NWT News

Two statutory officers appointed

October 28, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The NWT legislative assembly has confirmed appointments for two commissioner roles.

According to a news release, David Phillip Jones will again serve as conflict of interest commissioner and Elizabeth Joy Noonan, a mediator and arbitrator in Ontario, will serve as equal pay commissioner.

Jones and Noonan are both expected to serve four-year terms.

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International Kimberlite Conference coming

October 27, 2017 - NWT

Yellowknife will host the 12th International Kimberlite Conference in 2021, according to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. The bid was a collaboration between the GNWT, the city of Yellowknife and NWT Tourism, according to a news release from the department. This will be the second time the conference has been held in Canada since its start in 1973. The department expects around 500 delegates to attend, generating about $1 million for the local economy.

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NWT Fishermen’s Federation to meet

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

The annual fall meeting of the NWT Fishermen’s Federation will take place on Nov. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hay River Metis Government Council.

Topics to be discussed include bylaw changes for the federation and the Great Slave Lake Harbour Authority, operations of the fish plant and the upcoming meeting of the Great Slave Lake Advisory Council.

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Bylaws for bees, chickens and goats

October 23, 2017 - Hay River

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has signed an agreement with the NWT Association of Communities to develop backyard agriculture bylaws.

The bylaws, which will address beekeeping and the raising of chickens and goats, will be made available to NWT municipalities to be tailored to specific community needs.

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Changes at the NWT Mining Heritage Society

October 22, 2017 - NWT

The NWT Mining Heritage Society is changing its name to the Yellowknife Historical Society. The move comes after the society chose to broaden its scope beyond mining to preserve and promote “Yellowknife’s rich history” in general.

The society formed after Giant Mine shut down in 1999 with a mission to collect and display relevant memorabilia.

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Letter riot mostly a laugh

October 21, 2017 - NWT

In a surprisingly well-co-ordinated campaign, more than half of the men in custody at the territory’s main jail wrote open letters to MLAs and the minister of justice complaining about a wide-range of shortcomings at the jail.

As reported in News/North last week (“Inmates start letter writing campaign,” Oct. 16), the letters outlined grievances about a lack of quality programming at North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC), the removal of the recreation director and the inability to access exams for educational upgrading.

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Possible gun shots lead to arrest

October 21, 2017 - Inuvik

A man was taken into custody and charges are pending after police responded to a gunshot call the night of Oct. 10.

Inuvik RCMP received a call at 10 p.m. regarding possible gun shots.

The RCMP responded to a residence approximately 50 kilometres from Inuvik, near Caribou Creek.

The Dempster Highway was temporarily closed, as was the Tsiigehtchic ferry.

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