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Newsbriefs: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Network issue causes power outages

The lightning storm last week wasn't the cause of several power outages during the same time period in town.

Pam Coulter, communications manager at NWT Power Corporation, said a network issue between the LNG building and the gas plant caused the disruptions.

The two buildings are connected through the Internet.

"The gas plant controls the vaporization of our liquefied natural gas, so when the communication stops for whatever reason, the valve doesn't get the message to vaporize gas, which causes the outages," explained Coulter.

The organization's information and technology department resolved the issue over the weekend.

There was another power outage Monday morning this week, but that was caused by a mechanical issue that has since been addressed.

Patrick Gruben in as IDC chair

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation board of directors appointed Patrick Gruben as chair of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, effective earlier this month.

Gruben has 10 years of experience serving as a director on the IDC board, including the last five as its vice-chair.

Gruben will now lead the board and its subsidiaries to ensure good governance practices are in place and observed. He will be engaged in the day-to-day oversight and governance of Canadian North, Weldco-Beales Mfg., IDC Properties, Stantons and Aklak Air Ltd.

The presidents of Canadian North and Weldco-Beales Mfg. and the general manager of IDC will report to Gruben.

Smith applauds new patient-oriented health strategy

Duane Smith, CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, said the IRC looks forward to working with the GNWT and other Indigenous peoples in directing research that is relevant to Inuvialuit culture and communities.

The Government of Canada, GNWT and partners signed an agreement with the Tlicho Government to provide $24.9 million in funding and in-kind contributions to establish an NWT Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and corresponding support unit named Hotý ts'eeda, which means working together for good health.

"The Inuvialuit have been very interested in health research, such as the Inuit Health Survey, and gathering Inuvialuit statistics and data to have clear evidence of Inuvialuit social, cultural and economic conditions," stated Smith in a news release.

"This evidence is extremely important in developing interventions that will improve the Inuvialuit social, cultural and economic conditions in a manner whereby the Inuvialuit are able to participate in the Northern and national economy and society and preserve Inuvialuit cultural identify and values."

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