NWT crews battling forest fires in Northern Ontario

July 18, 2018

Forest fires currently raging in Northern Ontario are depending on help from across the country, including the NWT.

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Council removes Old Town hotel restriction

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

Hotels and motels will be conditionally permitted, with any development approvals coming before council.

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Council seeks consultant on pay, green lights pipeline funding application

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

City council has directed administration to hire a consultant to give recommendations on adapting councillors’ pay to new CRA taxation rules that remove a one third salary exemption.

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Dog Trotters Association asks city to halt lot sales

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife Dog Trotters Association has asked the city to stop the sale of lots, due to conflicting land applications in the Grace Lake area.

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Ndilo death deemed not suspicious: RCMP

June 26, 2018 - Ndilo

The death of woman whose body was found in Ndilo last week has been ruled not suspicious, a news release from Yellowknife RCMP states.

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UNW and Dominion Diamond Mines reach tentative agreement

June 26, 2018 - NWT

The Union of Northern Workers and Dominion Diamond Mines have reached an agreement that will be confirmed on July 25 after both parties agree to the terms in principle, stated a UNW release.

The agreement comes after threats from Ekati Diamond Mine to lay-off 150 union employees on the grounds the employees were frequently absent from work.

The release states when the tentative agreement is ratified in July, work will not be contracted out to other labourers.

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Council removes energy standards in 4-3 vote

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

Council voted 4-3 on Monday to remove EnerGuide rules from city bylaw, leaving no minimum energy efficiency standards and an indeterminate date for any replacement.

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KFC, Starbucks could break ground in July

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

The city has issued a conditional permit for a combination KFC, Taco Bell and Starbucks, and the project’s architect, Wayne Guy, says they hope to break ground as early as July.

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Cultural centre opening date set, manager hired

June 26, 2018 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

Mark Sept. 5 and Sept. 8 on your calendar. Those are the dates of the “pre-opening” and official grand opening for the Kenojuak Ashevak Cultural Centre and Print Shop.

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Nunavut’s former coroner sues GN for $1 million for wrongful dismissal (updated)

June 26, 2018 - Iqaluit

In a statement of claim filed June 22 in the Nunavut Court of Justice, former chief coroner Padma Suramala is suing the Government of Nunavut for $1 million for wrongful dismissal.

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‘Boeing bomb’ disgusts Yellowknife family

June 26, 2018

Excrement rained from the sky Sunday afternoon, landing on a family’s home in the Magrum Crescent area and spurring an RCMP investigation.

A leisurely day took a turn for the worse around 4 p.m. when John Smith, his son Josh and mother Linda were surprised by “Boeing bomb” outside of John’s home, leaving poop stains along the back patio.

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Husband and wife to-be win men’s and women’s overall crowns at Canadian North Midnight Classic golf tournament

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

Playing in the Canadian North Midnight Classic is a bucket list for some people, especially the golfing at midnight part.

But for Justin Bailey and Winter Haley, the tournament is more than just a tournament. It’s where they started on the path to becoming husband and wife.

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A “Mediocre Midnight” as Mediocre Golf Association hosts Fore! Championship at Yellowknife Golf Club

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

With all of the excitement surrounding the Canadian North Midnight Classic, there was another golf tournament held just before the big show that also played at midnight.

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Midnight Sun Mudfling mountain bike race brings out close to 20 participants

June 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

With no snow at the Yellowknife Ski Club, what does one do with the empty trails? You hold mountain bike races, that’s what.

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‘I disagreed with the decision to remove Premier Quassa’

June 26, 2018 - Iglulik

Following the June 14 Nunavut legislative assembly vote to oust Premier Paul Quassa, this is the view of Matt Teed, the candidate who finished second, by 10 votes, to Quassa in the Aggu riding in the 2017 territorial election: 

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Pair found safe on shore after boat capsizes on Prosperous Lake near Yellowknife

June 25, 2018 - Yellowknife

Two boaters whose vessel capsized on Prosperous Lake have been found safe and unharmed after spending a night on shore.

On Monday at approximately 8:20 a.m., Yellowknife RCMP were notified of the overdue boaters, who were expected to return Sunday night, stated a news release Monday afternoon. The pair had no way of communicating to authorities from on board the vessel.

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Taloyoak celebrates its new teachers

June 25, 2018 - Taloyoak

Taloyoak has five fresh teaching graduates.

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‘This government has to stabilize,’ says Johnny Mike

June 25, 2018 - Nunavut

In light of Nunavut premier Paul Quassa’s sudden removal from office on June 14, Nunavut News contacted Johnny Mike, former cabinet minister and MLA for Pangnirtung, 2013-17 for his reaction. Here’s what he had to say:

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‘A much higher level of governance emerging in Nunavut’

June 25, 2018 - Nunavut

Many Nunavummiut were taken aback by the sudden removal of Paul Quassa as premier on June 14.

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Enjoying the land

June 25, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Welcome to our beautiful busy little town on the tip of Victoria Island. Cambridge Bay is busy with spring camping, fishing, travelling on land and ice.

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Inmates trash Baffin Correctional Centre unit (updated)

June 25, 2018 - Iqaluit

For the second time in nine months, inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) in Iqaluit took control overnight.

The June 20 incident began sometime around midnight, with RCMP and the fire department responding to the incident.

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GNWT must better advertise public consultations

June 24, 2018 - Inuvik

Since I arrived in Inuvik early this year, I’ve attended several public meetings and consultations held by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) with the intent to write about them for the Drum.

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Magical Alianait days away

June 24, 2018 - Nunavut

Very, very soon, artists from various communities in Nunavut, other circumpolar regions, and as far away as New Zealand will converge upon Iqaluit for the 2018 Alianait Festival.

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THE MUNDANE AND THE HOLY: Who needs LSD when you have GSL?

June 24, 2018 - NWT

The seasons pass with such regularity in Reliance that you’d think we would be used to it by now. You’d also think we should be happy to have summer neighbours coming in since we have been alone out here since September.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Tribute to my great, great grandfather

June 24, 2018 - NWT

Greetings from Europe. As I write this, I’m on a cruise ship looking out over the English Channel and am thankful that I’m able to look into and celebrate my European ancestors. After all, I celebrate my Indigenous heritage all of the time. Yet, we know little to celebrate about on my European side.

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City approvals holding back brewery opening

June 24, 2018 - Iqaluit

A decades-old City of Iqaluit water and sewage by-law and stressed city services are hampering business development in the capital.

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More books, more readers

June 24, 2018 - South Slave

The South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) is betting that investing in some new technology will mean it can put more books in more people’s hands – digitally.

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NWT basketball ready for the nation

June 24, 2018 - NWT

Team NWT will be ready to hit the court this coming August at the Canada Basketball U15 Nationals.

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AROUND THE NORTH: Tourism scholarship opportunity

June 24, 2018 - NWT

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The tourism and hospitality sector is critical to the Northwest Territories.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Opioid-related deaths decrease in 2017

June 24, 2018 - NWT

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New statistics show there was one opioid overdose in the NWT in 2017, a decrease from five-people who died the year before.

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Construction Update: Franklin re-opens

June 23, 2018 - Yellowknife

Franklin Avenue is officially re-open to vehicles.

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