Behchoko RMCP search warrant results in arrests and drug seizures

February 19, 2018 - Behchoko

A search warrant executed during the week of February 12th in Behchoko resulted in 4 arrests, according to the RCMP.

An investigation into drug trafficking in the area led to the search warrant, which led Behchoko RCMP to the finding and seizure of “cash, cannabis-marihuana, crack, cocaine and drug trafficking paraphernalia.”

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Food truck opens in Kam Lake

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents are being introduced to ethnic cuisine at an unusual time of year.

A food truck, known as Noodo Monster has popped up near Kam Lake, providing traditional Asian dishes to the public.

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Primary operator in Dube’s dial-a-dope ring convicted

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Edmonton man who sold up to $15,000 of crack cocaine a week as a “primary operator” in Todd Dube’s dial-a-dope drug ring was convicted in NWT Supreme Court.

Yohannes Seyoume, 21, spoke softly in court on Monday, answering to Judge Shannon Smallwood after she convicted him on one count of trafficking in cocaine. Seyoume pleaded guilty to the charge in November, following his arrest in April, 2016.

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Kam Lake sewage clean-up open house

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The City of Yellowknife is inviting residents to join an open house discussing the on-going clean-up of sewage in the Kam Lake subdivision.

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall in the council chamber, stated a news release.
On Jan. 15, a city employee reported the rupture of the sewage force main, near Ron’s Auto in Kam Lake.

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Heavy traffic on the trail

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Department of Infrastructure is anticipating heavy industrial traffic along the Ingraham Trail 24 hours per day until the end of March as the Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road to the mines has opened.

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Yellowknife dump doc enters post-production stage

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The documentary Salvage, directed by New York City based filmmaker Amy Elliott, is scheduled to debut late this year, with the goal of being submitted to film festivals across North America.

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A prized addition to Yellowknife

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

A non-profit group’s bid to bring traditional healing practices to at-risk people in Yellowknife made national news last week after winning the $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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Gunning for stardom

February 6, 2018

The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is preparing for their Northern Scene Series showcase this weekend and is inviting Music Canada Live executive director, Erin Benjamin to consult two local artists.

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UPDATE: Man charged in Clyde River death

February 6, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

A 37-year-old man is charged with second degree murder after the death of a Clyde River man Feb. 3, RCMP stated Feb. 7.

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Clyde River principal ‘exceptional educator’

February 6, 2018 - Kangiqtugaapik/Clyde River

Rebecca Hainnu, principal of Clyde River’s Quluaq School , has been recognized by The Learning Partnership as one of 40 exceptional educators in Canada.

The national organization announced Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2018 on January 31.

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Police raid nets guns, drugs and cash

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team was part of an early morning raid of a downtown apartment that netted drugs, guns and cash.

Three men were charged with a variety of offences after the Saturday morning raid of two apartment units inside the same complex, stated an RCMP news release Wednesday.

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Blaze engulfs Curry Dr. garage Friday night

February 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

A call about a garage fire Friday night led to a 4.5 hour fight to extinguish flames at a Curry Dr. shop.

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Editorial: Council’s pride support important for LGBTQ+ youth

February 5, 2018 - Inuvik

Last week, I went to my first town council meeting in Inuvik. When I saw the Aurora Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club listed on the agenda, I was intrigued. And so was the council.

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UPDATE : Students back at J.H. Sissons school

February 5, 2018 - Yellowknife

Students at J.H. Sissons School are back in the classroom Tuesday morning after a boiler backdraft on Monday caused an evacuation.

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Nominees finalized in Kugluktuk hamlet election

February 5, 2018 - Kugluktuk

The number of candidates running for mayor and council has shrunk since the first round of nominations for the hamlet election in Kugluktuk.

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Inuk prospector strikes gold with Agnico Eagle

February 5, 2018 - Arviat

Anyone wondering how to be a successful prospector may want to approach John Tugak, who will be Agnico Eagle’s guest at the Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit April 9-12.

