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Last in the Legislative Assembly February 1995, as MLA for Aivilik

Won his last election, in 1991, with 35% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Committee Motion 36-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 4, Carried October 25th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The alcohol and drug treatment centre, under various Keewatin; there was a lot of discussion and letter-writing back and forth between the department of health and the regional health board from Keewatin over the past several years. The latest one has been from the speaker of the Keewatin regional council, Anthym Kadjuk. In his letter, he mentioned planning for the eventuality of repatriating services from Churchill back into the regional facility for Keewatin residents within the boundary of Nunavut.

In the second paragraph, the regional organization made it clear that we wish Rankin Inlet to be the location and that we wanted a multi-use facility. The last point I want to make from that letter is that movement to remove the alcohol and drug facility from the proposed multi-use plan is under way; apparently by department officials.

Now, my question is, what came about. An official explained to me that there is an economic survey or other research work being done on regional health board facilities there. But, looking at future years, with $180,000 this year and $2.892 million in the future years for alcohol treatment centres, is the plan now to have a separate unit from the health centre or do you have an alcohol and drug treatment centre designed so that it will be part of, or connected to other health board facilities in Rankin Inlet?

Committee Motion 36-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 4, Carried October 25th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I think I need the chairman's direction; I did not see anything for the Keewatin region in this capital on the health and hospital boards. Although, on the following pages, there is a program on community development for an alcohol and drug treatment centre, Keewatin various, for future years anticipated.

What I would like to ask, Mr. Chairman, is if there's an issue of a repatriation of the health services hospital board from Churchill, Manitoba that is not listed here. So, I need direction from you. Should I wait until we get to the community development section, specifically dealing with Keewatin, before I ask about the hospital that we thought was going to be joined together as a consolidated program?

Committee Motion 36-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 4, Carried October 25th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My last question. I'm not trying to get away with getting into O and M. The last question I have, Mr. Chairman, is will there be a directive issued from the department requiring both health and social services workers in the community to work together on this issue -- that you are expecting better cooperation -- because this is a government initiative that you're expecting those workers to cooperate with the government directive and the communities' desire to have a more holistic approach to the issue to be abided by. Will you be issuing a directive on that?

Committee Motion 36-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 4, Carried October 25th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Just two more quick questions. In small communities, there are usually two half PYs; one for a CHR and another half PY for a social worker. I think most of my communities are operating under that condition.

Those two PYs can be handled, then, by one person. One PY to do CHR and social work.

Committee Motion 36-12(6): To Adopt Recommendation 4, Carried October 25th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I just have a quick question. We, too, have been having problems with nursing personnel in Coral Harbour. But, this is more of a general question, not so much about the capital area, but more in O and M. But it does have to do with long-term goals, and is mentioned in the Minister's opening remarks. I guess my question is, whether Social Services will able to find out the condition of clients from the health centres now, with this consolidation, or vice versa. Will the nursing station be able to find out about living standards in relation to the health conditions of a patient or their family, with this consolidation, so that these two departments can work together? Will the two sections in the same community be able to work together?

Sometimes what happens is an interrelated problem. In one community, a patient will go to the nursing station and is sick and the health centres won't find out what the living condition of that family is. They are required to work together in this area.

Appointment Of Mary Simon As Circumpolar Ambassador October 25th, 1994

Madam Speaker, over the past few months, Members were aware that the federal government was considering appointing a circumpolar ambassador. Many of us were concerned about what duties this ambassador would have. We were also worried that this might be a patronage appointment, rather than getting the best person for this important job.

Therefore, it was with great pleasure that I heard the announcement of Mary Simon as Canada's first circumpolar ambassador. In my opinion, Madam Speaker, Ms. Simon is definitely a great choice for a circumpolar ambassador as Canada's first Inuk ambassador. Mary Simon is no stranger to the people of the north, either in Canada or in other circumpolar countries. For the past two decades she has been a strong spokesperson for Inuit people. Her work has included a leadership for the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, Makivik Corporation and the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. Many of you may have met her, especially at the last ITC conference in Inuvik.

Ms. Simon will have an important responsibility to carry out, at the time when circumpolar relations are becoming more important. She will represent Canada at international meetings on circumpolar issues, raising our concerns and ideas. She will also be responsible for coordinating Canada's participation in the eight-nation Arctic environmental protection strategy.

