Loving the land through a lens

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Proud proclamations of Northerner’s affinity for the Northwest Territories aren’t hard to find.

The word “spectacular” sprawls across the territory’s signature licence plate; the City dubs Yellowknife the “capital of cool;”and brave pun-purveyors occasionally don a “It comes with the Territory,” shirt. But what is it that makes NWT “spectacular”? What makes it “cool”? And why have so many visitors-turned residents fallen in love with the territory?

With Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NWT’s release of its annual Love the Land photo calendar, the non-profit organization asks just that.

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Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot

November 18, 2017 - Cambridge Bay/Kugluktuk

Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler?

Cambridge Bay’s Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding in how to run a business.

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Location of debris from Russian rocket unknown

November 18, 2017 - Qikiqtaaluk

The launch of the European Space agency’s Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite, aboard the Russian Rokot carrier rocket, took place as scheduled from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia the morning of Oct. 13, despite Premier Peter Taptuna’s calls for a halt to the launch.

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Time to listen about time

November 18, 2017 - NWT

Daylight Savings Time is dumb. There, we said it. Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, clocks fell back an hour. Which, for anybody living North of 60, meant they got up in the dark and walked home in the dark.

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Education authority election set

November 18, 2017 - Deninu Ku'e/Fort Resolution

An election for members of the Deninu School District Education Authority in Fort Resolution will take place on Dec. 13.

Seven seats will be filled on the board of directors.

Nominations for candidates closed on Nov. 15.

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Muskrats prep for territorials

November 18, 2017 - Inuvik

Back from the first meet of the season in Whitehorse, Mackenzie Muskrat swimmers are preparing hard for territorials in February.

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Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name.

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Long path away from diesel

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

Spread out by great distances and no connecting infrastructure, Nunavut is in the difficult position of providing municipal services in isolation.

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WWF demands protection of Nunavut rivers

November 18, 2017 - Nunavut

World Wildlife Fund Canada’s has concluded an ecological analysis of Canada’s 10 longest rivers, including three in Nunavut, and is demanding protective regulations for these waterways.

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RCMP locate overdue person

November 18, 2017 - Inuvik

RCMP responded to a search and rescue approximately 40 km outside of Inuvik and successfully located the overdue hunter and returned him to Inuvik Tuesday, Nov. 7.

A family member had notified the RCMP the previous Monday that the hunter had not been heard from and was suspected to have headed toward Husky Lakes, between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.

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Iglulik man charged with child luring

November 18, 2017 - Iglulik

An Iglulik man in his 20s has been charged with luring a child for sexual purposes by using the Internet. The RCMP seized the man’s computer and other electronic devices while conducting its investigation, which is ongoing. However, initial findings indicate that there are no other victims, according to the police.

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Jubilation as Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opens

November 17, 2017 - Tuktoyaktuk

People were spilling out of the sides of the Donald Kuptana Sr. Memorial Arena in Tuktoyaktuk for a historic celebration of the opening of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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GNWT releases public accounts

November 17, 2017 - Hay River

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the GNWT public accounts information for 2016-17 on Nov. 8.

There was an operating surplus of $175 million, $35 million more than what was originally budgeted.

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Quassa chosen as premier

November 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

One ballot is all it took for Nunavut’s newest assembly to elect Paul Quassa as Premier.

The elder statesman was chosen to lead for the next four years over three other candidates: Patterk Netser, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie.

“I am out of words,” he said, after his win was announced.

New Speaker Joe Enook directed the leadership forum.

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Produce from a can?

November 17, 2017 - Nunavut

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness.

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Man stabbed to death in Gjoa Haven

November 17, 2017 - Gjoa Haven

A man was fatally stabbed by another man in Gjoa Haven during the afternoon of Nov. 16, according to the RCMP.

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Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

November 17, 2017 - Kivalliq

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut’s Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.

“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq.

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What is the Canadian identity?

November 17, 2017 - Inuvik

Remembrance Day ceremonies tend to involve a lot of thinking about Canada, its history and what the flag means.

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Ottawa Police to investigate Baker Lake death

November 17, 2017 - Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake

A Baker Lake man has died following a police chase in that community.

Baker Lake RCMP received a call regarding a possible impaired driver at approximately 5:15 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a news release.

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Yk1, education department opt to replace J.H. Sissons

November 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) have agreed to look at designs for a new school at J.H. Sissons, following a meeting with architects last month.

Assistant Deputy Minister Olin Lovely stated in an emailed statement that the parties met Oct. 25 to talk about design options for the aging school.

Sissons hasn’t undergone renovations since its creation in 1975.

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Qulliq Energy explores tapping into Earth’s natural heat

November 17, 2017 - Iqaluit

Qulliq Energy Corporation is embarking on a hunt for deep heating.

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Player turns coach

November 17, 2017 - Inuvik

Brittenie Jefferd-Moore, known better in town by the nickname Bitsie, was one of only two girls in her age group playing hockey growing up.

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YK Food Rescue making fight against hunger a priority

November 16, 2017

What began as a way to salvage food, has turned into a fight against hunger.

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Highest award for Inuvik teacher

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

A cultural exchange program at East Three Secondary School earned French immersion teacher Denise Lipscombe the Governor General’s 2017 Experiences Canada Award.

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‘Most dangerous time in our history’

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

Mayor Jim McDonald didn’t shy from sharing his perception of the current state of affairs in the world during Remembrance Day remarks Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Friday sports briefs

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Let the battle commence

The biggest annual sporting event in the city will write its latest, greatest chapter this week at the Multiplex.

