GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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Focus on education in the New Year

December 17, 2017 - NWT

I wish a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all. May the Lord keep you well and happy in the New Year. I am told this is my last column until 2018 – I will see you in January.

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Time to examine yourself

December 17, 2017 - Nunavut

As we begin the countdown towards Christmas and the new year, a closer examination of ourselves should be taking a hold of us.

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All the ingredients for giving thanks

December 17, 2017 - Kugluktuk
At your service! Ready to serve the elders are, from left, Zachary Milukshuk, Skylor Tiktalik, Masyn Pigalak, Nicolas Ongahak, Alana Nivingalok, Patrick Akana and Seigha Avalak.
photo courtesy of Megan Plummer

A Christmas tea for elders was held at Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik on Dec. 8. Students, who baked snacks for the guests, were given the opportunity to practise their Inuit values, including havaqatigiiniq: working together; tunngahuktittiniq: welcoming elders and community members to the school; and, kivgaqtuiniq: service to family and community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elders Pihoak Kokak, Mary Manigyogina, Mavis Mulgrew and George Hayohok are seated and savouring the treats at Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik.
photo courtesy of Megan Plummer

 

 

Student Toriee Enogaloak, right, carries a tray of food to share with elders, clockwise, Katie Niptanatiak (in light blue), Komek Nivingalok, Bobby Anavilok, Marjorie Havioyak, Mary Manigyogina and Joe Graham Novoligak.
photo courtesy of Megan Plummer

 

 

Patrick Akana, Toriee Enogaloak and Garrett Taptuna mix the batter in preparation for loading the muffin tray while in the kitchen at nearby Kugluktuk High School, where the baking took place.
photo courtesy of Rachel Green
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Rabid fox in Cape Dorset

December 17, 2017 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

The Department of Health has confirmed that a fox in Cape Dorset has rabies.

It is the third rabid fox reported in Nunavut over the past several weeks. One was detected in Rankin Inlet earlier this month, while another was found in Baker Lake in November. There was also a dog confirmed to have contracted rabies in Hall Beach last week.

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Whooping cranes had banner year

December 17, 2017 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

The NWT’s summer population of whooping cranes is booming.

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Games needs young cultural performers

December 16, 2017 - NWT

Youth interested in showcasing their talents in areas like music, theatre, storytelling, drumming or dance are being sought out for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Sport North and the NWT Arts Council are looking for six cultural performing delegates and a manager to be involved in the events in Hay River and Fort Smith in March, according to a news release from the council.

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Hay River armed robber to be sentenced in March

December 16, 2017 - Hay River

A man who pleaded guilty to robbing the Rooster convenience store at gunpoint in Hay River in 2016 is to be sentenced on March 26.

Cameron Bernarde, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery with a firearm last May. The .22 calibre rifle he brandished was not loaded at the time.

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Mayors, councils elected across NWT

December 16, 2017 - NWT

Ten communities held elections last Monday for either mayors and council or just council, and Tuktoyaktuk also voted to free up its liquor regulations.

Besides Tuk, Aklavik, Enterprise, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, Fort Resolution, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tulita and Ulukhaktok all went to the polls.

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No more Wild West: employers must stop cutting corners

December 16, 2017 - NWT

It’s easy to forgive employers for thinking what they’re seeing when they look out the window is the Wild West.

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Woman stabbed in Gjoa Haven

December 16, 2017 - Gjoa Haven

A 21-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and breaking a court condition following an incident in which a woman was stabbed several times in a Gjoa Haven residence on Dec. 11.

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Four people, snowmobile go through ice

December 16, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents are being warned to be extra safe out on the ice after at least four people and a snowmobile recently went through the ice on Yellowknife Bay.

A long-time houseboater said he knows of four people who went through the ice near Jolliffe Island while the Great Slave Snowmobile Association posted a photo on Facebook, Dec. 14 of a hole in the ice where a snow machine crashed through the ice.

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Languages commissioner halts Kugluktuk election

December 16, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Residents in Kugluktuk will go back to polls in January after Nunavut’s languages commissioner shut down the hamlet election on Dec. 11.

Helen Klengenberg said she was made aware of Hamlet of Kugluktuk election literature being written solely in English right up until election day. Only on Dec. 11 were the public notices translated into Inuinnaqtun, she said.

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Two new deputy ministers step up in GN

December 16, 2017 - Nunavut

Pujjuut Kusugak, son of the late Jose Kusugak, is the latest to be appointed to senior management in another round of appointments by Premier Paul Quassa.

