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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Summit to focus on concept of physical literacy

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

A conference on physical literacy is being held in Hay River next week that will bring together representatives of communities in the Mackenzie Recreation Association.

The meeting – called the NWT Physical Literacy Champion Summit – will take place from Nov. 7 to 9.

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Videogame promoting clean environment scrutinized

October 31, 2017

An electronic Indigenous bird that prevents oil pipelines from causing havoc on the environment is being labelled an act of eco-terrorism.

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William McDonald and St. Joe’s the big winners in Junior Spike It!

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

Sweeping the board in terms of banners in a major territorial sporting event is a tough chore.

William McDonald School had the chance to do just that in Junior Spike It! over the weekend and very nearly pulled it off.

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Council ‘working to navigate’ differences with administration

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

City council says councillors are working to soothe internal tensions revealed in a major leak of emails

from 2014.

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Polar Bear Swim Club hosts inaugural Polar Pups mini-meet

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

So about that development thing when it comes to youth sports, it seems it’s catching on.

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Report tabled on legalizing cannabis

October 31, 2017

Justice Minister Louis Sebert announced on Oct. 24 that the Cannabis Legalization in the Northwest Territories What We Heard Report has been tabled in the territorial legislature and is now available to the public.

Last spring, the federal government introduced the proposed Cannabis Act to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

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Half of Kivalliq MLAs turfed in territorial election

October 31, 2017 - Kivalliq

Kivalliq voters went old school and voted for experience on an election night that saw three of the region’s six incumbents defeated.

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Man goes for wings, comes away with funding for TV show

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

All Jeremy MacDonald wanted to do was go out for chicken wings and a beer. He came away with $3,000 to put towards the production of a television pilot program.

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Learning the financial ropes

October 31, 2017 - Naujaat

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month.

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Town website gets major overhaul

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River.

Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress.

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Rotary event to celebrate beer

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

The Rotary Club has had success with its annual Wine Festival, and is now trying to duplicate that success with beer.

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Cochrane named to oversee WSCC

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

Premier Bob McLeod announced on Oct. 27 a change of responsibility in the territorial cabinet.

Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Caroline Cochrane was named the minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, effective Oct. 30.

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People will stop caring when even Corn Pops become racist

October 31, 2017 - Kivalliq

There are those among us who don’t think society has reached the apex of oversensitivity yet. I can’t see how we can become any more sensitive when just this past week, the finger of racism was aimed at corn pops and marijuana.

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Mine tour

October 31, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

Martin Plante, general manager of Agnico Eagle Mine’s (AEM) Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, will be on hand when bus loads of Rankin residents head out to tour the Meliadine camp and mine on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Akeeagok runs away with Quttiktuq

October 31, 2017 - Ausuittuq/Grise Fiord

Quttiktuq was a crowded field with nine candidates, but one stood out among the rest: David Akeeagok.

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GNWT considering RCMP request for more constables in Hay River

October 31, 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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Nunavut Election 2017 – Towtongie promises to boost Chesterfield Inlet

October 31, 2017 - Rankin Inlet & Chesterfield Inlet

Cathy Towtongie said she won’t allow her name to stand for premier or a cabinet seat until she meets with constituents in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet first.

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Temporary sobering centre finds home

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

The territorial government has found a temporary location for the sobering centre.

It’s opening Nov. 1 through April and will be located at the Salvation Army on Franklin Avenue.

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Luxury hotel on hold

October 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

A planned luxury lodge on the Dettah Road may have a hard time accepting reservations this winter.

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Town deals with problems in Wright Crescent project

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

The Town of Hay River has faced a number of problems in the water and sewer line replacement project on Wright Crescent.

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Ten colourful years

October 31, 2017

Like watercolours on a canvas, the community blended together to show support for the Yellowknife Watercolour Society’s 10-year anniversary this weekend.

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Tricks and treats postponed in Nunavut capital

October 31, 2017 - Iqaluit

Mother Nature is providing all the chills and thrills today.

With the announcement from the City of Iqaluit that it was shutting down the morning of Oct. 31, all human Halloween activities and celebrations were officially rescheduled to Nov. 1 in the capital.

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Hail junior fire chiefs

October 31, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

Five students from Leo Ussak Elementary School (LUS) got the royal treatment from Fire Chief Mark Wyatt, captains Kyle Lowe and George Aksadjuak, and Lieut. Kelly Kabvitok while serving as junior fire chiefs at the Rankin Inlet Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 25.

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Friendship centre sets date for AGM

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre will hold its annual general meeting on Nov. 18, beginning at noon.

The agenda includes the election of board members, along with a review of an annual audit and discussion of memberships.

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Art world still mourns

October 31, 2017 - Baker Lake

More than a month after his death on Sept.21, Canadian art lovers are still mourning the loss of Baker Lake carver and sculptor Barnabus Arnasungaaq. He was 93.

Arnasungaaq was the last of the first generation of master carvers who started their work when the federal government introduced the first carving and printmaking programs in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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Top zebras

October 31, 2017 - Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

The effort being put into Rankin Inlet’s youth soccer program received high recognition at the CG&S Sport and Recreation Division’s annual awards ceremony in Iqaluit on Oct. 14.