The Wade Hamer Challenge Cup, which pits Sir John Franklin against St. Pat’s in a battle for high school hockey supremacy, gets underway this Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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Team NWT starts playoff phase at Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Two years ago, Jamie Koe came within an eyelash of skipping the NWT to the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title.

This year, he’s back and determined to lead his rink to victory.

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Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees roar to victory in Victoria

November 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

Seems the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees have that AA thing down pretty good.

The team has itself some new neckware thanks to their win at the Juan de Fuca Tier 2 Tournament in Victoria on Sunday. They polished off an unbeaten weekend with a 4-0 win over the Whitehorse Mustangs in the final.

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Sharpe foils suspected dope dealer

November 16, 2017 - Inuvik

Vince Sharpe’s curiosity and sense of duty helped foil a presumed drug dealer in town.

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Sacrifice not forgotten in Kugluktuk

November 15, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Residents of Kugluktuk gathered at the community complex on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to Canada’s military veterans and deceased soldiers.

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Kugluktuk’s Edna Elias helps put her great-grandfather’s life on the screen

November 15, 2017 - Kugluktuk

History is sometimes harsh, sometimes giving.

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Canada’s first all-season road to the Arctic Ocean opens

November 15, 2017

It took dozens of years of lobbying and several years of construction, not to mention some $300 million, but the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now officially open.
A ceremony held at the Midnight Sun Complex was packed with community members and dignitaries Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The most special federal guest was Governor General Julie Payette, who thought there was something fitting in the name of the road itself.
“Even the name – highway, way to the future and aiming high,” said Payette during her speech to the crowd.

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Yellowknife snowfall smashes record

November 15, 2017

Yellowknife has been hit with a record snowfall.

A unusual wallop dumped 24.2 centimetres of fluffy white stuff on the city, piling powder on cars and sidewalks in a large deposit that far exceeded seasonal norms.

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Payette’s first mission to NWT

November 15, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canada’s newest Governor General, Julie Payette, arrived to a flurry of snow and handshakes Tuesday morning as she stepped off the tarmac in Yellowknife for her first official visit to the Northwest Territories in her new role.

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Federal ministers hold talks in Yellowknife

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

A pair of federal ministers held talks with several regional representatives during a stop in Yellowknife Tuesday afternoon.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was joined by Minister of
Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi at the Legislative Assembly for a sit down with Indigenous and community leaders.

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Michael Gilday set to return to broadcast booth for 2018 Winter Olympics

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

Michael Gilday is going back to the Olympics.

That opening line would be enough to get tongues wagging here in town but no, he’s not making a comeback.

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Polar Bear Swim Club roars in Whitehorse at Ryan Downing Memorial Meet

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

This could be the season that the Polar Bear Swim Club gets a good look at who’s coming through the system.

Judging by the latest spate of results, it would appear the system is churning them out rather nicely.

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A change of scenery was nice … for a change

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

Whenever there’s a big sporting event involving gymnasiums in Yellowknife, there’s a good chance you’ll see the finals held at St. Pat’s and Weledeh Gymnasiums.

After all, it’s a large venue when you combine both gymnasiums and there’s plenty of room for everyone to move and sit to watch, which makes for a great atmosphere.

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Salvation Army gets busy with two charity campaigns

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife
Jennifer Forsythe, left, Northwestel store manager, Michael Ward, NWTel associate sales director, Byron Hardy and Darlene Hardy, executive directors of the Yellowknife Salvation Army, James Moulton, Salvation Army business mgr., Mayor Mark Heyck and Paul Gillard, NWTel V.P. gather around the toy bin Tuesday at the Northwestel Retail Centre. They were there to kick off the annual Salvation Army-Northwestel Holiday Toy Drive. The public is encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys between now and Dec. 14 at the Northwestel store downtown. Last year, thanks to the toy drive, some 300 underprivileged children found at least one toy under the Christmas tree. 
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Update: Missing teen found

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

UPDATE: Missing teen located, RCMP stated Wednesday morning.

Yellowknife RCMP is seeking help from the public as they look for a missing teenage female who may be out on our streets without a coat.

Caitlin Olsen, 19, was reported missing to police on Tuesday. She is described as Indigenous, 5’6” tall, weighing 140 pounds with a thin build. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Olsen was last seen Monday near Trevor’s Independent Grocer on Old Airport Rd. She was wearing black pants, a short sleeved shirt and no jacket. Anyone who knows Olsen’s whereabouts is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

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Psssst … have you heard of the four C’s?

November 14, 2017 - NWT

Hey…National Addictions Awareness Week is November 12 – 18. It caused me to remember how I gave my poor mother a lot to worry about for many years because of my addiction to alcohol, but thankfully, I was able to stop drinking and she saw me sober for quite a while before her passing.

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Oil towns talk back

November 14, 2017 - NWT

I was going through some old newspapers and found some clippings I had written about Esso. So what a surprise when I went to the store today.

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Hometown hero producer dies

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

Roman Bittman, who was raised in poverty in Hay River but went on to find success as a noted television and movie producer, has passed away.

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Aging like a fine … oil

November 14, 2017

An up-scale product is taking over the Yellowknife food market.

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Pantomime premieres next week

November 14, 2017

An old British tradition is making a return to Yellowknife.

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Lest we forget

November 14, 2017 - Naujaat/Rankin Inlet

People came out to honour the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom across the Kivalliq this past week.

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