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Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

February 12th, 2021

Page 1996

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I am wondering if the Minister of Justice would commit to working on an FASD services plan -- sorry. My brain has just gone today. It's been a long week. I am wondering if the Minister of Justice would be willing to develop a comprehensive plan for the treatment and support of FASD within their correctional centres and if they would also be willing to include in that comprehensive plan a plan for after-care for inmates once they are released into the community. Thank you.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Perhaps, once I get all this information, I can share with the Member and we can discuss about what the next steps might be and what supports could be offered. Right now, without having that information, it's hard to stand up and say, "Well, this is what we need to do," so I am happy to continue having this conversation with the Member. Thank you.

Question 559-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Question 560-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I am not quite done, I think, with questioning the Minister of Health and Social Services. I understand that this program is fresh and it is new, but FASD has long been a challenge in the Northwest Territories, and I do not believe that we are quite there yet and that people are getting the support that they need. I would just like to ask the Minister again: will she look at creating a comprehensive plan for the treatment and support of people with FASD and complex behavioural conditions within the Northwest Territories? Because it is something that we really need additional supports for. The supports are not available in communities as they are in Yellowknife, and even the supports within Yellowknife are lacking and not wraparound services like they need to be. Our people need more support, not less and not stagnant support, either. Thank you.

Question 560-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 560-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am certainly willing to have that conversation with the Member about where she thinks the gaps in services are and what kind of supports she thinks are needed and not currently provided, so I invite her to come and talk about that. Thank you.

Question 560-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

I will have an offline conversation first.

Question 560-19(2): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Oral Questions

Page 1996

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Kam Lake. Minister of Health and Social Services. I will take that as a comment. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I have a question for the Minister of Health and Social Services about wastewater testing. First off, I want to commend the Minister and the department for their leadership in doing the wastewater testing. I think it's a really good early warning system that we have in place here for the capital and the regional centres. Unfortunately, though, I have asked several times, and some constituents have raised with me the fact that there is no way of finding out about the results of this wastewater testing. Can the Minister tell me or tell the public about the status of some kind of public reporting of the wastewater testing results? Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Member said, wastewater surveillances helped us to detect cases in three communities, and so it has proved a very effective system. At this point, the samples are sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, so there is some lag in getting test results back. It's our hope that we will be able to invest in the Taiga lab here in Yellowknife to examine those wastewater samples and provide more timely responses on them. That said, I am not aware that the dashboard has been set up or that it will be set up until that new system is in place. Thank you.

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I want to thank the Minister for that. Look, as I said before, this is a great system, and I really do truly appreciate the work that has gone into setting it up. I'm just wondering, though, in the dashboard, could we have something like the presence or absence of COVID and whether the levels are constant, increasing, or decreasing, and the dates of the tests? Is that the kind of information that could be put on the dashboard when it's available?

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I would have to inquire about the level of detail that is being contemplated for the dashboard. I think that we would want to have the dashboard launched with some public education about how to interpret the results so that the results don't create panic in communities that are being reported on. Certainly, I am willing to inquire about what the dashboard is going to look like.

Question 561-19(2): Waste Water Testing
Oral Questions

Page 1997

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Nothing further.