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 23-19(1): Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. Environmental Liabilities
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 23-19(1): Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. Environmental Liabilities
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to thank the Minister for that. We have had devolution now for five years, and we don't have a proper, robust regulatory framework for closure and reclamation in place, five years, Mr. Speaker. It is my view that the government doesn't really have a great track record in managing resources in the post-devolution world. In an unprecedented move, the Minister turned back a decision on a water licence amendment, following a request from a diamond mining company. Then unilateral changes were made to measures arising from an environmental assessment of the Tlicho All-Season Road. Financial security gaps still exist for the Prairie Creek mine and now for Cameron Hills. Can the Minister tell the House whether there has been a systematic review of all operations for which we are now responsible, to ensure that we have full financial security in place, and, if not, when is this going to happen?

Question 23-19(1): Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. Environmental Liabilities
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Before I answer the question, I would like to thank the Member for Frame Lake for bringing these questions forward. I understand his passion as we try to work on these issues.

The GNWT conducts a review of reclamation securities when there is a new licence, a licence amendment, a revision of the closure and reclamation plans, or a change to the project that would result in changes to the environment securities. These reviews are meant to ensure that the liability associated with these projects are covered in the securities held by the GNWT. I think it is fair to acknowledge that the current system might be improved and that a more comprehensive review is something that should be considered in the future. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 23-19(1): Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. Environmental Liabilities
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
Oral Questions

December 12th, 2019

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I mentioned in my statement, the operator of the day shelter has adopted a new policy of serving only the homeless population. The population with homes are not welcome. My question for the Minister of Health and Social Services is: how does the day shelter staff determine whether clients are in fact housed when they come to the door? Thank you.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Member. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Operating the sobering and day centre is not without challenges, and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services authority and the operator of the centre are working hard to make sure these changes to ensure programming is meeting the needs of the clients who are homeless and not receiving services from any other service providers. I would like to let the Member know that the day centre and sobering centre have been allowing people to come in and warm up during this cold snap. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you to the Minister. In fact, my question to the Minister was: how does the day shelter staff determine whether clients are in fact housed when they come to the door? Thank you.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

I have been there. I have had a tour of the facility myself. When clients come into the centre, they are asked, and it is a self-assessment. When you come in and you say, you know, that the operator will ask if you have, if you are homeless or if you are here for what type of service, and if you self-declare that you are homeless, then you will be provided, and you will be allowed in the centre.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I thank the Minister for that answer. The origin of this change in policy is the recent evaluation of the combined day centre and sobering centre. Can the Minister say when that evaluation is going to be shared with service providers and with us, so that we are all on the same page? Mahsi.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

The program evaluation was recently publicized, August 2019. All those providing services to the clients who visit the sobering and day centre would have been able to review the evaluation recommendations. The evaluation recommendations were added to the RP released over the summer for a service provider for the sobering and day shelter. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you to the Minister for that. As the Minister is aware, the evaluation says there is a lack of understanding about the shelter's mandate and about the target audience as well as a need for partnerships to extend programming. Will the Minister commit to facilitating the creation of an inter-agency committee for this purpose?

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

The department recognized there is a need for the inter-agency group. The NTHSSA will formalize an inter-agency group with the mandate to monitor the impact of the new admission policy and establish regular meetings. This collaborative approach will create a formal venue for all parties to meet regularly, to raise issues, and to address concerns related to the operation of the centre and public safety.

In October, a Good Neighbour Agreement was signed between NTHSSA, sobering and day centre, other stakeholders, including the City of Yellowknife, the RCMP and Department of Justice, and individuals and business owners in the direct vicinity of the centre. Meetings with the community service agencies are ongoing as well. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 24-19(1): Day Shelter Access
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr)

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.