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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Get ready for the rush

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Annie Steen has had the opportunity to use the new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway to access camping grounds in Husky Lakes over the last year, giving her a tourist’s perspective on the road and how it enters Tuktoyaktuk.

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Speedskaters Hannah Clark and Wren Acorn play waiting game with national championship qualification

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Speedskaters Wren Acorn and Hannah Clark had fine weekends on the ice at the Canadian Open National Qualifier in Calgary last weekend.

But was it good enough to get them into bigger and better things? The numbers indicate a yes, but nothing has been made official yet.

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Paradise Papers lost but not in Yellowknife

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Before you shed a tear over the eye-watering 5.64 per cent municipal tax hike proposed by the city, my hockey experience may help you understand the dynamics at play.

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Premier changes numbers, but not his tune on energy self-determination

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Premier Bob McLeod issued a statement Thursday clarifying remarks he made last week expressing his frustration with the federal government intervention’s on energy extraction in the North.

Last Wednesday, McLeod issued a “red alert,” stressing the need for a renewed, nation-wide debate on the future of the Northwest Territories. In the initial release, McLeod slammed the fed’s decision to place a moratorium on northern offshore drilling, calling the move a return to “colonialism.”

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Voyeurism charge after camera found in mine washroom

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Behchoko man is facing charges stemming from an incident at the Misery Camp at Ekati Diamond Mine last summer.

Derek Smith, 38, has been charged with one count of voyeurism after a camera was discovered in the women’s washroom on July 27.

Smith is due to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court Dec. 12.

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New era of transportation

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Life in Tuktoyaktuk used to revolve around the ice road, which saw its last season this past spring.

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Tuk highway builder breathes sigh of relief

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Hauling the last load of crush signified the end of a project that consumed Kurt Wainman’s life for the past five years.

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Cambridge Bay geese died of natural causes

November 8, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

More than 1,000 starving geese couldn’t overcome fog and strong winds near Cambridge Bay in August, according to veterinarians who examined the remains of some of the birds.

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City of Yellowknife proposes major tax hike

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The city is proposing to raise property taxes 5.64 per cent in 2018, a hike which, if passed, would be the largest since 2010.

City council will decide by Dec. 11 whether to accept city administration’s recommendation, or re-jig the proposed $77.5-million budget to account for less revenue.

The 2018 budget draft, released Monday, is slightly smaller than the $80.63-million budget approved by council for 2017.

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Kugluktuk resident proposes sweet and tart-tasting cloudberry and peach brew in national competition

November 8, 2017 - Kugluktuk

The tart cloudberry, a favourite among many Nunavummiut, may be transformed into a flavour of beer if Marie Kimeda is successful.

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RCMP investigate purse snatching

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

RCMP is looking for a suspect after an elderly woman was hurt in a purse snatching on Tuesday evening. Mounties stated in a news release that a male approached the woman from behind while she walked along 53 St. about 6 p.m.

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Get your flu shot!

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Get you flu shot – there is really no good excuse not to. That not too subtle message was delivered emphatically on Wednesday by Glen Abernethy, the territory’s health and social services minister, and the NWT’s Chief Public Health officer Dr. Andre Corriveau. Both attended a flu shot clinic held at Northern United Place and got their shots

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Yk animal shelter bursting at seams

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The NWT SPCA could use your support. The shelter is busting at the seams and has temporarily held intakes for animals at the shelter.

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Sir John Franklin wins three banners, St. Pat’s two in Senior Spike It!

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

There’s always a chance Yellowknife will end up with the majority of the banners in a school championship and that was the case again in volleyball.

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Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT hands out annual awards

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Another year, another group of outstanding people recognized for doing great things in the NWT.

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Don’t make Housing First a house of cards

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife version of a trendy national strategy to help ease the homelessness crisis is in peril of proving its critics correct.

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Remembrance Day ceremonies return to Royal Canadian Legion

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be back at the Royal Canadian Legion on Nov. 11 after a year’s absence.

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A way to save a life

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

Naloxone kits – containing a life-saving medication that can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – have been available for free in Hay River since January.

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First Nation returns to band office

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) is back in its regular band office building after about a year away to allow for renovations.

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Remains of houseboat to be removed

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

The base of a houseboat, moored at the end of the Rotary Park Boardwalk in Yellowknife Bay, is being removed. Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood yesterday granted an injunction to the territorial government to remove the dilapidated vessel, owned by Fort Simpson resident Randy Sibbeston, from the island where it has sat since at least 2013.

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Shining bright

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

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

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Premier has his ‘isms’ mixed up

November 7, 2017

Premier Bob McLeod has to come up with a better word.

Last week, the premier called for a national debate on the NWT’s future, and blasted the federal government for “colonialism” towards Northerners.

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Performers needed for Christmas concert

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

NWT Centennial Library is looking for performers for its annual Christmas concert.

