Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations.

Motor Vehicle fines to increase on April 1, 2017

YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations.

The decision comes in an effort to make territorial roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and other users of the highway system.  Some of the violations that will result in an increased penalty include the following:

  • Failure to wear seatbelt: increased from $115 to $172
  • Failure to stop for school bus: increased from $115 to $402
  • Failure to stop a vehicle at a red light: increased from $86 to $172.

The Department continues to conduct public awareness advertising campaigns during the year in an effort to educate the travelling public and reduce the number of incidents on NWT public roads and highways.

For a complete list of the new fines, please see the Summary Convictions Procedure Regulations that can be found on the Department of Justice website at:

https://www.justice.gov.nt.ca/en/files/legislation/summary-conviction-procedures/summary-conviction-procedures.r1.pdf.

For more information, please contact Greg Hanna, Communications Coordinator, at 867-767-9082 ext. 31046 or greg_hanna@gov.nt.ca.

Youth Parliament – Deadline for applying is April 1st

Youth ParliamentYPApplicationform2017web

One year and counting for the start of the AWG

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Upcoming Meeting – NWT Energy Strategy and Climate Change Strategic Framework

Energy Strategy

GNWT releases first-ever Agriculture Strategy

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GNWT releases first-ever Agriculture Strategy

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YELLOWKNIFE (March 3, 2017) – The Northwest Territories’ (NWT) first-ever Agriculture Strategy was released today setting the stage for actions, investments and the development of legislative tools that will advance the increased production of fresh, healthy, safe and more affordable locally grown food choices, and new economic opportunities for NWT residents.

The Strategy, titled The Business of Food: A Food Production Plan was developed from engagements with the Northern Farm Training Institute, the NWT Association of Communities, the federal government and NWT residents. Its implementation will support the 18th Legislative Assembly’s overarching priority to develop and diversify the NWT economy and the mandate commitment to develop and implement an Agriculture Strategy.

Under the Strategy, several GNWT departments will work to address the economic, regulatory and safety requirements needed to advance commercial agriculture in the NWT.

Quotes

“The demand for affordable, locally grown food choices will create business and entrepreneurial opportunities that will work to strengthen and diversify the NWT’s economy overall. We want to see the NWT’s agriculture sector thrive.”

Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

“Fresh affordable and locally grown food sources will promote community wellness and an enhanced quality of life for all NWT residents.  But this means more than just sowing seeds. We must work to establish regulations for the safe management and production of food and the sale of agriculture products in the NWT”.

Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services

“The growth and development of our territory’s agriculture sector supports our government’s vision for sustainable land use.  We are committed to making land available to build a diversified economy that includes our agriculture sector for the future as part of the implementation of this strategy.”

Louis Sebert, Minister of Lands

Quick facts

  • The NWT Agriculture Strategy is composed of 47 actions organized under six pillars: Planning; Community Leadership, Partners and Collaboration; Regulatory Measures; Training and Capacity Building; Resources; and Food Production.
  • The GNWT invests $1.2 million annually for agriculture programs and initiatives under its Growing Forward II partnership with the federal government.

Relevant links

TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICE

 
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICE

Mumps Information for Coaches, Recreation Coordinators, School Principals and Parents

Several Canadian provinces are experiencing a mumps outbreak.    While members of professional
sport teams have been the most affected by these outbreaks, it has also impacted individuals in
other settings.    If you are travelling outside of the NWT, please ensure that your vaccines are
up to date and you take precautions to avoid being exposed to this disease.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes painful swelling of the cheeks and neck, fever, dry mouth,
headache, earache, fatigue, sore muscles, loss of appetite, and trouble talking, chewing, or
swallowing. Most healthy people usually recover from mumps within 10 days.    In rare cases it can
cause serious complications such as deafness, meningitis, and infections of the testicles or
ovaries. .

Mumps is spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.    You become
infected when you breathe in air or touch a surface contaminated with the virus. Mumps can also be
spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, such as kissing; sharing food and drinks;
or sharing cigarettes. A person with mumps can spread the virus for about seven days before
symptoms start showing.

