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What do you have to do to sell pot?

When cannabis is legalized this week, the only vendors that will be selling the product for the first six months will be government approved liquor stores. After those first six months, private vendors will be allowed to enter the market if they are approved by the minister responsible for the NWT liquor and cannabis commission. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
October 15, 2018 - NWT

If a private vendor wants to sell cannabis in six months time, they will have to work through red tape and follow strict government regulations.

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Territorial mineral round-up

Diavik’s Stars of the Arctic – from left, Vega, Capella and Altair – are being shown in Antwerp, Belgium and Israel this month. Photo courtesy of Rio Tinto.
October 15, 2018 - NWT

This year’s headlines haven’t been great for the mineral industry. The Conference Board of Canada called the NWT’s economic future “grim” even before Dominion Diamond Mines shelved Ekati’s Jay Pipe expansion in May.

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RELIANCE TO ALLIANCE: The view from the other side

October 15, 2018 - NWT

It was back in June when I discovered that there was a certified meditation studio in the town of Alliance Alberta where we really hoped to move when our property in Reliance NWT finally sold. I connected with the therapist on Facebook, and made hopeful plans to begin classes after Thanksgiving. Finally this morning, after a very crazy few months, was my first class.

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Toronto film fest features Northern flavour

A still image from the music video of Deni (Be Sharp) shows the electronic themed video that will premiere this week at ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Casey Koyczan.
October 15, 2018 - Toronto

A Toronto film festival aimed at promoting Indigenous voices in film and media will feature a number of creative’s from the Northwest Territories.

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COLUMN: Weather changes will force us to adapt

October 15, 2018 - NWT

by John Holman

On this day, Sept. 10, 1982, we did not have today’s temperature of 2 C, but 18.2 C. Ten years before that, in 1972, the mercury dipped to -16.7 C. One thing is for sure, in Fort Simpson we have snow by Halloween, which makes the celebration somewhat wickedly hilarious. Why? The kids have to take off their winter jackets so that those treating them can see their costumes, for the most part.

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Federal government funds emissions reduction with GNWT

Environment minister Catherine McKenna announced a $23-million contribution to greenhouse gas reduction projects in the NWT on Oct. 11 at the Legislative Assembly. Avery Zingel/NNSL photo.
October 15, 2018 - NWT

The federal government will spend $23-million over four years on projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the NWT, said environment minister Catherine McKenna in an announcement last week.

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New Deadline for Wood Buffalo action plan

Ken Hudson, president of Fort Smith Metis Council, stands by signs Metis leaders posted in Wood Buffalo National Park in 2017 that illustrate the history of the Metis experience since the park was formed in 1921. Photo courtesy of Northwest Territory Metis Nation.
October 15, 2018 - NWT

Parks Canada has received a new deadline to submit their 27.5 million-dollar action plan to protect Wood Buffalo National Park from becoming an endangered site.

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AROUND THE NORTH: Union meeting at Nahanni Inn

October 15, 2018 - NWT

Deh Cho

Members of the Union of Northern Workers Local 13 will gather in Fort Simpson Oct. 16.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Stories of our elders

October 15, 2018 - NWT

Friends, I was gladdened to feast mine eyes upon the beaming visage of Dene film-maker and writer, Raymond Yakeleya, arms suitably akimbo, proudly hoisting his recent The Tree by the Woodpile: and Other Dene Spirit of Nature Tales, stories collected from his grandmother, Elizabeth Yakeleya and elder Harriet Gladue, of Tulita, Denendeh.

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Can pricing push out illegal pot peddlers?

Up to four cannabis plants can be grown in Nunavut households after marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17. Pixabay photo.
October 15, 2018 - NWT

By keeping a low-end gram of legal pot under $10, the GNWT says its on pace to keep the black market at bay come legalization.

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Chamber organizes packed week of activities for entrepreneurs

October 15, 2018 - Iqaluit

Small Business Week is back for its second year of offerings intended to support, encourage and deepen the skills of Iqaluit’s small business community, and that includes Iqalungmiut who may be thinking of starting a small business.

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Magician enchants Inuvik

October 14, 2018 - Inuvik

Last week I attended the community magic show put on by Influencers Motivating Influencers (IMI) at East Three Elementary School, and the energy in the school gymnasium was unparalleled to any event I’ve attended in Inuvik to date.

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Edehzhie established as first Indigenous-led protected area

October 14, 2018 - NWT

The Dehcho First Nation (DFN) has signed an historic agreement protecting the Edezhie as the first Indigenous-led wildlife area in Canada.

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Spikes in internet usage anger Iqaluit customers

Northwestel announced the launch of its new broadband satellite network Sept. 17, and since the beginning of October Iqaluit customers have reported inexplicable usage spikes. From left: Ron Harrigan, David Joanasie, Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and Corbin Winsor at the ribbon cutting event. NNSL file photo.
October 14, 2018 - Iqaluit

Dozens of Iqalungmiut are reporting mindboggling usage spikes with internet service provider Northwestel.

