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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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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Safety and fun at Yellowknife fire hall open house

October 16, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A three year old driving a fire truck is not something you see everyday.

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Arsenic could be encased in glass

October 16, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

 

The most promising method for permanently storing the 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide dust underground at Giant Mine could be putting it under glass.

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Main Street’s storied past on the NACC stage

October 16, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The Tale of a Town brought Yellowknife stories to the NACC stage Saturday and asked big questions about the future of communities forever changed by big box stores and development.

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Running for fun

October 16, 2017 - Hay River

Runners and would-be runners will have a chance later this month to run just for fun.

A Halloween 5K Fun Run is set for Oct. 28.

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Education department studying class space at Yk schools

October 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is taking a hard look at how best to utilize space at Yellowknife schools, as some buildings are reaching capacity while others have room to spare.

J.H. Sissons is at 101 per cent utilization, based on enrolment and capacity figures from Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1). The Department of Education, Culture and Employment has hired a contractor to study enrolment at all Yellowknife schools and is determining whether space is being used for what it was designed for. NNSL file photo

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Arviat joins the circus

October 16, 2017 - Arviat

Many folks in Arviat were captivated by a world of performance art, skill and fantasy when the Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to the community earlier this month.

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Total makeover

October 16, 2017 - Kivalliq

First Air has re-branded after 71 years as one of Canada’s pre-eminent Northern airlines.

Two aircraft in the airline’s new livery went into service immediately with the Oct. 12. announcement.

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Tourney dates announced

October 16, 2017 - Kivalliq

Listed below are the 2018 hockey tournaments hosted or attended by Kivalliq teams that have been confirmed for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. The listings show the date, name of the tournament, age bracket and location.

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The frustrations of telephone systems and bureaucracy

October 15, 2017 - NWT

I really have to agree with Roy Erasmus, “Laughter is good medicine!”

I sure could use some laughter right this minute.

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Proposed facility could see 60 positions

October 15, 2017 - Hay River

The minister of Health and Social Services has provided an estimate of how many jobs might be created in Hay River from a proposed 48-bed long-term care facility.

Speaking in the territorial legislature on Sept. 26, Glen Abernethy said it’s a little early to give definitive numbers, but he could give some rough numbers.

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School, community collaboration important step in learning

October 15, 2017 - NWT

Friends, after writing my regular column a couple of weeks ago, about the effects of the food forced on us at residential schools, it is good to note the many activities now linking our places of learning with community.

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Airline assists relief efforts

October 15, 2017 - Inuvik

Canadian North had positioned a Boeing 737-200 Combi aircraft and 12 crew members on the U.S. Virgin Island of Saint Croix in the Caribbean to assist in hurricane relief efforts.

The team planned to spend 10 days in that location, operating charter flights on behalf of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and assisting with the urgent movement of passengers and goods between Saint Croix and Saint Thomas, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. Canadian North was tentatively scheduled to remain in the Caribbean until Oct. 8.

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Nunavut is a land of opportunity

October 15, 2017 - Nunavut

The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week’s profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business back home in Rankin Inlet.

Hers is a dream that brings together youthful hopes with the vision of a business opportunity in a location that has promise. She has a real shot at this. Much as fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, also of Rankin Inlet, has grown her business from sales on Facebook into a shop in Iqaluit. A mix of skill, tenacity, and demand for her product have brought her dream to life.

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Feds join TB fight

October 15, 2017 - Nunavut

Eliminating the extreme and disproportionate rate of tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit in Canada is the goal of a new task force announced in early October by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.

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Who’s running where? Your guide to the territorial election, by riding

October 14, 2017 - Nunavut

Working to help entrepreneurs

October 14, 2017 - Iqaluit

Entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn how to handle the essentials of operating a small business or non-profit as the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce makes its first foray into Small Business Week. The week-long event, scheduled for Sept 16 to 21, takes place across the country.

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Kugluktuk prepared to build continuing care facility

October 14, 2017 - Kugluktuk

The Hamlet of Kugluktuk is ready to build and staff a 24-bed continuing care centre, if the Department of Health will sign a service agreement to use the facility.

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Marine rescue station site to be chosen soon

October 14, 2017 - Nunavut

The Canadian Coast Guard will reveal the site of its first Arctic in-shore marine rescue station within weeks, says Peter Garapick, its superintendent of Arctic search and rescue.

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Getting youth back on the right track

October 14, 2017 - Inuvik

A program like Northern Youth Abroad may at first seem like an opportunity only for those who excel in class or are already on a solid track, but organizers especially encourage youth who may be struggling a bit more to apply.

