LETTER: Sign story didn’t report all the facts, says mayoral candidate

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

From: Jerald Sibbeston, mayoral candidate for the City of Yellowknife

Dear editor,

Where did the other candidates get their signs? I am proud I bought everything locally. There is a video on my Facebook page about me building them myself.

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RCMP sets rules for cannabis and cops

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Where, when and how often public servants can consume cannabis come Oct. 17 has been a burning question since legalization passed into royal ascent.

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LOOKING BACK: Tax relief for senior citizens

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

Sixteen of the city’s senior citizens would be getting a tax break on their property taxes.

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Yk Minor Hockey Association takes part in World Girls Hockey Weekend

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

This past weekend was like any other weekend for most, but for the city’s girls hockey players, it was a weekend of their own.

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EDITORIAL: Only voters get their say

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife’s municipal election – a very important election that might go a long way to determining the future of the city’s schools, housing and its economic direction – is this Monday. That’s right, Monday.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: Three sleeps until the election

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Walt Humphries

There are only three sleeps left until election day.

Can you feel the excitement, the anticipation and the tension in the air?

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Yellowknife Francophone school board acclaimed

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

There will be no election for La Commission Francophone Scolaire du Territoire Nord-Ouest (CSFTNO) as Yellowknife’s three candidates will be acclaimed. Two candidates running in Hay River also make the board one person short of the three regional representatives needed.

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SPORTS CHECK: Yellowknife squash tournament season underway

October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

The new season of tournament squash at the Racquet Club is off and running for 2018-2019.

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CAPSULE COMMENTS: Cannabis eye drops to treat glaucoma

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver are creating cannabis eye drops to treat glaucoma. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
October 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Aaron La Borde

Glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure within the eye is treated successfully with eye drops.

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Federal government funds emissions reduction with GNWT

October 11, 2018 - NWT

The federal government will spend $23-million over four years on projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the NWT, said environment minister Catherine McKenna in an announcement yesterday.

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Edéhzhíe becomes first Indigenous-led national wildlife area

October 11, 2018 - Fort Providence

The Dehcho First Nation (DFN) has signed an historic agreement protecting the Edéhzhíe as the first Indigenous-led wildlife area in Canada.

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No Mounties disciplined after sexual assault victim arrested

October 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

In August, after a territorial judge slammed Yellowknife RCMP’s decision to arrest a victim of sexual assault instead of taking her to the hospital, the force initiated a formal review into the handling of the May 2017 incident.

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Council candidates tackle social, environmental issues at Alternatives North forum

October 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Alternatives North took an alternative approach to its city council candidates debate.

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RCMP to use drones in 2010 cold case

October 11, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that they will be conducting UAV flights this Friday to assist in a disappearance case from 2010.

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‘Predatory’ man sentenced in alley sex assault

October 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

Wade Kapakatoak, whose shocking sexual assault of a woman behind Yellowknife’s Capitol Theatre last year raised questions about the RCMP’s treatment of assault victims, was sentenced to two years less a day last week.

In May 2017, Kapakatoak, 25, sexually assaulted a highly-intoxicated, and, at times, unconscious woman in an alley behind the downtown theatre.

Kapakatoak was arrested by responding RCMP officers soon after the attack.

But so was the victim.

The revelation she was arrested under the Liquor Act, instead of being taken to the hospital for a medical examination, didn’t go unnoticed by Judge Garth Malakoe, who convicted Kapakatoak – after changing his plea to guilty – in August.

“I am unable to imagine circumstances which would justify this type of treatment of a victim of sexual assault,” stated Malakoe in a written decision.

“It appears the victim was not treated with the dignity and compassion that she or any victim of sexual assault deserves,” the judge wrote.

After Malakoe called on police to explain the “egregious” move, Yellowknife RCMP G Division opened a review into the handling of the sexual assault.

On Thursday, following Kapakatoak’s sentencing, Yellowknife RCMP said none of the involved officers faced discipline as a result of the review. The force defended using cells when other options aren’t available and vowed to work towards reducing the re-traumatization of victims.

During Kapakatoak’s sentencing hearing, his lawyer, Thomas Boyd, asked Malakoe not to further punish his client due to any “malfeasance” on the part of the RCMP. Boyd and Crown prosecutor Blair MacPherson both called for two years less a day – a sentence Malakoe accepted.

In recommending the sentence, plus probation, MacPherson revisited the “shocking” and “extremely serious” sexual assault, including the aggravating factors of the offence.

The “prolonged nature of the attack,” MacPherson said, was aggravating.

“Kapakatoak was relentless in his pursuit of sexual gratification. He’s opportunistic and predatory in his actions,” said MacPherson.

So too, he said, was the fact the victim was heavily intoxicated. She was in a vulnerable state. The victim passed out, but that didn’t deter Kapakatoak, said MacPherson.

“He saw her as an object to be used at his own will. It was an attack on her body, but also an attack on her sexual integrity,” he said.

Following the sexual assault, the victim couldn’t be located to testify – and she didn’t. Malakoe stated if the victim was avoided giving testimony as a result of her encounter with Yellowknife RCMP, then “her treatment by the police has affected the judicial process.”

The victim was not in court Thursday and did not submit a victim impact statement.

MacPherson said such an assault could have left her living with fear, embarrassment and a lack of trust.

Boyd urged the court to consider his client’s significant Gladue factors.

He said Kapakatoak lost his language and culture after relocating to Yellowknife, where he fell into addiction and homelessness.

Despite Malakoe’s highlighting of “troubling remarks” made by the offender in a pre-sentence report – about blaming alcohol and the victim rather than himself – Boyd said there are plenty of other entries that indicate his client’s remorse and insight into behaviour.

