The fate of Aurora College’s social work and bachelor of education programs should be revealed today, as the GNWT releases the Aurora College Foundational Review to the public.Prior to its afternoon release, there will be an embargoed technical briefing for media and press conference with Education Minister Caroline Cochrane at the legislative assembly this morning, stated a news release yesterday.

“All documents and verbal information provided at this briefing is embargoed until 3:30 p.m.,” stated the release.

Aurora College is also conducting its own review of the social work program.

Last week, after six years as president of Aurora College, the GNWT announced Jane Arychuk has resigned from her position, effective May 31.

It’s not known if Arychuk’s departure has anything to do with the reviews.

– James O’Connor


Public to decide on four-year terms

Yellowknifers will not only vote for their city councillors this fall. They’ll decide how long those elected officials will hold office.

At a city council meeting Monday, councillors voted in favour of asking the public whether council should extend terms from three to four-years.

If the majority of the public votes in favour, the incoming council will then deliberate over the bylaw in its second and third reading before it becomes law.

The municipal election and plebiscite will be held on October 15.

– Avery Zingel


Win Your Space deadline this Friday night

Win Your Space YK is a business incubation competition aimed at inspiring Yellowknifers to start or expand their business, while preparing them with business development workshops and providing access to resources.

“At this time the judging panel is looking at ideas. Applicants don’t need to have a business plan in place but rather an idea,” stated city spokesperson Richard McIntosh in a news release.

The competition is open to residents of Yellowknife, Dettah or Ndilo over the age of 18 for a chance to win the grand prize of a year of free rent in Yellowknife’s downtown.

The competition closes June 1, at 11 p.m.

– James O’Connor

De Beers to offer low-price synthetic diamonds

De Beers Group has launched a company called Lightbox Jewelry that will begin marketing a new brand of laboratory-grown diamond jewelry under the same name in September.

Lightbox lab-grown diamonds will offer fashion jewelry designs at lower prices than existing lab-grown diamond offerings, stated a news release this week.

“Lightbox will transform the lab-grown diamond sector by offering consumers a lab-grown product they have told us they want but aren’t getting: affordable fashion jewelry that may not be forever, but is perfect for right now,” said Bruce Cleaver, CEO of De Beers Group.

Lightbox will launch in the United States online, with retail partnerships to be announced later.

– James O’Connor

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  1. In regards to the Social Work and BEd Programs, As full time career counselor in northern Alberta (most of which has limited post secondary offerings), I began to track students who left their home communities for post secondary. This may have been because the programming wasn’t available or they just wanted a change. In 2009, a total of 422 students graduated from the various rural schools I was working in. 60% of those graduates left home communities for post secondary and…down the road 50% of these students did not return to their home communities after completing their education. Is a classic example of brain drain. The GNWT needs to gather statistics, talk to high school students, students who are in the south for schooling, etc. If the students can access programming in their home communities or regions, they are more likely to stay, work and raise their families in those areas.