NNSL Business and Industry Stories

Baffinland ships 5.1 million tonnes of ore from Mary River

November 8, 2018 - Mary River

Shipping season has officially closed at the Mary River mine.

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. announced Nov. 8 its plans to ship ore out from July 24 to October 17 were a success.

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The movers of Goose camp

Taloyoak's Kokiak Peetooloot, left, and Jimmy Porter of Gjoa Haven are Sabina Gold and Silver employees working at the Goose camp, approximately 75 km southwest of Bathurst Inlet. Sabina provides training on various pieces of equipment and puts a great deal of emphasis on safety, Porter says. Photo courtesy of Sabina Gold & Silver.
November 4, 2018 - Kitikmeot

As Sabina Gold and Silver marches toward transforming its Back River gold project into the Kitikmeot’s second gold mine, Jimmy Porter and Kokiak Peetooloot are two of the people keeping things moving, literally.

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Tourism numbers hit record heights in NWT

November 2, 2018

For the first time in a fiscal year, more than 110,000 visitors travelled to the NWT with spending totaling just over $203 million in the process, stated a GNWT news release.

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“Oddball” Internet outage undetermined

October 23, 2018 - Yellowknife

The source of an Internet service outage that impacted part of the city Tuesday afternoon was undetermined at press time.

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Ministers approve Prairie Creek Mine road

Prairie Creek Mine has few regulatory hurdles left to tackle. Photo courtesy of Canadian Zinc Corporation.
October 22, 2018 - NWT

Prairie Creek Mine’s proposed all-season road got its final OK from federal and territorial ministers on Oct. 9, leaving few regulatory hurdles between the mine and production.

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Nunavut mine training under scrutiny

October 19, 2018 - Nunavut

There’s a real risk that Nunavummiut will miss out on jobs as Agnico Eagle expands it workforce, warns John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove.

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GNWT not planning to offer airlift compensation

At a bid of $1.75 million, Summit Air, with its fleet of cargo planes, was the successful bidder on the GNWT's airlift contract for Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk. photo courtesy of Summit Air
October 17, 2018 - Cambridge Bay/Kugluktuk

There will be no immediate help from the GNWT’s Department of Infrastructure for those who are without vehicles or for businesses that take on extra expense due to the airlift that is replacing sealift.

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Marine Training Centre gets an official opening in Hay River

At the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Oct. 13 to officially open the Marine Training Centre were, left to right, Deputy Mayor Donna Lee Jungkind; Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson; Infrastructure Minister and Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann; Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod; Chief Roy Fabian of K'atlodeeche First Nation; and Elizabeth Cayen, executive director of the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

An official opening was held Oct. 13 for the Marine Training Centre, the first facility of its kind in the NWT.

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Airlift to Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk to begin later this week

The last of the cargo, excluding vehicles, that didn't make it into Cambridge Bay or Kugluktuk by sealift this summer, will be delivered by planes starting later this week. photo courtesy of the Department of Infrastructure
October 16, 2018 - Kitikmeot

If all goes according to plan, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ airlift to resupply Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk residents will begin later this week.

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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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Court voids tax assessment on Mary River Project lands

Despite repeated attempts by the Government of Nunavut to assess the tax value of the Mary River Project, a September court judgment has nullified its 2016 notice of assessment. NNSL file photo.
October 9, 2018 - Iqaluit

A court ruled that the Government of Nunavut failed to properly notify the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and its lessee Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. that the Mary River Project lands were open to tax reassessment.

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Baffinland, QIA sign updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

October 3, 2018

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced the signing of an updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) on Wednesday that the company says will strengthen Baffinland’s commitments to Qikiqtani communities.

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Lawsuit possibility raised as final Kitikmeot barge cancelled

The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT
October 2, 2018 - Kitikmeot

Ice is preventing the final sealift barge from reaching Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk and alternative delivery options and compensation measures are being discussed.

