GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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IRC welcomes reconciliation

November 12, 2017 - NWT

The relationship between the Crown and Inuvialuit is improving after the bad news of the moratorium, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation stated in a news release.

Duane Smith, president of the IRC, applauds the approach the federal government has taken when it comes to Inuit and Crown relationships.

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Jill Taylor remembered

November 12, 2017 - Hay River

It’s a bit ironic that hundreds of people turned out Nov. 4 for Jill Taylor’s service, as those who knew her best agree she would never have wanted that much attention. 

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Changes afoot at Housing Corp.

November 12, 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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Brighter lights and savings in four communities

November 12, 2017 - Nunavut

Streetlight makeovers in four Nunavut communities, which began in 2016, are almost complete.

“We’re moving to light emitting diodes – LED lights – in various communities, and there’s a couple of high-level reasons,” said Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) president Bruno Pereira.

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Restaurant opening begins Tuk tourism conversation

November 12, 2017 - Tuktoyaktuk

After a decade of emptiness in a small NWT town there a place to sit down and grab a bite to eat.

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Fort Smith ski club gets federal boost

November 12, 2017 - Thebacha/Fort Smith

Lovers of the white stuff in the Northwest Territories can expect something a little different this year at their local trails.

Both the Yellowknife Ski Club and the Fort Smith Ski Club will be getting a facelift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada.

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Parsons back in as UNW boss

November 12, 2017 - NWT

Todd Parsons has been re-elected as president of the Union of Northern Workers following a vote Oct. 29, marking the beginning of his sixth term as top brass.

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Google takes viewers to the top of the world

November 12, 2017 - Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

Quttinirpaaq National Park may not have streets, but it’s now included in Google Street View’s extensive digital mapping library.

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First Nation considers farming deal with feds

November 12, 2017 - K'atlodeeche First Nation

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise.

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Communications plan for town and authority

November 12, 2017 - Hay River

A formal communications plan has been established to keep the Town of Hay River up to date on the activities of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

Improved communications was discussed when a delegation from the authority appeared before council on Oct. 24.

“We have committed to four meetings a year,” said Mike Maher, the public administrator with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

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Path of tradition merges with ‘road to future’

November 12, 2017 - Dehcho

Canadian Zinc’s long-awaited all-seasons road to its Prairie Creek mine continues to clear regulatory hurdles and could soon mean a green light for tourism and industry opportunities for the Nahanni Butte Dene Band.

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Housing contract falls apart

November 12, 2017 - NWT

Ulukhaktok Mayor Laverna Klengenberg says people in the community are “making due” with the housing they’ve got, but the community could use more social housing and some upgrades to the old homes that are currently there.

Meanwhile, three NWT Housing Corp. modular homes—which she believes are not for social housing but for market sale, as some of the corp.’s properties are—sit unfinished in the community as winter begins to set in.

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Highway opening schedule changes

November 12, 2017 - Beaufort Delta

The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway opening ceremonies will take place in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Wednesday, Nov. 15.

They will start with an official opening ceremony at the Midnight Sun Complex at 10:30 a.m.

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Heritage centre comes into focus with $10 million in pledges

November 12, 2017 - Nunavut

Momentum is building for Inuit to reclaim artifacts and bring them home.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) pledged $5 million toward a planned Nunavut Heritage Centre at its annual general meeting which concluded Oct. 26.

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Former MP and Nunavut MLA to be sentenced impaired driving

November 11, 2017 - Iqaluit

Jack Anawak will be sentenced for impaired driving Jan. 15. He appeared in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Thursday to plead guilty to drinking and driving based on an incident in June.

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Affordable food co-operative thriving

November 11, 2017 - Iqaluit

What began in 2014 as an effort by five core volunteers to bring fresh, high-quality and affordable produce to the capital is now a newly incorporated community cooperative with several projects on the go.

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Government employee survey scrutinized

November 11, 2017 - Nunavut

Results from the 2016 Nunavut Government Employee Survey were released last week, and there are some missing details that interested parties would like to see included.

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Pitsiulak’s last act

November 11, 2017

For some time, we’ve been following the progress of Cape Dorset’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre, which last month held a fundraising auction in Toronto to raise a portion of the $3 million in private funding required to complete the centre.

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Preparing for a historic anniversary

November 11, 2017 - Inuvik

Like all Inuvik groups, the ski club has seen fluctuations in interest over the past few years, with last year being particularly down as most of the core group moved on.

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Inaugural mineral industry awards in Yellowknife next week

November 10, 2017 - Yellowknife

The first-ever MAX Awards will recognize excellence in Northwest Territories mining and exploration on Thursday Nov. 16.

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Two silvers at Spike It!

November 10, 2017 - Inuvik

It always takes a lot of fundraising to get there, but the work paid off for Inuvik athletes at this year’s Spike It! volleyball tournament in Yellowknife.

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Canada’s new Governor General to visit Yellowknife

November 10, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canada’s newly-appointed Governor General is heading North.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette will make a stop in Yellowknife as a part of a her first official visit to the Northwest Territories. Payette, who became the 29th Governor General on Oct. 2 after being recommended by Prime Minister Trudeau, is set to touch down in the territory’s capital on Nov. 14, stated a news release Friday.

