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Newsbriefs: Thursday, May 25, 2017

WSCC files charges following death

Allen Services & Contracting Ltd. and supervisor Brian McCarthy, Sr. are facing several charges under the NWT Safety Act after a 19-year-old Australian man was killed on the job in Inuvik last summer.

The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission filed nine charges on May 10, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

The alleged offences include: failure to provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to protect the health and safety of workers; failure to ensure that all workers are sufficiently and competently supervised; and failure to ensure that all supervisors complete an approved regulatory familiarization program, according to the WSCC.

David Vinnicombe died working on the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility access road last June 28.

A court date is set for June 13 in Inuvik.

- by Kirsten Fenn

Two Inuvik residents receive Order of NWT

Fred Carmichael and Tom Zubko are among six recipients of 2017 Order of the Northwest Territories.

"These six recipients deserve to be granted this honour," stated Paul Delorey, chair of the organization that runs the awards, in a news release. "They are passionate northerners who greatly inspire residents of the NWT."

The Order of the Northwest Territories was established in 2013 and is the highest honour given to NWT residents.

The induction ceremony is being held May 30 in Yellowknife.

Other recipients include Paul Andrew, Lynda Koe and Jeff Phillip of Yellowknife, along with Russell King of Hay River.

- by Stewart Burnett

Four medals for Inuvik youth

Four youth from Inuvik earned medals at the Skills NWT territorials competition in Yellowknife: Karis DeKwant won gold in the baking category; Kendall Allen won bronze in hairstyling; Kaylin Harder won gold in modern sewing; and Tyanna Bain won bronze in modern sewing.

- by Stewart Burnett

Inuvik Native Band to own building

The Inuvik Interagency Committee received one application to take over ownership of its building, located between Northmart and the Children First Centre.

The Inuvik Native Band will be the new owners of the building.

The interagency committee sold the building for $1, looking to continue its legacy as a community space.

- by Stewart Burnett

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