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NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister

February 5, 2018 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories’ child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of children in care.

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Firth sisters celebrated on stamps

February 5, 2018 - Calgary, Alta.

Famous Gwich’in skiiers and Olympians Sharon and Shirley Firth are on new stamps released by Canada Post after a ceremony last week in Calgary, AB.

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Tax Talk: get some RESPect

February 5, 2018 - NWT

The best way to pay for your child’s post-secondary education is by funding a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

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AWG Preview: a look at Arctic sports

February 5, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

I’m sure I could write an entire column on things that make the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) special, but this week I want to focus on a few of the special sports that we feature.

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Healthy Living Fair a success

February 5, 2018 - Jean Marie River

The first of a territory-wide series of Community Healthy Living Fairs had “a good turn out,” according to host, Jean Marie River First Nation.

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Sports Talk: The XFL returns… and it just might work this time

February 5, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

Vince McMahon made an announcement late last month that he’s once again getting into the football business.

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Canada should follow Trump’s lead on roads

February 5, 2018 - NWT

It looks like the world was waiting for President Trump’s State of the Union address Jan. 30, after one year in the oval office.

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Wrigley getting new fiddles

February 5, 2018 - Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley

The original home of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association almost lost its link with the instrument after local youth couldn’t find fiddles, until one day help came from Nanaimo, B.C.

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Put a plug in the coffee mug

February 5, 2018 - NWT

In May it will be four years since I quit drinking coffee. Woohoo! Big deal you say? Yes, it is a big deal, because I used to drink up to 14 cups of coffee a day. Yes, fourteen cups a day, along with the fourteen teaspoons of sugar to sweeten up my java.

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No new senator yet: Wheels not yet in motion to fill Nick Sibbeston’s seat

February 5, 2018 - NWT

One round of senate appointments has taken place since NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston resigned from his seat in November.

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National inquiry reveals community have-nots

February 5, 2018 - NWT

One issue that came to light after families of missing and murdered indigenous women came to Yellowknife last month to tell their stories is the great frustration that comes from the lack of emergency services in smaller communities.

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Fourth suspect arrested in Hay River homicide investigation

February 5, 2018 - Hay River

A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.

Tyler Cayen, 32, has been charged with murder and robbery related to the Dec.28 discovery of a deceased man inside a vehicle near the Katl’odeeche Hay River Reserve, according to a release Wednesday from RCMP.

James George Thomas, 25, Levi Cayen, 20, and Sasha Cayen, 25, all face murder and robbery charges related to the same incident.

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NWT stands out at Arctic Inspiration Prize

February 4, 2018 - Ottawa

A project to enshrine Sahtu Dene heroes in a work of literature while giving youth literacy skills won $100,000 from the Arctic Inspiration Prize on Wednesday in Ottawa.

“Who is your hero?” asked Dakota Orlias, the team leader of this project, to the crowd. “My (heroes) are the Dene people of the Sahtu, and this book honours the Dene people of the past, present and future.”

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Preparations begin for large-scale military exercise

February 3, 2018 - Cambridge Bay/Resolute

Residents of Cambridge Bay and Resolute can expect to see a major influx of military personnel in and around their communities as Operation Nunalivut is held from Feb. 23 to March 21.

The annual High Arctic military exercise will involve 350 Rangers and Canadian Armed Forces personnel combined. Soldiers will be sent from Winnipeg and Shilo, Man., and military divers will arrive from Canada’s East Coast. In addition to the diving operations, there will be military drills on land and on sea ice, patrols and live fire training.

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Small renovations make a big difference

February 3, 2018

Joey Amos, manager of Inuvik’s John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, says a newly cleared out office space is now available to external service workers to use to work with residents, making their services more accessible.

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All of Qikiqtarjuaq to be tested for TB

February 3, 2018 - Qikiqtarjuaq

The community of Qikiqtarjuaq, which normally sees one or two cases of tuberculosis (TB), has been hit hard by an outbreak, with 10 per cent of its population diagnosed with latent or active infections.

