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Grade 7 student Aliza Shah, left, teacher Kathy Lovatt and Grade 7 student Jordan Muchenje pose at St. Joseph School, where the two students have been raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo
St. Joe's class project gives back

Two St. Joseph School students are paying it forward by donating funds they raised through a class project to support a friend who is living at the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver.
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NNSL photo/graphic Yellowknifer News Briefs

Friday, June 23, 2017

City seeks input on tourism levy

The city is asking residents to give their views on tourism promotion and a potential hotel levy. The levy is being proposed on visitor accommodation in order to raise money for the city to fund a destination marketing organization focused on promoting Yellowknife.

The city wants residents to complete an online survey and give their opinion on: what the city should do to promote tourism, how the city should raise money to promote it and what percentage a hotel levy should be.

- Emelie Peacock

Name change for Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal Day will be getting a name change next year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday the federal government intends to rename it National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde stated in the news release he supports the change.

- Emelie Peacock

Artist wins conservation prize

A local photographer and illustrator has won a Canadian Wildlife Federation Award.

Announced yesterday, Paul Vecsei from Yellowknife was awarded the Roderick Haig-Brown Award for Conservation Through Fisheries. He won the award for his role in discovering that the ciscoes of Great Slave Lake were more diverse than previously understood in the scientific community.

Vecsei's award was one of eight conservation awards given out by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

- Emelie Peacock

Man charged in fatal crash denied bail

A man charged with impaired driving causing death in a Victoria Day weekend crash on the Ingraham Trail has been denied bail. Joshua Moore, 29, appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Kevin Dennis for a bail hearing last Thursday. The next day, Dennis refused to grant Moore bail. The reasons for his decision are covered by a publication ban. Moore faces several charges in connection with the May 21 crash that saw the car he was allegedly driving end up in a pond off the Ingraham Trail, near Prosperous Lake. Karen Lafferty, 30, of Behchoko was killed in the crash.

- John McFadden

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