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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Open house by fire department

October 9, 2017 - Hay River

The Hay River Fire Department will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Community residents are being invited to check out the department’s equipment – including the pumpers, tankers, ambulances and rescue units – and visit with firefighters.

The open house is part of Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 14.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.

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Scholarship winner

October 9, 2017 - Scholarship winner

Art Sateana, 21, of Rankin Inlet was announced as the 2017 recipient of the $5,000 Qulliq Energy Corp’s Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship this past month.

The scholarship is presented each year to a student pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Sateana, a straight A student, is enrolled in the third year of working toward his bachelor of science degree at the University of Manitoba’s Health Careers Access Program in Winnipeg.

Sateana plans on eventually earning his medical degree and working in Nunavut as a doctor.

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Fallen RCMP constable honoured 10 years later

October 9, 2017 - Hay River

Ten years later, the memory of Const. Christopher Worden remains as strong as ever in Hay River, where he fell in the line of duty in 2007.

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No ice, no problem

October 9, 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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Taltson hydro shutdown set

October 9, 2017 - Hay River

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced a shutdown of the Taltson hydro power plant.

According the power corp., the shutdown is planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 and end at 6 p.m. that day so maintenance can be carried out on a transmission line.

During the shutdown, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution and Buffalo Junction will be run on diesel power.

Oct. 13 is an alternate day for the shutdown in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

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Old friends step up

October 9, 2017 - Kivalliq

Hurricane Irma claimed just about everything Cheryl and Leonard Forbes owned when it slammed across Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands this past month.

It could have been worse.

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Performers visit

October 9, 2017 - Arviat

The magical, thrilling, Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to Arviat this past week.

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Putting the pedal to the gravel

October 8, 2017 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

There will be races and jumps galore next summer on Cape Dorset’s new outdoor BMX track, the vision of three dedicated volunteers.

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Zoe Elverum takes gold at Dwarf World Games

October 8, 2017 - Guelph, Ont.

If you’ve never heard of the Dwarf World Games, you aren’t alone.

Zoe Elverum hadn’t heard of them either, until a chance encounter a few years ago made her aware of the Games, and she definitely made the most of her appearance.

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Political upheaval will require seat belt

October 8, 2017 - Nunavut

The race is on for Nunavut’s legislative assembly, and it is going forward without the two names making the most news for the past few years: Premier Peter Taptuna, and Finance Minister Keith Peterson.

Both men left their marks on Nunavut, for better or worse, depending on your perspective.

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Isuma showcase in Toronto

October 8, 2017 - Iglulik

Thirty years of Iglulik Inuit video art from Isuma, Arnait and Artcirq will be on exhibit at the 2017

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Oct. 16 to 21.

“This anniversary presents an opportunity to take a look at what has been accomplished over the years. Isuma has contributed a incomparable body of work to contemporary Inuit visual culture,” said curator Isabella-Rose Weetaluktuk.

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Transport Canada responds to wildlife board

October 8, 2017 - Ottawa

In response to the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board calling for a shutdown of Northwest Passage routes between October and July to protect caribou, Transport Canada is reiterating its commitment to “engaging” with various agencies, organizations and governments to minimize the risk for caribou, according to Julie Leroux, communications adviser with Transport Canada.

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Good weather; bad news

October 8, 2017 - NWT

The Lord has blessed us in the Sahtu region for the past two weeks with lovely weather. As I write this on Oct. 4, we usually have snow by this time.

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Panty thief exposed at Tundra Mine

October 8, 2017 - NWT

Thefts of underwear and other clothing items from the women’s dorm at the Tundra Mine mine clean-up has sent a chill through the site’s small group of female employees, News/North has learned.

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Simple possibilities

October 8, 2017 - NWT

Out here in Reliance we have most definitely moved from late summer to autumn, the chilly grey mornings slowly brightening to show the decks and rocks slick with lightly frozen dew.

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Behchoko dangerous driver gets 10 months in jail

October 8, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A Behchoko man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing bodily harm following a hit and run crash in July 2016. Samuel Simpson smiled at supporters and appeared relieved after he was sentenced by judge Karan Shaner in Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Oct. 11.

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Murder in the high Arctic

October 8, 2017 - NWT

Step back in time to a land of extremes, where men toiled to find the Northwest passage and murder in the high Arctic changed a culture forever.

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Dene invite new GG to the North

October 8, 2017 - NWT

Dene leaders are looking forward to discussing treaty and Aboriginal rights with Canada’s new Governor General.

“As the new representative of the Crown, we encourage Governor General (Julie) Payette to come to the north,” stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a news release Monday. He added that unlike many Canadians, who view the Governor General and Queen in a “symbolic way,” First Nations have a “direct legal relationship” with her. Payette was sworn in as the 29th Governor General of Canada on Monday.

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Laughter is good medicine, eh 

October 8, 2017 - NWT

One day last week Jean was telling me how excited she was to go see her family at Thanksgiving. She headed to the bedroom and said, “I need to go and crack my toes.” I’m laughing and ask her, why do you need to crack your toes? She yells from the bedroom. “Hello, clean your ears, I need to pack my clothes.” Hahaha! We both laughed and laughed.

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Doctored Smurf cartoon no laughing matter

October 7, 2017 - Inuvik

A former senior employee of the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is owed $50,000 after his reputation was ruined by a co-worker in 2015 to the point he could no longer find work within the NWT.

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Stittco Energy up for sale

October 7, 2017 - Katlodeeche/Hay River

As the result of major corporate merger, Canada’s Competition Bureau is requiring Stittco Energy in Hay River, among other rural retail propane businesses, to be sold, according to a Sept. 27 release.