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Do-gooding on a national scale

November 10, 2017 - Inuvik

Premier Bob McLeod taking the federal government to task for imposing a five-year ban on new offshore exploration licenses in the Arctic has been the hot subject this week.

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Yellowknife gets set to remember

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate price as well as other military members, past and present, are to be honoured this weekend with a number of events to mark Remembrance Day.

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Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn.

Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related.

Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova staff member on duty for help using the laundry machines, a source told the Drum.

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Territorial government spending less and earning more – but net debt jumps

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

The GNWT’s 2016-2017 financial statements was released yesterday.

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod submitted the annual statements to the public ahead of its tabling in the Legislative Assembly. The decision put the public first comes as part of a bid to improve openness and transparency, stated McLeod in a news release.

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NWT Sport Hall of Fame welcomes class of 2017

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

An Olympic speedskater, an award-winning cross-country skier and one of the best biathlon coaches there ever was.

Those are the kind of people who are part of the NWT Sport Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.

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Get ready for the rush

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Annie Steen has had the opportunity to use the new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway to access camping grounds in Husky Lakes over the last year, giving her a tourist’s perspective on the road and how it enters Tuktoyaktuk.

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Speedskaters Hannah Clark and Wren Acorn play waiting game with national championship qualification

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Speedskaters Wren Acorn and Hannah Clark had fine weekends on the ice at the Canadian Open National Qualifier in Calgary last weekend.

But was it good enough to get them into bigger and better things? The numbers indicate a yes, but nothing has been made official yet.

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Paradise Papers lost but not in Yellowknife

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Before you shed a tear over the eye-watering 5.64 per cent municipal tax hike proposed by the city, my hockey experience may help you understand the dynamics at play.

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Premier changes numbers, but not his tune on energy self-determination

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

Premier Bob McLeod issued a statement Thursday clarifying remarks he made last week expressing his frustration with the federal government intervention’s on energy extraction in the North.

Last Wednesday, McLeod issued a “red alert,” stressing the need for a renewed, nation-wide debate on the future of the Northwest Territories. In the initial release, McLeod slammed the fed’s decision to place a moratorium on northern offshore drilling, calling the move a return to “colonialism.”

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Voyeurism charge after camera found in mine washroom

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Behchoko man is facing charges stemming from an incident at the Misery Camp at Ekati Diamond Mine last summer.

Derek Smith, 38, has been charged with one count of voyeurism after a camera was discovered in the women’s washroom on July 27.

Smith is due to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court Dec. 12.

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New era of transportation

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Life in Tuktoyaktuk used to revolve around the ice road, which saw its last season this past spring.

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Tuk highway builder breathes sigh of relief

November 9, 2017 - Inuvik

Hauling the last load of crush signified the end of a project that consumed Kurt Wainman’s life for the past five years.

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Cambridge Bay geese died of natural causes

November 8, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

More than 1,000 starving geese couldn’t overcome fog and strong winds near Cambridge Bay in August, according to veterinarians who examined the remains of some of the birds.

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City of Yellowknife proposes major tax hike

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The city is proposing to raise property taxes 5.64 per cent in 2018, a hike which, if passed, would be the largest since 2010.

City council will decide by Dec. 11 whether to accept city administration’s recommendation, or re-jig the proposed $77.5-million budget to account for less revenue.

The 2018 budget draft, released Monday, is slightly smaller than the $80.63-million budget approved by council for 2017.

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Kugluktuk resident proposes sweet and tart-tasting cloudberry and peach brew in national competition

November 8, 2017 - Kugluktuk

The tart cloudberry, a favourite among many Nunavummiut, may be transformed into a flavour of beer if Marie Kimeda is successful.

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RCMP investigate purse snatching

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

RCMP is looking for a suspect after an elderly woman was hurt in a purse snatching on Tuesday evening. Mounties stated in a news release that a male approached the woman from behind while she walked along 53 St. about 6 p.m.

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Get your flu shot!

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Get you flu shot – there is really no good excuse not to. That not too subtle message was delivered emphatically on Wednesday by Glen Abernethy, the territory’s health and social services minister, and the NWT’s Chief Public Health officer Dr. Andre Corriveau. Both attended a flu shot clinic held at Northern United Place and got their shots

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Yk animal shelter bursting at seams

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

The NWT SPCA could use your support. The shelter is busting at the seams and has temporarily held intakes for animals at the shelter.

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Sir John Franklin wins three banners, St. Pat’s two in Senior Spike It!

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

There’s always a chance Yellowknife will end up with the majority of the banners in a school championship and that was the case again in volleyball.

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Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT hands out annual awards

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

Another year, another group of outstanding people recognized for doing great things in the NWT.

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Don’t make Housing First a house of cards

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Yellowknife version of a trendy national strategy to help ease the homelessness crisis is in peril of proving its critics correct.

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Remembrance Day ceremonies return to Royal Canadian Legion

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be back at the Royal Canadian Legion on Nov. 11 after a year’s absence.

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A way to save a life

November 7, 2017 - Hay River

Naloxone kits – containing a life-saving medication that can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – have been available for free in Hay River since January.

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