NEWS BRIEFS: Community rallies around family displaced by house fire

October 8, 2018 - Nunavut

Kugluktuk

A Sept. 28 fire destroyed a home in Kugluktuk and has forced a man, woman and their two teenage children to seek refuge with relatives.

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AROUND NUNAVUT: Greenland shark creates a buzz in Coral Harbour

October 8, 2018 - Nunavut

Salliq/Coral Harbour

In more than 30 years of setting whale nets, Moses Nakoolak has never seen anything like it.

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EDITORIAL: Stage shipping from Tuk, not Hay River

October 8, 2018 - NWT

So much for jetskiing through the Northwest Passage. Wouldn’t you know it? Climate change be damned, the Arctic Ocean is still prone to freezing.

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GUEST COMMENT: Dehcho art, as in life, changes and evolves in progress

Painting including a dead deer, a shaman like figure, fish and hand prints from the Sierra de Guadalupe cave paintings in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Sierra de Guadalupe, mountains west of Mulege, contains the largest number of known prehistoric rock art sites in Baja California. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
October 8, 2018 - NWT

by John Holman

Evolution, growth and progress we see every day, or as the adage goes: Change is constant.

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New ideas for Northern internet

October 7, 2018 - NWT

A pool of funding aimed at bridging the gap between rural and urban Internet service might be a boon for the North – even more so for the very reason national Internet advocacy groups have been panning it.

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Nunavut on track for Oct. 17 online cannabis orders

Up to four cannabis plants can be grown in Nunavut households after marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17. Pixabay photo.
October 7, 2018 - Nunavut

by Avery Zingel and Derek Neary

Nunavummiut will be able to order cannabis online starting Oct. 17, as the Government of Nunavut edges closer to finalizing its supplier.

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Recreation North Training Program set to launch to everyone in all three territories

The Recreation North Training Program will be in full swing early next month following a year's worth of work in its pilot program. Image courtesy of Amanda Grobeckker.
October 7, 2018 - NWT

It’s been asked for by many people around the North for years and now it’s here.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Hey bud, wanna live longer?

October 7, 2018 - NWT

Hold up your hand if you want to live a longer, healthier life. I held up my hand and I’m sure most of you did too. Well good news, there appears to be several things we can do and they all make sense. Woohoo!

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GNWT to cover costs of airlift after barge service cancelled

The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Paulatuk, Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents reliant on the delivery of those supplies. Photo courtesy of the GNWT.
October 7, 2018 - NWT

The GNWT will pick up the costs associated with a massive airlift that will replace the cancelled barge service to Paulatuk and the Nunavut communities of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay.

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Arctic oil and gas talks to begin

October 7, 2018 - NWT

The federal government has agreed to talk with Northern governments about jointly managing Arctic off-shore oil and gas resources.

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Bouge Buds 2 raises $42,000 in October fundraising effort

Second annual Bouge's Buds event at Chateau Nova Hotel. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo
October 7, 2018 - Yellowknife

Donations were still trickling in Sunday after the second annual Bouge’s Buds: It Takes a Village Fundraiser came to a successful completion.

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SPORTS TALK: People just never learn sometimes, isn’t that right Tom Wilson?

October 7, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

So we have a new NAFTA. We’re calling it the USMCA now. I think USCAM sounds better but what do I know?

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Around the North: Fort Simpson library to reopen

October 7, 2018 - NWT

Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The John Tsetso Memorial Library in Fort Simpson was expected to open its doors again Oct. 8 after a short closure.

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Fifteen candidates enter race for Fort Smith

October 7, 2018 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

The Town of Fort Smith has a slate of 15 candidates running for eight council positions.

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Ten candidates vying for Fort Simpson village council

October 7, 2018 - Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson

The Village of Fort Simpson has 10 candidates running for eight council positions. Candidates running this time for councill around include Celine Antoine, A.J. Augier, Troy Bellefontaine, Kirby Groat, Muaz Hassan, Marie Lafferty, Liza McPherson, Clayton Moreau, Michael Rowe, and Randal (Randy) Sibbeston.

