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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A Facebook-fuelled Christmas miracle

December 12, 2017 - Yellowknife

If “It’s a Wonderful Life” were remade in 2017, it might look a little something like this.

What started out as a single Facebook post on Saturday has snowballed into a full-fledged fundraising campaign for a less fortunate family living in Yellowknife.

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Driving your vehicle on the lake isn’t safe yet, says GSSA President

December 12, 2017 - Yellowknife

Despite increasingly cold temperatures, riding on lakes can be dangerous if thin ice is present, said Great Slave Snowmobile Association president Michael Arbuckle.

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Hay River siblings make Team NWT

December 12, 2017 - Hay River

A Hay River brother and sister – Gaius Crook and Michaela Crook – have qualified for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) following territorial trials late last week in their hometown.

Michaela Crook made Team NWT in the junior female snowshoe biathlon division.

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Square Dance Club pays it forward

December 12, 2017

After 20 years away from the limelight, the Yellowknife Square Dance Club has resurfaced after a large donation.

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St.Patrick High School presents Annie Jr

December 12, 2017

St. Patrick students have been given the creative freedom to produce Annie Jr.

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Rec Centre opening delayed to end of January

December 12, 2017 - Hay River

The Town of Hay River doesn’t expect to have the new Rec Centre turned over from the builders until the end of next month.

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Hay River students make their pitches at Dragons’ Den Challenge

December 12, 2017 - Hay River

The seventh-annual Dragons’ Den Challenge was held at Diamond Jenness Secondary School on Dec. 5, and once again the entrepreneurial spirit of young people was on full display.

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Rabid fox leads to warning

December 12, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

Residents of Rankin Inlet are being asked to keep a close eye out after at least one case of rabies in a fox was confirmed.

The fox was found at the dump and the Department of Health is warning people that a rabid fox can often appear friendly.

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Healed helpers begin counselling program

December 12, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

Self-healing counselling programs are very much needed in the community and across the region, said a recent graduate.

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Students vote in Naujaat

December 11, 2017 - Naujaat

The Grade 9 class at Tuugaalik High School heard from all five candidates before holding a mock election to select the community’s new mayor earlier this month.

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Letter to the Editor: A great guy at Rankin Inlet’s Siniktarvik Hotel

December 11, 2017 - Yellowknife

From: Wayne Langenhan

Dear editor,

Earlier this summer, I and my staking partner Carl Williams flew into Rankin Inlet by chopper from Baker Lake.

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Income assistance clients to receive direct payments

December 11, 2017 - Yellowknife

Northwest Territories residents who rely on income assistance will soon be receiving payments directly — a change from the current system which sees dollars doled out to clients through food voucher payments.

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Sexual predator declared dangerous offender

December 11, 2017 - Yellowknife

A notorious sexual predator will be off Yellowknife streets indefinitely.

Bobby Zoe, 36, was declared a dangerous offender in Supreme Court last Thursday by Alberta-based deputy Justice J. Richard McIntosh. That means he will be incarcerated for an indeterminate amount of time at a southern prison.

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New ‘X’ gender available on NWT driver’s licences

December 11, 2017 - Yellowknife

Territory residents now have the option of listing “X” in place of male and female distinctions on driver’s licences and identification cards.

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Donations make for happy hearts

December 11, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

AIK. HALUUQKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. HILA ALIANAKHIYUK. ALAPPAKNAIKTUK, TAKHIHAINNAKTUK KILAMINNUAK. ANIIRIAMI ALIANAK. INUIN UGAKHIUPAKTUT IKALUKHIUKPAKTUTLU AUDLAATIIKHUTIK. INUIN KUVIAHULUGAKTUT KUVIAHUKVIK TIKILIKMAT ULAPKINIAKMIYUT.

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ᓱᒃᑲᐃᓐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᓯᑯᖃᑦᑕᓕᖅᑐᒍᑦ

December 11, 2017

ᐅᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇ ᓴᐅᔭᐅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᐳᒻᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᓰᑦ ᓯᑯᐃᓐᓇᐅᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐃᑭᖅ ᓱᒃᑲᐃᓐᓂᖅᓴᒥᒃ ᓯᑯᖓ ᐃᔾᔪᓕᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓲᖑᖕᒪᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓂᖃᐅᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐳᒻᒧᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᕿᐱᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᓕᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᑕᕆᐅᖅ ᐅᕿᖏᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᖕᒪᑦ ᑭᐊᒃᑐᒥᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒧᑦ ᕿᓂᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᖅᖢᓂ ᓯᑯ ᐃᔾᔪᓕᕐᓇᖅᓵᓱᖑᖕᒪᑦ ᐃᖏᕋᕕᒋᒋᐊᖅᓴᖅ ᐊᑯᓂ ᐊᑦᑕᕐᓇᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ.

