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Question 783-18(3): Standards for Children or Youth in Care Who Go Missing
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, and I appreciate the information the Minister has been able to share with us here today. My final question: will the Child and Family Services quality improvement plan that is effective soon support and align with these standards and the training? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 783-18(3): Standards for Children or Youth in Care Who Go Missing
Oral Questions

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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Time is meshing together. I either made a statement on that today or yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was today. The bottom line is, the quality improvement plan is a living document. We're hoping to have the document go live, reckoning that it will continue to evolve over time, but yes, it does and will include these types of things as we move forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 783-18(3): Standards for Children or Youth in Care Who Go Missing
Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

June 6th, 2019

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation. I took note of his response to you about the fire at the Hay River high-rise when you were in your regular position. In particular, that he had a multi-stage plan involving all the relevant departments to assist tenants to find new accommodation. So then I thought about the situation at Rockhill which, as you know, burned down on October 1st last year. While the Y was able to rehouse some families, there are a number of them now at risk of homelessness. My question is: does the Minister have, or is he developing, one of these multi-stage plans for Rockhill? Thank you.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I won't say it's unfortunate, some of the things that have been happening throughout our municipalities and the Housing Corporation, but actually the government has taken a step up in addressing these issues, as well as some of our volunteer groups and NGOs. Really, in this case, the City of Yellowknife and the residents, that was a really quick response, and I know from day one when I did hear about the fire on the radio, I called up our present CEO to make sure that we were addressing the issue.

In this case, to the Member's questions, yes, we do have a multi-stage plan for the families and the households that are affected by the Rockhill apartment fire. After it did burn down, the GNWT social envelope agencies have worked with the YWCA to assess their operations, and develop options for a potential replacement.

The Housing Corporation is currently working with CMHC, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to identify and acquire a building to replace the Rockhill apartments. Currently, we have identified a 32-unit apartment building as a suitable building, and it would meet the needs of the YWCA for resuming their operations, and we're also supporting the YWCA through a multi-year contribution agreement under the rapid rehousing program to address the immediate rental needs of their clients. As I had mentioned, Mr. Speaker, from day one, they've been working with us. We've been working with YWCA, our stakeholders, and cross the GNWT departments. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I appreciate that response from the Minister. My information is that, while a number of families have entered into leases with their landlords in a market setting, there are 14 families who can't get leases because of their income or arrears. My question is: are the solutions to this problem going to kick in in time to help these 14 families?

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Yes, we are working with the YWCA to determine the best way that we can provide assistance for those who were affected by the fire. As I mentioned before, we have a rapid rehousing program that provides assistance to cover such things such as moving costs, deposits, and the rental and/or utility assistance necessary to allow individuals to move immediately out of homelessness and to stabilize a permanent housing solution. The program also provides long-term and short-term rental subsidies, as well as financial assistance to the households.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you to the Minister for his response. The YWCA has been subsidizing rental costs for this group of 14 families from its own funds, but I'm told that these funds will run out at some point this year, meaning that those without leases will become homeless. How can the Minister ensure a smooth transition to the different solutions that he has outlined?

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
Oral Questions

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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

As I mentioned, we will continue to work with the YWCA to adjust the situations on a case-by-case basis. Our contribution agreement with the YWCA under the rapid rehousing program should address some of these household needs until a long-term solution to their needs has been established. We'll continue to have that open dialogue and communication with the YWCA.

Question 784-18(3): Permanent Housing for Residents Displaced by Rockhill Fire
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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Minister. Time for oral questions has expired. Item 8, written questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Written Question 9-18(3): Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. Holdings in the NWT
Written Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I have two sets. First set, my questions are for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. It was responsibility for oil and gas rights in the Northwest Territories.

In February 2015, Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd. stopped production in its Cameron Hills field in the Northwest Territories. Strategic Oil and Gas is now in creditor protection. Trading was halted in April 2019 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and some directors have resigned. What are the current holding of Strategic Oil and Gas in the Northwest Territories in terms of oil and gas rights, land use permits, water licences, and facilities, and:

  1. has Strategic Oil and Gas submitted full financial security for all of the water licences, land use permits, and other rights for its holdings in the Northwest Territories;
  2. what are the reclamation liabilities of Strategic Oil and Gas for its holdings in the Northwest Territories;
  3. does a plan exist for closure and remediation of existing facilities and is financial security adequate for this work to be done; and
  4. what is our government doing to prevent public liabilities and ensure that the interests of the Northwest Territories are protected with regard to the current state of Strategic Oil and Gas Ltd.?

Written Question 10-18(3): Giant Mine Long-Term Funding Study
Written Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

The second set, Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, who serves as the lead on the Giant Mine Remediation Project for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Measure 6 of the June 30, 2013, Report of Environmental Assessment required that the project team investigate long-term funding options for the perpetual care requirements at Giant Mine, including a trust fund. Stakeholders and the public are to be involved in discussions on funding options and a detailed report is to be completed within three years. The study remains unfinished and a critical review by the Giant Mine Oversight Board of the draft report was tabled in the House on May 23, 2019. What role has the Government of the NWT had in the development of the draft report and:

  1. does the Minister consider that the draft long-term funding study meets the requirements of Measure 6 from the Giant Mine Environmental Assessment;
  2. what action is the Minister taking to ensure that there is adequate consideration given to a trust fund and other models beyond annual appropriations, to fund perpetual care requirements at Giant Mine;
  3. what actions is the Minister taking to ensure that this long-term funding study is completed in a timely fashion and there is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the study; and
  4. has the 2012 study by the Pembina Institute recommending a trust fund as the most appropriate mechanism for long-term funding of perpetual care at Giant Mine been taken into account, and what are the Minister's conclusions on the recommendations from the Pembina Institute report?

Masi, Mr. Speaker.

Written Question 10-18(3): Giant Mine Long-Term Funding Study
Written Questions

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The Deputy Speaker R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Written questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Written Question 11-18(3): Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission Fees and Compensation
Written Questions

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have the following questions for the honourable Minister responsible for the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission.

  1. Please account for the total amount of fees in dollar amount paid to the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission by the private sector in the fiscal year 2017-2018;
  2. Please provide a four-year average of fees in dollar amount paid to the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission by the private sector;
  3. Please indicate the dollar amount of Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission compensation paid out to private sector employees in fiscal year 2017-2018; and
  4. Please provide a four-year average in dollar amount of Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission compensation paid out to private sector employees.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.