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No ice, no problem

October 14, 2017 - Hay River

Even the lack of ice could not stop a group of young hockey enthusiasts in Hay River from celebrating World Girls’ Hockey Weekend.

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Political tug of war

October 14, 2017 - Hall Beach/Iglulik

There’s a movement in Hall Beach to get the next Amittuq MLA elected from that community, and Hall Beach Mayor Peter Siakuluk is on board.

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Rankin hearts Toronto

October 13, 2017 - Toronto

Kids get excited about the smallest things, but a group of young hockey players from Rankin Inlet have something pretty big to raise their excitement levels.

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First Air gets a makeover

October 13, 2017 - NWT/Nunavut

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff.

After 71 years in business, the arctic’s flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red background.

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Polar bear activity slowing down

October 13, 2017 - Qausuittuq/Resolute

Several polar bears were coming into Resolute during the first week of October, primarily at night, but their presence more recently has mostly been limited to the outskirts of the community, by the dump, RCMP Const. Stephen Hynes said on Oct. 12.

“There’s still five or six polar bears hanging around here but they have not been wandering into town,” he said.

Even though hamlet staff burn the edible waste at the landfill to reduce the enticement to the scavengers, “they don’t mind getting into the fire and digging out the garbage,” Hynes said, adding that he noticed one of the bears had singed fur.

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NSCC inmates start letter writing campaign

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

As many as 80 inmates, more than half the men in custody at the North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) have put pen to paper writing open letters to MLAs and the minister of justice.

The letters outline grievances about how things are run at the facility such as a lack of quality programming, the removal of the recreation director and the inability to access exams for educational upgrading. That is according to inmate Daniel Gillis who said he not only wrote one of the letters, but encouraged other inmates to do the same.

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Justice minister’s fate in question

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife
Sahtu MLA Daniel McNeely, left, Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne, Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart, Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu, Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson, Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly and Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green listen to speeches from cabinet during the midterm review on Oct. 5. James O’Connor/NNSL photo

Whether MLAs will agree to introduce a motion of revocation to remove Minister Louis Sebert from cabinet when the third session of the 18th assembly begins Tuesday remains uncertain.

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Mildred Hall traffic study in works after child struck by vehicle in June

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife
Yk1 superintendent Metro Huculak, left, assistant superintendent Ed Lippert, trustee Rajiv Rawat and trustee Satish Garikaparthi hold up art they made during Tuesday’s meeting. Students from N.J. Macpherson School’s fine arts program were in attendance to teach the school board about printmaking. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

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

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Festival will mix storytelling with music and film

October 13, 2017 - Inuvik

The second show of the 2017 Northern Arts and Cultural Centre season in Inuvik brings homegrown talent to the Midnight Sun Complex.

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Nominations open for Deh Gah Got’ie election

October 13, 2017 - Fort Providence

Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation is gearing up for a Nov. 20 election.

Nominations for a chief and seven councillors opened Oct. 2 and will close Oct. 27. Prior to the election, two advance polls will take place Nov. 6 and Nov. 10.

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More complaints against city councillor Konge

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

Complaints against Yellowknife city councillor Niels Konge are numerous and more egregious than previously reported, according to one city councillor.

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Mounties say Sir John Franklin threat not legit

October 13, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

RCMP says that after an investigation they have determined that a perceived threat against Sir John Franklin School in Yellowknife posted on social media was not credible.

Officers received a complaint about the threat on Oct. 12 and immediately started an investigation, stated a news release.

Police stated they worked with the school and located the threat source.

“At no time were students at risk,” RCMP stated.

They added threats of any nature are not a prank or hoax and can carry serious consequences. Police did not reveal any specific details on the nature of the threat.

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142 hit the ice

October 13, 2017 - Inuvik

A swelling cohort of new hockey players has the Inuvik Minor Hockey Association buzzing this season.

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Outstanding SAO recognized

October 13, 2017 - Sambaa K’e/Trout Lake

Sambaa K’e’s Ruby Jumbo was named 2017’s Outstanding SAO of the Year by the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) at the organization’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5 in Yellowknife.

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Worries over Russian rocket debris

October 13, 2017 - Qikiqtaaluk

A Russian rocket launch is raising red flags in Nunavut, where the debris is set to land in the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya, in Baffin Bay between Ellesmere Island, Devon Island, and Greenland.

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Power corp. employees voting on issue, as collective bargaining for three different unionized groups drags on

October 12, 2017 - NWT

A strike vote is underway among NWT Power Corp. employees represented by the Union of Northern Workers, as negotiations for a new collective agreement remains deadlocked nearly three years after the last agreement expired.

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