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CAPSULE COMMENTS: Music to soothe the soul

October 25, 2018 - Yellowknife

Can the music of Mozart really lower your blood pressure? There have been experiments with three groups of people comparing those listening to Mozart, compared to a second group listening to ABBA and a third group listening to nothing at all. Mozart won. Silence came second and ABBA third. There is something about Mozart that calms people, even if they don’t like Mozart.

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EDITORIAL: The buck stops with you Minister Abernethy

October 25, 2018

“Their jobs will be dependent upon it; making sure the terms and conditions of the legislation are met.”

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Letter to the editor: United Church a tenant at Northern United Place

October 23, 2018

Gail Leonardis, executive director

NWT Community Services Corporation

Northern United Place

Dear editor,

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IN MY VIEW: Tread carefully with nepotism

October 22, 2018 - Nunavut

The word ‘nepotism’ goes back in history as early as the mid-1400s and the term means ‘the practice of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs at the expense of releasing current workers’ and unfortunately it still shows its ugly head in today’s society. With the high cost of living coupled with the shortage of housing, this practice must be addressed head on.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Sparking up? Don’t do it too often

When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus
October 22, 2018 - NWT

Well, I never thought I’d see the day when weed would be legalized. Did you?

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GUEST COLUMN: Re-colonization, watch for It

Former NWT MP Dennis Bevington warns against re-colonization of the North in this guest column.
October 22, 2018 - NWT

by former Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington

Colonization is a bad word throughout Canada right now. Indigenous people have rightly identified its tentacles from the past 200 years as pervasive and underpinning to their lives today.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Protecting Northern waters

October 22, 2018 - NWT

Friends, recent moves in the Deh Cho to save one of the last areas in the entire world with good clean water is the right and only way to go.

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SPORTS TALK: Usain Bolt is about to take over another sport

October 21, 2018 - NWT

Emotional support squirrels. That’s what this has come to in 2018.

If you don’t know by now, a woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando, Florida after she tried to bring her emotional support squirrel onto the flight that was heading to Cleveland earlier this month.

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A farewell to Gladys

October 19, 2018 - Yellowknife

In my last column I wrote about how I’d embraced the local agriculture movement by joining a chicken coop co-op in town and how much I was enjoying my new ethos of local, sustainable agriculture because the chickens were friendly and the eggs were good.

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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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