Jul 23 2014

Minister Ramsay elected president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Foundation

Minister Ramsay, outgoing PNWER President Senator Ranker, Montana Governor Bullock and Premier McLeod

Minister Ramsay, outgoing PNWER President Senator Ranker, Montana Governor Bullock and Premier McLeod

YELLOWKNIFE (July 23, 2014) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay was elected president of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) today at the PNWER 24th Annual Summit held in Whistler, BC.

“The Pacific Northwest Region is one of the fastest growing economic regions in North America and unparalleled in terms of its wealth, beauty and economic potential,” said Minister Ramsay. “I am honoured to be named President and looking forward to leading this great organization during the next year, to representing the interests of Northwest Territories residents and our northern neighbours, and to demonstrating the value, importance and potential of PNWER and the good work of the organization.”

The NWT became a member of PWNER in July 2009. Minister Ramsay has served as vice president since 2011 and is the first PNWER president from the NWT. His new role involves heading the executive committee, the decision-making body of PNWER, and leading PNWER delegations on annual visits to Washington, D.C. and Ottawa. 

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Jul 22 2014

Municipal Administrator appointed in Fort McPherson

YELLOWKNIFE (July 22, 2014) – Under authority provided by the Hamlets Act, the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs has appointed Bill Buckle as Municipal Administrator for the Hamlet of Fort McPherson effective July 17, 2014 for an indeterminate term. The appointment of an Administrator means that the hamlet council has been dissolved; all responsibilities of council are now being handled by the Administrator in cooperation with the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA).

Mr. Buckle has extensive experience in municipal management in communities across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He was previously Municipal Supervisor in Fort McPherson, where he helped the community government develop a deficit recovery plan that will now be implemented. 

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Jul 21 2014

Northwest Territories Forest Fire Information

YELLOWKNIFE (July 21, 2014) – Government of the Northwest Territories departments are working together with community governments  and other organizations and agencies to monitor forest fire activity in the Northwest Territories and respond to potential threats to public safety, communities and critical infrastructure as required.

During this period of increased forest fire activity, individual departments are providing information on current activities through a variety of means, including on the Internet.

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Jul 21 2014

Be Water Smart – Another Healthy Choice

YELLOWKNIFE (July 21, 2014) – National Drowning Prevention Week is July 19-27. People living in and visiting the NWT are encouraged to “be Water Smart” while enjoying activities in, on or around our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy recognizes that although there has been some decrease in the number of water-related fatalities in the NWT, there must be a greater awareness of measures that can be taken to help prevent drowning. “We must continue to educate NWT residents and visitors that drowning can be prevented. If we make positive choices we can reduce the number of people lost to drowning,” said Minister Abernethy.

While water-related fatalities fell from 12.1 per 100, 000 in 2002-2007 to 6.9 in 2007-2011, this number remains much higher than the national average; something which can be changed.  Smart practices include wearing lifejackets, never swimming alone, knowing the weather and water conditions, advising others of your plans before heading out and never consuming drugs and alcohol while boating.

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Jul 18 2014

National Parks Day celebrated in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (July 18, 2014)Canada’s National Parks Day takes place on Saturday, July 19 this year. The Northwest Territories, home to 33 territorial parks and five national parks, recognizes the annual celebration as a significant day.

“From thundering waterfalls, to serene hiking trails and abundant wildlife and scenery, our parks are some of the most impressive in the country,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “Parks Day reminds us to celebrate the beautiful landscape available just beyond our backyards. Be sure to thank the hardworking tourism and parks staff you see while enjoying the campgrounds and facilities this summer.”

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Jul 17 2014

NWT Delegation attends national Skills for the Future Symposium

YELLOWKNIFE (July 17, 2014) – In Charlottetown, PEI last week, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty and a delegation of Northwest Territories (NWT) labour market and education representatives attended the national Skills for the Future symposium to discuss the evolving needs of Canada’s labour markets.

At the symposium, Minister Lafferty agreed to join efforts with education and labour market ministers of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories to ensure that provincial and territorial skills training and education systems continue to innovate and further strengthen Canada’s economic competitiveness.

