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Headlines: Monday, October 27, 2014

$170 million owed for mine clean-up
The territorial government is in the final review stages of negotiations with Dominion Diamond Corporation (DDC), operator of the Ekati diamond mine, over how the company will make good on a $170-million security owing under its water licence to guarantee money will be available for the eventual cleanup of the mine.
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New rules for recreational land
The newly-minted Department of Lands is paying special attention to squatters and high-demand areas as the territorial government takes control of what was once Crown land.
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Barge adrift in Beaufort Sea
Severe weather hampered efforts to recover an unmanned barge that is adrift in the Beaufort Sea.
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Pump brings big bill
When Merven Gruben of E. Gruben's Transport Petroleum said at the end of September that he was scrambling to get fuel into Tuktoyaktuk after a failed barge delivery, he only knew two things ...
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'Filled with bureaucracy'
Five thousand NWT residential school survivors who are eligible for a $3,000 education credit from the federal government have until Oct. 31 to submit their claim.
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Pleading to opt out of JK program
Hay River South MLA Jane Groenewegen warned Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty on Oct. 16 she will "lay down on the road" to stop the implementation of junior kindergarten in her community if that's what it takes.
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Metis cabin owners get tax bills
The NWT Metis Nation is concerned about the taxation of traditional leases in the South Slave.
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Getting the necessary proof
Levena Keyookta has already lost and paid for replacement birth certificates twice in order to get valid identification and a bank account a first step to securing employment and a common barrier for the majority of residents at the emergency women's shelter.
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Smith voters to decide on arena funding
Residents of Fort Smith will go to the polls next month to vote on further renovations on the Centennial Arena.
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Congregants find new foundation
After about 75 years in the same location, an historic church in the Old Village of the Hay River Reserve is being moved.
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Former officer hailed as hero
Residents of Behchoko are remembering a former RCMP officer in the community who is now being called a Canadian hero.
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Behchoko RCMP's secret weapon
Man's best friend is helping the police make friends in Behchoko.
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A whale of a passion for the job
Bernadette Green got a unique view of the ocean floor this summer, thanks to her summer job and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
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Plug pulled on petroleum show
The Inuvik Petroleum Show has been cancelled for 2015.
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Weledeh MLA calls for caribou hunting ban
Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley asked Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger whether he's prepared to implement a ban on the caribou hunt this winter in light of a severe drop in the Bluenose-East and Bathurst herd numbers this year.
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A frightfully good time planned
Jean Wetrade Gameti School students are hard at work this week getting ready for the school's first Fright Fest fundraiser.
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Canoe race 'heroes' honoured
When Stanley Snowshoe saw an aging photograph of some paddlers charging down the Mackenzie River in the Fort McPherson band office a few years ago, it struck a chord.
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Honouring the brave
Governor General David Johnston recognized six NWT residents for acts of bravery during a ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 21.
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