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Question 13-16(5): Report On Core Housing Needs
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. The honourable Member for Nunakput, Mr. Jacobson.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
Oral Questions

March 2nd, 2010

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today my Member’s statement was on the elders facility in Ulukhaktok. Will this government commit to improving the life of our elders and develop an elders facility in Ulukhaktok? Like the Minister said

before me, fairly, being fair to all across the Northwest Territories.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Jacobson. The honourable Minister responsible for Health and Social Services, Ms. Lee.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This government recognizes that this is a very important issue that we need to work on. We understand demographics tells us there is going to be an increasing need for facilities and support systems for our elders across the Territories. We are engaged in long-term care planning studies where we will have a prototype of long-term care facilities so we can lessen the time required to put these facilities in place. We are also doing a needs assessment for long-term care facilities all across the Territories so that we have a comprehensive plan as to the need so we can work it into the capital planning process.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
Oral Questions

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Again, I’m tired of the studies. I’m tired of the needs assessments that this government takes upon itself to do. This has to get done. The elders in Ulukhaktok are... We don’t want our elders to go to Inuvik. We don’t want our elders to go to Aklavik. We don’t want them to come to Yellowknife. Caring for our elders’ health and well-being must be a pillar of this government. Will this government place substandard living conditions of seniors as their highest priority?

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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Sandy Lee Range Lake

I have committed to looking at the situation in Ulukhaktok and Paulatuk. We will follow up on that and look at it in light of the overall assisted living programs for seniors that we need to develop as a whole. The Member has to understand, and I think everybody here understands, that we want to keep our elders in their communities and as close as possible, wherever possible. We need to have a plan in place to do that.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
Oral Questions

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

We’ve put a $15 million dementia centre in Yellowknife. It wasn’t even on the books. I could be corrected if need be, but I know that if the $15 million we want to, like, she’s saying.... The Minister is telling me she wants to put a package together for all the communities. Well, I have a package that says we could do a sixplex in the community and work with the Housing Minister and the Health and Social Services Minister to get this done. Will this government commit the necessary resources fairly to all northern communities and not just the major centres so elders have equal access to quality services that they deserve?

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
Oral Questions

Sandy Lee Range Lake

I could commit to the Member that I will work with the Housing Corporation to see what we can do in Ulukhaktok. I think the Member is talking about a different facility in Ulukhaktok than the dementia centre. The dementia centre is not a regular long-term care facility; it’s for the residents

of the entire Territories and there are different levels of facilities that our elders need. I can commit to working with the Minister of Housing to see what we can do in Ulukhaktok.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. Final supplementary, Mr. Jacobson.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m just talking about how quickly the money appeared when they needed it in regard to that. The sixplex design, is the Minister committed to a sixplex design with the Minister of Housing? Could we make this project a reality in the community of Ulukhaktok by May?

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Just for the record, the dementia centre from the planning to opening this year took 10 years. The feasibility study was done in 2003. Like I said before, I am willing to look at Ulukhaktok, and the Member is well aware of the capital plan process that we have to follow. I will make a commitment to look at Ulukhaktok and see what the needs are and where we could work with other agencies to see. I’m not even sure, I need to be clear what the Member is talking about, and that it is an assisted living facility, which is done through the Housing Corporation and Health and Social Services. Then we have the other end of the spectrum, which is a level IV and level V very intense care facility.

Question 14-16(5): Elders Facility For Ulukhaktok
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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Member for Frame Lake, Ms. Bisaro.

Question 15-16(5): Northland Trailer Park Water And Sewer Replacement Project
Oral Questions

Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions today are addressed to the Premier and I want to follow up on my Member’s statement. I’m asking the Premier these questions because the situation at Northland cuts across many departments. It’s a potential huge housing issue, it’s a safety issue that Health and Social Services is involved in, it’s a MACA issue because it’s a community, it’s ITI, it’s Justice, it’s income security.

There’s a moral responsibility on the part of this government through the Condominium Act, which was NWT legislation in 1990 when this happened. I want to ask the Premier why this government refuses to acknowledge the need of these residents and why this government refuses to provide some assistance to my residents.

Question 15-16(5): Northland Trailer Park Water And Sewer Replacement Project
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The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Bisaro. The honourable Premier, Mr. Roland.

Question 15-16(5): Northland Trailer Park Water And Sewer Replacement Project
Oral Questions

Inuvik Boot Lake

Floyd Roland Premier

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Northland scenario or issue has been looked at for quite a number of years by a number of Assemblies. The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs has tried to work with the city at the time, and I believe there is a commitment to sit

down with them again and explore alternative funding sources for this scenario. The Northland Trailer Park is a part of Yellowknife, and Yellowknife does get block funding for O and M to help them deal with the issues here in the city.