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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Youth charged with mischief, criminal harassment
A youth has been charged with mischief and criminal harassment in connection to property damage reported to RCMP last month.
In a news release, the Mounties state that no further information can be disclosed regarding the suspect in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
It is believed that the charges were laid after two trucks and a garage door were spray-painted at a home in the Range Lake area as well as an incident involving a former city employee who worked at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool. RCMP, however, had not confirmed that as of press time.
- John McFadden
Roland to run for Conservatives
Inuvik Mayor Floyd Roland will run for the Conservatives in the NWT in the next federal election, expected this fall.
Roland, a former NWT premier, was unopposed in his bid to seek the nomination.
Roland said that he believes the high cost of living in the North will be one of the major campaign issues.
He is up against incumbent New Democrat MP Dennis Bevington. The NWT Liberal Association is not expected to nominate a candidate until the end of the summer.
- John McFadden
Cabin lot ballot forms available
Ballot forms for this year's bidding on cabin leases in the Yellowknife area became available June 29.
The ballot draw is set for July 27, with the lot selection meeting taking place July 29.
There are 22 lots along the Ingraham Trail up for grabs this year.
- Mark Rieder
City files electoral boundaries court action
A long-awaited lawsuit by the city was filed in NWT Supreme Court on Monday alleging the territorial electoral boundaries to be used in the fall territorial election do not provide fair representation for Yellowknife residents.
The city plans to argue the seven seats for the city out of 19 in the legislative assembly do not provide for equal and effective representation. The motion will be heard in court July 10.
- Shane Magee
Nellie (Taptaqut) Kusugak of Rankin Inlet was named as the Commissioner of Nunavut by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 23.
Kusugak had been the acting commissioner since Edna Elias's term came to end on May 12.
Previous to that, Kusugak had served as deputy commissioner since 2010.
She is the territory's fifth commissioner since Helen Maksagak was named as the original Commissioner of Nunavut in 1999.
Standoff ends without injury
An armed standoff in Whale Cove ended peacefully when the individual agreed to leave the home unarmed this past month.
The RCMP received a call at about 6 p.m. on June 18, informing the police an armed individual had barricaded himself inside a Whale Cove residence.
Members of the Whale Cove detachment of the RCMP responded to the call and, after several hours of negotiations, the man agreed to leave the residence unarmed.
The police arrested the man under the Mental Health Act shortly after midnight on June 19.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
The Actua Science Camp will be wrapping its activities up in Arviat this coming Friday, July 3.
The camp, free for boys and girls aged seven to 12, began on June 29 and ran daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Levi Angmak School.
Name change to be celebrated
A gala celebration is scheduled to be held in Repulse Bay (Naujaat) on Thursday, July 2, to officially change the name of the community from Repulse Bay to its traditional Inuit name of Naujaat.
Louis Taparti of Rankin Inlet is scheduled to be the master of ceremonies at the event.
Agnico releases drilling results
Agnico Eagle Ltd. (AEL) has announced the additional results from the 2015 Phase 1 exploration program at the Amaruq gold project near Baker Lake.
The project is located about 50 km northwest of the company's Meadowbank gold mine.
Drilling at Amaruq has filled in the gap under Whale Lake with significant gold grades and good widths.
Drilling at Whale Tail under Whale Lake continued to intersect highgrade gold over significant widths, including 19.8 grams per tonne (g/t) gold (capped) over five metres at 130 metres depth and 15.9 g/t gold (capped) over 14.6 metres at 126 metres depth.
A new gold structure is confirmed north of the Whale Tail deposit at Amaruq.
The new mineralized structure is about 100 metres north of the Whale Tail deposit, and included 6.1 g/t gold (capped) over four metres at 284 metres of depth and 9.7 grams g/t gold (capped) over 3.8 metres at 306 metres of depth.