‘Knew what he was doing:’ Crown, defence make arguments in Mantla murder trial

February 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

A jealous and jilted Kevin Mantla flew from Gameti to Yellowknife on Sept. 27, 2015 for one reason – to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in a “focused” and planned attack, the Crown argued in NWT Supreme Court Thursday.

“This guy knew what he was doing from start to finish,” said Crown prosecutor Blair McPherson.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: No justice for Colten Boushie

February 18, 2018 - NWT

Last weekend I was driving and noticed a crowd of people by the post office. Being a nosy type of person, I parked and went to see what was going on. People were protesting about Gerald Stanley being found not guilty of murdering Colten Boushie. I talked to some people and left because I really did not know much about it.

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SPORTS TALK: So Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un walk into a bar …

February 18, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

Thankfully, this has been confirmed and I can go on with life.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Jayda’s ordeal

February 18, 2018 - NWT

Friends, I usually don’t make it a point to repeat the subject in a column from one similar in the last, but in the case of this story in News/North, excellently written by Sidney Cohen, the subject of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls should at lest bear the burden of a reread, if only to drive the message home.

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Wild meat distribution program commences

February 18, 2018 - Kugluktuk

Several hunters were off in search of muskoxen early last week in hopes of selling the meat to the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO). The HTO then divides the meat among community members in need through the Country Foods Distribution program.

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Corrections workers honoured

February 18, 2018 - NWT

Sharon Caudron says her recognition for distinguished service as a traditional counsellor and liaison officer means more to her than a compliment on her own work – it means she’s honouring what she’s been taught.

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TAX BREAK: The ABCs of an RRSP

February 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

I had lunch with a few twenty-something youngsters recently. Since this is Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) season, one of them – ‘John’ – asked, “What’s an RRSP and what can it do for me”? That basic question surprised me. His friend, -’Rick’-, an employee in an accounting firm, piped in and exclaimed, “I bought an RRSP last year and I lost money – RRSPs are useless”!

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Canadian North looks to the future with Fetchable

February 17, 2018 - Nunavut

After Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. ditched Canadian North for First Air last year, the airline had to go back to the drawing board, and they came up with an internet-based service called Fetchable.

“We have available space on our aircraft and we’re looking for ways to fill it,” said Canadian North president Steve Hankirk.

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Students take home Northern books

February 17, 2018 - NWT

Every child in a South Slave school will take home two books as part of the Let’s Read campaign, which encourages families to read together.

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Danny Aaluk is drawn to lead and ink; has created many logos

February 17, 2018 - Gjoa Haven

Danny Aaluk remembers sitting in a classroom as a boy, with much of what was being said not registering due to his hearing impairment. He preoccupied himself with what came naturally, drawing wildlife in his notebooks with his pencil.

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SPORTS CHECK: Olympians on the move, Eagles soar

February 17, 2018 - NWT

Olympians hard at it

PyeongChang, South Korea

The NWT’s contribution to the 2018 Winter Olympics continues to press on in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Less than one month to go for AWG

February 17, 2018 - Hay River

As of today, we are less than one month away from the start of the Arctic Winter Games.

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Judge tosses mandatory minimum sentences in two firearms cases

February 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Not all gun crimes that trigger mandatory minimum sentences should result in hard time for offenders, a NWT judge ruled Feb. 14.

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Protecting children and youth the top concern with cannabis legalization

February 16, 2018 - Nunavut

Harm reduction was the Government of Nunavut’s main message at an Iqaluit meeting Feb. 13 about its approach to federal cannabis legalization set to take effect in July. Due to federal timelines, legal sales are unlikely to take place until sometime in August.

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Former chief Bonnetrouge talks life after leadership

February 16, 2018 - Deh Gah Got'ie Kue/Fort Providence

When a GNWT committee was devising the territory’s new Mental Health Act in 2015, then-Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge told the committee that “the Act should be written for the people it serves.”

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Teacher education review in draft form

February 16, 2018 - Nuanvut

A review of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), initiated in early 2017, is now at the draft-report stage.

“The consultants have drafted a preliminary report to be reviewed by the Department of Education and Nunavut Arctic College to ensure that the program evaluation phase of this review has met the scope of work detailed in the request for proposals,” Education deputy minister Pujjuut Kusugak stated via e-mail.

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Upcoming events in Yellowknife

February 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Check out what’s happening this month and beyond.

Welders Daughter Live (Reoccurring Event)
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Gold Range’s in-house band, Welders Daughter.

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Sissons students could be dispersed until new school built

February 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Approximately 360-to-370 french-immersion students at a Yellowknife Education District No. 1 school may be dispersed throughout the school district when it comes time to rebuild in 2020.

One of two options presented by superintendent Metro Huculak and Yk1 board members earlier this week calls for 16 classrooms at J.H. Sissons School to be moved to other surrounding Yk1 schools, adding teachers and custodial workers will not lose their job if students are moved.

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All-Inuktitut university course brings educators together

February 16, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

Thirty seconds of a conversation with educator Rebecca Hainnu is more than enough time to understand why she is lauded by so many – her energy and will are at once contagious and compelling.

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AROUND THE SOUTH SLAVE: Health fair in Fort Res

February 16, 2018 - NWT

Community Healthy Living Fair set for Fort Resolution

Deninu Ku’e/Fort Resolution

A Community Healthy Living Fair is set for Fort Resolution at the end of February.

