As you may have heard, the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is holding ‘public engagement sessions’ to hear from residents about the proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Filing Regulations.
The Yellowknife public meeting is set for the evening of June 15, 2015 (no other details available at this time). For information about the Regulations and a full list of the public meetings in all of the NWT communities, click here.
The Education Hall of Fame is open for 2015 nominations. You can nominate an individual or an organization that has made a difference in NWT education. Submission forms outlining the criteria for nominating a candidate are available on the ECE website in both English and French.
Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2015.
The GNWT Department of Transportation is following up with NWT residents on priorities for an NWT Transportation Strategy at upcoming public information sessions in regional centres.
In February 2015, Minister Beaulieu tabled a public and stakeholder engagement report that summarized the input and committed to seeking further input on a draft transportation strategy this spring. You can read that report here.
The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
Fort Simpson – Thursday, April 23 (7:00 p.m. at Nahanni Inn meeting room)
Fort Smith – Tuesday, April 28 (7:00 p.m. at Pelican Rapids Hotel meeting room)
Hay River – Wednesday, April 29 (7:00 p.m. at Ptarmigan Inn Hotel meeting room)
Norman Wells – Wednesday, May 6 (7:00 p.m. at the Legion Hall)
Inuvik – Thursday, May 7 (7:00 p.m. at the Permafrost Room in the Mackenzie Hotel)
Behchokǫ̀ – proposed for May 12 (date, time and location to be confirmed)
Yellowknife – proposed for May 13 (date, time and location to be confirmed)
Discussions continue between the GNWT and the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation about the establishment of a special area (like a national park) in and around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
Click here to read a recent GNWT press release about Thaidene Nene.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) invites residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to provide input into the development of the NWT Oil and Gas Strategy through an online survey.
The NWT Oil and Gas Strategy is expected to be released in July 2015. The online survey is available until April 30, 2015 at www.nwtpetroleum.com
From the GNWT Department of Education Culture & Employment
The Government of the Northwest Territories invites parents or primary caregivers of babies born between April 2014 and April 2015 to apply to participate in the testing phase of the iPad Mini for New Parents project being launched by Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) today.
Between early April and end of May 2015, 100 iPad Minis will be distributed across the NWT as part of a project to support early childhood development by providing new parents and primary caregivers with innovative tools and information, one of the actions identified in Right from the Start, the NWT framework and action plan for early childhood development.
All information provided on the iPad Minis has been recommended from Northern Elders, leaders, parents and families, and early childhood consultants, and has been verified by experts.
Feedback from pilot project participants will be used to measure the usefulness of the apps, resources, and functionality of the iPad as a tool for new parents. The full distribution phase of the project will be launched in early fall after pilot phase evaluation.
In 2013-14, the Departments of Health and Social Services and Education, Culture and Employment tabled the Right from the Start: A Framework and Action Plan for Early Childhood Development in the Northwest Territories. These documents include commitments and areas for action, aimed at providing innovative outreach programs and services for families and children; to ensure that no one is left behind.
For detailed information please visit: www.ece.gov.nt.ca or www.rightfromthestart.ca.
The GNWT proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing were published yesterday in the NWT Gazette and will remain online for the next 90 days. The Department of Industry Tourism and Investment is accepting comment on these regulations through community engagement meetings (the YK meeting date is not yet determined) and via email submissions.
Click here to access a 6 page “backgrounder” (information on the process and a Q&A) to the publication of the proposed regulations. Click here to access the ITI web site page titled Hydraulic Fracturing Filing Regulations Information.
Deadline to respond is the end of June 2015.
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