The concert, which is for an adult audience, will be held on Dec. 9.

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Accused in murder case to be tried by judge alone

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents won’t be tapped to serve in what could have been one of the largest jury pools in NWT history for a murder trial scheduled to begin next April.

That is because a Yellowknife man, charged with murder and attempted murder, will now be tried by a judge alone.

Denecho King, 25, changed his election to be tried by a judge and jury in Supreme Court on Monday.

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New generator

November 7, 2017 - Baker Lake

People in Baker Lake were scheduled to be without power for about three hours on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m.

The power was going to be down so Qulliq Energy Corp. could install a new generator for the community.

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Communications plan for town and authority

November 7, 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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Ice too thin to venture out on, says city

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

Don’t lace up those skates just yet. While plunging temperatures have caused ice to form early this year, the City of Yellowknife is warning residents that lakes and bays still aren’t safe for use.

Once a thickness of 15 centimeters or six inches is reached, it’s a green light for on-ice activities. But as of now, none of the 17 area bodies of water are in shape for shinny, skiing or snowmobiling, stated a city news release Monday.

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Yellowknife, Fort Smith ski clubs get boost from feds

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

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 face-lift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada.

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Hay River healthy authority struggling to attract nurses

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

It’s apparently getting more challenging to attract nurses to town.

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JLM dates

November 7, 2017 - Arviat

The Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) Calm Air Cup senior men’s hockey championship will take place in Arviat from Jan. 25 to 28.

The event will feature eight teams in two divisions, with Rankin Inlet returning to defend its JLM crown.

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ITI hosts trade show on resources, energy

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is presenting a resources and energy development information trade show at the Legion boardroom on Nov. 9, starting at 2 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

It will include booths from several organizations, including the GNWT, and is designed to give people a chance to ask questions about resource development in the NWT.

The department will also be hosting a public engagement session on manufacturing in the NWT.

That session will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Ptarmigan Inn.

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KFN members to vote on offer on Treaty 8 promise

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

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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In Iqaluit upset, Lightstone wins over deputy premier

November 7, 2017 - Iqaluit

Iqaluit-Manirajak elected Nunavut’s youngest MLA Oct. 31 – Adam Arreak Lightstone – after he went to bed.

Polls for the riding came in late, after midnight. But by then, unofficially, he knew he’d beaten incumbent Monica Ell-Kanayuk. He just didn’t quite believe it.

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Rankin sweep

November 7, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

It was a sweep for the host community when the V-Team captured the Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) Tournament female crown and Hang’n’Bang took the men’s title in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 27.

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Late Pat Bobinski inducted into NWT Sport Hall of Fame

November 6, 2017 - Hay River

The late Pat Bobinski of Hay River has been inducted into the NWT Sport Hall of Fame.

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MP Michael McLeod responds to Premier Bob McLeod’s ‘red alert’

November 6, 2017

After premier Bob McLeod issued a surprise statement last week calling for an emergency national debate on how Ottawa treats the North, his brother and NWT MP Michael McLeod fired back yesterday.

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Northwest Territories Tourism recognizes industry accomplishments

November 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

Industry accomplishments were recognized during a recent conference hosted by Northwest Territories Tourism.

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Learning the financial ropes

November 6, 2017 - Naujaat

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month.

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Soccer program scores major award

November 6, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The pride is all over Paul Stroeder’s face when he talks about how the kids themselves are responsible for the U12 boy’s Rankin Wolves soccer program winning the Recreation and Parks Association’s Community Organization of the Year award this past month in Iqaluit.

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Darvish meltdown good news for Jays

November 6, 2017 - Kivalliq

Baseball fans across the Kivalliq were treated to a classic World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which wrapped up on Nov. 1.

I predicted, in this very paper on Oct. 4, the Dodgers (National) and Astros (American) would represent their respective leagues in the Series. Unfortunately, I called the Dodgers to win in six games.

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Banner days for downtown

November 6, 2017 - Hay River

The first of 72 new banners was raised on a downtown utility pole on Nov. 3.

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Fun, land and learning

November 6, 2017 - Naujaat

Grade 9 students at Tuugaalik High School entered their biggest classroom when the class took part in one of their two annual trips out on the land on Oct. 27 in Naujaat.

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Yk wins mining conference

November 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

Diamonds are a city’s best friend. On Oct. 25, the GNWT announced that Yellowknife will host the 12th International Kimberlite Conference in 2021 – just in time to celebrate 30 years of the precious stone in the territory.

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The Main event

November 6, 2017 - Arviat

John Main captured the seat in the Arviat North/Whale Cove riding in convincing fashion, receiving 408 votes to incumbent George Kuksuk’s 115.

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Territorial Camp

November 6, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

The community of Rankin Inlet will be hosting a futsal camp from Nov. 17 to 19 for the final team selection to represent Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games.

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