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COLUMN: I’m still here: a true story

October 18, 2018 - Kivalliq

This piece has taken me longer to write than most I can remember and I struggled for a good long time wondering if I did write it, how would it be received by folks I’ve lived with in Rankin Inlet for almost 20 years and people I know across the Kivalliq.

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New council, new opportunities

October 16, 2018

The city woke yesterday morning to the sight of busloads of homeless people being rounded up to be taken to their new home at Bristol Pit.

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RELIANCE TO ALLIANCE: The view from the other side

October 15, 2018 - NWT

It was back in June when I discovered that there was a certified meditation studio in the town of Alliance Alberta where we really hoped to move when our property in Reliance NWT finally sold. I connected with the therapist on Facebook, and made hopeful plans to begin classes after Thanksgiving. Finally this morning, after a very crazy few months, was my first class.

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COLUMN: Weather changes will force us to adapt

October 15, 2018 - NWT

by John Holman

On this day, Sept. 10, 1982, we did not have today’s temperature of 2 C, but 18.2 C. Ten years before that, in 1972, the mercury dipped to -16.7 C. One thing is for sure, in Fort Simpson we have snow by Halloween, which makes the celebration somewhat wickedly hilarious. Why? The kids have to take off their winter jackets so that those treating them can see their costumes, for the most part.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Stories of our elders

October 15, 2018 - NWT

Friends, I was gladdened to feast mine eyes upon the beaming visage of Dene film-maker and writer, Raymond Yakeleya, arms suitably akimbo, proudly hoisting his recent The Tree by the Woodpile: and Other Dene Spirit of Nature Tales, stories collected from his grandmother, Elizabeth Yakeleya and elder Harriet Gladue, of Tulita, Denendeh.

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IN MY VIEW: Taking a temperature check

October 13, 2018 - Nunavut

In most cases, people who are going out on the land will do a quick check of the wind direction and the temperature. They get their supplies and fuel, notify someone where they are going, and off they go. They travel with anticipation of a good run with meat or furs to bring home. They also make sure their machines are in good running order with spare plugs, belt and maybe an extra ski just in case and all this is done for their safety and a successful trip.

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Keep the presses going

October 12, 2018 - Kivalliq

Oct. 1 to 7 slipped quietly past this week without the fanfare that can accompany seven-day-awareness periods such as National Fire Prevention Week, Aboriginal Awareness Week, National Youth Violence Prevention Week or National Women’s or Men’s Health Week.

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LETTER: Sign story didn’t report all the facts, says mayoral candidate

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

From: Jerald Sibbeston, mayoral candidate for the City of Yellowknife

Dear editor,

Where did the other candidates get their signs? I am proud I bought everything locally. There is a video on my Facebook page about me building them myself.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: Three sleeps until the election

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

There are only three sleeps left until election day.

Can you feel the excitement, the anticipation and the tension in the air?

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CAPSULE COMMENTS: Cannabis eye drops to treat glaucoma

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver are creating cannabis eye drops to treat glaucoma. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Aaron La Borde

Glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure within the eye is treated successfully with eye drops.

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Prepare for the worst

October 9, 2018 - Yellowknife

In the hours and days following the disastrous Rockhill Apartments fire, the community pulled together for the victims who were left homeless.

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Inniffum, the hunter and fisherman

October 8, 2018

UBLUKKUT IKALUKTUTIAMIT. TARYUK HIKUYUITTUK HULI. APPITTUK NUNAKPUT PINNIKHIYUK. UMIAKYUAT AYAKTUT UKHUKYUAMIK IKPAKHANI. TAPKUAT UMIAT AKYAKPAKTUT NIKIKHANIKLU TAMAYANIKLU AKHALUTINIKLU KAILIMAIKMIYUT HIKUINAKGUK. GAVAMAKKUT IKAYUKNAHUAT TINGMIAKKUT AKYAKNAHUAT. TUKTUHIUKLIKTUT INUIN. INUIN NAMAINNAKTUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. NAMMAKPAKLUHI.

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GUEST COMMENT: Dehcho art, as in life, changes and evolves in progress

Painting including a dead deer, a shaman like figure, fish and hand prints from the Sierra de Guadalupe cave paintings in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Sierra de Guadalupe, mountains west of Mulege, contains the largest number of known prehistoric rock art sites in Baja California. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
October 8, 2018 - NWT

by John Holman

Evolution, growth and progress we see every day, or as the adage goes: Change is constant.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Hey bud, wanna live longer?

