NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, October 24, 2016
Secret ballot for mid-term review Despite claiming they want to see more transparency from government, regular MLAs in the current 18th assembly have voted to have next year's mid-term review, which includes confidence votes on cabinet ministers, done by a secret ballot.
Fluctuating river levels foul ferry Travellers using the M.V. Lafferty ferry on Highway 1 near Fort Simpson are being cautioned the service could shut down again with no warning.
Security upgrades possible after violent altercation A violent altercation last month between two residents at Woodland Manor was among the first issues raised as the new session of the legislative assembly began on Oct. 13.
Fundraisers share wealth The Chase the Ace in Hay River continues to roll along. The Oct. 21 jackpot of $324,745 was not won.
Barge to chill on Toker Point A fuel barge that ran aground north of Tuktoyaktuk on Sept. 2 will spend the winter where it sits on Toker Point, said Tuktoyaktuk mayor Darrel Nasogaluak.
Canol Trail cleanup forges on After two years of cleanup work, nearly 250 kilometres of the Canol Trail has been cleared of dangerous telephone wire that has killed moose, caribou and presented a safety hazard to hikers.
A real page turner in Hay River A new book club has been formed in Hay River so people can get together and share the joy of reading. It has been organized by Nancy Makepeace.
Don't take my sunshine away When Bessie Sitatak heard Kitikmeot youth talk about the need for suicide prevention programming at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's annual general meeting this month, she had to tell them about her dream.
Country food for the sick Nunavummiut in hospitals, long term care facilities and even jails could soon have increased access to country food, thanks to a guidebook released by the Nunavut Food Security Coalition.
Inuit values heading to space When David Saint-Jacques heads to the International Space Station in 2018 for a six-month mission, he will be Canada's ninth astronaut in space. He'll also take with him lessons learned working with Inuit as a family doctor in Nunavik.
Antibody may help babies, suggests medical research Babies in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions are at extremely high risk for contracting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but preventative treatment is effective and can save governments a lot of money, according to a set of studies released Oct. 18 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open.
Big party set to mark 150-year anniversary With 74 days until the launch of national celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday, Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced $738,000 in funding Oct. 19 for Nunavummiut to participate.
Arctic College eyes wildlife Nunavut Arctic College's Nunatta campus hosted its 10th week-long wildlife contaminants workshop in September.
No trust in Ottawa Police When a police force struggles with racism toward Inuit, is it the right one to be conducting independent reviews of incidents that involve Nunavut's RCMP officers?
Young historians share their heritage in Ottawa Natasha Kiyoapik knows a lot about the amauti, and now the Nasivvik High School student will get to share her knowledge at the national level.
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, October 21, 2016 Yk is not overcharged for power says minister The war of words continues between Northland Utilities and Louis Sebert, minister responsible for the NWT Power Corporation, over the utility's claims the city is being overcharged for its power.
The TPP comes to Yellowknife About 30 people showed up to hear about how the Trans Pacific Partnership could effect the North last week at Northern United Place.
Big plane, big military exercise The giant U.S. military aircraft parked at the Yellowknife Airport last weekend was taking part in Vigilant Shield 17, an annual exercise conducted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Yellowknife gets acquainted with BizPal Starting a business in Yellowknife got a little less complicated this week, with the launch of BizPaL on Oct. 17.
Spending drop questioned The territorial government introduced its infrastructure budget last week but one MLA is questioning why it shows the government cutting capital spending by 78 per cent over four years.
Gymnastics club wants city to forgive its $101,000 debt President says they want to move forward with expansion and upgrades but can't unless owed money is forgiven
Public gets face-time with leaders Venomambo Usurua said he wants to make sure that Education, Culture and Employment Minister Alfred Moses takes his concerns about fellow Namibians living in Yellowknife seriously.
Yellowknife men give back A group of men is proving a little can go along way when everyone comes together ...
Charge laid after reports of festival sexual assaults A 19-year-old city man has been charged with a single count of sexual assault against a woman at the Folk on the Rocks festival in July.
