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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.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, October 24, 2014

City considers legal action against GNWT
City council will vote on whether to take the territorial government to court over objections to the electoral boundaries for the 2015 general election.
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Boaters rescued in East Arm
Two boaters have been rescued from the East Arm of Great Slave Lake following a cold night on the water.
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Flu clinics open
With flu season looming, the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority is urging residents of all ages to take a shot at protecting themselves this season and drop by one of the free flu clinics open through the month of November and beyond.
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Senator's staffer witnesses shooting at war memorial
The gunshots that took the life of an unarmed soldier at the National War Memorial yesterday in Ottawa will have lasting effects for one former Yellowknifer.
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Brother says sergeant-at-arms has always been his hero
The brother of a man credited with stopping a gunman at the Parliament Buildings on Wednesday says the rest of the country now knows what he's known most of his life - that his brother is a hero.
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Legislative assembly steps up security
The events in Ottawa Wednesday were a wake up call for all government legislatures in Canada.
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Special Olympics fundraisers honoured
An international award was presented to a local group that raises money for Special Olympics athletes, recognizing the group for its fundraising efforts.
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Bisaro grills premier over lack of public consultation on devolution bills
Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro used the first day of assembly to ask Premier Bob McLeod about the status of promised public consultation over a handful of bills passed before devolution.
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The strong and the brave
Eight individuals, including five Yellowknifers, were given the Medal of Bravery on Tuesday in Ottawa in recognition of their role following a plane crash in Old Town three years ago.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Students aspire to reach goals
A greater determination to attend post-secondary studies and a sense of inspiration are among the things a group of Fort Liard students took away from a conference in Edmonton.
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Bullseye hunters wanted
Fifteen years ago, Steve Gooderham had never played darts before except for a few informal occasions with friends.
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New female chief for Jean Marie River
The new chief of Jean Marie River First Nation is taking advice from her late father to heart as she enters the leadership role.
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MLAs eyeball session and the year ahead
Both the young and older members of a Fort Simpson audience were captivated by two shows performed on Oct. 20.
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Weaving a spell in Fort Simpson
Upgrades to the power plant in Jean Marie River are expected to create greater reliability for the community and improve fuel efficiency.
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Immersed in the land
There was no television and no Internet for a week for a group of Trout Lake youth who participated in a culture camp.
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Shooting in Parliament
Northwest Territories' MP Dennis Bevington was in the air on the way to Yellowknife when an unknown number of gunmen stormed the Parliament buildings and the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday morning.
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Movie night milestone
Movie nights are back in Inuvik, at least for the month of October.
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Chamber launches gas complaint
The Inuvik Chamber of Commerce is demanding answers from Inuvik Gas and the NWT Public Utilities Board over its municipal operations.
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Plug may be pulled on petroleum show
The Inuvik Petroleum Show is likely to be cancelled for 2015.
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Flying legend retires
The sky is no longer the limit for Cecil Hansen.
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Athletes have need for speed
The ice at the Midnight Sun Recreation Centre was the place to be Oct. 19 if you had a need for speed.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Parsons still union's top dog
The Union of Northern Workers Triennial Convention was held over the weekend, seeing incumbent president Todd Parsons re-elected to the organization's top position.
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No room for private matters
Along with protestors rallying against the Northern Employee Benefits Services Pension Plan Act on Friday, union representatives also voiced fervent opposition to what they call the trend of privatization at Stanton Territorial Health Authority.
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Bylaw needs clear priorities: report
A city-commissioned report on the operations of the bylaw enforcement office found a lack of clear direction and oversight for the force, insufficient training for some officers and insufficient legal authority to address liquor abuse, but according to the city's public safety director, several of these problems are already being addressed.
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Three proponents selected
Three companies responded to the GNWT's request for qualifications on the $300 million Stanton Territorial Hospital renewal project.
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MLAs look at session and year ahead
With the legislative assembly back in session infrastructure and continuing to present issues on behalf of constituents are at the forefront for two MLAs.
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GNWT moves toward paperless prescriptions
The Department of Health and Social Services is planning a move toward paperless prescriptions within the next year.
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Water rates could jump 20 per cent over five years
Homeowners could be paying roughly 20 per cent more than what they're paying now for their water bills in five years to cover the costs of a new water treatment plant and inflation, an early version of next year's city budget shows.
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Partial solar eclipse visible tomorrow
Thursday will be a dark day in Yellowknife, and not merely because Environment Canada forecasts clouds with rain.
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Man attempts backpack snatch
Police searched the city yesterday morning for a man who tried to grab the backpack of a student while he was crossing the street toward St. Joseph School.
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Residents weigh in on new bins
Potential parking conflicts and what happens during winter when streets are covered by snow are some of the concerns being raised by residents as they get used to the new garbage bins distributed by the city last week.
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National award for preschool teacher
A teacher at a preschool for children with special needs is one of 15 people across the country to receive a Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
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Understanding the hurt
It can be a traumatic experience for an animal lover when the day comes a beloved pet has to be put down.
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Marching on to victory
Six members of the Repulse Bay 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps won the annual Army Cadet Challenge in Shilo, Man., this past month.
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Entertainment heats up the stage
Arviat played host to an uplifting weekend of entertainment this past month.
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Rising ever higher
The fifth regional gathering of Angutiit Makigiangninga (Men Rising Up) was held in Coral Harbour earlier this month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, October 20, 2014

