Women’s shelters end year of turmoil

January 19, 2018 - Iqaluit

YWCA Agvvik – which runs the Qimaavik and Sivummut women’s shelters in Iqaluit – is ready to move forward with a new and effective board in the aftermath of a financial scandal involving its now terminated executive director.

The organization was thrown into chaos after a Sept. 28, 2016 Lester Landau audit pointed out 25 “matters that may be of interest to management”, according to chartered accountant Debbie Lyng’s cover letter.

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Hay River’s Brendan Green named to Canadian Winter Olympic team

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

It’s official – Brendan Green is a three-time Olympian.

Hay River’s favourite biathlon son will be returning for a third Winter Olympics after being named to Canada’s biathlon team that will be going to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 edition. Biathlon Canada announced its roster on Tuesday morning.

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Yellowknife city hall’s day of reckoning

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

To date, Yellowknifer has spoken to 10 former municipal enforcement officers who say their workplace was a toxic environment under manager Doug Gillard.

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Yellowknifer correction

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

There was an error in the photo feature in last Wednesday’s Yellowknifer (“A day at the Fieldhouse,” Jan. 10). Don Stewart was mis-indentified. He was the organizer of New Year’s Kick Off soccer tournament. Joe Acorn is president of the Yellowknife Bay Sundogs Soccer Association. Yellowknifer regrets the error and any embarrassment it may have caused.

 

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Wilson Elliot scores second place finish at Judo Canada Elite Nationals

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

You know you’ve hit the big time when you are attending invite-only sporting events.

Given that chance in Montreal this past weekend, Wilson Elliot showed everyone why he is the real deal.

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Season one of Junior NBA comes to a close in Yellowknife

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Whenever a new program starts out, there’s always anxiety about how it’s going to go.

Basketball NWT had that feeling about the Junior NBA program in its inaugural season in Yellowknife but it ended up being unfounded.

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Upcoming events in Yellowknife

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Check out what’s happening this month and beyond.

Welders Daughter Live (Reoccurring Event)
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Gold Range’s in-house band, Welders Daughter.

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Update: Missing woman found

January 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP have located 35-year-old Jolene Algona, who had been reported missing.

Police thanked the public and media for their assistance in a release Monday evening.

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UPDATE : Kam Lake Road reopened following Monday sewage spill

January 15, 2018

All City of Yellowknife Public Works Crews were called to a scene 8:30 a.m. Monday following a burst pipe at 8:30 on Kam Lake Road. In a tweet Tuesday morning, the City of Yellowknife stated the road was re-opened at approximately 12:30 a.m. and no cause for the incident has been determined.

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Yk bylaw boss under fire

January 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

A number of former bylaw officers are making allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying against the manager of the Municipal Enforcement Division.

In sworn testimonies made to a lawyer in 2014 and interviews with News/North, former officers allege Doug Gillard created a toxic work environment in which inappropriate sexual and physical behaviour, and sexual comments, were not only accepted, but promoted.

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Kids copy what we say and do

January 14, 2018 - NWT

A guy told me the other day, “That was a good article on bullying. Keep writing about things like that. Please understand that people don’t just start bullying out of the blue. They probably learn it at home.” Eschia!

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Power outages this week in Aklavik

January 14, 2018 - Aklavik

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation is advising Aklavik residents to expect occasional rolling power outages until Friday as it updates its local power plant.

The outages won’t be all day, according to NTPC’s statement, but are expected to just last a few minutes at a time.

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Twists and turns at Providence sled dog race

January 14, 2018

“Several surprises and highlights” comprised the 2017 Deh Gah Christmas Sled Dog Races in Fort Providence, according to organizer Susan Fleck with Deh Gah Dog Mushers Club.

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The other side of residential schools

January 14, 2018 - NWT

A very happy new year to all you good people, let’s hope 2018 is a positive year! I know my agenda and my fight will continue to be for the highway.

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Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports

January 14, 2018 - North

I bumped into someone at the local co-operative supermarket here in Yellowknife during the Christmas season and they wondered if I was going to do a Top 10 list, as I always do to ring in the new year of Sports Talk. This person suggested I do the best 10 plays as something different. Since you all know how I roll, there isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Alabama I’m going to do that.

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Koana for making season bright

January 14, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

AIK. UKIUK NUTAMI KUVIAHURITTIK. INUIN NAMAINAKTUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. NIGLATAKPIAKHUNI HILA HAMNA. HIKINIK KULVALIKTUK QUANA. KAUMALIKTUK NUNAKPUT. NUTAKKAT UTTIKMIYUT ILIHAKTUT. IKALUKTUTIAKMIUTAT ULAPKIVAKTUT KUVIAHUVIKMI. QUANAKPIAK IKAYUKTUT. ALIAHUKTUT INUIN NAMAKTUT. PIKHIKPAKTUKLU NUNA. ILANI ALAPPAIKNAIKPAKTUK. ILLA NAMAKTURUT. NAMAKLUHI.

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GNWT monitoring deer disease

January 14, 2018 - Saskatchewan/Alberta

A fatal, infectious disease to which there is no cure is slowly spreading among deer populations in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and one infected herd has been spotted close to 100 km from territory through which NWT caribou roam, according to an Alberta researcher.

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Vehicle strikes, kills woman in blizzard

January 14, 2018 - Iqaluit

A woman, struck by a motor vehicle in Iqaluit Jan. 6, later died from her injuries.

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On religion and belief

January 13, 2018 - NWT

Friends, one of the best things about education is it puts you in a place where you get to use your mind the way it is intended, that of thinking through whatever subject or issue there is before you.

