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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.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, March 30, 2015

Eco-tourism, mineral development possible in Thaidene Nene
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation and the territorial government are working towards a "made-in-the-North" agreement on Thaidene Nene which could leave the possibility for mineral development within the proposed reserve.
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All work and no play
More than half of those working in the Northwest Territories mining industry do not live here, and the biggest reason for it appears to be the high cost-of-living.
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Feds appeal land and water board ruling
A lawyer for the Tlicho Government does not think the NWT court of appeal will overturn a recent court decision that delays the scrapping of the territory's regional land and water boards in favour of one super board.
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Snap Lake water quality decision in hands of Mackenzie Valley board
There are no guidelines governing an acceptable level of pollutants in Snap Lake, meaning a high-stakes decision is wholly at the discretion of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
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Decentralization: 22 vacancies remain
The majority of vacant government positions created after decentralization have been filled according to a GNWT news release issued last week.
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Being a good neighbour
A caribou hunt several days ago on the east arm of Great Slave Lake was not in violation of any legislated restrictions, a spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed last week.
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Tetlit Gwichin hospitality
Fort McPherson resident Diane Koe was inspired to show some Tetlit Gwich'in hospitality during a recent closure of the Dempster Highway near the community last week.
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Discovery raises concern
ConocoPhillips Canada may have applied to the GNWT for a significant discovery licence, but a slowdown in oil and gas exploration means this move is only bad news for the Sahtu region.
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More snow may mean less smoke
There is a degree of good news about the forest fire risk and low water levels in the NWT this year. Environment Canada climatologist David Phillips has confirmed there has been more snowfall this winter than last, which he said should help on both fronts.
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Kennady shares volatile
Kimberlites may be shaped like carrots, but the price of Kennady Diamonds looks more like a roller coaster.
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South Slave takes Arctic Winter Games
Hay River and Fort Smith have won the right to co-host the 2018 Arctic Winter Games prompting a series of cheers from those present when the news spread March 18.
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Lost in translation
Accommodating the territory's 11 official languages continues to be a challenge for the territorial government.
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South Slavey gets a boost
Three months ago a conversation in South Slavey didn't hold Joyce McLeod's interest for long, with many of the word's meanings lost on her.
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Community rallies for burned van
John Westergreen hopes the van he used to deliver charitable goods might soon be replaced since it was broken into and burned about two weeks ago, thanks to an online fundraising campaign started by his daughter.
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Wilderness lodge with a difference
The Hay River Reserve now has a new wilderness lodge but it's a wilderness lodge with a difference.
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Colville Lake considers building new school
Residents of Colville Lake say proposed renovations to their one-room school are not enough and they want the territorial government to consider a new facility instead.
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Fourth conviction lands drunk driver jail time
A Tlicho man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and banned from getting behind the wheel until 2024 after his fourth driving while disqualified conviction.
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Where North meets south
Cora Rabisca has big plans the summer. The Grade 12 student at Chief T'Selehye School will be travelling with Northern Youth Abroad (NYA), a charitable organization that enables Northwest Territories and Nunavut youth to get hands-on work experience and skills training in cities around the world.
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Mushroom mania takes over
The excitement over morel mushrooms - more precisely, the money that can be made harvesting them - appears to be growing if last week's information session is any indication.
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Inquest into suicides delayed
An inquest into suicides in Nunavut, long promised by the Office of the Coroner, remains on standby, and the long wait is having negative effects on witnesses.
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Fifteen years for shooting brother
The sentencing decision for Elee Geetah, 23, of Cape Dorset, in custody since the fatal shooting of his brother in 2010, was released March 20.
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Flight costs ground Inukshuk students
Most of the time when you wait to book a flight it rises a little in price. For five students and one mentor from Inukshuk High School, the cost of their tickets rose by thousands of dollars.
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Help for children, youth on way
When Speaker George Qulaut tabled the 2015-2018 business plan for the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in the legislative assembly March 12, the office came one step closer to becoming a reality.
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Big moves for First Air
Iqaluit's infamous sealift doesn't just deliver supplies to residents, it has also caused First Air to suffer higher energy prices despite the recent crash in crude.
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Steps to transparency for Nutrition North
The Nutrition North program will increase in transparency over the next few months, said Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada assistant deputy minister Stephen Van Dine at a public meeting in Iqaluit March 26.
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Beer and wine vote set for April 20
Iqaluit voters will have their say April 20 about whether they want a beer and wine store in the capital. Elections Nunavut announced the non-binding plebiscite March 20.
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City residents taking tax hit
Iqaluit's finance committee chairperson quit March 21 after failing to convince fellow councillors to reduce spending. Instead, council remains firm on increasing taxes in the city.
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Peregrine Diamonds busy in March
The month of March has been a busy one for Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (TSX:PGD) and its projects in Nunavut, with announcements about high diamond counts, an update on diamond resource development and transfer of assets.
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Redfern calls for new Qikiqtani election
Madeleine Redfern lost the Dec. 8 Qikiqtani Inuit Association community director position for Iqaluit by one vote to Simon Nattaq, but she says the results were incomplete after Iqaluit Inuit living in Ottawa said they were refused the chance to vote for either candidate.
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Tackling tuberculosis
For years, tuberculosis has infected Nunavut's health system, with the territory being one of the disease's safe havens in Canada.
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Champions of art recognized
It was right back to work promoting art produced in communities for the executive director of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association after shaking hands with the prime minister in Ontario.
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Five fundraising for France
Tyson Palluq reflects on the dark December afternoon he and his snowmobile fell through the ice while hunting alone near Clyde River, leaving him drenched and freezing.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, March 27, 2015

