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The GNWT has announced new financial incentives to keep students studying and living in the territory but Range Lake MLA Daryl Dolynny says it should have happened sooner. - NNSL file photo
New funding aims to keep students in the territory

'We didn't keep up with the times,' says one MLA

Evan Kiyoshi French
Northern News Services

New financial incentives offered to students to encourage them to stay or return to the territory after they graduate are a step in the right direction, but should have happened sooner according to Daryl Dolynny. News LinkRead more

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NNSL photo/graphic Yellowknifer News Briefs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Guns recovered from Canadian Tire theft

RCMP confirmed this week two firearms stolen in late May from Canadian Tire were recovered. Todd Vatcher, 23 and Beau Desire-Tesar, 28, of Yellowknife face charges related to the alleged thefts. Earlier this month, police would not confirm the Rossi Ranch Hand and a Chiappa Survival Series had been recovered. Yellowknifer asked when the guns were recovered and whether any other items were stolen, but RCMP spokeswoman Const. Elenore Sturko stated in an e-mail that no further information will be released because of an ongoing investigation.

- Shane Magee

Highways getting millions for upgrading

The NWT is receiving $96 million to upgrade roads across the territory. The funding announcement was made at the legislative assembly on Monday by federal and territorial government officials. The funding, $72 million from the feds and $24 million from the GNWT, will be spread out over four years. Eighteen-million dollars will be spent on Highway 3, the main corridor into Yellowknife. The roadway, between kilometre 224 and 332, will receive strengthening and drainage improvements and $8 million will be spent on resurfacing, drainage and chip seal between kilometre 32 and 46 on the Ingraham Trail.

- John McFadden

Bourque to be sentenced in September

Roman Bourque, 21, will be sentenced Sept. 30 on a manslaughter charge after beating 21-year-old Emerson Curran to death in the summer of 2013.

Bourque had pleaded guilty to the charge in April but sentencing has been delayed while trying to arrange for him to speak to an Ontario psychiatrist for a pre-sentence report. Bourque remains free on bail until the sentencing.

- Shane Magee

City to examine Truth and Reconciliation recommendations

City council unanimously voted to have its staff examine the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on residential schools and report on which ones the city could implement. Coun. Rebecca Alty moved the motion Monday night which calls for the report to be returned to council by Sept. 30.

- Shane Magee

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