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Close encounter of the wolf kind

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

A Hay River man recently had a close encounter with a pack of wolves that left him shaken for days.

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Camsell library gets big support

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

Harry Camsell School garnered $6,100 in credits – the equivalent of about 610 books for its library – in Indigo’s Adopt a School program.

The fundraising campaign began Sept. 16 and ended Oct. 8 to help buy new books for elementary school libraries across Canada.

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Ski club gets new president

October 31, 2017 - Hay River

Kathleen Groenewegen is the new president of the Hay River Ski Club.

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Wind woes

October 31, 2017 - Kivalliq

The majority of the Kivalliq region was battered with high winds on Oct. 22 and 23, with gusts often eclipsing the 100 km/h mark.

A number of Kivalliq communities suffered power outages during the blow. Arviat was the hardest hit with some residents being without power for almost two full days.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Mikkungwak staves off Kabloona in Baker Lake

October 30, 2017 - Baker Lake

Due to brief confusion on the Elections Nunavut website, Simeon Mikkungwak initially thought he lost his Baker Lake seat to Karen Kabloona, but he held off her charge by a 389-280 count.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Incumbent Keyootak victor in Uqqummiut

October 30, 2017 - Qikiqtarjuaq & Clyde River

Pauloosie Keyootak now has the opportunity to serve a full term as MLA for Uqqummiut.

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Nunavut Election 2017 – Kusugak the clear cut winner in Rankin Inlet South

October 30, 2017 - Rankin Inlet

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Lorne Kusugak didn’t have to wait for a recount this time, claiming a decisive 309-136 victory over Alexander Sammurtok in Rankin Inlet South on Monday night.

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Impromptu survey shows close calls in Nunavut election

October 30, 2017 - Nunavut

Robin Anawak decided to design a survey during the last days before the election.

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Yellowknife city hall’s teachable moment

October 30, 2017 - Yellowknife

Last week, the public was privy to a peek inside city administration thanks to an email dump totalling more than 700 messages that landed on Yellowknifer’s lap.

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Crazy Cookie Lady provides a remedy for anyone ailing from a sweet tooth

October 30, 2017 - Yellowknife

Managing a sweet-tooth craving is a traditional part of Halloween.

While many of those tasty treats come in the form of chocolate bars or candy corns one Yellowknifer is doing things a little bit differently.

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Dealing with dope can be a real trip

October 30, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

“Marijuana, bud, blunt, chronic, dab, dope, ganja, grass, green, hash, herb, joint, loud, maryjane, mj, pot, reefer, skunk, smoke, trees, wax, weed.”
  – Terms from the Cannabis Talk Kit.

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Fort Res woman killed in Northern Alberta car crash

October 30, 2017 - High Level, Alberta

A Fort Resolution woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal car crash north of High Level, Alberta on Oct. 20.

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Changes afoot at Housing Corp

October 29, 2017 - NWT

A slate of new housing programming means social housing tenants may soon have the option to purchase their homes, and homeowners across the NWT will have access to forgivable loans for new fuel tanks, among other programs, according to an Oct. 17 announcement.

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Northern Youth Abroad

October 29, 2017

Friends, it’s good to know the GNWT is doing what it can to ensure our Youth have ways of relating to the outside world. The Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) program, for instance, is specifically set up to help young people, ages 15 to 20, who might not otherwise get to travel. A recent article in News/North about this features Jayme Nerysoo, 20, of Fort Macpherson. She went to Ottawa to take part in a construction course, another participant was Jessica Andre, of Tsiigehtchic.

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Wake up and make use of money

October 29, 2017 - Norman Wells

Norman Wells is in the news a lot lately. Everything is running fine. Personalities in the town council must be the problem; we still have the best town in the most beautiful spot in the whole Northwest Territories. We just need a good road so that people can come visit us.

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Review to begin on MLA compensation

October 29, 2017 - NWT

Three members have been appointed to an independent commission to review MLAs’ compensation and benefits.

Norman Yakeleya of Tulita was appointed chair of the commission, while John Hazenberg and Donna Allen, both of Yellowknife, have been appointed as commissioners.

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Hunting milestones achieved

October 29, 2017 - Iqaluit

A polar bear that wandered into the Iqaluit area a few weeks ago didn’t get too far after being noticed.

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Kitikmeot flights returning on Wednesdays

October 29, 2017 - Kitikmeot

Canadian North announced last week that it will resume its Wednesday passenger and cargo flights in the Kitikmeot region due to strong demand.

As of Nov. 15, the added flights will be on routes from Yellowknife to Cambridge Bay, from Cambridge Bay to Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven and return to Cambridge Bay, and a flight from Cambridge Bay to Yellowknife. This restores Canadian North service to seven days per week in the region.

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Dept. of Health urges influenza vaccination

October 28, 2017 - Nunavut

With two cases of the flu already in the territory, the Department of Health launched its annual flu shot campaign across the territory.

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