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Slower freeze up this year

December 11, 2017 - Nunavut

Even though the land has been covered with some snow and the lakes are covered in ice, the ocean has been much slower in fully developed ice because of current and a snow blanket.

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ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑐᖓᓕᖓᓂ ᓴᓇᕕᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖃᓚᖓᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᓄᑦ

December 11, 2017

ᑕᐃᒪᖓᓂᑦ ᒪᓖᓐᓇᕋᒃᑭᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᕐᓂᕋᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᒥᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᕕᖃᕐᕕᐊᓂ, ᕿᓚᓈᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᐅᑐᖑᐊᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᖓᓕᖅᑐᑦ. ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᕕᖃᕐᕕᐅᒥ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᒐᖅᖠᓕᕋᑦᑕ ᐊᑯᓂ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᒐᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᕕᓕᐅᕐᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖃᖅᑐᓄᓪᓗ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᐃᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ.

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Capital’s second core great for Nunavut

December 11, 2017 - Nunavut

We’ve been following the proposed second core planned for Iqaluit’s industrial district, and the dream is now becoming a reality. The capital city has long needed more core space for businesses and residents to grow.

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Kevin Koe Olympic-bound in curling

December 10, 2017 - Ottawa

Fourth time’s the charm, as they say.

Maybe that’s not the correct saying but for Kevin Koe, who cares? He finally gets to go to the Winter Olympics.

It’s the only major event left out of his current resume but it’s one that can be filled thanks to a 7-6 win over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying final in Ottawa on Sunday night.

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Get involved, talk to MLAs

December 10, 2017 - NWT

The Government of the Northwest Territories pulled a big surprise on our dead, isolated town. They came from across the territory to hold a two day meeting on “anti-poverty and housing.” GNWT made arrangements with the Hodgson Camp for accommodations. We were wondering: How come they didn’t let us know in advance? We would have done our best to visit and entertain them if we knew about the meeting. We missed a good opportunity.

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NTI president explains demand for marijuana legalization delay

December 10, 2017

Nunavut needs addictions treatment centres and a public education campaign on the effects of marijuana use before Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. approves of cannabis legalization, the president of the land claims organization said.

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The importance of culture

December 10, 2017 - NWT

Friends, one of the things which is good about study and further education is that it has its way of opening up your mind to what is possible, or already there, for that matter.

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News briefs: Chase the Ace ends, AWG trials set

December 10, 2017

Chase the Ace comes to an end

Hay River

The second Chase the Ace lottery in Hay River came to an end on Dec. 1 after 12 weeks.

Angela Jones drew the ace of spades and won the jackpot in the weekly lottery presented by the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

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Rangers health care, staffing to improve

December 10, 2017 - NWT

Rangers not accessing healthcare and benefits, and not knowing what they were entitled to, was the central theme to a report released by the military ombudsman last week.

“We are committed to ensuring the long-term health and wellness of our members,” said Brig. Gen. Rob Roy MacKenzie, chief of staff of the Army Reserve, in response to the report. “(We) will implement a number of concrete actions to improve the assistance, services, and care we provide (Rangers) and their families.”

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NWT crater to be investigated

December 9, 2017 - NWT

A researcher will be flying to a remote NWT lake, near the Nunavut border, to investigate the crater left behind by an asteroid 389 million years ago.

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Adult bullying is no joke

December 9, 2017 - NWT

Good day, welcome to “Bullies, Part Two”. Did you know bullying is a learned behavior? Yep, often bullying has been learned at home from abuse or prejudice-based attitudes or the bully is currently or has been bullied in the past. They use bullying to help them cope with a stressful situation or because of jealousy or insecurity. Eschia!

