NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, March 10, 2014
Several MLAs mum on term extension MLAs are playing their cards close to their chest ahead of a vote that could extend their current term by one year.
Fur protests target former Northerner in Vancouver A former Yellowknifer now living in B.C says fur protesters are targeting his Vancouver business because he sells clothing items trimmed with real fur.
Liberals adopt policy on fracking A resolution on hydraulic fracturing - better known as fracking - from the Western Arctic Liberal Association was officially adopted on Feb. 22 at the party's national policy convention in Montreal.
GNWT falling down on child protection In 69 per cent of audited cases, foster parents were not properly screened prior to children being placed in their care.
Pine Point off the table for Avalon The development of the Nechalacho rare earth minerals deposit near Thor Lake, NWT will not include an intermediate hydrometallurgical processing plant at Pine Point.
Broken pipes don't dampen spirit Despite having to switch locales entirely for the last day as a result of broken pipes at the Chief Lamalice Complex, this year's K'amba Carnival was hailed as a success by its organizers.
Major water main break hits Fort Smith As of late last week, Fort Smith was still recovering from a significant water main break and sewer line blockage.
The night sky through aboriginal eyes A project is being planned to document the legends, mythology and stories of the night sky as told by Chipewyan, Cree and Slavey elders in the South Slave.
From part-time to the big leagues Adam Chartrand is all smiles when he talks about his time with the Yellowknife Fire Division.
Interim SAO found for Enterprise The Hamlet of Enterprise now has an interim senior administrative officer (SAO), another step toward community government operations running more smoothly.
RCMP in Tulita intercept large quantities of liquor Tulita RCMP have made three large seizures of alcohol on the winter road to the community in less than two months.
Pingo Pride in Tuktoyaktuk Students from Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik will be showing off their Pingo Pride this week.
New teacher embraces culture Tara Zuk says one of the best parts of her day at Chief Paul Niditchie School is watching her students become her teachers.
Tourism hopes rise after strong season Combining tourism efforts across a region as large as the NWT and Nunavut is a major endeavour.
Yellowknife rallies for Brave A dog that had a rope around its neck tied so tightly it wore down to his trachea is now on the mend and is the new, tail-wagging "head of public relations" at a Yellowknife business.
Emergency meeting doesn't stop C-15 As Bill C-15 was being passed by the Canadian Senate, Dene Nation leadership were gathered in Dettah for an emergency meeting called to discuss devolution and what could be done to stop it.
Black bear spotted near Blackwater At least two black bears in the Sahtu region have come out of hibernation early over the past two years, wildlife officials in the region say.
The answer lies within the communities: expert There is a wealth of knowledge already existent in Northern communities that can help with prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - an umbrella term for disabilities related to alcohol consumption while pregnant - according to one researcher.
A career focused on people When George Kurszewski graduated from high school in Fort Smith in 1974, he immediately stepped onto a career path that has taken him to many places right up until today.
Canadian North backs down on bags Canadian North airlines recently reintroduced its 70 pound weight limit per piece of checked baggage on regular passenger flights.
Nunavut close to deal on job training dollars After months of back and forth discussions with the federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney, Nunavut has finally committed to an agreement in principle over the controversial Canada Job Grant.
Hamlet getting out of debt The hamlet of Gjoa Haven is following through on its promise to balance the books - and in good time.
Mary River project landing strip gets upgrade An ice strip landing more than 2,100-metres long has been constructed approximately eight kilometres northwest of the primary all-weather runway servicing Baffinland Iron Mines Mary River project.
Asbestos-related charges laid More trouble has surfaced surrounding the long-delayed renovations to Qikiqtani Regional Hospital when the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) on Jan. 14 laid six charges against the company contracted to remove hazardous materials from the site.
A pharmacist's biggest challenge Nine years ago, Angele Raymond would have characterized her job as fairly laid back. But with the population on Baffin Island steadily growing, she finds herself working non-stop to fill prescriptions.
Chasing things that go bump Mohammad Hussain, founder of the Nunavut Paranormal Society, had a hard time choosing which story to share among the many strange experiences he's had in his life.
Students learn to build iglus A nuatqatigiit, a small community of iglus, sprang up on the ice near Taloyoak last month as students from Netsilik School participated in Career and Technology Week from Feb. 10 to 14.
Iceberg-shaped centre constructed The construction of Qikiqtarjuaq's long-awaited gathering centre is finally completed.
Counsellors add feathers to caps A popular training program in Clyde River is helping Nunavummiut become better counsellors in their communities.
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, March 7, 2014
MLAs could vote themselves another year Those who are not happy with their MLA may have to wait another year before they can vote them out of office.
Council approves Betty House mortgage The Betty House transitional home for women received a boost Monday as city council approved a $2.293 million forgivable loan from the NWT Housing Corporation secured through a payment-free mortgage.
