Quassa chosen as premier

November 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

One ballot is all it took for Nunavut’s newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier.

The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie.

“I am out of words,” he said, after his win was announced.

New Speaker Joe Enook directed the leadership forum.

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Produce from a can?

November 17, 2017 - Nunavut

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness.

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Man stabbed to death in Gjoa Haven

November 17, 2017 - Gjoa Haven

A man was fatally stabbed by another man in Gjoa Haven during the afternoon of Nov. 16, according to the RCMP.

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Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

November 17, 2017 - Kivalliq

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut’s Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.

“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq.

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What is the Canadian identity?

November 17, 2017 - Inuvik

Remembrance Day ceremonies tend to involve a lot of thinking about Canada, its history and what the flag means.

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Ottawa Police to investigate Baker Lake death

November 17, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

A Baker Lake man has died following a police chase in that community.

Baker Lake RCMP received a call regarding a possible impaired driver at approximately 5:15 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a news release.

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Qulliq Energy explores tapping into Earth’s natural heat

November 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

Qulliq Energy Corporation is embarking on a hunt for deep heating.

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Upcoming events in Yellowknife for month of November

November 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Check out what’s happening this month.

Shambhala Meditation
Mondays in November
— 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Looking for some peace of mind? Visit the Public Library’s meeting room and join the Shambhala Yellowknife group in meditation and conversation. Beginners are welcome and instruction is provided at the free event.

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Player turns coach

November 17, 2017 - Inuvik

Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up.

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YK Food Rescue making fight against hunger a priority

November 16, 2017

What began as a way to salvage food, has turned into a fight against hunger.

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Highest award for Inuvik teacher

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

A cultural exchange program at East Three Secondary School earned French immersion teacher Denise Lipscombe the Governor General’s 2017 Experiences Canada Award.

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‘Most dangerous time in our history’

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

Mayor Jim McDonald didn’t shy from sharing his perception of the current state of affairs in the world during Remembrance Day remarks Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Friday sports briefs

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Let the battle commence

The biggest annual sporting event in the city will write its latest, greatest chapter this week at the Multiplex.

The Wade Hamer Challenge Cup, which pits Sir John Franklin against St. Pat’s in a battle for high school hockey supremacy, gets underway this Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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Team NWT starts playoff phase at Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Two years ago, Jamie Koe came within an eyelash of skipping the NWT to the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title.

This year, he’s back and determined to lead his rink to victory.

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Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees roar to victory in Victoria

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Seems the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees have that AA thing down pretty good.

The team has itself some new neckware thanks to their win at the Juan de Fuca Tier 2 Tournament in Victoria on Sunday. They polished off an unbeaten weekend with a 4-0 win over the Whitehorse Mustangs in the final.

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Sharpe foils suspected dope dealer

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

Vince Sharpe’s curiosity and sense of duty helped foil a presumed drug dealer in town.

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Sacrifice not forgotten in Kugluktuk

November 15, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Residents of Kugluktuk gathered at the community complex on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to Canada’s military veterans and deceased soldiers.

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Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias helps put her great-grandfather’s life on the screen

November 15, 2017 - Kugluktuk

History is sometimes harsh, sometimes giving.

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Canada’s first all-season road to the Arctic Ocean opens

November 15, 2017

It took dozens of years of lobbying and several years of construction, not to mention some $300 million, but the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now officially open.
A ceremony held at the Midnight Sun Complex was packed with community members and dignitaries Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The most special federal guest was Governor General Julie Payette, who thought there was something fitting in the name of the road itself.
“Even the name – highway, way to the future and aiming high,” said Payette during her speech to the crowd.

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Yellowknife snowfall smashes record

November 15, 2017

Yellowknife has been hit with a record snowfall.

A unusual wallop dumped 24.2 centimetres of fluffy white stuff on the city, piling powder on cars and sidewalks in a large deposit that far exceeded seasonal norms.

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Payette’s first mission to NWT

November 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canada’s newest Governor General, Julie Payette, arrived to a flurry of snow and handshakes Tuesday morning as she stepped off the tarmac in Yellowknife for her first official visit to the Northwest Territories in her new role.

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Federal ministers hold talks in Yellowknife

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

A pair of federal ministers held talks with several regional representatives during a stop in Yellowknife Tuesday afternoon.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was joined by Minister of
Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi at the Legislative Assembly for a sit down with Indigenous and community leaders.

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Michael Gilday set to return to broadcast booth for 2018 Winter Olympics

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

Michael Gilday is going back to the Olympics.

That opening line would be enough to get tongues wagging here in town but no, he’s not making a comeback.

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Polar Bear Swim Club roars in Whitehorse at Ryan Downing Memorial Meet

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

This could be the season that the Polar Bear Swim Club gets a good look at who’s coming through the system.

Judging by the latest spate of results, it would appear the system is churning them out rather nicely.

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A change of scenery was nice … for a change

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

Whenever there’s a big sporting event involving gymnasiums in Yellowknife, there’s a good chance you’ll see the finals held at St. Pat’s and Weledeh Gymnasiums.

