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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New rules for wildlife tourism

November 5, 2017 - NWT

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

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Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

November 5, 2017 - Kugluktuk

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags.

The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to 20 of its members on Nov. 1, voted to adopt the rule to ensure a greater number of members have access to caribou tags.

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The pen is mightier than the government

November 5, 2017 - NWT

It takes a lot to get me down, but lately, this damn isolation has been getting me mad, especially in my writing. I only use a special pen, a Sarasa. It is the best pen and made in Mexico.

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MLAs must follow new path

November 5, 2017 - Nunavut

The people have spoken, and they have spoken for change. We’re hoping the new legislative assembly will be able to achieve the changes candidates have identified in their campaign platforms.

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Public ceremony for highway opening

November 5, 2017 - Inuvik

A ceremony will be taking place for the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway opening Nov. 15.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the end of Muskrat Road, where the highway begins.

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More constables sought

November 4, 2017 - Hay River

The RCMP is looking for more constables in Hay River.

The request for the required additional funding from the GNWT for such positions is with the government and will be considered in the upcoming budgetary process.

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Cruise ship worker ‘boot camp’ underway

November 4, 2017 - Iqaluit

Ten Nunavummiut are enrolled in a new two-week ‘boot camp’ to become qualified to work on cruise ships in the Arctic.

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Revving through the snow

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

It’s the time of the year when wide-open throttles are racing through the minds of many snowmobile riders.

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The North gets new champion

November 4, 2017 - NWT

Premier Bob McLeod and his government get taken to task quite often in this space.

And generally for good reason. Pickings are lean for anyone to find much of substance with the political talent, or the public policies, of the 18th Legislative Assembly.

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Northern woman pioneers research

November 4, 2017 - New Hampshire, U.S.A.

While studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Kalina Newmark was tasked with her final assignment in a social linguistics course, to study a non-English language—and she took a risk in choosing an English dialect, which paid off.

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Gone but not forgotten

November 4, 2017 - Fort McPherson

Dear editor: A small group of us showed up on Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Fort McPherson Sept. 29.

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Amateur poll correctly predicts 16 of 22 ridings

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

A survey run on Facebook the weekend before the Oct. 31 territorial election correctly predicted 16 of the 22 soon-to-be MLAs.

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Voter turnout drops five percentage points

November 4, 2017 - Nunavut

Voter turnout for the 2017 territorial election fell to 65 per cent, down from 2013’s 70 per cent.

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UNW president says corrections officers’ safety at risk

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

The president of the Union of Northern Workers is sounding an alarm over the safety of corrections officers at North Slave Correctional Centre.

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Ruling on Sibbeston houseboat expected Tuesday

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

The next step in the long, drawn-out legal saga over a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay between the Government of the NWT and a man who says the GNWT has no jurisdiction over him is to take place on Tuesday.

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New rules for wildlife tourism

November 3, 2017 - NWT

An industry association for cruise operators has created a set of guidelines for tourists to help keep them and the animals safe in their interactions. The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators released the rules—which cover walrus, seals, caribou and reindeer, Arctic fox, birds, polar bears and whales—last week. The guidelines can be viewed on the association’s website.

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Five years worth of celebration

November 3, 2017 - Iqaluit

Hard to believe but the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) has been around for five years now.

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Cross-country results now official

November 3, 2017 - Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence

It took a while to get the numbers together, but everything is official when it comes to the NWT Cross-Country Championships.

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More fed road cash on horizon, says MP

November 3, 2017 - NWT

Twenty-one road and bridge projects across the territory are just the lead-up to some major investments coming down the pipe, says Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod.

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Drug dealer gets four years in jail

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Calgary man was sentenced to four years in jail yesterday in Yellowknife after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Dola-Bode Harrison, 35, conspired over the phone to sell 30 ounces of cocaine to Norman Hache, a Yellowknife dealer who was convicted earlier this year. Both men had their phones tapped by RCMP.

Harrison has been at the North Slave Correctional Complex since his arrest in July, 2016. After being given credit for pre-trial custody, he will have two years and two months left to serve.

 

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Fire hall under repair

November 3, 2017 - Kugaaruk

A late August fire in the Kugaaruk fire hall caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage to the building, according to John Ivey, the community’s senior administrative officer.

“We managed to get power reintroduced to the building and they put some new wires in so we get power back. We don’t have all the necessary panelling and insulation we need,” Ivey said last week. “All the stuff inside got burned, and the walls… the actual structure wasn’t damaged, just the interior. We’re working on that. It’s got heat and power in there now.”

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Never too old to skate

November 3, 2017 - Inuvik

A mini-skating-daycare service will result in either learning how to stop or a broken leg by Christmas.

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Universal daycare promise easy to break in consensus government

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

Education Minister Alfred Moses needs a time out to think about what he has done. Or more specifically, what he hasn’t done — yet.

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Allen Services pleads guilty in Vinnicombe case

November 3, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Allen Services & Contracting Limited pleaded guilty to not properly supervising a work site, one of nine charges the company and supervisor Brian McCarthy faced under the NWT Safety Act.

