The bear, the image, and climate change

December 16, 2017 - Nunavut

His images of a dying polar bear – seen by millions around the world – became the emblem of the dire consequences of climate warming, and though that wasn’t his intent, Paul Nicklen is happy his work is causing a stir.

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Baffinland sets Canadian Arctic shipping record

October 21, 2017 - Nunavut

Baffinland Iron Mines shipped 4.1 million tonnes of iron ore from Baffin Island to markets overseas between Aug. 2 and Oct. 17, the company announced on Oct. 18. Baffinland proclaimed that 56 Panamax cargo vessels, carrying an average of 72,600 tonnes of iron ore apiece over 75 days of open-water season, “marked the largest shipping program by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic.”

No health and safety or environmental incidents occurred during transport, according to Baffinland.

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Battle for wildlife refuge heats up again

October 21, 2017 - Inuvik

Gwich’in are preparing for another campaign against development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a section of Alaska that contains the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd.

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Communities win big

October 21, 2017 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

While the Paulou Ittungna Memorial Volleyball Tournament was happening in Inuvik on Oct. 13-14, there was another big volleyball tournament happening in Fort Smith.

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Possible gun shots lead to arrest

October 21, 2017 - Inuvik

A man was taken into custody and charges are pending after police responded to a gunshot call the night of Oct. 10.

Inuvik RCMP received a call at 10 p.m. regarding possible gun shots.

The RCMP responded to a residence approximately 50 kilometres from Inuvik, near Caribou Creek.

The Dempster Highway was temporarily closed, as was the Tsiigehtchic ferry.

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Best of the best in sport honoured

October 20, 2017 - Iqaluit

There are plenty of people who do good work in the field of recreation, and some were recognized in Iqaluit earlier this month at the 2017 Recreation and Sport Awards Gala. A total of 10 awards were handed out along with some special mentions to volunteers in various sports.

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Tanya Tagaq documentary on the way

October 20, 2017 - Toronto

Cambridge Bay musical artist and activist Tanya Tagaq will be featured in a National Film Board documentary titled Throat, due for release in winter 2019.

The film will explore Tagaq’s creative talent and political stances while delivering “a 360-degree sound mix that will whirl around the audience like an immersive cyclone,” according to the National Film Board.

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Iqaluit’s Discovery making room for medical travel clients

October 20, 2017 - Iqaluit

For people travelling to Iqaluit for medical travel, the news that Nova Hotels has bought the Discovery Boutique Hotel may be of interest.

Nova Hotels officially announced Oct. 16 that it has purchased the hotel.

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The Northern culture of silence

October 20, 2017 - Inuvik

One of the root causes of so many ills in the North is the region’s culture of silence.

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Man rescued after he is trapped under vehicle

October 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

Updated Oct 23

A man was rushed to hospital by ambulance in the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning following a dramatic rescue after a pickup truck rolled down a steep embankment on the Ingraham Trail, trapping the man underneath it.

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Afraid to go to school

October 20, 2017 - Inuvik

A mother is at her wit’s end over continued bullying of her child at East Three Secondary School.

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GNWT opens tap on brain drain

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

One Yellowknife resident has been left in the dark after Aurora College cancelled a course he needs to become red-seal certified electrician.

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An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music video for his solo album Coke Machine Glow and found time to hit the water with Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician who had just returned to civilization after a lengthy canoe trip. Downie died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Justice Minister remains in power

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

Minister Louis Sebert can rest a little easier after a majority of MLAs voted down a motion to remove him from cabinet Wednesday.

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Tim Hortons restaurant to reopen by Christmas

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

Tim Hortons lovers, do not despair: you should have a place to sit down and enjoy your double-double, other than your vehicle, by the end of the year. So said Suzanne Desfosses, co-owner and operator of the city’s two Tim Hortons franchises.

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Yellowknife mourns passing of Gord Downie

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents are mourning the death of Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie. The lead singer of the iconic Canadian band, the Tragically Hip, Downie, 53, passed away Tuesday, of terminal brain cancer.

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Rocks restrict rights

October 19, 2017 - Inuvik

A set of rocks meant to block partygoers from beach access may have also infringed Gwich’in harvesting rights.

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A successful failure – yes, they do exist

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

Once upon a time, a rather well-known member of the NWT sport community told me my columns were usually angry rants from an angry individual.

I know where she’s coming from because all I do is rant sometimes. Ask the newsroom.

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GO Ball hosts annual McLennan Ross GO Play 3-on-3 Tournament

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

GO Ball, the city’s girls-only basketball program, has seen its participation numbers rise over the years.

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Investors Group Season Opener kicks off tournament squash campaign at Racquet Club

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

In Yellowknife sport, there are certain athletes and teams you can always count on to be at or near the top.

Devin Madsen is becoming that person in squash.

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“Run as far and as fast as you can,” Vegas survivor remembers

October 19, 2017 - Inuvik

A three-day country music concert in Las Vegas turned into a desperate run for his life for Inuvik’s Tony McDonald.