After all, it’s a large venue when you combine both gymnasiums and there’s plenty of room for everyone to move and sit to watch, which makes for a great atmosphere.

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Salvation Army gets busy with two charity campaigns

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife
Jennifer Forsythe, left, Northwestel store manager, Michael Ward, NWTel associate sales director, Byron Hardy and Darlene Hardy, executive directors of the Yellowknife Salvation Army, James Moulton, Salvation Army business mgr., Mayor Mark Heyck and Paul Gillard, NWTel V.P. gather around the toy bin Tuesday at the Northwestel Retail Centre. They were there to kick off the annual Salvation Army-Northwestel Holiday Toy Drive. The public is encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys between now and Dec. 14 at the Northwestel store downtown. Last year, thanks to the toy drive, some 300 underprivileged children found at least one toy under the Christmas tree. 
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Update: Missing teen found

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

UPDATE: Missing teen located, RCMP stated Wednesday morning.

Yellowknife RCMP is seeking help from the public as they look for a missing teenage female who may be out on our streets without a coat.

Caitlin Olsen, 19, was reported missing to police on Tuesday. She is described as Indigenous, 5’6” tall, weighing 140 pounds with a thin build. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Olsen was last seen Monday near Trevor’s Independent Grocer on Old Airport Rd. She was wearing black pants, a short sleeved shirt and no jacket. Anyone who knows Olsen’s whereabouts is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

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Psssst … have you heard of the four C’s?

November 14, 2017 - NWT

Hey…National Addictions Awareness Week is November 12 – 18. It caused me to remember how I gave my poor mother a lot to worry about for many years because of my addiction to alcohol, but thankfully, I was able to stop drinking and she saw me sober for quite a while before her passing.

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Oil towns talk back

November 14, 2017 - NWT

I was going through some old newspapers and found some clippings I had written about Esso. So what a surprise when I went to the store today.

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Hometown hero producer dies

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

Roman Bittman, who was raised in poverty in Hay River but went on to find success as a noted television and movie producer, has passed away.

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Aging like a fine … oil

November 14, 2017

An up-scale product is taking over the Yellowknife food market.

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Pantomime premieres next week

November 14, 2017

An old British tradition is making a return to Yellowknife.

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Lest we forget

November 14, 2017 - Naujaat/Rankin Inlet

People came out to honour the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom across the Kivalliq this past week.

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Tourism boss sees branding potential

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

Peter Magill is settling into his new job as a tourism and economic development co-ordinator, which is also a new position with the Town of Hay River.

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Fight against Daylight Saving Time renewed

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

An Aurora Ford employee has launched a petition calling for the end of Daylight Saving Time in the NWT.

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Cathy Towtongie: back in the game

November 14, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Former Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) president Cathy Towtongie felt she had to re-enter the political arena because of the number of issues across Nunavut that, in her opinion, were being ignored.

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Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first

November 14, 2017 - Kivalliq

For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.

I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk.

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Top Hay River apprentices recognized

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were honoured at a Nov. 9 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

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Family volleyballers golden in Rankin

November 13, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

There’s a whole new glitter inside the Dias family home following the annual Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) volleyball tournament in Rankin Inlet this past month.

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Exchange on delay

November 13, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The Rankin Inlet gymnastics club is hoping to find another exchange partner after conflicting schedules forced an Ontario club to drop out.

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Public and territory talk manufacturing

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

A number of consultation sessions were held in Hay River last week by the GNWT to seek input for a new manufacturing strategy.

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Ladies Night at museum

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

The Hay River Museum Society will be hosting its annual Ladies Night on Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be the third Ladies Night, at which many women wear big hats, furs and jewels. The event at the Hay River Heritage Centre will feature a fashion show courtesy of G&L Workwear.

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Down and out could work up a sweat

November 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

A healthy body can help lead to a healthy mind.

With that credo, the executive director of the Salvation Army is appealing to the generosity of Yellowknifers to help him set up fitness room at the non-profit organization’s downtown facility.

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Gwich’in Tribal Council highlights inconsistency in Premier’s ‘red alert’

November 13, 2017 - NWT

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is calling out the Northwest Territories premier for issuing a “red alert” to Ottawa without first talking to Indigenous groups.

The council is “surprised” Bob McLeod didn’t reach out before denouncing federal restrictions on oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea, especially given the premier’s frustration with Ottawa for imposing those restrictions without first consulting with the territorial government.

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Major tourism players honoured

November 13, 2017 - Inuvik

Four awards were given out in Inuvik at an NWT Tourism gala at the beginning of November to recognize some of the major figures in one of the territory’s few recent economic success stories.

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Northern woman pioneers research

November 13, 2017 - New Hampshire, U.S.

While studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Kalina Newmark was tasked with to studying a non-English language as the final assignment in her social linguistics course. She took a risk in choosing an English dialect, and it paid off.

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