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Salvation Army receives 300 food hamper purchases in annual drive

October 6, 2018 - Yellowknife
Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo
Jason Brinson, church leader of the Salvation Army of Yellowknife, left, with son Matt Brinson, right, stand with a van-load of purchased food hampers at the Yellowknife Co-op, Saturday. The two were among 12 people helping with the church’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The church had prepared 400 hampers Friday night and sold 300 on Saturday.

It has been a tough week for the city leading up to Thanksgiving following the Rockhill Apartments fire, but volunteers with the Salvation Army are keeping hope alive with its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  

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Youth leadership conference to be held in Inuvik for the first time

October 6, 2018 - Inuvik

The Leaders in Training Conference is coming to Inuvik for the first time, thanks to a push from Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk youth who attended the conference earlier this year.

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Talk of lawsuit as final Kitikmeot barge cancelled

The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Paulatuk, Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents reliant on the delivery of those supplies. Photo courtesy of the GNWT.
October 6, 2018 - Kitikmeot

Ice has prevented the final sealift barge from reaching Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, and alternative delivery options and compensation are being examined.

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EDITORIAL: Solving housing crisis requires outsized courage

October 6, 2018 - Nunavut

Last month, the housing crisis hit the breaking point for at least one family. After four years of couch-surfing while they await social housing, Brian Tagalik, Pitsiulaaq Ashoona and their two young daughters pitched a tent at the Nunavut legislative assembly in protest.

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Nahanni becoming magnet for climbers

Adaptive climbers Jim Ewing, left and Mo Beck climb the Lotus Flower Tower in Nahanni National Park Reserve in August. Taylor Zann/Sterling Rope Company Inc. photo.
October 6, 2018 - Nahanni National Park Reserve

Climber Mo Beck’s first remote climb was in the area of Nahanni National Park Reserve known as the Cirque of the Unclimbables, but she says word is spreading that it hosts some of the most scenic climbing available.

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SPORTS CHECK: Volleyball warm-ups on the horizon

October 6, 2018 - NWT

Inuvik

The first big warm-up tournament ahead of the Spike It! school tournaments is happening in Inuvik later this month.

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Man arrested after armed standoff in Fort Smith, say RCMP

October 5, 2018 - Fort Smith

A man’s armed standoff with police in Fort Smith ended without incident early this morning, say RCMP.

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Charges laid following Iqaluit armed taxi robberies

October 5, 2018

Iqaluit RCMP have arrested and charged a male youth and a woman following a pair of armed robberies of cabs in the city. 

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COLUMN: Trade show still has vital role

October 5, 2018 - Kivalliq

One thing you can take to the bank: anytime a trade show hits a community, there is no shortage of folks who sing its praises and no shortage of folks who think it’s a waste of time and money for the same old people and companies doing the same old thing.

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IRC, GNWT to develop gas resources

October 5, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is set to start developing the trillions of cubic feet of natural gas in the Inuvialuit Settlement region with the support of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

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Yk1 candidates take questions from public

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 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

Candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife 1 Education District board of trustees wrestled with nearly two hours of questions from the public Wednesday night during its only election forum of 2018 campaign.

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Yk Special Olympian chosen for national team

Chris Strus bangs out some reps during a weight training session at Just Fitness yesterday afternoon. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

Chris Strus already knows what it’s like to represent his country on the international stage.

He’ll get the chance to do it again in a few months’ time.

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LOOKING BACK: French reinstated for Grade 1 and Grade 2

Yellowknife Mayor Pat McMahon and Justice Minister Mike Ballantyne opening the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool. NNSL file photo.
October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

French classes for Grade 1 and Grade 2 were reinstated at Yellowknife public elementary schools after the school board received and extra $19,500 from the department of education.

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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Prince Arizona and the flying whitefish

Alexie Bryant, the Duchess of Squishy Pets, and Arizona of Gregory, winner 2018 annual Yellowknifer Catch of Week contest, shows off their mighty catch of sparkly whitefish while on a journey to Prosperous Lake earlier this month. The whitefish was caught using a magic, pink wire jewel bug. Mike W. Bryant/NNSL photo.
October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

So before too much snow hits the ground, some unfinished business.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The case against sports funding

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

With an election campaign underway, I thought I would raise an issue, which is dear to my heart: the huge gap between how the city funds sports programs and how it funds other things like the arts, culture, history and heritage.

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