The plea took place in Yellowknife court this week following the death of 19-year-old David Vinnicombe June 28, 2016. He had been working just off Airport Road when a heavy machinery accident killed him.

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Booster Juice to open in new year

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

Booster Juice is coming to town.

On Oct. 23, council voted unanimously to speed up the approval process to approve the development permit for the smoothie chain to renovate the former Videoland store on Byrne Road.

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Inuvik’s smallest faith group

November 3, 2017 - Inuvik

Dozens of chairs were set up but only a handful of people attended a celebration for the 200th anniversary of the Bahá’í faith, marked by the birth of its figurehead, Bahá’u’lláh.

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Adults should model proper behaviour

November 3, 2017 - Inuvik

We all talk about anti-bullying, but the orange t-shirts and nice slogans don’t mean much if our actions don’t line up with our words.

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Calm Air partnership with Aeroplan continues

November 3, 2017 - Nunavut

Some Aeroplan members may have noticed that Aeroplan points are no longer being accumulated when they purchase flights through Calm Air.

That doesn’t mean the partnership between Aeroplan and the airline is ending anytime soon, said Monique Chenier, vice-president of marketing with Calm Air.

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Parsons back in as UNW president

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

Todd Parsons has been re-elected as president of the Union of Northern Workers following a vote Sunday, marking the beginning of his sixth term as top brass.

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City gas prices suddenly fluctuate

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife motorists are being encouraged to shop around for gasoline after it was discovered the price per litre across the city can vary by as much as ten cents.

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In Yellowknife’s Old Town, a new take on coffee is brewing

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

Eric Binion is a coffee connoisseur.

He loves it — and drinks a lot of it. But when Binion first relocated to Yellowknife five years ago, something was missing from his morning cup of joe.

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Turning hobbies into side hustles

November 2, 2017 - Inuvik

Growing up in Tuktoyaktuk, Debbie Boudreau remembers that the Northern art scene wasn’t as big back then.

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Swimmer Madison Penney pulls off podium sweep at Cascade Speed Meet in Calgary

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

If the early success of Madison Penney is any mark of how the new swim season is going to go for her, it’s going to be one heck of a season.

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Soft-tip darts comes to Yellowknife

November 2, 2017

If you’ve ever been to Hot Shots Pub and Grub, you’ll notice people playing darts. It is, after all, the main venue for tournaments and leagues.

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Cultural workshops fill fast

November 2, 2017 - Inuvik

A series of free cultural workshops filled almost immediately after nearly being cancelled.

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The best land claim there is

November 2, 2017 - Inuvik

Duane Smith remembers that he was either just finishing college or starting to pay it off on the oil rigs when the Inuvialuit Final Agreement was signed June 5, 1984.

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Avid snowmobilers ready to ride, and repair, if necessary

November 2, 2017 - Nunavut

It’s the time of the year when wide-open throttles are racing through the minds of many snowmobile riders.

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Amateur poll correctly predicts 16 of 22 ridings

November 2, 2017 - Nunavut

A survey run on Facebook the weekend before the Oct. 31 territorial election correctly predicted 16 of the 22 soon-to-be MLAs.

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Apartment tenants express anger over ‘disgusting’ neighbours

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

A number of tenants at Crestview Apartment building are frustrated with what they see as deteriorating conditions since residents from Housing First moved in last year.

Kimberly Paul and her 11-year-old son Dylan Picard reside in one of the building’s units on 52 Avenue near 49 Street. Paul said she fully supports the program which houses people who would otherwise be homeless.

However, she says what she’s experienced in the past year in the building has her questioning how the program is being run.

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Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style.

Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories and goodies, is planning to open its doors to the public next month.

Sara Murphy, 28, came across the idea of opening Premium MJ after the Government of Canada announced the legalization of marijuana. The owner of Yellowknife Tattoos and Harleys Hard Rock Saloon said she just wanted to make sure residents had the proper tools necessary to prepare for the anticipated July 2018 legalization date.

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Counsellor gets national recognition

November 1, 2017

One Northerner has joined the ranks of the most influential people guiding discussion around mental health in the country.

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After an exhilarating year and a half at the helm of Yellowknifer, editor Randi Beers is moving on – here’s what she’s learned

November 1, 2017 - Yellowknife

Hay River company behind on modular home project for GNWT

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

A Hay River company is having difficulty fulfilling a contract for modular homes with the GNWT.

The issue came up in the territorial legislature on Oct. 19 with questions to Caroline Cochrane, the minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Recount hangs over Cambridge Bay results

October 31, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

After winning by just nine votes in Cambridge Bay, Jeannie Ehaloak admits that she’s facing anxious days ahead as a mandatory recount takes place due to winning with less than a two per cent margin of victory.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Quassa ready to become premier

October 31, 2017 - Iglulik

After being elected to a second term as Aggu MLA by 10 votes, Paul Quassa is prepared to become the territory’s premier.

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