This is page numbers 57 - 83 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 ---agreed.

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Equipment Donations For Chief Julius School
Item 3: Members' Statements

February 19th, 1996

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rose in the House last week and made a statement with regard to the school in Fort McPherson. In consultation with members of the school, teachers and students, there seems to be a real loss in losing such a facility. Things that a lot of us take for granted with regard to having to cope without a gymnasium, regular classrooms and recreation equipment such as cross country skis, hockey equipment and recreation equipment; especially at this time, students don't have the opportunities that most people take for granted.

At this time, I would like to inform all the Members of the House and people in other northern communities that they can contribute to the school in Fort McPherson through the Beaufort Divisional Board of Education and give any equipment they may have by way of skis, hockey equipment, broomball equipment, et cetera. The only facility we have use of at the present time is the recreation complex which is a hockey arena and a small community hall. So anything that can be donated at this time will be greatly appreciated.

Later I will be asking questions to the Minister with regard to the progress of the new renovations. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Equipment Donations For Chief Julius School
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. O'Brien, Member for Kivallivik.

Awarding Of Baker Lake Group Home Contract
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kevin O'Brien Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, on numerous occasions government has referred to its commitment to buy northern and hire northern through such initiatives as the business incentive policy, the architect and engineering policy with DPW and the affirmative action policy and, Mr. Speaker, in more generic terms, the northern preference policy.

Mr. Speaker, the community transfer initiative, CTI, has been established for a number of reasons, but its primary purpose was to turn over more responsibilities to the hamlets so the communities could have more say in the running of their community.

Mr. Speaker, the overall goal is to empower the communities. I applaud the previously mentioned initiatives, but they cannot be effective if there isn't open and honest dialogue. Mr. Speaker, I believe that this government must take the time to listen more attentively to the concerns and recommendations from each community. Mr. Speaker, I have some serious concerns in my riding of Kivallivik regarding how committed some government departments are in terms of the concerns and recommendations, for example, from Arviat and Baker Lake.

Mr. Speaker, a case in point was the recent awarding of a contract for the running of the group home in Baker Lake. Mr. Speaker, prior to the contract being awarded, I approached the Minister of Health and Social Services on a number of occasions regarding the community's wish to have the group home run by local people as opposed to outsiders. Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, my request was not honoured as the contract was awarded without my knowledge and I found out after the fact by one of our local community members.

Mr. Speaker, the real concern here is that the contract was awarded to an outside or southern company without much thought or consideration for the other local groups that applied. Mr. Speaker, the local bids may not have been perfect, but Mr. Speaker, I seek consent to continue my statement.

Awarding Of Baker Lake Group Home Contract
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

The honourable Member for Kivallivik is seeking unanimous consent to conclude his statement. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Mr. O'Brien, please conclude your statement.

Awarding Of Baker Lake Group Home Contract
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kevin O'Brien Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The other local bids may not have been perfect, but surely some accommodation could have been made to allow local people to run this particular group home. Mr. Speaker, another equally disturbing fact is that the party that won the award was not the low bidder, but was higher by approximately $60,000. Mr. Speaker, in times of fiscal restraint with a looming deficit of $150 million and a commitment by this government for community empowerment, how could this contract be awarded and justified? Mr. Speaker, I will ask further questions during question period regarding this issue. Thank you.

Awarding Of Baker Lake Group Home Contract
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you, Mr. O'Brien. Item 3, Members' statements. Are there any further Members' statements? Item 4, returns to oral questions. Minister Thompson.

Return To Question 20-13(2): Advancement Of Maintenance Garage Project In Pangnirtung
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Manitok Thompson Aivilik

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This question was relayed to me by Mr. Enuaraq, MLA for Baffin Central, on February 15, 1996, concerning the 1996-97 capital plan for the hamlet of Pangnirtung.

Regarding the specific request to consider advancing the upgrading of the maintenance garage from the 1998-99 fiscal year to the 1996-97 fiscal year (Translation ends).

...department officials advised that as the department's 1996-97 capital budget would soon be under review as part of the government's business planning process, it would be difficult to make this change at such a late date. If the maintenance garage project for Pangnirtung were to be advanced, then another project would need to be set back.

I am advised, however, that after the discussion had concluded on this particular item, the hamlet council advised my department officials that they would accept where this project was scheduled in the capital forecasting plan at present. The council further reconfirmed that their highest priority is to proceed with construction of the new sewage treatment facility and the solid waste site.

I am open to discussing this matter with the Member. If the hamlet has reassessed its priorities and wishes to still pursue advancing the maintenance garage, we could consider a deferral of a project of equal value, within the department's capital forecasting plan for the community. I am also open to discussing the scheduling of capital projects planned by other government departments for Pangnirtung during the 1996-97 fiscal year with the Minister responsible.

I wish to assure the Member that I am prepared to work with him to ensure that to the degree possible, the capital plan for Pangnirtung reflects the priorities of the hamlet council. However, given the limited capital budget that is available to allocate in the coming fiscal year to the many pressing there is very little flexibility to make further budget adjustments between communities without discussion and cooperation from other community councils. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 20-13(2): Advancement Of Maintenance Garage Project In Pangnirtung
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you, honourable Minister. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services and the Housing Corporation, Mr. Ng.

Further Return To Question 30-13(2): Social Assistance Policy On Rental Arrears Owed To Lhas
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked February 15th by the honourable Member for Hay River with respect to how much money is owed by public housing tenants to this government at this point in time.

Mr. Speaker, currently there is $5 million owed to the local housing organizations in tenant arrears. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 30-13(2): Social Assistance Policy On Rental Arrears Owed To Lhas
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Item, returns to oral questions. Mr. Dent.

Release Of Report On Nunavut Arctic College Program Transfers

Further Return To Question 30-13(2): Social Assistance Policy On Rental Arrears Owed To Lhas
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have a return to a question asked by Mr. Picco on February 16, 1995.

On Friday, February 16th, I faxed a letter to the chairman of the Nunavut Arctic College Board of Governors, Joe Ohokannoak, asking him to consider the appropriateness of tabling a report entitled "Nunavut Arctic College Program Relocation Study," by Hugh Lloyd.

Mr. Ohokannoak phoned this morning to advise me that Mr. Lloyd's report has been available to the public for some time now. Copies can be obtained from the Nunavut Arctic College office in lqaluit. I will table a copy of the report in the House as soon as I receive it. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 30-13(2): Social Assistance Policy On Rental Arrears Owed To Lhas
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you, honourable Minister. ltern 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Enuaraq.

Question 51-13(2): Consultation Re Effect Of New Social Housing Rent Scale
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Housing. Mr. Speaker, as I said in my Member's statement today, there was extensive

consultation leading up to the implementation of the new social housing rent scale last year. The previous Housing Minister promised that the consultation would continue once the rent scale was in place. Will the Minister commit to a process of community and regional consultation in the coming years so the Housing Corporation can consider the effectiveness of the new rent scale and other housing issues? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 51-13(2): Consultation Re Effect Of New Social Housing Rent Scale
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker John Ningark

Thank you. The honourable Minister for Housing, Mr. Ng.

Return To Question 51-13(2): Consultation Re Effect Of New Social Housing Rent Scale
Question 51-13(2): Consultation Re Effect Of New Social Housing Rent Scale
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the corporation has continued to undertake consultations at a community and at a regional level in following the past practice established by the former Minister. In the case of the honourable Member for Baffin, I am actually advised that with the exception of lqaluit, all communities in the Baffin district have already undertaken community consultations for this current fiscal year. Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that we will continue to look at community consultation readings to address housing concerns. Thank you.