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Headlines: Monday, October 20, 2014

Board denies request to keep spill confidential
An oil and gas company's attempt to keep a spill at a drilling site just north of the NWT-Alberta border confidential has been shot down by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.
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Unions protest pension changes
With signs raised in the air and nearly 50 voices chanting "shame," members and supporters of public service labour organizations across the territory demonstrated their opposition to the proposed changes to the pension plan they rely on late last week.
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Wildfires destroy caribou winter range
This year's wildfires have destroyed millions of hectares of lichens, an important winter food source for barren land caribou, which could impact the herds for decades to come.
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Outside eyes on elder abuse case
An internal investigation into the alleged assault of a Fort Resolution elder at the hands of an RCMP officer has concluded, and the territorial police force is now handing the investigation over to an outside police force.
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Medicine Hat police clear RCMP in suspect's injury
Police in Medicine Hat, Alta. have cleared Yellowknife RCMP of any wrongdoing after a man was injured during a drug raid late last year.
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Gwich'in presidential by-election set
Gwich'in beneficiaries will mark their ballots for a new president on Nov. 17.
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A tradition of trapping
Hunters and trappers like Jim Elias of Tuktoyaktuk are the ones keeping harvesting traditions alive.
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Courageous pauses
You could say Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA) has been distracted from its Courageous Lake gold project lately.
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Navigating the Northwest Passage
It's not in Samantha Merritt's nature to give up, and she said it's a good thing because navigating a sailboat through the Northwest Passage is not the sort of ride you can get off of.
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Gameti pushes for self-sufficiency
When it was reported that the tiny hamlet of Gameti was cultivating the largest community garden in the territory this summer, the project's brainchild, SAO Judal Dominicata, said he was inundated with positive feedback from community's leaders and government officials.
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Fire destroys Edzo swimming pool
A suspicious fire claimed a building commonly referred to as the "swimming pool hall" in Edzo last weekend.
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K'ahsho Got'ine agree to fibre optic line route
The territorial government continues to make progress toward getting approval for its highly-anticipated Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line, after it reached an agreement with a key aboriginal partner in the Sahtu.
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Dene Nation opposes B.C. mega dam
The Dene Nation is prepared to join any eventual court action against the province of B.C. if it gives final approval to the development of the multi-billion dollar Site C mega dam and hydroelectric project proposed in northeastern B.C.
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Child and Family Services set for 'transformation'
The Department of Health and Social Services is overhauling Child and Family Services after the Auditor General of Canada released a scathing report on the program in March.
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Dude looks like a lady
A special incentive at Chief T'Selehye School helped students earn the most money ever fundraised at the school for the Terry Fox Foundation earlier this year, says teacher Meghan McBride.
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Air North reports good summer
A turnaround may be in the works for Air North. As recently as May of this year, the airline's director of commercial development was grim on the airline's then three-month-old Yellowknife to Ottawa flight.
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Schools for a Living Planet comes North
Teachers in the Northwest Territories now have access to northern-specific lesson plans and activities through an education program from the World Wildlife Fund.
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'He taught us how to rap and not be shy'
High school students at Chief Jimmy Bruneau High School in Behchoko were treated to a rare visit from a celebrity when actor and writer Jonathan Torrens, best known for his role as the rapper J-Roc on Trailer Park Boys, dropped by to lead a hip-hop workshop.
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