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Life is short, bake cake!

January 13, 2018

We ended up having a lovely Christmas, though to tell the truth, it was the most simplest of celebrations, hardly worthy of note among other Christmases. I had some bad news from the south just a few days before the Solstice, and it really took some serious will power to pull Christmas out of my magician’s hat this year. Read More

Dark age for Northern oil

January 13, 2018

Just before Christmas, the joint venture behind the Mackenzie Gas Project announced the project was finally, officially dead. “Thank God they put it out of its misery,” says oil and gas consultant Doug Matthews. Read More

All’s well that ends well

January 12, 2018

The Town of Inuvik faced a fair bit of criticism for its initial handling of contracts for the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival.

It had appeared to some people, and from comments by town staff, that the town might not have prioritized hiring local professionals for contracting its documentary of the festival and running the DJ party, which was a new feature this year. Read More

Lone carvers show commitment

January 11, 2018

Only two out of eight of the snow blocks prepared for carvers in the snow carving competition at the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival were used, and both were by the same team. Read More

Call for encore highlights 14-hour day

January 11, 2018

Chris Sharpe, marketing and communications officer for the Town of Inuvik, had put in a 14-hour day running around and making sure everything for his first sunrise festival was going according to plan Saturday, Jan. 6. Read More

Editorial: employment numbers leave North out in the cold

January 10, 2018

There was a buzz across Canada last week when the jobs statistics for December were released and they showed the country’s economy continues to be on a hot streak.

Overall, there were 79,000 new jobs created in Canada, including 24,000 full-time positions. Read More

Three face murder charges in Hay River

January 9, 2018

Three Hay River residents – two men and a woman, all in their 20s – have been charged with murder and robbery in connection with the death of a man just after Christmas.

On Jan. 5, the RCMP’s G Division Major Crimes Unit announced it had arrested and charged two men: James George Thomas, 25, and Levi Cayen, 20.

The next day, the police announced that a 25-year-old woman, Sasha Cayen, was also charged with murder and robbery.

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Former Hay River track star convicted in ‘sextortion’ case

January 8, 2018

A teary-eyed Joel Gordon embraced his father Monday after being convicted of child porn-related charges in NWT Supreme Court.

Judge Karan Shaner convicted the 23-year-old Hay River man, on charges of distributing child pornography, child luring and extortion after a statement of facts was presented by Crown prosecutor Morgan Fane.

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December 2017 – Year in Review

January 7, 2018

Crater research in the NWT

Though dates were not yet finalized, a researcher from the University of New Brunswick announced she would be flying to a remote NWT lake, near the Nunavut border, to investigate the crater left behind by an asteroid 389 million years ago.

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November 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018

Allen Services pleads guilty in death of David Vinnicombe

Allen Services & Contracting Ltd. 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.

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October 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018

2017 wildfires seventh worst on record

At more than one million hectares burned, 2017 was the territory’s seventh worst year for forest fires since the NWT began keeping records in 1975, according to Environment Minister Robert C. McLeod. Read More

September 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018

Lawsuit launched over Behchoko election

Leon Lafferty, the former Behchoko chief and MLA, asked the NWT Supreme Court to overturn the June 12 election for chief and council due to irregularities. Read More

August 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018

Gwich’in lift ban on Dall sheep

A survey of Dall sheep in the Richardson Mountains, between Aklavik and Fort McPherson showed the population’s numbers on the rise, which meant the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB) lifted its voluntary closure on hunting the animals. The board’s survey showed the population had climbed from 496 in 2014 to 647 in 2017. Read More

2017 in 2,000 words or less

January 7, 2018

Welcome to 2018.

A chilly start to our year and here’s hoping you were able to stay warm, even enjoying a bit of Christmas cheer along the way. I survived Christmas, but now the job is where to put all of the new stuff. I’ll leave that to the wife because she’s so much better at organizing life than I ever will be.

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July 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018

Drunk driving up in Behchoko since booze ban lifted

Fewer Behchoko residents were getting slapped with liquor act infractions since alcohol became legal in the community in 2017, but impaired driving occurrences more than doubled in June 2017 compared to the year before. Read More

June 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018

Boys to get HPV vaccine

A vaccine for one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Canada was to be covered for boys and young men across the territory starting in June.

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May 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018

NWT gets new water bombers

Ahead of fire season, eight new Air Tractor 802A FireBoss amphibious water bomber aircraft arrived in the territory in April and May.

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Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

January 6, 2018

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units.

Both Forth Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the body of a deceased woman on the morning of Dec.31, according to a statement made by the Mounties Wednesday. Read More

March 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018

Domestic violence election ban struck down

On March 9, MLAs voted to reject a motion that would have imposed a five-year ban on people convicted of family violence from running for territorial office. The current legislation disqualifies candidates or members with criminal convictions only if they are in jail, and does not apply to offences that don’t result in jail sentences. Nunavut and Nova Scotia are the only territories in the country with similar bans. Read More

February 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018

Millions in payments questioned

The organization managing the Sahtu land claim was accused of holding back millions of dollars from beneficiaries and abusing its power. Read More

Pull together for 2018

January 6, 2018

Last year was very much a mixed bag in terms highs and lows.

2017 bore witness to the slow-moving train spectacle of an impending leadership review – one that would either affirm Bob McLeod’s success as the only the two-term premier in modern NWT history or perhaps send his legacy crashing to the ground in a mid-term non-confidence vote. Read More

January 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 5, 2018

Surprise New Year’s Baby Born in Fort Smith

The territory’s first baby of 2017 was born in Fort Smith at 2:54 a.m. on Jan. 1. Parents Janelle Cumming and James Colosimo had two reasons to be surprised – not only was the baby was born 10 days early, but the girl they had expected turned out to be a boy. Read More

‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame

January 5, 2018

Upon arriving in Inuvik on a beautiful, bright afternoon this Christmas, my father cut through the myth immediately, declaring the “sunless winter” claim a scam.

The idea of a perpetually dark winter sounds so mysterious and challenging to southerners, but anyone who has spent time in the North knows it’s more hype than reality. Read More

Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

January 4, 2018

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units.

Both Fort Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the body of a deceased woman on the morning of Dec. 31., according to a statement from the Mounties Wednesday.

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Hit return for old time dance

January 4, 2018

The group behind reviving the New Year’s Eve old time dance and feast must have been happy with the turnout for the event, which packed the Midnight Sun Complex community hall.

“We were a little nervous about volunteers, but everything in the last minute came together,” said Jodi Day-MacLeod, part of the Inuvik Community Events Society. Read More

RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River

December 29, 2017

Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K’atlodeeche First Nation.

RCMP on Thursday responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road to Sandy Creek. Upon arrival, they found a deceased male. Read More

Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness

December 22, 2017

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact.

First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to definitively discuss and definitely too large to be able to solve with just a report. Read More

Sunrise festival just two weeks away

December 22, 2017

The 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival is next year but just two weeks away, and the final details were being hammered out at a meeting this week.

The festival, which takes place on the frozen Twin Lakes down by the boat launch next to Mackenzie River, will have a bit of a change in layout from last year. Read More

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