New mayors in Fort McPherson and Fort Providence

December 12, 2018

There have been some big changes in small NWT communities after six hamlets held municipal elections on Monday.

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Three-year sentence sought for convicted cocaine trafficker

December 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Before Hassen Abdul Kerim Mohamed was convicted in September of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, his lawyer and prosecutors squabbled over just how involved the B.C. man was in a “sophisticated” drug operation that led to his arrest.

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NWT child services authorities plan sweeping reforms

December 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Despite being given just one day to look over the GNWTs Health and Social Services Authority’s plan to improve child and family services, MLAs agreed to push forward with a review because of significant public interest following a scathing Auditor General report, tabled Oct. 23.

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Proposal stage about to begin in GN’s Airline Procurement Strategy

December 12, 2018

After many months of structuring how it will proceed with its Airline Procurement Strategy, the Government of Nunavut will issue a request for proposals (RFP) this month in hopes of attracting airline interest.

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New NWT senator announced

Margaret Dawn Anderson is the NWT’s new senator, as announced Dec. 12. Photo courtesy of Margaret Dawn Anderson.
December 12, 2018 - Ottawa

Margaret Dawn Anderson, a “proud Inuvialuk” who has been in public services for more than two decades, is the NWT’s new senator, according to an announcement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office on Dec. 12.

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IN MY VIEW: Attitude of gratitude

In My View with Harry Maksagak
December 12, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

My, how time flies! We are now preparing for man’s greatest celebration: Christmas, Christ’s birthday.

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Kenojuak Cultural Centre bringing many visitors to Cape Dorset

December 12, 2018

Since the opening of the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in September, there’s been a marked rise in the number of visitors to the community from southern Canada and around the world, said John Hussey, Cape Dorset’s senior administrative officer.

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EDITORIAL: Don’t let southerners take our opportunities

December 12, 2018

According to the latest Conference Board of Canada report, opportunity is knocking in Nunavut more than anywhere else in Canada. If you are hoping for change, now’s the time to answer.

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What’s going on that the jail?

December 11, 2018

A jailhouse sex scandal may make for good headlines but there is no denying it is poisonous to the institution.

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Man charged with sex assault for allegedly failing to disclose HIV status

December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

A man who allegedly failed to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner, thereby violating the Criminal Code, made a brief court appearance in Yellowknife Tuesday.

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Fish on the Bay plans to take fishing business mobile

December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

On a bluebird day in December, Stephanie Vaillancourt is heading out on the Bay with her friend James Sangris to set a gill net.

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More black belts for Iqaluit Taekwondo Society

Jennifer Ellsworth is seen at an event earlier this year receiving an award. Ellsworth is one of the newest black belts at the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society. NNSL file photo
December 11, 2018 - Iqaluit

Two members of the Iqaluit Taekwondo Society recently received their black belts.

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Everyone’s Closet puts free hygiene products in schools

December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Kids in Yellowknife schools have a new discreet place to access basic hygiene products they can’t get at home, thanks to Yellowknifer Miriame Giroux.

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MLA urges swift action on caribou ‘crisis’

December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

After the NWT posted dismal numbers for the 2018 caribou count, the territorial government is planning to limit disturbance of caribou habitat to save shrinking Bathurst and boreal caribou herds.

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Wolves Classic a learning experience for Spartans basketball

Jordan Balsillie a member of the spartans drives the lane during during a training camp at St. Pat's Gymnasium earlier this year. NNSL file photo
December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Quite often high performance teams often find mixed results when they travel south for tournaments and the Spartan’s basketball team got just that on the way to a sixth place finish in Grande Prairie.

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Near podium miss Eagles basketball

Taya Straker moves the ball up the court during Wolves classic action last week. photo courtesy of Benji Straker photography
December 11, 2018 - Grande Prairie

It was a heartbreaking finish for the Det’on Cho Logistics Eagles girls basketball team as they lost the bronze medal match in overtime at the Wolves Senior High Basketball Classic in Grande Prairie last weekend.

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Simpson students take on traditional games

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT held a traditional games camp in Fort Simpson last week. The attends were.: Back row: Gina Hardisty Isaiah, Amaria Tanche Hanna, Brooklyn Martineau, Gombee Jose, Tyler Tsetso, Manny Buckley (Dene Games Instructor) Front row: Alexei Gargan, Evan Noseworthy, Katie Noseworthy, Kenisha Pennycook, Meeks Edda, Rhys Dowedswell, Coleman Brown, and Carson Roche
December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Students in Fort Simpson took part in a week-long Dene games and Arctic sports workshop.

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Futsal camp kicks off in Gameti

Tim Wooldridge, left stands with Joseph Koyina, Jaycee Wedawin, Jacqueline Willard, Ade Zoe, Nika Mantla-Arrowmaker, Hannah Bekale, Keyden Quitte, Taati Lamouelle and Jesse Mcniven at the Gameti futsal camp. photo courtesy of Tim Wooldridge
December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Soccer players in Gameti were treated to a special futsal camp in the community late last month.

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Making the first cut

Dylan Harker gets set to serve the ball during a practice at the Western Canada Summer Games trials last weekend. Dylan Short/NNSL photo
December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

The top volleyball players in the city are one step closer to representing the territory at next year’s Western Canada Summer Games after both the men’s and women’s teams held their first set of tryouts last weekend.

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Health care discrimination against Inuit studied

December 11, 2018 - Ottawa/Nunavut

If you’ve experienced discrimination or racism through the health-care system in Ottawa, researchers want to hear your story.

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Yellowknife RCMP searching for missing 45-year-old man

December 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 45-year-old man.

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QIA community directors elected, but one recount required

December 11, 2018

The results are in for Qikiqtani Inuit Association community director positions. In Iqaluit, the results were so close for top spot that there will be an automatic recount.

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Council passes budget with last-minute amendments

December 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

After a last-minute series of amendments that cut expenditures and transferred more money into capital reserves, city council unanimously passed a $75.5 million budget with a 1.44 per cent property tax increase, Monday night.

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‘I’m sorry I gave you the wrong one’

A screenshot from the YouTube video shows the moment when a staff member realizes Finance Minister Robert McLeod was reading from the wrong report at a meeting on September 7, 2018.
December 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a response from the territorial government.

A video showing Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod predicting a better financial outlook for the territorial government is being touted as evidence by the Union of Northern Workers that the GNWT has been misleading the public about the true state of government finances.

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Mounties intercept booze bound for Fort Liard

December 10, 2018 - Fort Liard

Three vehicles loaded with alcohol-bound for Fort Liard were intercepted by Mounties during a traffic blitz, say RCMP.

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Nutrition North subsidies increased; questions remain on retailer accountability

December 10, 2018 - Iqaluit

All-women TEDx talk held in Yellowknife

December 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

“Our theme is the strength and power of women and girls.” That was the thrust behind the city’s first TEDxYellowknifeWomen event, said organizer Maureen Van Overliw.

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NTI vote count for vice-president postponed due to weather

December 10, 2018

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is delaying the vote count for it vice-president election due to poor weather in a few communities.

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‘We’re human, too:’ taxi drivers send message with procession for ‘Uncle Ahmed’

December 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

Taxi drivers commemorated the life of Ahmed Mahamud Ali, a longtime cab driver killed while on the job last month, by taking to the streets of Yellowknife for a procession on Monday afternoon.

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No public consultations for proposed airline merger

December 10, 2018 - Nunavut/NWT

Transport Canada is meeting selectively with stakeholders in Nunavut and the NWT about the proposed merger between airlines First Air and Canadian North.

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