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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GNWT climate projects get boost from feds

January 10, 2018

The GWNT’s plan to prepare for climate change will be getting a boost from the federal government.

The territorial government, from 2017 to 2019, will see $1.7 million funneled into 13 climate change adaptation projects in NWT, including “emergency plan implementation, research on the spread of insects and disease, and wildland fire protection for communities and territorial parks,” according to a statement released by the GWNT.

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Miss Iglulik Angela Amarualik loves home, and home loves her back

January 10, 2018 - Iglulik

Miss Iglulik has been crowned.
Angela Amarualik emerged as the judges’ choice among 22 competitors at a pageant to celebrate the new year on Jan. 1.

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Hay Riverites run for fun in 36-below wind chill

January 10, 2018 - Hay River

You know dedicated runners when they show up for a fun run at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, even when the wind chill is minus 36.

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Editorial: employment numbers leave North out in the cold

January 10, 2018 - Hay River

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.

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Estimated price tag for 2018 Vancouver mining trip more than $200,000

January 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

Cabinet members – with the exception of one minister – and a contingent of GNWT staff, MLAs and Indigenous representatives are again heading to a Vancouver mining conference that last year drew the ire of regular MLAs for its hefty price tag.

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Kiv programs one step away from glory

January 10, 2018 - Chesterfield Inlet/Rankin Inlet

The excitement is starting to mount as programs in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet are both are on the short list to win a substantial Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) this month.

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NHL defenceman invites father and sons to Calgary

January 10, 2018 - Naujaat

Macleod Arnatiaq got a taste of big city life in December, when Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic flew him, his father and his younger brother from Naujaat to Calgary.

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Full moon snowshoe set for Oxbow Trail

January 10, 2018 - Hay River

A full moon snowshoe will take place on Vale Island’s Oxbow Trail on Jan. 31.

On that night, the moon will be full for the second time this month.

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Calm Air continues Kivalliq Christmas tradition

January 10, 2018

It’s obvious management and staff members of Calm Air take great pride in the delivery of the airline’s annual Christmas dinner to Kivalliq communities.

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NWT minimum wage rising to $13.46 an hour

January 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

Minimum wage in the Northwest Territories is about to go up.

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Hay River Christmas Bird Count reaches seven-year high

January 10, 2018 - Hay River

Eighteen species were spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Hay River area on Dec. 16.

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Driftwood Diner closes after six-and-a-half years

January 10, 2018 - Hay River

Hay River has lost one of its restaurants.

Just before Christmas, Driftwood Diner closed after six-and-a-half years of operation.

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Awake from a nightmare

January 10, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

A four-year nightmare seemingly came to a close for Dave Wiseman of Rankin Inlet when charges of insurance fraud against him were stayed this past week.

When charges are stayed, the Crown has one year from the day of the stay to reopen the case.

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Vehicle strikes, kills woman during blizzard

January 9, 2018 - Iqaluit

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

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NWT’s aging population a ‘wake up call,’ says expert

January 9, 2018 - Yellowknife

New projections for the Northwest Territories’ aging population are a stark illustration of what the health care system could face in the coming years, the head of a non-profit senior advocacy groups says.

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A New Year’s goal: accessible city for all

January 9, 2018 - Yellowknife

So think for a minute about how you dealt with last weekend’s heavy snowfall.

Perhaps you had to brush your car off before heading off to the grocery store, or to the rink with your kids.

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NACC bringing Robinson Crusoe + Friday to Hay River

January 9, 2018 - Hay River

A new take on a classic story is coming to Hay River.

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Aglukark organization launches youth program

January 9, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

The Arctic Rose Foundation will launch its first program, Creative Cultural Reflections, in Rankin Inlet Jan. 10, through partnership with Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik.

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Suspect still loose after robbing store at gunpoint

January 9, 2018 - Yellowknife

Hoa Pham says she has had more than a few unsettling encounters in her 13 years working as a store clerk at the downtown Reddi Mart but last week was the first time she has been robbed at gunpoint.

Police are still searching for a suspect, described as a Caucasian male wearing a blue and grey checkered jacket with a red Addidas toque and red bandana at the time of the robbery.

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Three face murder charges in Hay River

January 9, 2018 - Hay River

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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‘No one stopped to help me’

January 9, 2018

An ordinary commute downtown quickly turned to panic for a mother and her young daughter after an intruder inexplicably opened their van passenger door and sat down while stopped at a traffic light Friday night.

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Book sale coming to end at Centennial Library

January 9, 2018 - Hay River

The Winter Book Sale at NWT Centennial Library is coming to an end.

The sale, which began on Jan. 2, will wrap up on Jan. 12.

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KFN Fire Department back in operation

January 9, 2018 - Hay River

The K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) Fire Department is now considered to be operational after over a decade of basically being out of action.

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Rockin’ the lake for the new year

January 9, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Folks in Rankin Inlet were treated to a dazzling fireworks display to ring in the new year, thanks to the combined efforts of the local fire and recreation departments on Dec. 31.

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Former Hay River track star convicted in ‘sextortion’ case

January 8, 2018 - Yellowknife

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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Inuit, Baffinland at odds over proposed railway

January 8, 2018 - Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet

Inuit in Pond Inlet are standing up against Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s plans to build a railway from its Mary River mine to the coast.

The company’s bid for an amendment to the North Baffin Land Use Plan met with opposition at the Nunavut Planning Commission’s public hearing in Pond Inlet Dec. 4 and 5.

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Three Nunavummiut, one former, brought into Order of Canada

January 8, 2018 - Nunavut

Among the 125 appointments to the Order of Canada announced by Governor General Julie Payette in the final days of 2017, four were recognized as instrumental to the history and culture of Northern Canada and Nunavut.

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GN, NTI plan a closer partnership

January 8, 2018 - Nunavut

In December, Aluki Kotierk marked the one-year anniversary of her election to the presidency of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), while newly elected Premier Paul Quassa said he’d come full circle, having led the Inuit organization, formerly known as Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut, through the signing of the agreement-in-principle, then the Nunavut Final Agreement.

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December 2017 – Year in Review

January 7, 2018 - NWT

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 - NWT

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 - NWT

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.

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September 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018 - NWT

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.

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August 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 7, 2018 - NWT

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.

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2017 in 2,000 words or less

January 7, 2018 - NWT

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 - NWT

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.

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June 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018 - NWT

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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Mackenzie gas project officially dead

January 6, 2018 - Inuvik

Just before Christmas, the Mackenzie gas project joint-venture participants announced a decision not to proceed with the project and to dissolve the joint venture.

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Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

January 6, 2018 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

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.

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April 2017 – NWT Year and Review

January 6, 2018 - NWT

Flights to Norman Wells permanently cancelled

First Air announced that it was cancelling flights between Norman Wells and Yellowknife starting

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March 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018 - NWT

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.

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February 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 6, 2018 - NWT

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.

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Pull together for 2018

January 6, 2018 - NWT

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.

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January 2017 – NWT Year in Review

January 5, 2018 - NWT

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.

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Yellowknife to Dettah winter road opens

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Dettah ice road officially opened to traffic on Jan. 5 – one day earlier than it did in 2017.

Vehicles weighing less than 5,000 kilograms are permitted to travel on the road, the Department of Infrastructure tweeted last week.

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