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Kevin Koe headed to 2018 Winter Olympics

December 16, 2017 - Ottawa

Four years ago, Kevin Koe made a shocking decision to leave his Canadian championship team and put together a new team with the 2018 Winter Olympics as the end goal.

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First batch of NWT Arctic Winter Games trials wrap up

December 16, 2017 - NWT

Are you ready for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games yet? Hundreds of young athletes from around the territory were as they tried their best to make Team NWT for the Games, which happen in the South Slave in March.

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Fostering family appeals for fourth dog

December 16, 2017 - Iqaluit

One young resident, with the mayor coming out firmly on her side, received some good news when Iqaluit city council agreed Dec. 12 to an exception to its responsible pet ownership bylaw.

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Haze shrouds cannabis fight over treatment

December 16, 2017 - Nunavut

As Canadians prepare for legal marijuana use, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is indicating it’s not ready to support the move until the territory has addictions treatment facilities. President Aluki Kotierk is indicating legal options are not out of the question.

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Man says RCMP shattered his kneecap

December 16, 2017 - Tetlit Zheh/Fort McPherson

A man is accusing RCMP of shattering his kneecap in Fort McPherson last month.

Rudolph Francis, 24, was charged on Nov. 23 with assault, resisting arrest and mischief.

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Loader goes through ice at Salt River crossing

December 16, 2017 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

A loader from Aurora College tried to cross the Salt River ice road crossing and went through the ice Dec. 11. The college employee attempted to drive the 950 Caterpillar loader across the river without checking the ice stability.

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Medical-assisted death in NWT confirmed

December 15, 2017 - NWT

An NWT resident has been granted their constitutional right to die with dignity through accessing medical assistance in death (MAID), NWT Chief Coroner Cathy Menard has confirmed.

“There’s one that has occurred,” Menard told News/North.

Citing privacy concerns, the territorial government’s Department of Health and Social Services – the body responsible for introducing jurisdictional guidelines for assisted death in adherence with the federal legislative framework – declined to comment on “specific numbers” for requests and deaths in NWT when asked to provide further details about the confirmed case.

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Dehcho woman earns nod for trapping skills

December 15, 2017 - Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

A 24-year-old woman from Fort Simpson is among several NWT residents being recognized this year for their trapping skills.

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Editorial: Silly season at city hall

December 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

The IssueCouncil Conflict 

We  SayFocus On City Issues 

It was a season full of dramatic tension – with a touch of emotion from a visibly shaken mayor – but the intriguing melodrama that played out at city hall this fall ended with a whimper this week.

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Chemotherapy service at Stanton Territorial Hospital suspended

December 15, 2017

Stanton Territorial Hospital announced it is suspending its chemotherapy service for the foreseeable future but it wasn’t due to any harm coming to patients, say officials.

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Lack of options fuels frustration

December 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

With the holidays fast approaching, limited postal options – combined with a spike in e- commerce deliveries – are fuelling frustrations and long lineups for some customers.

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No ‘magic’ fix for family poverty

December 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

When Dianne Miller thinks back to the darkest days of her life eight years ago, she remembers the cold.

“It was a bitter winter,” she said flatly.

Leaving the hospital after becoming seriously ill, Miller, her husband and their five-year-old son Alex returned home to find their rental trailer uninhabitable – frozen solid with burst pipes. Her family had nowhere to go.

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Alleged human trafficker granted bail

December 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

A man facing the first-ever charge of human trafficking laid in the NWT has been granted bail. Jonathan Ouellet-Gendron, 29, was freed from custody at the North Slave Correctional Centre by Justice of the Peace (JP) Ian McCrea Thursday. There is a ban on publishing the reasons McCrea gave for granting his release.

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Omnibus bills reveal flaws in democracy

December 15, 2017 - Inuvik

It’s easy to visualize resource development in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. We can all picture the effects on the landscape, habitat and wildlife from industry operating in that area.

What’s harder to see is the cost of not taking action. That price is paid by many people and spread around the American population and beyond.

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Nine repping Beaufort Delta

December 15, 2017 - Inuvik

Forty players competed to make the bantam boys’ hockey team at the Arctic Winter Games trial last weekend in Inuvik, with about half making the cut.

“All the kids are working hard and battling hard,” said Shawn Talbot, who will be coaching the team, midway through the three-day evaluation camp, which brought in players from around the territory to compete for a spot on the team.

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Upcoming events in Yellowknife for month of December

December 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

Check out what’s happening this month.

YK Centre Mall Craft Sale
Sundays from December 3,10,17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come out for crafts, crafts and more crafts at YK Centre (TD Bank Mall)

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Family fighting to stay together over Christmas

December 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

A pregnant woman from Wekweeti and her common-law husband can’t stay with their two young children over Christmas because the medical travel residence they’ve been placed in does not allow visitors beyond the building’s foyer.

