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Will existing weed charges go up in smoke after Oct. 17?
Three more names on ballot this year than in 2015
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Rangers to get huge new HQ in city
Two more #YkVotes2018 profiles
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School insurance costs soar
Feds invest in faster broadband Internet
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Meet the 10 mayoral candidates in regional communities
NWT Best Hunting and Fishing Photo Contest
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Low candidate turnout for municipal election
Skate park renamed in honour of local youth
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Sealskin coats in Coral Harbour
Science camp in Chesterfield Inlet
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Kandis Jameson acclaimed as mayor
Old women's shelter building demolished
Blaze in Behchoko claims life of woman
One woman is dead after a fire broke out in Behchoko over the weekend, say RCMP.
The female victim, who has not yet been identified, was found inside a shed early Saturday morning after the Behchoko Fire Department responded to a blaze on a residential property around 1:20 a.m.
When RCMP officers arrived on scene to assist firefighters, the structure was “fully engulfed in flames,” stated a news release from Mounties.
Election signs vandalism includes racist slurs
Three candidates running in the Yellowknife municipal election awoke Monday to some nasty vandalism of their campaign signs that included racist and anti-semitic slurs.Read More
School insurance hits record high in Nunavut
The amount the Government of Nunavut is doling out for school insurance has reached the highest annual total yet: more than $1.8 million.Read More
Nunavut youth train like police
Four Nunavut teenagers have a better idea of what it’s like to be a police officer after spending five days training at the RCMP Depot in Regina.Read More
SPORTS CHECK: New dates for volleyball tournament
One of the most popular volleyball tournaments in the territory now has its dates confirmed.Read More
AROUND NUNAVUT: Pond Inlet asks how to use cruise ship proceeds
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.Read More
COLUMN: Expression of interest
by Harry Maksagak
Interest groups and organizations are formed because someone or a group expressed concern and took the steps to assist in improvements. This covers a wide spectrum and I hope I can shed some light around this idea.Read More
More slopitch success for Fort McPherson
Have trucks, will travel.
That’s what K&D Contracting of Fort McPherson did as they made the trip to Aklavik for one of the last slopitch tournaments of the season and it was a success.Read More
Meeting for Mackenzie region Metis held Saturday
The Mackenzie River Metis Collective will be holding its community gathering this coming weekend after efforts have been put forward in recent weeks to create a third geographic group representing NWT Metis people in the river region.Read More
COLUMN: Combined services for Yk’s homeless and addicted
Psst, did you hear? Yellowknife’s new combined sobering center and day shelter opened last week. Yay, that is really good news. I’m excited and I’m sure the people facing homelessness and addictions in our community are excited too.Read More
AROUND THE NORTH: Lights On seeking volunteers to kick off
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
A program in Fort Simpson aimed at keeping youth busy and entertained on the weekends is getting ready to start up again Oct. 12.Read More
EDITORIAL: Don’t silence democratic process
The time for filing municipal nomination papers has passed and a humble word must be said for the courage all candidates showed in throwing their names into the proverbial ring.Read More
U.S. consulate visits Nunavut
U.S. Consul General Allison Areias Vogel attended the Nunavut Trade Show this month, and met with Nunavummiut to discuss shared interests in education, renewable energy and U.S. cold climate technology.Read More
Crackup Comedy brings festival to Iqaluit
Iqaluit will be home to the first ever First Air Arctic Comedy Festival, with all its proceeds in support of the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.Read More
EDITORIAL: Long tail of colonialism threatens ability to heal
Testimony at the recent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry hearings in Iqaluit showed there is a still a lot of work needed to heal the wounds of colonial violence, if it’s even possible in light of the fact such violence persists.Read More
Navy patrol vessel could touch Arctic waters by 2020
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) saw its newest Arctic patrol ship touch saltwater for the first time this month and could be deployed to the Arctic as early as 2020, say navy officials.Read More
