Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first

November 14, 2017 - Kivalliq

For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.

I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk.

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Health info glitches a reason for concern

November 12, 2017 - NWT

The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority has been having a rough year.

An audit of Hay River Medical Clinic referrals turned up 41 irregularities where referrals to specialists and other medical services were either delayed or not done at all. This follows the cancellation of dental surgeries at the clinic earlier this year after concerns arose about the clinic’s sterilization process for medical equipment.

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Darvish meltdown good news for Jays

November 6, 2017 - Kivalliq

Baseball fans across the Kivalliq were treated to a classic World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which wrapped up on Nov. 1.

I predicted, in this very paper on Oct. 4, the Dodgers (National) and Astros (American) would represent their respective leagues in the Series. Unfortunately, I called the Dodgers to win in six games.

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Northern Youth Abroad

October 29, 2017

Friends, it’s good to know the GNWT is doing what it can to ensure our Youth have ways of relating to the outside world. The Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) program, for instance, is specifically set up to help young people, ages 15 to 20, who might not otherwise get to travel. A recent article in News/North about this features Jayme Nerysoo, 20, of Fort Macpherson. She went to Ottawa to take part in a construction course, another participant was Jessica Andre, of Tsiigehtchic.

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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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An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife


Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music video for his solo album Coke Machine Glow and found time to hit the water with Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician who had just returned to civilization after a lengthy canoe trip. Downie died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Nunavut is a land of opportunity

October 15, 2017 - Nunavut

The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week’s profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business back home in Rankin Inlet.

Hers is a dream that brings together youthful hopes with the vision of a business opportunity in a location that has promise. She has a real shot at this. Much as fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, also of Rankin Inlet, has grown her business from sales on Facebook into a shop in Iqaluit. A mix of skill, tenacity, and demand for her product have brought her dream to life.

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