This is page numbers 845 - 886 of the Hansard for the 19th Assembly, 2nd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was services.

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Written Question 13-19(2): Northwest Territories COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Capacity
Written Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My questions are for the Minister of Health and Social Services. We have been fortunate to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the territory during the first wave of this pandemic. We were told a second wave is inevitable and likely to emerge at the end of the summer. In order to be ready for the second wave, we need to ensure that we have the capacity to conduct rapid testing and contact tracing on a large scale in the event that we have community spread of the virus.

1. Please provide an overview of how many tests, both rapid and standard, are on hand as of the end of May, and how many additional tests are available on short notice to meet our additional needs, and how quickly they can be delivered to Yellowknife?

2. How quickly are rapid test results available, and how long does it take to have the test results verified by the lab in Alberta?

3. How many staff are trained to perform contact tracing, and how quickly can this capacity be scaled up if the need arises?

4. Are the contact tracing staff able to provide services in all of the official languages of the Northwest Territories?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Written Question 13-19(2): Northwest Territories COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Capacity
Written Questions

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

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife Centre. Written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. 10, replies to the Commissioner's address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 13, reports of standing and special committees. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Tabled Document 105-19(2): Accreditation Report: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Tabled Document 106-19(2): Accreditation Report: Hay River Health and Social Services Authority Tabled Document 107-19(2): Accreditation Report: Tlicho Community Services Agency
Tabling Of Documents

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following three documents: the accreditation report for the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority; the accreditation report for the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority; and the accreditation report for the Tlicho Community Services Authority. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 105-19(2): Accreditation Report: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Tabled Document 106-19(2): Accreditation Report: Hay River Health and Social Services Authority Tabled Document 107-19(2): Accreditation Report: Tlicho Community Services Agency
Tabling Of Documents

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

Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.

Tabled Document 108-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 40-19(2): Provision of RCMP Housing Tabled Document 109-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 44-19(2): Provision of RCMP Housing Tabled Document 110-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 46-19(2): Housing Program Delivery in Communities Tabled Document 111-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 50-19(2), 136-19(2), 162-19(2) and 167-19(2): Proof of Income for Public Housing Clients and Rent Scale Policy Review Tabled Document 112-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 80-19(2): Arnica Inn Transitional Housing Project Tabled Document 113-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 89-19(2): Housing and Homelessness in Inuvik Tabled Document 114-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 129-19(2): Housing for Seniors Aging in Place Tabled Document 115-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 189-19(2): Contractor Suspension List Tabled Document 116-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 192-19(2): Housing W...
Tabling Of Documents

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Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following nine documents: "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 40-19(2), Provision of RCMP Housing;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 44-19(2), Provision of RCMP Housing;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 46-19(2), Housing Program Delivery in Communities;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Questions 50-19(2), 136-19(2), 162-19(2) and 167-19(2), Proof of Income for Public Housing Clients and Rent Scale Policy Review;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 80-19(2), Arnica Inn Transitional Housing Project;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 89-19(2), Housing and Homelessness in Inuvik;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 129-19(2), Housing for Seniors Aging in Place;" "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 189-19(2), Contractor Suspension List;" and "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 192-19(2), Housing Wait List." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 108-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 40-19(2): Provision of RCMP Housing Tabled Document 109-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 44-19(2): Provision of RCMP Housing Tabled Document 110-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 46-19(2): Housing Program Delivery in Communities Tabled Document 111-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 50-19(2), 136-19(2), 162-19(2) and 167-19(2): Proof of Income for Public Housing Clients and Rent Scale Policy Review Tabled Document 112-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 80-19(2): Arnica Inn Transitional Housing Project Tabled Document 113-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 89-19(2): Housing and Homelessness in Inuvik Tabled Document 114-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 129-19(2): Housing for Seniors Aging in Place Tabled Document 115-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 189-19(2): Contractor Suspension List Tabled Document 116-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 192-19(2): Housing W...
Tabling Of Documents

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

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents.

Tabled Document 117-19(2): Chief Electoral Officer's Report on the Administration of the 2019 Territorial General Election
Tabling Of Documents

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

Pursuant to section 266(2) of the Elections and Plebiscites Act, I wish to table the "Chief Electoral Officer's Report on the Administration of the 2019 Territorial General Election." Thank you.

Tabling of documents. Item 15, notices of motion. Item 16, motions. Item 17, notices of motion for the first reading of bills. Item 18, first reading of bills. Member for Yellowknife North.

Bill 6: An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act
First Reading Of Bills

May 28th, 2020

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

One brief moment, Mr. Speaker. Apologies. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that Bill 6, An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 6: An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act
First Reading Of Bills

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

Thank you. A motion is in order and is non-debatable. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Bill 6 has had first reading. Item 19, second reading of bills. Item 20, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters: Tabled Document 30-19(2), Main Estimates 2020-2021, for the Department of Health, with the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes in the chair.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

I now call Committee of the Whole to order. What is the wish of the committee? Mr. O'Reilly.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Chair. Committee wishes to consider Tabled Document 30-19(2), Main Estimates 2020-2021, with Health and Social Services. Thanks, Madam Chair.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. Does committee agree?

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, committee. We will take a short recess and resume with the first item.

---SHORT RECESS

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

We are going to call committee back to order. All right. Committee, we have agreed to consider Tabled Document 30-19(2): Main Estimates 2020-2021. We are doing Health and Social Services. Does the Minister of Health and Social Services have any opening remarks?