October 7, 2018 - NWT

Hold up your hand if you want to live a longer, healthier life. I held up my hand and I’m sure most of you did too. Well good news, there appears to be several things we can do and they all make sense. Woohoo!

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SPORTS TALK: People just never learn sometimes, isn’t that right Tom Wilson?

October 7, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

So we have a new NAFTA. We’re calling it the USMCA now. I think USCAM sounds better but what do I know?

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COLUMN: Trade show still has vital role

October 5, 2018 - Kivalliq

One thing you can take to the bank: anytime a trade show hits a community, there is no shortage of folks who sing its praises and no shortage of folks who think it’s a waste of time and money for the same old people and companies doing the same old thing.

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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Prince Arizona and the flying whitefish

Alexie Bryant, the Duchess of Squishy Pets, and Arizona of Gregory, winner 2018 annual Yellowknifer Catch of Week contest, shows off their mighty catch of sparkly whitefish while on a journey to Prosperous Lake earlier this month. The whitefish was caught using a magic, pink wire jewel bug. Mike W. Bryant/NNSL photo.
October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

So before too much snow hits the ground, some unfinished business.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The case against sports funding

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

With an election campaign underway, I thought I would raise an issue, which is dear to my heart: the huge gap between how the city funds sports programs and how it funds other things like the arts, culture, history and heritage.

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SPORTS TALK: Special Olympics – the hidden gem of the NWT sports scene

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

As the sports editor for Northern News Services, I always have events I enjoy covering and they are plentiful.

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EDITORIAL: Signage debacle not the Alamo

October 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he is being unfairly targeted.

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CITY EDITOR: Read all about it – It’s National Newspaper Week

October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

This week has been branded National Newspaper Week. It’s cheered on by News Media Canada, the national association serving print and digital news media members in every province and territory. That’s the outfit that also runs the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, of which Yellowknifer and its parent company Northern News Services Ltd. (NNSL) has won dozens of awards over the years.

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Waiting for oranges

October 2, 2018

UBLUKKUT IKALUKTUTIAMIT. NAMAINNAKTUGUT. HILAKPUT NIGLALIKMIYUK. ILANI KINITPIAKPAKTUK KANILIGAGNAT. PIHUGIAMI HIVUGANAK. KIKILIKMIYUK TAHIKLU. KUUKGAMILU. NUNALU MAUYAINNAK. IILA HILAKPUT ALANGGNUKPIAKTUK.

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Break the cycle of violence

October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

Violence against women is a persistent and ongoing problem.

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FROM RELIANCE TO ALLIANCE: Back by popular demand

The Catlings arrived at their new home in Alliance Alta., in the middle of an early autumn snow storm. Libby Whittall Catling/NNSL photo.
October 1, 2018 - NWT

Our last bush plane load of people, dogs and gear said good-bye to Reliance on the east arm of Great Slave Lake in a snow storm. We arrived 3 days later at our new home in south central Alberta in a snow storm, an anomaly for Sept. 13.

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SPORTS TALK: Cleveland wins! Cleveland wins!

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Nothing warms my heart more than seeing bullies get their comeuppance stuffed good and tight right down their throat.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: The new brutal

October 1, 2018 - NWT

Friends, new numbers from Statistics Canada are the reality we in the North have to wake up to.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: Perfectly good hand sanitizer dispenser trashed at dump

September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

Sometimes, when you see something at the dump, it can take a few seconds to recognize what you are seeing. You can quickly go from being startled, to surprised and then it might even tickle your old funny bone.

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CAPSULE COMMENTS: Are you on the organ donor list?

September 28, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Aaron La Borde

The very first human-to-human kidney transplant was done in 1953 in Paris. The patient survived only three weeks.

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Winter returns to Cambridge Bay

September 26, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Welcome to beautiful, wintery white snowy Cambridge Bay. Winter has returned, the beautiful white snow on the land is the most beautiful sight this time of year. A lot of the lakes, the rivers, the ocean, are starting to freeze.

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GUEST COLUMN: Vet clinic on the edge of the Arctic Ocean

Leigh Harris-Carlson getting a ride with Margaret and her little dog River after his surgery. Photo courtesy of Nicole Spencer.
September 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Nicole Spencer

Destination Ulukhaktok.

On the edge of the Arctic Ocean four dedicated women ventured to a remarkable land where they did their best to help local dogs and their owners.

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