Feds foot the bill to move Ykers A federal program paying for moving costs is beneficial to members of the RCMP, military and public service workers who are relocated to the North, according to government officials.
Dene Nation snubbed by GNWT, Ottawa Each Dene nation was represented in Dettah this week, but two voices were noticeably absent from the emergency meeting that aimed to help First Nations prepare for devolution - Ottawa and the territorial government.
Day shelter director slams Yellowknife health authority Yellowknife's health authority is to blame for shutting down the city's day shelter, says Lydia Bardak, executive director of the NWT branch of the John Howard Society, the organization that's been running the shelter since it opened in 2009.
Family affair takes different paths This year's national men's curling championship's version of the tale of two brothers played out differently for Jamie and Kevin Koe at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C.
Learning from one another The hour before Doreen Reid stood in front of the banquet room of people at Yellowknife's Explorer Hotel to talk about her brain-based disability and how to overcome the shame sometimes associated with it, she was stressing out.
Fraudster told to pay up already A man who owes more than $10,000 in court fines and restitution payments to a company he defrauded in 2009 was admonished in court on Tuesday for failing to make even a single payment towards his debt.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, March 6, 2014
From muskox horn to fine jewelery
What started out as slices of horn from an iconic Northern animal became pieces of creative and eye-catching jewelery over the course of two days in Fort Simpson.
Deh Cho students test their skills
If the book Whispers Calling from the Jackpine existed, three Fort Simpson students would have the perfect covers for it.
Collaborating to boost the tourism industry
A number of tourism-related businesses in Fort Simpson have recently committed to work together to market the village and draw in more visitors.
Firefighters recognize their own
The Fort Simpson Fire Department took a break Feb. 26 from training, ambulance calls and the occasional fire to recognize the achievements of its members
Big job for new boss
Meet the new boss at Inuvik Gas. Brad Driscoll officially takes over for Kevin MacKay as general manager at Inuvik Gas on March 7 after a two-week transition and training period.
Winner almost skipped awards dinner
A long-time Inuvik health-care worker whose work has helped elders get active caught the eye of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging.
Flexibility not a class requirement
Have you heard the joke about a yoga teacher who isn't flexible? You're not alone if you haven't.
Making lines come to life
Inuvik residents had an opportunity at a new craft this week.
Inuvik shut out of Gwich'in Cup
Inuvik teams might have been shut out when it came to winning any of the divisions at the Gwich'in Cup over the March 1 to 2 weekend, but no one seemed to mind too much.
Aurora expands offerings
Inuvik's Aurora Campus has been chosen to begin offering a personal support worker program next fall.
Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Downtown day shelter to close The fate of the most popular refuge for Yellowknife's homeless population does not look promising.
Airline hires emergency communication service Canadian North will soon have the capacity to organize vast amounts of fast-paced communication to keep in touch with employees and other business contacts during times of crisis.
Additional security checks create delays for passengers Passengers flying to Northern communities from Yellowknife should be prepared to show up earlier than usual to allow for additional security screening.
City council talks tiny houses in Yk Home owners looking to add a secondary unit to properties, or just wanting to build a smaller home than the current zoning bylaw allows, may be in luck now that city council is considering a "tiny house amendment" that would do away with minimum floor area requirements.
SnowKing funding not fair - city councillor A Yellowknife city councillor is taking exception to the lower level of funding offered to the SnowKing Winter Festival, which, at $5,000, is half of what newcomer Long John Jamboree is expected to receive.
'Ministers should know their files' A Yellowknife MLA has called out the health minister for claiming that current legislation is preventing the government from tracking the sale of prescription drugs.
Yearn to Learn Yellowknife to expand One hundred per cent client retention might be too much to ask of any business start-up, but one new Yellowknife business has done just that, winning a nation-wide small business contest along the way.
Big brother beats little brother again Yellowknife's Jamie Koe can only gaze at the mountains surrounding Kamloops, B.C. to envision the mountain he has to climb on the curling ice to make the playoffs at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
Hit and run drunk driver gets year in jail A man convicted of three drunk driving charges since June, culminating in a dangerous hit and run on Franklin Avenue in January, has been sentenced to a year in jail and banned from driving for nine years.
Money up in smoke A Tobacco Cessation Week was held at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) in Rankin Inlet this past month.
Healthy improvements on the Bay The Tusarvik Youth Recreational Club has become a reality, providing supervised sport activities for a number of youth in Repulse Bay.
Rockin' with one of the best Curlers in Rankin Inlet got a few tips on how to become better at their sport from an impressive source this past month.
Two teams split the spoils One of the biggest hockey rivalries in all of Northern Canada took centre stage in Rankin Inlet this past month.