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A way to save a life

November 7, 2017

Naloxone kits – containing a life-saving medication that can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – have been available for free in Hay River since January. Read More

Shining bright

November 7, 2017

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

Premier has his ‘isms’ mixed up

November 7, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod has to come up with a better word.

Last week, the premier called for a national debate on the NWT’s future, and blasted the federal government for “colonialism” towards Northerners. Read More

Performers needed for Christmas concert

November 7, 2017

NWT Centennial Library is looking for performers for its annual Christmas concert.

The concert, which is for an adult audience, will be held on Dec. 9.

Communications plan for town and authority

November 7, 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.

ITI hosts trade show on resources, energy

November 7, 2017

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is presenting a resources and energy development information trade show at the Legion boardroom on Nov. 9, starting at 2 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

It will include booths from several organizations, including the GNWT, and is designed to give people a chance to ask questions about resource development in the NWT.

The department will also be hosting a public engagement session on manufacturing in the NWT.

That session will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Ptarmigan Inn.

KFN members to vote on offer on Treaty 8 promise

November 7, 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

New rules for wildlife tourism

November 5, 2017

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

The pen is mightier than the government

November 5, 2017

It takes a lot to get me down, but lately, this damn isolation has been getting me mad, especially in my writing. I only use a special pen, a Sarasa. It is the best pen and made in Mexico. Read More

Public ceremony for highway opening

November 5, 2017

A ceremony will be taking place for the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway opening Nov. 15.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the end of Muskrat Road, where the highway begins. Read More

More constables sought

November 4, 2017

The RCMP is looking for more constables in Hay River.

The request for the required additional funding from the GNWT for such positions is with the government and will be considered in the upcoming budgetary process. Read More

The North gets new champion

November 4, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod and his government get taken to task quite often in this space.

And generally for good reason. Pickings are lean for anyone to find much of substance with the political talent, or the public policies, of the 18th Legislative Assembly. Read More

Northern woman pioneers research

November 4, 2017

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

New rules for wildlife tourism

November 3, 2017

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

Allen Services pleads guilty in Vinnicombe case

November 3, 2017

Allen Services & Contracting Limited pleaded guilty to not properly supervising a work site, one of nine charges the company and supervisor Brian McCarthy faced under the NWT Safety Act.

The plea took place in Yellowknife court this week following the death of 19-year-old David Vinnicombe June 28, 2016. He had been working just off Airport Road when a heavy machinery accident killed him. Read More

Inuvik’s smallest faith group

November 3, 2017

Dozens of chairs were set up but only a handful of people attended a celebration for the 200th anniversary of the Bahá’í faith, marked by the birth of its figurehead, Bahá’u’lláh. Read More

The best land claim there is

November 2, 2017

Duane Smith remembers that he was either just finishing college or starting to pay it off on the oil rigs when the Inuvialuit Final Agreement was signed June 5, 1984. Read More

Hay River company behind on modular home project for GNWT

October 31, 2017

A Hay River company is having difficulty fulfilling a contract for modular homes with the GNWT.

The issue came up in the territorial legislature on Oct. 19 with questions to Caroline Cochrane, the minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation. Read More

Summit to focus on concept of physical literacy

October 31, 2017

A conference on physical literacy is being held in Hay River next week that will bring together representatives of communities in the Mackenzie Recreation Association.

The meeting – called the NWT Physical Literacy Champion Summit – will take place from Nov. 7 to 9. Read More

Report tabled on legalizing cannabis

October 31, 2017

Justice Minister Louis Sebert announced on Oct. 24 that the Cannabis Legalization in the Northwest Territories What We Heard Report has been tabled in the territorial legislature and is now available to the public.

Last spring, the federal government introduced the proposed Cannabis Act to legalize marijuana by July 2018. Read More

Town website gets major overhaul

October 31, 2017

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River.

Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress. Read More

Cochrane named to oversee WSCC

October 31, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod announced on Oct. 27 a change of responsibility in the territorial cabinet.

Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Caroline Cochrane was named the minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, effective Oct. 30. Read More

Friendship centre sets date for AGM

October 31, 2017

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre will hold its annual general meeting on Nov. 18, beginning at noon.

The agenda includes the election of board members, along with a review of an annual audit and discussion of memberships.

Camsell library gets big support

October 31, 2017

Harry Camsell School garnered $6,100 in credits – the equivalent of about 610 books for its library – in Indigo’s Adopt a School program.

The fundraising campaign began Sept. 16 and ended Oct. 8 to help buy new books for elementary school libraries across Canada. Read More

Dealing with dope can be a real trip

October 30, 2017

 

“Marijuana, bud, blunt, chronic, dab, dope, ganja, grass, green, hash, herb, joint, loud, maryjane, mj, pot, reefer, skunk, smoke, trees, wax, weed.”
  – Terms from the Cannabis Talk Kit. Read More

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