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Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

The departments have been asked to look at possible areas where they can trim. Have they been given objectives as to how much they need to trim from their budgets this year?

Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. No. Departments were just asked to take a look at all planned expenditures and identify those could be avoided that would not impact on service or reduce the levels of service significantly.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Is there such a thing as re-profiling some of the savings into other areas, other programs, that we may not have approved within the budget? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, within each department, the Minister may move funds within certain limits from one program to another, if necessary, in order to undertake projects or initiatives. Any movement over $250,000 has to be reported to the Standing Committee on Government Operations. This report is provided to the committee on a quarterly basis.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Krutko.

Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

September 8th, 1999

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development. It is regarding the large fire that we had in the Mackenzie Delta region, the one around Tsiigehtchic. There was a lot of concerns raised by the community. We heard news reports and also trying to find a mechanism that we can work closer with communities and get them more involved in the day-to-day information that this government has, especially in relation to the forest fire management centre in Fort Smith, where they make a lot of the decisions in light of what community's concerns may be or concerns from the region and how fires should be fought. We have used the used the concern of the costs to this government as one of the main elements of not fighting the fires this summer. In the long run, we probably would have been better off if we had been more proactive and responded when we had the fire under control to a point where it became out of control and burned some 170,000 hectares. I would like to ask the Minister what is his department doing to

improve the consultation with communities, other departments, people in MACA, emergency measures, which were called in? We had to shut the Dempster Highway. I would like to ask the Minister exactly what has his department done to try to improve the situation we had in the Inuvik region regarding the Tsiigehtchic fire?

Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development, Mr. Kakfwi.

Return To Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The department is prepared to review the work that was done in the Inuvik region regarding fires this summer, once we have wrapped up this fire season. We know that communication issues critical and a vital part of any strategy and there is always a need to improve that and to review. We will try to do that. We are prepared to discuss with the Gwich'in leadership ways to improve communication within the government itself, within the government's operations for fighting fires as well as with the public and the communities involved.

There is information that will be available that we would like to share as well, such as the chronology of events, the actions taken on the number of fires that were reported, the ones that were actioned, the ones that were not, the reasons why we took the action that we did, why we decided not to act in certain areas and the variables that changed and made the fire into one that was basically out of control in a very short time. There is information that we can share, as well, about the degree of the burn in the area, for instance, some of the areas may very well be reduced to charcoal and stumps, others will be just crown fire, others have probably already turned green again. We will prepare that information and share it with the Gwich'in leadership and the people of the area so that they have as much information as we have about the fire, how it started, its progression, the action we took, the nature of communications that were involved here, as well as the impact that it has had in the very, very large area that the fire consumed this summer. Thank you.

Return To Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. One of the areas of concern that the community raised with me, which I was not really aware of, there is presently a land use plan in place for the Gwich'in settlement region. It identifies areas that people would set as a priority-protected area or area that is sensitive and people want to ensure there are certain mechanisms in place. Under the fire zone concept that your department uses, I am not too sure if the department had an opportunity to look at the land use plan and try to find new ways of restructuring your fire zones to ensure that there are certain areas where there will be priorities put on fire retention and other areas there is not. Can your department also take into account new information that has come to light and review your fire zone priority areas for responding to fires?

Supplementary To Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

Further Return To Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Question 18-13(8): Mackenzie Delta Forest Fire Concerns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We will be accepting any new and relevant information in our meetings with the communities and the Gwich'in Tribal Council, Gwich'in leadership, when we start having these meetings. There will be a debriefing with the communities in the area that the fire had taken place. The two Gwich'in communities will have meetings set up so that the communities will be properly briefed. It will be done in consultation with yourself as an MLA, as well as the Gwich'in Tribal Council. Thank you.