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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, September 22, 2014

'The public doesn't support this at all'
People across the Northwest Territories are banding together to try and stop power rates from jumping by 13 per cent next month.
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Caught on video
A Yellowknife man is contemplating his next move after he said he was assaulted by a municipal enforcement officer.
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Grizzly kills hunter
A 53-year-old hunter from the United States died Sept. 17 after being attacked by a grizzly bear on a guided hunting trip.
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Chief wants homemade housing
Fort Resolution is currently suffering from a lack of housing, but importing units from down south is not the solution, says Deninu Ku'e First Nation chief Louis Balsillie.
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Salt River election a week away
Three candidates are vying for chief and seven more for council in Salt River First Nation's band council election Sept. 29.
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Schools take on mental health
Students in Hay River and the Hay River Reserve will be getting a taste of a new program designed to improve their mental health over the next three years.
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Beaver traps return to Niven Lake
Gnawed trees stumps show what neighbours know - the beavers are back at Niven Lake, and so is a government trap.
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Northern margins tight
The North West Company announced it's second quarter financial results last week, which were described by company president and CEO Edward Kennedy as "disappointing" for its Canadian operations.
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A tough but necessary conversation
Forty Inuvikmiut solemnly marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 in a town hit hard by suicide over the last few years.
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Yellowknifers weigh in on 50/50 lot
With a city council vote imminent on whether to purchase a parking lot at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 50 Street, members of the community are sharing their views on the future of downtown.
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Student attendance still dropping
Student achievement remains stagnant and gaps remain in the NWT education system, according to the recently-released results from the 2012-2013 Alberta Achievement Tests.
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Weak quarter for Discovery Air
Against the backdrop of weak second-quarter revenue compared to last year, Discovery Air Inc. president and CEO Jacob Shavit remains confident in the company's long term strategic plan, and the significance of the North in that plan.
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Fortune hopeful for Procon financing
Fortune Minerals Inc. is courting shareholder Procon Resources Inc. this month in hopes of achieving a nearly $600-million financing deal for its NICO project.
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'It's been a long, long trail'
With devolution in effect and the first resource royalty payment expected next year, leaders of the governments signed onto the deal met in Yellowknife last week for the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Council established as part of the devolution process.
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A community camp-out
For 13-year-old Jack Kochon, Colville Lake's annual caribou hunting trip was the stuff memories are made of.
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Hunters take aim in Fort Smith
Hunters in the Fort Smith area took aim at improving the accuracy of their shooting ahead of the fall hunting season during a rifle-sighting workshop offered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources last weekend.
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Literacy Week kicks off
Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in Behchoko has a variety of activities planned to help celebrate Literacy Week, says school librarian Emily Jarvis.
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From Fort Good Hope to B.C.
Kenny Shae Jr. says spending the summer in Surrey, B.C. was a great experience. The 16-year-old recently returned to Fort Good Hope after his journey as a Northern Youth Abroad participant.
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Fort Smith hairstylist a cut above
When Brittany McArthur-Cahill finished high school, she knew she wanted to pursue a career as a hair stylist.
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Harper accused of shoving teacher
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being accused of giving a teacher a shove after she refused to shake his hand during last month's visit to Pond Inlet.
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City fires long-time admin manager
Iqaluit needs a new city manager after council fired chief administrative officer (CAO) John Hussey Sept. 12.
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Water sources at risk
Communities across Nunavut are failing to manage their water and waste, and of 28 community water licences in Nunavut, 20 were expired as of mid-August.
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Training, community education key in maintaining water licences
When Shah Alam began working as the Kitikmeot's regional municipal engineer with the Department of Community and Government Services in 2012, he was facing a big job.
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Dump fire extinguished
As of 10 a.m. Sept. 16, the fire at the landfill has been extinguished, the city informed residents through a media release last week.
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Kivalliq Energy eyes uranium
Following his shareholder update earlier this month, Kivalliq Energy Corporation (TSX-V:KIV) president and CEO Jim Paterson last week released a global uranium market update pointing to what he sees as positive price indicators.
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Aquatic centre delayed
Iqaluit's new aquatic centre is going to open about six months later than planned, recreation director Amy Elgersma told council Sept. 9.
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Northern stores set to expand
The North West Company (TSX:NWC) will be improving and expanding its presence in Nunavut with the construction of a new Northern Store in Hall Beach and making major renovations to its Clyde River and Pond Inlet stores.
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Whale Cove project golden
On the coast of Hudson Bay, just north of the community of Whale Cove, Nothquest Ltd.s (TSX.V:NQ) Pistol Bay gold project has seen more than 4,500 metres of drilling this summer over 18 drill holes, with more still planned before the year is out.
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Ice-free Northwest Passage an elusive dream
Like the name implies, the Northwest Passage is about passing from one side to another, from Baffin Bay to the Bering Strait.
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Ranger savours experience
As his Canadian Armed Forces comrades assembled at York Sound last month for Operation Nanook, Canadian Ranger Leo Natanine of Clyde River was there, too, keeping them safe by performing camp security duties.
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Former mayor's sketched dream is real
Kugluktuk cut the ribbon on a new $2-million ulu-shaped building the afternoon of Sept. 18.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, September 19, 2014

