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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Second Session, Thirty-ninth Parliament, 2007-08

Chair: The Honourable JOYCE FAIRBAIRN, P.C.


Monday, February 18, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Issue No. 5

Seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth meetings on:

Rural poverty in Canada


APPEARING:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (morning meeting)

The Honourable Bob McLeod, M.L.A., Minister of Human Resources, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and
Minister Responsible for the Public Utilities Board, Government of Northwest Territories

WITNESSES:

Monday, February 18, 2008 (morning meeting)

As individuals:

Larry Bagnell, P.C., M.P., Yukon — Official Opposition Critic for Northern Affairs;

The Honourable Ione Christensen, Former Senator for Yukon.

Association of Yukon Communities:

Bev Buckway, First Vice-President and Mayor of the City of Whitehorse.

Maryhouse:

Kate O'Donnell, Director.

Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition:

Ross Findlater, Co-Chair.

Yukon Council on disABILITY:

Kim Lawson, Employer Liaison, Job Coach.

Groupe de concertation Solidarité Pauvreté:

Claude Gosselin, Priest.

Government of Yukon:

Tony Hill, Director, Agriculture Branch;

Diane Reed, Director, Forestry Management Branch;

Robert Holmes, Director, Mineral Resources, Energy, Mines and Resources;

Lesley McCullough, Director, Intergovernmental Relations.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon (FASSY):

Judy Pakozdy, Executive Director.

Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre:

Cate Innish, Program Coordinator.

Kaushee's Place — Yukon Women's Transition Society:

Barbara Powick, Executive Director.

Yukon Status of Women Council:

Charlotte Hrenchuk, Coordinator.

Monday, February 18, 2008 (afternoon meeting)

As individuals:

Chris Danfa, Future Info Tech;

Judi Johnny;

Brian Eaton, Resource Coordinator, Second Opinion Society;

Liz Walker, Director of Health Partnerships, Council of Yukon First Nations;

Lori Duncan, Director of Health and Social Developments, Council of Yukon First Nations;

Peter Becker, Member of the Board, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition;

Arthur Mitchell, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Yukon (Copperbelt).

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (morning meeting)

City of Yellowknife:

Gordon Van Tighem, Mayor.

As individuals:

Kevin Menicoche, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (Nahendeh);

David Krutko, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (Mackenzie Delta).

Government of Northwest Territories:

Jill Christensen, Manager, Integrated Services, Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority.

Savoie Law Office:

Jeanette Savoie, Barrister and Solicitor.

Northwest Territories Economic Development Officer:

Simon Lamoureux, President;

Batiste Foisy, Researcher;

Patrick Lachapelle, Economic Development Council.

SideDoor Youth Centre:

Spencer Heslep, Program Coordinator.

Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories:

Sharon Thomas, Executive Director.

National Anti-Poverty Organisation:

Mira Hall, Chair, Women's Committee and Territorial Representative.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (afternoon meeting)

Fédération franco-ténoise:

Dorice Pinet, Assistant Director General and Project Leader.

Centre for Northern Families:

Arlene Hache, Executive Director.

Native Women's Association:

Nancy Peel, Executive Director.

As an individual:

Cece McCauley, Chief, Writer, News North Newspaper.


MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

The Honourable Joyce Fairbairn, P.C., Chair

The Honourable Leonard J. Gustafson, Deputy Chair

and

The Honourable Senators:

Adams, *Hervieux-Payette, P.C., (or Tardif), *LeBreton, P.C., (or Comeau), Mahovlich, Mercer, Peterson, Segal, Sibbeston, St. Germain, P.C.

*Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 85(4), membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The name of the Honourable Gustafson substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Meighen (February 14, 2008).

The name of the Honourable Adams substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Callbeck (February 14, 2008).

The name of the Honourable Sibbeston substituted for that of the Honourable Senator Baker, P.C. (February 14, 2008).