NEWS BRIEFS: Feds will help fund double-hulled barges

October 16, 2018 - Hay River

The federal government is providing $19.5 million to help build four double-hulled barges to deliver fuel to Northern communities.

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NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Charges laid over barricade incident in Fort Smith

October 16, 2018 - NWT

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Charges have been laid in connection with an Oct. 4 to 5 incident involving an armed and barricaded adult male at a residence in Fort Smith.

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Jimmy Rankin to perform at sold-out concert in Hay River

Jimmy Rankin will appear in Hay River on Oct. 22 in a concert presented by the Northern Arts & Cultural Centre. Photo courtesy of Northern Arts & Cultural Centre.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

Jimmy Rankin says he loves travelling to and performing in places in Canada that he hasn’t been before.

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EDITORIAL: Oct. 17, 2018, is an historic day

October 16, 2018 - Hay River

It’s not often that you know that something truly historic is happening.

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LOOKING BACK: Vandalism for a good cause

October 16, 2018 - Hay River

40 years ago

The Pine Point cadets conducted a successful “Car Bash” to raise funds for their local Cadet activities. In the course of the day many Pine Pointers responded to the invitation to vent their frustrations by bashing a Viva compact car with a sledge hammer for $1 a crack. There was a $5 refund rewarded to the basher that struck either of two pre-selected points on the car, or who could break through the metal.

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Seven candidates seek to be KFN chief

Roy Fabian: outgoing chief believes there are a record number of candidates to replace him. NNSL file photo.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

What is believed to be a record number of candidates are running for chief of K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN).

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Six win council seats on election day in Hay River

Steve Anderson: incumbent councillor was the top vote-getter in the Oct. 15 municipal election. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

After the votes were counted in the Oct. 15 municipal election, just six of eight seats on town council were filled, even though there were nine candidates.

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Cannabis legalized in Hay River, ready or not

Candidates for council at an Oct. 10 all-candidates' forum – at which the legalization of cannabis was a prominent topic – included, left to right, Robert Bouchard, Linda Duford, Keith Dohey, Jeffery Groenewegen, Emily Chambers, Sandra Patterson-Lester, Steve Anderson, Joe Melanson and Brian Willows. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

Now that cannabis is legal as of Oct. 17, it appears the new town councillors are not happy about that, and want to see strong limitations on its use in public.

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Back Eddy restaurant and lounge under new ownership

Sisters Linda Duford, left and Nanette Duford have sold The Back Eddy Cocktail Lounge & Restaurant. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Hay River

A big change of ownership is coming to the restaurant business in Hay River.

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NEWS BRIEFS PACKAGE: Embattled bylaw boss reassigned

Former MED manager Doug Gillard has been reassigned as manager of the city's new Emergency Management Division. NNSL file photo.
October 16, 2018

Doug Gillard is no longer the manager of the Municipal Enforcement Division.

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New council, new opportunities

October 16, 2018

The city woke yesterday morning to the sight of busloads of homeless people being rounded up to be taken to their new home at Bristol Pit.

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Iqaluit water re-supply a success

October 16, 2018 - Iqaluit

The City of Iqaluit has successfully re-filled Lake Geraldine, its fresh water reservoir, a project begun in August.

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Pond Inlet led summer tourism season

October 16, 2018 - Qikiqtaaluk

Pond Inlet blew up its tourism numbers this summer, with 4,384 cruise ship passengers visiting the community.

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From protest to celebration

October 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

After nearly a decade of fighting for legalized marijuana, Kim MacNearney is finally moving from protest mode to celebration mode as the drug became available in the North, Oct. 17.

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Baker Lake mayor yet to step down

October 16, 2018 - Baker Lake

The mayor of Baker Lake is facing pressure to resign after he was charged with assault following a domestic disturbance last month.
Shawn Attungala, 44, was arrested and charged with one count of assault on Sept. 8, according to the RCMP.

