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September 11, 2019
NNSL Media - Hosted by the NWT Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, residents were treated to three hours of candidate forums that included two candidates from Frame Lake, two from Great Slave and six from Kam Lake. Renee Comeau, executive director with the NWT Chamber of Commerce said she was pleased with the turnout from both those who attended and those who viewed a live streaming of the event. Although people were coming and going throughout the evening, she estimated that about three-quarters of the chairs set out were filled. “I think it went really well and we had a really good turnout,” she said. They included red tape and barrier to entry for businesses, cost of living and the state of the NWT economy.
September 10, 2019
Cabin Radio - The Liberal government has released its "long-term, strategic vision for Canada's Arctic and the North." The publication of an Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, several years in the making, was initially expected earlier in the summer. NWT leaders hope it will mean years of consistent, reliable investment that lifts Canada's Arctic aspirations toward those exhibited by the likes of Russia and China. The framework is expected to set the tone for Canada's involvement in, and prioritization of, major northern infrastructure projects, alongside areas like the environment and Indigenous partnerships. Bill Morneau's last budget before the fall federal election included $700 million over the coming decade for Canada’s North, earmarking funds for post-secondary education, infrastructure, and scientific research.
September 10, 2019
Cabin Radio - The Liberal government is releasing its "long-term, strategic vision for Canada's Arctic and the North." NWT leaders hope it will mean years of consistent, reliable investment that lifts Canada's Arctic aspirations toward those exhibited by the likes of Russia and China. "This is a real collaboration in which there is a vision for Canada's North. No longer are these policies written in Ottawa and visited upon the North," Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, told Cabin Radio. Bill Morneau's last budget before the fall federal election included $700 million over the coming decade for Canada’s North, earmarking funds for post-secondary education, infrastructure, and scientific research.
September 3, 2019
NNSL Media - Niels Konge, the three-term Yellowknife city councillor and owner of Konge Construction, is hinting he may throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming territorial election. To other seemingly surprised fellow councillors, Konge said he “was thinking about it” – that is, to run as a candidate for MLA in the Oct. 1 territorial election. A source told Yellowknifer on Monday that Konge intends to run in the Yellowknife Centre constituency. If a city councillor is elected as an MLA, the GNWT has rules that forbid individuals from sitting on municipal councils. Should Konge run in YK Centre, he will be taking on incumbent Julie Green and candidates Arlene Hache and Thom Jarvis.
August 16, 2019
NNSL Media - Two things were clear in the legislative assembly Thursday: the territory’s made-in-the North carbox tax was set to pass, and no one was happy about it. The territory would rebate the carbon tax on heating fuel, which residents would file for at tax time, and aviation fuel would also be exempt. He and O’Reilly also noted there hasn’t been a costed NWT-oriented federal plan that can be compared to the GNWT’s plan. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green added the Yukon worked with the federal government to create its carbon tax plan, which she said had “distinct advantages.”Despite their objections, the vote is set to pass. That’s largely because MLAs Nakimayak, Frederick Blake, Shane Thompson and Danny McNeely all arrived at McLeod’s conclusion: between the feds and the GNWT, the territory’s tax, imperfections aside, would make the best of a bad situation.
August 12, 2019
NNSL Media - Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne compared the fee to last year’s proposal for a land transfer tax, which drew fire from the Yellowknife Real Estate Board for its apparent unfairness. The land transfer tax was eventually abandoned in favor of increases fees. Yellowknife Real Estate Board President knocks increase“It’s completely unfair to Yellowknife homeowners,” Yellowknife Real Estate Board president Adrian Bell said. “If someone can afford $500,000 for a house, they can afford an additional $350,” she said. Green, along with fellow Yellowknife MLAs Caroline Cochrane and Kevin O’Reilly stood in support of the fee, which passed 15-3.
August 2, 2019
NNSL Media - NWT communities may be forced to pass carbon tax costs on to their residents, NWT Association of Communities CEO Sara Brown told a committee of MLAs on Thursday evening. He added there were few accountability or transparency mechanisms built into the plan, unlike British Columbia’s tax plan which tracks where each dollar is spent. “The legislature will not approve a tax plan. NWT Association of Communities CEO Sara Brown added the territorial government’s plan for its carbon tax revenue doesn’t “leave anything left over” for local investment in projects like energy planning. Testart told News/North “we don’t have clear commitments from the government to offset those (communities’ cost) increases” as a result of the carbon pricing regime.
July 27, 2019
NNSL Media - The Government of NWT announced Friday that it’s appealing a court decision that found Education Minister Caroline Cochrane had failed to consider a Francophone child’s Charter rights to French schooling. The court decision came after Cochrane rejected the child’s application to Ecole Allain St-Cyr because the child’s parents were immigrants, and non-rights holders, and thus couldn’t access minority language schooling rights guaranteed under Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. NWT Supreme Court Justice Paul Rouleau, finding Cochrane failed to consider all criteria in her rejection, recently ordered her to reconsider the decision. In a July 27 social media post, Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly wrote that the Government decided to appeal without consulting regular MLAs and that he planned to raise the issue when assembly sits next on Aug. 12. “The time and money being spent on this appeal would be much better directed towards revising the Ministerial Directive on Francophone school admissions in a collaborative fashion with the Commission Scolaire,” he wrote, referencing the NWT government directive the child was found ineligible for.