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Alan Bonnetrouge has opened his home in Fort Simpson to those who have no other place to go in the fall and winter, housing up to six people per night. - Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Pressure to address homelessness mounts

For the last 10 years, Alan Bonnetrouge's couches have been the occasional resting place for some of Fort Simpson's homeless people.
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Shari Olsen: chair of the Fort Smith Relay for Life says there is an extremely dedicated group of volunteers working on the event. Aiming high for Relay for Life
After hitting obstacles last year, the South Slave is getting back into the Relay for Life. Organizers had to cancel last year's fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society in Hay River because of a shortage of volunteers. This summer Fort Smith is rallying for a successful return, set to take place June 13.

Sharon Firth holds a copy of Hard Work and Dreams; Skiing Around the World. It is a new biography of Firth and her late twin sister Shirley Firth-Larsson, who rose to fame as Olympic cross-country skiers. Biography of famed Firth sisters designed to help adult learners
The last project Sharon Firth created with her late twin sister Shirley Firth-Larsson is one that will have lasting benefits to those learning to read. It's a biography, entitled Hard Work and Dreams; Skiing Around the World. The former Olympic cross-country skiers told their story to the NWT Literacy Council for a new series of books called Northern Biographies.

Hay River's Clell Crook looks relieved after crossing the finish line during biathlon action at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., on Feb. 15.

Speedskaters hit stride
If you were to rate Team NWT's performance at the Canada Winter Games so far, it would be one of either near-misses or tough slogging. Week one of the Games finished up on Feb. 21 with athletes competing in biathlon, short-track speedskating, boys curling, target shooting and girls hockey. But it all began back on Feb. 13 with the opening ceremony and Team NWT was led by Hay River's Andrew Lirette, who served as the flag bearer.

Davis Heslep is technical co-ordinator for Western Arctic Moving Pictures, a film company based in Yellowknife.

Pilot program keeps film rolling
NWT NEWS/NORTH - A new pilot program shows promise to the cinematic community. "It's a step in the right direction," said Jeremy Emerson, executive director for Western Arctic Moving Pictures. "Many other provinces have been offering this for a long time, but we're a small community. Small steps are a good development for us."

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