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Tabled Document 384-19(2): Northwest Territories Housing Corporation 2021-22 Consolidated Operating Budget
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Member for Frame Lake.

Tabled Document 385-19(2): 2010-2011 Call for Bids - Central Mackenzie Valley Tabled Document 386-19(2): 2010-2011 Call for Nominations - Central Mackenzie Valley
Tabling Of Documents

March 31st, 2021

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I am very pleased to table two documents. The first one, "2010-2011 Call for Nominations - Central Mackenzie Valley" dated December 21, 2010. The second document, "2010-2011 Call for Bids - Central Mackenzie Valley" dated February 19, 2011. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 385-19(2): 2010-2011 Call for Bids - Central Mackenzie Valley Tabled Document 386-19(2): 2010-2011 Call for Nominations - Central Mackenzie Valley
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Tabling of documents.

Tabled Document 387-19(2): Summary of Members' Absences for the Period October 15, 2020 to February 2, 2021
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Pursuant to Section 5 of the Indemnities, Allowances, and Expenses Regulations of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, I wish to table the "Summary of Members' Absences for the Period October 15, 2020 to February 2, 2021." Tabling of documents. Item 15, notices of motion. Item 16, motions. Member for Yellowknife North.

Motion 32-19(2): Extended Adjournment of the House to May 27, 2021, Carried
Motions

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Mr. Speaker, I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that, notwithstanding Rule 4, when this House adjourns on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, it shall be adjourned until Thursday, May 27, 2021;

AND FURTHER, that any time prior to May 27, 2021, if the Speaker is satisfied, after consultation with the Executive Council and Members of the Legislative Assembly, that the public interest requires that the House should meet at an earlier time during the adjournment, or at a time later than the scheduled resumption of the House, the Speaker may give notice and thereupon the House shall meet at the time stated in such notice and shall transact its business as if it had been duly adjourned to that time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 32-19(2): Extended Adjournment of the House to May 27, 2021, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. The motion is in order. To the motion?

Motion 32-19(2): Extended Adjournment of the House to May 27, 2021, Carried
Motions

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion 32-19(2): Extended Adjournment of the House to May 27, 2021, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

---Carried

Let's take a quick break for the other motion. Motions. Member for Kam Lake.

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

WHEREAS Section 48(1) of the Human Rights Act provides for the establishment of an adjudication panel composed of at least three persons, appointed by the Commissioner on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly;

AND WHEREAS Section 48(4) of the Human Rights Act provides that the members of the panel hold office, during good behaviour, for a term of four years, with the exception of the first members appointed;

AND WHEREAS there are currently three vacancies of the adjudication panel;

AND WHEREAS the Board of Management is tasked with recommending individuals to the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Assembly is prepared to make a recommendation to the Commissioner;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Sahtu, that Mr. Sheldon Toner of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories be recommended to the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories for appointment as a member of the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, effective immediately for a term of four years;

AND FURTHER, that Lou Sebert of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and Jay Sengupta of Hamilton, Ontario, be recommended to the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories for appointment as members of the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, effective immediately for a term of four years. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

---Carried

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Motions. Item 17, notices of motion for the first reading of bills. Item 18, first reading of bills. Item 19, second reading of bills. Item 20, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters. Item 21, report of Committee of the Whole. Item 23, third reading of bills. Mr. Clerk, will you ascertain if the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, the Honourable Margaret Thom, is prepared to enter the Chamber to assent bills? Thank you.

Motion 33-19(2): Appointment of Members to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Carried
Motions

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Commissioner Of The Northwest Territories Hon. Margaret Thom

[Translation] It is good to see you again and all of my people. We're on the First Nations land. We all are very thankful for that. [Translation ends]

Mr. Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly, good afternoon. First of all, I'd like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories and the sacred lands of the Chief Drygeese and the Yellowknives First Nation, and we are honoured and blessed to be working on their traditional land, keeping in mind that we honour that. Mahsi.

It is great to see you all and a long time, and I am honoured to be in this great House to address our government. We find ourselves 12 months into a worldwide public health crisis with the COVID-19 virus, since last March the 11th when the Pandemic was declared. There is now a vaccine to fight it, which will save countless lives if we all do our part to get vaccinated and continue to be vigilant with the public health recommendations and protocols.

My husband and I have both received the first and second doses of the vaccine, so we encourage our family and friends to get vaccinated, as well. I, as the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, was the first in our community of Fort Providence, followed by the First Nation chief, hamlet mayor, Member of Parliament, and Metis representative to receive the first dose of the vaccine on January 18, 2021. I was anxious to receive the vaccine not only for my own health and peace of mind but to be a role model to some reluctant community members, to show them that it is okay and safe to get this vaccine. Never in my life was I so eager and grateful to get a needle in my arm.

We need to continue to be extremely diligent in taking all public health precautions set out by our Chief Public Health Officer for the NWT, Dr. Kami Kandola, and her dedicated staff. The public health precautions and getting vaccinated will ensure the safety of our health, the health of our families, our friends, and neighbours across our territory. We must be aware, accepting, and vigilant about how serious this pandemic is and of its very severe and dangerous potential consequences to our people and to our economy. Not many people are aware that several retired northern nurses have returned to work and are working extra long hours to help with the public vaccination clinics across our territory. Their dedication to the profession of nursing and to their communities is so greatly appreciated. Mahsi cho.

I want to thank all the government departments and, in particular, the Department of Health and Social Services for all of the research, preparation, and updated information provided to us on a regular basis to keep us all informed so that we will make sound decisions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Tough decisions continue to be made so that we can all be safe and healthy. Mahsi cho.

Yes, the time will come when we can gather, hug, celebrate, and dance again. Spring is in the air. As we welcome the sunshine, longer daylight hours, and activities outside of our homes within our respective social bubbles, we must take extreme safety precautions as we travel and play on this great land of ours. Having said that, know that you all need a well-deserved break, to breathe and to ground yourselves. May you be blessed with safe travels to your homes, families, communities in your ridings, and enjoy a happy, blessed Easter season with your loved ones.

Assent To Bills
Assent To Bills

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Commissioner Of The Northwest Territories Hon. Margaret Thom

Now, as Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, I am pleased to assent to the following bills:

  • Bill 3, An Act to Amend the Public Highways Act
  • Bill 12, An Act to Amend the Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupation Certification Act
  • Bill 13, An Act to Amend the Interpretation Act
  • Bill 14, An Act to Amend the Securities Act
  • Bill 16, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act
  • Bill 20, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
  • Bill 26, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2020-2021
  • Bill 27, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 3, 2020-2021
  • Bill 28, Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), 2021-2022

Mahsi cho. Thank you. Quyanainni. Merci beaucoup. Quana.