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June 8, 2021
CBC North - Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn has been charged under the Northwest Territories' Public Health Act. According to the Territorial Court criminal docket, he's set to make a first appearance on June 15 for two alleged infractions on April 17. No fine was specified on either charge, but previous fines under the Public Health Act for these kinds of violations have been $1,725. Before that was first reported by Cabin Radio, Norn had publicly identified himself and a family member as two of five COVID-19 cases in a Yellowknife cluster. All but three of the tickets carry the same hefty fine of $1,725.
June 4, 2021
CKLB 101.9 - Regular MLAs want more clarity on who is in charge of improving food security in the Northwest Territories. On Friday, Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly introduced a motion to get that clarity by proposing the territorial government develop a food security strategy. A report by the University of Toronto, showed about one in five households in the NWT was facing food insecurity — the second-highest rate in the country. “I’ve asked many questions about food security,” he said, “and I found it very difficult to try and get those departments to coordinate on the importance of this issue.”He also said increasing food security was one of the mandate items all MLAs agreed to during their term. All regular MLAs present voted in favour of the motion, while cabinet abstained.
June 4, 2021
NNSL Media - Eight residents will soon have a new home, complete with a biomass heating-system, at Sissons Court. The new eight-plex housing development was toasted with a ribbon cutting on June 4 by Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation (NWTHC). “The housing needs across the NWT are significant, in Yellowknife as well as in every other community,” she said in front of the units, built through a partnership between the NWTHC and the Yellowknife Housing Authority. “It is significant that this eight-plex marks the beginning of a more sustainable future with biomass energy, creating affordable, sustainable, healthy homes for residents. Construction started in the spring of 2020 and design for the $2.2 million project began in 2017, said Dan Korver, manager of design development at the NWTHC.
June 4, 2021
Cabin Radio - An NWT MLA says newly published documents show the territorial government has fostered too close a relationship with the mining industry, an allegation the minister responsible denies. The chamber represents the interests of the North’s mining and exploration industry and its component companies. “If ITI wasn’t having regular meetings with industry representatives, I would be facing very difficult questions in the House to explain why we aren’t,” said the minister. Parts of the documents that aren’t redacted often show ITI and the chamber working collaboratively to plot ways of developing the mining industry in the North. This is about the appropriateness of these meetings held behind closed doors,” O’Reilly said.
June 4, 2021
NNSL Media - The change will follow the release of the territory’s new pandemic recovery plan, chief public health officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola told a committee of MLAs June 3. A revised Emerging Wisely document will be released to the public on June 9, Kandola told members of the standing committee on accountability and oversight (AOC). READ HERE: Emerging WiselyAdvertisementFolk on the Rocks, farmers markets and barbecue gatherings will be possible under the new Emerging Wisely, Kandola said. Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson said the original Emerging Wisely put the NWT in phase four, a return to normal life, when there was a COVID-19 vaccine. “What is unique about this plan is we can use vaccine coverage,” Kandola said.
June 4, 2021
CBC North - Finance Minister Caroline Wawzonek said the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs already spent three of that $5 million in immediate costs for flood victims, including for food hampers, cots and camping supplies. Kevin O'Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake, called the territory out for waiting until the end of the day to discuss "the most important thing" on the agenda. Money won't go directly to flood victimsMLAs questioned Wawzonek about whether this new funding would be given straight to flood victims. "I'm getting complaints as a Yellowknife MLA that there's no way to get money into people's pockets right now," O'Reilly told the minister. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)The committee is made up of assistant deputy ministers from Yellowknife and members from the affected communities, Wawzonek said.
June 3, 2021
CBC North - needs to spend an extra $106 million on infrastructure projects this year, MLAs heard Wednesday night. A majority of the cost adjustments were for two departments: $35.9 million to Infrastructure and $27.5 million to Health and Social Services. Finance minister Caroline Wawzonek said some projects had difficulties getting started or continuing work during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Northwest Territories Power Corporation)Kevin O'Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake, wanted to know what the plans are for the Whati transmission line to the Snare Forks hydroelectric facility. - Kevin O'Reilly, MLA for Frame LakeO'Reilly said he voted against the budget because he thought the spending was "unrealistic."
June 3, 2021
My Yellow Knife Now - - Advertisement -Kevin O’Reilly has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Standing Committee on Accountability and Oversight, after Steve Norn was removed from the position. Depending on the verdict of the commissioner, Norn could potentially face being removed as an MLA. With O’Reilly appointed as chair of the oversight committee, Lesa Semmler has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Committee to fill the role O’Reilly previously held. Jackie Jacobson was appointed as chair of the Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures, filling the role O’Reilly had previously held, with Katrina Nokleby being appointed the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Development, to fill the role Jacobson previously held. There have not been any updates on the Integrity Commissioner’s investigation into the complaint filed against Norn.
June 2, 2021
CKLB 101.9 - Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly introduced a private member’s bill which passed second reading in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. According to O’Reilly, Bill 29 does not seek to create new powers with respect to mining and petroleum activities nor create any new regulatory structure to govern performance. The private member’s bill does not allow access to any proprietary or financial information. The bill also does not allow for the public disclosure of royalty information. “This is the first step towards greater transparency and reporting of the monies paid to our government for resource development,” O’Reilly said.
June 2, 2021
Cabin Radio - Steve Norn’s removal as head of a government oversight committee has led to several MLAs switching their roles, the NWT legislature announced on Wednesday. He had previously been Norn’s deputy on the committee and had been the interim chair after Norn’s removal. Lesa Semmler, the Inuvik Twin Lakes MLA, is O’Reilly’s new deputy on the accountability and oversight committee. Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson replaces O’Reilly as chair of the Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures. Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby replaces Semmler as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Social Development.