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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, December 19, 2014

Man arrested after standoff
Dramatic nine-hours marked by closed off streets, heavy police presence
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Pilot disputes engine fire report
Buffalo Airways president "Buffalo" Joe McBryan is disputing a report one of his plane's engines caught fire en route to Yellowknife from Hay River Wednesday morning.
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Homeless woman pushes for justice
A homeless woman helped add more than 50 names to a petition, because the human rights group behind it is shining a spotlight on the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women.
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Nine months for trafficking
A B.C. man has been sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Jacob Feldman, 18, was handed his punishment by Judge Bernadette Schmaltz in territorial court on Monday.
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The makings of the city's surplus
Not one municipal department survived this year's city budget cuts unscathed as city council paged its way through the 400-page budget document, sniffing out disposable projects last week.
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Inmate raises stink over toilet incident
An inmate at the North Slave Correctional Centre is raising a stink after claiming he was forced to clean up 36 litres of raw sewage in his cell without proper protective equipment.
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Mother needs help visiting daughter
Yellowknifers are pooling together to try and raise money so a mother can afford to visit her terminally ill daughter in Australia.
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City acts on forest fire safety report
This summer's devastating fire season has spurred city administrators to act on a two-year-old GNWT commissioned report with a dozen recommendations on how the city should protect itself against forest fires.
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'Recorder karate' engages students
A Karate-style belt system and fake Twitter feeds are tools music teachers are using to keep kids interested in music in Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1).

Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top administrator gets suspension
The mayor of Fort Simpson is not disclosing why, after a half-hour debate behind closed doors, village council unanimously voted earlier this week to suspend its senior administrative officer (SAO) "until further notice."
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Junior kindergarten dropped in Fort Providence
The Fort Providence District Education Authority has opted to discontinue offering junior kindergarten beginning in the new year.
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Public seeks support from GNWT
Premier Bob McLeod, at a meeting last week in Fort Simpson, was urged to do more in the region to address mental health and those at risk in the wake of several recent deaths.
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Santa Claus comes to the village
Santa Claus once again came to Fort Simpson and he arrived in style over the weekend.
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Wolfpack re-building season begins
When a team on the hardwood has just a handful of returning players, the first few games out of the gate can be a bit rough.
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New taxi regulations on the table
The Town of Inuvik is rewriting the rules around passenger transportation and will be seeking public opinion in early January.
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Future filmmakers wanted
The people behind a new club starting up are hoping to foster the development of a film community like those found in cities down south.
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College boss says goodbye
On his first day of work as director of finance at Aurora Campus, Doug Robertson remembers sitting in his office with the door closed and trying to figure out how to work the phone.
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Town talks economic development
For the 25th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games (AWG), Mayor Floyd Roland said it's time to bring the sporting event above the Arctic Circle.
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Rummage sale supports sport
Fundraising has kicked off for the senior boys soccer team at East Three Secondary School with a rummage sale.
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Trip rerouted
From Old World to New World, the Art Travel Club at East Three Secondary School has changed the itinerary for its biennial trip to San Francisco, California, from Italy, due to limited funding.

Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Man dies in apparent sword fight
Pair found in blood-soaked apartment, says brother; one medevaced to Edmonton
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Chamber protests rate hikes
Yellowknife contractors, retailers, and even the GNWT itself will see payroll costs increase in the new year, and the NWT Chamber of Commerce is saying enough is enough.
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Wolves attacking bison caught on camera
A pack of wolves attempting to take down a herd of bison was recently captured on video by a group of people travelling to Yellowknife from Fort Providence by taxi.
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Buses to run earlier, finish earlier
City Of Yellowknife transit buses will be starting their routes earlier in the day as of Jan 5, according to Wendy Alexander, manager or public works and engineering.
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Diamond sellers push inventory
After almost 16 years in Yellowknife's Centre Square Mall, Arctic Jewellers owners April Tran and Hau Thanh Huynh have no intention of slowing down.
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Council avoids tax increase
There will be no property tax increase and lower than planned increases to some user fees after city council passed its $64.6 million budget Monday night.
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House arrest for sex assailant
A 19-year old man has been sentenced to eight months of house arrest after being convicted of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl.
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Firefighters pry open tenants' doors
A Niven Lake man said he is grateful for the quick response by firefighters after a suspicious fire in his apartment building, but questions why his door had to be pried open while tenants were left standing outside in the cold.
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Dettah ice road set to open
People who commute between Dettah and Yellowknife on a daily basis will likely be glad to hear the ice road between the two communities could be open before the end of the weekend.
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Canine left on balcony surrendered
A dog left unattended in freezing temperatures on an apartment balcony, possibly for multiple days and nights, was surrendered reportedly by the dog's owners to Great Slave Animal Hospital on Dec. 9 after the city was unable to contact the dog's owners.
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Winter market may continue
There's a market within a market downtown at Centre Square Mall. Open to any vendor, free of charge, the Saturday market has one more day of operation before Christmas.
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Municipal election night winners
The final Dec. 8 municipal election results for the Kivalliq region, as well as the final results in the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Kivalliq Inuit Association elections are in ...
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Big hearts warming little hands
A group of elders are doing their best to ensure every child has nice warm hands in Arviat this winter.
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Iqaluit Icemen take Qaqsauq Cup
The Iqaluit Icemen found another gear after a tough round robin to claim the inaugural Qaqsauq Cup memorial senior men's hockey tournament in Iqaluit earlier this month.
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Getting their groove on
Students at Tusarvik School and other youths in the community were groovin' to the beat in Repulse Bay (Naujaat) this past week.
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Memories on ice
A group of 15 young female hockey players returned to their home community of Rankin Inlet after living the dream in Calgary, Alta., this past month.

NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, December 15, 2014

Revenues less than hoped
The Deh Cho Bridge is still not bringing in the revenue the GNWT expected, but Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger says that's not the way to look at the bridge.
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Lawyer announces court appeal following urinal uproar
The defence lawyer for one of three accused in a high profile meat wastage trial announced his intention to file an appeal with NWT Supreme Court last week after a previous request for a mistrial was shot down by presiding judge Brian Bruser.
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Crops for communities proposed
One hectare of crops in every community was one suggestion delegates from Gameti offered to the second annual anti-poverty roundtable, held in Yellowknife earlier this month.
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High rise on the mend
As of last month, there is a new temporary fire alarm system in the Mackenzie Place high rise, bringing the building one step closer to being safe.
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Six wolves killed this fall in outskirts of Fort Smith.
Six wolves met their end this fall by getting too close to Fort Smith. The wolves were hanging out mostly on the outskirts of town. Then, about a month ago, a wolf took a dog out of the kennel of a dog musher ...
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Chum around Hay River
More information has surfaced literally in support of the belief/suspicion that chum salmon are populating the Hay River.
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Homegrown vet thriving in Yellowknife
Local veterinarian Michelle Tuma still has vivid memories of her first ever attempt to dissect an animal.
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Many unanswered questions
Government cuts to social programs are not directly to blame for the death of a young woman in Wrigley, but they certainly haven't helped the community.
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Former McPherson resident found dead in Whitehorse
A 17-year-old Gwich'in girl was found dead on a walking trail in Whitehorse's McIntyre subdivision Dec. 8.
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Lutsel K'e psyched on solar power
The Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation (LKDFN) is on its way to becoming the first independent power producer in the NWT with the recent installation of a 35 kilowatt solar farm.
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Voters elect three new mayors
The NWT will be getting three new mayors as a result of hamlet elections on Dec. 8.
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Fort Res fire department warned of huge fines, jail if caught fighting fires
Fort Resolution's deputy fire chief said he was warned he could face huge fines and jail time after telling News/North that firefighters wouldn't just sit and watch a house burn down following the closure of the community's fire department last month due to safety violations.
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Traditional knowledge finding a place in science
Inuvialuit have been pushing scientists to use traditional knowledge more formally when studying marine life in the Western Arctic. And now a group of scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is working to do just that.
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Sewing up the market
Debbie Purchase of Fort Smith learned how to sew and make alterations to clothes when she was just a girl.
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A 'mind-opening' experience
Earlier this year, two Tulita students stepped out of the classroom and into the fall session of the NWT legislative assembly for a chance to see the territory's leaders in action.
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73 bottles of booze siezed
Fort Resolution RCMP officers conducting traffic enforcement on Dec. 6 stopped a vehicle near Little Buffalo River, about 20 km west of Fort Resolution. As a result, one open bottle of liquor and an additional 72 375-millilitre bottles of spirits were located in the vehicle and seized.
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Female candidate shocked by campaign sign message
Only one woman put her name forward for election as Qikiqtani Inuit Association president. It was nothing new for Meeka Kilabuk, the Baffin Inuit organization's president from 2000 to 2001. But nothing prepared her for an election day incident that will resonate with women across the territory.
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Advancing Baffin Island diamonds
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (TSX:PGD) may be sitting on one of the most valuable undeveloped diamond deposits in the world, so it may come as little surprise that the company was able to raise more than $15 million in its most recent rights offering.
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Volume chews up funding hike for Nutrition North
An additional $11.3 million in funding for 2014-2015 for the Nutrition North Canada program announced Nov. 21 will address already existing volume increases in the program but not actual subsidy rates, said Derek Reimer, director of business development for The North West Company.
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Changes coming to contracting
Advocates for change are happy to hear that the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are working together to update the territory's government contract policy, Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti, or NNI.
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Eetoolook back for four years
James Eetoolook won 52 per cent, or 3,284 votes, to return as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s (NTI) vice president Dec. 8.
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Polar bears shot as safety concern
News stories about six young polar bears shot in Taloyoak since late September have been reported far and wide, with southerners expressing sadness and outrage at the killing of "baby bears."
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Financial slump has returned
If you are involved with mining or mineral exploration projects in Nunavut whether as an investor or as a field worker you are implicated in the rise and fall of the TSX Venture (TSX.V) exchange.
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Akavak disputes recount, calls opponents ineligible
The day after the Qikiqtani Inuit Association presidential vote ended with a three-vote spread, which means a recount is required, leading candidate Mikidjuk Akavak went public with his accusations that the second-place candidate, PJ Akeeagok, and acting president Larry Audlaluk, who placed third, shouldn't have been candidates at all.
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Ranger considered a champion
He was relocated to Arctic Bay from Pangnirtung as a toddler, then to Grise Fiord as a teen, taught Junior Rangers the lay of the land, and has been a Canadian Ranger for 50 years ...
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Sweetest Kulu crawls to high accolades
With comforting words told to a newborn baby and drawings of Arctic animals alongside a bundled up Inuit child, it is no wonder Sweetest Kulu was named the best bedtime picture book of the year by Huffington Post.
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Elders share sewing skills with students
How do you teach a high school class about traditional skills without making it simply repetitive and mechanical? How can you help young people develop these skills in a way that brings them to life and makes it relevant for them?

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