Loving the land through a lens

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Proud proclamations of Northerner’s affinity for the Northwest Territories aren’t hard to find.

The word “spectacular” sprawls across the territory’s signature licence plate; the City dubs Yellowknife the “capital of cool;”and brave pun-purveyors occasionally don a “It comes with the Territory,” shirt. But what is it that makes NWT “spectacular”? What makes it “cool”? And why have so many visitors-turned residents fallen in love with the territory?

With Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NWT’s release of its annual Love the Land photo calendar, the non-profit organization asks just that.

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Read 1,000 books to win a basket of books from literacy council

May 11, 2017

In an effort to inspire parents to read books to their young children, the NWT Literacy Council is encouraging them to break out their cameras. On May 9, the council announced it is holding a photo contest to help promote its initiative to have families read 1,000 books before their child enters Kindergarten. The contest, which asks for a photo of the entrant’s child reading a book, runs until May 31 and features a basket of books as a prize.

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Washed out culvert temporarily closes Fort Simpson road

May 11, 2017

$5,000 grocery giveaway at Trevor’s Your Independent Grocer

May 11, 2017
Jacqueline Hunt-Cornock was one of several customers who received free groceries while shopping at Trevor’s Your Independent Grocer on Wednesday afternoon.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
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15-year-old girl says man and woman assaulted her on the way to St. Pat’s

May 11, 2017

A giving movement gains steam

May 11, 2017
Jody Pellissey, Renee Sanderson, Lindsey Dwojak, Cheryl Mandeville and Caitlin Cleveland assemble baby baskets for mothers in need. In April the group delivered 35 baby baskets to the hospital in April, a project Renee organizes every six months through Pay It Forward NWT. Photo courtesy of Renee Sanderson.
Jody Pellissey, Renee Sanderson, Lindsey Dwojak, Cheryl Mandeville and Caitlin Cleveland assemble baby baskets for mothers in need. In April the group delivered 35 baby baskets to the hospital in April, a project Renee organizes every six months through Pay It Forward NWT. Photo courtesy of Renee Sanderson.

When Renee Sanderson started Pay it Forward NWT, the group had a grand total of one member. Three years later, her group’s Facebook page has 1,217 members and 600 active volunteers.

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Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo
May 11, 2017
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre closed Wednesday after an inspection by a structural engineer found the building had deteriorated leaving much of the building unsafe for use.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
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Guidance team grapples with ‘at risk’ students

May 10, 2017

With graduation around the corner, a team of counsellors and administrators at Sir John Franklin High School are working with students who may not be able to walk across the stage and claim their diplomas this year. 

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Council briefs: City shaves tax increase

May 10, 2017

The city’s property tax rate increase this year will be smaller than originally predicted.

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Last call for liquor debate

May 10, 2017

Licensed premises bylaw hears final pitches before deciding vote

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Advocating for liquor funds to pay for warming centre

May 10, 2017

Jonathon Michel proposes funding John Wayne Kiktorak Centre through liquor sales

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New water bombers arrive

May 10, 2017

Ahead of what could be a ‘very difficult’ forest fire season, the territorial government has some new fire-fighting equipment.

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Interagency building up for sale

May 10, 2017

Group hopes to continue building’s legacy of serving community groups

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Who you gonna call? Not the WSCC

May 10, 2017

 

the issue: WSCC communication

we say: Pick up the phone

One of the biggest safety issues facing workers in the NWT is the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission’s (WSCC) inability to use a telephone. Or email. Or any other way to communicate with the families of those killed on the job effectively.

Earlier this month, the Vinnicombe family traveled to Yellowknife to take part int he National Day of Mourning, on behalf of their son, 19-year-old David Vinnicombe. He died in a heavy machinery accident in Inuvik last June.

His father, Robbie, says there’s “lots of room for improvement” when it comes to how the WSCC keeps families in the loop. He told Yellowknifer his family had little information about the investigation into his son’s accident, leading them to believe it wasn’t effective.

That poses a risk for future workers too: as Robbie explained, a “shoddy” job investigating his son’s death could lead to another fatality down the track. If the WSCC can’t even explain adequately to the family, how can the public trust they’re doing everything they can to safeguard workers on the job?

The family has encouraged the minister of justice and the minister responsible for the WSCC to hire an ombudsman. Currently, there is no ombudsman– who investigates and reports on whether government agencies have followed policies and procedures– in the NWT.

