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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, April 27, 2015

Dene Nation accepts apology for educator's 'inappropriate' comments
Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus says he accepts the apology from Yellowknife's Catholic school board in the wake of comments by one of its employees last month calling Tlicho caribou hunters "animals."
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Build us a road, Whati chief says
Now is the time to build an all-season road to Whati says Chief Alfonz Nitsiza.
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Foster care to be extended until 23
Extending support services for youth in the foster care system beyond the age of 16 is a step forward, but will not necessarily solve the issue of youth homelessness in the territory say those working in the field.
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Superboard bill faces more resistance
The Union of Northern Workers has threatened to take legal action against the territorial government if a subsection of the new health authority legislation is not removed.
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Hercules' last flight
Three dozen people stood a few hundred feet away on the asphalt on a cloudless day as they waited for First Air's "white bird" to take off from Yellowknife to Ottawa.
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UNW calls for arbitration
The collapse of contract negotiations between the Town of Hay River and its unionized staff has the Union of Northern Workers calling for binding arbitration.
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Dehcho First Nations threaten to sue over devolution cash
The Dehcho First Nations want the money it says is owed from devolution and has demanded the territorial government fork it over.
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Dehcho, GNWT paint different versions of meeting
There are two versions emerging of how a meeting ended last week between Dehcho First Nations and the GNWT to try and move beyond their differences.
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Tulita liquor seizure leads to four arrests
After the RCMP issued a news release detailing a high-volume liquor seizure in Tulita April 17, Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya fired a message to News/North from his cellphone
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National park portion of Thaidene Nene could be reduced
The territorial government and the mining sector are pushing for a "significantly smaller" national park reserve within the Thaidene Nene study area, say the territory's environment minister and the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines.
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Morel season comes with warning
Though hype for potential income from picking morels is high, harvesters need to stay clear of areas with infrastructure, and the capital area, to avoid contaminated mushrooms.
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Looking 25 years into the NWT's future
The Department of Transportation wants to know what the public thinks should be the priorities of a new 25-year transportation strategy for the NWT.
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Students learn to drop the beat in Lutsel K'e
The principal of Lutsel K'e Dene School is passing a somewhat surprising skill along to his students. He's showing them how to be a DJ.
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Convicted molester awaits sentencing
A former educator in Inuvik awaits his fate following a sentencing hearing last week that heard how he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy while giving him a driving lesson more than 35 years ago.
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Hands-on heritage
Lawrence Nayally splashes water from the sink in a room at Mildred Hall School, wetting the skin of his drum ...
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Learning about the legends
Malcolm Lafferty says he's had the nickname "Pumpkin" for years. "My grandpa gave me that name," he said.
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The years just go by
After 25 years at the helm of the Fort Smith Ice Fishing Derby, Richard Mercredi is stepping away from the leadership of the popular community event.
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Youth explore self-esteem
Dylan Steeves was shocked at the images. Not shocked because of the content but because of how the people in them were altered.
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Clyde River states its case
Nader Hasan believes in Clyde River and its fight against seismic testing. As the lawyer holding the slingshot in a David versus Goliath legal battle against the National Energy Board's decision to allow the practice in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait as early as this summer, Hasan hurled his shots April 20 in Toronto at the Federal Court of Appeal.
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Critical need for homes ignored
Territorial Finance Minister Keith Peterson spoke with Nunavut News/North about the federal budget and its implications for Nunavut while he attended a meeting of Kitikmeot last week.
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Arctic Council an obscure organization
According to a poll released April 22, the Arctic Council is not especially well known across its member nations and even less so outside the Arctic.
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CHARS boost already being felt
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) still has years of work to go before completion, but businesses in the community are already feeling the positive impact of the $142 million project in their pockets.
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North West Company gives back
This year Northern and NorthMart stores in the territory donated $235,531 to local community programs through the company's Greener Tomorrow initiative.
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Commissioner ready for freedom
"May 11 ... the lion will roar again," says Nunavut Commissioner Edna Elias, laughing. After May 11, her final day of duty, Elias will return to her hometown of Kugluktuk and resume her own work.
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Iqaluit voters want beer and wine store
Iqaluit voters have indicated they are overwhelmingly in favour of opening a beer and wine store in the capital city. Cabinet ministers will meet soon to decide whether to honour the results of the non-binding plebiscite.
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Sovereignty exercise successful
After three weeks of activity in and around Cambridge Bay, including videotaped diving activities at the wreck of the HMS Erebus, Operation Nunalivut concluded April 22.
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Rankin man guilty of manslaughter
Colin Makpah was found guilty of manslaughter last week for the 2010 Rankin Inlet stabbing death of Donald James Gamble.
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Project raises students' IQ
For three weeks this past winter, a group of Grade 10 to 12 students at Qikiqtarjuaq's Inuksuit School dug into a cultural project that they might not otherwise do -- making a qamutik for school and kamiit for themselves.
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Thirteen honoured in Kugluktuk
Thirteen Kugluktukmiut received Commissioner's Awards for bravery, volunteer and community service and youth achievement during a ceremony April 8. Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, April 24, 2015


