Jul 28 2015

Bob McLeod: New Building Canada Plan – Highways Capacity Improvement Project

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Thank you and good afternoon. It is a pleasure to welcome Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Collin Carrie to the Northwest Territories and to Yellowknife. We know that he has a very busy week ahead of him and I am sure he will receive a warm welcome in all the communities he visits. I would also like to recognize my fellow MLAs.

Today we are announcing an investment of $72 million dollars through the federal New Building Canada Plan and $24 million from the Government of the Northwest Territories, for a combined total of $96 million dollars. We welcome Canada’s investment in the Northwest Territories transportation system and their shared commitment to our goal of a healthy and prosperous north.

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Jul 24 2015

NWT addresses Universal Child Care Benefit payments

Exemption for retroactive payment for Income Assistance clients

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 24, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod today addressed the increased Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) monthly payment from the Government of Canada, effective January 2015.

On January 1, 2015, the UCCB was expanded to include a new benefit for children aged 6 through 17, and the payments that parents receive for children under the age of 6 were increased. On a monthly basis, for each child under the age of 6, families are eligible to receive $160 and a benefit of $60 for each child between 6 and 17. The UCCB is a taxable benefit and eligible residents are expected to receive retroactive payments over the next few weeks.

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Jul 23 2015

French Active Offer toolkit launches across the GNWT/Lancement de la trousse d’offre active en français au GTNO

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 23, 2015) – Today, as the latest initiative in the ongoing implementation of the French Language Communications and Services Strategic Plan, the Francophone Affairs Secretariat launched the Active Offer Toolkit for front line staff across the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

Introduced in 2012, the strategic plan guides the implementation of improved services to the Francophone community accessing GNWT services. The plan includes three frameworks which cover all aspects of French language service delivery, roles and responsibilities of the GNWT. 

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Jul 23 2015

Cassidy Point leaseholders provided option to obtain fee simple title

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 23, 2015 ) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is moving forward to provide Cassidy Point leaseholders with the opportunity to obtain fee simple title on their existing lot.

“By providing the opportunity to pursue land ownership, this government is fulfilling a long-standing commitment to the Cassidy Point leaseholders,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Lands. “The Department will be working directly with the leaseholders to provide information and details about the purchase process, should they choose that option.”

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Jul 23 2015

GNWT cites broad support for Thaidene Nëné

YELLOWKNIFE (July 23, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce, based on feedback received from public and stakeholder meetings on Thaidene Nene (TDN) held in Yellowknife last week, that, broad support is building for the GNWT’s balanced approach to find a solution that meets the many complex interests of northerners in TDN.

“I’m very encouraged to see that the collaborative process used so far in discussions is meeting with public support so far,” said GNWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources J. Michael Miltenberger. “The mix of solutions proposed for TDN heralds a positive change in how the GNWT approaches the resolution of complex interests, some of which have been at play in this region for decades. The TDN process has enabled us to do an incredible amount of work with our partners in a very short period of time.”

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Jul 21 2015

Provincial & Territorial Ministers Working Together to Reduce Use of Diesel for Electricity in Remote Communities

(July 21, 2015)— Partners in Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, The Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Ontario to Find Opportunities to Support Remote Communities —

The governments of Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, The Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Ontario are establishing a Pan-Canadian Task Force to reduce the use of diesel fuel to generate electricity in remote communities. Manitoba Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Natural Resources Derrick Dalley, Northwest Territories Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay, Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Scott Kent, and Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced this historic agreement today.

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Jul 17 2015

Premiers sign Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (July 17, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod and his provincial and territorial colleagues signed a new Apprentice Mobility Protocol at the annual summer meeting of Canada’s Premiers this week, providing apprentices with a national certification to work across Canada.

The Protocol articulates the agreements jurisdictions have reached to achieve a provincial-territorial approach to mobility for apprentices.  It includes the recognition that work experience and technical training may occur in any jurisdiction; jurisdictions will facilitate mobile apprentices progressing through their apprenticeship programs; and the mutual recognition of apprenticeship training and pre-apprenticeship training between jurisdictions.

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Jul 16 2015

Canada’s Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders Meet

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. (July 16, 2015) – Northwest  Territories Premier Bob McLeod participated in the annual meeting of Premiers and leaders of the five National Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs) yesterday.

As the Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG), Premier McLeod led discussions on the progress made by the AAWG in a number of areas, including ways to increase graduation rates for Aboriginal students, supporting economic development in Aboriginal communities, and ending violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Premier McLeod also presented the Report on Aboriginal Children in Care for discussion at the meeting.

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Jul 13 2015

South Mackenzie Corrections Centre tests emergency preparedness with real-life drill

HAY RIVER (July 13, 2015) – Staff at the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre had the opportunity to practice their contingency plans during a mock evacuation drill last week in Hay River.

Staff put full evacuation plans to the test when advised of the mock drill starting at 9:00 a.m. last Wednesday and inmates, staff and materials were moved into position for transportation within record time. This included loading vehicles with appropriate security and medical requirements for all inmates, including medications and personal effects. Along with appropriate security gear for safety, current facility records and case files, staff needed to muster water and food to sustain inmates and staff for a full 48-hour period.

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Jul 10 2015

GNWT to begin Thaidene Nëné Territorial Conservation Area engagement sessions

YELLOWKNIFE (July 10, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has been working collaboratively with Aboriginal governments and is pleased to announce that it has a proposed approach towards the establishment of a Thaidene Nëné territorial park and wildlife conservation areas. The collaborative approach ensures that the majority of the land within the TDN area remains under territorial management to best meet northern interests.

GNWT is beginning stakeholder and public engagement sessions this July to discuss the proposed conservation areas. These sessions will include consideration of proposed territorial conservation area boundaries, discussion of northern laws and policies that may be used to address key interests in TDN, and exploration of a ‘conservation economy initiative’ that builds a diverse regional economy supported by TDN along with other opportunities . The Government of Canada plans to release details regarding its interests in the TDN area in the near future.

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