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This week's headlines
The following are the headlines from stories appearing in Northern News Services publications for the past week. The full version of each story is available to SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, November 28, 2014

Stanton doctor loses medical info for more than 4,000 patients
Elaine Keenan-Bengts, the territory's information and privacy commissioner, is opening an independent investigation into how a doctor at Stanton Territorial Hospital lost a USB stick containing personal information for more than 4,000 patients earlier this month.
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Subsidized daycare study draws ire
A government feasibility study on subsidized daycare has brought to light criticisms of programs the department already offers.
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Stanton heads toward privatization
The GNWT plans to privatize many of the non-clinical services currently provided by union members at Stanton Territorial Hospital, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer.
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RCMP mum on officer investigation
Yellowknife RCMP is not saying what, if any, disciplinary action was taken, or charges laid against an officer who allegedly ran a stop sign in a school zone.
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Missing man pulled out of wilderness
A man was taken to hospital Wednesday after being found wandering in the wilderness north of Long Lake.
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Worker shortage slows mail deliveries
Canada Post has hired part-time help after snail mail service for some slowed to a crawl over the past two weeks.
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Jr kindergarten discussed
With the GNWT's proposition of mandatory junior kindergarten rolling out, then being put on hold, the board of trustees got a glimpse of the numbers that could be a reality if the program is initiated in 2016.
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Too much blame on aboriginal hunters
The Dettah chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation says aboriginal hunters are shouldering too much blame for the decline of the Bathurst caribou herd ahead of a decisive meeting on caribou management being held today.
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Geoscience forum promotes North
The 42nd annual 2014 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is in the books and was an opportunity to once again promote the North.
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Harm reduction hones home in Yellowknife
Needle exchange, methadone maintenance program among practices currently in use
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Duck, duck, dissection
If you were asked to picture a group of kindergarten students playing a game, chances are you may conjure up images of children playing duck, duck, goose.
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Weledeh students talk poverty nationally
Two students from Jenny Reid's Grade 8 class were selected to represent Weledeh Catholic School at a national summit on child poverty, based on very personal essays written on the subject.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lake landing terrifying
The plane descended through cloudy skies into the dark unknown below.
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Shooting hoops to reduce bullying
Using what's commonly a sport for taller people, a trio of anti-bullying advocates made a stop in Fort Simpson over the weekend to educate youth on treating others with respect.
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Gala to push for historical centre
By pulling up a chair this weekend at an adult-only gala, Fort Simpson residents will help with the next steps toward building a heritage centre in the community.
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More than construction costs
The estimated $11-to- $13 million cost to build an RCMP detachment in Wrigley includes both construction of the building, housing for officers, operations and maintenance.
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Young Gwich'in gain a voice
A new organization working with the Gwich'in Tribal Council promises to make the nation's future brighter.
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Filmmaker comes home to share
Filmmaker Dennis Allen returned to his hometown earlier this month to share his story of addiction.
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Child's play not so easy
Some days, the life of an MLA is child's play.
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History gone to wrecking ball
Four more of of Inuvik's near-original buildings on Veterans Way were demolished on Nov. 20.
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Time to start anew
The new president of the Gwich'in Tribal Council, James A. Wilson, said the organization has made many mistakes since its inception, but now is the time to begin fixing them.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Council squeamish on Canada Games
Citing unanswered questions and a vague price tag, council voted Monday evening to move cautiously toward the possibility of hosting the Canada Winter Games in 2023.
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Air Tindi to review procedures
Air Tindi is reviewing its policies and procedures in the wake of last Thursday's emergency landing on Great Slave Lake.
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Auditor general fails Nutrition North
The office of the auditor general has concluded in a report released today that Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (ANDCC) has not met either of the Nutrition North program goals of making nutritious and perishable food more accessible and affordable in Nunavut and the rest of the North.
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Hospital services supported
About 25 fewer patients will be flying out-of-territory each year for a particular shoulder surgery, thanks in part to the funds raised at the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation's annual fundraiser, which also raised money for other necessary hospital equipment.
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Out-of-this-world connection
Yellowknife Bay on Mars is looking a little more similar to its earthly counterpart after geological evidence of groundwater was discovered by the Mars Curiosity Rover earlier this month.
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Charges against pocket biker withdrawn
A man charged with riding a "pocket bike" without insurance or registration were withdrawn after the investigating municipal enforcement officer failed to show for traffic court.
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Tamarack grows alongside industry
The tamarack is much smaller than its southern cousins, but the hearty Boreal tree has the competitive advantage of being adaptable to a harsh and changing environment and is hardwired to succeed. It's an apt name for a downtown computer and IT services company.
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GNWT budget 'not sustainable'
The territorial government's initiative to bring 2,000 more people to the Northwest Territories in the next five years is hampered by its own overly-bureaucratic hiring process, said Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger at a budget town hall meeting last Thursday.
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Akaitcho shines bright
Only 20 per cent of small businesses survive their first five years in business, according to Statistics Canada.
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Poet cries censorship
What was meant to be a French spoken word artist's attempt at expressing his inner thoughts got axed from the NWT Arts website.
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Abstract beauty in Arviat
A minor act of vandalism led to a major piece of art being created in Arviat recently.
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Warmth provided by caring people
Student council members at Victor Sammurtok School (VSS) are doing their best to ensure every youth stays warm in Chesterfield Inlet this winter.
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The Grinch returns!
Something mean and green is heading Arviat's way, and it's up to no good!
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Claiming the futsal crown
Emotions were split down the middle in a packed Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik gym as two local teams vied for the Kivalliq regional Under-18 boy's futsal banner in Rankin Inlet earlier this month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, November 24, 2014

