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Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Some people have informed me that local market with more than a 5 percent vacancy rate can really seriously affect potential investors in a particular market area. So, in other words, once we reach greater saturation than 5 percent in the local market, investors are starting to look at this area and saying, well, why would we be there because we're just going to build an empty building.

What type of study and balance was taken into consideration and is the Minister able to cite the actual percentage of vacancy that will be created in the local market here? Because I want to understand, and I think the public wants to understand, what potential vacancy we will have here and certainly the effects it will have on potential investors that may want to look north, but don't see it as a profitable market and probably stay away. Thank you.

Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

Thank you. The information I have is that the office space vacancy in the city of Yellowknife will be between 5 and 7 percent, which is considered to be a healthy vacancy. Thank you.

Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Beaulieu. Final, short supplementary, Mr. Hawkins.

Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My concern is being at least 5 percent before the building was built or is being built, but certainly let's get to my last and fourth question, which is about the building and the impact of the cost. Now, the Minister said he didn't actually have the cost on this building at the very start of my first question. Is the Minister in a position to talk about the costs associated with change orders? So in other words, what was the original budget of this building and what will the final number be when the final cheque is written? We need to get a sense of impact on the change orders and how they affect them and sometimes it's received as the backdoor bidding, people bid low and then they change order the final price up. If the Minister could get that detail before the House. Thank you.

Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

Thank you. The office space construction is not over budget. There has been no requirement for change order. The only thing that we have changed is that we have moved money from the previous year back because the office space construction was ahead of schedule. But the bottom line is that we went in with a certain budget and we're well within that budget. Thank you.

Question 255-17(5): Cost/benefits Of New Yellowknife GNWT Office Building
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Beaulieu. The Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Blake.

Question 256-17(5): Replacement Of Joe Greenland Centre
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a few questions for the Minister of Housing. I'd like to ask the Minister for an update on the Joe Greenland Centre. Thank you.

Question 256-17(5): Replacement Of Joe Greenland Centre
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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Blake. Minister of Municipal and Community affairs, Mr. McLeod.

Question 256-17(5): Replacement Of Joe Greenland Centre
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The contract tenders should have gone out and we anticipate some of the work being done on the foundation in late spring and construction in the summer and fall and scheduled for a spring opening of 2015. Thank you.

Question 256-17(5): Replacement Of Joe Greenland Centre
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

The Minister actually answered all three of my questions here. That's good news.

When can the elders in the community expect to move into that building? Thank you.

Question 256-17(5): Replacement Of Joe Greenland Centre
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Mr. Speaker, I'll just work on the one question. We worked closely with the community in identifying a location for the Joe Greenland Centre and their preference was the existing location. So the demolition took place and the building is down. If all goes according to schedule, the elders should be able to move back in there in spring of 2015. Thank you.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. The Member for Range Lake, Mr. Dolynny.

Question 257-17(5): Non-governmental Organizations Stabilization
Oral Questions

March 10th, 2014

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Daryl Dolynny Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As a follow-up to my Member's statement, I am gravely concerned that we're not doing enough for our NGOs who provide critical services for the Northwest Territories. Further to this, our Executive website is now over a year old and provides no information for funding for the upcoming 2014-2015 fiscal year. We need a firm, renewed commitment from our government that sends a clear message to support our NGO sector. With that, I have questions today for the Premier.

Given the paired down Executive, which now has divested itself of devolution and the program review functions in the 2014-2015 Main Estimates, will the Premier commit to a renewed approach to NGO support and funding?

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Dolynny. The honourable Premier, Mr. McLeod.

Question 257-17(5): Non-governmental Organizations Stabilization
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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to advise the Member that in addition to the $350,000 that he referenced, this government spends millions of dollars on third-party agencies. Not only that, through the Anti-Poverty Strategy we're going to put another $500,000 to put towards use for our NGOs. We have so many third-party agencies that we have a Third-Party Agencies Accountability Framework and to ensure consistency of dealing financially, we've developed criteria for determining the level of accountability and we use that accountability to determine the level of funding. Thank you.