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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.
June 2, 2021
NNSL Media - There are a pair of new chairs at the legislature. Kevin O’Reilly, MLA for Frame Lake was elected chair of the standing committee on accountability and oversight (AOC) and Jackie Jacobson, MLA for Nunakput, was elected chair of the standing committee on rules and procedures. Lesa Semmler, MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes was elected deputy chair of AOC; Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby will take over from Semmler as deputy chair of the standing committee on social development. “I am honoured by the confidence placed in me by fellow members,” said O’Reilly. “With these chair selections completed, we can focus on the legislative business we were elected to do.”Committee chairs act in the same capacity as the chair of any board or council, running meetings according to the rules of procedure of that body (these are usually similar to Robert’s Rules of Order), acting as a spokesperson for the committee and voting, but only in the case of a tie.
June 1, 2021
Cabin Radio - The MLA for Frame Lake is hoping to increase transparency around royalties and taxation of the extractive sector in the Northwest Territories. On Monday, Kevin O’Reilly introduced a private member’s public bill titled the Resource Royalty Information Disclosure Amendment Act. It proposes changes to existing legislation that would allow the Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment to share mining, oil, and gas royalty information with regular MLAs and Indigenous governments for the development and evaluation of policy. “This is a first step toward greater transparency in reporting of the monies paid to the GNWT for resource development,” O’Reilly said in a statement. In the Legislative Assembly that same month, the MLA questioned the industry minister on the matter, saying 54 countries require public disclosure of this information – including Peru, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Mongolia.
May 27, 2021
CBC North - MLAs grew increasingly frustrated Thursday as the minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna, repeatedly said she lacked the "level of detail" necessary to answer their questions on the first day of the latest sitting of the N.W.T. Chinna faced a barrage of questions about flood assistance in the wake of a briefing with MLAs that left many even more confused about how to access emergency funds. But when Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly opened fire with questions about the assessment process for accessing disaster relief funds for repairs, Chinna repeatedly came up short. MLA Kevin O’Reilly chairing Tuesday's public briefing on flood relief that left many MLAs with more questions. But in response to questions about dispersing those funds, Chinna repeatedly referenced ongoing discussions with the federal government about what information will be needed to access federal emergency assistance.
May 27, 2021
CKLB 101.9 - Few answers came from May’s first sitting of the Legislative Assembly on Thursday as to when assessments of damaged homes in flood-affected communities will be complete. Paulie Chinna, minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), said her department is doing an internal assessment of damages in Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River, and is awaiting clear information on the number of affected homes. “Right now, we’re looking at Jean Marie and Fort Simpson waiting to get back the affected number of houses,” Chinna said. When asked about specific financial support to residents, the minister said only that they are working on that internally. “We’ll be going into Jean Marie, and we’ll be going into Fort Simpson.
May 27, 2021
CKLB 101.9 - Łı́ı́dlı̨́ı̨́ Kų́ę́ First Nation Chief Gerald Antoine said his priority is ensuring community members have housing for the winter. But Chief Antoine said the situation has been more complicated than he would like. “I think for the homeowners, it’s a slow process,” Chief Antoine told CKLB Tuesday afternoon. Paulie Chinna, the minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) provided a presentation with the GNWT’s flood plan. “I don’t hear those discussions.”Going forward, Chief Antoine said the community should start looking at ways to build more infrastructure on the high ground.
May 26, 2021
CBC North - "If I'm a person in Fort Simpson … and I have $100,000 in remediation to do, what should I do right now?," Rylund Johnson, MLA for Yellowknife North, asked the minister. MLA Kevin O'Reilly is expecting members will use their statements this week to get more answers from the GNWT about their flood response in the Dehcho. Future of COVID-19 restrictions unclear, MLAs sayRylund Johnson, MLA for Yellowknife North, said there's many questions about the N.W.T. In April, Chinna, also the territory's housing minister, told CBC the cost to solve the territory's housing crisis doubled from $300 million pre-pandemic to almost $600 million this year due to sky-rocketing construction costs. Katrina Nokleby, MLA for Great Slave, said a report is coming soon that will bring forward some creative solutions to the territory's housing crisis.
May 26, 2021
CBC North - Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River residents can be reimbursed for costs to repair their homes through the disaster assistance policy, but that policy needs clarification, said MLAs. (GNWT)Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly said he's puzzled about the N.W.T. government's plans to support victims of flooding, as some remain unable to return to their homes. "I'm still very confused as to how the disaster assistance policy applies to residents," he said. A spokesperson for Department of Municipal and Community Affairs said the disaster assistance policy is "not a compensation or an insurance program."
May 26, 2021
CBC North - Dehcho MLA Ronald Bonnetrouge said residents navigating disaster assistance policies want to know "why the government is reneging on their word that the government is going to provide full assistance to them." Líídlįį Kúę and Jean Marie River residents can be reimbursed for costs to repair their homes through the disaster assistance policy, but that policy needs clarification, say MLAs. (GNWT)Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly said he's puzzled about the N.W.T. "I'm still very confused as to how the disaster assistance policy applies to residents," he said. A spokesperson for the municipal and community affairs department said the disaster assistance policy is "not a compensation or an insurance program."