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Yellowknifer - Kivalliq News: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Feds throttle back health funding
The territorial government has been told to expect smaller increases in health transfer payments from the federal government starting next year.
Cabin owner calls for marina
A Prosperous Lake cabin owner says it is time for the territorial government to consider expanding the parking lot at the Prosperous Lake boat launch.
Fire near Snare hydro burning out of control
The forest fire that burned a power line near the Snare hydro dam on Thursday, causing a power outage in Yellowknife, has now been deemed too big to fight.
GNWT abandons last ditch headframe talks citing risk
Secret talks to save the iconic Robertson Headframe have failed.
Law library to be replaced with legal resource centre
The M.M. De Weerdt Law Library is officially closing, but representatives from the Department of Justice say access to justice in Yellowknife will actually increase after its doors are closed - despite the fact the NWT will be the only province or territory without a physical law library.
Businessman taps into Yk's passion for vehicles
For a city paved with bumpy, dusty roads, a surprising number of people who live in Yellowknife take tremendous care of their vehicles.
Ramble and Ride draws record crowd
The 10th year of Ramble and Ride was the festival's best ever, according to co-ordinator Emily Smits.
GN pleads with Rankin to revisit water fluoridation
Children in Rankin Inlet are at risk of seeing a 20 to 50 per cent increase in cavities if the hamlet does not reverse a decision to stop adding fluoride into its water system.
Propane huffing spike raises alarm in Rankin
Residents in Rankin Inlet are raising alarm bells over teenagers huffing propane to get high.
Cadets have wild time in Whitehorse
It's raining and there's a chill breeze in the air as Naujaat's Jan Kopak boosts a dripping 30-pound pack from a puddle and throws it easily over her shoulder.
Group organizes school supplies for kindergarten
A small act of kindness intended to help a mother of two purchase school supplies has ballooned into a full blown project to help as many children as possible in Rankin Inlet get the tools they need to succeed.
NWT & Nunavut News/North - Monday, August 1, 2016
Power costs to rise across NWT
The Public Utilities Board has approved a Northwest Territories Power Corporation request to increase energy sales charges 4.8 per cent for all customer classes effective Aug. 1.
Luxurious ride in treacherous place
The first-ever luxury cruise through the Northwest Passage is scheduled to begin later this month, but critics warn the cost of travelling through the fabled waterway could be far more than just the price of a ticket.
Largest wildfire near Norman Wells
The biggest forest fire in the NWT as of late last week was a blaze burning 20 kilometres southeast of Norman Wells in the Sahtu region.
NTCL tug runs aground outside of Lutsel K'e
The Kelly Ovayuak tug ran aground about four kilometres outside Lutsel K'e the night of July 26. The tug is owned by the Northern Transportation Company (NTCL).
Cop charged with sex assault
An RCMP officer in Inuvik has been suspended from duty and charged with sexual assault, an allegation tied to his time as an officer in Nova Scotia in 1995.
A look back on a storied life
Eliza Lawrence, Northwest Territories politician known as "everyone's mother", died in Grande Prairie Alta. on July 24, said daughter Flory Enzenauer.
Behchoko man charged after car forced off road
A 57-year-old Behchoko man faces multiple charges after police say a vehicle on Highway 3 was followed and intentionally hit by a second vehicle last week, sending two people for medical treatment.
Arrests follow golf club break-ins
Two youths have been arrested and charged in connection with recent break and enters at the Hay River Golf Club and a string of other crimes in Fort Providence, say RCMP.
Historic church gets touchups
Renovations to St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in the Old Village of the Hay River Reserve press on despite the passage of years.
A summer of firsts
Laylu Judas says she's quickly becoming an expert when it comes to Vancouver B.C.'s unique transit system.
MP under fire after returning from treatment
The day after Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo returned home to Iqaluit after addictions treatment, telling constituents and the press that he was ready to get back to work, controversy surrounding his abrupt resignation from his cabinet post and the Liberal caucus filled national headlines.
ITK unveils suicide prevention strategy
Making good on its March 8 promise to make suicide prevention its top priority Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) unveiled its National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy July 27.
