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Monday, October 27, 2014

Arctic Council meets in YK

The organization that gathers the eight Arctic states for

collaboration on issues unique to Northern territories - sustainability and environmentalism in particular - met in Yellowknife last week.

Senior Arctic officials with the Arctic Council met on Oct. 22 and 23 for a debrief on the council's efforts leading up to a 2015 meeting in Iqaluit, which will gather the representative ministers from each nation.

Subjects on the docket included reducing black carbon emissions in the Arctic caused by wood burning in homes, promoting traditional knowledge and developing a portal on adaptation to climate change, and oil spill response in snow and ice conditions.

Efforts towards environmental protection for marine areas of the Arctic, and an update on human health, organic pollutants, radioactivity and short-lived pollutants were also presented.

- Elaine Anselmi

Councillor resigns at Hamlet of Enterprise

Tammy Neal resigned in September as a councillor with the Hamlet of Enterprise.

Neal's two-year term on council was to end in December, when regular hamlet elections are planned.

She is the second councillor to resign in Enterprise this year.

In June, Al Flamand resigned a council seat, which is also up for election in December.

Currently, the hamlet has a mayor and four councillors.

- Paul Bickford

Peel trial reconvenes

The judge in the Peel Watershed case called for the trial to reconvene last Friday, according to a press release.

The original trial finished in July, but a date for the final decision hadn't yet been announced.

Justice Ron Veale asked for the trial to reconvene on Oct. 24 to "more deeply examine the remedies proposed by the plaintiffs," the release stated.

The plaintiffs in the case are the First Nations of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr'ondek Hwech'in, as well

as the Yukon chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Yukon Conservation Society.

They are calling on the Yukon Government to protect more than 54,000 square kilometres of the Peel Watershed.

They launched their legal action in January, with the Northwest Territories' Gwich'in Tribal Council acting as an intervenor in the case.

- Kassina Ryder

Plane makes emergency landing on Highway 1

Enterprise

A small, single-engine Cessna aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Highway 1, about 30 kilometres north of Enterprise, on Oct. 16.

Hay River RCMP received a call just after 1 p.m. indicating that the plane had experienced mechanical trouble and had landed on the roadway and officers were immediately dispatched to the scene, according to a news release from the police.

They were joined there by representatives of the Department of Transportation.

"The pilot was able to get the plane back operational, and RCMP and DOT ensured that the highway was clear and safe for the pilot to take off and continue its flight to Yellowknife," stated the RCMP release.

No one was injured in the incident.

It is believed the flight originated in Alberta.

- Cody Punter

Hunter catches big bearded seal

Paulatuk

A hunter in Paulatuk harvested a nine-and-a-half foot bearded seal near the community last week, said Diane Ruben, resource person at the Hunters and Trappers Committee.

The seal is considered to be larger than average for the Paulatuk area, Ruben said.

"That's unusual for us to get a large bearded seal," Ruben said.

The animal had some strange markings that appeared to be hair loss on a tail flipper, so staff sent samples to a laboratory in Winnipeg to try and determine the animal's condition.

- Kassina Ryder

Going up bit by bit

Ka'a'gee Tu/Kakisa

Construction is continuing on the new community hall in Kakisa. Staff with the First Nation will be conducting a site inspection on Oct. 30.

- Roxanna Thompson

Educational visit to Sachs Harbour

Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour

Staff from the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation will be travelling to Sachs Harbour in November to help educate residents about accessing the Group Independent Assessment Program, said Debbie Gordon-Ruben, resolution health support program manager with the corporation.

The program is part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and is available to groups looking to start healing programs and projects.

Gordon-Ruben and Susan Peffer, resolution health support worker with IRC, will travel to Sachs Harbour to provide information on the program as well as to provide wellness workshops.

Staff also plan to travel to Ulukhaktok and Tuktoyaktuk, Gordon-Ruben said.

- Kassina Ryder

Fall events hit Chief Julius School

Tetlit'Zheh/Fort McPherson

Younger students at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson made sure everyone knew what they were thankful for by creating posters for Thanksgiving earlier this month, said education assistant Leslie Blake.

Next on the school's agenda is a Halloween costume contest on the afternoon of Oct. 31, which is open to the entire community.

- Kassina Ryder

A healthy plateful

Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley

A healthy nutrition program is underway in Wrigley.

Healthy breakfasts will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Roxanna Thompson