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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Kivallivik

Lost his last election, in 1995, with 11% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 585-12(7): Problems With Snare Lake Community Freezer June 12th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I know that a lot of the freezers, especially those that are older, are having similar --not problems like having been turned off in the middle of the summer or something --problems that could be fixed with very little work and at very little cost. I think with this report, we will be able to priorize which communities need work immediately and the least amount of effort which will be required to fix which freezer.

I believe the report has been completed and a submission is now being prepared, so I would say it would be ready in the next few weeks. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 585-12(7): Problems With Snare Lake Community Freezer June 12th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The situation in Snare Lake has been assessed, just as every other freezer in every other community has been assessed. We have a lot of similar problems in various communities. With this report having been completed, with all community freezers being assessed, we will be able to come out with a plan as to how all the freezers will be handled. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 585-12(7): Problems With Snare Lake Community Freezer June 12th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The department has, as all Members know, been doing a review of all the community freezers across the Northwest Territories. They have also gone into communities where freezers are required. At the present time, I believe the report is being completed and the study that was done is being assessed. A submission will be made to Cabinet and to FMB in the not-too-is that distant future. Thank you.

Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions June 9th, 1995

Following appointment to a GNWT position, all employees attend a documentation session. In addition, they are invited to attend an information session which provides an orientation to the GNWT. During these sessions, new employees receive information about our government and its policies.

Employees who are appointed to managerial and excluded positions are given employees handbooks with their job offers. These handbooks provide information about their terms and conditions of employment as well as the affirmative action policy and conflict of interest guidelines.

Bargaining unit employees receive a copy of the respective collective agreement but these books do not include such things as these policies.

Personnel staff are presently designing an information package which will be given to all prospective employees. I have asked that they include something in the package that will address the Member's concerns and ensure compliance with government procedures. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions June 9th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked by Mrs. Marie-Jewell on June 7th regarding procedures for GNWT laid off or redundant positions.

When a position is declared redundant and the department is unable to find alternate employment for the incumbent of that position, a formal letter of lay-off is issued. The letter provides at least three months' notice that employment will be terminated. Normally, the employee is required to work for those three months but that requirement may be waived at the discretion of the employee's deputy minister.

Mr. Speaker, I have a second return, if I might. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 86-12(7): Sahtu Forest Fire June 9th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday the hot and windy weather caused the forest fire at Fort Norman to move down the Mackenzie Valley and it is now a threat to Norman Wells. The winds died down overnight and the fire remained about 50 kilometres southeast of Norman Wells. Based on advice from the Department of Renewable Resources, the emergency measures organization made the decision to also evacuate Norman Wells. All night planes flew. First, the 340 people from Fort Norman were moved to Deline and then the jets moved about 400 people to Yellowknife. The evacuation proceeded very smoothly and the Honourable Don Morin indicated that he has nothing but praise for all people involved.

The firefighting crews have now returned to Fort Norman. About 30 firefighters from the Sahtu and Deh Cho are in Fort Norman working to put out spot fires and they have set up a sprinkler system to keep buildings wet. The only loss at this time is the Ursus Airways building at the airport. The worst of the fire seems to be through that area now.

Actions are now being concentrated to protect Norman Wells. Four CL-215s are on site and one DC-4. Two more CL-215s are coming from Quebec. Caterpillars are working to establish a fireguard at Jackfish Lake, about five kilometres out of Norman Wells. Mr. Morin has been impressed with how hard and efficiently the firefighting crews are working in very difficult conditions.

The weather is expected to be hot and windy again today. At this time, we cannot predict when people will be able to return to their homes. Anyone wishing to know who arrived in Yellowknife from Norman Wells and where they are staying can call a special number at city hall. That number is 920-5693. Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to praise all those who are involved in responding so capably and efficiently to this emergency. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 85-12(7): Ministers Absent From The House June 9th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to make an emergency statement about the Sahtu forest fire.

Question 557-12(7): Minister's Knowledge Of Newfoundland Sealskins June 8th, 1995

Yes, I will. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 557-12(7): Minister's Knowledge Of Newfoundland Sealskins June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I can only relay the information that I receive, and this is the information that I received. Now, the products that the Member saw in this Assembly, I believe were just a demonstration of the type of products that could be produced in the Northwest Territories. The products were solely to be used as prototypes by residents of the Northwest Territories. It could be that the Development Corporation or some other organization had set this up on behalf of the Minnguq Sewing Group, and I believe that was the direction that the products were going, and I'll ensure that those products will end up with the group that the labels were titled under with a follow-up to the organization within the respective department. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 557-12(7): Minister's Knowledge Of Newfoundland Sealskins June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe that was the organization that the prototypes were made for to show that these are the types of products that can be made by that particular organization. I believe that was work requested by...Was it Minnguq? I am not quite familiar with the title. They had requested these prototypes. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.