NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, October 20, 2014
Board denies request to keep spill confidential An oil and gas company's attempt to keep a spill at a drilling site just north of the NWT-Alberta border confidential has been shot down by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
Unions protest pension changes With signs raised in the air and nearly 50 voices chanting "shame," members and supporters of public service labour organizations across the territory demonstrated their opposition to the proposed changes to the pension plan they rely on late last week.
Wildfires destroy caribou winter range This year's wildfires have destroyed millions of hectares of lichens, an important winter food source for barren land caribou, which could impact the herds for decades to come.
Outside eyes on elder abuse case An internal investigation into the alleged assault of a Fort Resolution elder at the hands of an RCMP officer has concluded, and the territorial police force is now handing the investigation over to an outside police force.
Medicine Hat police clear RCMP in suspect's injury Police in Medicine Hat, Alta. have cleared Yellowknife RCMP of any wrongdoing after a man was injured during a drug raid late last year.
Gwich'in presidential by-election set Gwich'in beneficiaries will mark their ballots for a new president on Nov. 17.
A tradition of trapping Hunters and trappers like Jim Elias of Tuktoyaktuk are the ones keeping harvesting traditions alive.
Courageous pauses You could say Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA) has been distracted from its Courageous Lake gold project lately.
Navigating the Northwest Passage It's not in Samantha Merritt's nature to give up, and she said it's a good thing because navigating a sailboat through the Northwest Passage is not the sort of ride you can get off of.
Gameti pushes for self-sufficiency When it was reported that the tiny hamlet of Gameti was cultivating the largest community garden in the territory this summer, the project's brainchild, SAO Judal Dominicata, said he was inundated with positive feedback from community's leaders and government officials.
Fire destroys Edzo swimming pool A suspicious fire claimed a building commonly referred to as the "swimming pool hall" in Edzo last weekend.
K'ahsho Got'ine agree to fibre optic line route The territorial government continues to make progress toward getting approval for its highly-anticipated Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line, after it reached an agreement with a key aboriginal partner in the Sahtu.
Dene Nation opposes B.C. mega dam The Dene Nation is prepared to join any eventual court action against the province of B.C. if it gives final approval to the development of the multi-billion dollar Site C mega dam and hydroelectric project proposed in northeastern B.C.
Child and Family Services set for 'transformation' The Department of Health and Social Services is overhauling Child and Family Services after the Auditor General of Canada released a scathing report on the program in March.
Dude looks like a lady A special incentive at Chief T'Selehye School helped students earn the most money ever fundraised at the school for the Terry Fox Foundation earlier this year, says teacher Meghan McBride.
Air North reports good summer A turnaround may be in the works for Air North. As recently as May of this year, the airline's director of commercial development was grim on the airline's then three-month-old Yellowknife to Ottawa flight.
Schools for a Living Planet comes North Teachers in the Northwest Territories now have access to northern-specific lesson plans and activities through an education program from the World Wildlife Fund.
'He taught us how to rap and not be shy' High school students at Chief Jimmy Bruneau High School in Behchoko were treated to a rare visit from a celebrity when actor and writer Jonathan Torrens, best known for his role as the rapper J-Roc on Trailer Park Boys, dropped by to lead a hip-hop workshop.
Europe allows Inuit sealskins At long last, the European Union is allowing the unhindered import and sale of sealskins from Nunavut's Inuit hunters, the EU and Canadian governments declared Oct. 10.
Hike in Iqaluit cab fare likely Iqaluit's taxi fares haven't increased in seven years, and there appears to be little opposition to increasing the rate by one dollar to $7 from the current rate of $6. Only a couple of residents showed for a taxi review board meeting to discuss the issue.
Agnico Eagle mine receives board approval Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. received board approval on Oct. 10 from the Nunavut Impact Review Board for the company's proposed Meliadine gold project.
Settlement cheques require process As the independent assessment process (IAP) of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement advances - and former residential school students leave hearings with decisions in hand - some are wondering why it's taking what seems like a long time to receive their cheques.
Education credit 'colossal mess' As news outlets and Facebook posts remind former residential school students of a looming Oct. 31 deadline to use a $3,000 personal education credit, many are only now realizing they are eligible, some are just learning the possible ways it might have been used, and some are frustrated by the terms of the credit's use, which are dictated by the federal government.
Applicant discovered programs option Former MLA Nancy Karetak-Lindell received a letter informing her of the $3,000 personal education credit in May.
Ready for the rush of the season Kelly Putuguq's new job is going to be a big one. As Gjoa Haven's tourism co-ordinator at the Nattilik Heritage Centre since February, she is involved in the planning and logistics to receive tourists visiting the community.
Gamers heading to Detroit Four Nunavummiut are one step closer to qualifying for the Yu-Gi-Oh world championships, and will be the first to represent Nunavut internationally in such a tournament.
Trade show honours the best Iqaluit's NCC Development Ltd. was a big winner during the Nunavut Trade Show Gala earlier this month, taking home two prizes.
Students hone leadership skills Nunavut had one of the smallest contingents at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference last month, but the six girls from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit sure made an impact.
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, October 17, 2014
MLAs backpeddle on year-long extension Northwest Territories MLAs have abandoned a plan to extend their terms by one year if the federal election overlaps with the territorial election in 2015.