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“Teching” the North

October 19, 2017 - Inuvik

In a place where shipping and infrastructure are often prohibitively expensive, technology stands out as one way Northern youth can keep up with those anywhere in the world.

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Plenty of tails and tales at the Yellowknife Public Library

October 18, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Saturday was a tail wagging good time judging by the kids who came in to read aloud with a furry friend at the Yellowknife Public Library’s TAILS program Saturday.

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Safe ride cut hours as shelters fill up

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

The safe ride outreach van cut its hours on Yellowknife streets because there is nowhere to take men in need after 11 p.m.

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Yk school board briefs: Mildred Hall traffic study in works after child struck by vehicle in June

October 17, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A study intended to improve the flow of traffic and safety of students at Mildred Hall is in the works.

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Red tape a roadblock for Safe Ride

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy seems to want us to think he deserves a pat on the back for funding the day shelter and sobering centre.

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Motion to oust Sebert coming Wednesday

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Justice Minister Louis Sebert is on the chopping block after an MLA gave notice in the legislative assembly that he will introduce a motion on Wednesday to remove Sebert from his role in cabinet.

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Houseboater appealing sex assault conviction denied bail

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife houseboat bed and breakfast operator has been denied bail pending an appeal of his conviction in May for sexual assault.

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Coat drive keeps kids warm

October 17, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

With the snow looking like it’s here to stay, Yellowknifers are starting to bundle up to stay warm outside.

But not everyone has the luxury of a fluffy winter jacket to keep them cozy on the -30 C days that are around the corner.

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Yk composer takes Toronto

October 17, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden keeps reaching new heights and reaching across Canada with her work.

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Hub editorial: Diversity brings pride

October 17, 2017 - Hay River

The Hay River Fire Department has once again done the community proud.

As reported in this issue of The Hub, the department and one of its members – Capt. Terence Fischer – have been named recipients of the GNWT’s Fire Service Merit Awards for this year.

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Disposing of the pain

October 17, 2017 - Naujaat

The second annual Embrace Life celebrations at Tuugaalik High School this past month were emotional, meaningful and, at times, deeply personal. The event opened lines of communication and built strength amongst the student body in Naujaat.

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Agriculture conference called the first of its kind

October 17, 2017 - Hay River

An agriculture conference focusing on food growers and producers – believed to be the first of its kind ever in the NWT – was held at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre last weekend.

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‘Drug kingpin’ gets no further prison time

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man, sentenced last Thursday to nine years in prison for drug trafficking, will not have to serve any more time after being convicted of several other, less serious drug-related offences.

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Farewell to Hwy 5 gravel

October 17, 2017 - Hay River

Highway 5’s final gravel section – which was completely chipsealed as of last month – was given a ceremonial farewell on Oct. 13.

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Top of his field

October 17, 2017 - Baker Lake

After years of training and study, Meadowbank gold mine employee Gabriel Ulayok is now a production equipment operator.

Ulayok is qualified to operate the RH120 shovel, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated pieces of equipment in the industry.

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Classroom heads outdoors

October 17, 2017 - Naujaat

Two groups of students from Tuugaalik High School sailed out on a boat trip with their teachers in Naujaat this past month.

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Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

October 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

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.

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Groups appeal for funding out of 2018 budget

October 17, 2017

Food security strategy brought to the table

The Yellowknife Food Charter Coalition is asking the city to support the creation of a local food strategy.

The idea is to promote locally-sourced foods and sustainability, and support Yellowknife businesses, said presenters France Benoit and Tracey Williams. A food strategy would link various food sectors in Yellowknife – from production to distribution to waste – to meet these goals.

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Downtown gets curbside compost collection

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Single-family homes in the downtown core will get curbside compost collection this month.

The City of Yellowknife will deliver green carts to nearly 900 houses, completing the four-year roll-out of its compost collection program.

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Coat drive keeps kids warm

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife
Darlene Powder, left, Sharon Abel and Alayna Ward fold coats at the YWCA office on Monday. The organization is collecting clean, gently used or new winter clothing as part of its annual Coats for Kids, Parkas for Parents drive this week. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

With the snow looking like it’s here to stay, Yellowknifers are starting to bundle up to stay warm outside.

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David talks, facts walk

October 17, 2017 - Kivalliq

I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance.

I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites’s demarketing campaign; using parts of the media to create fear over farmed salmon.

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Going alternative in Arviat

October 17, 2017 - Arviat

While bad weather and poor scheduling combined to make this year’s Kivalliq mayor meetings a non-event, Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard is excited about the direction his community is taking.

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Recruitment time

October 17, 2017 - Kivalliq

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Canadian program.

All youth between the ages of 15-20 (as of June 1, 2018) living in Nunavut are invited to apply before Nov. 15.

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Training to begin for marine jobs

October 17, 2017 - Hay River

Training is about to start again in Hay River for people interested in working in the marine industry.

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What’s in a renaming?

October 17, 2017 - Hay River

An idea is being considered to rename some of the vessels now operated by Marine Transportation Services of the territorial government.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson raised the idea in the territorial legislature on Sept. 28.

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