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Newsbriefs: Friday, September 22, 2017
Street outreach to continue

The safe-ride program will continue despite the closure of the city's sobering centre, according to a news release from the city yesterday.

A temporary sobering centre was being housed at the Yellowknife Community Arena, but shut down earlier this month. The program's van takes people who are at risk or vulnerable to existing shelters in the city, their home, or another safe place as needed. A new, proposed downtown location for the sobering centre will be reviewed by city council on Monday.

- Jessica Davey-Quantick

Police memorial ceremony Sunday

The public is invited to Sunday's Canadian Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day Service at RCMP headquarters in Yellowknife. The 40th annual event is being held to honour police and peace officers who died in the line of duty over the years, including the 58 individuals killed in the NWT, Nunavut and the Yukon. The service begins at 11 a.m. at the G Division headquarters on Memorial Drive.

- John McFadden

Chamber beats record

The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce has received a record 92 nominations for its annual business awards, up from 53 in 2016. Now in its fourth year, the awards honour local businesses across 10 categories. Chamber programs coordinator Kendra Lakeman attributed the upswing in nominations to a new online form. Previously people had to email their submissions.

Winners will be announced at the Business Award Gala at The Explorer Hotel on Oct. 20.

- Jessica Davey-Quantick

Late-night travelers left out in the cold

A Hay River MLA's request in the legislative assembly on Tuesday to have the Yellowknife airport stay open 24 hours has been rebuffed by the minister of Infrastructure.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson asked if a small area of the airport could be kept open for travellers passing through Yellowknife. Minister Wally Schumann, also a Hay River representative, said it is too expensive to keep the airport open around the clock, but the government would continue to monitor the situation.

- Sidney Cohen

Newsbriefs: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Recreation conference comes to Inuvik

More than 100 people are scheduled to gather in Inuvik from Sept. 26 to 28 for the NWT Recreation and Parks Association's annual conference, awards banquet and annual general meeting.

This year's speakers are Justin Ferby, former Carcross Tagish Management Corporation CEO, and Crystal Fraser, co-author of "150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Final 150 Days of Canada's 150".

The events take place at the Midnight Sun Complex, where everyone from recreation, youth centre and health care workers to educators, elders and volunteers are expected to attend.

Court date set for workplace death case

A local company is scheduled to appear in territorial court in Inuvik on Sept. 26 to face charges under the NWT Safety Act after a 19-year-old Australian man was killed on the job last year.

On May 10, the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission filed nine charges against Allen Services and Contracting Ltd. and supervisor Brian McCarthy Sr.

David Vinnicombe died on June 28, 2016 while working on the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility access road.

Inuvik teens get taste of legislative assembly

Two Inuvik youth are serving NWT politicians this week at the legislative assembly in Yellowknife.

Kaylin Harder and Isobel Jellema are working as pages for the first week of the fall sitting, from Sept. 19 to 22, said Katie Weaver, public affairs and communications intern at the legislative assembly.

The page program gives junior high school students an up-close look at the workings of public policy in the Northwest Territories, according to the assembly's website.

The second session of the 18th legislative assembly reconvened on Sept. 19 and runs until Oct. 4.

The third session begins Oct. 17, following a short break.

Parvovirus outbreak stemmed

No new cases of parvovirus have been reported since an outbreak in late July killed about 10 dogs in Inuvik, according to an update provided at a town council meeting Sept. 11.

Municipal enforcement constables were busy in August, vaccinating more than 90 dogs, said the update.

This summer, Arctic Paws purchased more than 150 vaccinations, which were provided to dogs for free to help prevent further outbreaks.

Parvovirus can cause extreme tiredness, bloody vomit and diarrhea in canines.

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