De Beers in as long-term sponsor for Long John Jamboree

December 18, 2017 - Yellowknife

De Beers Canada has committed $150,000 over the next five years to support the Long John Jamboree’s Inspired Ice Championship.

The long-term sponsorship agreement will see the festival receive about $30,000 a year from the mining group.

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On the road to responsible drinking

October 27, 2017 - Nunavut

The Nunavut Liquor Commission wants to change the way Nunavummiut think about alcohol.

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Hamlet elections in November

October 27, 2017 - Nunavut

Following the territorial election on Oct. 30, Nunavummiut will be invited back to the polls in December to elect hamlet councillors and, in some communities, mayors.

Nominations for hamlet council elections opened on Oct. 24 and will close on Nov. 7.

Election day is set for Dec. 12.

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Council pleads to keep accused dealer jailed

October 27, 2017 - Inuvik
Town council wants an accused drug dealer kept behind bars until his trial.
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Man faces weapons charges

October 27, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and mischief following an altercation between two people Tuesday night in an alley behind 52 St. not far from Franklin Ave.

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Passengers describe hellish flight

October 27, 2017 - Yellowknife

It was a harrowing flight for about 70 Yellowknife-bound passengers Monday night after an extreme air-rage incident forced their WestJet flight from Calgary to be diverted to Fort McMurray.

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Fred Carmichael inducted into Order of NWT

October 27, 2017 - Inuvik

Fred Carmichael is a decorated citizen already, inducted into the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and holding an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Gwich’in say fight far from over

October 27, 2017 - Inuvik

The U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution by a vote of 51 to 49 Oct. 20, putting the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd situated within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at risk of being opened to exploration and development.

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Franklin ships to officially become Canadian

October 27, 2017 - Gjoa Haven

The debate between Canada and Britain over ownership of Franklin expedition artifacts has ended with a conciliatory gesture by the British.

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Yellowknife city boss emails detail ‘poisoned environment’

October 26, 2017 - Yellowknife

Hundreds of leaked emails from city hall reveal a deteriorating relationship between the city’s top bureaucrat and city council in 2014.

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Man dies in single vehicle crash

October 26, 2017 - Dettah

A 25-year-old Yellowknife man is dead following a single-vehicle crash on the Dettah Rd. about 8:30 Thursday morning.

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Slow economy still holds some opportunity

October 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Melissa Bonnetplume had been more than a year out of work when she came by the Inuvik job fair Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Cooking up a trip

October 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Eight years after he attended the Dreamcatchers Aboriginal Youth Conference, Michael Ciboci was busy finishing some Chinese takeout to help fundraise for a new crop of youth to head to this year’s event.

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Home burns to ground after firefighters leave scene

October 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Inuvik Fire Chief Jim Sawkins is taking full responsibility for making the call to leave the scene of a fire when it was thought to be out, only to have it reignite in the hours that followed and go on to burn down the house.

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Missing and murdered hearing delayed

October 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife resident  is still looking for answers about what happened to his missing mother more than 40 years ago. James Jenka says delays in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are causing confusion.

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Three arrested after drug raid

October 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

RCMP has seized a .40 calibre handgun, two ounces of cocaine and cash following an Oct. 17 raid at a downtown residence as part of an investigation into illegal drug trafficking.

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How the North Slave Correctional Centre letter writing campaign has the potential do more than make the jail a better place

October 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

“We are not a factory,” says premier to accusation of slow legislative progress

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

As the 18th assembly headed into a three-and-a-half-month break Friday until its next sitting, one MLA was dismayed by what she called the “glacial pace” at which the government is bringing forth legislation.

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“Better late than never”

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

Better late than never,” That is that assessment by Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne after three generators, years overdue, finally arrived in the city last week.

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Mourning Downie

October 24, 2017 - Ottawa

The National Arts Centre (NAC) publicly mourned the death of Gord Downie, lead singer for the iconic Tragically Hip last week.

The NAC partnered with Downie one year ago on Oct. 18, when he performed the world premiere of his Secret Path project in Southam Hall.

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The glacial pace of NWT governance

October 24, 2017

So the legislative assembly is now on a break. Until February.
This adjournment – for Christmas, I guess? – comes after a week-long break for Thanksgiving, which came after a lengthy respite for summer, from early June to mid-September. Yup, that was a three-and-a-half-month summer recess.

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World a little emptier without Downie, Petty

October 24, 2017 - Kivalliq

2017 had already been a tough year for Kivalliq fans of classic rock with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman and Butch Tracks of the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nichols and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but this month hit hard with the passing of both Tom Petty and Gord Downie.

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Bra Art a surprise hit

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

A new, unique and, as it turns out, very popular art project at the Hay River Regional Health Centre is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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Review to begin on MLA compensation

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

Three members have been appointed to an independent commission to review MLAs’ compensation and benefits.

Norman Yakeleya of Tulita was appointed chair of the commission, while John Hazenberg and Donna Allen, both of Yellowknife, have been appointed as commissioners.

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NACC searches for funds

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is looking for a helping hand after incurring thousands of dollars in additional expenses over the summer.

