This is page numbers 2525 - 2568 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 going.

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Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

It just happens to be that I'm Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of NTPC, so of course, our departments are going to continue to work together. I do want to add that we have looked at a feasibility of biomass-based electricity generation recently for combined heat and power in Fort Simpson. It is technically challenging and also very expensive, and I do want to note that this study is freely available on our infrastructure website.

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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Ronald Bonnetrouge Deh Cho

I note that NTPC has incorporated LNG use at the Inuvik power plant and the soon-to-be new electricity generating plant at Fort Simpson. Can the Minister elaborate as to why these have gone to LNG rather than diesel?

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

Again, I just happen to be MLA from Inuvik, so this is right up my alley. Natural gas has been used for generation in Inuvik for a long time, for as long as I can remember, because there is a gas well that has allowed us to take right of the grant for power generation. We've been clearly happy with that. Recently, we have had to truck LNG to Inuvik due to loss of local supply. Even with the trucking cost, LNG is cheaper and cleaner option than diesel, and it also has fueled GHG emissions. For roads connected to diesel communities of a certain size, NTPC and the GNWT look at the option to use LNG for power generation. We are currently looking at LNG for Fort Simpson as well as Tuktoyaktuk.

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Deh Cho.

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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Ronald Bonnetrouge Deh Cho

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. I've been known to state that when the price of diesel goes up, so does my power bill. Can the Minister confirm or elaborate whether power rates go down when the price of diesel drops? Mahsi.

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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Diane Archie Inuvik Boot Lake

Part of your electricity rate is based on the average price of diesel which fluctuates over time. We recognize that. In general, if the cost of diesel drops over an extended period of time, the portion of electricity rate that includes diesel will go down but not immediately. If there is a large change in the cost of diesel, then NTPC may put in place what is called a rate rider that either adds or subtracts costs from your bill for a set period of time. Again, this doesn't happen immediately as it is best to average out the cost changes over time to be able to keep rates from going up or down too quickly. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 669-19(2): Northwest Territories Power Corporation Strategic Plan
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
Oral Questions

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Mr. Speaker. I'm just going back to my Member's statement about Health and Social Services. My question for the Minister is: is the Minister willing to amend the policy I mentioned in my Member's statement and have it reworded for medical staff to have some discretion that allow their staff to leave the health centre to attend emergency calls? I recognize we have to keep in mind the health of the staff and also staffing numbers, as well. Thank you, Mr. Speaker

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
Oral Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This policy is a policy of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority regarding their operations. The decision to amend that policy would be an operational decision on their part. The policies are reviewed regularly, and this policy is due for review again in June of 2022. Thank you.

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

That was one of the things I wrote down just about five minutes ago. The next review is 2022, and for me, that is far too long. I don't want to lose any more residents anywhere in the territory because of this really glaring service gap. I'll try to redirect this a little bit. Can the Minister have this reviewed sooner than 2022 and direct that NTHSSA to do this?

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
Oral Questions

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

We're talking about the difference here between nurses and first responders. There is a difference. They work in different settings; they have different kinds of training; they have access to different kinds of equipment. It's not just a matter of saying to the nurse, "You're free to go and attend an emergency outside of the health centre." There is quite a bit more to it than that. I also want to note that nurses in the health centres are busy seeing people in the health centres. There would be a question then of how much further we can stretch the resources within the health centres if nurses are leaving. As I say, the idea of nurses filing in as first responders is not a good fit for the reasons I just spoke of.

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
Oral Questions

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I think the end goal here was just to try, and this will lead into my next question, is to try to close that gap between MACA and Health and Social Services. Again, I'm going to say it again, partnerships here. My last question is: will the Minister commit to work with MACA to find a solution, perhaps creating a task force, to address this serious gap that we spoke of? Marsi cho,

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I have previously and continued to acknowledge that there is a gap in services within some communities in terms of having a paramedic response in the appropriate vehicle and equipment to provide that response. I have committed to speaking with the Minister of MACA about this to see what kind of solution we can put in place. I intend to make good on that.

Question 670-19(2): Amend Policy to Allow Medical Staff Discretion to Attend Medical Calls
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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