Tlicho reject hunting ban
The Tlicho Government is not buying into the idea that a total ban on hunting is necessary to protect the Bathurst caribou herd.
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NWT Metis Nation stay the course
The Northwest Territory Metis Nation is staying the course on leadership.
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Metis support hunting ban
Another meeting of NWT leaders to discuss the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds is to be held in Yellowknife this Friday and by the end of that meeting, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger pledges decisions will be made on how to respond to the continued decline in the herds' populations.
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'They told me I wasn't a victim'
The brother of a woman killed by her common law partner in Fort Resolution in 2012 feels like he was let down by the justice system after he was encouraged to apply for, then ultimately denied, funding intended to assist victims of crime.
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Cheques arrive after two-week wait
Elders in Fort Good Hope received their federal government cheques Nov. 14 after waiting more than two weeks for them to arrive in the mail.
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Simpson residents hail pilot
Fort Simpson residents are lauding the efforts of the pilot who made an emergency landing on Great Slave Lake with five passengers on board after running into bad weather Thursday morning.
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Drilling into permafrost study
Keeping permafrost frozen is the focus of a study underway near the legislative assembly.
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Dominion CEO takes medical leave
Robert Gannicott, chair and CEO of Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX: DDC), has taken a medical leave of absence to undergo "important treatment," according to a Nov. 20 company news release.
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A candidate for every seat
Sometimes an extra week can make a big difference. Such was the case with the extra week to find candidates for hamlet and/or district education authority (DEA) elections set for Dec. 8 in eight NWT communities.
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Natural gas turned off
As of late last month, the natural gas valve has been shut off in Norman Wells, leaving 70 residences and more than 50 businesses to rely on recent conversions to oil, wood-pellets, or propane for heat.
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Relief at the pumps for some
As fuel prices across Canada continue to fall, motorists in communities who buy their gas from privately owned gas stations are finally starting to see some relief at the pumps.
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High standards and professionalism
Quality and selection have long been recognized as ingredients for commercial success and members of the new NWT Tourism board plan to use that time-tested recipe in 2015.
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Giving spirit offers promise
The RCMP detachment in Hay RIver is kicking off a season of giving back this month, with events and initiatives throughout the next two months.
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Fort McPherson on the air
Rhianna Firth knows what it takes to conquer fear. The Grade 6 student at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson said once she finished reading a story live on the radio for the first time, she knew she could do it again.
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Happy to have a full-time job
Sonia Trudeau was born and raised in Fort Smith, and has lived there most of her life ...
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Kits help homeless survive winter streets
Angela Canning is helping the homeless one survival kit at a time ...
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Building a future in wood work
He's only in Grade 12, but Hunter Gray has big plans for his future. The Mackenzie Mountain School student has already applied for the millwork and carpentry program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alta. and said he hopes to begin next fall.
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Fort Smith approves arena borrowing
Residents of Fort Smith have overwhelmingly voted to approve a $4-million debt to help pay for renovations to the community's arena.
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Former and current band members mark 25th anniversary of rehab graduation
Raw emotion mixed with inspirational triumph was on display last week as the community of Lutsel K'e marked the beginning of National Addictions Awareness Week on Nov 17.
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More money for Nutrition North
An additional $11.3 million in funding for the Nutrition North retail subsidy program was announced in Iqaluit by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl Nov. 21.
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Geoscience office to lead research
The five geologists with the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office are preparing to lead $7 million in research over the next two years, following an announcement from the federal government earlier this month.
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NTI not keen on extension of education credit deadline
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) wants nothing to do with the possible extension of the Oct. 31 deadline for former residential school students to apply for personal education credits if it means yet more administration fees will use up the multimillion-dollar fund.
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Exemplary volunteer recognized
There's nothing quite like seeing an idea become reality, but it's even better when the idea sticks and grows.
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New hope for old plant
The nest is where the money is in Sanikiluaq, where a feasibility study showed that the hamlet's eiderdown - which ducks use as a nest and then abandon - is worth reopening a factory shuttered a decade ago.
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Big bounty of small food
Soon after the good news that Grise Fiord may have a strong stock of shrimp, residents are buzzing about the discovery of shrimp of their own near Qikiqtarjuaq.
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Kitikmeot residents gather for Sabina pre-hearings
Kitikmeot residents and a delegation of Dene from the NWT engaged in consultation with the Nunavut Impact Review Board last week concerning the Sabina Gold and Silver Corporation's Back River Project.
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Graduates are ready to lead
After spending 16 months learning a variety of public service jobs, 12 Inuit who finished the Inuit Learning and Development pilot project (ILDP) are in Premier Peter Taptuna's sights.
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Return of the drum
When missionaries came to Sanikiluaq, they helped eliminate a local tradition: drum dancing.

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