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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.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tight budgets won't stop junior kindergarten
Most of the Deh Cho's communities continue to offer junior kindergarten for four-year-olds and will continue to do so, in the wake of an independent review released by the territorial government last month.
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Students learn art of film in class
Thanks to the Open Sky Creative Society, students at Thomas Simpson Secondary School had the chance to learn documentary filmmaking skills from a pro, proving the arts are alive and well in the Deh Cho.
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Bulk fuel plant finds new home
After more than 40 years on the island, Fort Simpson's bulk fuel plant has finished moving just off the Wrigley turnoff.
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Village drops some rent hikes
A Feb. 8 committee of the whole meeting ended with the village agreeing not to raise rent for two Fort Simpson nonprofit organizations.
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Dehcho hires new negotiator
With a negotiation session scheduled to begin Feb. 23, Dehcho First Nations has rounded out its team by hiring Garth Wallbridge as chief negotiator for the Dehcho Process.
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Fort Simpson dominates curling
Two curling championships over two consecutive weekends saw Fort Simpson teams come out on top.
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Resounding 'no' to bars open Sundays
A majority of people who spoke at a public meeting last week don't want to see bars in Inuvik open on Sundays.
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FOXY sets its sights on boys
While Fostering Open eXpression among Youth, or FOXY as it's more commonly known, is a regular feature in schools across the territory for girls, soon boys will have their own version.
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Hospital investigates alleged privacy breach
The top administrator at the Inuvik Regional Hospital confirmed last week that an investigation is underway after a complaint was made about an alleged breach of privacy.
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New ambulances coming soon
Inuvik residents needing emergency help to get to the hospital will see a few new things starting next week – including two new ambulances.
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Underdogs make five-on-five finals
It was a full weekend of play for teams from Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik last weekend, as players vied for top spot in the annual five-on-five basketball tournament.
Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NWT leads in employment rate
Employment data released last week by Statistics Canada shows the NWT is outpacing the rest of Canada although many of the new jobs are part-time.
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GNWT, union hash out contract
Whether the territorial government intends to remove items from its contract with the Union of Northern Workers that could adversely impact employees is up for debate, although it's unclear what those items may be.
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'Critical' Dominion project receives approval
A project proposed by Dominion Diamond Corp. that would see Ekati's mine life extended by 11 years has received the green light from the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.
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Yellowknife Dene reviewing Ekati decision
Yellowknives Dene First Nation is reviewing the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board's decision to green light the diamond project that would extend Ekati's mine life.
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$500K winning lottery ticket sold in Yellowknife
Someone is walking around with a half-million dollar winning lottery ticket that was sold in Yellowknife. According to Andrea Marantz, spokesperson for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, a $500,000 winning ticket was sold in Yellowknife for last Friday's MAXMILLIONS draw.
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Family violence program seeks funding
A program that has shown success in curbing family violence has no confirmed funding past the end of the year.
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'Harmonious' development sought
A representative of Friends of Twin Pine Hill called on municipal officials to better involve the public in decisions about development of the area and to uphold its own design standards.
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Fast-food sushi thrives in city
Yellowknife's Japanese tourists are soon going to feel a lot more at home and local patrons will get a better understanding of the culture as one restaurant marks a decade.
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Kimberlite centre teaches future tradespeople
Eighteen-year-old Conlan McKee was busy perfecting his carpentry skills at the Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre on Feb. 2 working on a wine-bottle box at a time when demand for skilled workers is expected to grow.
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Chinese set down roots in city
Relatives of the Liu family questioned their sanity when they announced they were moving to the Arctic ...
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Safety first in Rankin
There will be a lot more elbow room at hockey games during the remainder of tournament season in Rankin Inlet this season.
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Thank you with a smile
Students at Tusarvik School were busy making cards to thank a group of old friends this past month.
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C'mon get rhythm
Waves of rhythm swept across the halls of Tusarvik School with the return of Royal Winnipeg Ballet School freestyle battle dancer Eugene (GeNie) Baffoe to Naujaat this past month.
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Outfitted in Coral
A group of residents are moving an ambitious economic initiative forward with the completion of an outfitter's course in Coral Harbour this past month.
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Coral claims hockey crown
Coral Harbour captured its first Powerful Peewee championship with a convincing 9-5 win over the Iqaluit Blizzard in Rankin Inlet this past month.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, February 8, 2016

MLAs miss deadline on expense reports
Two cabinet ministers, the speaker and five other MLAs will have to apply to the NWT Supreme Court so they can take their seats in the legislative assembly when it resumes late next week.
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Residents asked to check Elections Canada box on income tax form
Elections Canada has a simple message for residents of the NWT this tax season ...
