Women’s shelters end year of turmoil

January 19, 2018 - Iqaluit

YWCA Agvvik – which runs the Qimaavik and Sivummut women’s shelters in Iqaluit – is ready to move forward with a new and effective board in the aftermath of a financial scandal involving its now terminated executive director.

The organization was thrown into chaos after a Sept. 28, 2016 Lester Landau audit pointed out 25 “matters that may be of interest to management”, according to chartered accountant Debbie Lyng’s cover letter.

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Tip leads to drug arrest

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

A 23-year-old Yellowknife man was arrested Friday after an early morning search turned up drugs.

Responding to a tip of a man inside a home who had breached his release conditions , Yellowknife RCMP executed a search warrant at a city property, locating cocaine, crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside, according to a statement released Friday afternoon.

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December 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 5, 2018 - Nunavut

Inuit corporation moves ahead with property development

Iqaluit

Development of 16 hectares (40 acres) of Inuit-owned land along Federal Road in Iqaluit appeared ready to proceed. The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) officially leased the land from Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) in November, leaving one less hurdle to move ahead on a project that’s been in the planning stages since 2013.

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November 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 5, 2018 - Nunavut

Some incumbents upset in territorial election

Nunavut

Eight incumbents lost their seats after all the ballots were counted in the 2017 territorial election on Oct. 30.

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October 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 5, 2018 - Nunavut

Inmates damage prison

Iqaluit

Four inmates together destroyed much of the Baffin Correctional Centre overnight Sept. 25, the Department of Justice publicly revealed three days later.

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Sex assault appeal dismissed

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

The NWT Court of Appeal has dismissed a Yellowknife man’s appeal to have his conviction for sexual assault and uttering threats overturned.

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City and territory grapple with meaning of accessibility

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

“I have a pet peeve with city hall,” says Cor Van Dyke of the municipal building.

The building is technically accessible, but a person in a wheelchair must enter through a side door, navigate his way through corridors to find the elevator, and then take the elevator upstairs to get to the service desk and council chambers, he said.

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News briefs – First NWT baby of 2018 born in Inuvik

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

Tara Edith Haogak-Green became the territory’s official New Year’s baby. Delivered at Inuvik Regional Hospital, Green was welcomed by Aklavik parents Jessica Haogak and Terrance Ruben Green Sr., of Paulatuk, at 8:26 p.m., New Year’s Day.

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Remote communities receive 250 packages over the holidays

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife Salvation Army traded in a sleigh for a plane when the non-profit played Santa Claus over the holidays, handing out food and gifts to remote communities in need.

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Editorial: City wise to get behind bike park

January 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Issue: Mountain bike park

We Say: An excellent idea

If you build it, will they really come?

The Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club has been cycling uphill for many years in its efforts to see the city support a skills park to serve a growing community of pedal-pushers.

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‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame

January 5, 2018 - Inuvik

Upon arriving in Inuvik on a beautiful, bright afternoon this Christmas, my father cut through the myth immediately, declaring the “sunless winter” claim a scam.

The idea of a perpetually dark winter sounds so mysterious and challenging to southerners, but anyone who has spent time in the North knows it’s more hype than reality.

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Yk flu numbers see big spike

January 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Cases of the flu have increased substantially in Yellowknife from this time one year ago partly due to an outbreak of a flu strand not covered in this year’s vaccine and an early peak for the virus overall.
Influenza H3N2, a variation of influenza A, helped push the number of flu cases overall the first week of January to 71 from around nine at the same time in 2017.

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Multiple arrests made in ‘suspicious’ Hay River death

January 4, 2018 - Hay River

A “number of individuals” have been arrested in connection with a recent suspicious death in Hay River.

Hay River RCMP and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes Unit confirmed “persons” are in custody following the discovery of a deceased male on the morning of Dec. 28, a statement from RMCP said Thursday.

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Sudden death in Fort Smith prompts investigation

January 4, 2018 - Fort Smith

The sudden death of a female in Fort Smith has prompted an investigation by multiple law enforcement units.