But almost more importantly, the WSCC must keep families in the loop. The families and loved ones of workers killed on the job suffer. While the system grinds on, the families are left in the dark, not knowing why their loved one died, if anyone is to blame, and what’s being done to make sure no other families are shoved in the dark with them. If the WSCC isn’t keeping those lines of communication constantly open and flowing with families, it is suffering a public relations failure.

And there’s no reason this should be happening: the WSCC is a well-funded body. As David’s aunt Jacqui Vinnicombe told Yellowknifer, just because we’re in the North doesn’t mean we should expect anything less.

After all, lives are at risk.

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Arctic Aviation Tour prepares to launch

May 10, 2017

The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, which will see pilots perform airshows in Northern communities throughout the summer, is preparing to take off. “Each one of us who created this project carries a love for aviation,” stated Nancy McClure, executive director of the project, in a news release.Not every show will be the same, with some places getting major shows and other getting only flybys.The show will take off June 2. Inuvik will be one of the first stops. It is scheduled to perform overhead in town on June 8.

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The Sun at Midnight awarded

May 10, 2017

The Sun at Midnight, a film shot on the land near Fort McPherson, received an award for Best Narrative at the Arkansas Bentonville Film Festival.

The film was directed and produced by Kirsten Carthew and Amos Scott.

It was the first local recipient of funding under the GNWT’s film rebate program.

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Two Inuvik students in youth parliament

May 10, 2017

Krish Sharma and Myha Martin, both students at East Three Secondary School, were set to take part in youth parliament in Yellowknife this week. Sharma was the representative from Inuvik Boot Lake, with Martin representing Inuvik Twin Lakes. Nineteen high school students from across the territory take part in the annual program, which has students assume the role of their respected member of the legislative assembly and participate in three days of meetings and briefings before the youth parliament model session Thursday, May 11.

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Inuvik soccer players headed to NAIG

May 10, 2017

Paris Wainman and Dalton McLeod, both students at East Three Secondary School, have been chosen for the North American Indigenous Games for the women’s and men’s youth soccer teams, respectively.

Both athletes participate in a variety of sports. McLeod engages in speed skating, while Wainman competed for Team NWT in the U18 Curling Nationals this year.

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Art teacher wins national award

May 10, 2017

Alexandra Winchester believes art can teach creative skills

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Junior boys take home banner

Sam Skinner races down the pitch with the ball during Super Soccer play last weekend in Yellowknife. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo
May 10, 2017

Academics and attendance leave senior players behind

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Connecting taxation to services increases transparency and accountability

Inuvik Drum
May 10, 2017

Direct funding schemes have pros and cons

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Tempers flare on Senior Super Soccer final day

May 9, 2017

Emotions always run high when it comes to championship games and that was no different on Sunday afternoon at the Fieldhouse.

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New bouncy castle a hit

Inuvik Fire Department Platoon Chief Jonathon Michel makes children cheer and wait while counting down from 10 to officially open the new fire station bouncy castle. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo
May 9, 2017

Fire department adds to children’s fun at community events

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Free lease space downtown for winner of start-up contest

May 9, 2017

Project launched to revitalize city’s core and support new ideas

 

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Man on trial in stolen laptop case

May 9, 2017

A 29-year-old man was on trial Friday in territorial court where he stands accused of stealing laptops from the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre.

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Man who broke stranger’s jaw avoids penitentiary time

May 9, 2017

Offender wanted to serve time at federal prison down south instead of correctional centre

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NASA to study permafrost

May 9, 2017

Summer flights will study effect of environmental change

Look up, look way up: NASA is coming to town.

An estimated 11 aircraft will fly through Yellowknife from May until August as part of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a field campaign studying the impacts of environmental change on Arctic and Boreal ecosystems.

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MLAs back visitors centre move

May 9, 2017

City representatives voice support for covering relocation, cleanup costs

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Tourism is a good investment

The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo
May 8, 2017

Now is the time for all levels of government to commit money to a bigger and better visitors centre

 

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Don’t let sun set on A New Day

May 8, 2017

A New Day is a good program.

The public, politicians, program participants, facilitators and even a Department of Justice report all attest to this fact. So why does the Department of Justice seem hell bent on destroying it?

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No records kept for pot group

May 8, 2017

MLA calls lack documents ‘mind boggling,’ questions work carried out so far

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Can journalists be activists?

May 8, 2017
NNSL file photo
Yellowknifer columnist Walt Humphries has been a prominent activist in support of saving the Robertson Headframe. Not only did he dedicate columns to the cause, he attended city council meetings, filed a development appeal and led an entire campaign.

The answer is yes, no – well, it depends

Last week, former Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole announced he’d been given an ultimatum.