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Judges decide on assisted death as NWT legislation readied
Although people seeking to die at the hand of a physician can now petition the courts to do so, there will be no federal or territorial legislation on doctor-assisted death for up to four months.
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Still no answers on junior kindergarten
Junior kindergarten is coming, but questions about how how it will be implemented and how it will be funded remain unanswered, according to the superintendent of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council.
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Fibre line cleanup not done: report
Inspection reports spanning nearly a year have revealed erosion and risk to wildlife along the Mackenzie Valley fibre optic cable construction route.
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Contamination testing in Jean Marie
Residents of Jean Marie River curious about exposure to chemicals in the environment were given the opportunity to partake in a bio monitoring study from Jan. 27 to 29.
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Victim's DNA found on weapon, clothing of accused, says expert
DNA of a woman killed in Fort Good Hope in 2014 was found on a blood-stained stick as well as the belt buckle and the left shoe of the teen accused of the crime, a DNA expert testified in NWT Supreme Court last week.
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The language of wellness
Lianne Mantla says she knew she chose the right career after starting work as a nurse at the Marie Adele Bishop Health Centre in Behchoko.
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Sneak peek at Stanton
Health-care workers have been touring life-size examples of several rooms planned for the new Stanton Territorial Hospital as the design of the building gets revised.
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Youth ambassadors prepare for Greenland
A total of 15 youth from across the Northwest Territories are preparing to spend two weeks in Nuuk, Greenland as part of the Northwest Territories Youth Ambassador Program, including two youth from the Deh Cho.
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Filling the skilled trades gap
Eighteen-year-old Conlan McKee has been perfecting his carpentry skills at the Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre (KCTC) for the past three years.
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More than just a cup of coffee
Saturday afternoons are a special time at Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School in Ulukhaktok, thanks to a student-run coffee shop.
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Expansion looms for Baffin Fisheries
With the newly announced 100 per cent ownership of all its assets and vessels, Baffin Fisheries Coalition looks to continue providing employment and opportunities to Inuit.
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Grise Fiord man questions PM
Larry Audlaluk was worried he might have started to babble when he came face-to-face with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a CBC special that aired Jan. 31.
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Former guard sent to jail
A violent assault on an inmate at Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit has landed a former jail guard time behind bars himself after a judge sentenced him to 30 days followed by nine months of probation and 50 hours of community service.
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Industrial supplier established in Iqaluit
A prominent Nova Scotia industrial supply company has partnered with Inuit-owned Sanikiluaq Development Corporation to launch an outlet in Iqaluit.
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Trades offer lifetime of work
Norman Eecheck is a new voice promoting opportunities in the trades to high school students via a short video filmed recently by Skills Canada Nunavut staff.
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Airships offer an answer
For many, the term airship is associated with Goodyear tires and the Hindenberg disaster, but the oft-mocked mode of transportation could make a comeback as the solution to infrastructure woes in Canada's North.
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Youth get paid to start business
A new entrepreneurship training program hopes to entice youth with the prospect of being paid to start their own business.
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Award recipient deflects praise
Abdus Salam sees his position as principal of Inuujaq School as a member of a large, tight-knit family that is the Arctic Bay community.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, February 5, 2016
GNWT approaching $1 billion in debt
Whether or not the federal government restores formula funding lost through changes to Ottawa's accounting formula, the territorial government will still be around $1 billion in debt within four years.
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Travellers warned of Zika virus
Those intending to travel to the Caribbean, Mexico or Central or South America this winter are being asked by the territory's chief public health officer to reconsider their plans as fears of the Zika virus heighten worldwide.
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GNWT 'excited' about wind potential
An energy expert with the GNWT expressed excitement this week about a potential wind farm in the Snare River hills area but cautioned there is still more data needed to make the project viable.
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Health-care cards get a makeover
Health cards in the NWT are getting a new look. As part of the territorial government's move toward a consistent look for its programs and services, the Department of Health and Social Services said in a news release that the health-care cards will be the first example of the new visual elements.
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Housing First no pipe dream: councillor
The enthusiasm abounds in city councillor Linda Bussey's voice as she talks about recent efforts to establish a Housing First program in Yellowknife this year.
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Mould fix at hospital cost $29K
Mould found in the pediatrics unit at Stanton Territorial Hospital last fall cost more than $29,500 to fix, documents obtained by Yellowknifer through an access-to-information request show.
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Still no answers on jr kindergarten
NWT superintendents gathered to discuss the recently-released junior kindergarten report but the education minister offered no answers as to whether school for children under four will be fully funded when implemented, or when that will happen.
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