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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, January 16, 2017

Murderer awaits sentence
A supreme court justice will wait until April to rule whether a Fort Good Hope youth who sexually assaulted and beat a young mother unrecognizable more than two years ago should be sentenced as an adult for her murder.
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Breaking the silence
Annie Gordon has seen what happens to some Aklavik elders when pension day comes. Relatives not seen in weeks are suddenly on their doorsteps.
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Irked over rental dispute changes
An Enterprise man is objecting to the fact he now has to file claims concerning rental disputes with the NWT Supreme Court in Yellowknife, instead of the Territorial Court in Hay River.
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$7.5 million buys entire operation
In mid-December, the territorial government bought the assets of the financially-insolvent Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL). And the $7.5 million spent by the territorial government bought a lot.
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Library of heroes
Jaydon Kakfwi says when he was asked to make a contribution to a new book honouring Dene heroes, he knew exactly who he would choose.
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Ocean at their doorstep
Evidence of the Arctic's changing climate is literally on Sarah Adam's doorstep in Tuktoyaktuk. Over the past 20 years, erosion has drastically reduced Tuktoyaktuk's shoreline and the Arctic Ocean now reaches the back door of her house.
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Feds commit to partly fund road to Whati
The federal government plans to cover 25 per cent of the cost to build an all-season road to Whati through a public-private partnership.
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NWT gets second Tims
A former NHL player helped stick-handle a deal to bring a Tim Hortons franchise to the Salt River First Nation in Fort Smith.
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Tuktoyaktuk man behind bars again
A 33-year-old Tuktoyaktuk man with more than 50 previous convictions is back behind bars after sending an apartment up in flames this summer and threatening to shoot up the RCMP.
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Earthquake rattles Resolute
Two earthquakes rumbled through Resolute on Jan. 8 and 9.
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Council targets homelessness
In the wake of the tragic death of Jake Angurasuk, Coun. Joanasie Akumalik asked fellow council members Jan. 10 to renew efforts to help homeless people.
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ITK's language committee learns from Welsh example
The work of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami's Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq (AIT) task group (or language committee) took them far afield in December.
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Second city councillor steps down from post
Iqaluit residents will soon be voting in a municipal by-election after Megan Pizzo-Lyall resigned Jan. 10 to pursue opportunities outside the capital.
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Inuit focus of Sirmilik management
Canada's fourth largest national park, Sirmilik National Park, received ministerial approval for its management plan in November.
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Tagaq named to Order of Canada
Inuit throatsinger Tanya Tagaq, originally of Cambridge Bay, was named a member of the Order of Canada on Dec. 30.
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Artist, hunter, remembered
When he wasn't out hunting, the lithograph studio in Cape Dorset was a sure place to find Tim Pitsiulak.
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Rangers work on leadership
Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers from across Nunavut visited Yellowknife last week for leadership training at 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) Headquarters Jan. 9 to 13.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, January 13, 2017
You don't have mail
The owner of a Yellowknife-based IT company is raising concerns about the functionality of Northwestel's e-mail servers after several of his clients began complaining last week that their e-mails weren't being delivered.
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Stanton lobby policy raises concerns
The second vice-president of the Union of Northern Workers says a new policy at Stanton Territorial hospital of allowing homeless individuals to stay overnight in its lobby is a security concern for the union and some of its members who work there.
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Union and GNWT to resume contract negotiations in March
The Union of Northern Workers and the territorial government are set to resume contract talks in March, more than a year after negotiations to reach a new collective agreement began.
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Stanton head welcomes review
The chief operating officer of Stanton Territorial Hospital welcomes a recommendation from NWT chief coroner Cathy Menard that the hospital review patient care given to a woman who died at the hospital in 2015.
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Birchwood Dental Clinic set to open doors
When long-time Yellowknife dentist Dr. Nittan Gohil realized patients were waiting as long as four months to see a dentist in the city, he knew it was time to open a new clinic.
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Stories from the land
Stories of living on the land and water are coming to Yellowknife - all with the goal of protecting indigenous culture and the environment.
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Yellowknife school board to hold town hall on junior kindergarten
Officials from Yellowknife Education District No. 1 will hold an open house on Jan. 24 to discuss junior kindergarten.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Infrastructure, maintenance prime focus of village budget
With Fort Simpson's annual budget recently approved, Mayor Darlene Sibbeston says she's happy with the village's focus on infrastructure for the coming year.
