Minister of Infrastructure and Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann issued the following statement today on the opening of the Marine Training Centre in Hay River and Oceans Protection Plan funding announcement:
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Mr. Speaker, our government is following through on its commitment to invest in transportation infrastructure by strengthening connections with our federal partners.
Improving our existing highway system helps to keep communities connected while improving safety for all road users. This also provides jobs and fosters skills and capacity development for all northerners. Today, I am pleased to provide an update on the many highway improvements that were undertaken this year.
Due to impassible ice conditions in the Amundsen Gulf, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Marine Transportation Services (MTS) has confirmed plans to airlift cargo to Paulatuk, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. MTS acknowledges the concerns of the communities involved and has committed to deliver essential cargo to all affected communities, based on available air transport. The number one priority for MTS is to replenish petroleum supplies in Paulatuk so that the community has sufficient fuel for the entire winter.
The new addition to Woodland Manor officially opened on Friday, October 5 in Hay River.
The new addition and a renovation to a room in Woodland Manor replaces the ten long term care beds that were in the old H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital. Having the long term care beds in the same facility helps streamline the care provided to seniors and elders.
The new addition includes nine long term care rooms and a family room. The family room is where family members can spend the night or have quiet interactions with their loved ones.
GNWT Marine Transportation Services (MTS) advises that due to impassable ice conditions, the following barge deliveries have been cancelled for the 2018 sailing season:Paulatuk Cambridge Bay Kugluktuk
Ice conditions in the Amundsen Gulf have been reported to be the most challenging in over 30 years. MTS thanks the Canadian Coast Guard for the icebreaking assistance that they have provided to our tug and barge operations this season.
The Department of Infrastructure (INF), with assistance from the RCMP, conducted a roadside drug and alcohol survey from September 26- 29, 2018 in Yellowknife.
The survey was to collect baseline data on the prevalence of impaired driving before the legalization of cannabis on October 17. This data will assist INF in creating educational campaigns that target specific groups based on the frequency of drug and alcohol use.
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On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to speak about our concerns and priorities, and how we can work together to improve the lives of northerners.
I appreciate that you’ve structured your hearings around the themes of the federal government’s Arctic Policy Framework. This initiative has great potential for helping our territory achieve its priorities and support its development.
JEAN MARIE RIVER (September 7, 2018) – The Jean Marie River Airport will be closed temporarily in order to accommodate the resurfacing of the airport runway.
The airport will close as of 8:00 a.m. on September 10, 2018 and is expected to reopen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on September 20, 2018.
The airport runway will be resurfaced with new gravel and a dust control product during this time. The airport will be closed for the duration of this project.
A contingency plan has been developed should any medical emergencies arise during the closure.
Norman Wells, le 28 août 2018 – Le lundi 27 août, à Norman Wells, les résidents du Sahtú ont souligné l’ouverture officielle du Centre régional de santé et de services sociaux Sahtú Got'iné et du centre de soins de longue durée Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́.
Łutselk'e (July 11, 2018) - The Government of Northwest Territories, in cooperation with the community of Łutselk'e, will be conducting a full scale airport emergency exercise at the Łutselk'e airport on Thursday, July 12, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Emergency exercises are vital to supporting safe and efficient travel in the North and are intended to prepare local agencies and residents for real aircraft and airport emergencies.