This is page numbers 69 - 100 of the Hansard for the 15th Assembly, 4th 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 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. That was a very long preamble to a supplementary question. I would suggest that was actually a Member's statement, but, Minister McLeod.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the Member is correct; the main street chipsealing program was reduced this year as our program had to cut the funding. So we had to reduce some of our activities in the different communities. Fort Good Hope is deferred by one year because of our budget restrictions. We've planned to have the community targeted as soon as Tuktoyaktuk and Fort McPherson are done. Having said that, we are also completing a study that we had a contractor do for us to look at the different conditions in the communities to see if there are any other options or solutions out there. The study is now complete. We are in the process of reviewing it. It will come forward with some recommendations and we would be pleased to share that information with the members of the different committees. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Minister McLeod. Supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Supplementary To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the four months, May up to August, is 120 days that the community of Fort Good Hope has to go through the dust season. Would the Minister commit to helping the community get more money or asking his Cabinet to get more money so that more effective use of dust control can be used in the community in the interim, because it has been deferred for the one year? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Madam Speaker, I'm not sure if the Member is asking me to commit additional dollars to his community of Good Hope. The program was reduced and Fort Good Hope has been deferred for one year. However, there is already an allocation and has been historically an allocation to the community government funding to deal with dust. The community also has the option to invest in dust control if that is a priority. We do not dictate where the communities should invest their money. If they spend it in other areas, that is the community's decision. So we can certainly indicate to the Member that we have a study that is complete. We'll share that information that will indicate what the best option is for the community of Fort Good Hope. If he's asking me to put in more money, at this point I don't think I can commit to that, but I certainly will commit to looking for some long-term solutions for dealing with some of the dust in the communities. That's a real priority. We've heard it over and over in our visits to the community. So I will commit to that, but not to additional funding at this point.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Minister McLeod. Final supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Supplementary To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the chipsealing program would make a real difference in the small communities that don't have a chipsealing program. The larger centres have paved roads; they don't have to deal with the dust. In the smaller communities, the old people have to live day in and day out in houses where dust is a very big issue. It's a crying shame that this government who wants to make a difference in the Northwest Territories, and we've got $40 million sitting by Cabinet. So would the Minister again look at the chipsealing programs in the communities and see if he can get anything done that will help the communities with their dust problems? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, we have been looking at the dust problem for a couple of years now. As I indicated earlier, we have undertaken to hire a contractor to come up with some options for us. We will look at that, and if it requires additional investment from this government, we will bring that forward. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Question 42-15(4): Chipseal Program In Fort Good Hope
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Item 6, oral questions. We have 22 minutes left in question period and four more people on the list at least. Let's see if we can fit everybody in in the next 20 minutes, and that will include the assistance of Ministers and their answers. Next on the list I have the Member for Range Lake, Ms. Lee.

Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Item 6: Oral Questions

May 30th, 2005

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I have questions to the Minister of Health and Social Services in regard to the treatment of an individual with disabilities that is so appalling, and I have been meaning to ask these questions. I think given this week is Disability Awareness Week it has even more significance, Madam Speaker. This individual is somebody that is well known to us, he's from a community and he used to work in this building. He has been housed in a hospital since February; three months. His apartment had to be renovated, and it has taken this long, and I challenge anybody in this House to be housed in a hospital for three months and not develop any new health conditions. Madam Speaker, I think this is quite appalling and I think the government has an obligation to take care of this situation right away. So I would like to ask the Minister of Health and Social Services why it is that it is taking this long to renovate this house so this person can be in his own home. Thank you.

Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, this is a very thinly veiled discussion of a very personal issue involving a specific individual that the Member has done everything but name, and it's not appropriate for me to comment in this House. I would be more than happy to talk to her about what is transpiring in this particular situation, but it is not appropriate to discuss it in this House. Thank you.

Return To Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Question 43-15(4): Treatment Of Individual With A Disability
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger. Supplementary, Ms. Lee.