Watercolour society marks decade Beautiful watercolour paintings will adorn the walls of the Northern United Place auditorium tomorrow - all in celebration of the Yellowknife Watercolour Society's 10th anniversary.
Chamber honours businesswoman Ten months ago, Leah Sulyma became one of the owners of BBE Expediting Ltd. She'd just turned 27.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Youth camp moves forward
Nahanni Butte Dene Band Chief Peter Marcellais says the band is more determined than ever to get a youth wellness camp up and running after reaching the final stages of a funding agreement with Canadian Zinc Corporation.
Learning the way of the drum
Jerry Antoine remembers the day he found his singing voice.
Public talks inform bylaw
Local landowners, business owners and Sen. Nick Sibbeston, as well as some of Fort Simpson's youth, spent an evening at the village office on Oct. 17 to provide their input into a proposed agriculture bylaw.
Foster families win recognition from territorial government
For foster parents like Cora Fudge, the welfare of a child in need is vitally important.
Land use talks draw comments
The territorial Department of Lands is still taking feedback on a draft framework that would update its management of recreational lands and cabin leases in the Northwest Territories.
Cadets train for Gold Star expedition
Seven members of the 2860 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, based in Fort Simpson, spent a weekend in Alberta to challenge the Gold Star Expedition Course.
'They're not fussy here'
The Inuvik Homeless Shelter is short on the help it needs to help others. The shortfall in donations at the shelter is being blamed on increased competition from other worthy causes and a slow economy.
$10k thriller for theatre
A $10,000 donation from the Inuvik Choral and Theatrical Society to East Three School's drama department means sustainability for the drama club.
Crowd-funding charity forms
Are there 100 people in town who would put up $100 four times a year for local charitable organizations?
Teacher lives in memories
Educators applauded their late peer Sandra Ipana for her commitment to culture and the children of Inuvik at a celebration of life on Oct. 12. Ipana passed away as a result of liver cancer on July 30, 2016.
Fast action at Paulou Ittungna Memorial
It was hard-fought play and long rallies for the 17 teams that came out for a weekend of volleyball in the Paulou Ittungna Memorial Tournament.
Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Changes prepare for take off at Yellowknife Airport The Department of Transportation is hoping to make changes that would make the Yellowknife Airport financially self sufficient, but could add up to $29 to the cost of a ticket.
MLA calls out premier on lack of communication with regular MLAs A Yellowknife MLA has complained bitterly over the fact he's learned of at least four important government decisions recently through the media.
GNWT wants policy for RCMP cells The death of a man who had been picked up by police for public intoxication and subsequent coroner's inquest has prompted RCMP and the territorial government to consider a territory-wide policy on how to deal with people who are dangerously drunk.
Ruth Spence was a woman with passion If there is one thing people could agree upon about Ruth Spence, it's that her passion made her a "force to be reckoned with."
Ex-Commissioner raises money for Yellowknife Association for Community Living George Tuccaro says he had no reservations about donating many of the gifts he received from various visiting dignitaries during his six years as NWT commissioner.
MLA fumes over road safety A Yellowknife MLA became visibly frustrated at the legislative assembly on Monday over what he says is the government's lax attitude on highway safety.
Chamber events a hard sell for small businesses Small Business Week started on Monday and will continue all week, but many say they won't be attending.
Local businesses shine The Yellowknife business community got a chance to shine at the annual Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala last Friday.
From China to Yellowknife Bingjun Wang first dreamed of coming to Canada as an international student when he was 18-years old. But when the Shanghai native was unable to get a study permit, his hopes were dashed.
New man on the job Naujaat found its new head administrator when Rob Hedley of Rankin Inlet took over the position of senior administrative officer (SAO) earlier this year.
Firefighters train in Rankin Firefighters from across Nunavut descended upon Rankin Inlet to take their Firefighter Level 1 training earlier this month.
Stepping up in Arviat The new president of the Arviat Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) wants to leave local minor hockey on solid ice when he departs for the south this summer.
Building school spirit The students at Sakku School got off to a great start with the first of a monthly activity aimed at building school spirit in Coral Harbour this past month.