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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, August 29, 2014

'We screwed up' - councillor
City councillors held their noses and approved a bylaw Monday deferring tax increases to Kam Lake property owners until Dec. 30 after coming up short in their attempts at a rebate.
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Fight over for forest fire near Yk
Ten remaining firefighters battling a blaze less than 30 kilometres west of Yellowknife for the past several weeks have now been removed from fighting the fire.
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Gang charges difficult to prove: lawyer
Yellowknife RCMP has made it abundantly clear over the past year that, in the minds of police officers, drug trafficking in the city is in the hands of a criminal gang from Lower Mainland B.C.
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Restaurant vs. food trucks
It was the summer of the food truck in downtown Yellowknife this year, with up to four trucks offering street-side lunches downtown.
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More calls for sidewalks on Highway 4
Ruari Carthew, a representative from Ecology North and a resident of Niven Lake, approached council to discuss safety concerns for pedestrians along Highway 4 from the Niven Gate to the Explorer Hotel.
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Schools to deal with smoke on day-to-day basis
With students now filling the halls of Yellowknife's schools for another school year, school administrators are figuring how to deal with the potential for heavy smoke in the air.
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Volunteers 'storm' Yellowknife
Yellowknifer Tara-Lee Wedzin was walking down Franklin Avenue on Tuesday when she spotted a group of volunteers cleaning up and landscaping one of the yards of Garden Townhomes.
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Yk1 chair gears up for school year
At the helm of six schools and approximately 1,730 students, chairman of Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1), John Stephenson has a lot on his plate.
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Time for the new school year
September is an exciting time for students and especially for those attending school for the first time.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fire destroys Fort Simpson trailer
An early morning fire lit up the sky over the Fort Simpson industrial area on Aug. 24.
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$15.8 million spurs work at Prairie Creek
The Canadian Zinc Corporation has raised $15.8 million that will allow the company to undertake major exploration and development work at Prairie Creek Mine this fall and winter.
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Arts and farmers' market a hit
Moccasins, jams, fresh vegetables and medicinal ointments were among the items on display and for sale at a new event in Fort Simpson.
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Kakisa to get new community building
Construction is underway in Kakisa on a long-awaited community facility.
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Fund supports three initiatives
Three First Nations in the Deh Cho are among 14 groups in the territory that are receiving a portion of the territorial government's Anti-Poverty Fund.
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Golfers play on their skills
Twenty-two golfers challenged their own capabilities during a two-day event in Fort Simpson over the weekend.
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Garden diversity on display
The wonders of Fort Simpson gardens of all shapes, sizes and stages of development were revealed during a new community event.
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Gwich'in delegates want wellness centre to reopen
Delegates at the Gwich'in Tribal Council assembly made it clear Aug. 20 that they want the Gwich'in Wellness Centre just outside of Inuvik to be reopened, although it's not clear how the cost would be covered.
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One-class voting system retained
Delegates at the Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC) assembly voted unanimously to override the results of community consultation sessions and retain full voting rights for all of its citizens Aug. 22 after a marathon week of discussions.
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Sounds of Spain
When Aiden Kunnizzi strums his guitar, hearts flutter to a Spanish rhythm.
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A traditional lifestyle lived
You'd want someone like Mabel English with you if you're ever lost in the woods.
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Nice guys finish first
The Inuvik RCMP detachment has its eyes on Inuvikmiut youth, but not for the reason you might think at first blush.
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Amirco wins slo-pitch playoffs
The Inuvik Slo-pitch Association season ended with a bang Aug. 23 as the Amirco team routed a gutsy and determined Legion Bears team in the third game of a best-of-three finals.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UNW president faces challenger
There will be challenger for this October's presidency of the Union of Northern Workers.
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Company gets $70,000 fine for Bluefish accident
Two years after a construction worker was badly injured after falling from unsafe scaffolding at Bluefish Dam on the Yellowknife River, the Ontario-based company in charge of reconstructing the dam has been handed a $70,000 fine.
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Buffalo Airways fined $55,000
Buffalo Airways was fined $55,000 in territorial court Friday after the company admitted the fuel tanks it was transporting weren't up to code.
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Miltenberger: $52 million to fight forest fires
Numbers have been revealed by the Government of the Northwest Territories paint a devastating picture of the forest fires that continues to plague the territory this summer.
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No one hurt in townhouse fire
No one was hurt, but there was considerable damage following a townhouse fire on Friday evening.
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From Yellowknife to Iqaluit for Nanook
Almost 50 military personnel from Yellowknife are involved this week in Operation Nanook, a major rescue training exercise taking place in and around Iqaluit.
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Women mining a future
The NWT is leading the nation, even if only by a small margin, when it comes a sizeable number of women in its mining sector.
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Dial-a-doper gets house arrest
In what is becoming an increasingly rare event in Canada, a drug dealer found guilty of trafficking a small amount of cocaine will serve his sentence under house arrest rather than in jail.
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'Seamless and inclusive plan for everyone'
If a major power outage struck or if the city were to be surrounded by forest fires, able-bodied residents would be able to consult the city's emergency plan for safety.
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Yellowknife jumps on board
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has come a long way from rolling Hawaiian coasts and landed on the rocky shores of Yellowknife Bay.
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Italian tourist chases big fish dream
An Italian tourist has returned home after visiting the city solely out of an interest to see the source of one Yellowknife man's "amazing" underwater photos.
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Coral celebrates Hamlet Day
The community of Coral Harbour overcame a difficult month to hold a successful Hamlet Day celebration on Aug. 18.
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Meeting the challenge
Getting everything ready for annual high school graduation festivities is not a task to be taken lightly.
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Back on the water
The qajaqs hit the water for the ninth time to begin another year at Victor Sammurtok School in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month.
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The practical side of science
Children in Repulse Bay took part in a week's worth of fun-filled activities when the Actua Science Camp made an appearance earlier this month.
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Missing the summer bonding
The Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre in Rankin Inlet was noticeably absent from youth programming this summer due to the late arrival of its funding.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, August 25, 2014

