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NWT’s legislature bumps MLAs’ sitting dates by three weeks


MLAs won’t now reconvene at the Northwest Territories legislature until February 21, a delay of almost three weeks attributed to Covid-19.

Speaker of the House Frederick Blake Jr announced the postponement on Thursday. The sitting dates originally scheduled to begin on February 2 will now start on February 21.

MLAs will sit for 19 days in the rearranged session, four fewer than originally planned.

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Sitting dates are now February 21 to 25, February 28 to March 4, March 7 to 11, and March 28 to 31.

While MLAs do have the option to convene virtually, the legislature indicated in a news release that the preference was for territorial politicians to sit in person with a delay.

“Should a virtual sitting be required due to the evolving Covid-19 situation in the NWT, the same dates will apply,” the legislature stated.

The Omicron wave of Covid-19 has peaked in some of the territory’s communities, the NWT’s chief public health officer said this week. Schools and offices in Yellowknife are set to reopen on January 24.

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MLAs’ fall sitting dates were also delayed by the earlier Delta-variant outbreak. Two sitting days were lost through that postponement.

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