To avoid getting mumps make sure immunizations are up to date. To avoid spreading or being exposed
to mumps, wash hands thoroughly and often, avoid sharing water bottles and other items contaminated
with saliva, and cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or forearm.

In the NWT, mumps vaccination is offered to residents at no charge. If students and athletes have
not received a total of two doses of mumps-containing vaccine, they should contact their local
health centre or public health unit to get the vaccination.    Please note that pregnant women
should  not receive the mumps vaccine.
Individuals who think they might have mumps should contact their local health centre or family
doctor. For the safety of others, it’s important for people to call ahead and describe their
symptoms before going to a health centre or doctor’s office. People with mumps should stay home
from school/work/sports for at least five days after symptoms appear.

Contact your local public health unit or health centre if you have questions about the mumps or the
vaccine. More information can be found here:

http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/www.hss.gov.nt.ca/files/mmr.pdf
André Corriveau, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Congratulations Carolyn on a job well done. Thank you for your commitment!

The Minister of Education, Culture, & Employment’s congratulatory statement to Carolyn Carroll for her recognition as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017.

Alfred Moses: Canada’s Outstanding Principals: Education, Culture and Employment Milestone Statement

Delivered on March 1, 2017

Mr. Speaker, as I’ve said in this Assembly, education is one of the cornerstones of development and success. There are always people behind a student’s experience in education, and they are usually teachers or principals.

Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate Ms. Carolyn Carroll, Principal of both Harry Camsell School and Princess Alexandra School in Hay River on being recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017. Principals who receive the award are nominated by their colleagues, school staff, and community members. She is the ninth principal in the NWT to receive this honour.

Originally from Newfoundland, she came to the Northwest Territories in the late 1980s and taught throughout the Tłįchǫ region. For the past 20 years, she has taught at all of the schools in Hay River, and as principal of Harry Camsell and Princess Alexandra since 2013.

Ms. Carroll has created inclusive learning environments at the schools with all staff members committed to a philosophy of child-centred learning and collaboration.

She recognizes the importance of the school reflecting the culture of the community, and has spearheaded a number of culturally responsive programs for the school populations.

Ms. Carroll is a strong believer in inquiry and play-based learning in students. In 2013, self-regulation was introduced in three classrooms in Harry Camsell School. Self-regulation helps students manage their energy levels. When teachers create classroom environments that minimize stressors as well as help students to recognize, respond and manage their energy levels through self-regulation, students are better able to approach learning in a calm and focused manner.

At Harry Camsell, these classrooms include ways for students to help manage their energy, like stationary bicycles to help burn off extra energy, and options for children to learn and participate without sitting at desks.

In addition to her focus on student identity, culture and learning, she is a strong believer in professional development for teachers and collaborative learning environments. As a team, they collectively set goals, share and analyze student data, plan targeted interventions and share their successes.

Mr. Speaker, Ms. Carroll is described as an ‘agent of change’, with very positive support from her community, and from the parents of the students in the schools. Her teaching principles reflect exactly what we’re trying to embody at the Department, Mr. Speaker. Education Renewal is a strategy of transformative change in the NWT school system, with a focus on increasing student wellness and outcomes, and improving teacher wellness. We recognize we must do things differently to ensure the needs of our students and teachers are being met, and Ms. Carroll is a leader in this regard.

Ms. Carroll is currently attending a five-day Executive Leadership Training Program delivered by the internationally renowned Rotman School of Management. Once complete, she will join some 400 exceptional educators that comprise the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which offers its members ongoing networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Carolyn Carroll and her continued dedication to her students, community, and excellence in education.

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GNWT and NWTFF Set Sites On Revitalizing Great Slave Lake Fishery

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GNWT and NWTFF Set Sites On Revitalizing Great Slave Lake Fishery

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The Department of Industry Tourism and Investment (ITI) has unveiled a plan to rebuild the commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake.

Surrounded, appropriately, by members of the NWT Fishermen’s Federation (NWTFF), representatives of the Hay River business community and a new generation of NWT fishers, ITI Minister Wally Schumann introduced the strategy in Hay River this morning.

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The Minister cautioned that there is not a single or easy fix to the challenges faced by fishermen on Great Slave Lake.  “Rebuilding the commercial fishery won’t happen overnight,” he noted “and will require new infrastructure, more producers and a new way of doing business.”

