Wally Schumann

MLA Hay River South

Month: December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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I wanted to take this time to send you my most sincere Christmas wishes. May this season bring you comfort, joy, peace and happiness to last throughout the coming year !

Update on the Purchase of NTCL

Government of the Northwest Territories purchases assets of NTCL

YELLOWKNIFE (DECEMBER 16, 2016) — Minister of Finance Robert C. McLeod confirmed today that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has purchased the assets of Northern Transportation Company Limited (NTCL) for $7.5 million. This timely action has been taken to protect the petroleum product supply chain  for NWT communities along the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast.

Reliable and dependable barging services are a lifeline for many remote NWT communities and industries that do not have other options for obtaining fuel and other goods economically.

NTCL’s specialized equipment is essential to marine resupply along the Mackenzie. The GNWT’s purchase of these assets will help ensure that small NWT communities will continue to get the fuel and goods they need and reduce the likelihood that increased transportation costs would raise the price of power and other goods in these communities.

The high cost of living is a significant problem for residents of small communities that the GNWT is committed to addressing.

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“It is the role of government to ensure that essential services are provided to residents and that the costs for providing these services are affordable. Purchasing NTCL assets was good value for money and makes sure that the marine transportation sector in the NWT will be sustained. The GNWT will be reaching out to private sector partners in the coming months to come up with a made-in-the-north marine transportation services solution for our residents.”
Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • NTCL was founded more than 80 years ago and has provided essential marine transportation services in the NWT since that time.
  • As a result of changing market conditions, business declined over the last decade, and NTCL filed for creditor protection in the spring of 2016; the final date of protection being December 15, 2016.
  • The GNWT issued a tender to identify a new transportation provider following notice from NTCL that it would be discontinuing its business, but was unable to identify an alternate contractor.
  • The GNWT submitted a fair bid on the NTCL assets based on an evaluation of their market value.
  • The GNWT does not intend to operate the marine fleet with its own forces, but will look to partner with an expert private sector marine operator.

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Media contacts

Andrew Livingstone

Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of Executive
Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Tel: (867) 767-9000 ext. 11091
Fax: (867) 873-0169
E-mail: andrew_livingstone@gov.nt.ca
Web: www.gov.nt.ca

Press Release – New Secondary Diamond Industry Partnership Announced

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YELLOWKNIFE (DECEMBER 12) — A dynamic new entrant into the secondary diamond sector is poised to grow diamond manufacturing in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

 

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has approved Almod Diamonds Limited (Almod) as an Approved NWT Diamond Manufacturer.

 

The agreement ensures that Almod has access to NWT-mined rough diamonds and that their manufacturing activities will occur in the NWT.  It mandates the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) to conduct ongoing reporting, audits, and inspection reviews on a regular basis to ensure compliance.

 

Almod has entered into a monitoring agreement as required under the GNWT’s Diamond Policy Framework.

Almod’s operations will include approximately 10 full-time positions in Yellowknife.  Polished diamonds will be sold through Almod’s retail affiliate, Diamonds International.

 

Almod is not seeking any additional GNWT assistance or incentives. Production is expected to begin in 2017.

 

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“A new, viable entrant to the local diamond manufacturing industry is a welcome development in our economy. Value-add operations will provide new opportunities for NWT residents and the international marketing of our diamonds will benefit the territory as a whole. Our government is pleased to move forward with this commitment under the GNWT’s mandate.” – Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

 

Quick facts

 

  • The agreement with Almod does not include the use of GNWT trademarks.
  • Almod has entered into a monitoring agreement as required under the GNWT’s Diamond Policy Framework.
  • The GNWT received a detailed business plan from Almod earlier in 2016.  Due diligence was completed by the Department of ITI in association with a third party.

 

Congratulations to Lynne Beck on winning the 2016 Restorative Justice Award

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HAY RIVER (December 9, 2016) – The Minister of Justice announced today,  Lynne Beck, Principal of Diamond Jenness High School in Hay River has won  the 2016 Restorative Justice Award for her significant contributions to establishing restorative justice practices in her school as an alternative form of discipline.

 

The award is presented each year through a nomination process. Lynne Beck was nominated by her peers to acknowledge the positive difference and change for the better within the school through policies she has instituted.

 

The Restorative Justice process contributes to providing an alternative to the traditional court system for individuals who are ready to make changes in their lives, accept responsibility for their actions and to start to repair the harm they have done to their victim and the community.  Applying these principles in everyday situations provides tools people need to have constructive solutions to conflict.

 

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“The Ministerial Restorative Justice Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership and model the principles of restorative justice in their everyday lives. These include the service of peace through their work, lifestyle and ways of transforming human relationships. Lynne Beck is a most worthy recipient of this acknowledgement. I congratulate her and celebrate the difference she has made in the lives of so many of the students she has helped.

  •  Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice

 

 

“Every discipline referral is an educational opportunity.  We are a school so it is our responsibility to explicitly teach, coach, model and support students through these valuable lessons of social responsibility and personal development. It is a basic human need to belong and to feel accepted.  Simply suspending and expecting students to return fixed and to engage in their education in my opinion is not realistic. Suspensions without restorative practices results in an increase of shame, disengagement and often leads to higher levels of conflict, especially in our world full of social media.”

  • Lynne Beck, Principal at Diamond Jenness High School                         

Quick facts

 

  • The Ministerial Restorative Justice Award was established in 2014. Winners are chosen from community-generated nominations.
  • Since May 2009, there have been close to 200 hearings resulting in a significant decline in school student suspensions. The alternative methods of mediated conversations result in concrete plans to move forward and restore the dignity of both sides of those in conflict.
  • The approach is definitely working as in the last two school years, there have been zero suspensions.
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