Court evacuated, people quarantined
A tense scene erupted yesterday afternoon as a "suspicious package" forced the evacuation of the entire downtown courthouse building.
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Rally calls for legal pot
Dozens of marijuana advocates turned out for Yellowknife's fourth annual 4/20 march and rally Monday afternoon.
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Marijuana event crew gets blocked from stage
The organizer of the city's 4/20 marijuana rally claims her crew was prevented from using the access road to the stage at Somba K'e Plaza by city staff, who were aggressive and rude to them.
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City suit against GNWT coming soon
The city plans to file its lawsuit against the GNWT in the coming weeks, claiming it is under-represented in the legislative assembly.
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City might give go-ahead for 'unauthorized' land use
The city's municipal services committee has recommended legitimizing a construction company's decades-long unauthorized use of city-owned land.
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GNWT seeking more spending ability
On the heels of the extra $500 million announced on its debt ceiling, the territorial government may soon be able to redefine most of its existing debt so it can borrow hundreds of millions more.
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MLA candidates talk fall plans
Summer is the time when would-be MLAs seek out public exposure, iron out platforms, and prepare for an election.
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Possible future for CKLB
The three remaining staff of CKLB radio station have received layoff notification but will continue working in hopes regular programing will return to the airwaves as early as July.
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Student wins a $80,000 scholarship
A very exclusive five-figure university scholarship is proving to be a household prize for one Yellowknife family.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Landfill needs expansion to remain open past 2018
The Fort Simpson dump will reach capacity in 2018 unless the village coughs up the money to extend the life of the dump to 2027, according to a recent report on the state of garbage disposal in the community.
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Youth explore self-esteem
Dylan Steeves was shocked at the images.
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Evac plan needs update: fire dept
Fort Simpson's emergency response plan is not comprehensive enough to properly handle the potential dangers of flooding that come with breakup every spring, says the deputy fire chief.
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Devolution money sought by Dehcho
The Dehcho First Nations want the money it says is owed from devolution and has demanded the territorial government fork it over.
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Rowe's fined $40,000 for injury
Rowe's Construction Ltd. has been slapped with a $40,000 fine after the company pleaded guilty to violating territorial safety regulations in a 2013 incident that left a worker seriously injured.
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Simpson shooters hit mark
Fort Simpson Cadets were on target at the regional marksmanship competition in Edmonton on April 11 and 12, so much that three shooters made it to the national stage.
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Review board talks offshore drilling
There seemed to be little public interest in the prospect of offshore drilling during an information session at the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre in Inuvik April 14.
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Club members impressed on trip
The students from the East Three Secondary School's Art Travel Club might have had to revise their trip on short notice, but they still made it a work of art.
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Climate change poses danger to historical sites
The precious history of the Arctic is washing away in front of peoples' eyes, says a University of Toronto researcher.
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Slow start to fishing challenge
The inaugural Ice Fishing Challenge might have attracted far more anglers than fish, but that didn't spoil a good time had by all.
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Students look at weather science
Students at East Three School and public observers were blown away April 20 as the Aurora Research Institute launched a weather balloon into the atmosphere loaded with electronic sensors.
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NWT funding process under review
No one could blame Inuvik town council members if they had told a senior government bureaucrat to show them the money earlier this month.
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'It was probably the best trip of my life'
A group of seven high school students has returned from a week-long trip to Ottawa with a fresh perspective on their region and a lifetime of memories.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Man in Stanton rampage freed
A man who sent doctors and nurses scurrying for cover after going on a violent rampage in the emergency room at Stanton Territory Hospital last November, has been freed from jail after a judge sentenced him to time served last week.
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Child in car prompts RCMP call
A mother says she was made to feel like a criminal for leaving her eight-year-old boy in the car while shopping for groceries on Sunday afternoon.
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Debt ceiling increasing to $1.3 billion
The Northwest Territories' debt ceiling will jump to $1.3 billion, the federal government revealed yesterday in its budget, falling short of the increase sought by the territorial government
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City keeps 'prayer' after ruling
The city will continue starting council meetings by reciting what councillors and city documents describe as a prayer and also a mediation.
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Top doc confirms danger of arsenic in mushrooms
The territory's top doctor agrees that mushrooms found within 50 kilometres of Yellowknife shouldn't be consumed but says issuing a health warning is unnecessary.
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Co-op changes on the way
The Co-op's membership fees could dramatically fall this year.
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Administrative professional recognized
Rita McCrea came to Yellowknife for three years in 1990 and now has been working as a comptroller at Ron's Auto Service for 25.
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RCMP seize drugs, $200,000 cash from raids
RCMP has made a substantial dent in the city's drug trade after seizing more than $200,000 in cash during three separate raids and several arrests a week ago today.
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Fuego's comes to Wildcat Cafe
The papers are signed and the lease is official - Fuego's is the new operator of the Wildcat Cafe.
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Going green in Yellowknife
Special PDF report: The wide variety of activities happening this week in Yellowknife makes it easy for anyone to get involved this Earth Day.
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Harry Potter not guilty of murder
Fans of Harry Potter can relax. The wizard will not be going to jail after he was found not guilty of second degree murder by a jury in territorial court in Yellowknife last Thursday.
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Dettah students' ambitions soar
Working in a mine or raising babies at home were the two main career goals Lea Lamoureux heard from students when she took over as principal of Kaw Tay Whee School in Dettah.
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Analyzing dreams as a way of life
Tears were shed at the Yellowknife Public Library during a workshop focused on remembering dreams, interpreting their meaning and using them as life guides on Sunday.
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Bravo time in Arviat
The 12th annual Xtreme Bravo Challenge is set to go this coming weekend in Arviat.
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Taking the reigns
Bonnie Almon brings a ton of experience to her position as counselling manager with Kivalliq Counselling and Support Services (KCSS) in Rankin Inlet.
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Growing the game
The game of hockey continues to grow at a steady pace in the territory, but there are still challenges to be met, said the president of Hockey Nunavut.
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Campaign promotes safe shelter
The Rankin Inlet-based Kataujaq Society is using National Victims of Crime Awareness Week as a vehicle to increase awareness of the services available to people who may need help escaping a violent situation.
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Big night in Rankin
Hockey fans in Rankin Inlet had a huge surprise in store for them when it was announced a special exhibition game featuring hometown hero Jordin Tootoo would be held at the local arena tomorrow, April 23, beginning at 8 p.m.

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