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Committee Motion 29-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Legislative Framework, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. To the motion.

Committee Motion 29-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Legislative Framework, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Committee Motion 29-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Legislative Framework, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? Abstentions? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Member for Thebacha.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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June 11th, 2020

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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Thank you, Madam Chair. I move that this committee recommends that the Government of the Northwest Territories develop an emergency response communications protocol that ensures regularly scheduled updates to the public by the Premier and the appropriate emergency authorities whenever an emergency is declared under either or both the Public Health Act and the Emergency Management Act; and further, this protocol should ensure that the Government of the Northwest Territories' public response via electronic means is supplemented by a non-electronic communications mechanism. Thank you, Madam Chair.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Thebacha. The motion is in order. To the motion. Member for Kam Lake.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I 100 percent agree with this one. I believe that centralized clear, consistent communication throughout a state of emergency is one of our most important tool. If we expect people to know what we are asking of them and to be able to help us out to get to where we're trying to go, then they need to know what that is and where to find that information. So I think that having not only consistent information out there, but also the ability for the people of the Northwest Territories to know where to go to get that and to be able to anticipate where that's going to be so that they can be up to date and they can be safe and they could become our biggest advocates in a state of emergency. Thank you.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. Member for Frame Lake.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thanks, Madam Chair. I support this motion. On the very last day of our sitting in March, I was asking questions about getting regular updates to the then-COVID-19 Web page that the department of health had set up, and eventually we did evolve into a single website. I had recommended much before that that we have one single portal, and we're finally there, so I support this.

I also think that we need to improve and have an understanding of what the communications are going to be between Cabinet and Regular MLAs if there is another pandemic or a second wave. I think we've all learned from this experience and probably have found ways to work together through the school of hard knocks, sometimes. I think we probably need some work a protocol in terms of how we work together. The last thing I want to say here is that I had advocated, and I had members of the public come to me about the use of the emergency alert system through cellphones. We did not use it at all during the pandemic, at least so far. I think there are several occasions where it could and should have been used. As an example, when the borders were about to be closed so that people wouldn't be stranded on the other side. I trust and hope that that is going to be part of the what is considered as part of this exercise, but I will support the motion. Thanks, Madam Chair.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Madam Chair. There have been some real challenges in communication during this pandemic. Of course, it is our very first pandemic and I'd like to think that there have been some learning along the way to how to communicate more effectively with people, not only in the ways that my colleagues have mentioned, but also by considering that not everybody is using social media or electronic means of gaining information. They were, to some extent, really left in the dark. I'm speaking here really of two groups of people. One is seniors who are not computer users. The other are vulnerable people who don't have computers at home and didn't have access to computers during the pandemic because the library in Yellowknife, for example, which is where people could access computers, was closed because of the pandemic. It's really important to take this time where we are not as swamped with cases to figure out these communications protocols and strengthen them for the second wave that's coming. Thank you.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife Centre. To the motion.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Committee Motion 30-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Emergency Response Communications Protocol, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? Any abstentions? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Member for Thebacha.

Committee Motion 31-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Enforcement of Orders Issued During a Public Health or Territorial Emergency, Carried
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Frieda Martselos Thebacha

Madam Chair, I move that this committee recommends that the Government of the Northwest Territories undertake steps now to address public concerns about gaps in enforcement so that remedies are put in place before the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 this autumn, and further that necessary planning be undertaken to ensure that any enforcement task force can be mobilized within 48 hours of a future declaration of emergency; and furthermore, that the government of the Northwest Territories undertake a dialogue with the municipal and Indigenous governments to obtain their input on enforcement measures and use this information to guide the development of a policy framework for the future enforcement of orders issued during a public health or territorial emergency. Thank you, Madam Chair.

Committee Motion 31-19(2): Committee Report 2-19(2) - Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on Long-Term Recovery: Recommendations to the GNWT - Enforcement of Orders Issued During a Public Health or Territorial Emergency, Carried
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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Thebacha. The motion is in order. To the motion. Member for Yellowknife Centre.