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A mix of NWT and U.S. officials gathered on Great Slave Lake last week for a group photo. - photo courtesy of Peter Kujawinski
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tender for Day Shelter

The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority put out a request for proposal Monday for a new day shelter.

The idea is to provide on-site support services for the winter season from October to April during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, and the summer from May to September during the hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 13 at 3 p.m.

Those interested in running such an operation are invited to an information meeting at the YHSSA Goga Cho building on 47 Street, July 29 at 4 p.m.

- Simon Whitehouse

National Drowning Prevention Week

NWT residents and tourists are encouraged to be "water smart" at all times while enjoying activities in, on or around rivers, lakes and oceans.

In a news release, Health Minister Glen Abernethy said he recognizes there has been some decrease in the number of water-related fatalities in the NWT, but he said there must be greater awareness for measures that can prevent drownings.

The GNWT said the number of water-related fatalities fell from 12.1 per 100,000 people in 2002-2007 to 6.9 per 100,000 in 2007-2011.

However, that is still higher than the national average.

- John McFadden

Help provided for those trying to butt out

People who are trying to help people to give up tobacco are getting some extra help this week.

NWT Quitline care coaches will be meeting with NWT health care providers as well as health and wellness staff in Yellowknife and across the territory this week.

The care coaches will be sharing information on the quitline as well as practical tips on how to live tobacco-free.

The NWT Quitline number is at 1-866-286-5099.

- John McFadden

Landscape and Gardening Competition

The deadline for the city's Landscape and Gardening Competition passed and the city is reporting a major increase in participation.

Events co-ordinator Sandra Nielson says that at 30, there are almost twice as many entries as last year.

The competition is set to run from July 22 to 24

Results are expected before Friday, said Nielson. Six categories will be judged and they will include residential landscaping, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, specialized gardens, greenhouses and lawns.

Prizes will include certificates for Arctic Farmer Nursery and Ptarmy toys from Janet Pacey of Signs.

- Simon Whitehouse

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