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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, July 3, 2015

Teach young boys to respect females: women's advocate
A women's advocate is calling for a new education program focusing on teaching young boys to respect women in light of rampant domestic violence and alcohol abuse in the territory.
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Air quality gets better in city
Most Yellowknife residents did not need to be told that the air quality was poor earlier this week due to smoke from forest fires.
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No fear present at Long Lake
Two years after a seven-year-old drowned at Long Lake, Fred Henne beach-goers Yellowknifer spoke to said they feel secure that their children are safe.
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Donated clothing dumped
An expression of support for people who lost property in the Polaris apartment fire found its way to the dump this week.
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Keeping aboriginal teachers working in the NWT
Ministers of Education from across the country filled the seats at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre this week to discuss how to meet goals laid out by Jackson Lafferty.
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Snare hydro fire now under control
It was a close call but a forest fire that was threatening the Snare hydroelectric facility about 140 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife is now under control
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Old Airport Road residential divides city councillors
A plan to allow residential and mixed use zoning along a portion of Old Airport Road between Byrne Road and Borden Drive will go to city council for consideration next month.
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Review of teen's death underway
A Nova Scotia youth mental health expert will lead the review of how Timothy Henderson was treated by the health system prior to his death this year, but the report will never be seen by the public or the teen's parents.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beyond surviving
"(I) danced my shoes off. I can really see the difference in me; it's such a good feeling."
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Fire season flares back up
Jean Marie River narrowly avoided evacuation on Sunday after a small lightning fire blew up into a 100-acre raging forest fire.
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Open Sky celebrates 15 years
The Open Sky Society is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with a two-day festival on July 11 and 12.
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Dehcho may press pause on process
The Dehcho Process has been a bumpy ride and it may get bumpier yet if First Nations leaders agree to pause the process until after federal and territorial elections.
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Students heading to Phoenix
A team of 12 high school students from across the Northwest Territories departed for an international basketball competition on June 26.
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Chamber elects new executive
The Fort Simpson Chamber of Commerce elected a new executive during their annual general meeting on June 25 at the Nahanni Inn.
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Emergency shelter closes its doors
Inuvik's emergency warming shelter is looking for a new home after the Anglican Church said it will no longer be opening its doors this winter.
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Walking the walk
If you're going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.
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Youth centre welcomes new administrator
He's only been in town a month, but John Moore didn't waste any time fully immersing himself in the community.
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Mental health does not discriminate
Inuvik's community counsellors are breaking down mental health stigma one hot dog at a time.
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Dene national chief challenged
Saying it's time for a change, Harold Cook has announced that he will be taking on long-time Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus who has often won his seat without a challenger to oppose him.
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Slo-pitch teams ready to batter-up
Women's softball teams from around the region are gearing up for the annual territorial slo-pitch championships – and hoping to take down three-time winners, the Inuvik Benchwarmers.
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More bear sightings in town
One bear was spotted and another destroyed last week as the number of animals entering town limits continues to increase.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wildfire closes Highway 3, threatens telecommunications
As Yellowknifers again awoke to a strong smell of forest fire smoke yesterday, their phone, cable and Internet services continue to be threatened.
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Minister advocates for Canada-wide curriculum on residential schools
Teaching all Canadian students about the residential school system is important, according to one city educator.
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Bomb threat diverts Yellowknife passengers on their way home
There were some anxious moments and high drama for a number of Yellowknife-bound passengers Saturday when their Halifax to Edmonton WestJet flight landed in Saskatoon after a bomb threat on Saturday.
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City considering increase to taxes, fees
City administration is eying increasing property taxes 3.5 per cent in the 2016 budget along with a three per cent increase to city fees for things like taking a swim at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool or renting advertising space at an arena.
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City decides Decorby shack will live to see another day
The city's development appeal board has given a partial victory to Spencer Decorby, who placed a small structure on Commissioner's land on Latham Island earlier this year.
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Accountant looks forward
Biswanath Chakrabarty is always trying to figure out what he's going to do next.
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Growing her business and herself
Rene Rocher always came from a family of Yellowknife entrepreneurs, but it was morels where she staked her own claim.
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Yellowknifer at top of its class
You are reading what has been recognized as the best newspaper in its circulation class in Canada.
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City celebrates Canada Day
Canada Day celebrations will kick off this morning with a parade through downtown followed by festivities through the afternoon at Somba K'e Civic Plaza.
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Dene national chief challenged
Saying it's time for a change, Harold Cook has announced that he will be taking on long-time Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus who has often won his seat without a challenger to oppose him.
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Niven appeal fails
The city's development appeal board has ruled a development officer was correct in allowing a height variance for a four-storey public housing building in the Niven Lake neighbourhood.
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K'alemi Dene School graduates two students
A pair of K'alemi Dene School students were the centre of attention in the school's foyer last Friday as they accepted their diplomas. Shania Richter-Beaulieu and Kody Baton were surrounded by family members, well-wishers, fellow students and school staff as they officially became the school's graduates of 2015.
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Greenhouse for Naujaat this summer
Business students from the south have set their sights on getting things growing in Naujaat this summer with plans for a hydroponic greenhouse underway.
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Celebrating Aboriginal Day
Hundreds of people came out to enjoy tasty treats, watch the judging of traditional attire and take in the community spirit during the Aboriginal Day barbecue in Rankin Inlet on June 22.
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A caring hand from Australia
An Arviat youth was beaming with pride after receiving a surprise gift from Australia's "Uncle" Bob Carveth this past month.
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Summer fun in Rankin
Youth of all ages in Rankin Inlet will be able to avail themselves of a wide range of activities this summer, thanks to the programming efforts of the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre and the hamlet's recreation department.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, June 29, 2015

