This is page numbers 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 indigenous.

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oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Well, I'll put the Minister on Housing that I -- on notice that I will ask her when she expects the GNWT to let the GNWT open their building.

My question here is that I regularly see -- receive complaints that our Office of the Fire Marshal is not operating with the same service that both of our neighboring territories are, that emails go unresponded to, that plan review function takes months, that getting occupancy permits can take months and months with different dates provided. Is the Minister willing to create some sort of a standards for the Office of the Fire Marshal? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, as part of the process, we're reviewing the projects to make sure they're looked at and then they're prioritized based on when they were received. So the fire marshal's office has developed a process to advise clients as we're doing that. But most importantly -- and, man, I can't believe I'm doing this to the Member from Yellowknife North, I'm giving him kind of another 'yes'.

The creation of the service standards for the Office of the Fire Marshal will be considered in review of the fire marshal, and we will be doing that -- that will be part of it. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Now, that's three yeses for the Member.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, I never thought I'd be so excited for the Fire Prevention Act, but I'm really looking forward to that piece of legislation.

Mr. Speaker, my understanding is that Nunavut, after creating a Building Standards Act essentially hired a contracting firm to review the plan review function. My understanding is here we have one person who reviews the plans, and if they go on vacation, simply just no plans get reviewed.

I believe a good way to solve that problem would give the fire marshal a budget to have a contractor on hire as a backup for plan review. Is that something the Minister is willing to look into? Thank you.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Just so everybody here realizes it in the House and out there, my understanding of the public -- or the fire office -- of the Office of the Fire Marshal has not had any delays or backup -- backlog in projects under review. However, giving him the fourth 'yes' today, I'm getting -- I can't believe this is four yeses -- I think Christmas is done for the Yellowknife North Member. Contracting services, when warranted, is an option for Municipal and Community Affairs to prioritize priorities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Yellowknife North.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, I believe me and the Minister, we're going to get through this. We've had a number of conversations, and I previously asked whether the department was willing to change the guidelines that the Office of the Fire Marshal operates under to review draft documents first. And I want to clarify what I'm asking for here.

I'm not asking for a final occupancy permit or a final signoff on draft documents. That would be very inappropriate. But during building a building, the architects, the engineers, and the contractors all get together, they move around the plans, and there's lots of conversations. Other jurisdictions, the Office of the Fire Marshal has consulting meetings. They also we review the plans. This is something our Office of the Fire Marshal refuses to do, and they will only look at finalized drawings. Then when one of our engineers gets in a fight with the fire marshal, we end up in court.

I'm -- so what I'm asking is there -- will the Minister change the guidelines to allow the Office of the Fire Marshal to be involved a little earlier and have a consultation session with the draft documents and not just look at finalized documents? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Mr. Speaker, planning review guidelines are available on the MACA website and provides a number of options to resolve potential issues before final drawings are submitted, including pre-submission meetings and partial review for specific circumstances. The Office of the Fire Marshal is willing to work with any client with concerns related to specific projects to find a solution with the regulatory framework.

I really hate to do this, but this is his third 'yes' today; the fifth one in two days.

We will look at this idea during the review of the Fire Prevention Act. So I'm looking forward to it. We will look at these things. We're trying to improve things moving forward. And I have to say the fire marshal is doing a good job despite what the Member has said in his speech today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause.

oral question 836-19(2): Office of the Fire Marshall Service
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member -- or Minister. Oral questions. Member for Monfwi.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Jane Weyallon-Armstrong Monfwi

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Yes, this is a question for the NWT Housing Corporation. I want to ask her why none of the ten units being built in Behchoko -- not in Behchoko but I meant to say Tlicho region is designated for homeownership program. Thank you.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Monfwi. Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We are on -- doing a -- distributing a federal delivery this year of 90 public housing units. Presently, right now, we are able to concentrate on homeownership. So the public housing units that are single and detached, they are up for sale. To date, we have had 104 applications that have been received, and we are working with those clients to educate them and to support them through the homeownership process. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Jane Weyallon-Armstrong Monfwi

Well, that was the question for yesterday. So -- so would the Minister commit some of those ten units to be designated for homeownership.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

November 30th, 2021

Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm not as generous as the Minister of MACA. Unfortunately, no, they won't be as -- they won't be up for sale. This is to replenish our public housing stock. We do have a deteriorated housing stock. We are almost reaching our 50 years.

But for the Tlicho region, it's a very unique Indigenous government and Indigenous group where we do hold partnerships with them. We are in the process right now working with the Tlicho housing working group in transferring ten of our market housing units and also supporting them through that process as well too. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Jane Weyallon-Armstrong Monfwi

Mahsi. Would the Minister commit to selling units at a price that reflects their commercial value and take into consideration the amount of rent already paid and future maintenance costs? Masi.

oral question 837-19(2): New Housing Initiatives in Tłı̨chǫ Region
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Paulie Chinna Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I can provide the Member with further information on how our homeownership program is working and the eligibility and the criteria for them. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.