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News Briefs: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Town will consider beer garden policy

The Town of Inuvik will be watching how a beer garden at the Iron Horse Klub's demolition derby Aug. 26 goes.

When club president Melinda Gillis approached council about it earlier in summer, she asked if it would be possible to get clearance to hold beer gardens at all future events instead of having to reapply for one every year.

Coun. Clarence Wood said at the Aug. 9 meeting that he would like to consider beer gardens on an annual basis rather than giving a blank approval.

"As you know, beer gardens can get out of hand," he said.

Senior administrative officer Grant Hood said the town would watch the event, talk with RCMP following, and possibly write a report to council suggesting either to amend the current policy or not.

Lancaster Sound to be largest protected area in Canada

Canada, Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association agreed on a final boundary for Canada's largest national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound, also known as Tallurutiup Imanga, Aug. 14.

A section of Lancaster Sound twice the size of Nova Scotia will be protected, making it the largest marine conservation area in the nation.

The announcement is the culmination of years of work by Nunavut Inuit, different levels of government and environmental activist groups.

The agreement also confirms a moratorium on future offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the area.

Lancaster Sound is the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage.

IRC assessing gas viability in Beaufort Delta

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is soon to undertake a detailed study to determine natural gas economic feasibility, resource viability and regional market opportunities to develop economic models to ensure energy security and develop business, employment and investment opportunities in the Beaufort Delta.

The organization has put out a request for proposals for the provision of a Beaufort Delta Regional Energy Study.

The project will be conducted in two phases, with the first to assess resource viability and develop a local model for energy supply and distribution, focusing on Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic and Tuktoyaktuk. The second phase will look at a broader regional model including Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok.

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