RCMP faces contempt charge
A NWT Supreme Court judge is deciding whether the RCMP should be cited for contempt of court after a man who should've been locked up was allowed to go free.
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Changes to Public Service Act 'spooked' Yk MLAs
Changes to an act which will allow a minister to appoint GNWT employees to new positions without publicizing job postings have two Yellowknife MLAs concerned.
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Ecology North Challenges Council
Ecology North is asking the mayor and council to do without their gas-guzzlers on Monday.
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New meters an unwelcome surprise
They were scheduled to pop up next spring, but here they are.
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No confirmed enterovirus cases in NWT
There have been no confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 in the NWT, but the territory's top health official said parents should be aware of the symptoms and watch out for them in their children.
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No hunting licence shortage this year
Canada Post reports plenty of migratory bird hunting permits are still available at the downtown post office after periodic shortages last year.
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New aboriginal grad facilitator at St. Pat's
In light of the loss of federal funding for the Do Edaezhe cultural program, Yellowknife Catholic Schools has accepted the fact that it will mean a loss of programming in schools.
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Piping hot competition
Being part of a world championship-winning band is a leap from taking long-distance bag-piping lessons over Skype, but one Yellowknife piper has done it.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Causes put feet to road
Residents in three different Deh Cho communities hit the streets running and walking last week to raise awareness and funds for two different causes.
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Ferries may have average season
Despite low water levels last week, the Department of Transportation isn't expecting the end of the ferry season in the Deh Cho to vary much from last year.
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Fort Providence celebrates graduate
The success and perseverance of three students were celebrated earlier this month in Fort Providence.
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Taekwondo club sparks interest
A new club in Fort Providence has attracted a lot of interest.
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A necessary conversation
Forty Inuvikmiut solemnly marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 in a town hit hard by suicide over the last few years.
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Belugas spotted in East Channel
Inuvikmiut stampeded to the shoreline of the East Channel last week to try to catch a glimpse of wandering beluga whales that are seriously out of its normal habitat.
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A fall fair to be relished
A growing season to be relished came to an end over the weekend at the Inuvik Community Greenhouse..
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Donations double for Terry Fox Run
The 2014 edition of the Terry Fox Run raised more than double its average amount, despite a decline in participants.
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Runners reflect on sport
The turnout might have been a bit reduced from previous years, but the 2014 edition of the Terry Fox Run wasn't lacking in spirit or friendly competition.
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Tell me a story
There's something about a cold, rainy and gloomy September evening that makes it ideal to sit and trade stories with a few friends, old


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weapons drawn in Kam Lake
A report of a gunshot in Kam Lake drew a heavily-armed RCMP emergency response team and crisis negotiators to the industrial park Saturday night.
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Council 50/50 on 50/50 lot
City council appears divided ahead of a crucial vote on a proposal to purchase a vacant parking lot at the corner of 50 Street and Franklin Avenue for $1.45 million.
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Historical gold mining sites lost to forest fires
The Yellowknife area lost some pieces of mining history to forest fires this summer.
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WestJet introduces bag fee
WestJet announced Monday it would begin charging $25 for the first piece of checked baggage on its lowest priced domestic and U.S. Econo fare flights.
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Americans fly to town
With the world watching as the U.S. launches air strikes in Iraq against ISIS, there was more than a little curiosity when a half dozen or so U.S. fighter jets landed at the Yellowknife Airport last Friday.
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Wiseguy by the Numbers
Nobody in Yellowknife needs to be told that Robin Wasicuna makes good eats at Wiseguy Foods.
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Boardwalk addition in Rotary Park
Foot by foot, a new wooden boardwalk is winding through the wetlands of Rotary Club Park on School Draw Ave.
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Parks close after bleak season
Monday marked the official end of the camping season for 2014, and a difficult summer for Parks NWT officials.
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School buzzing over ship discovery
The discovery of one of Sir John Franklin's ships, either the HMS Terror or HMS Erebus, both lost since 1845, was announced Sept. 9 and had students at his namesake school in town buzzing with excitement.
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A healthy dose of reading
The time to celebrate and encourage literacy returns to Yellowknife this year with a new theme.
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Embracing life in Rankin
A number of special events were held as part of Embrace Life Week in Rankin Inlet this past week.
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Schools take on mental health
Students in Hay River and the Hay River Reserve will be getting a taste of a new program designed to improve their mental health over the next three years.
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Hooked on science
About 40 science-loving senior high school students and teachers from across the Kivalliq took part in the annual Kivalliq Regional Science Culture Camp in Rankin Inlet earlier this month.
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Juggernauts complete perfect run
The hometown Juggernauts completed the Kivalliq triple crown tournament sweep with a convincing 12-2 win over Coral Harbour in the national qualifier held in Rankin Inlet this past weekend.
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Rankin claims slo-pitch crown
Rankin Inlet defeated Coral Harbour 13-4 to capture the Junior Calm Air Cup mixed slo-pitch championship in Baker Lake earlier this month.
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Recreational boost on the bay
There's a whole lot more activity going on at the youth centre in Repulse Bay these days.

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