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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Territory puts up cash for women’s shelter

October 3, 2017 - Hay River

The GNWT has committed to providing 25 per cent of the funding to build a new shelter for women and children in Hay River.

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Tourism numbers on the rise in NWT

October 3, 2017 - Hay River

Tourism numbers reached record heights in the NWT in 2016-2017.

For the first time, visitor spending surpassed the $200 million mark and more than 100,000 visitors travelled to the NWT.

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Junior kindergarten renovations near end at Harry Camsell School

October 3, 2017 - Hay River

Renovations to accommodate junior kindergarten at Harry Camsell School should be complete by this coming weekend.

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Yellowknife painter-turned-sculptor shares his creative process

October 2, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

John Sabourin has been sculpting in soapstone and chlorite for a quarter-century.

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Photographer brings the East Arm to Yk

October 2, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

 

Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.

These lines, from a poem by Mary Oliver, are part of the inspiration East Arm resident Kristen Gilbertson Olesen took to document 30 years of life on the Hoarfrost River. On Saturday, she debuted those photos as part of a collection called Beyond Taltheilei to a crowded room at the Yellowknife Public Library.

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Army reserve wants to expand

October 2, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The reserves want you.

The members C Company, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment opened the doors of their armoury in Kam Lake last weekend to people interested in getting a firsthand look at what they do.

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Few fans for marijuana legalization at meeting

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

Judging by a Sept. 19 public meeting, it appears many people in Hay River are less than enthusiastic about the coming legislation of the recreational use of cannabis.

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Mushing season starts

October 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

One dog musher is reminding residents to be aware of dog-sledding teams on Yellowknife roads this fall as training season is getting underway.

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First Nation Youth Program to host flea market

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

The K’atlodeeche First Nation Youth Program will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chief Lamalice Complex.

All proceeds from table rentals will go to help young people travel to a youth conference in Edmonton.

The Fall Flea Market will feature an indoor garage sale, bannock burgers, bake sales and more.

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Growing Together to mark 20 years

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

The Growing Together program for children and families is about to celebrate 20 years.

The celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at She Takes the Cake Café.

It is open to all past and present participants in the program.

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President plans for power

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

When Jay K. Grewal officially started work in June as president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), she already had a plan.

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A class move

October 2, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

A partnership to deliver an annual Class Driver training program continues to roll along in Rankin Inlet.

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National futsal coach says the North can be leader for the sport in Canada

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

The coach of the national men’s futsal team is impressed with the North’s interest in the sport – an indoor derivation of soccer.

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Kivalliq talks baseball as playoffs set to begin

October 2, 2017 - Kivalliq

While hockey rules number one across the Kivalliq, especially in Rankin Inlet, the region has its share of knowledgeable baseball fans.

And, despite the excitement of NHL hockey being back this week, there’s been plenty of baseball talk during the past few weeks in the region focusing on the demise of the Toronto Blue Jays this season, and who will take the World Series title.

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Trading names and numbers

October 2, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The annual Kivalliq Trade Show drew a large group of business professionals to Rankin Inlet on Sept. 26-27.

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Travelling festival to visit Hay River

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop at Riverview Cineplex.

The performance will feature Leanne Goose, a storyteller and country/folk songwriter and singer, and Caroline Cox, a storyteller and musician.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival is being presented by Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife.

After Hay River, the festival will move on to Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik and Norman Wells.

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World Religions Conference sees justice as way to peace

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

Representatives of three religious traditions shared their thoughts on Global Conflict and the Need for Justice at a recent conference on the Hay River Reserve.

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Editorial: Marijuana out of the shadows

October 2, 2017 - Hay River

It was enlightening to sit through a recent public meeting in Hay River on the coming legalization of cannabis, or marijuana if you prefer.

The federal government’s legalization is now 10 months away, and many people in Hay River are not looking forward to that major change in society.

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Gold Star approval

October 2, 2017 - Naujaat

A total of nine Kivalliq cadets, five from Naujaat and four from Rankin Inlet, took part in their Gold Star training in Manitoba this past month.

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Still flying

October 2, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Tommy Sharp still can’t believe neither he, fellow passenger Barney Tootoo, or pilot Shawn Maley, currently of Yellowknife, were not seriously injured, or worse, after Maley’s Cessna 180 float plane crashed during takeoff from a remote fishing camp about 100 nautical miles (185 km) west of Rankin Inlet on Aug. 26.

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Gone to minister

October 2, 2017 - Baker Lake

The final round of hearings on Agnico Eagle Mines’ (AEM) Whale Tail Pit project were held by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in Baker lake this past month from Sept. 19-22.

NIRB is now in the decision-making process on the AEM file and has up to 45 days to submit its recommendations to Ottawa.

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Liquor board spills

October 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

The NWT Liquor Licensing Board isn’t going to allow local businesses to buy beer directly from the NWT Brewing Company, and it doesn’t appear anybody can make them.

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Doctored smurf image costs woman $50,000 in defamation suit

October 2, 2017 - Inuvik

An Inuvik man who lost his job months after a doctored digital image was posted on Facebook in 2015 has won a $50,000 defamation lawsuit against a disgruntled former co-worker.

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Everything’s popping up artists

October 1, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The richness of the territory’s art and culture was on display at a pop-up gallery in Yellowknife last week.

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Northern Hunger Games

October 1, 2017 - NWT

Friends, it is good to see concerned leaders like former premier Stephen Kakfwi link their times at residential school to present day problems.