In handing down his sentence, Malakoe called Kapakatoak’s crime a “dehumanizing” breach of sexual autonomy and integrity that will likely leave the victim with lasting psychological and emotional wounds.

The vulnerability of the victim at the time of the attack, he said, means Kapakatoak has a high level of moral blameworthiness. The victim was taken advantage of while unconscious – a type of sexual assault Malakoe said is all too prevalent in the territory. He espoused the words of Justice Louise Charbonneau, who called sexual assaults on sleeping or passed out women and girls an “epidemic” in NWT.

Kapakatoak, who hung his head as he sat in court, declined to speak before being sentenced.

Following his release, Kapakatoak must register as a sex offender for the next 20 years, is barred from owning weapons for 10 years. and must submit a sample of his DNA.

With credit for time served prior to sentencing – a total of 333 days – Kapakatoak will spend just over a year behind bars.

 

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Influencers Motivating Influencers organizes wellness tour in ISR for first time

October 11, 2018 - Inuvik

Influencers Motivating Influencers (IMI) organized its first wellness tour in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) last week.

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Inuit youth gather to fight suicide

Goalie Pakka Arnatsiaq is ready to try and pass the ball as Curtis Siusangnark, centre, and Quentin Tuktudjuk put the pressure on in front of his goal during Embrace Life activities at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Sept. 28, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson
October 11, 2018 - Naujaat

Students and staff members at Tuugaalik High School took part in an initiative aimed at preventing suicide during the school’s Embrace Life celebration in Naujaat on Sept. 28.

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GNWT lays out plans for legal pot sales

October 11, 2018 - Yellowknife

A gram of legal weed in NWT will cost between $8.21 and $14.55, depending on the strain.

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UPDATE: Search for missing hunter now a recovery effort

A Hercules aircraft was among the resources deployed to search for three missing hunters in Cape Dorset on Oct. 10. One of the hunters was rescued, another was found dead. The search for the third man continues. Cpl D Hiebert/Canadian Armed Forces photo
October 11, 2018 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

A missing Cape Dorset hunter is presumed dead and a search for him is now a recovery effort.

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ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓅᓂᕐᒥᒃ

Grade 8 student Roger Ammaroalik, from left, Grade 7 student Andrea Uttak and Grade 9 student Heather Putulik enjoy the bonfire during Embrace Life activities at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on Sept. 28, 2018. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson
October 11, 2018 - Naujaat

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓇᔩᑦ ᑐᒑᓕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᑉᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑎᑕᐅᕈᓘᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ – ᐅᑉᓛᕆᔭᖓᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᖅᑳᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑑᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᑭᐱᓯᕙᒃᑐᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ – ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓵᒃᓯᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓇᐅᔮᓂ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 28-ᒥ.

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Inuvik Homeless Shelter receives 100 People Who Care donation

October 11, 2018 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Homeless Shelter (IHS) received this quarter’s 100 People Who Care donation of approximately $4,000 October 3.

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AROUND KIVALLIQ: Co-ordinator named

Kathleen Merritt of Rankin Inlet has left her board position with Qaggiavuut to co-ordinate its digigital Nunangat project revitalizing ancient Inuit music. Photo courtesy of Qaggiavuut
October 11, 2018 - Kivalliq

Kathleen Merritt of Rankin Inlet has stepped down from her role on the Qaggiavuut board to join the performance arts company’s working team.

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Jimmy Rankin to perform in Inuvik

October 11, 2018 - Inuvik

Jimmy Rankin is excited to tour five small communities in the Northwest Territories next week – an area he has never visited before.

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Catholic school board candidates hold election forum

October 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

Eight candidates hoping for a position on the next term of the Yellowknife Catholic Schools board of trustees took part in an election forum at Ecole St. Joseph School, Wednesday night.

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House arrest for cab driver who attacked passenger

October 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Yellowknife cab driver who left his passenger with two black eyes following an attack last year was sentenced to eight months house of arrest Wednesday.

Matar Mahamed Mohamud, 49, was convicted of assault causing bodily harm after a judge alone trial in May.

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Comedians flip the script on serious topics

October 10, 2018 - Iqaluit

After leaving a crowd of 200 in stitches at the Frobisher Inn in March, Angnakuluk Friesen and Bibi Bilodeau are scheduled to leave behind another trail of laughter between Oct. 11 and 14.

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Inuvik honors MMIWG at second annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil

October 10, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik honored and remembered missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) at its second annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4 at the Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU).

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KIA president addresses controversy

October 10, 2018 - Rankin Inlet/Kivalliq

The Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) wrapped up its annual general meeting (AGM) in the middle of a firestorm of controversy on social media aimed at KIA president David Ningeongan this past week in Rankin Inlet.

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Spikes in internet usage anger Iqaluit customers — UPDATED

October 10, 2018 - Iqaluit

Dozens of Iqalungmiut are reporting mindboggling usage spikes with internet service provider Northwestel.

Some customers are reporting the spikes occurred when their modems weren’t connected or they’ve been on holidays.

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ᓇᖕᒥᓂᓖᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕖᓪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒥᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᑎᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᒥᖅᓱᖅᑎᓂᒃ

Elder Honore Aglukka of Naujaat sits behind his collection of traditional Inuit tools at the ninth annual Kivalliq Trade Show's Art Festival at Simon Alaittuq School in Rankin Inlet on Sept. 25, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo
October 10, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

ᐊᒥᓱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᖅᑐᐃᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᒥᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᒍᑎᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕆᑉᓗᑎᒃ 9-ᒋᔭᖓᓂᒃ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᓖᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕖᓪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒥᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᑎᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 25-ᒥ.

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