NWT crews battling forest fires in Northern Ontario

July 18, 2018

Forest fires currently raging in Northern Ontario are depending on help from across the country, including the NWT.

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One last lap for the swimmers

May 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

For the Polar Bear Swim Club, it was one last chance to compete in Yellowknife before the curtain falls on their season.

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Sexual health education awarded $1M

May 17, 2018 - NWT

The federal government announced it would put $1-million behind the work of a sexual health organization that works to break down stigma on preventing and treating sexually transmitted illnesses.

“Knowing that we have five more years of being able to talk to young men about community responsibility and sexuality, it just warms my heart and makes me so hopeful for the future,” said Nancy MacNeill, program facilitator of FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health).

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Boil water advisory issued for four South Slave communities

May 17, 2018

Roughly 3,700 people in Hay River and the K’atl’odeeche First Nation, Enterprise and Kakisa are currently under a boil-water advisory after an increase in turbidity (muddy water) was present in the Hay River.

“There have been no illnesses associated with the drinking water reported in the community, ”stated a release from Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Andre Corriveau. “This advisory has been issued for precautionary reasons only.

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What’s the secret to a successful campaign? Former mayor, councillors weigh in

May 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

For civic-minded Yellowknifers wishing to wade into the world of municipal politics, navigating the waters can be daunting and even dizzying. From nomination requirements and deadlines to eligibility caveats and strict signage regulations, there’s a lot of ground to cover on the road to city hall.

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Food truck owners pick their spots

May 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Summer may be paddling season, mosquito season, camping season and patio season, but during lunchtime in downtown Yellowknife, summer is food truck season.

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Broader definition of STEM important for inclusion

May 17, 2018 - Inuvik

In high school, I struggled with math and science. Once, I skipped class when I had a chemistry test and got a doctor’s note so that I could make it up later, after I had a few more days to study and try to grasp the material.

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YK school boards looking for higher voter turnout in 2018 election

Yellowknife MLAs have met with the city's three school boards ahead of a legislative session set to start next week. The second assembly session this year will convene May 25. Up for discussion is Bill 16 which, if passed, will change the kindergarten age from five to four years, bring in junior kindergarten for all schools in the NWT, and reduce the minimum instructional hours for Grades 1 through 12 to 945 hours. Ahead of the session, city MLAs met with the Yellowknife Education District No. 1, Yellowknife Catholic Schools and Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest over the past two weeks. Both Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) and Yellowknife Catholic Schools will implement junior kindergarten in the fall and the French school board will continue its junior kindergarten class which started last year. Leadership at all three boards indicated funding for inclusive schooling and aboriginal programming is still an issue. Yk1 superintendent Metro Huculak said his district has a good working relationship with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment and he is confident the department, together with the health department, will be able to find a solution to the inclusive schooling funding. Catholic Schools board chair Miles Welsh said while junior kindergarten is being portrayed by the government as fully funded, it is still missing important funding for inclusive schooling and aboriginal language and culture programming. This is a concern shared by Yvonnne Careen, superintendent of the french school board, noting the cost of care is higher for younger students. On inclusive schooling, both Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart and Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne said they would push for full funding for inclusive schooling in junior kindergarten. “It's important to me to make sure that the inclusive schooling aspect of junior kindergarten is fully funded,” Vanthuyne said. “Because I'm also an individual who grew up with a learning disorder and needed particular attention, special education requirements, myself when I was going through the education system.” Testart also noted the importance of funding aboriginal programming for junior kindergarten. Schools will also be adjusting to reductions in instructional hours if Bill 16 is passed. Vanthuyne and Testart are in favour of this portion of the bill, yet as it is a pilot project Vanthuyne stressed the importance of including means of monitoring and measuring its success. Whether funding for buses for junior kindergarten students will be provided by the GNWT still remains to be determined. School boards are surveying parents registering their children for junior kindergarten on whether they require bus services. So far, 15 junior kindergarten students will require the service at Yk1, Huculak said, adding he doesn't expect more than 25 will need it. The french school board has 12 registered students for junior kindergarten so far, but does not yet have the numbers of students who require bus service. The Catholic schools have 15 students who will require the service so far. All three districts indicated some sort of solution is needed, regardless of what is decided in the legislature. “If the bussing isn’t provided we have to make some decisions on that as well, because not everybody can get their kid to school at the drop of a hat,” Welsh said. For Testart, bus service is less of a priority than inclusive schooling. He said the pricetag given by the bus company is very high and he estimates the junior kindergarten students using the service in Yellowknife won't be more than 60. “If the act says schools need to do this, we need to provide the bussing service, then that changes completely,” he said. “Then we have to find the money right because it’s a legal requirement to do so, but at this point if there’s no legal requirement to do so then I don’t think that’s a top priority to do so.” Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly declined to comment for this story and told Yellowknifer he will share his position on education issues in next week’s session of the legislature. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green also declined to comment.
May 17, 2018

Both Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS) are hoping for higher voter turnout when residents hit the polls for school board elections in October.

