MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS REMAIN FOR FH 2.0 SAYS SILVER

Whitehorse: A Government of Yukon announcement that it plans to spend $27 million this year alone to begin construction of a new F.H. Collins school raises as many questions as it answers, says Klondike MLA Sandy Silver. 

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Question re: Peel watershed land use plan – March 21, 2013

Mr. Silver: Mr. Speaker, February 25 was the deadline for submissions on the revised Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. Yesterday the government released information on how many people had participated in the public consultation process. Unfortunately, it kept the most important information to itself — what people think of the new plan. Were they for it, or were they against it? What did people think of the old plan? Were they for it, or were they against it?

Of course, the minister has this information and has chosen not to release it. According to the government — and I quote: “All feedback received during the consultation will be posted” on the www.peelconsultation.ca website.

Will the minister be open and accountable and release this information that people want to hear about? What plan did the public support?

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HOSPITAL BAILOUT CONFIRMS POOR PLANNING – FISCAL MISMANAGEMENT

Whitehorse:  The centrepiece of the latest Cathers/Pasloski Budget is a $27 million dollar bailout of the Yukon Hospital Corporation and it confirms fears about poor planning and fiscal mismanagement, says Liberal Leader Sandy Silver.

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DOWNLOADING 101

Whitehorse: An announcement that the private sector will take over tours of the S.S. Klondike and Dredge #4 is disappointing but not a surprise, says Klondike MLA Sandy Silver.  He says it is simply confirmation our Member of Parliament was unable to convince his bosses in Ottawa to reverse cuts made a year ago at Parks Canada.

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TAKE THE TIME AND DO IT RIGHT SAYS SILVER

Whitehorse: The Government of Yukon should take the time needed and properly plan the new F.H. Collins project, says Klondike MLA Sandy Silver.

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CLOCK STRIKES MARCH – NO WORD FROM NIXON, LEEF ON PARKS CANADA CUTS

Whitehorse:  As the clock strikes March there is still no word from the Minister of Tourism or Yukon’s Member of Parliament regarding the future of Parks Canada services for the upcoming summer, says Klondike MLA Sandy Silver.  In a January 21st conference call MP Ryan Leef told stakeholders they would be kept in the loop on his lobbying efforts and that an announcement would be made no later than March 1st.

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F.H. NUMBERS ALARMING SAYS SILVER

Whitehorse:  The construction bids on the proposed F.H. Collins school are alarming, says Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver.  Documents posted on the Department of Highways and Public Works website yesterday show the low bid for the new F.H. Collins project is more than $9 million over what the government has set aside for construction.

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AUDIT CONFIRMS POOR PLANNING

Whitehorse:  Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver says today’s Auditor General of Canada report confirms what the Liberal Caucus has been saying for years: that two rural hospitals were poorly planned and built with no idea of what the health care needs of the local communities were.

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SILVER WANTS DAWSON WASTEWATER TRANSITION EXTENDED

Whitehorse:  Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is calling on Public Works Minister Wade Istchenko to extend the handoff of the Dawson Wastewater Treatment Project to the City of Dawson indefinitely.  Silver is making the request on the heels of the latest incident at the facility that saw the system malfunction on February 2nd.

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SILVER WANTS CORPORATIONS TO APPEAR IN SPRING SITTING

Whitehorse:  Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver is calling on Premier Pasloski to confirm that officials from both the Yukon Hospital Corporation (YHC) and the Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) will appear as witnesses in the Yukon Legislative Assembly during the upcoming Spring Sitting. 

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