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John Stewart, director of School and Instructional Services for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment(ECE) said the review is in the preliminary stages, but has already identified areas where schools across the territory and across the world could be doing a better job. - Evan Kiyoshi French/NNSL
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Premier announces Mackenzie Valley study

Premier Bob McLeod announced the GNWT plans to undertake a feasibility study of an energy, transportation and communications corridor along the Mackenzie Valley to the Arctic Ocean at a reception in Ottawa on Thursday.

McLeod emphasized that the government is not proposing any specific project; rather it will be exploring the potential for new opportunities in conjunction with aboriginal governments.

- Cody Punter

New board to focus on mining investment

A new board is being established through the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) to promote mining exploration in the territory.

"The Mining Industry Advisory Board will be a great addition to help to develop a robust mineral industry in the NWT," said ITI minister David Ramsay. The board will be made up of five to seven members, all with direct experience in mining in the NWT, appointed by the minister.

- Elaine Anselmi

Spots available in energy workshop

The city and the Arctic Energy Alliance are offering residents a chance to understand their environmental impact, and their home.

The Get to Know Your House as a System workshop will be held on Feb. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arctic Energy Alliance office.

The workshop will go over the components of energy usage in homes, including: building envelopes, space and water heating, ventilation and energy-using behaviours of occupants. The cost for the workshop is $10 and anyone interested is asked to register.

- Elaine Anselmi

Property assessment open house

The city is planning to host a property assessment open house at city hall on Feb. 18 and 19.

The city mailed out its assessments to property owners last week along with A Guide to Property Taxes brochure. Ratepayers who are unhappy with the assessed value of their property can appeal the assessment. Property owners have until March 9 to file a School Support Declaration or Assessment Appeal.

The open houses will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

- Cody Punter

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