This is page numbers 2341 - 2382 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.

Topics

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

March 4th, 2021

Page 2345

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It seems my quest to get a small satellite recycling depot in downtown Yellowknife has been caught up in some of the larger review of how our depots operate and the licences under them. My first question to the Minister of ENR: when was the last time we put our recycling depot licences out to tender?

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. These depots were renewed in July 2020, and they will expire July 31, 2022. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Perhaps there is some misunderstanding by me on exactly how we give out the licences. I understand they were renewed and that previous licence holders got them in 2020. In 2022, we will once again decide whether to renew them, but I'm asking when they went out for a proposal process. I know the department has done this in the past, and there have been some issues. What I'm asking is: was the 2021 the result of a competitive process to run the depots, which can actually be quite profitable?

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

It was renewed in July 2020, so that means the company was able to renew their bid or their business licence with us. No, there wasn't a competitive bid in 2021, and it does expire in 2022.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

I'm actually not all that concerned about the tendering of the licences, but I have been previously told that this was one of the barriers to adding a satellite station in downtown Yellowknife. I will get to the point. Is the Minister willing to implement the option of, whether it be a reverse vending machine or a drop-and-go or a partial-hours, some sort of way that those with mobility issues can drop their recycling off downtown and get money for it?

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Since the Member has brought this forward, we at ENR have looked at various options for automatic deposit in Yellowknife. The staff are putting some tech packs and specs together so we know that the equipment we do have to put out there would actually stand up to our weather in the Northwest Territories. We are in the process of looking at that. Thanks to the Member; he keeps on asking us questions. We are working on it, and we are moving forward.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am glad the department is working on it. Our beverage recycling program is one of the best in the country. We have extremely high rates of return, and it's a model for success. Does the Minister have an idea of when someone will actually be able to return some recycling in downtown Yellowknife? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

We are very supportive of piloting an automatic deposit. We are looking at doing this with the new licensing process for 2022. We are looking at it during that time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 637-19(2): Recycling Depots
Oral Questions

Page 2345

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Nunakput.

Question 638-19(2): Medevac Services
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just have questions about having medevac services and delays in the Beaufort-Delta, especially my riding of Nunakput, in the last weeks. How many medevacs in a 24-hour period, how many planes are dispatched out in my riding are in the Delta at any given time, and is there a backup plane available if the pilot's times are maxed out? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 638-19(2): Medevac Services
Oral Questions

Page 2345

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

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

Question 638-19(2): Medevac Services
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am going to take this question on notice because I have no information with me with which to answer these questions. Thank you.

Question 638-19(2): Medevac Services
Oral Questions

Page 2345

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

There has to be a backup plan in regard to providing services when people are maxed out on timing. Is there a backup plane? She could take it as notice like she just did, but I want to just make sure. I will meet with the Minister at break and give her the questions that I do have to provide answers to my constituents who are quite concerned right now.