GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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Remains of houseboat to be removed

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

The base of a houseboat, moored at the end of the Rotary Park Boardwalk in Yellowknife Bay, is being removed. Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood yesterday granted an injunction to the territorial government to remove the dilapidated vessel, owned by Fort Simpson resident Randy Sibbeston, from the island where it has sat since at least 2013.

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Shining bright

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

It’s a bit of irony that hundreds of people turned out Nov. 4 for Jill Taylor’s service, as those who knew her best agreed that she would never have wanted that much attention. 

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Premier has his ‘isms’ mixed up

November 7, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod has to come up with a better word.

Last week, the premier called for a national debate on the NWT’s future, and blasted the federal government for “colonialism” towards Northerners.

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Performers needed for Christmas concert

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

NWT Centennial Library is looking for performers for its annual Christmas concert.

The concert, which is for an adult audience, will be held on Dec. 9.

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Accused in murder case to be tried by judge alone

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents won’t be tapped to serve in what could have been one of the largest jury pools in NWT history for a murder trial scheduled to begin next April.

That is because a Yellowknife man, charged with murder and attempted murder, will now be tried by a judge alone.

Denecho King, 25, changed his election to be tried by a judge and jury in Supreme Court on Monday.

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New generator

November 7, 2017 - Baker Lake

People in Baker Lake were scheduled to be without power for about three hours on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m.

The power was going to be down so Qulliq Energy Corp. could install a new generator for the community.

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Communications plan for town and authority

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

A formal communications plan has been established to keep the Town of Hay River up to date on the activities of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

Improved communications was discussed when a delegation from the authority appeared before council on Oct. 24.

“We have committed to four meetings a year,” said Mike Maher, the public administrator with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

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Ice too thin to venture out on, says city

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

Don’t lace up those skates just yet. While plunging temperatures have caused ice to form early this year, the City of Yellowknife is warning residents that lakes and bays still aren’t safe for use.

Once a thickness of 15 centimeters or six inches is reached, it’s a green light for on-ice activities. But as of now, none of the 17 area bodies of water are in shape for shinny, skiing or snowmobiling, stated a city news release Monday.

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Yellowknife, Fort Smith ski clubs get boost from feds

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

Lovers of the white stuff in the Northwest Territories can expect something a little different this year at their local trails.

Both the Yellowknife Ski Club and the Fort Smith Ski Club will be getting a face-lift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada.

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Hay River healthy authority struggling to attract nurses

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

It’s apparently getting more challenging to attract nurses to town.

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JLM dates

November 7, 2017 - Arviat

The Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) Calm Air Cup senior men’s hockey championship will take place in Arviat from Jan. 25 to 28.

The event will feature eight teams in two divisions, with Rankin Inlet returning to defend its JLM crown.

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ITI hosts trade show on resources, energy

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is presenting a resources and energy development information trade show at the Legion boardroom on Nov. 9, starting at 2 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

It will include booths from several organizations, including the GNWT, and is designed to give people a chance to ask questions about resource development in the NWT.

The department will also be hosting a public engagement session on manufacturing in the NWT.

That session will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Ptarmigan Inn.

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KFN members to vote on offer on Treaty 8 promise

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise.

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In Iqaluit upset, Lightstone wins over deputy premier

November 7, 2017 - Iqaluit

Iqaluit-Manirajak elected Nunavut’s youngest MLA Oct. 31 – Adam Arreak Lightstone – after he went to bed.

Polls for the riding came in late, after midnight. But by then, unofficially, he knew he’d beaten incumbent Monica Ell-Kanayuk. He just didn’t quite believe it.

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Rankin sweep

November 7, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

It was a sweep for the host community when the V-Team captured the Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) Tournament female crown and Hang’n’Bang took the men’s title in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 27.

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Late Pat Bobinski inducted into NWT Sport Hall of Fame

November 6, 2017 - Hay River

The late Pat Bobinski of Hay River has been inducted into the NWT Sport Hall of Fame.

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MP Michael McLeod responds to Premier Bob McLeod’s ‘red alert’

November 6, 2017

After premier Bob McLeod issued a surprise statement last week calling for an emergency national debate on how Ottawa treats the North, his brother and NWT MP Michael McLeod fired back yesterday.

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Northwest Territories Tourism recognizes industry accomplishments

November 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

Industry accomplishments were recognized during a recent conference hosted by Northwest Territories Tourism.

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Learning the financial ropes

November 6, 2017 - Naujaat

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month.

