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Question 775-18(3): Mental Health and Addictions Plan
Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. Last week, this Assembly passed the historic changes to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act that had been in the works since 2012. The Minister worked well with standing committee, and we now have very good legislation. The next step is to follow through on some of the other changes recommended during the public consultation as documented in the "what we heard" report. Can the Minister of Justice explain what the next steps are in following up on the November 2016 "what we heard" report from public consultations and flowing from the changes we made to the Access to Information Protection of Privacy Act? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Member. Minister of Justice.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The comprehensive review of the ATIPP Act involved extensive consultation with GNWT departments, public bodies, the Information and Privacy Commissioner, as well as the public. Feedback received during the course of these consultations, including the IPC's extensive submission, and recommendations identified by the standing committee were thoroughly considered and informed the development of the bill. The amendments will serve to address a number of concerns raised through the comprehensive review of the act. The focus for the department will now be on implementation. I agree with the Member opposite that this legislation is excellent legislation, worked on every a very long period of time by Members of this House and the public.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

A number of areas for further work flow from the public consultation and changes that we made to the legislation, including fee reductions, training, identification of classes of records that do not require an ATIPP application and so on. Can the Minister give us a sense of the priorities and timing of this work?

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Generally speaking, it is expected that the majority of amendments proposed are expected to come into force by April 1, 2020. The department will need to work with other departments and public bodies to prepare for the implementation of the new provisions and provide training as is necessary. Planning for this work has already begun and will remain a priority for the department.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

One of the major irritants we have heard about the current administration of access to information and protection of privacy are the fees that are charged to applicants. These are set by regulation. Can the Minister tell us what action he is going to take with regard to fee reduction and/or elimination?

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Yes. Based on what we heard, the regulations will be revised to lower the fees related to the processing of access to information requests. The changes being contemplated are: firstly, decreasing the initial fee for general requests from $25 to $10; secondly, providing for 10 free hours of processing for general requests; thirdly, maintaining the charge of $27 an hour for general requests after the initial 10 free hours; decreasing costs of photocopy charges to 10 cents per page; and maintaining personal information charges of $25, but increasing the number of free pages from 100 to 200.

Of course, the ATIPP regulations will continue to allow public bodies the discretion to waive fees where they present financial hardship to the applicant.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Minister. Final oral question. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to thank the Minister for those details. I was trying to scribble them all down. Can the Minister give us a sense of timing as to when these fees are going to be reduced and/or eliminated under Access to Information and Protection of Privacy regulations?

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

This work will require some time, but it does remain a priority. Understandably, the focus of the department has been on the development of the new act. With the passage of the act, the attention of the department will turn to successfully implementing this work, including the development of new regulations. This work is already under way. Thank you.

Question 776-18(3): Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Plan
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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Nunakput.

Question 777-18(3): 2019 Marine Transportation Services Shipping Season
Oral Questions

June 6th, 2019

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Herbert Nakimayak Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am going to ask questions to the Minister of Infrastructure on MTS, which I didn't get to ask yesterday. I am wondering if MTS is well-prepared for the 2019 shipping season. I know the previous speaker asked about MTS, but I am just wondering if the Minister could provide a brief update on how things are going with Marine Transportation Services for the 2019 shipping season. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 777-18(3): 2019 Marine Transportation Services Shipping Season
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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister of Infrastructure.

Question 777-18(3): 2019 Marine Transportation Services Shipping Season
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am glad that we are getting these questions so we can update the residents of the Northwest Territories. Things are going well in Hay River. This is a busy time of year down at MTS getting everything ready and in the water. It is a highly regulated business. Transport Canada is down there. The insurance companies will be there going through our vessels and through all the inspections.

To update the House with what is going on there, the Kakisa has been inspected. That is the tug that we use around the harbour to move stuff around. That is in the water for the last couple of weeks. The Vic Ingraham is in the water, now going through its annual inspection with Transport Canada.

All six barges for the first northbound tow from Hay River are approved for loading. They have already been inspected and ready to be loaded. As I said, the first load of trucks are coming in with our fuel. They will be loading those up and getting ready for them to be able to leave here in the coming days. That is six barges. They are going to depart on June 14th. This is the tentative scheduled sailing date of those.

Of the three vessels that were wintered in Inuvik last year, two are up and running. One is already performing services for Imperial Oil in the Delta. Barges in Inuvik have been loaded with southbound freight. The vessel Edgar Kotokak and the Kelly Ovayuak are preparing to leave Inuvik southbound following behind the Canadian Coast Guard, Eckaloo. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.