not he can review this category of seniors to try to alleviate this financial burden on them. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Morin.

Further Return To Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm well aware of the rural and remote program and the hardships it places on seniors who have been paying their mortgages faithfully for many years. For those who have been doing that, we are reviewing their cases. I believe there is a case in Fort Smith, one in Providence and one in Fort McPherson that have been written off. We're trying to do the rest as quickly as we can, but we have to work through CMHC to do it. I want to get those done as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Question 627-12(7): Criteria For Seniors For Rent-free Housing Units
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Are there any further oral questions? Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs. Mr. Speaker, on April 10th, the Minister accompanied me to Fort Smith for a meeting with the town council with regard to the issue of water and sewer policy and, in conjunction with that, the issue of the town boundary. The town boundary goes about 20 miles out of the community, and has been a concern to the town council; they are trying to get the town boundary downsized. With the support of the Metis, the band and the chamber of commerce, the community did ask the Minister whether he would reconsider attempting to downsize the town boundary. I believe the Minister has been working diligently with his department in trying to attempt to come to some type of solution. Would the Minister indicate whether or not a solution has been found, and whether a decision has been made with respect to the boundary issue? Thank you.

Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Mr. Ng.

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Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, as the Member knows, there was a significant reduction in the municipal boundary in April of 1994. Given that and some of the issues that were brought forward regarding the downsizing of the boundary, I felt that at this time there is no new information or compelling reason to further reduce a municipal boundary. But having said that, Mr. Speaker, there is also the issue of the water and sewer subsidy requests from some of the residents in the Bell Rock area of the community.

In trying to address the boundary issue in conjunction with the water and sewer subsidy possibility, I have directed my department to recommend that we look at providing a water truck to the municipality, if the municipality can reach an accommodation with the current contractor and look at the possibility of the municipality supplying water services to the Salt Plains Reserve, as well, which our department currently provides subsidized water services to. Thank you.

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Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Supplementary, Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Supplementary To Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Minister for that financial support to the community. I'm sure they will appreciate it.

Mr. Speaker, can I ask the Minister to confirm that the town boundary would include the Bell Rock area, and that the boundary will not go to the pre-1982 boundary line? Is the town boundary now to the Bell Rock area and not to its current line?

Supplementary To Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Ng.

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Question 628-12(7): Reduction To Fort Smith's Town Boundaries
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My intention is not to move the existing boundary that was reduced in April of 1994. In effect, the Bell Rock area would remain within the town boundary. The reasoning for that is it would not be consistent with our community boundary policy to have an area outside of the municipal boundary, for one reason: reducing the boundary to what the town currently wants, would also leave the quarry and the solid waste dump site outside of the municipal boundary which, again, is not consistent with the government's current community boundary policy. Thank you.