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Friday, November 27, 2015

Preliminary inquiry in fentanyl case

A man and woman jointly charged last year with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking are set to return to territorial court today for the second day of their case's preliminary inquiry. Rory Quentin Moore and Lillian Paniloo were arrested in August 2014 following a police raid in the School Draw area. In addition to the fentanyl charge, both were also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Police seized approximately 88 pills of fentanyl in the raid.

- James Goldie

Clock ticking on public's say on city budget

Residents who want to provide input on the city's draft 2016 budget will have the chance Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. during a special council meeting at city hall. Those who want to provide written comments about the proposed budget must submit them to the city clerk by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Council will begin debating the budget Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The budget is expected to be approved Dec. 14.

- Shane Magee

Deck the Great Hall

Around 20 kindergarteners from Mildred Hall School will decorate Christmas trees at the legislative assembly on Dec. 2 - between 2 and 3 p.m. Courtney Jung, kindergarten teacher at Mildred Hall School, said her students will stick to a Dene theme in decorating the festive conifers this year. Elders visited the classroom to help the students make their decorations, she said.

"We did a ptarmigan, a dreamcatcher, moccasins with real fur and a little drum," she said.

- Evan Kiyoshi French

Light the Night coming up

The City of Yellowknife and YWCA will partner to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Dec. 6. The event, called Light the Night, will take place in cities across the country with participants lighting national landmarks in red to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre of 1989. Details are still being organized but residents are asked to meet at city hall at 5 p.m. for an official lighting ceremony.

- Simon Whitehouse

Christmas hamper applications open

The Deh Cho Friendship Centre will be taking applications for its annual Christmas hamper program until Dec. 11.

Forms are available at the friendship centre, Liidlii Kue First Nation's band office and prenatal.

Normally, food and monetary donations are used to bolster the amount the Friendship Centre can give out.

The centre usually gives out approximately 70 hampers.

This year, the centre is not accepting phoned-in applications.

Students get healthy snacks

Bompas Elementary School has been testing out a whole-foods-only snack program for students.

Children have access to assorted fruits, vegetables, applesauce, yogurt and dried meat, as well as water all day long.

In a Nov. 6 letter to parents, Principal Leanne Jose stated the program was built after nutritional coaching which connected student behaviour to what they eat.

"We've learned about the glycemic index and certain packaged foods that spike an insulin release as well as some of the tricky advertising techniques used by food companies to disguise certain sugars," she stated.

That letter was also e-mailed on Nov. 20.

Recreation schedule set for winter

On Nov. 16, Fort Simpson recreation co-ordinator Nathan McPherson came to council to present on current events and programs.

Warm weather caused delays in icing the arena, which McPherson said is the number one priority for the department.

Events McPherson hopes to host include a sliding party on Dec. 19 and a Wolf Pack Invitational Basketball Tournament from Jan. 8 to 10.

Hockey and soccer tournaments will run throughout the first two months of 2016 and the Beavertail Jamboree is scheduled for the week of March 6.

Care packages still collecting

Fort Providence community member Paschalina Nadli is still collecting items to send to Sachs Harbour for Christmas.

Nadli hopes to have the gifts shipped by mid-December at the latest.

Nadli has been collecting items since September for Sachs Harbour's 14 school-aged youth and 10 young children.

Accused in fatal crash to stand trial in 2016

An Inuvik man accused of driving a vehicle which crashed last summer, leaving one passenger dead and several others injured, has been committed to stand trial on 16 charges.

The charges against Terry Ricky Don Kayotuk, 34, include impaired driving causing death and assault causing bodily harm to a number of people who were in the vehicle. During a two-day preliminary inquiry that began on Nov. 17, the Crown prosecutor called two collision analysts, an expert in relation to intoxication and four witnesses who were in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

The Crown must now file an indictment with the Supreme Court of the NWT, after which there will be a new appearance in court to set a trial date, expected to be some time in 2016.

- James Goldie

Entries sought for Christmas parade

The 2015 Inuvik Christmas Parade is going to be held on Dec. 13, and people and businesses are reminded to get their entries in to the Town Of Inuvik.

There will be a $1,000 prize for the best commercial entry and a $500 prize for the best non-commercial entry. The parade will commence at 3 p.m. sharp and travel from Ingamo Hall along MacKenzie Road to the Midnight Sun Complex.

- James Goldie

Talk on tablets

Wayne Horowitz, a professor of assyriology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be in Inuvik on Nov. 27 to speak about ancient stone tablets that contain writings from more than 2,500 years ago.

These tablets speak of a "legendary land of darkness at the ends of the earth." The presentation is taking place at Aurora Research Institute and begins at 7 p.m.

- James Goldie

Warming centre AGM postponed

The annual general meeting for the emergency warming centre has been postponed until mid-December due to scheduling conflicts.

"For operational requirements, the AGM will follow the opening of the centre," secretary of the centre's board Sheila O'Kane told the Drum. "Not all board members are available before."

The centre is still on schedule to open Nov. 28, pending a few final concerns, including approval of the space by the fire marshal.

The shelter opened in mid-December its first year and in mid-October last year.

- Sarah Ladik

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