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Soccer association envisions new pitch

November 19, 2017

Ollie Williams has a grand vision for soccer in the Northwest Territories.

The president of the Northwest Territories Soccer Association went before Yellowknife city council on Nov. 14 to present a “preliminary overview” of his group’s plan to develop a new, full-size, enclosed soccer facility in Yellowknife. Read More

Time to listen about time

November 18, 2017

Daylight Savings Time is dumb. There, we said it. Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, clocks fell back an hour. Which, for anybody living North of 60, meant they got up in the dark and walked home in the dark. Read More

Education authority election set

November 18, 2017

An election for members of the Deninu School District Education Authority in Fort Resolution will take place on Dec. 13.

Seven seats will be filled on the board of directors.

Nominations for candidates closed on Nov. 15.

GNWT releases public accounts

November 17, 2017

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the GNWT public accounts information for 2016-17 on Nov. 8.

There was an operating surplus of $175 million, $35 million more than what was originally budgeted. Read More

Player turns coach

November 17, 2017

Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up. Read More

Highest award for Inuvik teacher

November 16, 2017

A cultural exchange program at East Three Secondary School earned French immersion teacher Denise Lipscombe the Governor General’s 2017 Experiences Canada Award. Read More

Canada’s first all-season road to the Arctic Ocean opens

November 15, 2017

It took dozens of years of lobbying and several years of construction, not to mention some $300 million, but the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now officially open.
A ceremony held at the Midnight Sun Complex was packed with community members and dignitaries Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The most special federal guest was Governor General Julie Payette, who thought there was something fitting in the name of the road itself.
“Even the name – highway, way to the future and aiming high,” said Payette during her speech to the crowd. Read More

Hometown hero producer dies

November 14, 2017

Roman Bittman, who was raised in poverty in Hay River but went on to find success as a noted television and movie producer, has passed away. Read More

Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first

November 14, 2017

For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.

I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk. Read More

Ladies Night at museum

November 13, 2017

The Hay River Museum Society will be hosting its annual Ladies Night on Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be the third Ladies Night, at which many women wear big hats, furs and jewels. The event at the Hay River Heritage Centre will feature a fashion show courtesy of G&L Workwear.

Gwich’in Tribal Council highlights inconsistency in Premier’s ‘red alert’

November 13, 2017

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is calling out the Northwest Territories premier for issuing a “red alert” to Ottawa without first talking to Indigenous groups.

The council is “surprised” Bob McLeod didn’t reach out before denouncing federal restrictions on oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea, especially given the premier’s frustration with Ottawa for imposing those restrictions without first consulting with the territorial government. Read More

Major tourism players honoured

November 13, 2017

Four awards were given out in Inuvik at an NWT Tourism gala at the beginning of November to recognize some of the major figures in one of the territory’s few recent economic success stories. Read More

Northern woman pioneers research

November 13, 2017

While studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Kalina Newmark was tasked with to studying a non-English language as the final assignment in her social linguistics course. She took a risk in choosing an English dialect, and it paid off. Read More

GNWT releases public accounts

November 13, 2017

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the GNWT public accounts information for 2016-17 on Nov. 8.

There was an operating surplus of $175 million, $35 million more than what was originally budgeted. Read More

Handmade Market at heritage centre

November 13, 2017

A Handmade Market will be held on Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hay River Heritage Centre.

The market will feature handmade wares direct from Hay River artisans.

O’Brien regional vice-president

November 13, 2017

Dawna O’Brien is the regional vice-president for Hay River on the new executive of the Union of Northern Workers following its 17th triennial convention in Yellowknife from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.

Other members of the executive include president Todd Parsons, first vice-president Gayla Thunstrom, and second vice-president Nicole Tews. Read More

Health info glitches a reason for concern

November 12, 2017

The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority has been having a rough year.

An audit of Hay River Medical Clinic referrals turned up 41 irregularities where referrals to specialists and other medical services were either delayed or not done at all. This follows the cancellation of dental surgeries at the clinic earlier this year after concerns arose about the clinic’s sterilization process for medical equipment. Read More

IRC welcomes reconciliation

November 12, 2017

The relationship between the Crown and Inuvialuit is improving after the bad news of the moratorium, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation stated in a news release.

Duane Smith, president of the IRC, applauds the approach the federal government has taken when it comes to Inuit and Crown relationships. Read More

Jill Taylor remembered

November 12, 2017

It’s a bit ironic that hundreds of people turned out Nov. 4 for Jill Taylor’s service, as those who knew her best agree she would never have wanted that much attention.  Read More

Changes afoot at Housing Corp.

November 12, 2017

A slate of new housing programming means social housing tenants may soon have the option to purchase their homes and homeowners across the NWT will have access to forgivable loans for new fuel tanks, among other programs, according to an Oct. 17 announcement. Read More

Fort Smith ski club gets federal boost

November 12, 2017

Lovers of the white stuff in the Northwest Territories can expect something a little different this year at their local trails.

Both the Yellowknife Ski Club and the Fort Smith Ski Club will be getting a facelift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada. Read More

Parsons back in as UNW boss

November 12, 2017

Todd Parsons has been re-elected as president of the Union of Northern Workers following a vote Oct. 29, marking the beginning of his sixth term as top brass. Read More

First Nation considers farming deal with feds

November 12, 2017

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise. Read More

Communications plan for town and authority

November 12, 2017

A formal communications plan has been established to keep the Town of Hay River up to date on the activities of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

Improved communications was discussed when a delegation from the authority appeared before council on Oct. 24.

“We have committed to four meetings a year,” said Mike Maher, the public administrator with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

Highway opening schedule changes

November 12, 2017

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opening ceremonies will take place in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Wednesday, Nov. 15.

They will start with an official opening ceremony at the Midnight Sun Complex at 10:30 a.m. Read More

Preparing for a historic anniversary

November 11, 2017

Like all Inuvik groups, the ski club has seen fluctuations in interest over the past few years, with last year being particularly down as most of the core group moved on. Read More

Two silvers at Spike It!

November 10, 2017

It always takes a lot of fundraising to get there, but the work paid off for Inuvik athletes at this year’s Spike It! volleyball tournament in Yellowknife. Read More

Do-gooding on a national scale

November 10, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod taking the federal government to task for imposing a five-year ban on new offshore exploration licenses in the Arctic has been the hot subject this week. Read More

Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

November 9, 2017

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn.

Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related.

Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova staff member on duty for help using the laundry machines, a source told the Drum.

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Get ready for the rush

November 9, 2017

Annie Steen has had the opportunity to use the new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway to access camping grounds in Husky Lakes over the last year, giving her a tourist’s perspective on the road and how it enters Tuktoyaktuk. Read More

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