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Drug user or drug trafficker? A jury is left to decide

November 1, 2018

Was Serenus Bryan a trusted peddler of powerful narcotics working under the watchful eye of convicted kingpin Todd Dube, or an addict who’d say anything – including lying about selling drugs – to get her next fix?

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UPDATE: Harley’s Hardrock Saloon moving into former KFC building

Harley’s Hardrock Saloon will soon be on the move. Canada’s Northern most strip club will be moving and expanding over the next few months. Dylan Short/NNSL photo
November 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife’s storied Harley’s Hardrock Saloon will soon have a new and bigger home – the former KFC and Lenny Burger building downtown – according to co-owner Sara Handley.

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Legislative Briefs: Nunavut MLAs question ministers

November 1, 2018 - Nunavut

Nunavut’s legislative assembly is currently sitting for the fall session, from October 23 to November 8.

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MTS airlifts tonnes of barge cargo

November 1, 2018 - Inuvik

The communities of Paulatuk, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk are finally receiving – by air – cargo and fuel from cancelled delivery barges.

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GNWT will cover cost Mifegymiso abortion pill for all

November 1, 2018 - NWT

The Mifegymiso pill can terminate pregnancies up to nine weeks and now the GNWT will pay for prescriptions if a patient is not covered by their own insurance or health benefits. Access outside regional centres is still limited due to insufficient diagnostic capabilities. 

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IN MY VIEW: Taking matters personally

November 1, 2018 - Nunavut

by Harry Maksagak

When someone is referred to as taking matters into their own hand, they may have varying actions or reactions to this behaviour.

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Vote drama highlights assembly’s dysfunction

November 1, 2018

When two government ministers face no-confidence votes on the same Wednesday, you know it’s a time of high political drama in the legislative assembly.

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Art camp in Rankin

Falisha Niakrok works carefully on a pencil sketch during a Kivalliq Inuit Art Camp held in Naujaat on June 29, 2017. NNSL file photo
November 1, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

The Kivalliq Art Camp will be held in Rankin Inlet from Nov. 5 to 13.

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Mid-century change of life for Pang man

November 1, 2018 - Iqaluit

Charlie Qumuatuq, wife Naomie, and their children aged three to 19 embarked on a new life chapter this year, moving from Pangnirtung to Iqaluit.

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Desire-Tesar, two others, arrested in connection to gun thefts

November 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

Beau Desire-Tesar was placed into custody in Westlock, Alta. and transported back to Yellowknife, stated an RCMP news release issued Thursday morning.

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Elders welcomed at Kenojuak Cultural Centre

Some happy elders gather around seal meat at the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Cape Dorset on Oct. 26. Pictured, clockwise from foreground, Mayoriak Quvianaqtuliaq (in light green), Eliakimi Nungusuituq, Kumarjuk Papigatok, Ulaiggi Killiktee, Novalinga Kingwatsiaq, Neevee Tapaungai, Koperkoaluk Reynolds, Iqadluk Qatsiya, Sana Pudlat, Annie Pootoogook and Kanayuk Bell. Colin Gibson photo
November 1, 2018 - Kinngait/Cape Dorset

Elders gather around a seal carcass that they are cutting and tasting, and smiles appear on their faces as they chat.

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AROUND KIVALLIQ: Strong showing

Doris Bruce of Coral Harbour accepts a Special Recognition Award from Community and Government Services Minister Lorne Kusugak in Iqaluit on Oct. 22, 2018. Photo courtesy Camp;GS
November 1, 2018 - Kivalliq

The Kivalliq region put in a strong showing at the annual awards ceremony to recognize Nunavut’s best in sport.

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Signs in the chamber

Dylan Short/NNSL photo Clement-Eric Demers, left and Carole Monnet display the sign they held up in the public gallery.
November 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

Members of the Union of Northern Workers held up signs urging the government to budge in collective bargaining negotiations on Wednesday in the public chamber of the Legislative Assembly.

The union urged its members, as well as their friends and family, through a notice, to “fill the gallery and show our solidarity” after mediated negotiations were ended a day early by independent mediator Vince Ready, making no further progress in a years-long negotiating stalemate.

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‘We’ve changed:’ victim impact statements read at Mantla sentencing hearing

November 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

It’s been three years since Mary Jane Lafferty’s son Elvis was stabbed to death. When a door opens, she still turns to see if he’ll walk in.

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MLAs question empty staff units, minister replies with stock answer

October 31, 2018 - Nunavut

A persistent, unsolved problem has returned to the legislative assembly at this fall sitting: why do so many staff housing units across the territory remain vacant for years when families are in dire need of housing and live in overcrowded conditions?

