New season starts for Kerry Galusha

Brittany Tran, left, Sarah Koltun, Kerry Galusha and Shona Barbour were all smiles after they qualified for the playoffs at the Avonair Cash Spiel in Edmonton this past Saturday. Photo courtesy of Team Galusha.
October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

If you’re thinking to yourself that it’s a bit early for Kerry Galusha and her rink to be hitting the cash-spiel circuit, you’d be right.

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SPORTS TALK: Special Olympics – the hidden gem of the NWT sports scene

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

As the sports editor for Northern News Services, I always have events I enjoy covering and they are plentiful.

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SPORTS CHECK: Rough start for Sundogs

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Toyota U-17 Cup is underway in Surrey, B.C., and the Yellowknife Bay Soccer Club, known as the Sundogs, are already behind the eight ball.

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CAPSULE COMMENTS: When do you announce you’re pregnant?

October 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Aaron La Borde

Is there a right time to announce a pregnancy? Some women feel that 12 weeks is an appropriate time because that’s when an ultrasound is usually performed and the resulting picture adds a sense of reality to it all.

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NEWS BRIEFS PACKAGE: YK1 provides after-school care for YWCA program

October 4, 2018

Four elementary schools with Yellowknife Education School District No. 1 provided after school care assistance for students registered with the YWCA after school program.
After Tuesday’s fire at Rockhill Apartments, YWCA staff were unable to provide regular after-school care at the schools they serve because they were called to assist victimized families.

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Cause of Rockhill fire undetermined, says fire marshal

October 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

The cause of Tuesday’s Rockhill Apartments fire remains undetermined as investigators continue to piece together the devastating blaze, the territory’s fire marshal says.

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EDITORIAL: Signage debacle not the Alamo

October 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he is being unfairly targeted.

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‘I’m ready to start over’

October 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Michelle Wifladt and her two young daughters were asleep in their third-floor Rockhill Apartment unit Tuesday when the sound of blaring fire alarms and shouting neighbours pierced the early morning stillness. Panicked, Michelle and her boyfriend, Mickey Gordon, quickly dressed Vayda, born just 12 days earlier, and two-year-old Hevaeh.

Mickey grabbed his phone. Michelle took a diaper bag.

“That’s all we left with because I seriously thought we’d be going back in,” said Michelle in an interview with Yellowknifer.

But Michelle didn’t go back to her daughters’ first home – she couldn’t.

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A plea for lower fees

October 4, 2018 - Inuvik

Last Monday, the Inuvik Minor Hockey Association (IMHA) brought forth several issues to town council.

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Major donation to food bank

October 4, 2018 - Iglulik

Arctic Fresh, an Iglulik-based online grocery retailer serving Baffin communities, provided close to $10,000 worth of groceries to the Igloolik Food Bank prior to the Thanksgiving weekend.

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NWT’s Indigenous governments gather in Inuvik

October 4, 2018 - Inuvik

One year after Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod issued a red alert to Ottawa about the economic situation in the territory, the territorial government, the federal government and all of the territory’s Indigenous governments came together for an Economic Development Symposium in Inuvik October 1-3.

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AROUND KIVALLIQ: Band on ice

Mathew Thompson, from left, Anthony Collens and William Palliser use a generator to play live music around the community of Naujaat this past spring. Photo courtesy Matt Thompson
October 4, 2018 - Kivalliq

Bandmates Mathew Thompson, Anthony Collens and William Palliser took their music around the community of Naujaat in a unique way this past spring.

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Mould problem almost fully addressed; arena due to reopen this month

October 4, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

After a year without the use of the community arena, residents in Cambridge Bay will soon have access to the facility again.

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Show us your hunting and fishing skills

October 4, 2018 - NWT

The NWT’s Best Hunting and Fishing Photo Contest is now in progress.

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Capt. Erin McKinlay becomes acting CO of 3055 RCACC in Naujaat

Cadet regional training officer Capt. Erin McKinlay, middle, presents 3055 RCACC commanding officer Capt. Lloyd Francis, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Terance Mapsalak with a certificate declaring the 3055 as the top army cadet corp in the Northeastern Area for 2016-17 in Naujaat in November of 2018. Photo courtesy Lloyd Francis
October 4, 2018 - Naujaat

The 3055 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Naujaat has been given an eleventh-hour reprieve and will continue to function for at least another year.

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Minor hockey in Inuvik faces rising costs and need for girls’ dressing room

October 4, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Minor Hockey Association (IMHA) brought forth several concerns at last Monday’s town council meeting, including rising user fees, a lack of a girls’ dressing room and delayed ice availability this year.