Ex-Fort McPherson finance director charged with fraud
RCMP has filed charges in the wake of a two-year forensic investigation into Fort McPherson's finances.
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MP Bevington announces re-election bid
The NDP member of Parliament for the NWT has announced he will seek re-election.
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Polar medal unveiled
The Northern Medal is no more, as it will be replaced by the Polar Medal, which features a different mandate and appearance. The new medal comes with added prestige as it is now part of the Canadian Honours System.
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Education ministers here next week
Making sure that residential schools curriculum is taught to students across Canada and retaining and attracting more aboriginal teachers to the NWT are two of the main goals for NWT Education Minister Jackson Lafferty as he hosts his provincial and territorial counterparts next week.
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Twin Otter praised
The Twin Otter may be almost 50 years old, but many Northern airlines consider it a crucial component of their fleets and don't plan on phasing it out anytime soon.
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GNWT to begin a major move
The location to get a driver's licence and other motor vehicle paperwork will be changing later this year as a new GNWT-owned office tower opens on 49 Street.
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Bringing international volunteers to NWT
Matthew Moore knows how life can make unexpected turns.
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Imperial suspends Beaufort drilling program
Imperial Oil has officially announced it is indefinitely suspending all work in its Beaufort Sea exploration drilling program.
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Fortune shares drop 50 per cent
Mining and development company Fortune Minerals saw its stock plunge by almost 50 per cent after stating that there are no guarantees it can secure additional working capital.
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Drought persists
The territory is still parched despite receiving some rainfall over the past couple of weeks, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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Denendeh Helicopters expanding its fleet
Two helicopters recently purchased by Denendeh Helicopters Ltd. are already on their way to snagging Deh Gah Got'ie Koe lucrative contracts.
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Lotto winner keeping job at Super A
The morning Lynn Lepine learned she had won $250,000, she made two calls.
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Time well spent
Renee Ekendia is passionate about helping her community. That's why she was chosen as the winner of this year's Outstanding Youth Award for her work in Behchoko.
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Cashing in on cold crops
Mariah Blake says she had to see it with her own eyes to believe it was possible to grow food in Tsiigehtchic.
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Ending marks a good start
For the past 12 years, Ocean McLeod has worked for the moment when she could accept her high school diploma onstage in front of her loved ones.
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Building on potential
Don Resler likes old buildings. And that goes a long way to explain how Resler - a carpenter by trade - is now the co-owner and operator of R House Bed and Breakfast in Fort Smith.
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Cultural, educational trip expands horizons
From dolphins to ancient sea creatures, students from Charles Tetcho School in Trout Lake got a taste of life outside the Northwest Territories last month.
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Making history in Lutsel K'e
It was an occasion so big it attracted just about every single member of the community - the first-ever graduation at Lutsel K'e Dene School.
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Brace for food price hike
Food prices across Baffin region will be going up this summer, but the measure should be temporary as First Air increases freight rates due to runway work at Iqaluit International Airport.
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Bell silenced
A long-awaited code of conduct for Iqaluit city councillorsfaced first and second reading June 23, but it was not without controversy.
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Calls for inquest unanswered
Nunavut's chief coroner has rejected calls for a coroner's investigation into the death of Makibi Timilak.
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Investors pitch craft brewery
Buoyed by a recent plebiscite that showed overwhelming support for beer and wine sales in the Nunavut capital, a group of investors came to Iqaluit city council expressing their intent to launch their own craft brewery.
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Feds to help fund Pond Inlet sea port
A new federal funding announcement has opened the door to a $40-million marine facility in Pond Inlet.
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Kangaroo vest gifted to student
Aussie gift-giver Bob "Uncle Bob" Carveth has been at it again in Cambridge Bay, this time donating a red kangaroo skin vest to one lucky youth.
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Down factory ramps up
Senior administrative office Darryl Dibblee looked at a lot of scenarios for his community's new eiderdown factory, but he didn't expect dangerous substances.
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Ottawa Southway converts
An Ottawa hotel popular with Nunavummiut is renovating to become a luxury retirement residence.
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Apex students learn home cooking
More than 100 people filled Nanook Elementary School's gym for a home-cooked feast from students earlier this month.
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SSi Micro and KIA are on the air
A new pilot project between SSi Micro and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association has been designed to bring Inuit-focused radio to Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay.
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Treasure returns to the territory
For the man who received it, a carving of an Inuk man assembling three pieces of snow into an iglu has come to symbolize the creation of Nunavut.
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In praise of a good start
Ellen Hamilton is playing the long game, her sights set on helping Nunavummiut graduate high school, get good jobs and stay out of prison.

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