Board denies request to keep spill confidential
An oil and gas company's attempt to keep a spill at a drilling site just north of the NWT-Alberta border confidential has been shot down by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
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Unions protest pension changes
With signs raised in the air and nearly 50 voices chanting "shame," members and supporters of public service labour organizations across the territory demonstrated their opposition to the proposed changes to the pension plan they rely on late last week.
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Wildfires destroy caribou winter range
This year's wildfires have destroyed millions of hectares of lichens, an important winter food source for barren land caribou, which could impact the herds for decades to come.
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Outside eyes on elder abuse case
An internal investigation into the alleged assault of a Fort Resolution elder at the hands of an RCMP officer has concluded, and the territorial police force is now handing the investigation over to an outside police force.
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Medicine Hat police clear RCMP in suspect's injury
Police in Medicine Hat, Alta. have cleared Yellowknife RCMP of any wrongdoing after a man was injured during a drug raid late last year.
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Gwich'in presidential by-election set
Gwich'in beneficiaries will mark their ballots for a new president on Nov. 17.
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A tradition of trapping
Hunters and trappers like Jim Elias of Tuktoyaktuk are the ones keeping harvesting traditions alive.
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Courageous pauses
You could say Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA) has been distracted from its Courageous Lake gold project lately.
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Navigating the Northwest Passage
It's not in Samantha Merritt's nature to give up, and she said it's a good thing because navigating a sailboat through the Northwest Passage is not the sort of ride you can get off of.
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Gameti pushes for self-sufficiency
When it was reported that the tiny hamlet of Gameti was cultivating the largest community garden in the territory this summer, the project's brainchild, SAO Judal Dominicata, said he was inundated with positive feedback from community's leaders and government officials.
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Fire destroys Edzo swimming pool
A suspicious fire claimed a building commonly referred to as the "swimming pool hall" in Edzo last weekend.
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K'ahsho Got'ine agree to fibre optic line route
The territorial government continues to make progress toward getting approval for its highly-anticipated Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line, after it reached an agreement with a key aboriginal partner in the Sahtu.
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Dene Nation opposes B.C. mega dam
The Dene Nation is prepared to join any eventual court action against the province of B.C. if it gives final approval to the development of the multi-billion dollar Site C mega dam and hydroelectric project proposed in northeastern B.C.
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Child and Family Services set for 'transformation'
The Department of Health and Social Services is overhauling Child and Family Services after the Auditor General of Canada released a scathing report on the program in March.
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Dude looks like a lady
A special incentive at Chief T'Selehye School helped students earn the most money ever fundraised at the school for the Terry Fox Foundation earlier this year, says teacher Meghan McBride.
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Air North reports good summer
A turnaround may be in the works for Air North. As recently as May of this year, the airline's director of commercial development was grim on the airline's then three-month-old Yellowknife to Ottawa flight.
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Schools for a Living Planet comes North
Teachers in the Northwest Territories now have access to northern-specific lesson plans and activities through an education program from the World Wildlife Fund.
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'He taught us how to rap and not be shy'
High school students at Chief Jimmy Bruneau High School in Behchoko were treated to a rare visit from a celebrity when actor and writer Jonathan Torrens, best known for his role as the rapper J-Roc on Trailer Park Boys, dropped by to lead a hip-hop workshop.
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Europe allows Inuit sealskins
At long last, the European Union is allowing the unhindered import and sale of sealskins from Nunavut's Inuit hunters, the EU and Canadian governments declared Oct. 10.
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Hike in Iqaluit cab fare likely
Iqaluit's taxi fares haven't increased in seven years, and there appears to be little opposition to increasing the rate by one dollar to $7 from the current rate of $6. Only a couple of residents showed for a taxi review board meeting to discuss the issue.
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Agnico Eagle mine receives board approval
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. received board approval on Oct. 10 from the Nunavut Impact Review Board for the company's proposed Meliadine gold project.
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Settlement cheques require process
As the independent assessment process (IAP) of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement advances - and former residential school students leave hearings with decisions in hand - some are wondering why it's taking what seems like a long time to receive their cheques.
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Education credit 'colossal mess'
As news outlets and Facebook posts remind former residential school students of a looming Oct. 31 deadline to use a $3,000 personal education credit, many are only now realizing they are eligible, some are just learning the possible ways it might have been used, and some are frustrated by the terms of the credit's use, which are dictated by the federal government.
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Applicant discovered programs option
Former MLA Nancy Karetak-Lindell received a letter informing her of the $3,000 personal education credit in May.
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Ready for the rush of the season
Kelly Putuguq's new job is going to be a big one. As Gjoa Haven's tourism co-ordinator at the Nattilik Heritage Centre since February, she is involved in the planning and logistics to receive tourists visiting the community.
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Gamers heading to Detroit
Four Nunavummiut are one step closer to qualifying for the Yu-Gi-Oh world championships, and will be the first to represent Nunavut internationally in such a tournament.
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Trade show honours the best
Iqaluit's NCC Development Ltd. was a big winner during the Nunavut Trade Show Gala earlier this month, taking home two prizes.
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Students hone leadership skills
Nunavut had one of the smallest contingents at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference last month, but the six girls from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit sure made an impact.

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