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Monday, May 2, 2016

NTCL applies for creditor protection

After failing to turn a profit for the past decade, the Northern Transportation Company Ltd., announced April 27 it has initiated a restructuring process in order to refinance its business operations.

The company, wholly-owned by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, will continue to operate until May 27 under protection from the court, after which it can apply for an extension.

Northern Transportation representatives have said no layoffs are anticipated and the 2016 shipping schedule will be posted soon.

The company is based in Hay River with regional ports in Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Norman Wells.

- Meagan Leonard

Guns stolen from Hay River shops

Police in Hay River are investigating three break-ins at businesses that included the theft of weapons, according to a news release.

Cigarettes were stolen April 18 from the Ehdah Cho Store on the Hay River Reserve. Knives were taken from the Home Hardware Store. Then on April 27 at about 11:40 p.m., two .22 caliber rifles and three shotguns were stolen from a locked gun cabinet at Monster Recreation.

RCMP asked anyone with information to contact police.

- Shane Magee

Distracted driving rules strengthened

New distracted driving laws come into effect May 1 prohibiting even touching a cell phone or GPS while driving.

The changes to the NWT Motor Vehicle Act also increased the fines from $322 to $644 for distracted driving in a school zone or construction area.

The changes to the law removes a system of speeding fines based on ranges over the limit as well. Instead, it will see speeding fines increase per kilometre an hour over the limit, starting at $68 for one-kilometre over the limit.

- Shane Magee

Missing man found safe

A 39-year-old man police stated last week was missing after he left Jean Marie River on an all-terrain vehicle headed for Edmonton, Alta. has been located.

Douglas Norwegian left the Deh Cho region community April 27 and had been seen on the Jean Marie access road headed toward Highway 1, according to a news release.

RCMP stated he had been located safely the same day in Hay River after receiving information from a town resident.

- Shane Magee

Women's group starts in Behchoko


Women in Behchoko now have a place to gather on Wednesday nights, thanks to a new women's group being offered through the Rae-Edzo Friendship Centre, said organizer Angela Zoe.

The goal is to provide women with a place to meet, share ideas and do activities together.

Zoe said she hopes to be able to offer relaxation sessions, including pedicures and other activities, to help women re-energize. Other plans include possibly playing sports such as volleyball, using the centre's kitchen to make juices and smoothies and talking about issues anyone wants to discuss. Zoe said she hopes the group will grow and attract new members.

"The more women, the stronger the group," she said.

The group is scheduled to take place at the centre every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

- Kassina Ryder

Alexis Arrowmaker students plan for future

Wekweeti/Snare Lakes

Career and development officers with the territorial government visited Alexis Arrowmaker School in Wekweeti on April 28, said principal Sidney Rodnunsky.

Gwen Woodward and Margaret Purdy outlined possible careers and apprenticeship opportunities to students in Grades 5 to 10, Rodnunsky said.

Students also learned about prerequisites required for certain jobs and programs, as well as information about paying for post-secondary education.

"Students were very receptive," he said.

Government representatives will return to the school in September to provide additional information.

"This is going to be a continuing process," Rodnunsky said.

- Kassina Ryder

Getting outside in Fort Good Hope

Radilih Koe'/Fort Good Hope

Fort Good Hope's recreation department is aiming to introduce more outdoor activities now that spring has begun, said recreation co-ordinator Freda Kelly.

Children and youth who spent winter evenings in the gym at Chief T'Selehye School are now spending more time outside.

"Now the weather is getting so warm, we always seem to lose kids around this time," Kelly said. While she plans to speak to the community's youngest residents for ideas, Kelly said she hopes to organize some outdoor events like snowman-making and sliding parties.

Even without a structured activity, Kelly said young people in Fort Good Hope enjoy being together.

"I find that they really like to gather," she said. "Sometimes they'll come up with their own games."

She said she hopes to have an outdoor schedule organized by the middle of May.

- Kassina Ryder

Northern Youth Camps accepting applications


Two Northern Youth Camps are expected to take place this summer, according to the Northern Youth Leadership website.

The Gana River Boys Leadership Camp is scheduled to run from June 27 to July 4 and is available to boys aged 11 to 13. The camp will take place at the Gana River Lodge in the Sahtu region and is expected to include canoeing, hiking and a variety of other activities.

A Girls Advanced Leadership Canoe Trip is also scheduled to run from July 22 to Aug. 1. Girls aged 13 to 16 will paddle from Behchoko to Yellowknife on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. The trip is intended to teach navigation, leadership and organizational skills.

- Kassina Ryder

Toy lending in Fort Liard

Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard

A toy lending program was scheduled to begin at the community library as of April 27. Interested parents could come to the library and choose a toy for their child.

The program is for children up to the age of four.

Tri Recycling was also set to bring a mobile bottle depot to Fort Liard for April 30 and 31. The depot was scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30 and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 31, behind the fuel centre.

A community bazaar is scheduled for May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the community hall.

- April Hudson

Fire department recruits

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Anyone in Fort Simpson interested in joining the volunteer fire department had the chance to learn more about the ins and outs of how to sign on at a recruiting open house on April 30.

The open house was set for 10 a.m. at the fire hall. No experience is necessary. Firefighter training is free.

