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Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Mr. Speaker, outside of break-up or freeze-up, we are scheduled to have a nurse into the community of Tsiigehtchic one day a week. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

I was actually looking for 16 to 20, but that's close. Can the Minister tell me how many of those days were full days, and how many were partial days, due to commuting back from Inuvik?

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

The employee is scheduled for a full day, but in the community itself, a portion of that time is spent driving to and from the community, as the Member has already indicated. I can get the exact numbers from the department on how many hours per day the RN was able to spend in the community during those periods of time. The nurse does work a full day; only a portion of those hours are actually spent in the community, as the Member previously indicated in his statement.

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Will the Minister commit to having the nurse spend a full day in the community during each visit?

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

The Member and I actually had a conversation on this when he brought it to my attention that the RNs aren't spending a full day. I have already committed to the Member, and I will commit to the Member in this House, that I have directed the department to work with the authority to make sure that our RNs are spending the full hours in the community, either seven-and-a-half or eight. We have to work out some details on that. It may require a little bit of overtime. It may require the RN staying overnight so that they can provide certain hours on one day and certain hours on another day, but I am committed to the Member, to the community, to the region, to make sure that that community is getting the hours promised.

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Minister for that. As the Minister is aware, we do have housing available if the nurse wanted to stay, come in the day before. The community is always willing to help anywhere they can. I would like to thank the Minister for that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 786-18(3): Nursing Services in Tsiigehtchic
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. More of a comment to the Minister and Executive. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In my statement today, I spoke about the ways in which life is better downtown because of the new services offered to the population of intoxicated or homeless people who are there. Make no mistake, Mr. Speaker, more can be done, starting with addressing the concerns of the neighbours of the sobering centre and the day shelter. During the last session, the Minister said he hoped he would have a good neighbour agreement in place by the end of June. I would appreciate an update. Mahsi.

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Unfortunately, the good neighbour agreement was not done by the end of June. We are still committed to getting this work done. We have hired a contractor to help us facilitate the process. It does take all the stakeholders. It does take the GNWT, the RCMP, the contract provider, as well as the neighbours to make this a reality. We did share a draft good neighbour agreement with the partners on the 24th, and we are hoping to reconvene here in August to work out the details and finalize that good neighbour agreement. We can propose. We can work with our neighbours. We can't make people sign this agreement, but we think there is value in having this agreement. We are committed to trying to get it done. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I appreciate that update. Is part of the problem also that there are commitments that the neighbours want that the government can't sign off on?

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

It is a negotiation. Some of the neighbours have put forward some principles or concepts that, obviously, some of the partners are having some difficulty with. We are committed to working with our partners to make this happen. Yes. There has been a negotiation. There is room to get this agreement in place.

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you to the Minister for that. I understand that the Minister recently initiated a foot patrol program around the centre. Can the Minister tell us about that program and share any early results of it?

Question 787-18(3): New Services in Downtown Yellowknife
Oral Questions

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Since we put the sobering centre day shelter in its current location, we have had a lot of concerns raised. We have been working to improve those services to make sure that we have appropriate outreach. It is continuing to evolve. One of the things that we have done recently with our current provider is to put in place a day and sobering centre safety patrol.

These are individuals who walk around a set path around the neighbourhood. They wear identifiable clothing. They are trained in dealing with individuals in crisis, providing them with the information where they can get different supports, but also just being a person out on the street, talking to people, trying to encourage them to control behaviour and types of things that some people might have some difficulty with. It went live on July 22nd. I haven't received an update on progress or how it is working. I will follow up with the department to get the Member with a current update on how that program is going.