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Infrastructure and health ministers survive non-confidence votes

October 31, 2018

Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann and Health Minister Glen Abernethy survived a non-confidence motion to remove them from cabinet in the legislative assembly today.

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Long guns linked to theft from city home recovered, say RCMP

October 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

Stolen firearms linked to a recent break-in and theft from a city home were recovered over the weekend, say Yellowknife RCMP.

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Chester woman beating diabetes

Dr. Ron Aspinall let Charlotte Kattegatsiak know she no longer suffered from diabetes after carefully watching her diet in Chesterfield Inlet in October of 2018. Photo courtesy Charlotte Kattegatsiak
October 31, 2018 - Chesterfield Inlet

Charlotte Kattegatsiak was determined not to let her diet ruin her health when she tested positive for diabetes this past May in Chesterfield Inlet.

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Fort Liard homicide suspect appears in court; victim identified

October 31, 2018 - Fort Liard

A woman charged with second-degree murder in connection with the weekend death of a 34-year-old man in Fort Liard made a brief court appearance in Yellowknife Wednesday morning.

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Northern businesses haven’t gone digital

BBE Expediting Ltd. president Heather Stewart and Canadian North president Steve Hankirk at the launch launch of Fetchable, BBE's online Northern shipping website, in February. Photo courtesy of Canadian North.
October 31, 2018 - Northwest Territories

Fifteen per cent of all businesses in Northern Canada are “advanced” according to a new study on businesses’ use of digital technology, conducted by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Combining literacy and elders’ wisdom

October 31, 2018 - Gjoa Haven

Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik brought in local elders during Literacy Week to choose winners of a school drawing contest based on poems by Inuit poets – The Joy of a Singer by Piuvkaq, and Netsilik Inuit and How Noisy They Seem by Alootook Ipellie.

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Nunavut’s cabinet censured, leadership forum for new cabinet member to be held Friday

October 31, 2018 - Nunavut

Nunavut MLAs moved Monday to censure cabinet, after Premier Joe Savikataaq took away Pat Angnakak’s cabinet portfolios for breaching cabinet confidentiality.

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Lieutenant Tootoo bids adieu

Capt. Erin McKinlay reads a certificate of accomplishment to outgoing 3019 RCACC Commanding Officer 2nd Lieut. Dorothy Tootoo, right, as incoming 3019 Commanding Officer Lieut. Matt Ayres looks on in a change-of-command ceremony in Rankin Inlet on Nov. 23, 2017. NNSL file photo
October 31, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Cadet Lieut. Dorothy Tootoo has another special memory of her years in the North to cherish after being presented with a defence commendation for her work with the 3019 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) in Rankin Inlet by Joint Task Force North Commanding Officer Brig. Gen. Patrick Carpentier in Iqaluit on Oct. 18.

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Rare squid found in seal’s stomach

October 31, 2018 - Sanirajak/Hall Beach

A bearded seal contained a surprise for some Hall Beach hunters on Tuesday: there was a squid in its stomach. 

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Volleyball teams from Hay River schools claim six medals in Fort Smith

The Grades 6/7 Girls volleyball team (PA White) from Princess Alexandra School won a bronze medal at the Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith. The team consisted of, front, Zoe Cross; and back, left to right, Jill McMeekin, Teagan Lefebvre, Ava Pokiak, Laney McPhee, Alanna Klause, Marie Buggins, Esha O'Brien and Tara Boudreau. Photo courtesy of Paulette West.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River/Fort Smith

Teams from Hay River made an impact at the annual Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament in Fort Smith.

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Shattering glass a problem at Hay River arena

October 31, 2018 - Hay River

The Town of Hay River is considering a change at the new arena because of a problem with glass around the ice surface shattering.

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NEWS BRIEFS: $129,600 in cannabis sales in first four days

October 31, 2018 - Hay River

In the first four days of legal cannabis, sales in the NWT totalled approximately $129,600.

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NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Organizer of Fort Smith’s Santa Sleigh seeks replacement

At the time of this photo from 2010, Mike Labine was one of three co-ordinators of Santa Sleigh, a Christmastime tradition in Fort Smith. NNSL file photo.
October 31, 2018 - NWT

Thebacha/Fort Smith

Mike Labine, the organizer of the Santa Sleigh in Fort Smith, is looking for someone to replace him.

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EDITORIAL: Let’s get up to highway speed

October 31, 2018 - Hay River

We should start by saying we’re not in favour of speeding on any of the NWT’s highways.

However, it’s sometimes difficult to avoid, because at least one highway has an inappropriately low speed limit.

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LOOKING BACK: Matrimony and minimum wage

October 31, 2018 - Hay River

40 years ago

Territorial Council gave the third reading to amendments to the Marriage and Labor Standards ordinances during the opening days of the 66th session.

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