Both Fort Smith and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes are investigating after police were alerted to the body of a deceased woman on the morning of Dec. 31., according to a statement from the Mounties Wednesday.

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September 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 4, 2018 - Nunavut

Cruise ship controversy

Taloyoak

As the Northwest Passage attracts more cruise ships, Taloyoak Mayor Simon Qingnaqtuq planned to make a point about the need for improved security and communications.

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August 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 4, 2018 - Nunavut

Inuktut required in places of business

Nunavut

Following through on his deadline to implement the Inuit Language Protection Act, Culture and Heritage Minister George Kuksuk reminded Nunavummiut July 26 that both the private and public sector must comply, effective July 9, with Section 3 of the Act.

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July 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 4, 2018 - Nunavut

Baffinland ordered to pay $7.3M to QIA

Vancouver, BC

An arbitration panel ruled that Baffinland Iron Mines owes close to $7.3 million in advance royalty payments to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

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Hit return for old time dance

January 4, 2018 - Inuvik

The group behind reviving the New Year’s Eve old time dance and feast must have been happy with the turnout for the event, which packed the Midnight Sun Complex community hall.

“We were a little nervous about volunteers, but everything in the last minute came together,” said Jodi Day-MacLeod, part of the Inuvik Community Events Society.

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June 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 3, 2018 - Nunavut

Report reprimands Transport Canada

Nunavut

Transport Canada failed to show leadership in addressing infrastructure needs at Canada’s Northern airports, a report by the Auditor General of Canada found.

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May 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 3, 2018 - Nunavut

Is Bill 37 dead?

Nunavut

The committee charged with reviewing Bill 37 – the controversial bill to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act – said it would recommend it be dropped.

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April 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 3, 2018 - Nunavut

Cambridge Bay men find shelter

Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

A new Omingmak Men’s Shelter in Cambridge Bay helped address homelessness and addictions in the hamlet.

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New Year, new arrivals: Territory welcomes New Year’s baby

January 3, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife’s first newcomer of 2018 missed being crowned New Year’s baby — but not by much.

A baby, whose gender has yet to be determined, was born at Stanton Territorial Hospital at 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 2, GNWT Health and Social Services communications manager David Maguire told Yellowknifer in an email.

No babies were delivered at the hospital on New Year’s Day.

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March 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 2, 2018 - Nunavut

Arson destroys Kugaardjuq School

Kugaaruk

A youth was charged with arson after a fire destroyed Kugaaruk’s only school, RCMP reported March 3.

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Overnight fire razes Iqaluit multi-plex, residents successfully evacuated

January 2, 2018 - Iqaluit

*Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 8, after first being reported Jan. 2.

By 4 a.m. on Jan. 2, five hours after responding to the fire at the 2217 five-plex, Iqaluit’s acting fire chief Stephane Dionne knew the fight was over.

The building had to come down.

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February 2017 – Nunavut Year in Review

January 2, 2018 - Nunavut

NTI, GN prep for climate change

Nunavut

From across the territory and across the generations, Nunavummiut gathered to discuss resiliency in the face of climate change.

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January 2017 – Nunavut Year-in-Review

January 2, 2018 - Nunavut

Back River project stalled

Kitikmeot

The year began with Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. still waiting for input from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on the Back River Project.

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Makerspace coming alive at Range Lake North School

January 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

On a busy afternoon at Range Lake North School, students’ eyes dart toward a screen in Darryl Mitchener’s class as the technology teacher dishes instructions on programming a Sphero to move in a square around the room.

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RCMP spread awareness about impaired driving during Candy Cane Checkstop

December 29, 2017

The RCMP stopped about 50 vehicles and gave each a pamphlet with facts about impaired driving and a candy cane, during its second Candy Cane Checkstop of the month.

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RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River

December 29, 2017

Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K’atlodeeche First Nation.

RCMP on Thursday responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road to Sandy Creek. Upon arrival, they found a deceased male.

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Library’s installs light therapy lamps to stave off winter blues

December 29, 2017

The Yellowknife Public Library is offering a potential remedy to the deep winter blues.

