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Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

I think the Minister heard your question, so I'll allow the Minister for Community Affairs to respond.

Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am trying to move it as quickly as possible. I haven't been here for 10 years. So I don't know what happened 10 years ago, but I do know that we've been working at it hard. I don't trust that 10 years ago the stories that were put out there are the same as today. For example, when we talked to the Tourism Association, we learned that tour packages have already been sold for this year. That impacts the bill and the timing of this. So there were considerations. We had to go out for stakeholder feedback, and so I am really appreciative of the department for actually doing that work. Again, we will move the process as soon as possible. It will be introduced in the May/June sitting, and as soon as we get the process approved, we will be moving it forward, but we can't move any faster than the process takes. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm passionate about this issue. It's long overdue. In addition to these changes that are being proposed, these minor changes to the CTV, has this allowed the department to look at other outstanding changes and consult on other issues with the CTV Act? It's a big piece of legislation. Is the Minister contemplating any other changes to the CTV Act? Thank you.

Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

The CTV Act that we're looking at changing will be for the hotel tax levy and for the energy retrofits that the Municipality of Yellowknife wanted to push forward. So I do appreciate the words of the honourable MLA that's stating that he doesn't project it would be taking long with standing committee. I'm not sure if he represents the voice of all the standing committee in the House here today, but if I could get that in writing that they have no issues, that they don't need to review it, that it can go as stated, then I will take that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 80-18(3): Status Of Amendments To Cities, Towns And Villages Act
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

February 12th, 2018

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, as most people, Members, we end up with issues that are related to people's issues with the Power Corporation and that, or Housing Corporation and, you know, arrears and that. So my questions today are for the Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. Mr. Speaker, what policy or procedures does the corporation follow when they have overdue accounts? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister responsible for the NWT Power Corporation.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Power Corporation follows its terms and conditions of service with disconnecting a customer account or installing a load-limiting device due to non‑payment. Those terms and conditions are approved by the Public Utilities Board. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for his answer. Mr. Speaker, we have a number of individuals who live in public housing, and so they have to pay their bills accordingly and that. Can the Minister please advise, if a person lives in public housing, does the Power Corporation reach out to the local housing authority and advise them of the situation? In other words, if the power is going to be cut or restricted?

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Yes, the local housing authorities are made aware of any collection efforts which affect their clients and their assets. This notification is provided prior to any notice being sent out to the clients.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for that answer. I guess I'm going to have to, kind of, go with that question here: how do they communicate that with the local housing authority? Is it through e‑mail? Is it through telephone? How do they communicate that information?

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Louis Sebert Thebacha

I'm not absolutely certain the manner in which they do contact the local housing authority or organization. I would expect it would be by mail, but I will look into that further.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 81-18(3): Process For Disconnecting Service
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, and I thank the Minister for that, and I apologize. It just jumped into my head there, and I appreciate the direct response from the Minister and the commitment. I'm hoping they actually reach out by phone call instead of just by mail. So my last question to the Minister is: does the corporation have a policy that they follow to disconnect the power for good, and what is the threshold for this decision‑making? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.