17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Nine, October 29th, 2014

My Member Statement was on Establishing an Office of the Ombudsman in the NWT.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of  Industry, Tourism and Investment on the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations.

In Committee of the Whole, we considered and concluded Supplementary Estimates (Operational Expenditures) No.2 2014/15 and began consideration of Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures) No. 4 2014/15.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Eight, October 28th, 2014

In keeping with the theme of the day – Cost of Living – my Member Statement was on Solutions to Northern Living Costs.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs on actions taken to establish Public Access to Automated External Defibrillators.  

In Committee of the Whole, we continued consideration of the Northwest Territories Capital Estimates 2015-2016;  concluded the Department of Environment and NWT Legislative Assembly; and began consideration of Supplementary Estimates (Operational Expenditures) the Department of Finance.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Seven, October 27th, 2014

My Member Statement was on the implementation of Junior Kindergarten

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of  Education, Culture and Employment on the implementation of Junior Kindergarten.

The following motion was moved by MLA Bromley , seconded by MLA Groenoewegen Extended Care Facilities  DEFEATED: 7 For; 10 Against; 0 Abstentions

In Committee of the Whole, we continued consideration of the Northwest Territories Capital Estimates 2015-2016; the Department  of Environment and Natural Resources.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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National Democracy Challenge 2014

Are you between the ages of 14 and 17? Would you like to win an iPhone, a Go Pro Headcam or a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Encounters with Canada or Forum for Young Canadians programs? Deadline: November 30.

Click here for more details.

Show us why Canada should vote!

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Ombudsman Town Hall – Nov. 3rd

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 7:00 pm Legislative Assembly 

Standing Committee on Government Operations
Town Hall Meeting on establishing an Office of the Ombudsman 

The Standing Committee on Government Operations invites you to a Town Hall meeting to talk about establishing an Office of the Ombudsman in the NWT. To help answer your questions and provide information on the role of an Ombudsman, we invite you join the Committee and our guest speaker, Mr. André Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario
Mr. Marin has been the Ombudsman of Ontario since 2005. In his role, Mr. Marin has the power to investigate public complaints by ordinary citizens about government departments, corporations, agencies, boards, commissions, and tribunals.  The recommendations from his office have been overwhelmingly accepted by government, and have led to a widespread reform in how the government operates and treats its citizens.
Mr. Marin will be speaking about the role of an Ombudsman from his considerable experience and the Standing Committee on Government Operations will be speaking about its report, Establishing an Office of the Ombudsman in the Northwest Territories. The report can be found at: http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/td_103-175.pdf

For more information, please contact:

Gail Bennett
Principal Clerk, Corporate and Interparliamentary Affairs
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Phone: 867-669-2343 or toll-free 1-800-661-0784
E-mail: gail_bennett@gov.nt.ca

 
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NWT 2015 Election Date

FYI – MLAs have received an update from the Premier on possible changes to the federal NWT Act that could affect our  2015 election date. If this amendment passes, and the Federal election happens October 19th next year as scheduled, the NWT election will be able to be delayed.
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From: Bob McLeod
Subject: Legislative Assembly Term

Colleagues,

I wish to draw your attention to one clause in Bill C-43, tabled in the House of Commons yesterday.

Northwest Territories Act
224. Section 65 of the Northwest Territories Act is renumbered as subsection 65(1) and is amended by adding the following:
(2) Despite subsection (1), if the election period for the first general election after the coming into force of section 1 would overlap with the election period for a general election to be held under subsection 56.1(2) or section 56.2 of the Canada Elections Act, the period during which the members referred to in subsection (1) continue in office as members of the Legislative Assembly may be extended until five years from the date fixed for the return of the writs at the last general election under the former Act, but the Commissioner may dissolve the Legislative Assembly before then.”

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17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Six, October 23rd, 2014

My Member Statement  celebrated Small Business Day on October 25th. Support local small business tomorrow – SHOP SMALL!

My Oral Questions were to the Minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission on the status of new draft Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (to the Minister January 2012, not yet approved).

In Committee of the Whole, we continued consideration of the Northwest Territories Capital Estimates 2015-2016; we considered and concluded the Departments of Health and Social Services, Justice, and Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Five, October 22nd, 2014

My Member Statement was on the Avens Campus Renovation and Expansion Project and the funding needed for it.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Health and Social Services on the infrastructure needs for seniors in the NWT.

In Committee of the Whole, we continued consideration of the Northwest Territories Capital Estimates 2015-2016, Department of Health and Social Services.

 Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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Ebola Virus Disease Q & As

We have been consumed with news about the Edola virus these last few weeks. The Department of Health and Social Services provided a four page Questions and Answers document for MLAs that I want to share with you. Click here  to view the document.

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17th Assembly 5th Session Fourth Sitting – Day Four, October 21th, 2014

Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod announced that the Government of the Northwest Territories is beginning work on Developing a Recreational Land Management Framework for the Northwest Territories.

I used my Member Statement today to speak about Funding for FOXY Youth Empowerment Program.

My Oral Questions were to the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs on the implementation of 911 Emergency Telephone Service

 In Committee of the Whole, we are considering the Northwest Territories Capital Estimates 2015-2016; we concluded consideration of the NWT Housing Corporation and Departments of Municipal and Community Affairs and Public Works and Services

 Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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