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Former MLA candidates charged
Two former MLA candidates and one official agent from the Nahendeh electoral district have been charged with election reporting offences related to the 2015 territorial general election.
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Arctic Energy Alliance audits homes
Twelve homes in Kakisa have been audited for energy-efficiency by the Arctic Energy Alliance.
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Last meeting for special rep advising on Dehcho Process
After months of meeting with Deh Cho communities and leaders, ministerial special representative Anne Marie Doyle wrapped up her time in the region this week.
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Fiddlers celebrate annual jamboree
With 14 years in the Deh Cho under its belt, the Kole Crook Fiddle Association came together in Fort Simpson this week to celebrate its annual jamboree.
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Speed skaters lace up their skates
In preparation for an upcoming tournament in March, speed skaters in Fort Simpson are training up for their big moment.
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Festival keeps growing
Warmer than usual weather and a weekend full of events drew out big crowds for the 2017 Inuvik Sunrise Festival.
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Town explores new gas options
The Town of Inuvik is on the hunt for a new home heating fuel supplier after Inuvik Gas announced it was cancelling its agreement with the community two years into a 10-year deal.
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Talent works together at a distance
Almost like a game of telephone on a canvas, the Great Northern Art Exchange produces collaborative works without artists ever meeting each other, and the next round is set to begin soon.
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Chinook winds so warm
While Canadians in Alberta and British Columbia have been complaining about cold temperatures, residents of the far North have been treated to a balmy start to the new year.
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GNWT idles on asbestos disclosure
The GNWT won't follow the federal government's lead in publicly disclosing a list of buildings it owns or leases containing asbestos, which can cause cancer when inhaled.
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Sno pitch a winter hit
The key way to adapt regular slo pitch skills to the winter field of sno pitch at the 2017 Inuvik Sunrise Festival was not to take it too seriously.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Changes to mental health law stalled
Implementation of a law that changes how mental-health services are administered in the territory is indefinitely delayed and jobs to support its start have yet to be filled.
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City explores power generation at dump
The city is again examining the idea of a waste-to-energy plant that would reduce what goes into the landfill while also generating power.
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City sees least amount of snowfall in 40 years
David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada,says it is far too early to panic about low water levels or the upcoming forest-fire season.
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Winter road to mines on schedule
Less than usual snow on the ground has been a boon for construction on the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road, which is ahead of schedule.
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Sex attacker curses court in sentencing
A man who threatened to burn a woman and her house down after sexually assaulting her while she was asleep in her bed was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Thursday - a decision that did not please him.
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New pool may require $11M loan
The municipality may need to borrow $11 million to finance a new aquatic centre if council opts to build one, an amount that may not require a plebiscite, according to city staff.
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Shoplifters take Con Mine painting from artist's studio
A local artist whose work was stolen right off of her studio wall in early December said the people responsible for the theft took more than just a painting.
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Community remembers Ava Lizotte
A large, sombre crowd gathered in the Sir John Franklin High School gym on Saturday afternoon to bid farewell to 11-year-old Ava Lizotte.
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Aila Grace Sumcad crowned Stanton's first baby of 2017
A Yellowknife couple say they feel truly blessed to have had a healthy baby girl 11 days ago - that she happens to be the first baby born at Stanton Territorial Hospital this year is just an added bonus.
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Former NHLer brings camp to Kivalliq
Minor hockey players received skills training from a former NHLer when John Chabot brought his camp to Coral Harbour this past weekend. But he wasn't just bringing his skills - he wanted to make sure no one missed the chance to get on the ice.
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Rankin gymnasts fly south
A group of young competitive gymnasts from Rankin Inlet's Aqsarniit Ujauttaq Gymnastics Club shone brightly at the Atlantis Crown Invitational competition in Nassau, Bahamas, this past month.
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Rankin hockey fans head to Montreal
When Troy Terry's shootout goal earned the United States a 5-4 win over Team Canada in the final of the world junior hockey championship on Jan. 5 in Montreal, some of the biggest tears in the Bell Centre were cried by a large group of hockey fans from Rankin Inlet.
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Operation Christmas Elf spreads cheer
A large number of people, especially children, enjoyed a little extra Christmas cheer this year, thanks to the efforts of a local couple in Chesterfield Inlet.


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