GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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Healing garden catches town’s eye

September 21, 2017 - Inuvik
Jean Storr, back left, Sgt. Grant Thom, Mary Rinas, Shirley Andreason, Elijah Allen, Karin Lange, Arlene Jorgensen, Chris Balla and Staff Sgt. Dustin Ward (front left) and Merle Carpenter are pictured at the Inuvik Regional Hospital’s healing garden on Aug. 23. RCMP were recognized for their $7,000 donation to the project, which earned first prize in the Town of Inuvik’s community beautification contest this year. photo courtesy of Inuvik Regional Hospital

The love and care that went into the creation of an elders’ healing garden at the Inuvik Regional Hospital is receiving some recognition.

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More UAV pilots need ground school training

September 21, 2017 - Inuvik

When I was a kid, I remember taking a couple of mechanical airplanes out to the farmers field by my parents’ house in rural Ontario and zipping them through the blue skies.

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Recreation conference comes to Inuvik

September 21, 2017 - Inuvik

More than 100 people are scheduled to gather in Inuvik from Sept. 26 to 28 for the NWT Recreation and Parks Association’s annual conference, awards banquet and annual general meeting.

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U.S. consulate makes stop in Inuvik

September 20, 2017 - Inuvik
William Gordon, left, mother Sandy Gordon and Jennifer Gordon met with staff from the U.S. consulate on Sept. 13 in Inuvik to renew their American passports – a visit Sandy said saved the family thousands of dollars. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

One might wonder how a number of American citizens end up far from home in an Arctic community such as Inuvik.

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Zen and the art of berry picking

September 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

Last week I wrote an ode to lingon, or low bush, cranberries.

This week I thought I would expound profound on zen and the art of berry-picking.

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Taking it to the streets

September 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

There is possibly no more maligned part of any newspaper, especially among those who work in journalism, than the streeter.

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GNWT seeks $1.8 billion for two all-season roads

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

The Northwest Territories has formally asked Ottawa for about $1.8 billion to help fund the construction of two major roadways that have been on the territory’s agenda for years.

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Yk gets ready to take back the night

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Status of Women Council of the NWT wants Yellowknife to get loud.

Last year, around 200 people marched through Yellowknife. This year, organizers of the annual Take Back the Night rally expect similar numbers.
photo courtesy of Samantha Thomas
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Habitat for Humanity house gets family

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

One-year-old Beyla Ouellette-Landry can’t wait to move into her new house.

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Downtown problem needs downtown solution

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

The long search for the sobering centre’s permanent home is over.

The facility will be housed in the former Canarctic Graphics building adjacent to the Northern Lites Motel downtown which is – full disclosure – owned by Northern News Services.

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Yellowknifers learn the ins and outs of prospecting

September 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

 

On Sunday a group of 15 students, geologists and prospectors headed out to the forests around Ranney Hill to learn the ins and outs of a trade that has inspired countless gold-fevered Canadians to pack up and move to Yellowknife.

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Meat donation tops 200 pounds

September 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Nazim Awan calls the Islamic Centre’s annual meat donation both a societal and religious duty.

The over 200 pounds of beef, lamb and goat meat, which will go to the YWCA’s Alison McAteer House, the YK Food Bank and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, is a tradition now five years’ strong.

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Olive oil and vinegar tasting room opens doors this weekend

September 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

 

 

Yellowknifers will soon be able to try over 40 different types of oils and vinegars in a new tasting room opening Saturday.

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From Yukon to Yk

September 19, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

 

It was life in the Yukon that inspired Sophie Villeneuve to begin writing songs.

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Dirt Digger Duathlon takes over Yellowknife Ski Club

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

When you think of an event with two different disciplines happening at the Yellowknife Ski Club, you would most likely think biathlon was going on.

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Yellowknife Tennis Club wraps up busy junior season

September 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

Ask anyone involved in organized sport about the best practices in keeping people involved and they will probably have a similar answer: grow the grassroots.

The Yellowknife Tennis Club did its best to plant the seeds this past outdoor season with one of the busier junior seasons in recent memory.

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GNWT increases support payments

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

The GNWT recently made increases in two of its income security programs.

The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit will improve support for seniors, while the NWT Child Benefit is better supporting families with children.

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No more gravel section on Hwy 5 through park

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

As of Sept. 15, the final section of gravel on Highway 5 through Wood Buffalo National Park has been covered by chipseal.

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Battling Mother Nature in Chester

September 18, 2017 - Kivalliq

Mother Nature gave a group of science lovers all they could handle during the annual Kivalliq Science and Culture Camp in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month.

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Sunday Music Club delayed by a week

September 18, 2017

The start of the fall session of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association’s Sunday Music Club has been postponed by one week.

All classes will commence on Sept. 24, after having originally been set to begin on Sept. 17.

This season, the club will be offering fiddle, guitar and keyboard for children and adults.

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Taekwondo a family affair

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

To say that David and Goldie Mercer and their family – who just arrived in Hay River a couple of months ago – are deep into taekwondo is a bit of an understatement.

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Letter of support

September 18, 2017 - Kivalliq

The Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter of support to Churchill Mayor Mike Spence dealing with the ongoing shutdown of the Hudson Bay railway line into Churchill.

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Improving their skills

September 18, 2017 - Naujaat

More than 20 Naujaat cadets completed training courses at summer camps in Whitehorse, Yukon, and Cold Lake, Alta., this past summer.