During my two terms as president of Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, I had the pleasure of working with this remarkable lady. I am confident that she will continue to be a positive role model for our young people and an excellent ambassador for Canada.

I am sure all Members of this Assembly will join me in wishing Ms. Simon success when she assumes her new role this coming Monday, October 31st. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

---Applause

Committee Motion 31-12(6): Reprofiling The Renovation To The Coral Harbour Community Learning Centre, Carried October 20th, 1994

The last comment I'm going to make is that in the budget, you'll see that you have over $2.9 million for the school extension for Coral Harbour in the following pages. I seem to have seen somewhere, the awarding of a contract information that, I think, the lowest bid -- who is doing the work there now -- if I recall that letter properly, was something along the lines of $1.8 million. That's over $1 million under the original budget. Surely that $1 million is sufficient to have that stand-alone building built in Coral Harbour because you have saved so much from the school extension. Qujannamiik.

Committee Motion 31-12(6): Reprofiling The Renovation To The Coral Harbour Community Learning Centre, Carried October 20th, 1994

Mr. Chairman, I'm not in a position to comment on policy, but I could see that...I'm from Coral Harbour. I've been in that school many, many times. I have, in fact, participated in instruction in life-skills programs, especially on the land, et cetera, or pre-employment life-skills programs. It's a big, big problem that in Coral Harbour, the adult education program is very active and there are mothers who are attending that school, attending that Arctic College. As soon as it's 3:30, the children of those students in Arctic College come in to the Arctic College, start bothering their mothers who are trying to study, trying to go to school. Having the same place for children and adults does not work because in a small community, it's inevitable that you are going to have the parents and the children going to school in the same place. And you know how children are. After school, they want to see their parents. Most of them go home to see their parents, but a lot of them have parents who are going to school there. It's really bothersome.

I guess my comment in this case, to this motion, is that the cost-effectiveness which is quite marginal, would be compared to the quality of education. I don't think we could argue that. I don't think we should be allowed to argue that. Qujannamiik.

Committee Motion 31-12(6): Reprofiling The Renovation To The Coral Harbour Community Learning Centre, Carried October 20th, 1994

Mr. Chairman, then Mr. Kaulbach's comments will be withdrawn from Hansard?

Committee Motion 31-12(6): Reprofiling The Renovation To The Coral Harbour Community Learning Centre, Carried October 20th, 1994

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The reason I brought this up is because we have been getting phone calls and letters. I also got a reply, by letter, from the Minister about this. I was hoping for a more positive response. Why the Minister changed his mind is not stated in the letter. It sounds like there was a unilateral decision to change the agreement that this joint meeting had agreed upon earlier.

I only understood that his consultation meeting in Coral Harbour must have been important and expensive, because not only one department went in. There was the Department of Public Works and Services, Education, the vice-president of Arctic College, director of the Keewatin Divisional Board of Education and the whole local education council met. I also understand that this was an open meeting with the community. Anyone who wanted to attend was welcomed, along with the school principal.

This was a meeting to decide how the school extension was going to be built, and planned, along with the Arctic College idea. They felt strongly that an east wing is needed for the regular school. The Minister's letter stated that there is a 71 per cent utilization ratio at the moment. But, he does not consider other requirements of the school that he was planning; that is, a study room, extended education classroom, a meeting room, cultural inclusion teaching area and office space for CEC. These are not funded through CEC. Coral Harbour is very active in this area. They need the space on a permanent basis.

My argument against this motion, Mr. Chairman, is that it is very, very sad when a community has been given positive hope, and gets hyped up and makes their plans -- they tell the community on the radio programs that they had a great meeting with senior officials and what they had come up with -- and the department turns around ten months later or so and unilaterally decides to cancel what was agreed to in the joint meeting in Coral Harbour.

I am concerned about the correspondence that has come to me from the Coral Harbour education council requesting the reinstatement of the regional agreement, to have it respected. If it is not going to be respected, then at least go back to Coral Harbour and come up with an alternate solution, rather than unilaterally coming up with the 1995-96 capital estimates without any consultation with the community at all. Qujannamiik.