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Rescued Gjoa Haven man seeks compensation after loss of boat, motor

December 9, 2017

Willie Aglukkaq is grateful to have been rescued after his boat’s motor malfunctioned but he still feels abandoned after the subsequent loss of his equipment.

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GNWT move makes way for Tlicho all-season road

December 9, 2017 - NWT

A planned all-season corridor in Tlicho has cleared another checkpoint in its road to becoming a reality.

The government of the Northwest Territories has released proposal requests for the construction of the Tlicho All-Season Road (TASR), the would-be thoroughfare that’s poised to provide all-weather access from Highway 3, west of Yellowknife, to the community of Whati.

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A Northern housing crisis: $40 billion promise unlikely to make a dent

December 9, 2017 - NWT

The $40 billion National Housing Strategy, while important in addressing the needs across the country, will mean something quite different in the North where building houses is a complicated business and at times, an impossible task to fulfill.

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Badminton a-plenty in Hay River

December 9, 2017 - Hay River

Hay River is usually associated with the NWT Track and Field Championships every year, the single-largest annual sporting event in the territory.

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Rangers not getting full health benefits: investigator

December 9, 2017 - Nunavut

Canadian Rangers, who are entitled to the same health care and related benefits as other reservists, are faced with many obstacles in accessing those benefits.

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Correction

December 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Errors appear in an article in Wednesday’s Yellowknifer (“Man charged after road mayhem,” Yellowknifer, Dec. 6). Finlayson Drive and Judge Andrew Mahar’s name was misspelled. Also, Iman Kassam’s name was misspelled in “Fire destroys home on Jeske Crescent.” Yellowknifer regrets these errors and any confusion or embarrassment they may have caused.

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Preschool merging IQ with Montessori proves successful

December 9, 2017 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet

A preschool program in Pond Inlet that blends Montessori educational methods with Inuit traditional methods has proved so successful it has expanded to Clyde River.

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Snowshoe hares in poor health near Giant Mine

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

A group of researchers has discovered elevated levels of two toxins – arsenic and cadmium – in a small sample of snowshoe hares in the Yellowknife area.

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Seniors can click instead of shovel

December 8, 2017

A long-standing Yellowknife initiative is getting a technological makeover.

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Local film makes waves

December 8, 2017 - Inuvik

When Jerri Thrasher and Tamara Voudrach started screening their short film The Last Walk, they were just excited to show off their work.

“We weren’t thinking about winning anything,” said Thrasher, who was a writer and director on the project.

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#ShopYK Passport winner announced

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Shopping local has paid off for one city woman.

Kate Cannell has been named as the winner of the #ShopYK Passport Program, an initiative launched by the City and the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses.

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Practicing inclusivity

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Lori Tutt and Gail Gerwing want everyone to feel included.

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‘High-risk’ firefighter shortage extinguished

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The city is set to get four new firefighters, even though these hires weren’t originally in the 2018 draft budget.

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Kevin Koe one win away from PyeongChang

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

by Martin Gavin, special to Northern News Services

Kevin Koe has now positioned himself one win from for a front row seat at the lighting of the Olympic flame in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

“We actually haven’t been playing as well as we can play, we can play better but we are finding a way to win,” said Koe upon clinching the finals berth on Dec. 7. “There is still a lot of work to do (and) we haven’t won anything yet.”

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Community’s donations pay off

December 8, 2017 - Inuvik

Fundraising is a big part of life in Inuvik.

Rarely a day goes by when you can’t find someone fundraising for something, whether it’s to cover recurring program costs, helping a youth sports team travel south for a tournament or supporting a family in grief.

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Editorial: He said/she said at Santa Claus Parade

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

What exactly happened between a municipal enforcement officer and a woman driving with her 10-year-old daughter late last month as they were leaving the Santa Claus Parade?

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News briefs

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Bobby Zoe to be sentenced today

A dangerous/long-term offender hearing for repeat sexual offender Bobby Zoe is expected to conclude today.

Zoe, 36, who was convicted of break and enter and sexual assault in 2016 for an attack in 2015, appeared in NWT Supreme Court yesterday.

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GNWT answers Snowking claim

December 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The government department responsible for overseeing fire safety in the territory says no formal demands have been made of the Snowking Winter Festival, contrary to reports from earlier in the week.

The festival launched a fundraising campaign last week while issuing a news release stating around $6,000 was needed to cover “costly” measures imposed by NWT fire marshal Chucker Dewar.

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