Kevin O’Reilly

Candidate in the Frame Lake Yellowknife race.

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Yellowknifer editorial: North’s economy needs mining

May 8, 2020

NNSL Media - But the backbone of the Northern economy was almost overlooked completely. Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly actually attempted to steer his colleagues away from trying to aid the mining industry because the GNWT doesn’t have “deep enough pockets” and cannot control commodity prices or financing. That’s what mining has done. He’s also an advocate for the Taltson Hydroelectricity Expansion Project, the Slave Geological Province Corridor Project and the Mackenzie Valley Highway. Premier Caroline Cochrane told reporters that mining industry representatives will be consulted as the economic plan evolves.

Is now the time for guaranteed basic income in the NWT?

May 4, 2020

Cabin Radio - As families hit hard financial times during Covid-19, some NWT residents are advocating for guaranteed basic income as a solution for the territory’s most vulnerable. Championed by groups like the Basic Income Canada Network, GBI guarantees a certain minimum income for every person or family, no matter their previous income. In the 70s, Manitoba launched a social experiment to see how people’s behaviours might change with a guaranteed basic income. Johnson argues a catch-all social program like guaranteed basic income could eliminate the need for northerners to navigate a complex web of income assistance programs, further complicated by new emergency supports. He wonders if putting money toward basic income could sap the territorial government’s funds from other services, such as infrastructure.

MLAs tell Cabinet to focus on small business while rebuilding NWT economy

April 30, 2020

NNSL Media - The GNWT on Wednesday unveiled a draft of its strategy for economic and social recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and received a lukewarm response from MLAs, some of whom want the focus to be on aiding small business immediately. Within the health sector, the GNWT proposes a review of the legislative framework, new screenings and support for vaccination efforts. For business, the proposals include strengthening essential supply chains, diversifying the economy and boosting local production. “We need to also recognize that we should be preparing for social recovery and what we can do for social wellbeing. Nokleby said the GNWT anticipates a second round of funding from the federal government to help out smaller, regional airlines.

NWT unveils ’emerge stronger’ plan for economic recovery

April 29, 2020

Cabin Radio - The Northwest Territories acknowledged “some businesses will fold” and wrote off international tourism for the foreseeable future as it set out a plan for economic recovery. There were no dollar figures attached to the economic plan, which instead set out broad steps the territory will take to restart its economy after the Covid-19 pandemic. “Whether the NWT tourism industry can shift to domestic tourism is unknown. “Together we have flattened the curve,” she said of territorial restrictions thus far. Faster tests come with supply problemsKandola said the NWT government hopes to expand testing in communities in the next two weeks.

No money, few details presented in GNWT social and economic recovery plan

April 29, 2020

CKLB 101.9 - Improving connectivity was one of several goals that Premier Caroline Cochrane touched upon while presenting her government’s COVID-19 recovery plan to regular MLAs. Pandemic pinpoints social challengesMartin Goldney is the secretary to cabinet and led the presentation on the plan. No money for stalled economyNor did the plan outline any money to jumpstart the economy. (The last session of the legislative assembly was cut short to free up resources to respond to the pandemic, MLAs are to reconvene in late May.) Profit needed, not loansHay River South MLA Rocky Simpson criticized the government’s response so far to help small businesses through loans and deferring payments.

New liquor restrictions in N.W.T. limit purchase to $200 per day

April 16, 2020

CBC North - People in the Northwest Territories now have limits on how much alcohol they're allowed to buy each day. According to a memo sent to a distribution list within the government of the Northwest Territories, the new liquor restrictions came into effect Thursday, and include limiting people's purchases to $200 at a time. They do not apply to the liquor store in Fort Simpson because, according to the memo, that community has already put liquor restrictions in place. The government of the Northwest Territories did not immediately answer questions from CBC, but the restrictions are now included in the territory's Liquor Act under section 115. The memo also says if an individual buys one bottle of alcohol that, on its own, costs more than the $200 limit, that purchase would be exempt from the restrictions.

NWT Finance Minister announces Residential Tenancies (COVID-19) Regulations

April 15, 2020

My Yellowknife Now - Caroline Wawzonek announced today the after you have provided your written notice is provided by the tenant, landlords will not be able to terminate tenancies for any of following reasons either. All rent would still be payable by the tenant when their circumstances change, or when the current pandemic circumstances ease and the temporary regulation is revoked. In addition to non-payment of rent, the temporary regulation also suspends a landlord’s ability to evict a tenant for a number of other reasons outlined in the NWT’s Residential Tenancies Act. The statement does note the temporary regulation will allow some tenants to defer their rent, but they will still have to pay it after the regulation is repealed. “This temporary regulation will ensure they are still able to stay in their housing.

MLA calls for sobering centre to return to intended use

April 15, 2020

Cabin Radio - A Yellowknife MLA is pushing for the city’s combined day shelter and sobering centre to return to its intended use. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green says that has left the city and territory without a sobering centre – a place where intoxicated people can sober up under medical supervision. “Everything we had achieved with the sobering centre and day shelter, in terms of providing services to the street population, has now been put away. She noted the NWT Disabilities Council has a contract with the territorial government to run the sobering centre 24 hours a day and the shelter for 12 hours every day. Several MLAs, including Frieda Martselos and Caitlin Cleveland, supported the motion, acknowledging that a sobering centre is needed in the territory.

N.W.T. MLAs debate whether to call on Yellowknife sobering centre to reopen

April 15, 2020

CBC North - Disabilities Council to reopen the Yellowknife Sobering Centre as a drop-in facility. Thirty people who are homeless in the city began a quarantine period at the sobering centre and day shelter on April 3, as a precaution against COVID-19. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green put forth the motion, saying the N.W.T. Green said the contract between the council and the government was for "12 hours of day shelter time and 24 hours of sobering centre time." Green said that without a sobering centre currently open, RCMP picking up intoxicated people are being forced to bring them to cells.

NWT temporarily bars evictions for non-payment of rent

April 13, 2020

NNSL Media - Evictions are paused for all tenants who can’t make rent during the pandemic, according to documents two MLAs shared on social media on Saturday. Further, the notice should explain why they’re unable to make rent, and how the tenant plans to pay rent later. Once they’ve receiving that notice, landlords can’t apply for eviction for non-payment of rent. That said, the territorial government hasn’t been carrying out evictions before the recent changes, according to an April 3 statement from an unnamed GNWT spokesperson. According to the documents MLAs shared, the government expects tenants to pay rent as soon as they’re able.

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