Members of the Union of Northern Workers were invited to a general membership meeting on April 27 where they could receive an update on GNWT bargaining.

The meeting kicked off at 8 p.m. in the Nahanni Inn boardroom.

A spaghetti lunch put on by the High-Performance Soccer team has been pushed to May 6. Money raised from the lunch will go toward student registration fees.

On April 24, parents of students who take the bus were notified the bus would not be running for two or three days due to mechanical issues.

The Open Doors Society held a dance in the Bompas Elementary School gymnasium on April 22.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley Isaiah Wellness Centre.

- April Hudson

Yard sale date set

Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

Graduates of Deh Gah School will be holding their annual community yard sale at Deh Gah School from 10 a.m. to noon on May 7.

The deadline to secure a table is May 4 at 6 p.m.

Adult boot camp will be running at the gymnasium on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.

- April Hudson

Aklavik hosts Kiddie Carnival


The annual Aklavik Kiddie Carnival began on April 25, said youth co-ordinator Mary Gordon. The event was scheduled to run until April 28 and included a variety of activities for children and youth, such as the crowning of the prince and princess.

This year's royal pair were Elisha Morgan and Laiken Glemser.

Gordon said the four prince and princess contestants each took home a prize.

"It was good," she said. "Everybody won a prize."

The carnival kicked off with a jigging contest on April 25 and a talent show was scheduled to take place at the Stitchinli Complex on April 27.

The next day was expected to include rubber boot races and a barbecue. Gordon said while all activities are popular, outdoor games seem to be especially well attended.

"They pretty much enjoy everything but maybe the outdoor games are a favourite," she said.

- Kassina Ryder

New date for Tsiigehtchic community cookout

Tsiigehtchic/Arctic Red River

A community cookout originally scheduled to take place earlier in April was re-scheduled for April 27.

Organizer Sasha Blake said the event was intended to give residents a chance to visit and enjoy each other's company.

"It's to bring everyone together," she said.

The cookout, organized through the Community Wellness and Health Babies programs, was scheduled to be held on Water Lake Road at about 5:30 p.m.

The menu was expected to include steak, salads, hotdogs and hamburgers, Blake said.

"Everything is provided," she said. "They don't need to do anything."

- Kassina Ryder

Angik School goes fishing


Angik School students were expected to travel to Salmon Lake on April 28 and 29 to take part in the school's annual spring ice fishing trip, said principal Debbie Redden-Cormier.

Students in kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 were to travel with students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 on April 28 while remaining students would travel together the following day.

Youth were split up into two groups of about 16 students, Redden-Cormier said. Elders will travel with the groups to tell stories while they're out on the land. The travellers were to bring a tent and had an opportunity to enjoy a caribou stew lunch as well.

Redden-Cormier said this time of year is ideal to take younger students out ice fishing.

"It's warming up now so it's nice and warm for the little ones," she said.

- Kassina Ryder

Mangilaluk School heads out on the land


Students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 from Mangilaluk School headed out to Water Creek outside Tuktoyaktuk on April 25 for the second phase of an on-the-land trip.

In a previous interview with News/North, principal Agnes Cudmore said the first phase of the trip took place the week of April 1, when students in kindergarten and Grade 1 travelled to Water Creek for a day of fun on the land.

The second phase gave other students a chance to participate in similar activities, which included hot chocolate and treats.

The goal is to give students the opportunity to spend time together out on the land, Cudmore said.

"It's a great experience for them, so they have that connection with nature," she said. "They do different activities than in town."

- Kassina Ryder

Meeting to discuss market for Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith

A meeting will be held early next month to gauge interest in and discuss the idea of creating a Fort Smith market to sell locally-made food, crafts and art.

The gathering, which is being organized by the Town of Fort Smith, will take place at 7 p.m. on May 5 at the theatre of the rec centre.

The town says everyone is welcome to the meeting, and it has specifically invited bakers, gardeners, jam makers, artists, musicians and craftspeople.

- Paul Bickford

Spring fling sale set for Enterprise


A spring fling sale is being planned for early May in Enterprise. The sale, which will be held on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature baked goods and small business items.

Plus, it will also include a yard sale.

The Spring Fling Sale will take place at the Enterprise Community Centre.

- Paul Bickford

Talking wildlife photography at Northern Life Museum

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Fort Smith resident Pierre-Emmanuel Chaillon was to be the next guest for the Speakers Series at Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre.

Chaillon, who has filmed wildlife in various places around the world, was scheduled to speak about his experiences on April 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

His wildlife documentaries include Winged Migration and Animals in Love. Chaillon has filmed wildlife in such places as Japan, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Greenland and Africa.

For his address, he planned to share some of his behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss the work and challenges involved in getting the perfect shot for his films.

- Paul Bickford

Golf club selects executive for year

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Fort Smith's Pelican Rapids Golf and Country Club has a new executive following its annual general meeting on April 20.

The 2016 executive consists of president Blaine Walterhouse, vice-president Josh Buchanan, treasurer Blaine Walterhouse, secretary Jean Soucy and past president Dennis Rolfe.

The directors for the year are Mel Fortier, Doug Meidl, Allan Heron, Gord Delorme and Bob Rhodes.

- Paul Bickford