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Getting acquainted with the mining neighbours

A smiling Dustin Kapolak, right, takes a seat next to Sabina employee George Aitaok in a piece of heavy equipment. Sabina is constructing a gold mine in the area and continues to explore for additional sources of the precious metal.
October 2, 2018 - Kitikmeot

Residents of Bathurst Inlet paid a visit to their mining neighbours on July 16. A full site tour, dinner and discussion of the exploration and mining activities ensued.

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Pond Inlet seeks ways to use cruise ship tourism proceeds

Pond Inlet realized $250,000 in revenue from a cruise ship docking fees during a busy summer season this year. Mike Beedell/Adventure Canada photo
September 25, 2018 - Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet

The Hamlet of Pond Inlet is consulting on how to manage the financial returns from this year’s cruise ship season, said senior administrative officer Daryl Dibblee.

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Cam Bay cab company expanding to Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet

From left, Ziggy's Taxi driver Jeffrey Komak, cab company co-owners Elaine Zikalala and Charles Zikalala and driver Leonard Epilon stand with two of the company's cabs in Cambridge Bay. Zikalala is planning to offer taxi service in Kugluktuk and Rankin Inlet by October. photo courtesy of Charles Zikalala
September 12, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Ice spoils cruise ship season in some communities

September 10, 2018 - Kitikmeot

A summer of extensive ice in the Queen Maud Gulf prevented any cruise ships from getting into Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay.

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Copperhouse consultant clarifies fired chef’s status

September 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

A controversial dismissal of a migrant employee at Copperhouse Eatery and Lounge has caused some confusion about how immigration papers are processed and what are the best avenues for protecting newcomers with appropriate status.

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Great Slave Helicopters granted bankruptcy protection

September 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Great Slave Helicopters, one of three Yellowknife-based subsidiary companies belonging to Discovery Air, is restructuring its operations and selling assets, stated a Canadian News Wire news release yesterday.

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Fat Fox building demolished over the weekend

September 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

The plot thickens with the future of Range Street as the historical building that housed the Fat Fox was demolished over the weekend.

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Fat Fox building to be demolished within days

August 30, 2018

The plot thickens on what the future holds for 50 Street now that the owners of the old Diner building are confirming the historic eatery will be demolished within days.

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Twenty years and counting at Co-op

August 30, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Kissarvik Co-op retail store manager Glenn Woodford was recognized for his 20 years of service to Arctic Co-operatives during a special ceremony for long-service awards held in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 17.

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Copperhouse co-owner grilled after chef fired

August 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

The co-owner of a popular restaurant is responding to recent accusations that his acting head chef was unjustly fired.

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Diavik targets increased productivity with new kimberlite pipe

August 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

Diavik Diamond Mine expects to sustain productivity for the next four years after tapping into a new source of diamonds last week.

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Windstorm rips off steel siding from Yk downtown highrise

August 22, 2018

Sheets of steel siding were pulled from the side of the Bellanca Building office tower in downtown Yellowknife during a violent windstorm overnight.

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Shipping companies blame extensive ice, Coast Guard for sealift delays

August 17, 2018 - Nunavut

Impassable sea ice in some Nunavut waters coupled with too few Coast Guard ships has led to sealift delays of up to three weeks this year, according to the heads of sealift companies serving Nunavut.

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Private event pushes public from downtown park

August 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Concerns have been raised over the use of public parks after a private function took over a large portion of Somba K’e Civic Plaza, a popular public space last week.

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Dangers of pot usage to be addressed by driving schools

August 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

As law enforcement and educators in Yellowknife prepare for the legalization of marijuana this fall, another institution in the city is quietly shifting gears to address new realities for young people and impairment behind the wheel: driving schools.

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Local cafe owner wins entrepreneurial award

August 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Jawah Bernier opened her very first business at 24 and has since watched her cafe Birchwood Coffee Ko grow into a community and a labour of love.

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Turaarvik Inns North gets total makeover in Rankin Inlet

August 16, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Turaarvik Inns North is undergoing a massive overhaul in Rankin Inlet this month.

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