Toronto Star says I can’t be a columnist and an activist at the same time, so I’m giving up my column,” he tweeted last Thursday morning.

He linked to a blog post, which went into the situation in greater detail. That week, Toronto Star’s editorial page editor, Andrew Phillips, took him aside to discuss an April 20 incident in which Cole refused to leave his chair after giving a deputation at a Toronto Police Services board meeting. Cole was there to speak against police carding.

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Sanikiluaq singer releases second album

Sanikiluaq singer Kelly Fraser, 23, released her second album, Sedna, in April. - photo courtesy of Kelly Fraser
May 6, 2017

Kelly Fraser is angry, and her second album, released in April, explains why.

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North West Company buys airline

The North West Company has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and Manitoba-servicing carrier Calm Air. - NNSL file photo
May 6, 2017

The North West Company (NWC), which owns and operates Northern and Northmart stores across Nunavut, announced April 28 it has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and Manitoba-servicing carrier Calm Air.

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RCMP kill man in Hall Beach

May 6, 2017

A 39-year-old man in Hall Beach, who broadcast online that he sought to die by police, was shot and killed by officers who responded to the scene.

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Close but no banner this time

Kaleigh Niptanatiak of Kugluktuk prepares to let fly with a shot during Grade 7 girls playoff action in Diavik Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 30. James McCarthy/NNSL photo
May 6, 2017

It stands to reason that if you spend a pile of money on getting to a tournament, you want to win it.

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Bill 37 dead?

May 6, 2017

The committee reviewing the controversial Bill 37 to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act will recommend it be dropped.

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‘Tapped out’ city is sign of bigger problems

May 6, 2017

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern was the first guest speaker for a breakfast meeting series organized by a reborn Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce last month.

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A hotbed of experimentation and creativity

Jewelry and metalwork second-year student Peter Nowkyook, left, instructor Ellen Fraser and first-year student Gregory Morgan discuss the various student pieces that will be exhibited at the L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa May 11 to 31. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo
May 6, 2017

Creative cross-pollination thrives in an old building on Iqaluit’s Ring Road.

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Agnico Eagle fined $50,000 for 2013 spill

May 6, 2017

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will pay a $50,000 fine for failing to notify appropriate authorities in a timely manner after a sump-seepage incident at its Meadowbank mine in July 2013.

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Andy Attagutalukutuk reigns supreme again

Andy Attagutalukutuk of Iglulik heads for Uluksa Point near Arctic Bay on the opening day of the 2017 Nunavut Quest in Arctic Bay on April 20. Attagutalukutuk would go on to win the race for the fourth time in five years as he crossed the finish line first in Iglulik on April 28. photo courtesy of Facebook
May 6, 2017

The word dynasty is thrown out in the sports world like candy but it’s the perfect word to use when it comes to Andy Attagutalukutuk.

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The broad brush of aboriginal reporting

Inuvik Drum
May 5, 2017

One of the most interesting things I was told at the 25th anniversary for the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was that they weren’t hosting any hand games for the evening.

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Northern poverty could be missed in federal poverty plan

Volunteer Nancy Vail, left, chats with Kelvin Bonnetrouge after giving him a snack bag in front of the post office while volunteer Cristina Popa of the Public Service Alliance of Canada looks on. John McFadden/NNSL photo
May 5, 2017

Poverty is on the radar of the federal government but they may be missing the specific conditions of poverty in the North, according to a national anti-poverty organization coming to Yellowknife this weekend.

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City to count homeless next year

May 4, 2017

Yellowknife will count its homeless population next year with funding from the federal government, according to Coun. Linda Bussey. The city’s community advisory board on homelessness opted at a meeting to hold what’s called a point-in-time count. The methodology of the count will be determined later. The federal government offered $32,000 for the project. A similar count in 2015 found 139 homeless people, though the count was criticized for potentially under-counting people.

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Police locate man accused of sexual assault

May 4, 2017

RCMP have located a man with an outstanding arrest warrant who is charged with sexual assault. Aaron Chatholique, 36, is now in custody, according to a news release from RCMP released yesterday. RCMP said earlier this week they had attempted to find Catholique for several days.

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City seeks feedback via pollster

May 4, 2017

In the coming days, polling company Ipsos Reid will be gauging opinions on municipal issues for city hall. Pollsters will ring both landlines and cellphones between May 8 and 19 in search of residents 18 and older. When Ipsos Reid carried out the survey in 2014, questions included rating the quality of life in the city, most important issues and satisfaction with city services. Results will be provided to city council to guide decision making and posted publicly on the city’s website.

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