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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.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Village ponders office move
Fort Simpson village council is seeking more information before deciding whether to relocate its office space, including council chambers, into a building which Nogha Enterprises Ltd. intends to construct this year.
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Gun club starting up in Fort Simpson
Several Fort Simpson residents are setting their sights on creating a formal gun club in the community with the goal of improving the rifle range in the village.
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Youth compete in design
Fort Simpson youth took the top three positions during a regional Skills Canada NWT computer design competition last week in Hay River.
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Theatre group holds lessons
An outreach program that brings artists North to hold workshops on dance, theatre and singing will be stopping in Fort Simpson this weekend.
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Games makes player local hero
She didn't choose to be someone to look up to but Christina Bonnetrouge of Fort Providence says she's accepting that title after returning from the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
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Last of the original reindeer herders
Failure isn't an option for Lloyd Binder. As the owner of the region's long-standing reindeer herd and one of the few remaining connections to its initial arrival to the territory, the Inuvik man has given his life to keeping the herd sustainable.
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Halifax made life better
When Terry Halifax believed in something, he would sacrifice anything to help.
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Image festival set for big year
Organizers of the Arctic Image Festival are preparing to showcase images of life above the Arctic Circle in the event's second year of operation.
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Pilot project brings jobs to Gwich'in
A partnership between the federal government and the Gwich'in Tribal Council will provide approximately $3 million for internship opportunities for council beneficiaries with the goal of improving self-governance in the future.
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East Three wins Cager titles
Inuvik was the big winner last weekend at the Yellowknife Cager basketball tournament, bringing home two championship banners and making a deep run to the semi-finals with the junior boys team.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Changes follow admitted mistake
After Yellowknife RCMP admitted fault for not informing the public about a break-and-enter and sexual assault for two weeks, changes have been made both at the detachment and at the Department of Justice to prevent a similar occurrence.
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Oil price crash helps mines
The next big diamond mine to open in the Northwest Territories is getting some help from cold weather and low oil prices.
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'A school within a school'
Given the chance to ask questions and tour the halls of his new school Aiden Richardson, who will be among the crop of about 100 Grade 8 students to enter St. Patrick's High School in September, says he is feeling a bit better about the move.
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Jeweller moves to bigger market
Jamie Look has taken her jewelry business to Ottawa for a bigger market but with expansion comes new business challenges.
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Diesel costs for downed hydro plant projected at $1.7M
The downed Snare Falls hydro plant won't be back online for at least six weeks, costing $1.7 million in backup diesel generation, and it's unclear who will pay the bill.
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Dominion sees positive results
Dominion Diamond Corporation released its fiscal year-end and Q4 results, showing strong Christmas sales in the U.S. market but weakness in rough and polished diamonds toward the end of fiscal 2015.
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Teenager reported missing
A 14-year-old girl has been reported missing and the police are seeking information from anyone who may have seen her.
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Snap Lake mine mourns deaths
Workers at the Snap Lake Diamond Mine are in mourning after the deaths of two of their co-workers in a car crash in Alberta on Feb. 18.
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A hand of help
The Ikurrak (giving a hand up) Food Bank is back on solid footing after surviving a tough year in Rankin Inlet.
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Gathering tools to help
Dr. Claire Schnupp and his wife, Clara, have been coming to the Kivalliq region since 1967.
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Long path of healing
The healing journey for Martin Kreelak of Baker Lake has been long and hard.
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Iqaluit takes first title
The Iqaluit Blizzard stunned Arviat Eskimo Point Lumber Supply 9-2 to claim the 2015 Polar Bear Plate junior/juvenile championship in front of a packed arena in Rankin Inlet this past month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, March 2, 2015

