Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
City opts for change A trickle of territorial election results Monday evening grew into an upset for half of city incumbents, bucking a trend favouring those already in office.
Testart takes Kam Lake The MLA-elect for Kam Lake says he knew he had the election in the bag early in the night.
Vanthuyne victorious in Yk North After a tight race that went down to the final three polls, a long-held dream of serving Yellowknife as an MLA came true for Cory Vanthuyne on election night.
Cochrane-Johnson upsets in Range Lake Range Lake MLA-elect Caroline Cochrane-Johnson was planning a short break from the public eye following her stunning victory over incumbent Daryl Dolynny on Monday night.
Julie Green victorious in Yk Centre One of two women elected in Yellowknife on election night was Julie Green, candidate for Yellowknife Centre.
O'Reilly happy to be part of 'big change' Kevin O'Reilly has been elected as the new MLA for Frame Lake, a seat vacated by Wendy Bisaro after two terms in the legislative assembly.
Alarm raised over new fees A new law passed by the 17th Legislative Assembly is set to increase the cost of electronics and Roy's Audio Video is concerned the move could put it out of business.
Catholic schools down 25 students A last minute adjustment to the budget is taking pressure off the Catholic school district after it experienced an unexpected drop in enrolment this year, according to one of its assistant-superintendents.
Air Tindi crash investigation continues The president of Air Tindi says the airline no longer uses the type of plane involved in a crash landing on Great Slave Lake a year ago in certain weather conditions.
Neighbours light up homes on 54 Street Christmas seems to officially be in the air as local "Griswolds" - named for the famous family in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - have begun erecting elaborate decoration displays in their yards across town.
Geoscience Forum expected to be bigger This year's Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is expected to have a record number of attendees.
Recognizing dog mushing royalty Most people who have lived in Yellowknife and the surrounding area long enough will know about the exploits of the Beck and McQueen families in dog mushing.
Product grounded Kivalliq Arctic Foods (KAF) is taking a hard hit to its financial bottom line because the Rankin Inlet-based company can't get product shipped to its customers on a timely basis, said its plant manager this past week.
An airman remembered An airman who gave his life during the Second World War has strong ties to the Kivalliq region.
Cold winter, warm gesture A number of children are a little warmer in Rankin Inlet this winter thanks to the efforts of a group of students at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik.
Ready for the regional Tusarvik School held its annual science fair this past week, taking the next step toward hosting the Kivalliq Regional Science Fair in Naujaat this coming new year.
NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, November 23, 2015
Cabinet approves $4.5 million investment in tungsten Despite being in the middle of an election, cabinet ministers approved up to $4.5 million last week to acquire the mineral rights to a tungsten-rich property known as Mactung, located on the Yukon side of the NWT-Yukon border.
Residential school survivors confused by rules A residential schools survivor from Tuktoyaktuk said she feels like she has been victimized again over the way a compensation payout to her has been handled.
On the land, off the substances While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, the territorial government is increasingly supporting programs that take people out of clinical environments and into nature.
Dehcho Process delved into at forum If territorial candidates in the Nahendeh riding had any doubt about who they are running to represent, that doubt was wiped clean the evening of Nov. 19.
Aklavik on edge after homicide on trail Residents of the Beaufort Delta community of Aklavik are heartbroken and scared following the death of a life-long resident last week who was found badly injured on a snowmobile trail within hamlet limits.
NWT leaders show off at PWNER Business leaders, government officials and Indigenous representatives showed off the territory last week while hosting the winter meeting of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region.
At-risk students pushed toward grad finish line Around 25 high school dropouts and "at-risk"students with almost enough credits to graduate are getting a little extra push to succeed this year.
Fort McPherson elder upset with dead caribou left on road A Fort McPherson elder says that he can't understand why hunters would ever leave a dead or injured caribou anywhere, never mind on the side of the Dempster Highway.
Fire chief's dedication rewarded Watching members of the Brantford, Ont. fire department respond to a tragic car accident more than 35 years ago inspired Inuvik's fire chief to become a firefighter.
Sawmill pioneer dies at 95 A longtime resident of Hay River, Eugene Patterson - an American war hero who became a sawmiller in the North - has passed away.
Fundraising hits stage in Norman Wells They're both too young to understand the misery of sharing a marriage bed with a chronic snorer, but the actors in an upcoming play at Mackenzie Mountain School understand comedy.
Right on track Dylan Moosenose understands the importance of hard work ...
Little readers, big book club The students of Mackenzie Mountain School have something in common: Fudge.
Halloween carnival teaches new lessons Learning how to write professional fundraising letters and organizing a community event were just two of the lessons Jean Wetrade Gameti School students learned last month.
Nunavut, Manitoba extend agreement The premiers of Nunavut and Manitoba signed off on an agreement to extend a five-year memorandum of understanding which includes the continued exploration of a transmission line between Manitoba and Nunavut, the possibility of a winter road and the development of improved trade through an Arctic gateway.
First time on a walrus hunt Hall Beach is famous for its walrus and igunaq or fermented walrus meat ...
Kugluk finally becoming park At long last, Kugluk (Bloody Falls) Territorial Park is on track to officially become a park.
Healthy babies impress nurses New mothers in Sanikiluaq have impressed nurses so much they're throwing a special event for them and their babies.
