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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, March 24, 2017
Fix for water leak to cost almost $600,000
The city's potable water reservoir has been leaking since January and city councillors want to spend nearly $600,000 to fix it right away.
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Councillors debate program for homeless employment
The majority of city councillors want to move ahead with piloting a Winnipeg-based homelessness employment program in Yellowknife, despite weighing other options such as on-the-land job programming.
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Snow castle gets enhanced safety
Snowking's Winter Festival has taken steps to ensure no one else gets hurt at the site after a woman was injured last weekend.
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It's been one very chilly March
A senior climatologist for Environment Canada says March has been almost seven degrees colder than normal. David Phillips added the cold temperatures could help to avoid drought this summer.
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Force One to shut its doors
After nearly 30 years in the business, Force One is closing its doors.
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Festivals flood frozen lake
Great Slave Lake might be frozen, but it's anything but quiet. This weekend, many events are coming together to offer a wild rumpus in the middle of Yellowknife Bay.
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Punk to rock the snow castle
The River Jacks want to stick it the man - with an accordion. And a harmonica.
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Jesse Cook's world
International nuevo-flamenco guitar sensation Jesse Cook is coming to Yellowknife, and he's bringing the world with him.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Educational assessments document poor showing
Twenty-two per cent of Grade 6 students in the Deh Cho took the language arts portion of the mandatory Alberta Achievement Tests in 2016, according to Dehcho Divisional Education Council superintendent Terry Jaffray.
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Territory honours women's wisdom
A few years ago, while Martina Norwegian was driving Jane Grossetete and Joseph Tonka out to Sambaa Deh Falls Territorial Park for Parks Day, the group stopped by the side of the road to catch their supper.
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'Take us to court:' Chief Marcellais
The Nahanni Butte chief says the federal government will need to seek a court order if they want to stop the band from clearing an old logging trail next to the community.
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Acho Dene Koe eyes early election
Acho Dene Koe First Nation has voted to suspend Chief Harry Deneron after two band-owned businesses filed a $250,000 lawsuit against him, alleging he is working against them in their bid to renew contract work for airport and highway maintenance in the Fort Liard area.
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Not just fun and games
You wouldn't normally see a measuring tape used in a board game, or 24 dice rolled at once •„ unless you were watching members of the Never Board Game Club play.
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Kitchen antics kick off spring break
As the March break kicked into full gear, leprechauns and sprites frolicked in the halls of Bompas Elementary School.
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Sunday bar debate rages on
The debate on whether to allow Class A liquor license holders in Inuvik to sell booze on 16 extra Sundays per year raged on at second reading of a bylaw designed to do just that.
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Students check out career options
Part of the challenge of hosting a booth at East Three School's career fair last week was hooking students in long enough to make a good pitch.
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Youth and elders share thoughts
Robert Kuptana, an elder from Ulukhaktok, remembers the advice he got as a child.
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East Three School to have second principal
School officials have started to make changes in preparation for an estimated 50-60 students who will be entering junior kindergarten at East Three School next year.
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Skills competition encourages trades
Jacob Klengenberg won the small engine repair category of the NWT-North Regional Skills Competition Thursday, March 16, even though, by his own account, he hadn't touched a motor in about a year.
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Badminton tourney draws athletes
A badminton tournament last week wasn't so much about the competition for Wanda Tobin.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Call for ice road rules follows injury
A snowmobile club is calling for regulations on privately constructed ice roads after a snowmobiler wrecked his sled and broke his arm after hitting an unmarked trail on Yellowknife Bay.
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NWT health authority to review more than 2,000 radiology exams
The NWT Health and Social Services Authority is reviewing 2,355 CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds and mammograms after learning a radiologist who formerly worked at Stanton Territorial Hospital may have read them incorrectly.
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Generator delay sparks doubt about procurement
Delays in the arrival of four generators the NWT Power Corporation bought from a California company has led to questions in the legislative assembly about government procurement policies.
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Federal stats paint bleak mining picture
Natural Resources Canada's latest statistics estimate mineral exploration and production in the territory fell by millions in 2016.
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Dominion Diamond resists takeover offer
A U.S. company has its eye on a takeover of Dominion Diamond Corporation, a move Dominion is calling "unsolicited" and "highly opportunistic."
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Yellowknifer shortlisted for space
Capt. Nathalie Sleno, a medical officer with the Canadian Armed Forces in Yellowknife, has been shortlisted to the top 32 candidates to be Canada's next astronaut.