Cockroaches infest Hudson House
When he first heard mention of cockroaches alive and well in Yellowknife, a local tenant responded with disbelief and several expletives until he noticed the creepy crawlers had taken up residence in his spotless kitchen at Hudson House on 48 Street.
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Vacant lot talks commence
Although the $1.45 million lot at the corner of 50 Street and Franklin Avenue remains empty, city councillors say no rushed decisions will be made just to see the space filled before the municipal election this fall.
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50 Street paving funds sought by council
City council wants administration to find up to $700,000 to repave a section of 50 Street this year after staff recommended delaying the project yet again to pay for water and sewer work that has come in over budget.
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Review board holds all the cards
There are no guidelines governing an acceptable level of pollutants in Snap Lake, meaning a high-stake decision is wholly at the discretion of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
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Daffodils sprout predicament
Mother Nature has provided a complication for a territorial charity, prompting a call for volunteers to sell flowers that are arriving early.
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No hovercraft rides at jamboree
A hovercraft is set to make its debut at the Long John Jamboree this weekend, but it will only be to look at, not ride.
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Japanese calling Yellowknife home
Yuichi Sakamoto is spending cold nights under the northern lights while earning enough to cross pan-American destinations off his bucket-list.
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Gay-straight alliances not encouraged
Although Yellowknife Catholic Schools wants all students to feel safe and included, it doesn't necessarily encourage gay-straight alliances.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, March 26, 2015

South Slavey soars again
When Dahti Tsetso was young she heard an elder talk about how upset he was that young people were not embracing the language he and previous generations of aboriginals spoke.
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Moose hair tufting magic
Lucy Simon slides the needle through the small piece of moosehide as Beth Wiley looks on.
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Abandoned puppies prompt call for action
Linda Croft opened her door on March 13 to find a tiny puppy shivering on her front step. A few hours later her daughter called and said either the same puppy had showed up at her home, or it was a different puppy.
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Contradictory comments raise ire
Political figures from the Deh Cho Region are unhappy with the apparent contradiction in Premier Bob McLeod’s public support for the Dehcho Process and the privately written suggestion he would terminate the decades-long negotiations if an impasse remains beyond next month.
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Simpson drops final to Behchoko
The open men's final was a battle of two teams who were more than familiar with one another.
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Reindeer herd on the move
Inuvik's churches might notice a steep decline in attendance on Sunday, thanks to a very different pilgrimage.
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Lost bid a letdown for mayor
Inuvik Mayor Floyd Roland reacted with obvious disappointment to the news the town's bid to hold the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) has failed.
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Crime doesn't pay
The power of social media caught up with a couple of apparent thieves March 19.
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Taking a look at dementia
If you have any doubt about what dementia patients suffer through on a daily basis, Tanya Badgley and Samantha Kerr can show you.
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Jamboree faces troubled times
As the 58th anniversary of the Muskrat Jamboree gets set to start tomorrow, the festival is showing signs of fiscal strain following the loss of the lucrative bingo event.
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Having a ball
There is no doubt that these players were kicking it old-school at the East Three gym March 20 and 21.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'Animals' comments ignite firestorm
An aboriginal program activities co-ordinator with Yellowknife Catholic Schools is under fire for comments he made on Facebook calling Tlicho hunters on a caribou hunt last weekend "animals."
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Trade mission comes to town
Francophone business owners and entrepreneurs may think of Quebec and France as the first places to go to network and form partnerships.
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Sunday bar openings on horizon
Residents could be saying 'cheers' at city bars on Sundays as early as late spring.
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More seniors staying in city
More seniors are staying in the city as they grow old instead of moving south, which means a bit more of a housing crunch for them.
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GNWT absorbs NT Energy
If somebody wants to pitch an alternative energy source to the territorial government they have to make at least three different phone calls - but this will change April 1.
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Man gets 18 months for selling drugs
A Yellowknife man who says he was recruited by the notorious '856' gang was sentenced to 18 months in jail Friday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges.
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Data collection too time-consuming: admin
Councillors pushed back Monday against city administration's suggestion that it would be too much work to collect downtown socio-economic data such as the number of condo units, rental or corporate vacancy rates and the value of new construction per year.
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From burn to earn
So long as Mother Nature holds up, morel mushroom harvesting looks like a promising way to raise a few bucks this summer.
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Denendeh may lower power rates
With Denendeh Investments Inc. tripling its ownership in Northland Utilities to 50 per cent under the terms of a new partnership agreement with ATCO, indigenous investment in the company might not be the only significant change.
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The lure of soda
Arnalukjuak High School (JAHS) applied a slightly different approach in making the annual Drop.
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Blizzard pounds Kivalliq
One of the worst blizzards in decades pounded most of the Kivalliq from March 15 to 17.
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Uranium project public hearings finishing
The future of several potential Kiggavik uranium mines is now in the hands of the Nunavut Impact Review Board after public hearings regarding the project wrapped up in Baker Lake last week.
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Naujaat takes Avataq in overtime
Repulse Bay (Naujaat) nipped the Rankin Miners 4-3 in overtime to claim the First Air Avataq Cup in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd on March 18.
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Looking down the road
The youthful Arviat Drama Club is reviving a play it did four years ago to keep hammering away at the plague we know as suicide.

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