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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: An ode to a family dog

Skipper, the Fishin' Technician's sidekick for the past 15 years, accepts a cuddle from the late Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, during a day's fishing with former Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington in 2006. Skipper died Sunday after a lifetime of fishin' with all kinds of Technician guests, famous or otherwise. NNSL file photo
November 13, 2018 - Yellowknife

On Sunday morning, our family dog Skipper went to the farm, as my wife is inclined to say when around children and talking about the brevity of pets.

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IN MY VIEW: Our ability to communicate

In My View with Harry Maksagak
November 12, 2018

Our way of communicating today is sure different from yesteryear. There are not many written letters put in envelopes and mailed through our post offices. The only time you see or receive a card is on your birthday or – if you’re lucky – at Christmas.

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Ottawa skipper springs a leak

November 11, 2018 - NWT

When it comes to the feds and the Arctic, getting ducks in a row and talking to people where they live is too often an afterthought.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW: The ol’ press

November 11, 2018 - NWT

Friends, it gladdens a heart to see that our famous Native Press will yet go to print, if only online, but available for people to see what Northern history was all about.

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GUEST COMMENT: What’s in an Act? Make sure it makes the North better, not worse!

November 10, 2018 - NWT

by Gary Vivian, president, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

The proposed NWT Mineral Resources Act has received much attention in the legislative assembly and the media. I’d like to provide some clarity on the act, our position and what is needed in the new legislation.

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COLUMN: A dream that could be realized

November 9, 2018 - Kivalliq

Despite what opinions you may, or may not, have about the performance of the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) as a regional Inuit association, the cultural centre described by KIA president David Ningeongan in this edition (‘KIA still plugging for cultural centres’) is the multipurpose facility that dreams are made of to every Kivalliq community – and then some.

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Tales from the Dump: Drama at the legislative assembly

November 9, 2018 - Yellowknife

Last week on October 31, which could be called the day leading up to Halloween eve, I decided to turn on the community channel to watch the Machiavellian uprising of some ordinary MLAs against not one, but two cabinet ministers.

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Hotel tax hampered

November 8, 2018 - Yellowknife

A generation ago, Yellowknife was a not a destination for world travellers. Government was taking over but it remained a rough and tumble mining town with smokestacks across Back Bay spouting sulphurous plumes into the air.

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GUEST COMMENT: Physical literacy and inclusion beats banners

November 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Jeff Seabrook

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the articles in the Oct. 31 edition of Yellowknifer (“Five banners is impressive but it is no fluke” and “Another near-sweep for Wildcats”).

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Column misses the point on labour dispute

November 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

Let’s make a deal

November 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

If there was any good news after talks between the territorial government and the union representing 3,800 GNWT workers were cut short last month — without an agreement — it was that both sides appeared to blink.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Verbal abuse is not normal

November 4, 2018 - NWT

When we hear about spousal abuse we automatically think about a man physically abusing his wife or girlfriend. But, is it always the case? Not!

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Travel is education

November 4, 2018 - NWT

Friends, one of the main lessons my late-grandfather, Peter Mountain, Sr. taught me is that you have to ‘go far, esiah, grandson, to find anything of use to you at home’.

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Time to consider an ‘Arctic gateway’

November 4, 2018 - NWT

The Beaufort isn’t the busy place it used to be back in the late 1970s to mid-’80s, when companies such as Gulf, Esso and Dome were poised to explore the potential of the Arctic Ocean and its hidden resources.

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SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

November 3, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could, 5,000-to-1 long shots to win the English Premier League, hoisted the trophy that was usually reserved for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

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COLUMN: What Tootoo accomplished

November 2, 2018 - Kivalliq

Jordin Tootoo’s retirement announcement caught more than a few Nunavummiut off-guard earlier this month – mainly those who were still hoping against hope the rugged winger would somehow end up catching on with another NHL team for one more season in the show.

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LOOKING BACK: City pins employees

November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

The finance committee voted to allow YK Drug Mart to sell novelty items embossed with the city’s crest.

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SPORTS TALK: We asked for it and now we’ve got it

Andrew Carr, seen during the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, is part of the Yellowknife contingent that makes up the Yukon Rivermen bantam boys AAA squad. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

You know all those times I’ve talked about how our young hockey players need to play in a higher level of competition on a regular basis?

Well, a bunch of them are and they’re finding out just what major AAA hockey is all about.

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CAPSULE COMMENTS: The healing power of plants

November 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Aaron La Borde

Throughout history, people have used plants to treat all types of ailments.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The highs and lows of Halloween

November 1, 2018

It is the day after, the day after Halloween.

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IN MY VIEW: Taking matters personally

November 1, 2018 - Nunavut

by Harry Maksagak

When someone is referred to as taking matters into their own hand, they may have varying actions or reactions to this behaviour.

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Vote drama highlights assembly’s dysfunction

November 1, 2018

When two government ministers face no-confidence votes on the same Wednesday, you know it’s a time of high political drama in the legislative assembly.

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MADD sets up shop in time for holidays

October 30, 2018

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada a national organization that works to curb impaired driving, while also supporting the victims of what it correctly calls a “violent crime.”

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GUEST COMMENT: The importance of getting along

October 29, 2018

By Norman Yakeleya

The elders, in the early days of my political leadership, often commented on the importance of “working together.”

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SPORTS TALK: Professional wrestling is very real sometimes – just ask Joe Anoa’i

Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler. His real name is Joe Anoa'i and he broke character on Oct. 22 for a very, very good reason. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 29, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

You know the best way to troll millennials? Play a song they have no clue about and watch them eat it up.

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DESTINATIONS: This Halloween remember that there are real monsters out there

October 28, 2018 - NWT

by John Holman

When I first met the monster, I was inspecting rocks on the shore, in sub-Arctic hinterland of Precambrian Shield. Four billion years old, our third rock from the sun has known its giants, myths, legends and best of all, tall tales.

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On the land components important

October 28, 2018 - Inuvik

Last week, I spoke with many of the youth from around the North who participated in the Leaders in Training workshop in Inuvik.

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Looking forward to Halloween

October 28, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

HALLU INUIN. NAMAINNAKTUGUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. TAKYUK KIKITTUK. INUIN AUDLALUGAKTUT AUDLATIIYUT.

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COLUMN: A criticism of Nutrition North

October 26, 2018 - Kivalliq

To say I wasn’t the least bit surprised to learn that all five major Inuit organizations – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the Inuvialuit Regional Corp., Makivik Corp. and the Nunatsiavut Government – had pulled out of the federal government’s Indigenous Working Group on food security this past April would be a major understatement.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The pumpkin spice monster is coming to get you

Our columunist delves into the origins of pumpkin spice and the reasons for the massive amount of pumpkin and pumpkin spice-flavoured products on the market. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 25, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

Aye, this be a Halloween Horror Story that could shiver your timbers, make your blood run cold or even put a bee in your bonnet. Reader discretion is advised and recommended.

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