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Ceremony honours preservation of culture

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

A number of Yellowknife residents were among those recognized for their contributions to preserving culture in the NWT during a ceremony hosted at the legislative assembly last week.

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Kerry Galusha and company and her rink nab few wins but show great promise at Kamloops Crown of Curling

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

For a team that has had virtually no ice to practice on in Yellowknife, Kerry Galusha and her rink have done pretty well at the HUB International Kamloops Crown of Curling.

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Half-dozen new officials certified at NWT Soccer’s futsal refereeing clinic

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

Who’d want to be an official in any sport? They’re the ones that jilted spectators love to hate.

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Junior NBA makes debut in Yellowknife

October 24, 2017 - Yellowknife

If you haven’t heard, the NBA has come to Yellowknife.

Just in a smaller form.

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Drama builds

October 24, 2017 - Arviat

The John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club is in its fourth week of rehearsals for the Jamie Gorski-penned Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus.

The play is based on an editorial in the New York Sun by Francis P. Church. The piece is widely regarded as the most famous editorial in the world.

The drama club has been having exceptional turnouts to date for rehearsals.

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Master of culture

October 24, 2017 - Naujaat

It can be quite amazing the impact one person can sometimes have on a program.

Tuugaalik High School – and the high school grades offered when Tusarvik School was the only school in Naujaat – has a growing reputation for its cultural programming. Principal Aubrey Bolt gives one teacher a great deal of credit for the school’s ability to maintain that reputation.

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Highrise owner fined $10,000

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

The company that owns the Mackenzie Place highrise apartment building has been fined $10,000 for failing to fully comply with an order from the Office of the Fire Marshal.

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GNWT to build fish plant in Hay River

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

The GNWT has decided to proceed with building a new fish plant in Hay River.

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NWT Fishermen’s Federation to meet

October 24, 2017 - Hay River

The annual fall meeting of the NWT Fishermen’s Federation will take place on Nov. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hay River Metis Government Council.

Topics to be discussed include bylaw changes for the federation and the Great Slave Lake Harbour Authority, operations of the fish plant and the upcoming meeting of the Great Slave Lake Advisory Council.

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Hockey exchange a hit

October 24, 2017 - Rankin Inlet/Toronto

Friendships were struck, cultures exchanged and memories made as players from Rankin Inlet travelled to Etobicoke, Ont., near Toronto for the first leg of the Northern Exchange program with players from the Mimico Canadiens Hockey Association.

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Northern magic on display

October 23, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

In a unique show launching this weekend, Canadians will get to see the cultural, artistic and athletic talents of the North up close. The From the North showcase is making its way first to the capitals of the North – Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit – and then the southern cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

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Lighting on old highway crosswalk to be updated

October 23, 2017 - Hay River

The Department of Infrastructure plans to upgrade the lights of the crosswalk on the Mackenzie Highway near The Rooster convenience store.

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Spook-A-Rama dance for teens

October 23, 2017 - Hay River

The 33rd annual Spook-A-Rama Halloween Teen Dance is set for Hay River on Oct. 31.

The dance – which will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre – will be hosted by the Hay River Detachment of the RCMP.

The free event is for youth in Grade 8 to Grade 12.

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Fit as a fiddle

October 23, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Good things await those who decide to get off the couch, start working-out and begin living a healthier lifestyle, says fitness aficionado Pujjuut Kusugak of Rankin Inlet.

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Fundamental movements

October 23, 2017 - Hay River

Something new in the way of exercising is being introduced to the area.

It’s called DANCEPL3Y, which is receiving glowing reviews after its first appearance in the area in September.

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Bylaws for bees, chickens and goats

October 23, 2017 - Hay River

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) has signed an agreement with the NWT Association of Communities to develop backyard agriculture bylaws.

The bylaws, which will address beekeeping and the raising of chickens and goats, will be made available to NWT municipalities to be tailored to specific community needs.

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Sport awards

October 23, 2017 - Kivalliq

The Kivalliq region took home a cartload of hardware from the annual CLEY Sport and Recreation Division’s annual sports awards ceremony in Iqaluit earlier this month.

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Hockey camp attracts almost 200 kids

October 23, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The fourth annual Season Opener hockey camp was another resounding success in Rankin Inlet this past week, with 180 local minor minor hokey players and 10 out-of-town players taking part.

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Premier tables revised mandate that shifts away from universal childcare

October 23, 2017 - Yellowknife

The NWT’s newest commissioner, Margaret Thom, opened the third session of the 18th assembly with a special address on Oct. 17 that focused on the work that lies ahead of the government in its remaining two years.

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Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

October 22, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut’s court costs, a judge has ruled. Taloyoak-based Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd. – a partnership between Aqsaqniq Ltd. and Yellowknife-based Discovery Air subsidiary Air Tindi – won the contract instead.

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Giving the kids a scare

October 22, 2017 - Cambridge Bay/Hall Beach

Ghosts and ghouls will soon be making the rounds across Nunavut and the spirits have possessed residents of Cambridge Bay and Hall Beach.

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