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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.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lucky few beat out hundreds vying for Ingraham cabin lots
Nine hundred and thirteen would-be cabin owners turned up at the MacKay building last week for a shot at one of 22 Ingraham Trail cabin lot leases doled out in a public ballot draw Monday night.
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Hotels react to Nova plans
Representatives from hotels in Yellowknife say they don't feel threatened by the new Nova project and believe the new conference facilities will draw more business to them.
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Stores weigh in on Sears closure
Appliance and furniture stores in Yellowknife have mixed feelings about the closure of the local dealer for Sears Canada, but they're also preparing for more customer traffic and orders.
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Low-income families spared cuts
The territorial government was forced to change its policy around income assistance after learning the federal government's increased Universal Child Care Benefit would eat into some NWT families' monthly payments.
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Bob Brooks resigns from council
Bob Brooks resigned his council seat Monday night as he is taking on a new job with the territorial government.
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Yellowknife's hoofed celebrities
Domesticated more 10,000 years ago, goats were some of the earliest animals to reside in human communities.
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Twin Pine Diner debuts
Robin Wasicuna knows some people in Yellowknife think he's a jerk ...
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Out-of-control fire persists at Reid Lake
Fire crews continue to closely monitor a stubborn forest fire about 60 kilometres east of Yellowknife.
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Ghosts of Old Town's past summoned
Copper wires running from sound equipment into the ground near the former site of the city's infamous "House of Horrors" didn't produce any ghostly voices on Saturday.
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Home invader still loose, says police
No one was injured during an apparent home invasion on 47 Street early Sunday morning when a person demanded drugs and money from a resident, according to RCMP.
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Bring it on McLeod, says Cyr
A contestant seeking the Liberal Party nomination to represent the NWT in the upcoming federal election says she would like to be at least given the chance to debate the apparent front runner before any nominee is selected.
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Crack dealer busted in birthday suit
A 24-year-old man caught naked in an apartment bathroom with a suitcase packed with travel documents, crack cocaine and thousands in cash during a police search in 2013 has been sentenced to 29 months in prison.
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Energy Corp. union workers strike
Qulliq Energy Corp.'s 140 unionized employees, without a contract since late 2013, were on strike as the clock struck 12:01 a.m. July 16.
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Beloved elder celebrated by family, friends and community
Madeline Makkigak celebrated her 100th birthday July 11, and with that celebration came an outpouring of love and respect.
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Fuel re-supply causes delays
If weather hasn't been disruptive enough this summer season, frequent flyers and people sending or waiting for cargo may have experienced a spike in disruption July 19 to 22 while the annual jet fuel re-supply was carried out in Rankin Inlet.
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Areva seeking an exemption, Baker Lake opposes request
In what looks like yet another attempt to circumvent made-in-Nunavut decisions regarding resource development in the territory, Areva Canada requested July 3 that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister Bernard Valcourt not accept the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) report and decision as written.
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Caribou hunters happy to be rescued
A day trip to hunt caribou turned into an extensive search effort for two young men in Naujaat last week.
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Nunavut Parks wants to see more use of Elders Cabin
Nunavut Parks joined the rest of the nation to celebrate Parks Day at Iqalugaarjuup Nunanga Territorial Park about eight kilometres outside Rankin Inlet on July 18.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, July 27, 2015

AirWare Internet service pulled from Northern communities
SSi Micro is pulling its AirWare Internet service from 10 Northern communities after years of financial losses.
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Weak economy predicted
Things don't look good for the economic outlook of the territory for both the short and long term, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada.
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Federal election will have tightened voter ID rules
Voters hoping to have their say in the upcoming federal election will need identification and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya said he doesn't expect the new requirement to cause problems in small NWT communities.
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Anthrax outbreak confirmed in National Park
An anthrax outbreak has been confirmed in Wood Buffalo National Park.
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Gwichya Gwich'in chief says he didn't make decision to acclaim
Chief Phillip Blake of the Gwichya Gwich'in Band in Tsiigehtchic is comfortable with the electoral process that saw him acclaimed to the position on June 12.
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Grad heads to Arctic for research adventure
Seeing whales and seals in their natural environment is the goal for the next couple weeks for one St. Patrick School graduate.
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Great Slave Helicopters flies ahead
Great Slave Helicopters has seen business affected by the fall in exploration investment, but the company is still looking to expand and be ready for when the mineral, oil and gas markets in the territory turn around.
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GNWT to become completely bilingual
Members of Yellowknife's Francophone community will be able to access more government services in French with the release of a new tool kit for GNWT employees.
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It's a deal
The Town of Fort Smith has reached a new collective agreement with its unionized employees.
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TerraX resumes drilling
TerraX Minerals is plans to drill again this week at its Yellowknife City Gold project, starting off its plans to drill 7,000 metres by the end of this year.
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Job offers unique perspective
Ron Squirrel has a job that literally puts him above everything else.
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Top RCMP honour lost patrolmen
The top cop in the territory laid wreaths at a Fort McPherson gravesite in honour of four men lost on patrol, a story which stands as testament to the hazards of Northern policing.
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Lake set to vanish
Sometime later this year, the NWT will most likely lose a body of water ...
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NWT will move on aboriginal issues without feds
Premier Bob McLeod does not know why Prime Minister Stephen Harper turned down an invitation to attend the premier's conference in Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this month.
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Making it count
Christopher Canadien says he'll never forget the first time he saw a firefly.
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Growing a new future
Jean Wetrade Gameti School could offer a new agriculture-based Career and Technology Studies course in 2016, says Gameti's senior administrative officer.
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Union and employer in numbers standoff
It's a war of words over numbers as Qulliq Energy Corporation workers continue to strike over their desire for a cost of living increase, while the government maintains its offer includes an appropriate increase.
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Economic future looks positive
The territory's economy is primed for growth in the upcoming year due to mining projects and infrastructure spending, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada on the economic forecast of all three territories.
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Nunavut forms partnership with province
Collaboration between the Government of Nunavut and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is set to increase in the future.
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Ground broken on naval facility
Five years later than planned, the federal government has broken ground on the Nanisivik Naval Facility near Arctic Bay. The project is expected to cost $146 million, including tax, and is on track to open in 2018.
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New 10-plex fills up fast
Cambridge Bay's new 10-plex public housing unit was filled with residents rapidly while another 90 applicants wait on a list.
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Ekati project OK'd
Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt has rejected the Kitikmeot Inuit Association's request for a second environmental review of Dominion Diamond's Ekati expansion.
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Polar bears invade capital
Polar bear sightings are rare in Iqaluit, so two in one week caused a social media frenzy as residents scrambled to either stay safe or get a glimpse of the bears.
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Researcher seeks marine tissue
A PhD student from McGill University is in Cambridge Bay this summer and she wants blubber.
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Bridge out of commission
Officials in Pangnirtung are hoping the Nunavut government will help rebuild a land bridge over a small stream that was destroyed last month due to ice-clogged culverts.
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Costly fixes for water problems
Water delivery is returning to normal in Iglulik, but now the hamlet has to make up the financial hit.
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Expedition is a family affair
It's all in the family for Robert Comeau, who will join his mother, stepfather and grandmother on this summer's Students on Ice (SOI) expedition from July 27 to Aug. 10.
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Three days of feasts and talks
Kugluktuk hosted a famous chef and three days of feasts but it really wasn't about the food.


