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Member's Statement 134-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in regard to a grave concern from the residents of Tsiigehtchic. It is in regard to the shortage of teachers in that community. Two weeks ago the principal, Don Rishea, was medevaced out of Tsiigehtchic along with his wife to Yellowknife. Mr. Speaker, since then there has been a shortage of teachers in Tsiigehtchic for the last two weeks and I have received calls from parents of Tsiigehtchic concerned that their children will not be able to conclude the school year because of the shortage of teachers in that community. Mr. Speaker, at the present time the children are not attending school because Tsiigehtchic only has one teacher. Alisha Mortenson is a young lady just out of university and is presently taking care of the children from kindergarten to grade 10. She is presently overworked and she is also trying to play the role of the principal. Mr. Speaker, I do not think it is fair to Ms. Mortenson to do this.

I feel, Mr. Speaker, with the shortage of teachers and also the shortage of staff we find ourselves with in the Beaufort Delta region, that there has to be some effort made to deal with this as an emergency. I strongly feel that we have to make all efforts to assist the community of Tsiigehtchic by bringing in teachers to offset the workload for Ms. Mortenson. Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time I will be asking the Minister of Education questions on this matter in regard to what does the government do in cases such as this, which as far as I can see is an emergency crisis in a small community, and also for the children of Tsiigehtchic to ensure they are able to conclude their school year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Member's Statement 134-13(7): Shortage Of Teachers In Tsiigehtchic
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Ootes.

Member's Statement 135-13(7): Chamber Of Commerce Recommendations On Government Contracting
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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have had several occasions to speak about negotiated contracts and requests for proposals and the concern that is out there. I recently had a

meeting with the Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee of Yellowknife, on the issue of government contract methods. The chamber is pleased with the Minister's announcements that this is under study and that a report will be issued. The study is by the senior management of the territorial government departments. The committee has adopted several recommendations as a draft policy position. The Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce would like to recommend that in the quarterly contracting reports of the government that:

1. They encourage the government to include contracting information for all departments and funded agencies. Funded agencies being such areas as the Housing Corporation, NWT Development Corporation, hospital boards and school boards;

2. They would also like to encourage the government to real-time post the report, when it is available, on its publicly-accessible Web sites, with key definitions;

3. They suggest the government develop a real-time reporting system that allows for the updating of publicly posted data, essentially at the time of the expenditure commitment;

4. The Chamber would like to also meet with the government to discuss possible ways in which the data is stored and presented on the Web site;

5. That the government report all contracts over $1,000 (rather than the current $5,000 guideline); finally

6. That the government provide post-contract award report cards for all RFP and tender competitions.

This report card should show a losing bidder's performance per criterion, against the average and standard deviations for that criterion. Initially unsuccessful northern bidders could then see where they were rated deficient, permitting them to sharpen their future bids for a higher success rate in capturing work. As I said earlier, Mr. Speaker, this subject has been discussed by me on a number of occasions and I wanted to pass on the recommendations of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 135-13(7): Chamber Of Commerce Recommendations On Government Contracting
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Mr. Henry.

Member's Statement 136-13(7): Rental Of Restricted And Adult Movies To Youth
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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Recently one of my constituents brought to my attention a bizarre situation that warrants the attention of this government. Presently, in the Northwest Territories, it is illegal for a 12-year-old to attend a restricted movie at a movie theatre unless a parent or guardian accompanies them. However, that same 12-year-old may walk in to any video outlet in the Northwest Territories and without the consent or knowledge of their parents, rent that same movie on video. The present legislation in the Northwest Territories does not prevent children from renting restricted videos and further, the legislation does not prevent video outlets from renting inappropriate videos to children.

Mr. Speaker, there are video outlets that do take it upon themselves to monitor the age of individuals that rent restricted videos and they should be commended for this. However, Mr. Speaker, there are also those outlets that do not monitor the rental of adult and restricted videos to children and it is with these outlets that I have problems.

A possible solution to this problem would be to change the present legislation to require the licensing of video rental outlets. As the NWT uses Alberta's film classification system there would be no cost for doing classifications. It would be the responsibility of the outlet to ensure that the films are labelled appropriately. Mr. Speaker, presently, the Film Classification Act of the Northwest Territories noticeably avoids the mention of addressing video movies. By taking this approach, I can only wonder if this government is saying that renting restricted and adult videos to children is acceptable? Or, Mr. Speaker, is this government prepared to do something about it? Thank you.

--Applause

Member's Statement 136-13(7): Rental Of Restricted And Adult Movies To Youth
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Dent.

Return To Oral Question 60-13(7): Student Hiring Program
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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question on behalf of the Premier, the Honourable Jim Antoine. The question was asked on March 29, 1999, by Mr. Erasmus.

1. What types of plans does this government have in place to ensure that as many students as possible receive jobs when they get back here?

2. Is there going to be a central hiring agency or would the government commit to having a central hiring agency, particularly in a large centre like Yellowknife, so that students do not have to go all over the place with their resumes, just go through one central agency?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Oral Question 60-13(7): Student Hiring Program
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Returns to oral questions. Mr. Steen.

Return To Oral Question 110-13(7): Report To Minister Of Pw&s On Issues Raised By Conflict Of Interest Commissioner
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Vince Steen Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have a question asked by Mrs. Groenewegen on April 23, 1999.

The decision to proceed with an independent third party review of the issues raised in the Report of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner was taken by the deputy minister of the Department of Public Works and Services, in consultation with the former Minister of Public Works and Services, the Honourable Floyd Roland.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Oral Question 110-13(7): Report To Minister Of Pw&s On Issues Raised By Conflict Of Interest Commissioner
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Roland.

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

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to recognize a guest who has travelled to the Northwest Territories, the Honourable Flora McDonald, co-chair of the National Committee for the International Year of Older Persons. As well, joining us in the Gallery is Mr. Lloyd Brunes, chairman of the NWT Seniors Advisory Council and Mr. Dusty Miller, member of the NWT Seniors Advisory Council. I must apologize for not having the names of many of the others that joined us for our luncheon that we had, but I would like to welcome them to the gallery.

--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

Thank you. Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mrs. Groenewegen.

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

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would also like to recognize a constituent of mine from Hay River, Mr. Lloyd Brunes, and thank him for his work with the seniors. Also, my new constituency assistant, Wendy Morgan from Hay River, who has just come to Yellowknife for the first time. Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Welcome to the Assembly. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Ootes.

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

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize a number of people, but first I would like to recognize several of my constituents first. Dr. George Gibson and I believe Dusty and Mrs. Miller, but I believe they are in Mr. Henry's riding, so forgive me for that. I will introduce several other people and then Mr. Henry may wish to introduce some. Pete Fraser, Bea Campbell, Lloyd Brunes, who Mrs. Groenewegen has referenced, Dusty and Mrs. Miller, Gladys Eggenberger, Annie Yourchenko, Diane Mercredi and Cathy Praamsma and that is all we can see from down here, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.