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Soccer program scores major award

November 6, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The pride is all over Paul Stroeder’s face when he talks about how the kids themselves are responsible for the U12 boy’s Rankin Wolves soccer program winning the Recreation and Parks Association’s Community Organization of the Year award this past month in Iqaluit.

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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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Banner days for downtown

November 6, 2017 - Hay River

The first of 72 new banners was raised on a downtown utility pole on Nov. 3.

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Fun, land and learning

November 6, 2017 - Naujaat

Grade 9 students at Tuugaalik High School entered their biggest classroom when the class took part in one of their two annual trips out on the land on Oct. 27 in Naujaat.

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Yk wins mining conference

November 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

Diamonds are a city’s best friend. On Oct. 25, the GNWT announced that Yellowknife will host the 12th International Kimberlite Conference in 2021 – just in time to celebrate 30 years of the precious stone in the territory.

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The Main event

November 6, 2017 - Arviat

John Main captured the seat in the Arviat North/Whale Cove riding in convincing fashion, receiving 408 votes to incumbent George Kuksuk’s 115.

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Territorial Camp

November 6, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The community of Rankin Inlet will be hosting a futsal camp from Nov. 17 to 19 for the final team selection to represent Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games.

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New rules for wildlife tourism

November 5, 2017 - NWT

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

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Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

November 5, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags.

The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to 20 of its members on Nov. 1, voted to adopt the rule to ensure a greater number of members have access to caribou tags.

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The pen is mightier than the government

November 5, 2017 - NWT

It takes a lot to get me down, but lately, this damn isolation has been getting me mad, especially in my writing. I only use a special pen, a Sarasa. It is the best pen and made in Mexico.

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MLAs must follow new path

November 5, 2017 - Nunavut

The people have spoken, and they have spoken for change. We’re hoping the new legislative assembly will be able to achieve the changes candidates have identified in their campaign platforms.

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Public ceremony for highway opening

November 5, 2017 - Inuvik

A ceremony will be taking place for the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway opening Nov. 15.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the end of Muskrat Road, where the highway begins.

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More constables sought

November 4, 2017 - Hay River

The RCMP is looking for more constables in Hay River.

The request for the required additional funding from the GNWT for such positions is with the government and will be considered in the upcoming budgetary process.

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Cruise ship worker ‘boot camp’ underway

November 4, 2017 - Iqaluit

Ten Nunavummiut are enrolled in a new two-week ‘boot camp’ to become qualified to work on cruise ships in the Arctic.

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Revving through the snow

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

It’s the time of the year when wide-open throttles are racing through the minds of many snowmobile riders.

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The North gets new champion

November 4, 2017 - NWT

Premier Bob McLeod and his government get taken to task quite often in this space.

And generally for good reason. Pickings are lean for anyone to find much of substance with the political talent, or the public policies, of the 18th Legislative Assembly.

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Northern woman pioneers research

November 4, 2017 - New Hampshire, U.S.A.

While studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Kalina Newmark was tasked with her final assignment in a social linguistics course, to study a non-English language—and she took a risk in choosing an English dialect, which paid off.

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Gone but not forgotten

November 4, 2017 - Fort McPherson

Dear editor: A small group of us showed up on Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Fort McPherson Sept. 29.

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Amateur poll correctly predicts 16 of 22 ridings

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

A survey run on Facebook the weekend before the Oct. 31 territorial election correctly predicted 16 of the 22 soon-to-be MLAs.

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Voter turnout drops five percentage points

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

Voter turnout for the 2017 territorial election fell to 65 per cent, down from 2013’s 70 per cent.

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UNW president says corrections officers’ safety at risk

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

The president of the Union of Northern Workers is sounding an alarm over the safety of corrections officers at North Slave Correctional Centre.

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Ruling on Sibbeston houseboat expected Tuesday

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

The next step in the long, drawn-out legal saga over a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay between the Government of the NWT and a man who says the GNWT has no jurisdiction over him is to take place on Tuesday.

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New rules for wildlife tourism

November 3, 2017 - NWT

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

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Five years worth of celebration

November 3, 2017 - Iqaluit

Hard to believe but the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) has been around for five years now.

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Cross-country results now official

November 3, 2017 - Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

It took a while to get the numbers together, but everything is official when it comes to the NWT Cross-Country Championships.

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More fed road cash on horizon, says MP

November 3, 2017 - NWT

Twenty-one road and bridge projects across the territory are just the lead-up to some major investments coming down the pipe, says Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod.

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