Garbage can takeover A fresh batch of black bins were delivered to city residents this week, kicking off the Curbside Cart Program that will soon see mechanical, rather than human, arms picking up residents' trash.
Mental health support for the physically challenged The Yellowknife-based chapter of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind is hosting a workshop for members of the community with vision loss to share their experiences and learn about creating a positive road forward, from someone who understands their hardship.
Emergency landing on Highway 1 A small, single-engine Cessna was forced to make and emergency landing on Highway 1, 30 kilometres north of Enterprise on Oct. 16.
Yellowknife gets shout outs during baseball broadcast Millions of television viewers around the world heard Yellowknife mentioned several times during Tuesday night's broadcast of the Major League Baseball game.
Council supports bigger Kam Lake homes Following a debate at the Municipal Services Committee Monday at city hall, councillors seem set to remove a size restriction on residential dwellings in Kam Lake.
French school board not interested in Sissons The territorial government isn't saying what it would do with J.H. Sissons School should Yk1 decide to hand over the keys but the French school board refuses to take it.
First Nations Bank now open The First Nations Bank of Canada (FNBC) opened its first branch in the NWT this week in Yellowknife.
City prepares to begin live broadcasts Mayor Mark Heyck began Monday night's council meeting by pointing out a few new additions to the chamber ...
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Family violence under the spotlight
Happy families was one of the themes throughout the series of events that were held in Fort Liard last week to draw attention to the issue of family violence.
Taking stock of forest fire season
The size of the fires and the busyness of the season instead of the number of blazes is what set this year's forest fire season apart in the Deh Cho.
Fun with firefighters
The Fort Simpson Volunteer Fire Department held an evening of firefighter themed fun for youth to recognize National Fire Prevention Week.
Slight decline in tourist numbers
Forest fires and the conditions they produced are being blamed for a slight downturn in the overall seasons at the three territorial parks in the region.
Power plant upgrades near completion
Upgrades to the power plant in Jean Marie River are expected to create greater reliability for the community and improve fuel efficiency.
Top trappers take home honours
Four trappers from the Deh Cho have been acknowledged for their efforts during the last trapping season.
New soup kitchen packs in people
It's a new season and a new location for the soup kitchen being run by the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre, but the same old story of much demand remains firmly in place.
Inuvik Gas expects no problems
Inuvik Gas says it is prepared for the fall road closure season, and won't be relying on government efforts to keep the ferries at Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson running until the ice crossings are ready.
New building bought and paid for
The Inuvik Community Corporation is pretty pleased about its new home, and with good reason.
Drill in adaptability at East Three
When you live in the Arctic, you have to be adaptable, and that includes fire drills.
Award assists aviation pursuit
Alexander White might be in the aviation business, but he's not trying to earn his wings.
Family win honours namesake
When it comes to the annual Debbie Darts tournament, the sprawling Lindsay clan decided it was time to keep the title in the family.
Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
MLAs to question government spending As Yellowknife MLAs prepare for assembly's fall session, it's becoming clear money - and where it's spent - is going to be a hot topic.
GNWT backs away from Stanton cuts The territorial government says protests over possible job cuts at Stanton Territorial Hospital are premature.
$1.13 million Health Privacy Unit unveiled by GNWT The Department of Health and Social Services is spending $1.13 million over the next three years to create and operate a new Health Privacy Unit.
'What ever is picked it will be disruptive' Students at either N.J. Macpherson or Range Lake North may be forced out of their schools to make room for French immersion students vacating J.H. Sissons School if Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) trustees go ahead with a recommendation to shut it down.
Fracking opposition voiced With the occasional thumbs up or honking car horn, their cheers grew louder ...
Northern employment benefits drop Changes to eligibility requirements announced earlier this year under the employment insurance act came into effect last Sunday.
Ebola highly unlikely to surface in Yellowknife The chances of someone arriving in Yellowknife with the deadly Ebola virus are highly unlikely, according to Dr. Andre Corriveau, chief medical health officer for the NWT.
Labour convention this weekend This weekend, Union of Northern Workers (UNW) delegates from across the NWT will gather in Yellowknife for the union's 16th triennial convention.
Recruiting for the new wave When amateur radio operator Ron Thompson looks up at the moon, he doesn't just see another heavenly body - he sees an opportunity.
Black-headed seagull sighting 'first' for NWT Yellowknife bird watchers were treated to a special sight last week when a new species of seagull flew into town.
Teacher gets national recognition Another Kivalliq educator has received the Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence.
Honouring a long-time president A small ceremony was held to officially unveil the new home of the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) as the Louis Pilakapsi Building this past week in Rankin Inlet.
Hockey hero calls Gasps of disbelief and squeals of excitement filled the room when Canadian female hockey hero Hayley Wickenheiser's face came on the screen at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik this past week.
A devil of a time for Jordin Tootoo There's a chance the New Jersey Devils will become a favourite for a number of Kivalliq hockey fans this season after signing Rankin Inlet's Jordin Tootoo.
Youth make a difference Kivalliq students took to the streets to keep the memory of a Canadian hero alive during the Terry Fox Run this past month.