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Editorial: Dinner theatre encourages inward reflection

February 16, 2018 - Inuvik

On Saturday Feb. 10, I went to the Comedic Dinner Theatre put on by the East Three Theatre Club. I was there to report on it for the Inuvik Drum, but I really did enjoy the show while I snapped photos and took notes.

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Inuvik town council discusses police report, fire report

February 16, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik RCMP Staff Sgt. Dustin Ward presented the monthly police report at the town council meeting Monday, Feb. 12.

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Kitikmeot Trade Show sets record for number of exhibitor booths

February 16, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

They came, talked shop, celebrated local culture and kicked up their heels together. For the fifth consecutive year, the Kitikmeot Trade Show sold out as 200 delegates descended on Cambridge Bay Feb. 12 to 14. It was the 19th year for the event.

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Gold miner makes gains in Kivalliq

February 16, 2018 - Kivalliq

Agnico Eagle has succeeded in extending the life of the Meadowbank gold mine into 2019 and will get its Meliadine gold deposit into production sooner than expected next year.

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Prisoner mix in jails questioned in legislative assembly

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

The following is an edited exchange taken from Hansard on Tuesday. In the legislative assembly, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson questioned Justice Minister Louis Sebert on gangs in correctional centres in the NWT.

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Correction

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Information in a page 3 news brief was incorrectly attributed to Leslie Campbell (“Snowcat remains stuck in ice,” Feb. 14).

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Storytelling night at Wildcat Cafe

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Storytellers and story lovers are invited to the Wildcat Cafe on Feb. 24 for an evening of tales and light refreshments.

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Sharp interest in carving contest

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

A record number of ice carving teams from around the world are scheduled to take part in the sixth annual De Beers Inspired Ice – International Ice Carving Championship.

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Mayor Heyck presses pause

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

So it’s official. Yellowknife will have a new mayor after this fall’s municipal election.

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Kevin Koe blogs from the Olympics

February 15, 2018 - PyeongChang

Ed’s note: Curling Canada has been publishing some thoughts from Kevin Koe about competing at the Winter Olympics and his march to what we hope will be a gold medal in men’s curling. Thanks to Curling Canada for letting us republishing excerpts here.

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Herbert goes bananas

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Statistically speaking, the Yk Oldtimers League doesn’t have a lot to show for its existence. It feels like hockey – three 20-minute periods, a referee dropping pucks or penalties, lots of ice – but what is missing from the game we know and love is a scoresheet.

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Back to the Brier he goes

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

He had more challengers to his throne this year but Jamie Koe is still the king of men’s curling in the NWT.

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Kevin Koe two for two

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

The 2018 Winter Olympics men’s curling event is underway and Kevin Koe got off to a great start earlier this week.

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Reaching out to the world

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

As Snowking’s Winter Festival grows year by year, so does our social media and web presence. Before we knew it, our Old Town festival garnered worldwide attention – and it’s still growing.

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One is the loneliest number – never ride alone

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

You may have heard last weekend we had a local snowmobiler reported overdue. While travelling alone on a remote trail the man hit a hidden log and tipped his sled. The sled was stuck on a hill and wedged against a tree making it impossible for him to right it.

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Looking Back: City to buy five Old Town lots

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

The city was in negotiations with Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. to buy five lots in the vicinity of the old D’aoust Flooring building.

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A loonie saved is a penny earned

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

A penny saved is a penny earned. I love that wise old adage and I think it is a motto that should be put on the entrance of all government buildings whether they be city, band, territorial or federal. I would add under it, “You are entrusted with the people’s money, so spend it wisely and let there be a curse upon all who waste it or give it away needlessly or unjustly.”

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Fires crackle in old safes

February 15, 2018 - Dettah

David Giroux has been making woodstoves out of whatever he can find. The Dettah man started Arctic Fire Stores in 2009, and since then has sold over 250 stoves. His newest creation? Stoves out of old safes.

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Murder trial verdict expected May. 24

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

The trial of Kevin Mantla, accused in a bloody and brutal 2015 stabbing that left Elvis Lafferty dead and Mantla’s ex-girlfriend seriously injured, heard submissions from the Crown and defence Thursday in NWT Supreme Court.

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Cameras at library, Fieldhouse, Multiplex switched on

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

One day after city council adopted a security camera policy, cameras at the library, Fieldhouse and Multiplex were switched back on.

Cameras at these facilities were reactivated on Tuesday, and the rest will be turned on after each has been assessed and deemed necessary for security reasons.

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Kam Lake sewage cleanup won’t be finished until spring

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Though a majority of the sewage has been hauled away, the area surrounding a ruptured sewage pipe on Kam Lake Road will not be fully clean until the spring.

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Councillors endorse car-sharing co-op

February 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

A city councillor says he was not in a conflict when he told representatives of the Yellowknife Car Share Co-op at City Hall that their proposal could help his business.

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No date set for chemotherapy return at Stanton hospital

February 15, 2018

After initially stating the chemotherapy program at Stanton Territorial Hospital would return in February officials now say there is no timetable to resume.

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Theatre production giving voice to Indigenous women

February 15, 2018

A premiere at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre this weekend will give audiences a story which is not often told in the country.

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Youth show skills at 2018 Dene Games Summit in Inuvik

February 15, 2018 - Inuvik

The sixth annual 2018 Dene Games Summit, showcasing the skills of nearly 200 student athletes from across the Mackenzie Delta region, was held at East Three Secondary School Monday Feb. 12 and Tuesday Feb. 13.

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Indigenous women to get lesson in business

February 15, 2018 - Hay River

An entrepreneurial training program for Indigenous women will be offered this spring in Hay River.

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