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Music and spoken word festival tours the NWT

October 7, 2017 - NWT

A traveling music and storytelling show is bringing two inspiring Northern women to the stage this week.

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Satellite regulation improvements

October 7, 2017 - Inuvik

Finance Minister Robert McLeod told the legislative assembly last week that the GNWT is lobbying the federal government to improve the satellite regulatory system.

“The potential of growing Inuvik through national and international customers is very positive for our territory’s future,” he stated, referencing completion of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link earlier this year.

“Current federal licensing processes for satellite telecommunications are outdated, but our government will work with Canada to encourage them to modernize their regulatory regime and better support these opportunities for Inuvik.”

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Leadership review exposes arrogance

October 7, 2017 - NWT

What good came out of the historic mid-term review the 18th Legislative Assembly imposed on themselves, their staff, and the public?

Countless hours of time on the taxpayers’ dollar was lost preparing for, and during, an extremely obnoxious day Oct. 5 that featured a repugnant display of ministerial arrogance, and over-the-top grandstanding from the regular MLAs.

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Futsal camps come to a close

October 7, 2017 - NWT

If the territory’s young futsal players were looking to make an impact ahead of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, late September was the time to do it.

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Bad flu season predicted

October 7, 2017 - NWT

The flu season is getting an early start in the NWT, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, and it might be an indicator of a heavy season ahead.

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“Cloud 9 guy” Adam Maier remembered fondly

October 7, 2017 - Inuvik

It was difficult for Jennifer Maier to sum up her late husband in a few words.

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Major shipping proposal put forward in Resolute Bay

October 6, 2017 - Resolute Bay

Sarah Salluviniq and Mike Stephens are prepared to purchase a survey vessel and provide a wide range of services, including Northwest Passage floor mapping and cruise ship escorts.

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Bart Hanna-Kappianaq survives seven days alone on the land after getting lost while hunting

October 6, 2017 - Iglulik

After seven days lost on the land during a September hunting trip Bart Hanna-Kappianaq is reassured that he’s cared for dearly.

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Persistent polar bears intrude on Resolute

October 6, 2017 - Resolute Bay

There’s something polar bears like about Resolute, because they keep coming back.

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Developing the next Canadian squash champ

October 6, 2017 - Inuvik

Canada has been quiet on the world squash rankings for a number of years, and local player Grant Convey dreams of a new champion rising from the NWT.

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Mayor, Konge battle over conduct complaints

October 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

City council appears to be descending into turmoil with two city councillors filing code of conduct complaints against the mayor, the mayor and another city councillor filing a complaint of their own, and the remaining councillors trying to distance themselves from the mess.

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Four inmates trash prison in the night

October 6, 2017 - Iqaluit

Four inmates together destroyed much of the Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) overnight Sept. 25, the Department of Justice publicly revealed three days later.

Deputy minister William MacKay said in a written statement Sept. 28 that significant damage was done, which resulted in the destruction of 85 per cent of the building’s medium security bed space and 33 per cent of the maximum security bed space.

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Declaration process reflects significance of MLA position

October 6, 2017 - Nunavut

Elections Nunavut’s greatest challenge during the week candidates declared Sept. 25 to 29 was educating some would-be candidates on the importance of what might seem to be a daunting process. 

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Ingenuity in Carcross sets example

October 6, 2017 - Inuvik

One of the largest challenges Yukon deputy minister of Economic Development Justin Ferbey faced in developing tourism infrastructure for Carcross – including what has now become a successful series of mountain biking trails – was stepping on the toes of some of the area’s culture and history.

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Grad student studying Kentucky Fried Chicken closure in Yk

October 5, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

It was big news in Yellowknife in the summer of 2015 when Kentucky Fried Chicken kicked the bucket after 48 years in the city.

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MLA salary freeze may end next spring

October 5, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A two-year freeze that temporarily halted cost of living adjustments to MLAs’ salaries is set to expire next year.

MLAs passed a bill in March 2016 that froze their salaries and benefits at 2015 levels for the years 2016 and 2017.

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‘No’ vote for cabinet minister Louis Sebert

October 5, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The ballots have been cast and the results show the majority of MLAs do not have confidence in Louis Sebert as a cabinet minister.

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Prisoner who suffered fractured ribs in custody is freed

October 5, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man, who suffered two ribs fractured while in RCMP custody in July has been released from jail after 70 days in pre-trial custody.

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Sign honours late John Wayne Kiktorak

October 5, 2017 - Inuvik

Byron Thrasher knew the late John Wayne Kiktorak well when he was putting the final touches on the sign for the warming shelter’s namesake.

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Tiny and mighty, with a dream

October 5, 2017 - Iqaluit

In her second year of the environmental technology program at Nunavut Arctic College, Anu Boucher is a young woman with a dream.

Boucher’s dream is to have her own camp, to get into the tourism industry.

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Carcross success could inspire Inuvik

October 5, 2017 - Inuvik

The Yukon town of Carcross once shared the same challenges as many Northern towns – little economic activity, many listless youth – but has transformed into a model for other communities to find their niche and reinvent themselves.

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Inuvikians honoured at NWTRPA awards

October 5, 2017 - Inuvik

Faith Raymond had something of a double award at the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association conference last week, receiving the Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award and her employer, the Inuvik Youth Centre, received SideDoor’s Youth Centre of Excellence Award.

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Councillor files complaint against Mayor

October 4, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck addressed media over the lunch hour to discuss a conduct complaint filed against him by Coun. Niels Konge.

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Clear-cut but not clear communication

October 4, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

Yellowknife is often described as an island of civilization in a sea of forest.

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