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Qaggiavuut reaches design phase

October 1, 2017 - Nunavut

Qaggiavuut’s dream of a performance centre for the territory is one step closer to reality with the addition of a world-class architecture firm to the team.

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Rangers changes coming soon

October 1, 2017 - NWT

While the deployment of new rifles to replace the aging arsenal of Lee Enfields has been delayed until next year, the Canadian Rangers will be soon getting some much-needed boosts on the administrative side of things.

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Women’s inquiry a ‘bloody farce’ says Cece

October 1, 2017 - Norman Wells

When is the National Inquiry of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women ever going to end? We have been bombarded for almost a year with this MMIW; a study is going to cost you Canadians at least $53.8 million?

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Iglulik makes pitch for craft shop

October 1, 2017 - Iglulik

When a cruise ship arrived in Iglulik over the summer and passengers went door-to-door in search of crafts, Greg Morash decided to seek a solution.

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Above-average wildfire season ends

October 1, 2017 - NWT

At over one million hectares burned, 2017 was the territory’s seventh worst year for forest fires since the NWT began keeping records in 1975, according to Environment Minister Robert C. McLeod. Of 249 fires this year, 17 are suspected to have been human-caused. It was the first year the NWT deployed its new 802 Fire Boss tanker aircraft and 378 extra fire fighters were hired across the territories to train or assist the core group of 136 forest fire fighters.

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Cabinet vote of confidence

October 1, 2017 - NWT

People can tune into their local community TV channels or on Facebook across the territory on Oct. 5 to watch live as MLAs vote on whether they have confidence in the current government leadership.

This mid-term review is not apropos of any certain issue but was promised early in this assembly’s reign. Premier Bob McLeod and his cabinet will first have a chance to make their case, then regular MLAs will each be permitted to ask two questions to the premier and each minister before they cast their ballot.

Viewers with satellite can tune into Channel 513 (Bell) or Channels 289 and 489 (Shaw), and there will be full coverage on NNSL.com and in News/North.

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Making Kugluktuk better for youth

October 1, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Preston Kapakatoak has reduced his extra-curricular schedule a bit to concentrate on his school work.

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Add exiles’ site dump to shame list

September 30, 2017 - Nunavut

It would be hard to find a Nunavummiuq who does not know the history of the High Arctic Exiles, the Inuit the federal government took from their homes in Nunavik and dropped off at Resolute and Grise Fiord in the 1950s.

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Have coach, will travel

September 30, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

To be a good coach, sometimes you have to travel.

Gjoa Haven coaches Stanley Porter, Scott Porter and Craig Aglukkaq tacked on some miles too join coaches from the NWT for Hockey North’s second annual Coaches Forum in Yellowknife, which wrapped up on Sept. 24.

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Population slightly down

September 30, 2017 - NWT

The NWT population decreased by 97 people, or 0.2 per cent, between July 2016 and July 2017, according to Statistics Canada.

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Proposed rules irk airlines

September 30, 2017 - NWT

Proposed rules requiring more mandatory breaks, longer rest periods and tighter limits on duty-time for flight crews across the Canada have Northern airlines insisting to be heard.

“I’ve never seen the industry more concerned about any issue,” said Glenn Priestley, executive director of the Northern Air Transportation Association (NATA).

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Yk hosts renowned blues artist

September 30, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Blues artist and founder of the Powder Blues band, Willie MacCalder played to a full house at the Cellar Bar and Grill Friday.

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Deline murder suspect makes court appearance

September 30, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

A man charged with second degree murder in the death of a 65-year-old woman in Deline last December is to appear in court in Yellowknife on Jan. 10 for the start of a preliminary hearing.

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Taptuna will not seek re-election

September 30, 2017 - Nunavut

Premier Peter Taptuna is not seeking re-election Oct. 30.

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Tsiigehtchic to get community wildlife officer as animal concerns spike

September 29, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Tsiigehtchic is expected to get its own wildlife officer by the end of October.

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Robert C. McLeod. made the announcement on Sept. 26 in the legislative assembly, after Mackenzie Delta MLA Frederick Blake Jr. detailed a number of concerns about animals entering the community and alarming residents.

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September 29, 2017 - NWT/Nunavut

Toronto Blue Jays fans in Toronto made sure Jose Bautista got the send-off he deserved.

There are very few people nowadays who play professional sports that can be tied to just one team. Bautista, is one of the rare few.

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Top NWT cop wants more Indigenous officers

September 29, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The commander of the RCMP’s ‘G’ Division, which covers the entire NWT, wants to make one thing abundantly clear – the Mounties in the territory are hiring.

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So who’s our next senator?

September 29, 2017 - NWT

Sen. Nick Sibbeston appears to have reached his tolerance limit with the so-called chamber of sober second thought.

After almost two decades is the upper chamber, the outspoken and controversial senator for the NWT – and former territorial premier – abruptly announced Sept. 21 he had tendered his resignation to Gov. Gen. David Johnston. His last day will be Nov. 21 – one year short of the mandatory retirement age of 75.

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Making Kugluktuk better for youth

September 29, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Preston Kapakatoak has reduced his extra-curricular schedule a bit to concentrate on his school work.
He’s aiming to graduate from Kugluktuk High School next year, so his studies are a priority, but what a summer he had.

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A boo-tiful night to remember

September 29, 2017 - Iqaluit

Fewer chills and more thrills are on the agenda for Halloween night.

The Frobisher Inn is planning a multi-room haunted house in its Koojesse Ballroom for the children and youth of Iqaluit.

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