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Exploration and deposit appraisal spending drops for third-straight year

December 28, 2017 - Yellowknife

The federal government is projecting a drop in exploration and deposit appraisal spending in Northwest Territories for a third consecutive year.

Natural Resources Canada estimates that $70.9 million was spent in NWT in 2017, down $2.1 million, or about three per cent, from 2016 expenditures of $73 million.

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De Beers plans for final closure of Snap Lake Mine

December 28, 2017

De Beers Canada has told the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board it intends to prepare a final closure plan for Snap Lake Mine.

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SPCA welcomes Christmastime gift

December 27, 2017

The Northwest Territories SPCA has gotten a welcome Christmastime gift from animal-loving philanthropists, Eric and Dana Margolis.

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Gas prices expected to stay steady over holiday week

December 27, 2017

Gas prices in the Northwest Territories are expected to remain relatively steady over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, say gas price monitors.

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Days of Christmas in Pang

December 26, 2017 - Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung

Santa led the community of Pangnirtung into the merry days of Christmas with a parade Dec. 16.

“The parade started at 11 sharp, led by fire trucks, followed by RCMP and Santa. About 50 cars participated in the parade,” said senior administrative officer Ron Ladd.

The parade was quickly followed by the annual hamlet-hosted Christmas dinner celebrating mayor, council and staff contributions over the year the evening of Dec. 18, during which attendees played the dice game, with prizes donated by Foxtech Arctic Services Inc.

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Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness

December 22, 2017 - Inuvik

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact.

First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to definitively discuss and definitely too large to be able to solve with just a report.

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Donations benefit Cambridge Bay Childcare Society

December 22, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

The Cambridge Bay Childcare Society has been able to make some extra purchases thanks to donations from the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization and Canada North Outfitting.

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Sunrise festival just two weeks away

December 22, 2017 - Inuvik

The 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival is next year but just two weeks away, and the final details were being hammered out at a meeting this week.

The festival, which takes place on the frozen Twin Lakes down by the boat launch next to Mackenzie River, will have a bit of a change in layout from last year.

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Rusty Blades donate $25,000 for sports

December 21, 2017 - Hay River

School sports in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve have gotten a big financial boost.

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Food, fellowship on menu at Sally Ann

December 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

Family and food. It’s a pairing that’s synonymous with the holidays. But for some, coming together to break bread with loved ones over the season isn’t a reality. That’s a truth Yellowknife Salvation Army knows well, and one that drives its yearly offering of food and fellowship on Christmas Day.

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Cup returns to E3SS

December 21, 2017 - Inuvik

Keenen Wolki and his team of East Three Secondary School students hoisted the school’s miniature Stanley Cup last week, winning the final game of floor hockey intramurals in the season-ending playoffs.

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RCMP says suspicious activity near school was search for missing pet

December 21, 2017

An incident involving an unknown man calling out to a child near a school was determined to not be criminal in nature upon investigation by police.

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Performance in The Peg

December 21, 2017 - Baker Lake/Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Art Gallery was scheduled to host a performance by throat boxer Nelson Tagoona of Baker Lake Dec. 19.

Tagoona is a rising artist specializing in a musical fusion of traditional Inuit throat singing and beat boxing. Tagoona’s show was also scheduled to include holiday music in Inuktitut.

Tagoona, 23, has performed at major events such as APTN Aboriginal Day Live and the 2015 Pan Am Games. He was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his impact on youth.

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Hay River trapper among winners

December 21, 2017 - Hay River

A young trapper from Hay River was among the winners of the Trapper Recognition Awards for 2016-2017 announced on Dec. 13 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Film society zooms in on Hub

December 21, 2017 - Hay River

A Hay River Film Society has been created with the goal of bringing a broader choice of movies to the community.

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Specialist brought in to find pool leak

December 21, 2017 - Inuvik

An ongoing leak at the Midnight Sun Complex (MSC) pool forced the Town of Inuvik to bring in a leak detection specialist last weekend and required closing the pool for three days.

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