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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
City seeks vendors

The City of Yellowknife is looking for cultural performers, entertainers and food vendors for its New Year's Eve festivities at the Multiplex on Dec. 31.

According to a news release, the opportunity is available for all community groups who are able to provide multicultural activities or food. Food vendors are asked to set up by 4 p.m. and stay open until 11:30 p.m.

The deadline is Nov. 14.

- John McFadden

Fewer wildfires reported in 2016

Fewer wildfires burned less than half the hectares of land in 2016 than in 2015, deputy premier Robert C. McLeod stated Tuesday in a speech at the legislative assembly.

There were reportedly 188 fires in 2016 compared to 241 in 2015. A total of 2,290 square kilometres burned in 2016 compared to 6,220 in 2016.

The territory has spent $29,990,575 in training and firefighting costs so far this year, McLeod said. An additional 229 extra firefighters were hired.

The most notable fires this year were in Snare Lake, Reid Lake and Norman Wells.

- Kirsten Fenn

Dechinta gets $500,000

Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning has received $500,000 in funding from the federal government for a project aimed at reconciliation.

Rivers of Reconciliation will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together on three eight-week river expeditions through the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut during the summer of 2017. The funding was announced by NWT MP Michael McLeod on behalf of Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly as part of the Canada 150 Fund.

- Kirsten Fenn

Man charged for alleged illicit alcohol sale

A 36-year-old Yellowknife man faces a charge of illegally selling alcohol under the NWT Liquor Act, police say.

Police say the man was arrested after officers allegedly saw the man selling the alcohol downtown on Oct. 10. Four 375-ml bottles and four other bottles were seized along with a small amount of cash.

The man is set to next appear in court Dec. 1. RCMP civilian member Marie York-Condon stated police are working to crack down on illicit supplies of alcohol to vulnerable people.

- Shane Magee

Corps strength


The 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Naujaat had its future brightened significantly when 18 of its cadets passed an instructor's course this past month.

Naujaat currently boasts the largest corps in Nunavut.

Rider refund


The Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) has applied for a fuel stabilization rate (FSR) refund rider of 5.26 cents per kilowatt hour.

The proposed refund covers the period from Oct. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

This marks the third consecutive fuel rider refund QEC has requested since November 2015.

On an interim basis, QEC will implement an FSR refund of 5.26 cents per kWh effective Oct. 1, while the application is being reviewed.

All customers will receive the interim refund, with the exception of those in public housing who are subsidized under the User Pay program.

Call for applications


Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Canadian program.

All youth between the ages of 1520 (as of June 1, 2017)

living in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories are eligible to apply.

NYA is celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary this year.

The NYA Canadian program offers youth the opportunity to travel and volunteer in a host community in southern Canada for five weeks during the summer, gain 200 hours of on the job volunteer work experience, meet youth from across Nunavut and the NWT, share their cultures while living and learning in another, gain more selfconfidence, learn about setting goals and how to take steps to achieve them and earn up to nine high school credits.

SET Challenge


Schools in the Kivalliq region have been invited to participate in a Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Challenge throughout the month of November.

Each school has been sent supplies for its students to complete a challenge.

A SET Challenge is a problembased activity that can promote the development of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes in the areas of science, engineering and technology.

These activities foster the growth of problem-solving skills, science-process skills, communication skills, teamwork and co-operation.

SET challenges also reinforce many of the common essential leanings or core values of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

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