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Violence program revamp raises eyebrows
The territorial government is looking for someone to take the reins of A New Day but fans of the domestic violence rehabilitation program worry new criteria listed in a request for proposals will hamper its effectiveness.
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Portable classrooms funded
Yellowknife Catholic Schools believes it might need to spend $1.5 million on portables at St. Joseph School in 2018-19 if the school's capacity becomes too tight.
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New school calendars approved
The numbers are in - there will be less class time for Yellowknife students this fall.
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GNWT releases agriculture plan
The GNWT released its first ever agriculture strategy earlier this month, but it provides no new money for the 47 recommendations within it.
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Trying to keep it fair
With a year's worth of experience under their belts, the hamlet of Rankin Inlet and its user groups have made significant improvements in being as fair as possible with their ticket sales while, at the same time, keeping the crowd numbers at major events below the arena's maximum capacity.
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Iqaluit claims midget crown in Arviat
Arviat has hosted two midget hockey territorial championships during the past four years, and the 2017 event earlier this month was the mirror opposite of the first territorial the community held.
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Fueling up!
With March being nutrition month in Nunavut, spotlights are being cast on people and programs across the territory that stand out for the effort they make to be far from ordinary.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, March 20, 2017

Hero 'just did what he had to do,' says proud dad
A man and his uncle are being hailed as heroes after saving a man's life from a burning house fire in Tuktoyaktuk on March 11.
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Minister defends fisheries strategy
The GNWT is defending its consultation efforts in advance of the Feb. 27 release of a revitalization strategy for the commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake in the face of criticism from many First Nations.
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Behchoko man convicted of sex assaults
A Behchoko man will be sentenced April 13 after being convicted of sexually assaulting his daughter on two occasions several years ago.
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Fire season could be above average
Spring rainfall will determine if the Deh Cho region has an average or above-average forest fire season, says an official.
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Achievement test scores dismal
Students in communities across the territory are falling desperately behind in math and English, according to the latest Alberta Achievement Test (AAT) scores from the NWT.
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$170,000 goes to good causes
More requests for United Way funding were made from outside Yellowknife this year, says the organization.
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Trades course puts Deh Cho youth through their paces
Twenty-three students from the Deh Cho got hands-on training in the trades during a four-day trip to Fort Smith.
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Survey query sparks debate
The legislative assembly wrapped March 10, with the politicians to returning to their seats in late May.
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Grocery shopping in South Slavey
Some grocery stores in the South Slave have joined an effort to promote aboriginal languages.
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Trip of a lifetime
Deninu School students became cultural teachers when a group of Ottawa youth visited Fort Resolution the week of March 13, said Keaden Balsillie, Grade 7.
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Patterson won't give up seat
Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson has zero plans to give up his seat in the Red Chamber, despite calls in the Nunavut legislative assembly March 14 by Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik to honour a promise.
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Dejaeger gets court-ordered lawyer for appeal
After appealing to the court, convicted Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger will have a court-appointed lawyer in his appeal of 24 convictions for sex crimes during his time in Iglulik between 1978 and 1982. The victims were Inuit children and youth between four and 20 years of age.
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Drivers face year-long licence delays
Drivers are waiting more than a year for the government to renew their licences, and MLAs want to know why.
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Internships increase Inuit employment in GN
The Government of Nunavut is eight interns closer to increasing Inuit representation in management positions.
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New playground for Hall Beach
The children of Hall Beach had their new playground structure delivered to the community March 3, thanks to an "all-hands" effort by Joint Task Force North (JTFN) and 1 Canadian Air Division.
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Education Act amendments blasted
A group of 16 education and language researchers who have worked in Nunavut are warning the Nunavut government about planned amendments to the Education Act.
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Six vie for council seats
Two Iqaluit city council seats are up for grabs in a byelection April 10. Nunavut News/North gave each of the six candidates 150 words to say why they are running. Responses have been edited for length and grammar.
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Long-term care comes to the Kitikmeot
The first two residents have settled in at the Kitikmeot Regional Health Centre Residential Long-term Care Unit. Health Minister George Hickes announced the opening of the facility in his March 13 minister's statement.
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Representing on Parliament Hill
"Where are our non-indigenous allies?" asked 23-year-old Trina Qaqqaq, standing at her seat in the House of Commons. "Where is the support from leaders with power and ability to make change?"


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