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The last two rounds of council and municipal service meetings were unable to attract a crowd – at least not behind the bench. Since July 24, regularly scheduled meetings have been unable to attain a quorum of councillors. - NNSL file image
Frustration over council cancellations

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE
For the second time in a row, seats sat empty at city council. Monday's council meeting was cancelled and municipal services committee was unable make recommendations on agenda items, as fewer than the five councillors required to make quorum showed up for duty that day.
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NNSL photo/graphic Yellowknifer News Briefs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Four charged in downtown brawl

Four women and a man have been charged after what RCMP describe as an "assault in progress." According to a news release from the Mounties, police responded to several calls for service Monday night regarding an assault at 50 Street and Franklin Avenue.

Police took all the combatants into custody and released them for court appearances on Oct. 17. Police have not released names nor said what the suspects are charged with.

- John McFadden

City facilities free until September

As of yesterday, Yellowknife residents and visitors can temporarily use the Fieldhouse and Ruth Inch Memorial Pool at no cost.

The City of Yellowknife is allowing free use of the facilities from Aug. 15 to Sept. 4, according to a news release.

That includes use of the running and walking track, children's play area and open fields when day camps and other programs are not taking place. For residents who have already purchased a flexi-pass for the facilities, the release stated that the city has extended flexi-pass card holders for an additional month.

- Kirsten Fenn

Man charged with three burglaries

A Yellowknife man is charged with three counts of break and enter in connection with burglaries at the Military Family Resource Centre on 54 Street and the Fat Fox Cafe. According to an RCMP news release, a safe was stolen from the centre over the August long weekend while the Fat Fox was broken into twice - Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. A significant amount of cash was stolen, stated police. Mickey Gordon, 21, is in custody for a court date Friday.

- John McFadden

Employment rises by 200 people

Employment rose by 200 people between June and July in the NWT, but Jeff Barichello, economic statistician for the NWT Bureau of Statistics, said the change is not very significant. He said the increase is most likely driven by the hiring of summer students and other seasonal jobs. The employment rate in July across the territory was 66.4 per cent, compared to 70.9 per cent in July 2016. The number of people not in the labour force increased by 24 per cent, or 1,600 people, since August 2016.

- Emelie Peacock


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