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Question 702-18(3): Investment in Childcare
Oral Questions

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

I am absolutely going to develop a plan that has money attached to it. We will have what we are currently paying, what we project that it would cost, and the feasibility of that. Accessible daycare is not only about money that we provide to the daycares. I also want to say that, in partnership with the federal government, we are also providing scholarships. It used to be 10. Now, we provide 30 scholarships for the residents from the Territories to go in and take the early childhood development programming. We have expanded our programming at Aurora College to offer a two-year diploma in early childhood development. Accessibility is not just about the fees that parents pay. It is also about having quality staff to do that. Within the plan that I will bring forward, having accessibility will be not only about money, but it will be also be about having the staff that we need to provide it.

Question 702-18(3): Investment in Childcare
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 702-18(3): Investment in Childcare
Oral Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am going to try to refocus the Minister. The department provides a modest amount of start-up money. It provides subsidies for operators. It provides money for staff. We do not have the space to put the children in. We don't have the space. My question for the Minister is: how is she going to improve the supply of spaces, physical spaces, for children who need childcare? Thank you.

Question 702-18(3): Investment in Childcare
Oral Questions

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

I do have to give credit to this Assembly, all of our Members. The implementation of junior kindergarten has provided free childcare spaces, free early childhood development programming to all four-year-olds throughout the Northwest Territories. Over 500 children are taking advantage of this currently. That is only a start. I know we still have zero to three to do. It is not only about spaces. Every community is different. That is what is really important to notice. Smaller communities, when they only have three or four kids who might need daycare, does it make sense to have a full centre? Does it make more sense to have a family day home, jobs in communities? Those are things we need to look at with that.

I also have to put it back on the Members in some ways and myself included. When we came into this Assembly three and half years ago, we defined mandates, we prioritized, and we said what we wanted. For the last three and a half years, we have been saying what we need, where are we going with this. It is only within these last few months that I have actually heard about the drastic need in this community, in Yellowknife, for infrastructure to do that. It is almost too late. We have already passed our final capital budget months ago.

I want to think out of the box, as well. That is what I am doing. Do these have to be licensed daycare centres that are standalone as the normal model, or, if you think within an Indigenous spirit -- granted that I am Metis and represent both cultures. Within Aboriginal people, we always say education was the downside of us. They took our children away, and they stole our culture. Yet, Indigenous people are saying education is the key to regaining that culture.

I have already been talking with schools. I have already been talking with my department, saying, "Can we make schools the hubs of communities?" If our people are afraid of education, afraid of school systems, they are not going to bring their children there. Can we make a hub? We are trying to work with Health and Social Services. Together, can we bring the services so that children can go to the school? There is a daycare centre there. They can come for speech pathology. I haven't even talked to the Health Minister, so I am throwing things out there. Can it become a hub? Is the only model a standalone daycare, or is another model we need to look at making it a hub of communities. Those are questions we need to ask. I haven't got the answers yet, but it is part of the strategic plan that I will be bringing forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 702-18(3): Investment in Childcare
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Item 8, written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. Item 10, replies to the Commissioner's opening address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of standing and special committees. Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Finance.

Tabled Document 395-18(3): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1 to December 31, 2018) Tabled Document 396-18(3): NWT Economic Symposium - Northern Strengths, Northern Prosperity: Symposium Summary Report dated October 23, 2018
Tabling Of Documents

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following two documents entitled "Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1 to December 31, 2018)" and, on behalf of the Premier, "NWT Economic Symposium - Northern Strengths, Northern Prosperity: Symposium Summary Report." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 395-18(3): Inter-Activity Transfers Exceeding $250,000 (April 1 to December 31, 2018) Tabled Document 396-18(3): NWT Economic Symposium - Northern Strengths, Northern Prosperity: Symposium Summary Report dated October 23, 2018
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Tabling of documents. Minister for the NWT Housing Corporation.

Tabled Document 397-18(3): 2019-2020 Consolidated Operating Budget, Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
Tabling Of Documents

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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following document entitled "2019-2020 Consolidated Operating Budget, Northwest Territories Housing Corporation." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 397-18(3): 2019-2020 Consolidated Operating Budget, Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Tabling of documents. Minister of Infrastructure.

Tabled Document 398-18(3): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 535-18(3): Taltson Project Expansion
Tabling Of Documents

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 535-18(3): Taltson Project Expansion." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 398-18(3): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 535-18(3): Taltson Project Expansion
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Tabling of documents.

Tabled Document 399-18(3): 2017-2018 Annual Report of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

I hereby table the 2017-2018 annual report of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Item 15, notices of motion. Item 16, notices of motion for first reading of bills. Item 17, motions. Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Motion 36-18(3): Appointment of Ombud, Carried
Motions

March 14th, 2019

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. WHEREAS Section 4(1) of the Ombud Act provides that the Commissioner on recommendation of the Legislative Assembly shall appoint an ombud as an officer of the Legislative Assembly who is responsible for exercising the powers and performing the duties set out in this act;

AND WHEREAS Section 114 of the Ombud Act will come into force on April 1, 2019;

AND WHEREAS the Board of Management was tasked with recruiting the ombud and has recommended an individual to the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Assembly is prepared to make a recommendation.

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, that Ms. Colette Langlois be appointed as ombud for a term of five years in accordance with the Ombud Act by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, as recommended by the Legislative Assembly;

AND FURTHER, that the appointment become effective April 8, 2019. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 36-18(3): Appointment of Ombud, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Motion 36-18(3): Appointment of Ombud, Carried
Motions

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Some Hon. Members

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