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Pang reboots Pujualussait healing society

February 2, 2018 - Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung

A successful community-based healing group, which operated in Pangnirtung between 2005 and 2009, is being revived after two weeks of workshops for community members in January showed the group is needed.

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Yellowknife man charged after serious assault

February 2, 2018

A Yellowknife man has been charged following an assault in a city apartment building earlier this week, RCMP say.

Jerry Rogers, 34, is charged with aggravated assault after police responded to an incident at a Gitzel St. apartment late Wednesday night.

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Legislative assembly returns; budget to be presented

February 2, 2018

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod will table the GNWT’s 2018-19 operations budget on Feb. 8., the day after the third Session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes Feb. 7, at 1:30 pm.

The budget will outline the GNWT’s operational spending plans “in the face of continued economic uncertainty and stagnant revenues,” stated a GNWT news release Feb. 2.

The public is invited to observe the proceedings from the public gallery.

The proceedings will also be broadcast live on the assembly’s television network and webcast via the legislative assembly website, and its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

The third Session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes Feb. 7
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Union president threatens strike

February 2, 2018

Territorial government employees will be asked to vote on a strike unless the GNWT offers higher wage increases, their union president warns.

A defiant Todd Parsons issued the ultimatum while speaking with Yellowknifer Friday afternoon. He said after two years of negotiations the two sides remain far apart.

He said meetings for a strike mandate will begin within the next three weeks, with a final vote expected at the end of March.

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Floating sauna campaign heats up

February 2, 2018

The Great Slave Sauna Society’s GoFundMe campaign to design and build a permanent floating community-use wood-fired sauna on Great Slave Lake has been launched.

The non-profit group’s 60-day drive to raise $20,000 by March 31 had raised $1,100 by Feb. 2.

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RCMP, government agencies team up for outdoor safety patrols

February 2, 2018 - Yellowknife

With the launch of a joint-bid by law enforcement and government agencies to bolster responsible sledding and fishing, Yellowknifers taking part in outdoor winter activities will soon be seeing a few more sleds on local trails.

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Security camera policy put to council for debate

February 2, 2018

City council will discuss Feb. 5 a proposed policy for the use of city security cameras.

The city deactivated security cameras at its facilities Jan. 18, following allegations that Doug Gillard, the head of the Municipal Enforcement Division, used the cameras to look at women.

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Three Nunavut projects win Arctic Inspiration Prizes

February 2, 2018 - Nunavut

Three Nunavut projects received recognition and funding from a total of $2.4 million that went to eight teams across the North at the Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony Jan. 31 in Ottawa.

“We’re super-excited,” said Chesterfield Inlet’s Glen Brocklebank, who has been running a qajaq program with Victor Sammurtok School students for years.

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NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister

February 2, 2018

Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories’ child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of children in care.

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Kids flock to curling club

February 2, 2018

The first Lil’ Rockstars Curling Championship had the Inuvik Curling Club buzzing with enthusiastic young curlers and their parents Saturday, Jan. 27.

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“Overwhelming” support shown for pride parade

February 2, 2018

What was originally planned to be a small, school-wide pride event put on by the Aurora Gay-
Straight Alliance (GSA) club at East Three Secondary School has turned into a community pride
parade.

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Students use posters to battle drugs

February 2, 2018 - Naujaat

A large number of students gave a big thumbs-down to drugs while chasing some big prizes offered in a poster contest at Tusarvik Elementary School and Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat earlier this month.

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Workshops teach students about their rights

February 2, 2018 - Nunavut

With rights come responsibilities – this is one bit of notable information youth in the territory are learning thanks to a workshop tour of schools by Representative for Children and Youth staff.

Most importantly, they’re learning they have rights.

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Letter to the editor: Petition out to allow lotteries that support the arts

February 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

From: Eli Purchase

Dear editor,
A new ePetition has just been posted to the NWT Legislative Assembly website calling on the GNWT to allow lottery funds to support the arts.

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