On October 31st, the 2013 Fall Sitting of the First Session of the 33ra Legislative Assembly resumed. The Sitting was scheduled to last a maximum of 28 sitting days, ending by December 19th at the latest.
On August, four of the eight ministers forming Premier Darrell Pasloski's cabinet took on different responsibilities. Elaine Taylor assumed responsibility for Education; Brad Cathers assumed responsibility for Community Services, the Yukon Housing Corporation, the Yukon Liquor Corporation, and the Yukon Lottery Commission; Scott Kent assumed responsibility for Energy, Mines and Resources, the Yukon Energy Corporation, and the Yukon Development Corporation; and Currie Dixon had the Public Service Commission added to his responsibilities.
Clerk of Committees
On September 18th, following a two-week orientation period in August, Allison Lloyd took up full-time duties as Clerk of Committees. As a part of this newly created position, Ms. Lloyd also serves as a Clerk-at-the-Table. Ms. Lloyd comes to the Yukon Legislative Assembly from the Senate of Canada, where she had served as a Procedural Clerk--most recently, with the Committees Directorate, and previously, with the Chamber Operations and Procedure Office.
Select Committee--Hydraulic Fracturing
The Select Committee Regarding the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing (described in Yukon's "Fall 2013" Legislative Report) continued its work. In open letters released over the past few months, Patti McLeod, Chair of the six-member Committee, provided updates on the Committee's plans and activities.
An August 9th open letter noted that Committee members were "focused on their responsibility to gain an understanding of Yukon's legislative and regulatory...