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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Tourism boss sees branding potential

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

Peter Magill is settling into his new job as a tourism and economic development co-ordinator, which is also a new position with the Town of Hay River.

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Fight against Daylight Saving Time renewed

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

An Aurora Ford employee has launched a petition calling for the end of Daylight Saving Time in the NWT.

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Cathy Towtongie: back in the game

November 14, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

Former Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) president Cathy Towtongie felt she had to re-enter the political arena because of the number of issues across Nunavut that, in her opinion, were being ignored.

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Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first

November 14, 2017 - Kivalliq

For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.

I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk.

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Top Hay River apprentices recognized

November 14, 2017 - Hay River

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were honoured at a Nov. 9 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

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Family volleyballers golden in Rankin

November 13, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

There’s a whole new glitter inside the Dias family home following the annual Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) volleyball tournament in Rankin Inlet this past month.

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Exchange on delay

November 13, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The Rankin Inlet gymnastics club is hoping to find another exchange partner after conflicting schedules forced an Ontario club to drop out.

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Public and territory talk manufacturing

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

A number of consultation sessions were held in Hay River last week by the GNWT to seek input for a new manufacturing strategy.

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Ladies Night at museum

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

The Hay River Museum Society will be hosting its annual Ladies Night on Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be the third Ladies Night, at which many women wear big hats, furs and jewels. The event at the Hay River Heritage Centre will feature a fashion show courtesy of G&L Workwear.

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Down and out could work up a sweat

November 13, 2017 - Yellowknife

A healthy body can help lead to a healthy mind.

With that credo, the executive director of the Salvation Army is appealing to the generosity of Yellowknifers to help him set up fitness room at the non-profit organization’s downtown facility.

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Gwich’in Tribal Council highlights inconsistency in Premier’s ‘red alert’

November 13, 2017 - NWT

The Gwich’in Tribal Council is calling out the Northwest Territories premier for issuing a “red alert” to Ottawa without first talking to Indigenous groups.

The council is “surprised” Bob McLeod didn’t reach out before denouncing federal restrictions on oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea, especially given the premier’s frustration with Ottawa for imposing those restrictions without first consulting with the territorial government.

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Major tourism players honoured

November 13, 2017 - Inuvik

Four awards were given out in Inuvik at an NWT Tourism gala at the beginning of November to recognize some of the major figures in one of the territory’s few recent economic success stories.

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Northern woman pioneers research

November 13, 2017 - New Hampshire, U.S.

While studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Kalina Newmark was tasked with to studying a non-English language as the final assignment in her social linguistics course. She took a risk in choosing an English dialect, and it paid off.

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GNWT releases public accounts

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod released the GNWT public accounts information for 2016-17 on Nov. 8.

There was an operating surplus of $175 million, $35 million more than what was originally budgeted.

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Handmade Market at heritage centre

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

A Handmade Market will be held on Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hay River Heritage Centre.

The market will feature handmade wares direct from Hay River artisans.

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O’Brien regional vice-president

November 13, 2017 - Hay River

Dawna O’Brien is the regional vice-president for Hay River on the new executive of the Union of Northern Workers following its 17th triennial convention in Yellowknife from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.

Other members of the executive include president Todd Parsons, first vice-president Gayla Thunstrom, and second vice-president Nicole Tews.

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Every vote counts

November 13, 2017 - Naujaat

While Grade 9 students at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat have learned enough about the voting process in Nunavut and abroad to be batting a thousand with elections, they’re yet to pick a winning candidate.

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Health info glitches a reason for concern

November 12, 2017 - NWT

The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority has been having a rough year.

An audit of Hay River Medical Clinic referrals turned up 41 irregularities where referrals to specialists and other medical services were either delayed or not done at all. This follows the cancellation of dental surgeries at the clinic earlier this year after concerns arose about the clinic’s sterilization process for medical equipment.

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IRC welcomes reconciliation

November 12, 2017 - NWT

The relationship between the Crown and Inuvialuit is improving after the bad news of the moratorium, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation stated in a news release.

Duane Smith, president of the IRC, applauds the approach the federal government has taken when it comes to Inuit and Crown relationships.

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Jill Taylor remembered

November 12, 2017 - Hay River

It’s a bit ironic that hundreds of people turned out Nov. 4 for Jill Taylor’s service, as those who knew her best agree she would never have wanted that much attention. 

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Changes afoot at Housing Corp.

November 12, 2017 - NWT

A slate of new housing programming means social housing tenants may soon have the option to purchase their homes and homeowners across the NWT will have access to forgivable loans for new fuel tanks, among other programs, according to an Oct. 17 announcement.

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Brighter lights and savings in four communities

November 12, 2017 - Nunavut

Streetlight makeovers in four Nunavut communities, which began in 2016, are almost complete.

“We’re moving to light emitting diodes – LED lights – in various communities, and there’s a couple of high-level reasons,” said Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) president Bruno Pereira.

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Restaurant opening begins Tuk tourism conversation

November 12, 2017 - Tuktoyaktuk

After a decade of emptiness in a small NWT town there a place to sit down and grab a bite to eat.

