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Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
Reports Of Special And Standing Committees

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Member for Nahendeh.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
Reports Of Special And Standing Committees

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Special Accommodations

Persons with Disabilities

Various experts submitted that the bill did not adequately provide and protect offenders with specific mental health needs or disabilities. Committee agreed that the bill should go further to address some of the challenges faced by inmates. Motions 9, 14, 16, 20 and 24 in Appendix A, developed in collaboration with the Minister, each contain provisions that provide for additional services or the reasonable accommodation of inmates with specific needs, such as those with illnesses, injuries, disabilities or for whom the English language or literacy is a challenge.

Female Inmates

Bill 45 contained little in the way of acknowledgment of the unique circumstances of female inmates, including that women are more susceptible to abuse and sexual misconduct by corrections staff and other inmates, have reproductive healthcare needs, and may have children for whom they are the primary caregiver. Committee felt new corrections legislation should reflect international standards in this area, namely the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2010, as well as the recent Calls for Justice arising from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry. In collaboration with the Minister, we developed Motions 15, 17, 21, 22 and 23 in Appendix A to provide additional standards addressing the specific characteristics, needs and susceptibility of female inmates in relation to physical restraints, healthcare, strip searches, and where they may be housed.

Reporting

Pursuant to Motion 31, committee is pleased with the addition of an annual report provision developed in collaboration with the Minister and set out in Appendix A. The motion requires the Minister to table a report each year outlining important details relating to the administration of the Act, such as the number of inmates held in disciplinary segregation and the number of inmate complaints.

Clause-by-Clause Review of Bill

The clause-by-clause review of Bill 45 was held on August 15, 2019. At this review, committee moved a total of 32 motions, attached in Appendix A. Committee thanks the Minister for his concurrence with the motions to amend Bill 45 that were moved during the clause-by-clause review.

Following the clause-by-clause review, a motion was carried to report Bill 45, as amended and reprinted, as ready for consideration in Committee of the Whole.

Conclusion

Committee wishes to thank every individual and organization who participated in the review process for Bill 45. Committee also again wishes to acknowledge the collaborative efforts of the department and committee officials in the development of Bill 45.

Rule 100(5) of the Rules of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories requires Cabinet, in response to a motion by committee, to table a comprehensive response that addresses the committee report and any related motions adopted by the House. As required by this rule, committee usually includes a recommendation in each report, which is moved as a motion in the House, requesting a response from government within 120 days. Given that the 18th Legislative Assembly will dissolve prior to the conclusion of the 120-day time period allowed by the rules, committee has opted to forego this recommendation. Committee nonetheless requests, to the extent it is possible before the dissolution of the 18th Assembly and for the public record, that government provide a response to the recommendations contained in this report, even of a preliminary nature, that Committee may publicly disclose.

This concludes committee's report on Bill 45: Corrections Act. Committee reports are available on the Legislative Assembly website at www.assembly.gov.nt.ca. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Reports of standing and special committees. Member for Nahendeh.

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member from Yellowknife Centre, that Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act be received by the Assembly and moved into Committee of the Whole for further consideration. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The motion is in order. The motion is non-debatable. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act is now moved into Committee of the Whole for consideration. Masi.

Reports of standing and special committees. Member for Nahendeh.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to waive rule 100(4) and to have Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act moved into Committee of the Whole for consideration later today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Member is seeking unanimous consent to waive rule 100(4) to have Committee Report 34-18(3) moved into Committee of the Whole for later consideration today.

---Unanimous consent granted

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act is now moved into Committee of the Whole for further consideration later today. Reports of standing and special committees. Item 5, returns to oral questions. Member for Yellowknife South.

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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Mr. Speaker, I am seeking unanimous consent to go back to item 6, recognition of visitors in the gallery, please.

Committee Report 34-18(3): Standing Committee on Social Development Report on the Review of Bill 45: Corrections Act
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Member is seeking unanimous consent to move to item 6 on the orders of the day.

---Unanimous consent granted

Member for Yellowknife South.

Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery (reversion)
Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery (reversion)

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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you, Members. I am pleased to recognize my wife, Melody, of 45 years; my grandson Carter McLeod, who has to leave tomorrow to go to Moose Jaw to play some hockey; and my youngest grandson, Cooper McLeod, who is here to watch the proceedings and learn about some politics. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery (reversion)
Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery (reversion)

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 7, acknowledgements. Member for Frame Lake.

Acknowledgement 26-18(3): Lyda Fuller - Order of the Northwest Territories Inductee
Acknowledgements

August 20th, 2019

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I rise today to acknowledge Frame Lake constituent Lyda Fuller, who received the Order of the Northwest Territories for the huge, positive impact she has had on the lives of NWT girls, women, and families. Over two decades, Lyda Fuller has led the YWCA NWT in its delivery of transitional housing; the introduction of the first Housing First Program; in programming to address intimate partner violence through research and treatment programs; the creation of a territory-wide network of women's shelters; and through the GirlSpace program. She is a leader, mentor, determined champion of the disadvantaged, and a tireless problem solver. Please join me in congratulating her on this celebration of her achievements. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Acknowledgement 26-18(3): Lyda Fuller - Order of the Northwest Territories Inductee
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Acknowledgements. Item 8, oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 833-18(3): Recycling in Nahendeh
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Earlier today I did a Member's statement about recycling and that. I have some questions for the Minister responsible for ENR: has the Department of ENR looked into the possibility of developing a paper and cardboard recycling facility for regional centres across the NWT?

Question 833-18(3): Recycling in Nahendeh
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.