‘Take the NWT flag down’ Yellowknife social issues committee

Via Scoop.itNWT News
[excerpt] ‘Take the NWT flag down’ Council complains about lack of GNWT input on social issues Simon Whitehouse
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE
Continued absenteeism and foot-dragging by senior GNWT bureaucrats on the city’s social issues committee left one irate city councillor Monday night suggesting the territorial flag should be taken down from city hall until the government takes the committee more seriously. “It is hard for me to understand why the GNWT considers ameliorating social issues to be a conflict,” added Coun. Paul Falvo, referring to statements made by department deputy ministers when they do attend meetings, arguing that they can’t offer input into many issues discussed at a city-led meetings because it would put them in a conflict of interest. “This follows on the heels of the disappointing response on Northland. Maybe we should do like Danny Williams and take the NWT flag down (to get them) to start recognizing Yellowknife’s role as part of the NWT. ” The poor attendance and lack of input from deputy justice minister Sylvia Haener and Dana Heide, deputy minister of Health and Social Services, led to city council to unanimously pass a resolution Monday calling for government officials to play a lesser role on the committee from now on while meeting bi-monthly instead of every three months as it does now. Many issues the committee deals with involve policy decisions made by the departments of Justice and Health and Social Services, hence the perceived conflict by GNWT officials. “It has been a struggle to find issues that we can really make a difference on,” said committee chair Amanda Mallon. “The terms of reference were originally set up so that (the social issues committee) would meet every three months and we were set up for 10 people. […]
Via nnsl.com

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