Federal infrastructure minister comes North for two funding projects

November 14, 2018 - NWT

In a whirlwind tour through the NWT, the federal government made two major announcements for infrastructure funding that included the opening of the Canyon Creek all-season access road and the Inuvik Wind Generation project.

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Crisis Text Line launches across Canada

November 13, 2018 - NWT

Youth across the territory will now be able to text for help as Kids Help Phone recently launched a crisis text line across the country.

The Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day to anyone that has a phone with SMS services. Once young people text ‘talk’ to 686868 they will be connected with a trained volunteer and their conversation will be monitored by paid professionals.

“Kids help phone has been around for almost 30 years providing support to young people across Canada. What we know is that our services weren’t always accessible to all young people. Young people might not have the privacy to make a phone call or the bandwidth to use live chat services,” said Alisa Simon, vice-president of service innovation and chief youth officer.

The service launched as a test project across Manitoba in February before going live across the country. Simon said the results of the pilot project were positive, with 87 per cent of kids saying they felt less stressed, more hopeful and more confident. Eighty-five per cent were satisfied with the service they received and 79 per cent said if they had not texted for help they wouldn’t have reached out for help at all.

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Don’t leave NWT out of gun debate

November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

NWT MP Michael McLeod let slip last week what he and the Northwest Territories are up against in the latest debate over gun control.

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Getting in the Christmas spirit

November 13, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

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Google workshop teaches Iqaluit business owner useful tips

November 13, 2018 - Iqaluit

An afternoon-long Grow with Google event held at Iqaluit’s public library Nov. 9 was fruitful for Sheila Lumsden, who is preparing to launch her food business Sijjakkut with her fiance Johnny Flaherty.

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Major 40 year high school reunion in the works

Sir John Franklin Secondary School's graduating class of 1979. There will be a combined 40 year reunion for both Sir John and St. Pat's graduating class of 1979 from June 20 to 23, 2019. photo sourced from Facebook
November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

The wheels are in motion to mark the 40th anniversary of the class of 1978-’79 and if all works out as planned, organizers will surpass attendance at previous reunions.

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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: An ode to a family dog

Skipper, the Fishin' Technician's sidekick for the past 15 years, accepts a cuddle from the late Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, during a day's fishing with former Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington in 2006. Skipper died Sunday after a lifetime of fishin' with all kinds of Technician guests, famous or otherwise. NNSL file photo
November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

On Sunday morning, our family dog Skipper went to the farm, as my wife is inclined to say when around children and talking about the brevity of pets.

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Yk council set to approve heritage funding

November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC) recommended city council approve a proposed funding criteria for heritage funding and a revised funding application form.

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Yellowknife filmmaker Jennifer Walden awarded mentorship

November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife filmmaker Jennifer Walden is the recipient of this year’s Whistler Film Festival mentorship for her project Elijah and the Rock Creature.

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Yellowknife raises transgender flag for Transgender Awareness Week

November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

The City of Yellowknife will raise the transgender flag in celebration of Transgender Awareness Week.

The flag raising starts at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 outside City Hall.

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Norman Wells woman jailed for trafficking cocaine

November 13, 2018 - Norman Wells

A Norman Wells woman bid an emotional farewell to her young child in a Yellowknife courtroom Tuesday after being sentenced to six months in jail for trafficking cocaine.

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Man calls for better cleanup after fire

November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man is calling for the owner of a Franklin Avenue property destroyed by a summer fire to do a better cleanup on the remains of the building.

An overnight fire on June 11 burnt down an abandoned heritage house owned by Yellowknife property developer Ray Decorby, president of Polar Developments. Yellowknife resident Simon deJong said that after five months of driving by the burnt remains located next to Sushi Cafe, he has grown tired of waiting for the debris from the building to be removed from the property.

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Karen Kabloona to join Nunavut Tunngavik as CEO

November 13, 2018 - Iqaluit

Karen Kabloona has been hired as CEO of land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. 

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Fun for the girls as Yk Minor Hockey Association hosts Esso Fun Days

November 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Getting more girls and women involved in hockey is an ongoing process but it’s one that seems to be working.

