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PoliticsInfrastructure2TuesdayMarch122013NEWSBRIEFSTransmissionlineworkerinjuredAnNTPowerCorp.employeeisrecoveringinanEd-montonhospitalafterbeinginjuredonthejoblastFridaymorning.CompanyspokespersonBobKellysaidthemanwasinjuredaround1022a.m.whenatreefellonatrans-missionlineabout10kmeastofFortSmith.Themanwaspartofacrewworkingonclearingbrushinthatarea.Workhassincebeenstoppedandaninvestigationisunderway.AsaresultoftheincidentpowerinFortSmithFortRes-olutionandHayRiverwasoutforabout20minutesinsomeplacesbeforethebackupdieselgeneratorkickedin.NewnumbersoutforBeverlyandAhiakcaribouherdsTheNunavutgovernmentsenvironmentdepartmentreleasedtheresultsofitsmostrecentcariboupopula-tionsurveylastThursdayestimatingthereare124000Beverlycaribouand83300withintheAhiakherd.ThesurveyconductedinJune2011includedGNWTbi-ologists.ThiswasalsothersttimeacalvinggroundvisualpopulationsurveyoftheAhiakherdwasunder-taken.ThelastcalvinggroundpopulationsurveyoftheBeverlyherdowninJune1994estimatedtheherdat276000caribou.HandgunincidentleadstoarrestsinYellowknifeA17year-oldyouthand21year-oldmanbothfromBChavebeenarrestedafterallegedlypointingaloadedhandguninathreateningmanneroutsideaYellowknifenightclubon50thStreetearlySundaymorning.Botharechargedwithfouroffencesincludingpossessionofarestrictedrearmpossessionofaweaponforadangerouspurposecarryingaconcealedweaponandcarryingaweaponinavehicle.ThetwowillappearincourtMar12.Noonewasinjured.Thesuspectsremaininpolicecustody.DehChoBridgedebaclebeleaguersInuvik-TukhighwaytalksCanadacommits200milliontoprojectByMEAGANWOHLBERGA202-million1km-longspectreishauntingtheNWTdepartmentofTransportation.TransportationMinisterDavidRamsayencounteredagreatdealofconcernlastTuesdayintheHouseasMLAsposedquestionafterquestionseekingcertaintythattheproposedpermanentlinktotheArcticCoastwouldntbeastoughonthepublicwal-letastheDehChoBridge.YellowknifeMLAsRobertHawkinsDarylDolynnyandWendyBisarospentthema-jorityoftheafternoongrill-ingtheministerontheInu-vik-TuktoyaktukHighwaydemandinginformationonfederalfundingfortheproj-ectpotentialcostoverrunstheriskburdenontaxpayersandtheintegrityofthefuturehighwayitself.SometimesIfeelthatweareheadingpell-melldownaroadwithoutconsider-ingwhatsattheendoftheroadwhenwegetthereandIjustwanttosaythatIamextremelycautiousaboutthisprojectBisarosaid.Oncebittentwiceshy...HavinggonethroughtheDehChoBridgeprojectitcertainlyputsadifferentspinandviewonwhatIseeintermsofprojectsandthelargecostsinvolvedsoIwillbeexer-cisingcaution.Ramsaydeliveredthemainestimatesforthehighwaylastweekannouncinganoper-atingbudgetof299millionforthe140kmall-weatherroad-anupdatedestimatefollowingtherecentcom-pletionof85percentofthehighwaydesign.Nearly12millionhasal-readybeenpouredintothehighwaytocompletegeo-technicalandenvironmen-talassessments.PrimeMinisterStephenHarperannouncedMondaythatthefederalgovernmentwillfundanextra50mil-lionoftheprojectbringingCanadastotalcontributionupto200million.Thenorthernmostpor-tionoftheMackenzieVal-leyHighwayprojectreceivedthego-aheadfromtheEnvi-ronmentalImpactReviewBoardinJanuaryaslongasconditionsweremetandtheGNWTexpectsformalenvi-ronmentalapprovalfromthefederalgovernmenttobeis-suedshortly.ThoughRamsaywasem-phaticthatnoagreementhasasofyetbeennalizedtheunknownsandhypotheticalfailurescenariosweretooplantomitigatetherisksofthemega-projectbemadeavailabletothegeneralpub-licasaplainlanguagedocu-mentoutliningwhatpoten-tialburdensNorthernersmaybetakingonsimilartowhatjusthappenedtotheDehChoBridge.WhileariskmatrixhasbeensuppliedtoregularTransportationMinisterDavidRamsaygivesremarksattheopeningeventfortheDehChoBridgeinDecember2012.PhotoPaulBannisterTheAuditorGeneralofCanadawasveryclearonheranalysisoftheDehChoBridgethatourriskmatrixforthatproj-ectwasindeedverypoorlyconceivedandpracticallyuselesssowhereistheriskmatrixforthisnorthernportionoftheMackenzieValleyHighwaysystemRangeLakeMLADarylDolynnymuchforMLAstoletpass.With85percentdesigncompletedinpreparationofthisupdatedcostestimatewhatiftheremaining15percentofthehighwayisplaguedwithdesignissuesorcomplicationsDolynnyasked.Whatshouldhappentothecost-sharingagree-mentwiththeterritorialtaxpayersiftheprojectex-ceeds299millionofthatthresholdAreweaccount-ablefor100percentoftheoveragesTheAuditorGeneralofCanadawasveryclearonheranalysisoftheDehChoBridgethatourriskmatrixforthatprojectwasindeedverypoorlyconceivedandpracti-callyuselesssowhereistheriskmatrixforthisnorthernportionoftheMackenzieValleyHighwaysystemheadded.SimilarlyHawkinsre-questedthatthegovernmentsmembersithasyettobere-leasedtothepublic.Ramsaysaidthedepartmentiswait-inguntiltheynalizeacost-sharingdealwithCanadabe-foreheletsthepublicknow.Wedonthaveafundingagreementwiththefederalgovernment.WehaventwrappedupnegotiationswiththeInuvialuitonroy-altiesandlandtenure.Therearesomethingsthatwehavetonalizebeforewecangetthatnumberintocommitteeandgetanotherpresentationbeforethestandingcommit-tee.NodecisionhasbeenmadeonthisprojectRam-sayreiterated.Oncewegetanswersbackfromthefederalgovernmentourobjectiveistohavethatriskassessmenttheriskma-trixoutforpublicconsump-tionhopefullybytheendofthisweekhesaid.Thosedocumentshaveyettobereleased.