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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, May 29, 2015

'Secret' power plans questioned
Allegations about secret power deals swirled in the legislative assembly Wednesday as MLAs sought to understand cabinet's intentions when it comes to energy in the territory.
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9-1-1 service explored more
Access to 9-1-1 emergency phone service would likely start in Yellowknife with a city-operated dispatch centre fielding calls before the service is expanded to other communities, a committee of MLAs were told Wednesday.
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Options few for female prisoners
A Yellowknife lawyer says not only is it unfair to hold female inmates who haven't been convicted of a crime in the RCMP cells but that it is unfair to police as well.
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Final term for Bromley
Having started in the game late, Bob Bromley will celebrate his 65th birthday on the last day of his final term as Weledeh MLA.
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Trustee objects to Mexico trip timing
Ordering staff members to take time out of their March break to accompany students on a field trip to Cozumel, Mexico in 2016 is what one Catholic district trustee was hoping to do last week.
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Helmet bylaw not being enforced
Many youth are still not wearing helmets and no fines have been handed out despite the city instating a bylaw a year ago banning children from riding bicycles and skateboards without helmets.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Deh Cho under fire ban
Extreme fire conditions have led the GNWT to issue a region-wide fire ban for the Deh Cho.
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Safety urged for morel pickers
Despite a lack of rain over the past month, the NWT is on the cusp of morel season and small buds have already begun to pop up.
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Longtime councillor mourned in Simpson
Father, friend, former mayor: after decades in Fort Simpson, Coun. Ron McCagg had many roles.
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Musical delegation heads to Yellowknife
Nine students from Thomas Simpson School are in Yellowknife preparing for a performance the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is calling a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
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Bompas preps for track and field
Twenty to 30 students from Bompas Elementary School in Fort Simpson are getting ready to take on the Northwest Territories Track and Field Championships in Hay River from June 3 to 5.
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Financial woes dog youth centre
After months of efforts at fundraising, the Inuvik Youth Centre remains financially troubled and in need of more assistance.
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Facelift for landmark church
Sometimes a white-washing can be a good thing.
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Small fire at Airport Lake
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Inuvik region currently is in little danger of facing any forest fires.
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Working for a green future
After a roundtable discussion May 21, it's clear there are a number of hurdles to jump before the NWT can establish a viable agricultural policy.
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Track team to defend its title
The East Three Secondary School track and field team will need to be fast on its feet if it wants to repeat the success of the past two years.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Political pioneer passes
The Northwest Territories has lost one of the true pioneers of its political landscape. George Braden, the first government leader of the Northwest Territories, died Monday night in an Ottawa hospital at age 65.
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Northland issues warning over GNWT takeover
The territorial government is determined to push Northland Utilities out of the territory and will spend $180 million in taxpayers' money to do it, according to company officials who have launched an all-out publicity campaign this week in effort to convince power users their presence in the North has merit.
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Man fined for 'holding' cellphone
A lawyer believes a dangerous precedent has been set after his client was convicted of distracted driving for merely holding his cellphone while at the wheel.
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Business improvement on the table
When the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey about a plan to tax localized businesses to make improvements in their areas - called business improvement districts - first impressions definitely weren't great.
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Cut trees upset Bartesko Court neighbours
Residents who live next to a Range Lake neighbourhood property owned by TC Enterprises that's been the subject of several unsuccessful development attempts say they're shocked to see almost all of the trees on the property have been cut down.
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Twitter helps track Northern lights
Shared a northern lights sighting with the Twitterverse? Then you may have unwittingly contributed to a citizen science project.
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Young ravens prepare for first flight
It won't be long before raven chicks growing up above a window at Edith Mair's house take their first flights, according to Mair's neighbour.
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Restaurant round-up
This summer is going to be a busy one in Yellowknife's restaurant and food scene, as several establishments are set to open and Fuego's fully takes over the Wildcat Cafe. Here's what is happening around town so far.
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Dettah chief wins in a landslide
Dettah Chief Edward Sangris won a third term Monday night, trouncing his rivals yet again by a nearly two to one margin.
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Dominion sees more diamonds
Dominion Diamond recently released the production and sales results of their Ekati and Diavik mines for their fiscal first quarter of 2016 and the results keep getting better.
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Highway 3 already under fire watch
It's only May but already Highway 3 is at risk for sudden closure due to a higher than average number of wildfires burning in the region.
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Woman held in drunk tank for days
The father of a young woman currently being held in custody claims she was kept in an RCMP holding cell, often referred to as the "drunk tank," for days on end earlier this year.
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Spotlight on science
Three young science lovers from the Kivalliq put in a strong showing on a national stage earlier this month.
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Derby nets many fish
People in Rankin Inlet took to the land in droves for the community's annual fishing derby earlier this month, even if Mother Nature was still in a bad mood.
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Artist follows her heart
Performing artist Kathleen Merritt is baring her cultural soul on her new CD, Ivaluarjuk: Ice Lines and Sealskin.
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Season of the rookie
It was the rookie's time to shine in the junior divisions of the Kivalliq's racing circuit earlier this month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, May 25, 2015