BBQ resto to open Brisket fans in Iqaluit will soon have a new place for their fix. Matt Wilkins of mechanical service company G.W. Inc said he's planning opening Big Rack's Barbecue sometime in the first half of December.
Debt is city's biggest challenge Only a few weeks in and the new Iqaluit council was confronted with the city's debt as councillors examined the third quarter 2015 financial report last week.
Dejaeger appeals sex-crime convictions Defrocked Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger is appealing 24 convictions for sex crimes committed against Inuit children and youth between four and 20 years of age in Iglulik between 1978 and 1982, the Crown prosecutor's office has confirmed.
Report favours English education There was a discouraging bombshell for Nunavut's language commissioner within the 24 pages of a recently completed report on education in the territory.
MLA questions hunter compensation Tununiq MLA Joe Enook questioned Environment Minister Johnny Mike Nov. 4 on compensation provided to Coral Harbour hunters who lost their hunting equipment last winter, noting the administration of the program is inconsistent and has been for years.
Nominee thinks of others firs Jesse Mike's first thought about being nominated for an Everyday Political Citizen of the Year Award is about all of the great Nunavummiut who don't get media recognition.
Greenhouse plants composting seed Composting has had a bit of a troubled history in the territory's capital, and the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society is hoping it can take the reins where the municipal government hasn't been able to prioritize.
Military obudsman to review Rangers The ombudsman for the Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to launch an investigation into the way the Department of National Defence provides health-care support to Canadian and Junior Rangers across the North and how it reports incidents such as deaths and injuries among the Rangers.
Employers reflect on possible wage hike Businesses operating in the territory say the proposal by several Nunavut MLAs to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour from the current $11 doesn't reflect the current working reality.
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, November 20, 2015 City council considers Syrian refugee crisis Coun. Niels Konge said he's frustrated the territory won't consider the benefits bringing Syrian refugees to the NWT could provide to the territory's bottom line.
Ekati bargaining talks go to Vancouver Months after contract negotiations broke down, a date has been set to hear a complaint from Dominion Diamond Corporation that the union representing its workers at the Ekati diamond mine has "failed to bargain."
Kam Lake candidates square off over financial commitments Kieron Testart says if elected Monday he'll only support people for cabinet posts if they agree to implement specific campaign promises he's made.
'Funky' fat bikes gain traction in city The future of biking in Yellowknife is fat. Yellowknifers may notice an increasing number of bicycles with oversized tires on the roads and displayed in stores.
More whistle blower protection is needed says Coun. Niels Konge A suggestion by Coun. Niels Konge that some city staff fear retribution for blowing the whistle on wrong-doing by fellow employees was quickly interrupted by Mayor Mark Heyck on Monday.
Doors wide open at Hope's Haven The biggest difference the 23-bed Hope's Haven transitional and emergency shelter can make for the city's at-risk youth is an open-door policy, according to Iris Hamlyn.
Councillor seeks citywide recycling program A city councillor says he plans to formally ask administration to look into the cost of introducing curbside recycling and speeding up plans for introducing compost collection from apartment and condo buildings.
How does city snow clearing stack up Nearly a week after a snowstorm some city streets and sidewalks have not been fully cleared.
Taylor re-elected Catholic board chair The Yellowknife Catholic school board re-elected Simon Taylor, a self-described non-Catholic, as their chairman Wednesday night.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Bylaw cracks down on canine strays
As the stray dog population in Fort Simpson continues to roam, children are being forced to hide from aggressive animals while elders have sustained scrapes, bruises and broken bones trying to fend off the canines.
Students use their WITS
Walking away, ignoring, talking it out and seeking help: these are the four core principles of the WITS program students at Bompas Elementary School are learning.
MLA hopefuls tackle Nahendeh
The race to the legislative assembly is heating uo with elections scheduled to take place on Nov. 23.
Government needs to listen more: Nyuli
When it comes to issues facing the Deh Cho, MLA candidate Greg Nyuli says he wants to correct a government track record of failing to listen to residents.
Liidlii Kue First Nation tackles policies
With a strategic planning and governance workshop on the horizon, Liidlii Kue First Nation (LKFN) has now put in place policies and procedures for elections and governance along with personnel and financial management.
Keeping peace in the community
At Louie Norwegian School in Jean Marie River, teacher Dave Madden has been working to incorporate the message of Remembrance Day into his classroom teachings.
Training strong for ping pong
A weekend workshop at Deh Gah School helped 11 students from Fort Providence and Ndilo hone their racquet-handling skills.
Candidates talk living costs
More than 100 people turned out to see legislative assembly hopefuls lock horns Nov. 12, peppering candidates with questions ranging from help for fire departments in smaller communities to whether or not marijuana should be legalized.
Warming station finds a new home
After weeks of delays, the emergency warming centre will have doors to open in the near future.
Drum's questions answered
Inuvik Boot Lake candidates Dez Loreen and Alfred Moses along with Inuvik Twin Lakes candidates Jimmy Kalinek and Robert C. McLeod were each asked four questions by Inuvik Drum as the Nov. 23 territorial election approaches. Here are the questions followed by their responses.
A night on the town
At 9:50 p.m. Nov. 4, two police trucks responded to a call about a woman threatening to commit suicide. The call came from a family member and was relayed to the detachment over the phone.
Skaters prepare for big event
About 20 children are headed to Whitehorse later this month for the largest figure skating competition of their season, and while some are well used to the thrill of the contest, others are eager for their first time out.