This is page numbers 81 - 106 of the Hansard for the 19th Assembly, 1st 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 work.

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Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

The department continues to work with all the communities in NWT to address their individual land needs. Lands is not in any discussions with communities at this time than a minor transfer similar to the initiative currently being worked on by the city.

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Can the Minister clarify whether any other municipal governments have asked to have the Commissioner's land within their boundaries transferred to them?

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Lands has not been in any discussion presently. There may be some conversations at a regional level. Right now, we haven't seen anything at headquarters.

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe the problem here is that the City of Yellowknife feels that the current process set out by the Department of Lands is so difficult that they can't actually develop vacant land, and it has harmed economic development. They are asking for a solution because the process has become so difficult, which in turn means our other communities are also dealing with this process. Will the Minister commit to reviewing the current process for transitioning Commissioner's lands when a community wishes to use them? Thank you.

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Can't make a commitment right now because right now, we are trying to work on our Public Lands Act. Part of it is our regulations right now. What I can tell the Member is that the city, MACA, and Lands are in the process of working together on this issue. Any other municipality that wishes to work on this issue, we are more than willing to work with them to address this. Again, we have to get our regulations in place. The Public Land Act was passed in the last sitting, but we now need the regulations in place to be able to deal with this matter. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 29-19(1): Transfer of Municipal Lands to the City of Yellowknife
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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December 12th, 2019

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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the Northwest Territories, the RCMP enforces impaired driving laws. My questions today are for the Minister of Justice. I understand that the RCMP uses a combination of practical technologies, like mouth swabs, and subjective analysis, like driver inspection by an officer trained as a drug-recognition expert, to assess a driver's level of intoxication and that concerns have been raised about the accuracy of these tests. Can the Minister describe for the House what the experience has been for drivers in the NWT with respect to the detection of drug-impaired drivers since legislation? Thank you.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Member. Minister of Justice.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. At present, there certainly have been efforts made currently to expand the use of drug recognition, both in terms of the field sobriety testing and in terms of devices. At present, I can say that, as of the current year, there actually have not yet been any drug-impaired investigations that yielded results of being, in fact, drug-impaired. All of the impaired driving continues to be alcohol impairment here in the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

In August, the federal government announced funding of just under $1.5 million to improve drug-impaired testing in the NWT. How, specifically, will this money be used, and are our smaller communities included in this plan?

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Yes, the Department of Justice has had an opportunity to make use of funding from Public Safety Canada. There is currently $1.45 million in funding that is directed here over the next five years. That is going to be used to help expand standard field sobriety testing training and to ensure that the officers remain current with that training. There are also going to be efforts for drug recognition experts so that they can be ready to support impaired driving investigations.

As far as supporting smaller communities, Mr. Speaker, I can certainly confirm that there are officers trained in 11 of the 20 detachments here currently: 20 in Yellowknife alone and several more in our larger regions, all currently certified to conduct standardized field sobriety testing in the Northwest Territories.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Has the RCMP conveyed any concerns to the Department of Justice about enforcement related matters, and if so, what is being done to assist the RCMP to better do their enforcement work?

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

At present, there have not been any concerns raised to the Department of Justice. I have had the opportunity to meet with G Division's headquarters, as well as to attend several of the detachments already throughout the Northwest Territories, and I have not been privy to any concerns. Obviously, our office remains very alive and very welcoming. If there have been other concerns raised, I would certainly want to hear about that.

As I have said, though, at present, what I have been told is that, although the officers are becoming trained in drug recognition and increasing and improving their ability to detect roadside alcohol impairment, at present, there have been very little in terms of drugs and no concerns raised following the legalization of marijuana.

Question 30-19(1): Enforcement of Impaired Driving
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Member for Kam Lake.