Harper announces agriculture funding
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government's support for Northern farming initiatives in the NWT's garden capital last Friday, pledging to fund the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) in Hay River.
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MLAs demand answers on firing
Regular MLAs are calling on Premier Bob McLeod and Human Resources Minister Tom Beaulieu to "come clean" on the recent firing of Sheila Bassi-Kellett as deputy minister of human resources.
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Lodge owner still reeling from loss
One of the owners of a lodge on the western shore of Great Slave Lake - destroyed by fire last week - said he is continuing to deal with the emotional loss of the beloved family compound.
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Relief wells policy up for review
The public comment period has closed on the National Energy Board's (NEB) invitation for commentary on its decision to entertain alternative proposals to its same season relief well policy regarding the proposed offshore deep sea exploratory well in the Beaufort Sea.
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Health department proposes superboard
Some leaders in the Northwest Territories say the idea to move to a single health board in the territory might help improve the health care system.
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Gwich'in voting rights retained
After three days of animated discussion, the Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC) annual general assembly has voted against a proposal to create two classes of voting members.
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GNWT doles out anti-poverty funding
A select number of local aboriginal governments, community organizations and non-profits across the NWT are getting a boost in their fight against poverty.
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Trans-boundary water agreement close
After years of negotiations, the territorial government is finally close to signing trans-boundary water agreements with Alberta and B.C.
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Slave River Coalition revived
The Mount Polley spill in B.C. recently spurred aboriginal activists living along the shores of the Slave River to revive the long-dormant Slave River Coalition.
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Fire an accident, says fire marshal
Donations have been pouring in for the family of Rhoni Beaulieu, the 16-year-old girl killed in a house fire in Fort Resolution on Aug. 15.
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'It's the only thing I know'
Growing up in Behchoko, Archie Black would always join his father when he went out on the land to hunt beaver, muskox and caribou.
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Games organizer kept busy
Doris Manuel says this might be one of the busiest summers of her life.
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Resurrecting an ancient route
It's been more than 20 years since anyone regularly made the canoe trip from Gameti to the Barrenlands, but a group of elders and youth are aiming to change that this week.
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Norman Wells drivers restricted to NWT
There are one stop light towns, and then there's Norman Wells.
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Don't shoot at police, RCMP warn
An incident in Behchoko earlier this month could have ended in tragedy, had RCMP officers not noticed a youth shooting a firearm at their vehicle was in fact carrying a pellet gun.
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Short-term trends no cause for alarm: GN
The latest labour force survey numbers from Statistics Canada show an 800 person decline in Nunavut employment for those aged 15 or older over May, June and July compared to the same period last year.
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Quarry bigger than thought
The good news? Nunavut's second-largest soapstone quarry, in Sanikiluaq, is much bigger than originally thought.
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Skills passed on in nation's communities
The tradition of passing down knowledge and living as a mentor in the community is not a dying trait as the Iglulik film company Arnait Video Productions shows in its documentary.
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PM to announce polar icebreaker
During his six-day whirlwind tour of the three territories, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will touch down in three Nunavut communities and leave behind announcements.
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Sole saviour
When Katannilik Park worker Andrew Boyd didn't come back from a work trip through the park earlier this summer, his girlfriend got worried. Then she went to Pitsiula Michael.
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North Arrow completes program
North Arrow Minerals Inc. has completed its $3.7 million bulk sampling program near Repulse Bay on its Qilalugaq diamond project.
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New space for prisoners on track
The long-awaited overflow structure for the Baffin Correctional Centre is well on its way to be completed on schedule this fall.
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Effort begins to raise historic ship
The Maud - or the Baymaud as she was later rechristened by the Hudson's Bay Company when it bought the ship from explorer Roald Amundsen's creditors - may finally be raised from her watery grave of 84 years this summer.
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Arctic Bay books have no home
After being evicted from Arctic Bay's Inuujaq school, the former library's books are set to find a home in Cape Dorset.
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The Arctic life aquatic
Tom McKain appears stumped and frustrated as he realizes that hours of preparation, a half-hour Zodiac ride, and the hopes of a paying customer could be wasted.
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Gravel crusher a big plus
It may be only one machine, but what a difference an investment in a gravel crusher is making in Nunavut's furthest south community, Sanikiluaq.

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