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GNWT gets Hay River input on a new mineral resources act

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

The GNWT’s travelling consultation on a mineral resources act stopped down in Hay River on Sept. 11.

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Something special, something magical

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

Three students at Princess Alexandra School received a special surprise last week.

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Good times ahead

September 18, 2017 - Nunavut

A recently released territorial economic forecast paints a rosy picture for the nation’s three territories in the coming months.

The forecast is distributed by the Conference Board of Canada on a quarterly basis.

In its most recent summer report, the board predicts the Nunavut economic outlook is positive, the Yukon’s economy will strengthen (with improvement in metal prices), and the Northwest Territories will see economic growth thanks to new mining projects expected to go ahead in the next few years.

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Literacy Society to give away books

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

The Hay River Literacy Society will be giving away books on Sept. 30.

Adult and children’s books will be available

The giveaway will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30 at Super A Foods.

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Mayor pitches skating trail

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

In the next couple of weeks, Mayor Brad Mapes will be pitching the idea of a skating trail on the Hay River to town council.

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Aglukark return a Celebration

September 18, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The Kivalliq’s own Juno Award-winning musical artist, Susan Aglukark, is returning to the region to give a motivational speaking and singing presentation of Canadian Inuit history next month.

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Down to the wire

September 18, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The time is drawing close for the first leg of the Experiences Canada hockey exchange program between the Rankin Rock atoms and peewee teams and the Mimico Canadiens of Toronto, Ont.

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Down to the wire

September 18, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The time is drawing close for the first leg of the Experiences Canada hockey exchange program between the Rankin Rock atoms and peewee teams and the Mimico Canadiens of Toronto, Ont.

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Soaring Eagle collecting coats

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre is accepting donations of gently-used winter clothing in a project called Coats for the Community.

The initiative is to help the people in the community who do not have and cannot afford to buy proper winter clothing.

Donations can be dropped off at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre.

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Chase the Ace off to solid start

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

Hay River’s second Chase the Ace lottery is off and running.

Its first weekly draw was held on Sept. 15, and Kelsey Brown – a visitor from Winnipeg – won the right to draw from a deck of 52 cards.

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Many tears until victory

Kivalliq News
September 18, 2017 - Kivalliq

There has been some talk surfacing the past little while questioning whether suicide prevention walks and various live-and-love-life events actually do any good.

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Holiday in a hurricane

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

While people in Hay River watched on television as Hurricane Irma cut its destructive path through Florida, Tom and Donna Lakusta were in the path of the massive storm.

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Editorial: Chipsealed all the way

September 18, 2017 - Hay River

It’s not often that we think it’s appropriate to stop and reflect on a highway chipsealing project in the NWT.

However, now is one of those times.

On Sept. 15, the final piece of gravel on Highway 5 between Hay River and Fort Smith was covered by chipseal.

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Ayalik tours the NWT with solo show

September 17, 2017 - NWT

Tiffany Ayalik returns to the NWT stage this fall with solo-show Cafe Daughter, where she alone explores identity, institutionalized racism and remarkable success in 1950s-era Saskatchewan.

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Convicted murderer to serve time in federal pen

September 17, 2017 - NWT

A Fort Good Hope man, convicted of first degree murder in the 2014 death of Charlotte Lafferty, has been ordered to serve his sentence in a federal institution.

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Road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine passes with flying colours

September 17, 2017 - Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte

The all-season road which will pass through Nahanni National Park Reserve, after a three-year-long wait and a 13.5 month review, has passed its environmental assessment this past week.

The Mackenzie Valley Review board recommended the project for conditional approval by the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on Sept. 12.

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Prohibited driver arrested, found to be impaired

September 17, 2017 - Deh Gah Got'ie Kue/Fort Providence

A prohibited driver who was arrested by RCMP and was subsequently found to be under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 14. The 33-year-old male has been charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood-alcohol content over .08 mg, driving while disqualified and failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking or recognizance RCMP stated in a news release.

He has been remanded into custody and is set to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court.

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New lease on life in Fort Simpson

September 17, 2017 - Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

Construction of a two-storey, $9-million building in Fort Simpson will be led by the Liidlii Kue First Nation.

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Youth arrested after schools threatened

September 17, 2017 - South Slave

A youth was arrested in Fort Resolution on September 7, charged and released after threats to South Slave schools were posted on social media, according to police spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

“We very much feel a sense that the situation is under control, and if there is any threat that it has been mitigated,” said South Slave Divisional Education Council superintendent Curtis Brown.

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Less employment in government

September 17, 2017 - NWT

While not especially grim, the NWT Bureau of Statistics update on the territory’s labour force doesn’t paint a picture of a booming region.

The territorial employment rate has dropped 3.5 per cent in the last 12 months due in part to less government employment but mostly to less people looking for work, according to the results of the NWT Bureau of Statistics’ August 2017 labour force activity survey.

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Youth, training and hunting among main priorities for new Tlicho grand chief

September 17, 2017

George Mackenzie, the newly elected Grand Chief of Behchoko, was sworn in Sept. 15. This is Mackenzie’s second time being elected as grand Chief, he was first elected in 2005 when Tlicho self-government began.

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Investigator recovered from Toker Point

September 17, 2017 - Tuktoyaktuk

Vancouver company, Fathom Marine successfully freed a fuel barge that was grounded near Tuktoyaktuk a year ago. In September of 2016, Fathom’s barge, Investigator, came loose from its tugboat and ran aground at Toker Point, just north of the community.

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