Billions of barrels of oil under Sahtu
There's an estimated 191 billion barrels of shale oil in two fields in the Sahtu region, according to an evaluation by the territorial government and National Energy Board released May 22.
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NWT heatwave 'unprecedented'
Canada's go-to climatologist is flabbergasted by the heat wave that's gripped Fort Simpson for the past two weeks.
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Jail overtime over the top
Some $1.5 million in overtime has been paid out at the North Slave Correctional Centre over a single year.
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Luscious Life hits the road
For many, moving to the territory involves a job that is already here. For Krystal Thompson, sole proprietor of Luscious Life, that shift required building a business from the bottom up.
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3D-printed wind turbine in works
Students in Wekweeti could be at the forefront of potentially life-changing new technology for people living in remote communities, according to one Ontario engineering student and entrepreneur.
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Yk1 French scores among best in the world
French immersion students from Sir John Franklin High School are scoring higher in their advanced placement (AP) tests than most across the world, according to Micheline Ricard.
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Blaze destroys trailer in Fort Smith
Residents of Fort Smith are being cautioned to be careful with fire after a trailer home was virtually destroyed by a blaze on May 13.
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Paulatuk to celebrate 50 years of local government
Paulatuk is getting ready to celebrate a half-century of local government ... or thereabouts.
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'Heart-and-soul volunteer'
Marilyn Napier has long nurtured a habit to volunteer ...
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Longtime councillor mourned in Simpson
Fort Simpson village councillor Ron McCagg died after a motorcycle accident Friday, May 15, according to friends and family.
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Gwichya Gwich'in Band extends voting on proposed election code
The Gwichya Gwich'in Band in Tsiigehtchic is slowly increasing the number of votes it has received in a ratification effort for a new election code.
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Humanizing a thought
Kayla Tulugarjuk of Fort Smith expresses herself in a number of creative ways, but writing is her favourite.
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Businesses unfairly taxed: councillor
A city councillor says the city has shifted a portion of the tax burden onto businesses without discussion and has called on council to have a more thorough debate about the issue in the future.
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Captain navigates the flames
Most people in the territory wouldn't benefit from another dramatic fire season, but Gina Brown-Mikula is one of the few who would.
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New fire tower on watch
The territory's newest fire tower is about to become operational just south of Enterprise.
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Youth Parliament gives Wekweeti student a voice
Mackenzie Tsatchia knew exactly what she wanted to discuss with territorial politicians as a member of this year's Youth Parliament.
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Seal pelt advances up 25 per cent
The Government of Nunavut is seeking to attract more Nunavummiut land claim beneficiaries to the hunting and trapping industry by increasing its upfront payments for pelts.
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Cargo delays span weeks
Jayko Alooloo is tired of waiting for his snow machine ...
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Arctic Co-op returns $7.4 million
Arctic Co-operatives returned $7.4 million in dividends to its Nunavut locations in the territory in 2014.
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Fuel spill at Alert cleaned naturally
When 22,000 litres of fuel spilled at CFS Alert in 2006, the National Research Council took the opportunity to allow the environment to turn a disaster into a success story.
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Former executive assistant loses appeal against Qulliq
Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) has won an appeal filed by a former employee who sued for $444,000 claiming she was "constructively dismissed" in 2010. Justice Susan Cooper decided against her claim in January, but the decision was appealed.
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Radio station going silent
After 16 years of operating as a volunteer organization, with 200 volunteers in its heyday, the Kugluktuk Radio Society is in limbo and likely closing its doors
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Man awarded for saving pilot
This past April, Joe Karetak was surprised when he received a call from the Governor General's office informing him he would receive the Medal of Bravery in Ottawa May 1.
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New funds for workshops
The Nunavut Economic Developers Association (NEDA) will be conducting two workshops in Gjoa Haven and Pond Inlet as a result of $58,000 in new funding.
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Fallen priest remembered
He brought the Anglican faith to the High Arctic, and this month, elders who knew Canon Jack Turner shared stories at the site of the home where he suffered a fatal gunshot wound almost 70 years ago.
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Hospital aims for best births
From womb to home, every mother wants her child to have a smooth transition.
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Search on for final claimants of residential school settlements
Officials with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat are stepping up the search for claimants who have gone missing as the claims process nears its end.
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Six charged with impaired driving
Six Nunavummiut were charged May 16 as part of a May long weekend national impairment driving enforcement day effort.
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Grads unleashed on workforce
Along with a productive winter field camp for first and second year students, the environmental technology program at Nunavut Arctic College, in existence since 1987, celebrated its 100th graduate this year.

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