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Hay River council doesn’t support idea of raising speed limit on Highway 5

A sign on Highway 5 just outside Hay River indicates the 90 km/h speed limit all the way to Fort Smith. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River

Hay River Town Council has rejected joining in a call to raise the speed limit on Highway 5.

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Seven candidates for KFN chief state their cases

K'atlodeeche First Nation will be electing a new chief on Nov. 6. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River

The seven hopefuls to be the next chief of K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) gathered for a candidates’ forum on Oct. 23.

And about 60 members of the First Nation came to the forum to hear what the candidates had to say, which was plenty.

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Outgoing Hay River town council launches process for new cannabis bylaw

Up to four cannabis plants can be grown in Nunavut households after marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17. Pixabay photo.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River

Town council has started the process of amending its smoking bylaw to include recently-legalized cannabis.

The amended bylaw passed first and second reading on Oct. 23, and will now go out for public consultation.

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Detour readied for Pine Point Bridge rebuild

A single-lane detour on an old railway bridge – at the left – is being readied for the closure and rebuild next year of the Pine Point Bridge over the Hay River. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.
October 31, 2018 - Hay River

A single-lane detour on an abandoned railway bridge will be ready soon for the closure early next year – followed by a rebuild – of the Pine Point Bridge over the Hay River.

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Trial for woman facing drug trafficking charges begins

October 30, 2018 - Yellowknife

The jury trial of a Yellowknife woman, one of nine people arrested in a sweeping 2016 drug trafficking probe, began in NWT Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

Serenus Bryan, 51, faces two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

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Yellowknife student gets dream position in vet college

October 30, 2018

What began as a summer job in Dr. Tom Pisz’s office has quickly turned into a huge step toward becoming a much needed new veterinarian in the North.

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RCMP brass field questions over tensions between force and women

October 30, 2018

Despite concerns raised by community members following the arrest of a sexual assault victim last year, the commanding officer for the RCMP G Division says Mounties have a positive relationship with women and women’s groups in Yellowknife and throughout the territory.

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Union strike a ‘last resort’: union president

October 30, 2018

Talks between the territorial government and the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) broke down over the weekend but “a strike will only be a last resort,” says union president Todd Parsons.

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Finishing Franklin!

Northland Utilities crews work to replace streetlights along a median on Franklin Avenue. Re-lighting the street is one of the final steps of a two year construction project. James O'Connor/NNSL photo
October 30, 2018 - Yellowknife

After a summer that saw major detours and changing lane closures through the center of the city, the construction project on Franklin Avenue is coming to a close.

“Overall it was a large success,” said Chris Greencorn, director of public works. “I know it may have seemed like it was kind of dragging out at times but it was quite a complex project and a lot of different moving parts but no major hiccups.”

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MADD sets up shop in time for holidays

October 30, 2018

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada a national organization that works to curb impaired driving, while also supporting the victims of what it correctly calls a “violent crime.”

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Officers train for fire investigation in Rankin

Rankin firefighters Darren Makkigak, front, and Kelly Kabvitok put out a living-room fire during fire-investigation training in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 25, 2018. Darrell Greer/NNSL photo
October 30, 2018 - Rankin Inlet

Fire officers from across Nunavut descended upon Rankin Inlet for a six-day course on fire investigations from Oct. 22 to 26.

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EDITORIAL: GNWT barge blunder punishing for Kitikmeot

October 30, 2018 - Nunavut

Pity the poor folks in the Kitikmeot who will be dipping into their own pockets after the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Marine Transportation Services’ barges failed to reach their destination.

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Minister announces rise in diesel, jet fuel prices

October 30, 2018 - Iqaluit

The price of diesel and jet fuel is going up across Nunavut, the minister of Community and Government services announced Tuesday. 

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No arsenic threat to Ndilo, feds say

Chief Edward Sangris of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, left and Matt Spence, Regional Director General, CIRNAC, present the most recent findings on arsenic levels in Ndilo at a technical briefing earlier this week. Dylan Short/NNSL photo
October 30, 2018 - Yellowknife

Arsenic levels found in Ndilo soil were found to be safe and pose little to no risk to the health of the community.

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Young Apex chef hits the big time with char recipe

River McCluskey, 9, was one of 26 youth aged seven to 12 who won in the Kid Food Nation recipe contest. The weekend of Oct. 19 he and his healthy-cooking cohort were celebrated at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Club of Canada.
October 30, 2018 - Apex/Ottawa

Feted in Ottawa, River McCluskey returned to Apex this month with a crisp white apron, a white chef’s jacket, and a culinary tradition in the finest restaurants – a high white chef’s hat.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Kugluktuk voters choose to remove alcohol restrictions

October 30, 2018 - Nunavut

Kugluktuk

Existing limitations on alcohol in Kugluktuk will soon be gone.

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SPORTS CHECK: Communities set for battle in Nunavut

October 30, 2018 - Nunavut

Iqaluit

The first big futsal tournament of the new season is on the horizon and it’s happening in Iqaluit.

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MLA’s party politics proposal shot down

October 29, 2018

The legislative assembly roundly defeated a proposal by Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart last night that would allow party politics in the Northwest Territories, as MLAs and ministers spoke in favour of consensus government.

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Second guilty plea in Hay River homicide

October 29, 2018 - Hay River

Sasha Cayen, one of four people charged in connection with the December death of 25-year-old Alexander Norwegian, pleaded guilty to manslaughter late last month.

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Northerners recognized for cultural contributions

October 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

Minister Caroline Cochrane hosted the Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle at the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

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Inuvik RCMP searching for wanted man, ask for public’s help

October 29, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted man who police believe is still near the community.

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Murder charge laid against Iglulik man

October 29, 2018 - Iglulik

A 43-year-old Iglulik man has been charged with one count of murder following the death of a woman in the community. 

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NWT Disabilities Council raises over $27,000 at benefit auction

October 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

The NWT Disabilities Council held its 40th Annual Benefit Auction at Chateau Nova on Friday night.

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GNWT, union point fingers after talks stall

October 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

The territorial government and the Union of Northern Workers have yet to reach an agreement after negotiations stalled this weekend.

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MLAs will motion to remove Schumann and Abernethy from cabinet

October 29, 2018

MLAs Kieron Testart and Shane Thompson announced they will motion for a debate on the removal of Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Wally Schumann, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment from their seats on cabinet.

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Trial set for man accused of sexually assaulting two women while on bail

October 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Ndilo man accused of sexually assaulting two women while out on bail for another since-stayed sexual assault charge will head to trial in May.

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Woman in custody following Fort Liard homicide

October 29, 2018 - Fort Liard

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder following a homicide in Fort Liard over the weekend, say RCMP.

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Barge company gives breaks on shipping following delivery complications

Stuart Rostant, left, and Amanda Doiron, seen in their CHOU Consulting office in Cambridge Bay, are among the Marine Transportation Services customers who have agreed to have their barge shipping costs waived next year as compensation for not receiving their materials this summer. photo courtesy of Stuart Rostant
October 29, 2018 - Kitikmeot

The sealift that turned into an airlift in the Kitikmeot remains a fluid situation with some customers choosing to be refunded for cargo that won’t be delivered this year or taking free shipping on next year’s barge.

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Fox warning issued in Iglulik

October 29, 2018 - Iglulik

Two foxes have been seen in Iglulik, prompting a warning from the government about possible health risks.

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Strike training starts as GNWT negotiations fail

October 29, 2018

The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) is preparing to train GNWT workers for a possible strike after negotiations stalled this weekend.

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