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Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

I don't know the exact details. However, I do know that we added one registered dental hygienist in Norman Wells, and we are currently investing $974,000 in upgrading dental equipment across the territory. Otherwise, I don't know exactly where these positions are.

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

Lesa Semmler Inuvik Twin Lakes

Referring back again to the action plan, it also says that it's going to establish a chief oral health officer role. Like in all the reports, we know that this is such a crisis in all Inuit, First Nations, Metis, in the territories. It's a crisis. Mr. Speaker, you're coming from a small town; you know the services are lacking. Is there a job description, and are we currently recruiting for a chief oral health officer role?

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

Again, I don't know at this time, but it's something I will look into and get back to the Member.

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

Lesa Semmler Inuvik Twin Lakes

One of the things that I would really like to know is: how does the Minister see the health centres providing oral healthcare as the nurses -- because it is. It's in here. Although they're not dentists, they are supposed to do the primary stuff, but on top of everything else that they do. I just want to know: how does she expect them to get everything that they have to do in their day on top of all of this? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

Very difficult questions. Again, I am not sure at this time. However, we are rolling out and expanding our prevention services and updating dental equipment in the dental rooms, both in the schools and in the health centres. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 71-19(2): Oral Health Action Plan
Oral Questions

The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Deh Cho.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Ronald Bonnetrouge Deh Cho

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. I just needed to make a correction to my Member's statement that my questions will be directed to the Minister of ENR. I just want to use my community as a brief example, here. We are right on the banks of the Mackenzie River, and we have many gas bars and tank farms along the river system in close proximity to the river. Of course, we have regulations for protection of the water, since water is life. My question to the Minister is: are there any regulations for fuel tank farms? Mahsi.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Deh Cho. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Short answer: yes, there are regulations. Over a certain size, the tank has to be registered with Environment and Climate Change Canada and, if it's under that, there are regulations with the Department of ENR. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Ronald Bonnetrouge Deh Cho

Thank you for that answer. Are there any requirements and any regulations for yearly inspections on fuel tank farms?

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

There are regulations. Again, it's up to the owners to make sure that they follow it. If it is part of our infrastructure, we follow regulations that are out there with the Government of Canada and with ENR. There are regulations, and they are available through our wildlife officers, our officers in the community, which you can access.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Ronald Bonnetrouge Deh Cho

It's odd that we are not regulating private businesses with their tank farms, because he has just stated that they only regulate the government-owned ones. If we're not regulating the private tank farms that are in close proximity to the river, to the waterways, I don't know, why are we even here? We're the government. We have to set these regulations, even for private operators. I am wondering if the Minister can advise when we may see updated regulations to all tank farms, whether they're private or government-owned?

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I guess I should make it clear. Whether it's government or private industry, we do have regulations, and we need to follow them. My understanding is that the federal storage tank regulations were developed in 2012, and we follow those moving forward. We do have regulations. We do inspect them, but, if people have concerns, they need to reach out to our inspectors so that we can check on these things.

Question 72-19(2): Fuel Tank Farms
Oral Questions

The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Deh Cho.