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 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, Minister. Final supplementary, 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. There are many barriers to the subsidy programs for homeownership assistance with the NWT Housing Corporation. What types of debt forgiven -- forgiveness does the NWT Housing Corporation have?

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. With the debts that have been accumulated with our tenants within the Housing Corporation, we -- we do have to work within the Financial Management Act as well too, on how we are going to work with those clients in trying to eliminate the debts that they do carry over. But this is a lengthy process, and we have been successful in working with clients throughout the Northwest Territories. 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

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

oral question 838-19(2): Office of Drivers' Licencing and Registration Office in Yellowknife
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

November 30th, 2021

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Infrastructure. Every time the office of the DMV changes their hours, it makes news. First they allowed walk-ins. Then they only went by appointment. And just recently they added two more hours to allow walk-ins. I'm pretty excited that maybe the DMV will one day get back to regular appointments.

My question, though, is looking forward at the operations of the Yellowknife DMV, is the Minister of Infrastructure willing to have the office be open evenings or weekends, Mr. Speaker. ---Applause

oral question 838-19(2): Office of Drivers' Licencing and Registration Office in Yellowknife
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. Minister responsible for Infrastructure.

oral question 838-19(2): Office of Drivers' Licencing and Registration Office in Yellowknife
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And here we go again. So, you know, we -- we did look at our operations and did extend it. I'm kind of hoping the Member would be a little bit more happier, but wanting more, that's okay.

We are not currently considering the adjustment of hours or days in operation at the Yellowknife driver -- motor vehicle issuing office due to the significant financial costs it would require. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 838-19(2): Office of Drivers' Licencing and Registration Office in Yellowknife
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

No further questions on that.

oral question 838-19(2): Office of Drivers' Licencing and Registration Office in Yellowknife
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions today are for the Minister of Finance and the Minister responsible for Human Resources.

Further to my statement today, I'm wondering if the Department of Finance has a clear policy of who can apply and cannot apply for education leave and supports from the GNWT? Thank you.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. Minister responsible for Finance.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Caroline Wowzonek

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, employees need to have three years of service in order to be eligible for education leave and then beyond that, the more specific conditions are within the collective agreement. So it does -- done at a departmental level, and anyone who is considering applying should be speaking directly to their supervisor just to confirm that they're eligible and to go through that process. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I'm wondering if there is an appeals process for those that are denied education leave by their direct supervisors. Thank you.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There's not an appeals process specific to this benefit for employees. Certainly, given that it is certainly part of the collective agreement, if an employee is concerned that it's not being abided by they are encouraged to go and speak to their union representative. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 839-19(2): Education Leave for Public Servants
Oral Questionsoral Question 832-19(2):covid-19 Safety In The Workplace

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, sometimes going to the union can cause a little bit more friction than people are looking for right off the bat. And so I'm hoping that together we can find an alternate solution for staff who want questions and further clarifications. But often the current process means that frontline staff receive far less opportunity for professional development from their -- their colleagues that work in headquarters departments. This is required for nurses who want to gain the experience and the certifications required to work in small remote nursing stations and potentially return to their home communities.

So how does the Department of Finance ensure that outlying factors like nursing shortages in other units or nursing levels in remote health centres are considered within an all-of-government approach to education supports? Thank you.