“This symposium was successful because it was an opportunity to bring delegates together from across the country representing education, training and business interests to join us in our discussions and share their experiences,” said Minister Lafferty.  “We were fortunate to have eight NWT delegates accompany me and I thank them for their time and participation. Through this experience, these delegates will bring home information highlighting key challenges in the labour market relevant to the North and their organizations, and I hope this will lay a foundation for collaborative partnerships that will benefit our residents in their training and skills development.”

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Jul 16 2014

NWT interests heard at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers

YELLOWKNIFE (July 16, 2014) – In Charlottetown, PEI last week, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met with Labour Market Ministers from across the country to ensure jurisdictions are focusing on Canadians having the skills they need to compete in a global economy.

Ministers discussed several elements that are critical to strong labour markets and collaborative efforts that can be undertaken to support this goal. Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program were also discussed, which gave Minister Lafferty the opportunity to reiterate shared concerns expressed at the Western Premiers Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut, July 9-10, 2014.

“It is important that national policies related to skills development and immigration are responsive to labour market needs in small jurisdictions and local economies,” said Minister Lafferty. “As with other jurisdictions across Canada, I expressed concerns related to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to federal Minister Jason Kenney. I will continue to work in close collaboration with Minister Kenney to respond to these local challenges.”

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Jul 11 2014

NWT Minister’s Aboriginal education proposal endorsed by national ministers of education

YELLOWKNIFE (July 11, 2014) – In Charlottetown, PEI this week, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty presented a two-year strategy on national Aboriginal education to the Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC), to wide endorsement.

At the 2013 CMEC summit, Minister Lafferty was appointed CMEC Lead Minister on Aboriginal education to develop an Aboriginal education strategy that would lead the efforts of jurisdictions across Canada to ensure that education systems meet the needs of Aboriginal students.

“Research shows that effective Aboriginal education programs are key to achieving greater social and economic equality, considering that about half of the difference in labour force participation rates can be attributed to educational differences,” said Minister Lafferty. “This strategy focuses on continuing to promote and encourage the development of resources that address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools, developing curriculum and teaching resources focused on Canadian history and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools for use in Bachelor of Education and teacher education programs across Canada, supporting Aboriginal students pursuing careers in education, and sharing resources and promising practices in Aboriginal education. This is a critical need that we must address and, with the support of my colleagues across Canada, we have agreed to a unified approach that I am confident will set us on the right path.”

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Jul 7 2014

GNWT Emergency Bulletin: Reid Lake Fire (July 7, 2014 – 3:00 p.m.)

No change from the July 07 11:00 a.m. bulletin

Local smoke conditions in Yellowknife could worsen this afternoon and later tonight.

Bulletins will  be suspended until new information or conditions demand.

Residents:

For more information on wildfires please consult www.enr.gov.nt.ca and the NWT Fire Facebook page.

Media:
For more information on wildfires please call:

Judy McLinton
Environment and Natural Resources
867-445-2297

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Jul 7 2014

GNWT Emergency Bulletin: Reid Lake Fire (July 7, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.)

Environment and Natural Resources continue to assess and plan operations for the fire near Reid Lake.  Today teams are preparing for a potential burnout operation.  Conditions over the next few days will determine when the action can be conducted. This operation is intended to keep the fire from advancing south and west towards the Ingraham Trail and other values at risk.

Reid Lake Campground will remain closed until further notice.  ENR will be setting up a fire base at the park to action the fire burning in the area.  All other campgrounds and day use areas in the North Slave region are open to the public.
The Ingraham Trail is open. These circumstances could change on short notice.
The public is advised to use caution, to only use fire for warmth or cooking and to respect all fire bans.  These are the most extreme fire conditions in more than twenty years.

Updates will be provided once a day on weekends at 3:00 p.m. and twice daily on week days at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. until further notice.

Please consult www.enr.gov.nt.ca and the NWT Fire Facebook page.

Residents:

For more information on matters related to evacuation and emergency efforts pursuant to this situation please call:

24-Hour Emergency Call Line
867-920-2303

Media:
For more information please call:

Judy McLinton
Environment and Natural Resources
867-445-2297

 

 

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