This is page numbers 17 - 42 of the Hansard for the 13th Assembly, 2nd 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 communities.

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Supplementary To Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The constituents who I've talked to find it very hard to understand why something that is if not illegal, so borderline illegal, would not be addressed. Whereas, we have no problem if somebody steals a can of tuna, we will send him to jail for 30 days. This kind of white collar activity cannot get prosecuted and people can't see justice done. I would ask the Minister if he would possibly reconsider asking his officials to be a little more enthusiastic in their attempt to contact officials in Calgary, where this company came from. If they have done it up here, they have done it to others. It just seems too easy to say we can't do anything. They can rob and pillage us within the fine line of the law and can get away with it. I would ask the Minister if he would reconsider asking his officials to contact the authorities to see whether they could coordinate an attempt to bring these individuals to some sort of justice. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

Further Return To Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure how much further we can go. The people of Smith are citizens of the Northwest Territories, the same as everyone else, and we do share a concern. Unscrupulous companies and business people are being perceived as going out to do some harm to the well-being of citizens. In this case, the business transactions are not of a criminal nature. It is more in the area of whether or not, as consumers, they have been sold a bag of goods that isn't worth the amount of money that has been transacted. Consumer affairs may be the best route to pursue because these are individual complaints about a business transaction. They should seek legal counsel. At this time, we do not perceive it as an interest of the Government of the Northwest Territories to engage the Department of Justice, besides the briefing note that we had shared with the Member for Thebacha.

Further Return To Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Question 27-13(2): Possible Remedies Re Skyline Cable Systems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Krutko.

Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Item 6: Oral Questions

February 15th, 1996

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Education with regard to the problem of individuals receiving UI and then they want to better themselves by attending programs through Arctic College. There seems that there is a problem when you try to move ahead to get the skills to go into other areas and get off UI/social assistance. It seems like there is a real barrier there for individuals who want to move ahead. They either get cut off of UI or they are put in the situation where they have to go back to Social Services and go through that system. There is no clear direction that has been spelled out to simplify a lot of these problems that we have a lot of our clients running into. They make an attempt to better their lives by getting educated and moving into a sector in the workforce. Unemployment is high in the smaller communities and usually the UI process takes so long to get to begin with, by the time you are in the system, you are looking at a few months down the road.

I wonder if the department has made an attempt to look at streamlining with the federal government with regard to social assistance, UI and the Department of Education so it isn't so difficult. That way they wouldn't be penalized for making an attempt to proceed to move ahead in life. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Dent.

Return To Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the honourable Member has hit on an important aspect of my department's area of concern; that is, the total income support and development area. Employment insurance, as it is now called, is a federal program. We don't have a lot of input into that. In fact, the changes which were recently announced to that program were announced

unilaterally and without any consultation with any of the provinces or territories. UI hasn't had a great history in the Northwest Territories. It has been difficult for most of the people of the Territories to get into, as the Member mentioned, but it has gotten increasingly more difficult. The northerners accessed the program two years ago to the tune of about $40 million. This year it will be down to about $30 million. Given the changes that have been announced, I have no doubt that it will be further reduced significantly in the next year.

That means an increased amount of pressure is going to come on this government. I have written to the federal Minister about some of the changes and about the need for us to work together to address some of the unique problems we face in the North. I am planning to talk to the federal Minister by phone next week, again to try to address some of these issues. I took the opportunity when the Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew was here today to talk to her about whether or not we could get together to discuss some joint approaches to try to come up with a more streamlined and better way of dealing with the needs of her constituents.

The Member brings up a good point. Yes, I think it is an extremely important area in which we need to work given the federal cutbacks and our fiscal situation. We need to find ways to work together better. We are looking for those ways. For instance, in some places now, we are already collocating with the federal human resources people and our income support delivery people. There is room for lots more. We will be working very actively to streamline and cooperate better as we can, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Question 28-13(2): Streamlining Ui And Social Assistance To Assist In Upgrading
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Ootes.

Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Justice. I received a discussion paper from the Northwest Territories Architectural Society about the lack of territorial legislation for architectural practice. Unlike provincial jurisdictions which have regulated the architectural profession, the Northwest Territories has yet to enact legislation or set standards for training, skill qualifications and experience of building designers, except where the national building code requires fully-trained designers in engineering specialties.

Any person can provide building design services with no assurance to the public that he or she has the experience, training or skills in this highly technical area. I have been advised by the members of the Northwest Territories Architectural Society that the society has been seeking to have an act developed for several years. My question to the Minister is, could he please advise if the Department of Justice is working on drafting an architectural professional act.

Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Justice, Mr. Kakfwi.

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Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, the answer is no.

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Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 29-13(2): Status Of Nwt Architectural Legislation
Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Could the Minister advise when this could be considered to be slotted in to be drafted and when work could start on drafting such legislation?

Supplementary To Question 29-13(2): Status Of Nwt Architectural Legislation
Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

Further Return To Question 29-13(2): Status Of Nwt Architectural Legislation
Question 29-13(2): Status Of NWT Architectural Legislation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, the Government House Leader will be dealing with the appropriate committees of the Legislature to draft a legislative agenda on the type of legislation that should be drafted, reviewed and proposed by this government over the course of the next three years. That would probably be the best recourse in which to get some action. Thank you.