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Team NWT releases uniform

January 13, 2018 - NWT

Team NWT now knows what it will look like when it marches out for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River this March.

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Science, knowledge projects funded

January 13, 2018 - NWT

Six projects run by five NWT organizations are among 41 Northern-themed projects across Canada that were funded for the 2017-2019 period by the federal government at the end of last year.

Aurora College will get close to $450,000 over two years to create a long-term sustainability plan for country food systems, as well as education and outreach to develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects for youth in the Beaufort Delta. Gameti and Deline will each get $80,000 over two years to create their diesel-use reduction strategies.

The Gwich’in Tribal Council will get just over $150,000 for upgrades and training for its multi-use on-the-land centre. The Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board will get $74,790 for the Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program.

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NWT leads nation in healthcare costs

January 13, 2018 - NWT

The top health official for the territory says the department’s costs, growing year over year, don’t look to decrease.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report last year citing the cost to deliver health care in the NWT as $17,150 per person—the highest in the nation. Canada’s overall cost was $6,604.

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Nunavut’s communities seek say on marijuana

January 13, 2018 - Nunavut

With marijuana legalization set to take effect July 1, some of Nunavut’s municipalities want to know if they’ll be able to decide whether cannabis will be controlled or prohibited, as they do with alcohol.

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Editorial: Stop dumping addictions problems down south

January 13, 2018 - NWT

When it comes to addictions treatment and follow-up supports in the NWT, the territory has a long way to go to help those in need.

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Life is short, bake cake!

January 13, 2018 - NWT

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.

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Dark age for Northern oil

January 13, 2018 - NWT

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.

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Man charged with firearm offences, detained

January 13, 2018 - Kimmirut

A Kimmirut man was arrested after police received a complaint about a male discharging a firearm outside a residence Jan. 8.

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New infrastructure announced

January 12, 2018 - NWT

Funding was announced for four projects and various highway fix-ups across the territory on Thursday by the federal and territorial governments.

Highways 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 will be fixed up, along with various community access roads and winter roads; there will be updates to roads and ditches in Nahanni Butte, as well as the installation of culverts and infill for low-lying areas. Trout Lake is getting a cold storage garage, Colville Lake is getting a new youth centre and Wrigley is getting a new sewage vacuum truck.

Total contributions for the projects are $72,125,000 from the federal government, $23,875,000 from the GNWT and $354,700 from community governments.

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AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure

January 12, 2018 - NWT

Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work.

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Deline man who sexually assaulted sleeping victim sentenced

January 12, 2018 - Deline

A Deline man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a 2016 break and enter was handed a 2 year, 8 month sentence in NWT Supreme Court Friday.

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Fox traps hurt, kill Iqaluit dogs

January 12, 2018 - Iqaluit

One Iqaluit resident, whose husky had his leg caught in a fox trap in December, addressed city council Jan. 9, calling for councillors to deal with what he, and later the mayor, called a matter of public safety.

Thomas Rohner explained he’d been walking his husky Nacho at the Upper Base area near one of the orange sheds Dec. 23 when the incident occurred.

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Free curling party for lil’ rock stars

January 12, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Curling Club is hosting a free curling party for children in hopes of developing the sport in the region.

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A broad range of learning at Nunavut Sivuniksavut

January 12, 2018

Students don’t just sit at desks listening to instructors or work away on computers all day at Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

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Christmas fundraiser supports food banks

January 12, 2018 - Qikiqtaaluk

Each Baffin community received a cheque for $7,622.50 for Christmas this year, thanks to the Qikiqtani Annual Charity Ball held in early December at Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn.

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MLA backs out of costly mining trip

January 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Another MLA has backed out of a high-profile mining conference taking place in Vancouver later this month that’s expected to cost the GNWT well over $200,000 to attend.

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Minimum wage hike “nowhere near adequate,” say advocates

January 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

A number of advocacy groups call a hike to the NWT’s minimum wage a step in the right direction, but they agree it’s still well below what residents need to make ends meet.

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All’s well that ends well

January 12, 2018 - Inuvik

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.

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Bursary to honour late Terry Halifax

January 11, 2018 - Inuvik

A bursary in development will honour the late town councillor Terry Halifax, who died in 2015 shortly after a town council meeting.

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New station lands on Rankin Inlet

January 11, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

The community of Rankin Inlet is going to be home to an Inshore Rescue Boat station.

The announcement was made by Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc on Jan. 4.

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Lone carvers show commitment

January 11, 2018 - Inuvik

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.

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The Sundogs as the new Wolfpack? Sure, I can see it

January 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

So we have a new soccer tournament to call our own in town known as the New Year’s Kick-Off. New in the sense that it’s the inaugural edition and if the Yellowknife Bay Soccer Club has its way, it will become the new tradition over the holidays.

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Book documents bonding through ink

January 11, 2018 - Kugluktuk

For Angela Hovak Johnston, ink has made traditional tattoos possible and it’s also helped her fill pages in a new book.

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Galusha wins women’s championship

January 11, 2018 - Inuvik

With the 2018 NWT women’s curling championship in the bag, Team Galusha spent part of its final match mentoring the junior girls on Team Bain.

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Olympian targets biathlon in a soccer stadium

January 11, 2018 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Hay River’s Brendan Green recently competed in a biathlon race in Germany that is not quite like any other.

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Call for encore highlights 14-hour day

January 11, 2018 - Inuvik

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.

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Buzzing back to the rich man’s time

January 11, 2018 - Kivalliq

How did it happen and what the h-e-double hockey sticks do we do about it?

As we enter 2018, Canada has passed even Great Britain in the amount of taxes it demands we Canadians pay.

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