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October 8, 2021
Cabin Radio - The Ingraham Trail highway runs between the mine and one of its tailings ponds. In a news release on Friday, the territorial government said dust suppression to reduce material blowing onto the Ingraham Trail would now begin in spring 2022. Action to address the dust at Ptarmigan only began after someone used the territory’s Environmental Rights Act to apply for an investigation. Image: GNWTA GNWT map shows the Ingraham Trail bisecting the Ptarmigan mine and one of its tailings ponds. “It is important that residents avoid the Ptarmigan mine site, including the tailings area, to reduce any risk,” that news release added.
October 8, 2021
NNSL Media - Legislative assembly clerk Tim Mercer will be returning to work next week. An email circulated to members of the legislative assembly on Oct. 7 informed them that Mercer is to be reinstated on Thursday, Oct. 14. NNSL Media was unable to get confirmation from the legislative assembly whether the personnel matter pertained to Mercer. She added that the assembly is not aware of any sitting member that has been suspended before at the NWT Legislative Assembly. Mercer did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Oct. 7, prior to press deadline.
August 10, 2021
NNSL Media - The service reduction might mean that critical care patients who can’t receive necessary treatment in the NWT will be transferred south more often than usual. “This is being driven by a combination of difficulties in recruitment, a highly competitive job market for healthcare professionals and vacancies caused by departures or retirements,” the Health minister said. ‘Healthcare professionals are leaving’Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby said it’s disappointing considering that one of the priorities of the 19th legislative assembly was to increase numbers of healthcare professionals in the NWT. Add on all the other factors and people are starting to leave the territory, which includes healthcare professionals. Now I recognize this is part of global shortage in a highly competitive market for healthcare professionals.
August 3, 2021
CBC North - & Nunavut Chamber of Mines designed to discuss the response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolved into lobbying efforts with limited public accountability. Department of Industry Tourism and Investment and the Chamber of Mines held biweekly meetings to discuss pandemic recovery strategies. The documents show government and mining representatives met to discuss what the industry describes as challenges to opening new mines. He says the chamber makes no effort to hide its advocacy on behalf of mining with the territorial government. Industry Minister Caroline Wawzonek says meetings between industry and government are part of the job.
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.