Bylaw manager still has access to cameras: city boss

January 16, 2018 - Yellowknife

Doug Gillard, the embattled manager of municipal enforcement, still has access to closed circuit cameras of city facilities, according to senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett.

Gillard has been accused by two former bylaw officers of using the cameras to look at women from a screen in his office.

Kerry Nicholson and Jamie Fudge allege in sworn statements recorded by a lawyer in 2014 that Gillard used to show officers footage of women at the library and zoom in on them from his monitor.

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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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Visitors centre to close, money sought to rebuild

May 4, 2017

The city’s tourist information centre may close by May 15 due to safety concerns, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer.

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Ex-cop calls for security investigation at Center Square Mall

May 4, 2017

A retired RCMP officer is calling for an investigation into the behaviour of North Star Security guards at Centre Square Mall after witnessing what he called “extreme aggression” toward an indigenous man and woman by two guards.

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Emerging actresses from across the territory sought for new project

May 3, 2017

Play to explore female indigenous identity in the NWT

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Local companies vie for attention of Yellowknife students

May 3, 2017

Variety of careers on display at St. Patrick and Sir John Franklin high schools

 

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What it means to be a man: Group to host a discussion on masculinity next week

May 2, 2017

Men don’t often have the space to talk about their experiences with masculinity and gender, something a group of community members want to change.

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Yellowknife composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

May 2, 2017

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.

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Playschool to hold its annual auction

May 2, 2017

The 24th-annual Hay River Playschool Auction and Dance will be held this coming weekend. The popular fundraising event will take place on the evening of May 6, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. The theme for this year’s dance is the ’80s.

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Midwifery program to mark two years

May 2, 2017

The midwifery program of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority will be marking its two years of existence on May 5, which is also the International Day of the Midwife.

The midwifery program will be offering cake and refreshments from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on May 5 in the cafeteria of the Hay River Regional Health Centre.

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River breakup getting closer

May 2, 2017

As of April 30, the spring breakup of the Hay River had still not happened, although it was getting closer

Fire Chief Ross Potter, who is also the director of protective services with the Town of Hay River, drove to Indian Cabins, Alta., on April 30 and reported the river was wide open in that location.

Potter said that, beginning at the Alberta/NWT border, there was intermittent open water all the way down river to about Delancey Estates.

“Breakup is definitely imminent,” he said.

As for the possibility of flooding, Potter said he is cautiously optimistic there will be no flooding this year.

As of April 30, he noted the ice on the river was broken up at Paradise Valley for a short distance.

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Sudden death investigated

May 2, 2017

The RCMP and the NWT Coroner Service are investigating the sudden death of a 26-year-old male in Hay River in the evening hours of April 23.

According to an RCMP news release, no foul play is suspected.

The NWT Coroner Service ordered a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

Cathy Menard, the chief coroner of the NWT, confirmed the death is not suspicious, although the cause of death is unknown.

“If we’re not clear on what the cause of death is, we do order a post-mortem examination,” she said, noting that it usually takes four to six months to receive the results of such an examination.

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Who’s less fortunate?

May 2, 2017

It was just a couple of words uttered in a national sports broadcast over the weekend, but they caught our attention.

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Council chamber gets makeover

Stacey Barnes, the executive assistant with the Town of Hay River, stands in front of the large photographs now adorning council chamber. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The council chamber of the Town of Hay River has a new look.

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$16,450 random act of kindness

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The Hay River Hospital Foundation has been the beneficiary of a very impressive random act of kindness.

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Dollar store opens doors

On hand for the April 29 ribbon-cutting to open the Great Canadian Dollar Store in Hay River were, left to right, Gerry Russ, president of the Great Canadian Dollar Stores from Victoria, B.C.; Catherine Hill, owner/general manager of the new store; Coun. Steve Anderson of the Town of Hay River; and Hay River South MLA Wally Schumann, who is also the minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

If the crowd of people gathered waiting for the doors to open on April 29 is any indication, the new Great Canadian Dollar Store at the Wright Centre is off to a good start.

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Positive signs for future revival of Pine Point mine

These core samples were recently collected at Pine Point by Darnley Bay Resources Ltd. - photo courtesy of Darnley Bay Resources Ltd.
May 2, 2017

The signs are looking encouraging that Pine Point may emerge sometime in the coming years as a working mine.

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Skate park association re-elects its executives

Louise Schumann, president of the Hay River BMX/Skate Park Association, stands in front of Chaser BMX/Skate Park. - NNSL file photo
May 2, 2017

The complete executive of the Hay River BMX/Skate Park Association has been returned for another year after the organization’s annual general meeting on April 24.

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Home alone training for youth

Two Hay River firefighters – Capt. Kirsten Fischer, left, and Korin Carter, right – have again volunteered to instruct a Home Alone Course for children, including Carter's nine-year-old daughter Jaidyn Henderson. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

Later this week, Jaidyn Henderson and a group of other children will learn how to safely stay home alone.

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Bowling leagues wrap up season

Ten-year-old Jacob Aylward receives the award as YBC Bowler of the Year in Hay River from coach Lillian Crook during a year-end event at Lizard's Lounge & Lanes on April 29. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
May 2, 2017

The 2016-2017 year of bowling leagues in Hay River wrapped up on April 29.

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The lunacy of over-sensitivity

Kivalliq News
May 2, 2017

I’ve been fortunate in Rankin Inlet during the past 18-plus years to have known a fair number of people who liked to discuss “hot topics” of the day openly and honestly, without playing the race card or firing about a bunch of impossible-to-disprove labels in an effort to force silence or capitulation.

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Newly minted First-Aiders in Rankin Inlet

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – Seven people from the community joined a group of firefighters to take their basic First Aid Training Course in Rankin Inlet this past month. Passing the course and becoming first time first-aiders were Kenny Hamilton, Kathleen Merritt, Megan Sammurtok, Alexandra Rudd, Katherine Rudd, Jakob Voisey and Shawn Makkigak.

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No Stanley Cup for Kivalliq fans

May 2, 2017

Kivalliq -The Kivalliq region was left out of the Stanley Cup’s visit to Nunavut this past month.

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Fun times ahead with Pakallak Tyme

May 2, 2017

Rankin Inlet – The annual Pakallak Tyme celebrations got underway this past Sunday, April 30. The community celebration will run through until May 7, and offers something for everyone of all ages, including dog mushing, square and teen dances, elder’s breakfast and games, kid’s pond hockey tournament and outdoor games, Ski-Doo races and much, much more.

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Award winners

May 2, 2017

Arviat

The student video-production team at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat took first place in the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission’s territorial high school video contest titled Focus on Safety.

John Arnalukjuak High School and the video-production team will both receive a cash prize of $1,000 for winning the contest.

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Earth Day at Tuugaalik High School

May 2, 2017

Naujaat – Students and staff at Tuugaalik High School celebrated both Drop the Pop and Earth Day in Naujaat on April 21. The students took part in a number of activities aimed at making healthy choices and living a healthy, active lifestyle. For more on the school’s activities, please see the May 10 edition of Kivalliq News.

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