Weekend Monday, July 27, 2015

MLA decries feds' Fair Elections Act
Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley is calling the federal Fair Elections Act, which makes the process of voting more arduous for those without ID, "election engineering."
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City holds keys to athlete's village
The NWT Housing Corporation won't commit to funding an athlete's village for the 2023 Canada Winter Games until the city has decided whether or not to bid.
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NWT excluded from abortion survey
A national survey on abortion services will not include women from the NWT, despite the territory having the highest procedure rates in the North.
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Mistrial in sex assault case
A 12-person jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict this week in the trial of Russell Dean George Doll, 54, accused of sexually assaulting a senior in the fall of 2013.
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Aviation legend visits home
The city's answer to Charles Lindberg and Howard Hughes, Wardair founder Max Ward, met with the daughter of his former bookkeeper and secretary at the Wardair dock while he was visiting the city last Wednesday. Ruth McKeown was overjoyed to meet the man - now 93 years old - of whom her mother spoke so highly.
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U.S. couple recounts harrowing ordeal
A husband and wife from Minnesota were counting their lucky stars and happy to be safe in Yellowknife this week after a very close call with a forest fire earlier this month in northern Saskatchewan.
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Ol' Slavey stirring things up again
While preparing to dip his feet in the water from the government dock, Jason Landry said he caught sight of a mysterious creature which made headlines in 2004.
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Piece of history slated for destruction
Cast in the shadow of modern development, an old house sits resolute on 53 Street. Existing as an office space for the last number of years, the dwelling - one of downtown's oldest - has long since been forgotten by former inhabitants who have died or moved away.
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The egg-citing world of backyard hens
Rowan Holroyd is only three, but he already knows a lot about caring for chickens.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, July 23, 2015

SSI Micro pulling out of small communities
Internet users in Nahanni Butte and Trout Lake have one less option to choose from, now that SSI Micro has dropped its AirWare service.
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Landfill gets bear aware
The Fort Simpson landfill will now have access to bear deterrents.
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Fire danger down across Deh Cho
The fire danger forecast across the Deh Cho region remains at medium going into the weekend but fire crews across the Northwest Territories are finally getting a chance to breathe.
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Helicopter strikes fuel drum
One of two helicopters owned and operated by Thebacha Helicopters out of Fort Smith has been grounded after an accident in Fort Simpson caused extensive damage to the machine.
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Operation targets training
A joint training operation between the RCMP and the Canadian Forces sailed up the Mackenzie River last week from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk.
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Sports trip a learning experience
A team of basketball players from across the Northwest Territories returned from Phoenix, Arizona this month after trying their hand at an international tournament.
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Inuvik shown new Twin Otter
The Twin Otter is being built again and Viking Air, the company building the new version, flew the aircraft into Mike Zubko Airport on July 14.
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Rebuilding piece of history
Inuvik's Kevin Floyd is keeping a tradition alive by building qayaks that follow the original design of his Inuvialuit ancestors.
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Aurora College adds more cultural courses
Aurora College's Inuvik campus is bringing in continuing education courses to meet the needs of students across a wide range of subjects.
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Muslims celebrate end of fast
Inuvik's Islamic community celebrated the end of Ramadan, the faith's holy month, at the Midnight Sun Mosque July 17.
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Sharing bounty at potluck
The Inuvik Community Garden takes advantage of the North's short growing season by trying to squeeze every last pound of food from the soil.
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Falcons hold on for the win
The Aklak Air Falcons won over the Northwind slo-pitch team, despite a strong rally by Northwind in the sixth inning, July 19.

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