A total of 1,953 ballots were cast between the two boards in the 2015 election – 1,325 for YK1 and 625 for YCS.

There were 9,000 eligible voters in Yellowknife, which translates to a 22 per cent voter turnout.

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Aklak Air brings back Inuvik-Tuk flights during highway closure

May 17, 2018 - Inuvik

Aklak Air has temporarily reinstated its scheduled flights between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk while the highway is closed.

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COLUMN: Community input a valuable commodity

May 17, 2018 - Kivalliq

It’s been quite refreshing to see Coun. Kelly Clark-Lindell soliciting community input as Rankin Inlet’s hamlet council moves cautiously and, hopefully, realistically forward on a new community centre.

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Inuvik Homeless Shelter needs $100,000 to solve bed bug problem

May 17, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Homeless Shelter is aiming to re-open in mid-June after evacuating the building due to a bed bug infestation that was discovered in mid-April.

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Grassroots movement for men’s shelter looks to future

May 17, 2018 - Hay River

A grassroots initiative to explore creating a men’s shelter in Hay River has come up with its tentative next steps following a meeting on May 6.

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Diamond Jenness boys bring home Senior Super Soccer banner

May 17, 2018 - Hay River

Teams from Diamond Jenness Secondary School made their presence known at the recent Senior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife.

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Naujaat cadets tackle Turtle Mountain

May 17, 2018 - Naujaat

A group of 10 Naujaat cadets took a significant step up the achievement ladder by completing their silver star expedition training at Turtle Mountain Territorial Park just outside of Winnipeg earlier this month.

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National Police Week celebrated at Yellowknife RCMP detachment

May 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

In celebration of National Police Week, members of Yellowknife’s RCMP detachment took a break from serving the public Wednesday to serve up some grub on the grill.

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Meet the Rankin grads

May 16, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Listed below are the graduates (and their fields of study) honoured during graduation ceremonies for the Kivalliq campus of Nunavut Arctic College in Rankin Inlet on April 26.

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Company fined $30,000 for Rec Centre demolition injury

May 16, 2018 - Hay

An Alberta-based company has been fined $30,000 for a NWT Safety Act charge involving a workplace injury in Hay River.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Students attend youth parliament

May 16, 2018 - Hay River

Nineteen students in Grades 9 and Grade 10 from across the NWT have been selected to participate in this week’s 16th Youth Parliament of the Legislative Assembly.

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Arsenic warning signs demanded

May 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

There are no signs warning people in Ndilo about arsenic in the soil even though contamination is worse there than in other communities near Giant Mine, says a Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) employee.

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A helping hand for Humboldt Broncos

May 16, 2018 - Hay River

A Hay River couple with close ties to the Humboldt Broncos has launched a fundraising campaign to help the team in the wake of the tragic bus accident in April.

People across Canada were shocked and saddened by the April 6 accident that killed 16 people and injured 13, but the tragedy in Saskatchewan hit close to home for Brian and Cheryl Stewart.

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Mentorship program a hit in Arviat

May 16, 2018 - Arviat

A program, still in its infancy, is beginning to pay big dividends this school year at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat.

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More hardware for gymnastics

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Two years ago, Celena Hoeve did what hadn’t been done since John Tram did it in 2006 – win a medal at the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

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A run for the moms

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

The usual script for Mother’s Day usually involves breakfast in bed, doing the chores or anything else to make sure moms do as little as possible.

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Arctic Shoot-Out titles split between YK and Cambridge Bay

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

For the first time in a long time, the winner of the men’s title at the Arctic Shoot-Out basketball tournament is not from Yellowknife.

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LOOKING BACK: Dollar reaches three month high

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

The Canadian dollar broke the 90 cent mark for the first time in three months this week 40 years ago.

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Freezin’ for a reason

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Cold winds and cloudy skies couldn’t keep Yellowknifers from jumping into frigid Long Lake at the 10th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Dechita Naawo gets funding boost

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

Dechita Naawo, a career training program run by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, received $2.4 million in federal funds to train 218 Indigenous students over a 3.5-year period.

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New arsenic exposure study underway

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

The governments of Northwest Territories and Canada want to know how people use the land and lakes around Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah to get a better understanding of people’s exposure to contaminants left behind by activities at Giant and Con mines.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS: No reduction in number of Epipens required

May 15, 2018

Data compiled by the Yellowknife Education District No. 1 administration suggests current epipen procedures will stay as is despite a request which would cut down costs for parents.

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Arsenic warning signs demanded

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

There are no signs warning people in Ndilo about arsenic in the soil even though contamination is worse there than in other communities near Giant Mine, says a Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) employee.

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WOMEN WARRIORS: Keep calm and legalize on

May 15, 2018 - Yellowknife

As cannabis legalization looms the questions surrounding safe usage, distribution and the stigma of taking drugs is a swirling debate of misinformation and fear.

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