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Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

I'm wondering if the Minister can speak to what the top three reasons for the increase to medical travel costs are.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

The top three reasons for the increase in medical travel -- well, she has asked for the top three; there are many. Medical travel is a complex program, but the top three reasons for the increase in the costs is, number one, the cost for transportation and accommodation has increased; prices for tickets and hotels are increasing. That's number one.

Number two is that we have a number of complex cases where patients require travel beyond Edmonton for more specialized care, and also for longer periods of time, as well as increased number of non-medical escorts who are accommodating patients to travel and, in part due to changes in the GNWT's medical travel policy, to provide these additional supports.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

I am wondering if the Minister can speak to what the department is currently doing to address the high cost of medical travel in the Northwest Territories.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

To reduce the need for medical travel, steps are being taken for residents to be able to access services in their home community or their region wherever possible. The department and the authorities are looking into identifying options to provide services in the Northwest Territories that residents currently have to travel south for. Some examples are injections for migraines, also the skin surveys, as well as allergy testing. These are some of the areas where our department is looking at efficiencies, as well as we continue to work with our telehealth care to reduce the need for patient to travel outside the community.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Does the Department of Health and Social Services have, or will it be developing, a virtual care strategy so that Northerners can have a clear understanding of the GNWT's view on its future role with Northwest Territories' healthcare system? Thank you.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

Yes, the department is certainty looking at developing what we are calling a digital care strategy. This digital care strategy will help us make decisions when to use technology to improve patient care in the Northwest Territories. The virtual care enables health practitioners to meet with each other and with patients over distance will be a key component of this strategy. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 173-19(2): Medical Travel
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
Oral Questions

March 10th, 2020

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have questions today for the Minister of Lands regarding the transfer of Commissioner's land within municipal boundaries. One of the issues that has ran up is that a number of municipal boundaries are in dispute with land claim negotiations as if the land is claimed by an Aboriginal government, and rightfully so. In the case of the City of Yellowknife's request, can I just confirm with the Minister of Lands whether that includes any of the land in the Akaitcho interim land withdrawal?

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. Minister of Lands.

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Government of the Northwest Territories is not contemplating transferring any of the lands to the city that are current with withdrawal. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

I appreciate that answer because I just want to make it clear: when the City of Yellowknife is requesting the municipal lands in their boundary, they are not requesting the land that the Akaitcho is requesting. That is a separate issue that the City of Yellowknife is not requesting that land. My next question is: I am concerned that we underfund our municipalities, and they have been asking for this land. I am concerned that the Department of Lands is then going to make the city pay an arm and a leg for it. My question is for the Minister of Lands: is there an intention to charge the city for this land?

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

This land has value. However, when we are working with the municipal governments, there is a fee of $1.

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Despite the municipal funding gap, I believe they could probably afford $1. My next question is: I believe that there have been some concerns about surveying the land exactly, in that Commissioner's land is in large parcels and is not exactly surveyed into smaller parcels that a city would often use. I was hoping the Minister of Lands could speak to any issues, if any, that require surveying before we could transfer the land to the City of Yellowknife.

Question 174-19(2): Municipal Land Transfer
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

When we talk about surveying the land, that actually belongs to the city. That is their responsibility moving forward. It is their responsibility.