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Supplementary To Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Classrooms
Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Classrooms
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Chair Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Roland. The honourable Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Ootes.

Further Return To Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Classrooms
Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Classrooms
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The DECs are restricted, Mr. Speaker. Other than we have initiated a school improvement project for student success, and we're doing this on a pilot basis in seven different districts. Each one chose a school to do a specific project, which could be an area that we could look at for next year to see if we can expand and that was our intention. As we see successes happening, then we can expand the student success projects. They're small funded projects, but they're specifically geared to testing projects to see if they are successful, and we want to take our best examples and repeat that in other areas, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Classrooms
Question 405-14(6): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Classrooms
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Great Slave, Mr. Braden.

Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Bill Braden Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I understand from some information that I got just a few minutes ago, that there has been some fairly dramatic action over at the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board. A prominent member has been, apparently, dismissed from his duties by federal Minister, Mr. Nault. As a consequence, there is no quorum on this board. This is a critical board to the North and development approvals, Mr. Speaker. I wanted to address a question to the Premier. In partnership with the federal government, can he confirm that this action has been happening and what is the status of development permits now under review at this board? Thank you.

Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Braden. The honourable Premier, Mr. Kakfwi.

Return To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we are concerned with the situation that seems to be arising with the board and the federal Minister. I understand the board had also passed a motion of non-confidence in their chair. This is a concern because the board is dealing with some very, very important projects, and at a time when we need the board to appear independent without suffering interference from any political office, and we have asked for a full briefing. Both Jim Antoine, myself and our officials are preparing that for us so we can deal with it as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Return To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Premier. Supplementary, Mr. Braden,

Supplementary To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Bill Braden Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Could the Premier outline for us the nature of the relationship that the government has with Northern Affairs on this board? Actions of this nature, as the Premier has indicated, are quite significant for us. Just what is the obligation of the Minister to let us know what is going on? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Braden. The honourable Premier, Mr. Kakfwi.

Further Return To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 8th, 2003

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this is a board that also ties into the Gwich'in claim and the Sahtu claim. It is a partnership between the different groups, including the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories, as well as the Sahtu and Gwich'in. So there is a very high expectation for cooperation, partnership and consultation in the way this board operates in the terms of reference it has, especially the need for arm's length. independent ability to operate and carry out their duties as all parties expect them to. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Question 406-14(6): Dismissal Of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Member
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Premier. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Hay River South, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions today are for the Minister of Health and Social Services. The matter of medical travel outside of the Northwest Territories not being covered has been brought up to me again by a constituent recently. When a resident of Hay River had a serious illness and a very poor prognosis, naturally she wanted to make another trip to where she was originally from in Canada, in the east. While she was there, she became ill and had to be transported to a hospital with specialized services in a large centre. Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, this constituent unexpectedly passed away while she was there. Now her family is back in Hay River and they're not only grieving her loss, but they're also hit with the medical travel bills.

Mr. Speaker, I know of many more such incidents. I'd like to know what does the Department of Health and Social Services do to inform NWT residents of these potential costs and the fact that medical travel is not covered if it does not originate in the NWT. Thank you.

Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mrs. Groenewegen. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We have a website that lays out the concerns and cautions people travelling outside of the NWT that they should have supplementary health coverage. As well, we have pamphlets in the health centres, plus I understand all our travel agencies have agreed to work with the department and authorities to ensure that travelers are aware of health insurance requirements when they travel outside of the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

Return To Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
Question 407-14(6): Public Communication Of Medical Travel Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Do you have a supplementary, Mrs. Groenewegen?