The new strategy presumes a joint and coordinated effort from the GNWT, NWTFF and the federal government to put Great Slave Lake Fish on the table in restaurants, institutions and homes throughout the NWT and into the South.

Underscoring their common goal, Fresh Fish from Great Slave Lake cook books were provided to those on hand.

Commercial Fishery Revitalization Homepage

Great Slave Lake, renowned for its size, depth and pristine cold waters, is home to some of the best-testing fresh-fish in the world and a proud community of northern fishers who work tirelessly to harvest this northern delicacy and deliver it from the lake to the dinner plate.

The business case for revitalizing the NWT’s commercial fishing sector was first identified in the NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy.  It is a central to the GNWT’s mandate to diversify the NWT economy, create local jobs, and, in doing so, to contribute to greater food security.

GNWT Marine Transportation Plans

GNWT Marine Transportation Plans

Mr. Speaker, last December, the Department of Public Works and Services took measures to secure the core assets of the Northern Transportation Company Limited, or NTCL a company that went into receivership after serving the Northwest Territories through more than 80 years of operation.

NTCL was the largest marine transportation services provider in the Northwest Territories, delivering essential petroleum products and cargo, including consumer goods and construction materials, to communities along the Mackenzie River and across the Western Arctic.

NTCL served ten Northwest Territories communities, including four that are inaccessible by winter road. Marine resupply is the only realistic option for these four communities, where it is prohibitively expensive or impossible to provide fuel and large cargo by air transport. For other communities accessible by water, marine transportation provides an economic and reliable alternative.

Mr. Speaker, in purchasing the vital marine assets once owned by NTCL, the GNWT supports the continuity of dependable and competitive marine services and the delivery of essential goods to our communities on the Mackenzie River and our ocean waters. The importance of a viable Mackenzie River marine transportation service to meet the needs of government, industry and residents cannot be understated.

The Department of Public Works and Services has made efforts to secure a marine carrier to operate the assets purchased by government and offer the comprehensive transportation services once provided by NTCL.  Those efforts were unsuccessful and by November it had become quite clear that the gap left by this company’s exit would not be easily filled.

The GNWT has the staff, expertise and resources needed to run this operation, and is now focused on making sure that marine transportation services in the NWT continue unaffected through the 2017 sailing season. This requires that we inspect and make ready the tug and barge fleet and our port facilities, and fill key positions to manage the operations of the 2017 sailing season.  We will engage a professional marine crewing operator to hire experienced and reliable crews to maintain and operate our vessels. We expect many of these individuals will be Northwest Territories residents, knowledgeable people who worked for NTCL for many years performing the very operations that the GNWT will now execute.

We are committed to ensure that services are provided this sailing season, that fuel and cargo is delivered to all of the marine-accessible communities of the Northwest Territories, and we are committed to operating safely and responsibly. The experience of operating the business this season will inform the GNWT as we determine the future model of operation.  We are well into the development of maintenance plans to reactivate the tug and barge fleet.  We are taking stock of the properties and assets purchased. We will draw upon our expertise in environmental site assessment and management of potentially contaminated lands, to determine the nature and extent of any environmental contamination associated with these properties.

While our purchase was made out of necessity, it has also revealed opportunities.  Our investment in the marine transportation sector can lead to improved marine infrastructure, the creation of meaningful jobs, and a comprehensive self-funding made-in-the-North marine transportation service that is essential to our communities. GNWT marine transportation services secures a vital link that connects Canada’s northernmost railhead to its northernmost inland port, and preserves the final northern link of an intermodal supply chain that stretches all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mackenzie Delta.

Mr. Speaker, this unique situation has presented us with a short window to prepare, but work is well underway to make sure that this sailing season is a success. Our future operating model is yet to be determined, but it will be one that balances the needs of government, residents, businesses and small barging operators, who will all benefit from the continued presence of a reliable and affordable marine carrier. Our focus is on safety and reliability, and we will endeavor to limit increases in shipping rates that would negatively impact the cost-of-living in the NWT and crucially, in the service of citizens and businesses. We will preserve and deploy the marine assets that are so important to future economic activity and to the development of the Northwest Territories.

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