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‘Somebody threatened my life’ mayoral candidate claims after alleged break-in

Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he will shoot intruders after an alleged break-in at his home early Friday morning.
October 14, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston claims shadowy forces are at work after threatening to shoot intruders following an alleged break-in at his home early Friday morning.

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GNWT officials to visit Cam Bay Monday as airlift confusion continues

Cambridge Bay's Suzanne Maniyogina and her four children don't have a vehicle. They were expecting their truck, ordered from Hay River, NWT, to arrive by sealift. Now it's not clear whether it will be shipped by air as the last barge to Cambridge Bay was cancelled. Her children are Tayten and Jeremiah, back, and Graysen and Azalea, front. photo courtesy of Suzanne Maniyogina
October 14, 2018 - Kitikmeot

Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk residents still seeking answers about their sealift orders are hoping to find out Monday if their goods will be flown in or stored in Inuvik.

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Inuvik residents notice increase in abandoned harvests

October 13, 2018 - Inuvik

Gordie Kasook was doing a patrol for work at the old armed forces base on Navy Road when he found a moose head, two racks of moose ribs and a moose backbone – someone’s abandoned harvest.

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IN MY VIEW: Taking a temperature check

October 13, 2018 - Nunavut

In most cases, people who are going out on the land will do a quick check of the wind direction and the temperature. They get their supplies and fuel, notify someone where they are going, and off they go. They travel with anticipation of a good run with meat or furs to bring home. They also make sure their machines are in good running order with spare plugs, belt and maybe an extra ski just in case and all this is done for their safety and a successful trip.

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EDITORIAL: Gov’t likely faces uphill battle with online cannabis ordering

October 13, 2018 - NWT

Cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17 but questions still linger about exactly how or if online cannabis sales will work in smaller communities.

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SPORTS TALK: The UFC deserves its criticism after UFC 229

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass, something he's done for more yards than any other quarterback in National Football League history. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 13, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

How about that Banksy deal earlier this month?

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Fort Smith man named in armed barricade arrest

October 12, 2018

RCMP have named Bradley James Hunter of Fort Smith as the arrested man in last week’s armed standoff.

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Yellowknife man’s drone conviction first-ever in Canada

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man has become the first-ever Canadian to be convicted of operating a drone dangerously.

Toufic Chamas, 22, was convicted Friday morning in Yellowknife’s territorial court on one count of dangerous operation of aircraft. It’s the first time the use of a drone has been criminalized in this country.

“I apologize,” said Chamas, standing to address Judge Bernadette Schmaltz Friday.

“I didn’t know how dangerous it was.”

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Kivalliq man catches Greenland shark

A Greenland shark measuring more than 3 metres (10 feet) in length and weighing close to 227 kilograms (500 pounds) was caught in a whale net in Coral Harbour on Oct. 1, 2018. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Ottokie
October 12, 2018 - Coral Harbour

One of the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, a Greenland shark, was caught in a whaling net near Coral Harbour on Oct. 1.

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Keep the presses going

October 12, 2018 - Kivalliq

Oct. 1 to 7 slipped quietly past this week without the fanfare that can accompany seven-day-awareness periods such as National Fire Prevention Week, Aboriginal Awareness Week, National Youth Violence Prevention Week or National Women’s or Men’s Health Week.

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Yellowknifer profiles nine trustee candidates running for Yk1

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yk1 Education District has a full slate of candidates that includes all incumbents seeking re-election.

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Yellowknifer profiles eight candidates for Catholic school board

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

There are seven positions to be filled at the YCS Board and eight candidates who have filed.

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N.J. Macpherson School wins second Yellowknife School Squash Tournament in three years

Ella Skauge, left, and Ethan Bran, both from N.J. Macpherson School, won the Grade 5 girls and boys divisions respectively in the Yellowknife School Squash Tournament at the Racquet Club on Oct. 4. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife School Squash Tournament has traditionally been a two way race between N.J. Macpherson and J.H. Sissons.

This year, the pendulum swung back in favour of the former.

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LETTER: Sign story didn’t report all the facts, says mayoral candidate

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

From: Jerald Sibbeston, mayoral candidate for the City of Yellowknife

Dear editor,

Where did the other candidates get their signs? I am proud I bought everything locally. There is a video on my Facebook page about me building them myself.

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RCMP sets rules for cannabis and cops

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Where, when and how often public servants can consume cannabis come Oct. 17 has been a burning question since legalization passed into royal ascent.

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LOOKING BACK: Tax relief for senior citizens

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

Sixteen of the city’s senior citizens would be getting a tax break on their property taxes.

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