The Yk Minor Hockey Association did its part on Monday to keep getting more females in on the fun as it hosted Esso Fun Days at the Multiplex on Monday.

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Rough weekend for Team Galusha in Edmonton

November 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Kerry Galusha and her rink went into the Crestwood Ladies Fall Classic in Edmonton this past weekend riding the highest of highs.

They had just come off winning their first World Curling Tour event as a team, that being the Royal LePage Ladies Fall Classic in Ontario the weekend before.

Edmonton, though? Not so much and there’s a good reason why.

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Fatbike group ride kicks off the winter season

From left: Dennis Brumwell, Steve Schwarz, Shannon Jennings, Sophie Mahon and Clarinda Spikjerman at the Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club's first fat bike group ride of the season. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo
November 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club held its first event of the season this weekend.

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Grammy-award winning artist comes to Yellowknife

November 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Grammy award-winning artist Joanne Shenandoah will perform at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) this weekend.

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Communities come up big at Senior Spike It!

November 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Another season of scholastic volleyball is over in the NWT and with it came some exciting finishes.

And no, it wasn’t a year dominated by Yellowknife.

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Taloyoak remembers

November 12, 2018 - Taloyoak

Staff, students, Rangers, Junior Rangers and community members came together at Netsilik School in Taloyoak on Friday to pay their respects to Canadian soldiers in advance of Remembrance Day, Nov. 11.

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Investment watchdog gets more teeth

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has been granted the authority to take investment advisers to court to collect fines in cases of wrongdoing in the NWT. NNSL file photo
November 12, 2018 - NWT

Investment advisers who don’t serve their NWT clients’ best interests may now be taken to court by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to collect fines.

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Crisis Text Line launches across Canada

November 11, 2018 - NWT

Youth across the territory will now be able to text for help as Kids Help Phone recently launched a crisis text line across the country.

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Northern aviation workers lacking, Ottawa lawmakers told

According to the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace, the entire country faces a shortage of 3,000 commercial pilots by 2025; currently just 1,200 finish commercial aviation training annually and half of those are foreign students. NNSL file photo
November 11, 2018 - Ottawa

More pilots, mechanics, ground personnel and better industry statistics are crucial for the Northern aviation industry, federal lawmakers in Ottawa heard this week.

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Ottawa skipper springs a leak

November 11, 2018 - NWT

When it comes to the feds and the Arctic, getting ducks in a row and talking to people where they live is too often an afterthought.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW: The ol’ press

November 11, 2018 - NWT

Friends, it gladdens a heart to see that our famous Native Press will yet go to print, if only online, but available for people to see what Northern history was all about.

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Canada Winter Games excitement building

November 11, 2018 - Nunavut

Every time you turn around, there seems to be another major Games that the territory will be competing in. That’s the beauty of living in the North – never a dull moment.

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NWT posts 3.7 per cent GDP growth

November 10, 2018 - NWT

Despite plummeting oil and gas exports, the NWT saw its GDP grow 3.7 per cent from 2016 to 2017, thanks to gains in the diamond sector, according to the latest NWT Bureau of Statistics report.

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New bill bringing changes to the North

November 10, 2018 - NWT

A new government bill to amend petroleum and resource management legislation could salvage the NWT devolution deal that a territorial supreme court injunction marooned back in 2015.

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Big fish cull questioned

Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River
November 10, 2018 - Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River

Debate is mounting over a study that will see large predator fish culled in an effort to examine whether fewer large fish will lead to lower overall mercury levels in fish.

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GUEST COMMENT: What’s in an Act? Make sure it makes the North better, not worse!

November 10, 2018 - NWT

by Gary Vivian, president, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

The proposed NWT Mineral Resources Act has received much attention in the legislative assembly and the media. I’d like to provide some clarity on the act, our position and what is needed in the new legislation.

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Installation on hold

November 9, 2018 - Naujaat

Plans to have a concrete floor installed at the Naujaat arena had to be put on hold until the spring of 2019 when shipping delays resulted in the materials arriving in the community too late for the project to be done this year.

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