SPORTS TALK: The Ottawa Senators got fleeced but Pierre Dorion still looks smart
One of these days, a news correspondent is going to lose their life covering a hurricane. This was never going to happen this time around.Read More
SPORTS CHECK: Kevin Koe starts with a bang
The new curling season is underway and Kevin Koe couldn’t have started things any better.Read More
Archers aim for Red Deer
The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., will be big enough for the NWT but it will be even bigger for one team.Read More
Meet the mayoral candidates
Positions to fill: Six councillors, one mayorRead More
Vince Sharpe wins annual golf course fundraiser
Vince Sharpe won the grand prize of $4,000 in the Road’s End Golf Course’s unique, sold-out annual fundraiser September 15.Read More
Great-grandmother accused of trafficking acquitted, daughter found guilty
Ko K’e festival to wrap up in Inuvik
The 14th annual Ko K’e Spoken Word and Music Festival is set to wrap up its tour of the Northwest Territories in Inuvik September 27.Read More
Nunavut braces for Canada Post shutdown
Barring a last-minute agreement on a new contract, unionized Canada Post employees are set to strike on Wednesday and Nunavummiut are preparing for repercussions.Read More
Science and culture in Chesterfield Inlet
More than 40 students and teachers from across the Kivalliq hit the water in the name of science during the annual Kivalliq Science Educator’s Community (KSEC) Science Camp in Chesterfield Inlet from Sept. 6 to 10.Read More
Grizzly shot in Kugluktuk
A local hunter shot and killed a two-year-old male grizzly bear on Sept. 18. The predator wandered into the community that day, as it had the previous two days.Read More
Stranded boaters rescued on Prosperous Lake
Half a dozen unprepared boaters spent a chilly few hours on Prosperous Lake before being rescued early Wednesday morning.
Yellowknife RCMP responded to a report of stranded boaters near Tartan Rapids just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
With help from the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, RCMP officers located and rescued six boaters whose vessel had stalled.
Conditions at the time were “dark and cold with temperatures below freezing,” according to a news release from RCMP.
The boaters weren’t dressed for the weather and didn’t have any survival gear onboard.
“This incident serves as a reminder for the public to be prepared for an emergency on the water or land with fall/winter conditions approaching. Have a plan, practice water safety and encourage others to do the same,” stated an RCMP spokesperson in the release.
RCMP offer the following safety tip:
- Be familiar with the operation of your equipment and ensure it is in proper working condition prior to heading out on your trip
- Check incoming weather conditions, temperatures, and daylight conditions prior to departure monitor the weather for changes
- Pack extra clothing for protection from the elements – Hypothermia is a serious risk if you go out unprepared for the weather conditions. Be prepared to shelter in place overnight, if required.
- Pack essential items – flashlight, signaling devices, extra food or water, GPS or compass, first aid kit, shovel, hand saw, matches/lighter etc. Especially if your trip lasts longer than anticipated.
- Carry extra fuel
- Have a spare battery or a means to repair your vessel/vehicle if required to do so
- Have everyone wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device if on or near open water
- Familiarize yourself with the area you will be travelling, learn about local hazards
- Ensure that you have the appropriate required safety equipment for your vessel or vehicle
- Carry a satellite phone, marine radio, in-reach or other means of communication
- Inform someone of your travel plans, where you are going, and when you plan to return
- Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills
Police suspend search for missing Norman Wells man
An exhaustive search for a 20-year-old missing Norman Wells man has been suspended by police.
Darren Whiteman was last seen around 11 p.m. at a cabin on Lennie Lake on Sept. 12.Read More
Gunning for big bucks through Project Play
With hopes of getting new artificial turf for the Kugluktuk arena and funds to afford a climbing wall and soccer nets, recreation coordinator Matt Craddock was finalizing an entry into the annual Kraft Heinz Project Play contest last week.Read More
Pat Braden launches NWT music archive
Musician Pat Braden officially launches the first installment of the website, Musicians of the Midnight Sun, on Tuesday.Read More
COLUMN: New festival would be win-win
Word on the street in Rankin Inlet has a group of folks coming together this past weekend in hopes of forming a committee to establish a second music festival in Rankin Inlet.Read More