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Fort Smith ski club gets federal boost

November 12, 2017 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

Lovers of the white stuff in the Northwest Territories can expect something a little different this year at their local trails.

Both the Yellowknife Ski Club and the Fort Smith Ski Club will be getting a facelift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada.

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Parsons back in as UNW boss

November 12, 2017 - NWT

Todd Parsons has been re-elected as president of the Union of Northern Workers following a vote Oct. 29, marking the beginning of his sixth term as top brass.

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Google takes viewers to the top of the world

November 12, 2017 - Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

Quttinirpaaq National Park may not have streets, but it’s now included in Google Street View’s extensive digital mapping library.

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First Nation considers farming deal with feds

November 12, 2017 - K'atlodeeche First Nation

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise.

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Communications plan for town and authority

November 12, 2017 - Hay River

A formal communications plan has been established to keep the Town of Hay River up to date on the activities of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

Improved communications was discussed when a delegation from the authority appeared before council on Oct. 24.

“We have committed to four meetings a year,” said Mike Maher, the public administrator with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

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Path of tradition merges with ‘road to future’

November 12, 2017 - Dehcho

Canadian Zinc’s long-awaited all-seasons road to its Prairie Creek mine continues to clear regulatory hurdles and could soon mean a green light for tourism and industry opportunities for the Nahanni Butte Dene Band.

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Housing contract falls apart

November 12, 2017 - NWT

Ulukhaktok Mayor Laverna Klengenberg says people in the community are “making due” with the housing they’ve got, but the community could use more social housing and some upgrades to the old homes that are currently there.

Meanwhile, three NWT Housing Corp. modular homes—which she believes are not for social housing but for market sale, as some of the corp.’s properties are—sit unfinished in the community as winter begins to set in.

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Highway opening schedule changes

November 12, 2017 - Beaufort Delta

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opening ceremonies will take place in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Wednesday, Nov. 15.

They will start with an official opening ceremony at the Midnight Sun Complex at 10:30 a.m.

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Heritage centre comes into focus with $10 million in pledges

November 12, 2017 - Nunavut

Momentum is building for Inuit to reclaim artifacts and bring them home.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) pledged $5 million toward a planned Nunavut Heritage Centre at its annual general meeting which concluded Oct. 26.

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Former MP and Nunavut MLA to be sentenced impaired driving

November 11, 2017 - Iqaluit

Jack Anawak will be sentenced for impaired driving Jan. 15. He appeared in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Thursday to plead guilty to drinking and driving based on an incident in June.

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Affordable food co-operative thriving

November 11, 2017 - Iqaluit

What began in 2014 as an effort by five core volunteers to bring fresh, high-quality and affordable produce to the capital is now a newly incorporated community cooperative with several projects on the go.

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Government employee survey scrutinized

November 11, 2017 - Nunavut

Results from the 2016 Nunavut Government Employee Survey were released last week, and there are some missing details that interested parties would like to see included.

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Pitsiulak’s last act

November 11, 2017

For some time, we’ve been following the progress of Cape Dorset’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre, which last month held a fundraising auction in Toronto to raise a portion of the $3 million in private funding required to complete the centre.

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Preparing for a historic anniversary

November 11, 2017 - Inuvik

Like all Inuvik groups, the ski club has seen fluctuations in interest over the past few years, with last year being particularly down as most of the core group moved on.

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Inaugural mineral industry awards in Yellowknife next week

November 10, 2017 - Yellowknife

The first-ever MAX Awards will recognize excellence in Northwest Territories mining and exploration on Thursday Nov. 16.

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Two silvers at Spike It!

November 10, 2017 - Inuvik

It always takes a lot of fundraising to get there, but the work paid off for Inuvik athletes at this year’s Spike It! volleyball tournament in Yellowknife.

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Canada’s new Governor General to visit Yellowknife

November 10, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canada’s newly-appointed Governor General is heading North.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette will make a stop in Yellowknife as a part of a her first official visit to the Northwest Territories. Payette, who became the 29th Governor General on Oct. 2 after being recommended by Prime Minister Trudeau, is set to touch down in the territory’s capital on Nov. 14, stated a news release Friday.

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Do-gooding on a national scale

November 10, 2017 - Inuvik

Premier Bob McLeod taking the federal government to task for imposing a five-year ban on new offshore exploration licenses in the Arctic has been the hot subject this week.

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Yellowknife gets set to remember

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate price as well as other military members, past and present, are to be honoured this weekend with a number of events to mark Remembrance Day.

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Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn.

Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related.

Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova staff member on duty for help using the laundry machines, a source told the Drum.

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Territorial government spending less and earning more – but net debt jumps

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

The GNWT’s 2016-2017 financial statements was released yesterday.

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod submitted the annual statements to the public ahead of its tabling in the Legislative Assembly. The decision put the public first comes as part of a bid to improve openness and transparency, stated McLeod in a news release.

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NWT Sport Hall of Fame welcomes class of 2017

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

An Olympic speedskater, an award-winning cross-country skier and one of the best biathlon coaches there ever was.

Those are the kind of people who are part of the NWT Sport Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.

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