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YK 1 candidates tackle questions on board direction

October 4, 2018 - Yellowknife
Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo
Eight of the nine candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife Education District 1 board of trustees attended an election forum held at Sir John Franklin, Wednesday night. From left are Jay Butler, Al McDonald, John Stephenson, Özgür Öner, Al Shortt, Satish Garikaparthi, Tina Drew, and Rajiv Rawat. At far right is moderator David Wasylciw.

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. Eight of the nine candidates were present at the event held at Sir John Franklin School.

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Here’s how you can help families affected by Rockhill fire

October 3, 2018 - Yellowknife

Businesses and community members are rallying behind the 33 families forced from their homes following Tuesday’s devastating Rockhill Apartments fire.

Here’s how you join the relief effort:

Financial donations 

Monetary donations can be made directly to the YWCA NWT’s CanadaHelps campaign by clicking on YWCA Rockhill Fire Fund.

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Students take in Inuvialuit Living History Gathering

October 3, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvialuit Living History Gathering took place at East Three Secondary School last week, giving students from Grade 5 to 12 the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning about Inuvialuit history.

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Baffinland, QIA sign updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

October 3, 2018

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced the signing of an updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) on Wednesday that the company says will strengthen Baffinland’s commitments to Qikiqtani communities.

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Kissarvik Co-op hosts supervisor training course in Rankin Inlet

The Co-op supervisors participating in a two-day safety training course organized by Arctic Co-operatives are, back row from left, Jake Haganas (Rankin Inlet), Hasan Kapasi, (Kugaaruk), Reghuraj Ramachandran (Naujaat), Jamie Botelho (Toromont Arctic, Rankin Inlet), Matt Clark (Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Iqaluit), David Bond (Rankin Inlet), Jonathan Mowery (Rankin Inlet), Wes Mazur (instructor, Crane River OHS) and Benjamin Peever (Gjoa Haven) and front row from left, Ruth Kidlapik (Naujaat), Glenn Woodford (Rankin Inlet), Michelle McPhee (Arviat), Louissa Kukkiak (Chesterfield Inlet) and Louis Angotingoar (Naujaat) in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 27 and 28. Photo courtesy Kissarvik Co-op
October 3, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Co-op supervisors from around Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet for a supervisor familiarization course this past week.

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Community rallies around family displaced by house fire

October 3, 2018 - Kugluktuk

A Sept. 28 fire destroyed a home in Kugluktuk and has forced a mother, father and her two teenage children to seek refuge with relatives.

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Delta communities express outrage over barge cancellation

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 Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT
October 3, 2018 - Beaufort Delta

Residents in the Beaufort Delta are frustrated with a decision by the GNWT to cancel the Marine Transportation Services barge up through the communities for season deliveries.

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Christopher Aitken recognized for work in adult literacy

October 2, 2018 - Hay River

A Hay River resident was recognized for his work in adult literacy last week at a ceremony in Yellowknife.

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Crush Volleyball Club hosts development camp for boys and girls teams

Effie Lockhart serves one up during free time at the Crush Volleyball Club's development camp at Weledeh Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

And it’s off with another season for the Crush Volleyball Club.

But with a twist.

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NWT Action Pistol Match returns

Chris Hotson prepares to reload his gun during a stage as part of the NWT Action Pistol Match at the Yellowknife Shooting Range on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo.
October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

The interest in action pistol shooting was there so why not bring back the event?

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Yellowknife teacher recognized with literacy award

Dr. Suzanne Robinson, left, is joined by fellow award winners Christopher Aitken, Carly Sayers and Diane Brule at the annual adult learners' luncheon last week. Dylan Short/NNSL photo.
October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

Dr. Suzanne Robinson was awarded the Ministerial Champion Literacy Award for her work bridging indigenous knowledge and traditions with current educational curriculum’s at Aurora College. Robinson says it  has been her goal over the past 20 years with the college working to make sure indigenous studies are recognized in today’s educational system.

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CITY EDITOR: Read all about it – It’s National Newspaper Week

October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

This week has been branded National Newspaper Week. It’s cheered on by News Media Canada, the national association serving print and digital news media members in every province and territory. That’s the outfit that also runs the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, of which Yellowknifer and its parent company Northern News Services Ltd. (NNSL) has won dozens of awards over the years.

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SPORTS CHECK: Yellowknife versus the country

October 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

It’s Canada Soccer Club Nationals this week and Yellowknife has plenty of skin in the game when it comes to the competitions.

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Hay River council rejects changes at landfill

October 2, 2018 - Hay River

Town council has rejected a recommendation from municipal administration for changes to the operation of the landfill site.

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