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Teaching students to look, listen and learn

Capt. George Aksadjuak, back row from left, Fire Chief Mark Wyatt and Capt. Kyle Lowe join firefighter Catherine Tatty-Kabvitok, front left, to deliver their fire prevention presentation at Leo Ussak Elementary School in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 10, 2018. Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt
October 16, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Members of the Rankin Inlet Volunteer Fire Department passed on their message of fire safety to students in Rankin Inlet to mark Fire Prevention Week in the community from Oct. 7 to 13.

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AROUND NUNAVUT: Gjoa Haven youth committee executive in place

October 16, 2018 - Nunavut

Gjoa Haven

The Gjoa Haven Youth Committee has been revived.

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Larga medical boarding home strains to meet demand

Some Cambridge Bay residents are speaking out about the Larga Kitikmeot in Yellowknife being fully booked while no other hotels have vacancies, forcing them to postpone medical appointments. Dylan Short/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Kitikmeot

The need for beds at Larga Kitikmeot in Yellowknife is too much for the medical boarding home to meet at times, and the growth of tourism in the NWT capital is leaving fewer accommodations alternatives.

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SPORTS CHECK: Hockey time in Iqaluit

October 16, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association’s 2018-2019 season is officially underway.

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YK set for cannabis sales

October 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

As the clock strikes midnight tonight, so comes the legalization of cannabis across the nation.

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Yellowknife man’s drone conviction first-ever in Canada

October 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife man was convicted last week of dangerously operating an aircraft – a drone. It’s a first in Canada.

Toufic Chamas, 22, was convicted Friday in Yellowknife’s territorial court on one count of dangerous operation of aircraft.

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Airlift to Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk to begin later this week

The last of the cargo, excluding vehicles, that didn't make it into Cambridge Bay or Kugluktuk by sealift this summer, will be delivered by planes starting later this week. photo courtesy of the Department of Infrastructure
October 16, 2018 - Kitikmeot

If all goes according to plan, the Government of the Northwest Territories’ airlift to resupply Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk residents will begin later this week.

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ELECTION NIGHT: Trustee incumbents show strong finish across both boards

Eight of the nine candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife Education District No.1 board of trustees attended an election forum held at Sir John Franklin, Wednesday night. From left are Jay Butler, Al McDonald, John Stephenson, Ozgur Oner, Al Shortt, Satish Garikaparthi, Tina Drew, and Rajiv Rawat. At far right is moderator David Wasylciw. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.
October 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Both Yellowknife school boards will see changes in the coming term as voters cast their ballots Monday.  

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ELECTION NIGHT: Natasha Kulikowski is Inuvik’s new mayor

October 15, 2018 - Inuvik

Natasha Kulikowski is Inuvik’s new mayor.

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ELECTION NIGHT: Three newcomers join council as incumbents retain positions

October 15, 2018

Yellowknife city council will see three new faces as Robin Williams, Stacie Smith and Cynthia Mufandaedza joined the re-elected incumbents at the close of the polls, early Tuesday morning.

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YK ELECTION: Rebecca Alty is city’s 15th mayor

Alty celebrates with supporter Tegan Konge as Neils Konge watches on. Dylan Short/NNSL Photo
October 15, 2018

Yellowknife has a new mayor after a stunning victory by Rebecca Alty who beat her closest challenger, Adrian Bell, last night by more than 700 votes.

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ELECTION NIGHT: Bell supporters at Twist and Shout

October 15, 2018

The polls have closed, the liquor stores have reopened, and Yellowknifers are awaiting the results of the 2018 municipal election.

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Election night in the NWT

October 15, 2018

Municipal election polls in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Hay River, Fort Simpson, and Fort Smith close at 8 p.m. Stay tuned for the latest updates and results as they come in.

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COLUMN: The weight of words and how we wield them

October 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

On Friday, after returning to work from the Yellowknife courthouse – where I spend most of my days as crime reporter – I received a message from a friend.

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Firearm theft targeted; some guns recovered, say police

October 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

RCMP say they now believe the theft of firearms and ammunition from a city home during a recent break-in was a targeted incident and not a random burglary.

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