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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, January 23, 2015

MLA lashes out at minister over security at Stanton
Health Minister Glen Abernethy is under fire from Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley for what Bromley sees as dangerous and unreasonable delay in dealing with security at Stanton Territorial Hospital.
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Estimates for past Canada Winter Games far lower than final costs
The city could be shelling out more than anticipated for the Canada Winter Games, if history is any indication.
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Half of council undecided about next election
With just under nine months until the next municipal election, half of Yellowknife's city councillors remain tight-lipped about whether they plan to seek another term.
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Cursive 'falling by the wayside'
Donovan Black-Quitte has been learning handwriting for about a week. The 12-year-old K'alemi Dene finds it difficult, but has filled up a sheet of lined printing paper with the handwritten alphabet, and has created a signature.
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$45,000 of diesel burned per day
Jackfish Power Plant is currently burning through an average of $45,000 worth of diesel a day in order to keep the lights on in Yellowknife, according to Michael Miltenberger, the minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.
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Four-month sentence for spa theft
A man with an extensive criminal record, has been sentenced to four months in jail after he was convicted on three charges, starting with a theft from Canadian Tire's gardening store.
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Mixed reaction to oil company's Whitebeach drilling proposal
Husky Oil's proposal to drill around Whitebeach Point is being met with mixed reaction here in Yellowknife.

Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, January 15, 2014

Fiddling around in Fort Simpson
The sound of fiddle music filled the halls of Bompas Elementary School this past weekend as the Fort Simpson Fiddle Jamboree returned to the village.
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Bird count tradition continues
If you saw someone looking at the trees in Fort Simpson just before the holidays, perhaps with a pair of binoculars, you were seeing volunteers undertaking an annual bird census.
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Health cabin nears retirement
A cabin used to provide healthcare services in Trout Lake is no longer suitable for use according to the CEO of Dehcho Health and Social Services.
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Pellissey's reinstatement bid dismissed
A federal court judge has dismissed Sharon Pellissey's application to be reinstated as chief of Pehdzeh Ki First Nation.
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Judoka leave fear on the mat
Two Fort Simpson basketball teams won silver medals on home territory this past weekend, the senior and junior boys teams.
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Mayor sees opportunities in 2015
With a new year comes both a new budget and new opportunities for the Town of Inuvik. The Inuvik Drum spoke with Mayor Floyd Roland about his priorities and focus for 2015.
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Commanding officer seeks changes to cadets program
The future of the Army Cadet program in Inuvik is in question and the former commanding officer has made public his reasons for resigning from the position after eight years of volunteering.
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Community talks development
There wasn't a strong showing of community members for a public meeting on economic development Jan. 13, but those who were in attendance were heard loud and clear.
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Author amazed with first book
A local author is celebrating the release of her first published children's book, the story of a young boy and his beloved toy rabbit.
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Yoga options expand
The variety of yoga classes offered at the Midnight Sun Complex has now broadened, with a new Vinyasa Flow Yoga class that is already seeing a great reception.
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New look at East Three
Every class at East Three Elementary gathered in the school foyer in matching black T-shirts on Dec. 17, adorned in the school's new logo.
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Searching for Charlie
Although her story is fictional, author Erin Soros is in Inuvik seeking out cultural uniqueness to contribute to her character, Charlie.

Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Man recounts Great Slave ordeal
A Yellowknife man is on the mend after surviving a harrowing, life-threatening ordeal on Great Slave Lake.
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Officer convicted of attempted fraud
A suspended RCMP officer has been given a conditional sentence of three months curfew after pleading guilty to attempted fraud.
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'I lost but I made a point'
A pet owner is hoping her battle with the Yellowknife Housing Authority will inspire others facing similar situations to stand up for their rights.
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No regrets for Yk1
The year-long discussion - over surrendering a school to help the GNWT satisfy requirements of a recently-overturned court order - wasn't wasted time, according to Yellowknife Education District No. (Yk1) 1 board members.
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Global Storm beats competition
In the final days of 2014, Global Storm IT became something of a giant slayer when the company beat Northwestel in a bid to upgrade the GNWT's telephone network.
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Leader at arm's length from local nomination
Justin Trudeau said emphatically on more than one occasion Sunday that he will not become directly involved or interfere in picking the candidate to run for the Liberals in the NWT in this fall's election.
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Home at the city's edge
Their home is frozen into the ice about 300 metres from the ice road to Dettah, about half-kilometre from downtown.
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Parents' group to take GNWT to Supreme Court of Canada
The 'big difference' between the territorial government's partially-successful appeal and the 2012 ruling ordering the territory to expand facilities for the Commission scolaire francophone is what makes Jacques Lamarche think the case has legs.
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Haircuts for those in need
Every couple of months there's considerable jockeying for the best seat in the house at the Safe Harbour day centre.
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Twist under new ownership
If you're looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl, Twist is open under new ownership, with a new menu and an eight-and-a-half foot projection TV.
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Trudeau carves path
Justin Trudeau made the best of the short amount of time he was afforded to spend with people in Rankin Inlet this past week.
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Sparking towards a career
Another group of Arviat trade readiness students are ready for the workforce ...
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Curling on the Rock
A junior boy's team from the Qavik Curling Club in Rankin Inlet is off to represent Nunavut at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors curling championship this week.
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An extra special trip
While Winnipeg is always a popular destination for Kivalliq travellers during the month of December, this past month offered a doubleheader of fun many in the region couldn't resist.
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Falling into character
What the audience sees on stage isn't the only magic taking place within a theatrical production ...

NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, January 19, 2015

Labour unrest hits South Slave
Two groups of unionized workers have voted in favour of taking strike action in the South Slave.
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4,000 volunteers needed
Four thousand volunteers will be needed if the city of Yellowknife decides to host the Canada Winter Games in 2023.
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Workshop to address caribou hunting limits, harvesting
Raising awareness and educating residents about what it means to be stewards of the land is the goal of a three-day caribou workshop scheduled to take place in Deline later this month.
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Bomb scare at school
It was a frantic morning for parents and students at St. Patrick High School and Weledeh Catholic School, which had to be evacuated after the schools received a bomb threat Friday morning.
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Fibre line construction begins
A massive rotor blade grinds its way through a stretch of land just 20 minutes outside of Inuvik, off the Dempster Highway, as politicians, aboriginal leaders and dignitaries celebrate the start of construction on the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line.
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Drilling at Whitebeach Point 'insanity'
The public has until Jan. 21 to weigh in on an oil company's plans to drill for sand near Whitebeach Point on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake.
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Tlicho opt out of junior kindergarten
Almost all of the Sahtu and Deh Cho schools are sticking with the territorial government's controversial junior kindergarten program, but it's a different story in the Tlicho.
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Tulita nurses living in squalor: MLA
Hardworking nurses in Tulita deserve better accommodations than cramped units with uneven floors, stained furniture and mice, says Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.
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What my grandfather taught me
Walter Bezha has spent the past 40 years trying to understand the teachings of his grandfather.
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Passion for astronomy leads to Dark Sky preserve
Mike Couvrette doesn't get a paycheque for this job, nor does he get a gavel while presiding over meetings.
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Welcoming the return of the sun
The Inuvik Sunrise Festival continues to grow, offering more to the people of Inuvik and an increasing number of visitors from outside the community.
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Teacher bringing TEDx Talks to Akavik
The community of Aklavik will given a global platform to discuss Northern culture and issues when the internationally recognized TEDx Talks visits the community next year.
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Trudeau woos Nunavut supporters
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau quickly established a key message for Nunavut upon his arrival to the capital Jan. 12. He wants a Liberal MP to be "a voice for Nunavut in Ottawa, not just a voice in Nunavut for Ottawa."
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Plenty of work on water
Randy Pittman captains an unusual ship. It is the length of a long hallway in the old residence in Iqaluit ...
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Final resolution to triple homicide
A Cambridge Bay man who has spent eight years in custody in different prisons across Canada pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder Jan. 14 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.
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Fisheries get research boost
Nunavut's fisheries sector employs 370 people across the territory, bringing in $86 million in 2013/14, but governments and fisheries associations are hoping a $7.2 million joint funding increase will increase the opportunities available to Nunavut fishers.
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National Energy Board boss visits
As Clyde River prepares for a hearing into its desire to block seismic testing - a precursor to oil and gas development in the territory's waters - the National Energy Board is preparing its defence among communities.
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Northquest project continues
Northquest Ltd.(TSX.V:NQ) released the final results from its 2014 summer drill program on its 861 square-kilometre Pistol Bay gold project near Whale Cove on the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay.
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Pageant seeks Miss Nunavut
It has been almost four years since Malaya Qaunirq-Chapman was named Miss Nunavut, and she's ready to see someone else take the title.
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Sabina Gold reaches milestone
The Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. (TSX:SBB) recently confirmed it is on track to complete and submit its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the company's Back River gold project to the Nunavut Impact Review Board by the middle of 2015.
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Two-year-old follows in footsteps
While young children the world over may be rocking out with famous singers heard on the radio, Trinity Akoak has something else in mind.

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