Super board on pause
The federal government's plans to create a land and water super board have been put on hold.
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Air North sees growth
Healthy traffic growth has Air North optimistic about its Yellowknife route a little more than one year since opening.
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Lack of addictions services in Sahtu
A sentencing hearing for a Tulita man in NWT territorial court Feb. 19 has highlighted concerns about a lack of addictions services in the Sahtu.
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Exhibit to re-open historic Berger Inquiry
Much of former Justice Thomas Berger life's work has centred around making sure indigenous people have a say in how development happens on their traditional lands.
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Deline self-government act gets final read
The Deline Self-Government Act unanimously passed second reading Feb. 24, a monumental step for the community.
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MLA opens up about bullying
Range Lake MLA Daryl Dolynny says that bullying must be talked about. Perhaps it was this sentiment that landed him magenta-clad in front of a gym-full of students, telling them a story he says he had never shared before in honour of Pink Shirt Day.
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Fort Smith strikers reach deal
An almost month-long strike at the Fort Smith Housing Authority is over.
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Hay River strike moves to week three
Tensions are high as municipal workers continue their strike action now into its third week but movement from either side is yet to be seen.
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Sexual health pushed
Zero judgement was the name of the game for the sexual health workshops held last week for young girls.
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Fort Smith fire claims one victim
A fire in Fort Smith Feb. 22 has claimed the life of one person. The fire was discovered at about 6 a.m. in a duplex on Pike Street.
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Still hope for headframe
The city voted all-but-one in favour of ending talks over preserving the Robertson Headframe on the Con Mine site on Monday, putting the historical structure's fate in the hands of the territorial government.
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Mushrooms draw crowds in South Slave
Almost 100 people turned out for a series of meetings in the South Slave last week to hear about the money they could make picking morel mushrooms, which are an in-demand food delicacy around the world.
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Randy Turner back exploring
Finding diamond deposits is not as easy today, but the Northwest Territories shows enough potential that heavy hitters of the past are returning for the next round.
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Aiming for safety and success
Students at Chief Paul Niditchie School improved their aim and enhanced their knowledge of rifle safety thanks to the counsel of gold medal biathlete Pat Bobinski last month.
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Hay River man convicted of two stabbing deaths
Benedict Corrigal will be sentenced May 12 after he was convicted of second degree murder and manslaughter in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.
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Ft. Resolution man charged with breach of bail
A man who has faced child pornography charges since September 2013 now faces a new charge for allegedly breaching conditions of his bail.
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Art combats bullying
Students at Lutsel K'e Dene School are painting two birds with one stone.
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Enterprise has a new entrepreneur
When Tammy Neal started her own business just over a year ago, she admits it was a scary undertaking.
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Nunavut flunks health report card
Nunavut fared terribly in a new health report card, calling attention once again to grim living conditions in the territory.
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Completing education top priority
Faced with one third of Nunavummiut under the age of 15, the government is investing to make sure they finish high school, go to college, and have the option to get a home-grown degree.
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Nunavut drops in mining sector ranking
The chamber of mines and the government of Nunavut have different ideas of how well the mining sector is being promoted.
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North West Company speaks up
Amidst the outcry about high Northern food costs and the failures of the Nutrition North Canada Program, there's no doubt frustrations have been taken out on the largest Northern retailer.
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Former nurse wants 'board of inquiry'
A registered nurse who once worked at the Cape Dorset Heath Centre, and made a complaint against the nurse who was at the centre of the controversy surrounding the death of an infant, is not pleased with Health Minister Paul Okalik's appointment of a lawyer to undertake a review.
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Independent review to look into actions following infant death
Three months after former Health Minister Monica Ell promised an independent review into the administrative process of her department after a news report revealed troubling questions surrounding the death of three-month-old Makibi Akesuk Timilak in Cape Dorset, her replacement says it's going ahead.
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Country food starts heading down south
Inuit in Ottawa are tired of Western staples and crave that Nunavut specialty arctic char.
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Easing the process for abuse victims
If Kylie Aglukark has her way, Nunavut will one day have an operational child and youth advocacy centre.
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Police break up robbery ring
RCMP officers are confident they have ended a rash of robberies in the capital after arresting three men, a teenage girl and two teenage boys.
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Byelection winner welcomed
Crediting his daughters' role in making his win possible, new Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak of Qikiqtarjuaq received a warm welcome to the legislature at a swearing-in ceremony Feb. 24.
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Grise Fiord gets active
Grise Fiord residents are getting into shape by using new gym equipment that has been available at the new community centre since January.
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History in action with Kamookak
Living in a tent with his great-grandparents, listening to his great-grandmother's stories, were Louie Kamookak's first experiences as a listener.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, February 27, 2015

The NWT's silver lining
It's taken eight years but the NWT has itself another medalist at the Canada Winter Games.
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Stanton spiritual centre envisioned
Land has been set aside at the Stanton Territorial Hospital site for a wellness spiritual centre, government officials have confirmed.
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Uptown development facing denial
If a new townhouse complex goes up next to where Ben Ladell lives on Bartesko Court in uptown, he says he would move out.
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Garbage 'spot checks' pending
Residents utilizing the curbside compost service might soon see city officials nosing through their trash.
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College extends feelers on education
Aurora College is testing the waters in the North Slave to see if there's interest in bringing a post-degree Bachelor of Education program to the area.
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House fire survivor tells tale
Still in shock, Mildred Hall School kindergarten teacher Courtney Jung said her memories of the morning a fire burned more than $800,000 of damage on its path through her Glick Court home Friday are still a bit hazy.
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Councillor wary of icy intersections
Councillor Dan Wong is worried about the suspension on his vehicle and he wants the city to take action.
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Premier taken to task over devolution
Harsh words on the government's communication over devolution were offered up by Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley on Wednesday.
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Giant Mine made interactive
A producer of long-awaited Giant Mine interactive web-documentary Shadows of a Giant says she aspires for the project to raise questions about "one of Canada's largest environmental disasters."
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Sex offender makes court appearance
A man charged earlier this month with two home invasions and two sexual assaults made a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

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