Andrea Goose, who is 35 weeks pregnant, and Bobby Boline were flown into Yellowknife with their kids, Charlie Rose and Marshall, both of whom are younger than three, around Dec. 5. Goose is not due to give birth until Jan. 15.

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Cambridge Bay arena closed until January or February; may not open at all due to mould

December 14, 2017

The Department of Community and Government Services is seeking a contractor to address the growing mould issue in the Cambridge Bay arena and the work isn’t expected to be complete until January or February, if it’s feasible to do at all.

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Town begins process to award licence for next Chase the Ace

December 14, 2017 - Hay River

The Town of Hay River is beginning the process to award the next licence for a Chase the Ace lottery.

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Zebra clinic in Rankin Inlet

December 14, 2017

The Rankin Inlet Senior Men’s Hockey League and the Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association sponsored a Level 1-2 referee clinic this past Saturday, Dec. 9.

The training followed the Level 2-4 clinic this past month, which saw officials certified for both local hockey and the upcoming minor-and-senior-hockey tournaments in the new year.

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Life-sized Mr. Potato Head

December 14, 2017 - Inuvik

Visual arts teacher Alexandra Winchester would have probably given Grade 11 Cheyenne Gully a good mark just for making the hat part, but the student went out of her way in a papier-mache pop art project, creating a life-sized Mr. Potato Head.

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Mould jeopardizes Cambridge Bay arena

December 14, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Mould at the Cambridge Bay arena has worsened to the point that the facility may not open at all this season.
The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay is not allowing the public to use the arena until safety assurances can be made.

Marla Limousin, senior administrative officer in Cambridge Bay, said officials with the Department of Community and Government Services told her a decision on the status of the arena will be made by the end of this week.

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Christmas Bird count returns Dec. 16

December 14, 2017 - Hay River

The annual Christmas Bird Count is returning once again this year.

The count – part of an international conservation initiative – is set for Dec. 16 in the Hay River area.

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Another boost for food bank

December 14, 2017 - Inuvik

100 People Who Care Inuvik started its second year the same as its first with a donation to the Inuvik Food Bank.

The group met for its first quarterly meeting of its second year, after giving out more than $25,000 to charities and organizations in town since forming last fall.

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Kivalliq teachers say no difference in science challenges

December 14, 2017 - Naujaat

The initial round of Actua’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Challenge began making its way to schools across the region this past month. Actua inherited the program from the Kivalliq Science Educators Community (KSEC).

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Dancing through the ages

December 14, 2017 - Inuvik

It’s the first year for the Synergy Stars Dance Factory, but it’s already turned into a hit with participants and community members.

Seventy dancers took part in the group’s 12-week session this fall, which culminated with two performances of dancing through the ages, featuring popular numbers from the past century, such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Ray Charles’s “Hit The Road Jack.”

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KSEC co-president not pleased with new science programming

December 14, 2017 - Chesterfield Inlet/Kivalliq

The decision to replace the SET Challenge run by the Kivalliq Science Educators Community (KSEC) with the Actua’s STEM Challenge is not a popular one with KSEC co-president Glen Brocklebank of Chesterfield Inlet.

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Editorial: No excuses on drunk driving

December 13, 2017 - Hay River

At the beginning of this month, the RCMP launched its annual Christmas season campaign against impaired driving.

It happens every year at this time, the RCMP announces that it will be stepping up its efforts to catch impaired drivers from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

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News briefs: Free movie showing, firefighter calls defined

December 13, 2017 - Hay River

Free showing of new movie

Growing Together will present a free showing of the animated movie Ferdinand at the Riverview Cineplex on Dec. 18.

Families and caregivers with at least one child five years of age and under can attend. Older siblings are also welcome.

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Minor hockey camp a step closer to prize

December 13, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

The season-opening Rankin Rock minor hockey camp came one-step closer to a significant cash infusion when it made the final list for an Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP).

The camp is in the youth category, which awards up to $100,000 for up to seven teams.

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Holiday lights competition winners named

December 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

The results are in for the best and brightest holiday light displays in the city.

Yellowknife residents cast a total of 2,094 votes between Dec. 8 and 11, taking to Facebook to “like” their favourite festive decorations in a number of categories, the City stated in a release Wednesday.

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Editorial: History teaches through names

December 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

The issue: Erasing history 

We say: Move cautiously 

As parents of pre-school to Grade 5 students drop their children off at J.H. Sissons School, do they know who the place is named for?

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