Baffin Fisheries drops out
After a dispute about shrimp quota allocation, Baffin Fisheries Coalition has suspended its membership in the Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA).
Residency rules get more flack
Nunavut Sen. Dennis Patterson, appointed by the Conservatives, cribbed a line from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when describing the current requirements to become a senator in Canada.
Feds nix uranium mine pitch
More than a year after the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) recommended a proposed uranium project outside Baker Lake should not proceed at this time, the responsible federal ministers upheld the regulator's decision on July 14.
Inuit culture front-and-centre in Toronto
She says she's shy but 13-year-old Chantel Caza is about to perform in front of the world at the 2016 Miss Teen Canada Globe.
Seeing the Arctic from below
"As a hunter, I want to keep hunting," said Johnny Issaluk, "but I don't want the animals to disappear ..."
Weekend Yellowknifer: Friday, July 29, 2016
MLA calls out premier on carbon tax
A Yellowknife MLA is accusing Premier Bob McLeod of breaking his promise to engage regular members when it comes to the NWT's strategy on climate change.
Medical services strained as calls for drunks climb
There has been a growing number of medical calls the city's ambulance service has answered the past year partly as a result of a change in the way RCMP respond to intoxicated people, and the affects are rippling out through the city's emergency services and shelters.
ENR talks forest-fire fighting
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has enough resources to fight forest fires. So says Frank Lepine, director of forest management for the department.
Ramble and Ride celebrates 10 years
Music, performers, art and dance workshops, buskers, food, films and a diamond draw worth $1,600 are just some of the ways Old Town Ramble and Ride will be celebrating the town's cultural and historical district this weekend.
Crime rate sees small jump
There was a seven-per-cent increase in the crime rate last year in the area served by Yellowknife RCMP compared to a territory-wide increase of 1.26 per cent, data released by Statistics Canada last week indicates.
Charities win pot of funding
Three organizations operating in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories have been awarded funding to conduct projects in Northern communities.
Birchwood Coffee Ko opens doors
Some might question the wisdom of opening a coffee house sandwiched between a pub and a drop-in centre.
Queerlesque gets ready to take (it) off
Hang onto your gender-fluid socks, Queerlesque is back. The annual cabaret show hits the stage next weekend, part of NWT Pride festivities.
Deh Cho Drum - Inuvik Drum: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Dene Assembly opens with grand celebration
The 46th annual Dene National Assembly began the evening of July 25 with people from all over the Northwest Territories coming to Fort Simpson to partake in the celebrations.
Handgames tournament brings unity
Rhythmic drumming filled the Fort Simpson recreation centre as hundreds of people came out to watch the Liidlii Kue First Nation's Mens Hand Games Tournament.
Coin features Fort Simpson
A $10 collector's coin celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with the an icon image of Fort Simpson on it will soon be stamped, making at least one village councillor happy.
Public Safety groups finish training
Operation NUNAKPUT 2016, a series of maritime patrols, training and search and rescue exercises involving Canadian Armed Forces and other public safety groups, ended in Fort Simpson July 20 after two weeks of practice.
Slopitch tournament hopes to increase turnout
With slopitch baseball turnout low in Fort Providence, Andre Bolduc, the recreation centre coordinator, is looking to start a slopitch tournament to help get numbers back up.
Construction restarts on Sydney Apartments
Construction will soon resume after major delays at the partially completed Sydney Apartments.
Artistic talents spotlighted
With a plethora of worthy artists at the Great Northern Arts Festival, it was a challenge to only pick five to profile. These artists come from all over Canada and represent a wide range of skills, which they showcased at the festival which ran from July 15 to July 24.
Sports field feared unsafe
The shortcomings with the park on Ruyant Crescent were highlighted at a town council meeting July 11.
Nihtat council buys building
The Nihtat Gwich'in Council once again owns its own building after some time without.
Yankees, Ocean Girls come out on top
Softball once again took over Inuvik last weekend, with the annual Men's and Women's Tournament drawing teams from near and far.
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