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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.


NWT and Nunavut News North - Monday, May 2, 2016

NTPC seeks power rate hike
The cost of electricity may be on the rise again if the Public Utilities Board agrees to a Northwest Territories Power Corporation request to raise rates.
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'We have to adapt'
Richard Morland says it's the "wow moments" that keep in him in the Northwest Territories.
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GNWT seeks public input for information law rewrite
The territorial government is seeking input as it plans to revise a law that allows access to records it holds.
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RCMP launch investigation into off-duty Behchoko officer
A Behchoko RCMP officer is being investigated for entering a home in Behchoko in the early hours of April 22 and intimidating those inside while off duty, according to police.
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Jean Marie River gets energy-aware
Those who see the face of a disgruntled emu staring out from a poster around town should take it as a reminder to monitor electricity usage.
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Sending out a positive message
Jayneta Pascal is a well-known voice in Aklavik. Now a community justice co-ordinator, Pascal has been using local radio as a way to connect with residents since working as a summer student supervisor with Aklavik's recreation department.
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Learning life skills on the land
Jacob Klengenberg knows not all young people in Ulukhaktok have had the opportunity to hunt with their families. That's why he believes hunting trips with Helen Kalvak School are vital.
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Hay River rallies around boy with life-threatening allergies
Hay River residents went all out April 23 to support Deagan Clavette, a two-year-old battling life-threatening allergies that have forced him to remain in an Edmonton hospital for much of his young life.
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Trio skis Lutsel K'e to Yellowknife
Although standing between three Yellowknifers and the Woodyard Brewhouse and Eatery was four-and-a-half days and 250-kilometres of piercing cold and other perils, it remained a worthy destination.
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Caribou concerns at mine hearing
Caribou protections were once again front and centre as the Nunavut Impact Review Board held public hearings at the Luke Novoligak Community Hall in Cambridge Bay April 25 to 30 related to Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.'s Back River (Hannigayok) gold project.
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Waterless Wednesdays suspended
After months of grumblings, Waterless Wednesdays was abruptly halted at an Iqaluit city council meeting April 26.
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Health department issues whooping cough warning
The territorial Department of Health is warning parents to be on the lookout for whooping cough.
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Chinese container ships could pass through Nunavut
Canadian Arctic waters are heating up, but not because it's spring ...
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Tourist services pushed
Top of the list for the territory's tourism needs are available services in the communities, says Nunavut Tourism.
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Harsh words for proposal to boost mayor's benefits
City councillors turned away a proposed change to the mayor's benefits package and had some harsh words about the timing of it.
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Top industry awards for Nunavut News/North
A Nunavut News/North news story about the four-day sentencing hearing for former Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger on 32 sex crime convictions at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Jan. 19 to 22 has received a top industry award.
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Historic tale spans continents
It all started when former Nunavut commissioner Edna Ekhivalak Elias decided she wanted to write a book about her Swedish roots.
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Resilience results in reward
It's been a trying year for students in Cape Dorset following the fire at Peter Pitseolak High School that destroyed the structure just weeks into the fall semester last year.
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Culture shared between boys
Kugluktuk High students had special guests while building iglus eight kilometres outside the community on the sea ice last month.
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Man dies in snowmobile mishap
A Cambridge Bay man died in a high-speed snowmobile mishap in the community on April 24.
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Young carver looks to future
When his peers were outside playing sports, a young Pauloosie Naglingniq was carving.


Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, April 29, 2016

No money for 911: GNWT
There is no money in the NWT budget to fund 9-1-1 service in Yellowknife or anywhere else in the territory.
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Arsenic advisory for smaller lakes
Parents do not need to stop their children from swimming at the beach at Fred Henne Territorial Park on Long Lake due to high arsenic levels but they shouldn't drink the water.
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Some distracted driving fines double
A clear definition of what constitutes distracted driving is among a list of changes to the NWT Motor Vehicles Act, which comes into effect on Sunday. Regardless of whether a phone or other device is on or in use, it has to be untouched while at the wheel.
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Two-million pounds of food diverted from dump
In the Food Rescue production kitchen, Mona Durkee puts the heads of the city's three largest grocery stores to work prepping apples and tomatoes for sauce and puree, and sorting eggs to be washed and re-packaged.
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Mixed reviews of homelessness talks
Two days of meetings with more than two dozen people resulted in a list of more than 60 recommendations, the creation of two new committees and agreement that Housing First is one of several ways to address what's been described as a homelessness crisis in the city.
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MLAs voice views on tax options
The territory's finance minister says the GNWT needs to cut and find additional revenue totaling $150 million over the next five years to keep its books balanced.
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Marketing plan adopted with hesitation
The idea of spending $350,000 next year to create an organization to promote the city as a destination for conventions and tourists hit resistance from budget-focused city councillors.
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Federal minister talks NWT economy
Canada's new Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister made no major funding nor policy announcements when he visited Yellowknife on Wednesday.
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Amazing Race Canada returns to city
CTV's Amazing Race Canada touched down in the city this week to film part of its fourth season set to air this summer.
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Women's shelter eyes new building
The Centre for Northern Families is planning to purchase a new building, a move that may allow more women to take shelter at its Franklin Avenue location.


Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Postcards for Attawapiskat
The stories of pain and suicide coming out of Attawapiskat First Nation hit deep for Deh Cho youth in Fort Simpson, who are sending more than 40 postcards to the troubled community.
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Program aims to boost language
When it comes to language, instructor Sharon Allen finds it is usually best to start with the basics.
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Green thumbs brainstorm for summer
There may still be snow on the ground but the gardening season is officially underway now that the Fort Simpson Community Garden Society held its annual general meeting.
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Fort Simpson celebrates Earth Day
Food, crafts and music abounded on April 22 as more than 30 community members were enticed to turn off the TV and turn out to events celebrating Earth Day.
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Jean Marie River promotes conservation
Those who see the face of a disgruntled emu staring up at them from a poster around town should take it as a reminder to monitor electricity usage.
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Aerobics with a table tennis twist
More than 400 sports-minded youth from across the Northwest Territories flocked to Fort Providence, Yellowknife and other communities for an aerobics workout with a table tennis twist.
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Conference brings together scientists
While the construction season is over, the work is ongoing for many people interested in the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway.
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Gwich'in Day marked with feasts, stories
Dozens upon dozens of people turned out to mark the annual Gwich'in Day last week, celebrating the culture and the stories that brought them to today.
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Bishop puts onus on church
Inuvik's Anglican Church will need to pull itself out of debt largely on its own, according to Bishop David Parsons from Yellowknife.
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Soccer season kicks off
The big Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife later this month served partly as incentive for soccer players to take to the field in the Beaufort Delta Education Council regional soccer tournament April 15 and 16.


Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

911 call futile as flames destroy carpet business
A man called 9-1-1 in vain Sunday night after he was unable to put out a fire at a Frame Lake South area business with a fire extinguisher which eventually destroyed the building.
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'A lot of sour grapes if you ask me'
David Ramsay is defending his appointment to the Fortune Minerals board of directors less than six months after leaving cabinet.
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4/20 marchers demand legalization
There was a lot of coughing going on at Somba K'e Civic Plaza on Sunday afternoon ...
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MP supports assisted death law
The territory's Liberal representative in Ottawa says he'll support his party's doctor-assisted death law when it comes to a vote.
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Leishman hospital lawsuit dismissed
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a mother alleging negligence by doctors and Stanton Territorial Hospital in 2009 that led to her son stabbing himself in the chest with a knife.
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Smoking shed a burning question
A Yellowknife MLA says if he had his way taxpayers wouldn't have coughed up the $8,700 spent to construct a smoking shed behind the legislative assembly.
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Sidelined program aims to reduce drug abuse
A long-promised program doctors, the coroner and politicians say would crack down on prescription drug abuse has been quietly put on hold due to lack of funding.
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Caretaker of the minutiae
As the executive assistant to both the mayor of Yellowknife and senior administrative officer, Lauren Alexandra says she's working for people at the top of their game, so in turn, she has to be at the top of hers.
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Rankin takes shooting crown
The marksmanship team from the 3019 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of Rankin Inlet took top spot in the regional shooting competition in Gimli, Man., earlier this month.
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Connecting ties
Author David Pelly made a pair of stops in the Kivalliq as part of a tour to promote his new book, Ukkusiksalik: A People's Story, in Rankin Inlet and Naujaat this past week.
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A year of celebration
It's been a busy year for the Atuqtuarvik Corp., as the Inuitowned investment company has been celebrating its 15th anniversary while continuing to take care of business on the financial front.
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Helping hands
Building a strong community depends on people and organizations helping each other out when they can.


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