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News Briefs: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Animal shelter deals signed

The NWT SPCA signed a deal with the city on Friday for land in the Engle Business District on which to build an animal shelter, and then signed a deal with Clark Builders yesterday.

The SPCA is just now waiting on a development permit, which could take two weeks, according to president Nicole Spencer.

"What's most worrying us is we really need to get digging," she said.

- Tim Edwards

Resource talk in the U.S.

The NWT delegation has returned from the annual summit of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) in Portland, Oregon. Representatives from member territories, provinces and states discussed resource development, sustainability and the environment.

The NWT delegation included Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod, who gave a keynote speech on the state of NWT mining and co-chaired a session on resource development.

Summit delegates were also invited to attend a meeting of PNWER's Arctic Caucus in Yellowknife from Aug. 17 to 19.

- Sarah Ferguson

World Hepatitis Day nears

Mayor Gord Van Tighem proclaimed Thursday, July 28, as World Hepatitis Day in Yellowknife at a city council meeting Monday night.

The mayor said between 500 and 600 people in the NWT are estimated to be living with Hepatitis C, and that the World Health Organization is recognizing July 28 as World Hepatitis Day this year to foster education and understanding of the disease.

- Tim Edwards

Mall takes novel approach

Centre Square Mall is taking an imaginative approach to making use of vacant space by offering free, fun activities for kids in the old Head Gear store on the lower level. The activities include face painting, painting, colouring, playing with toys and reading. Organizers say they hope to offer the sessions every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, including today - and that 40 children participated last week.

- Heather Lange

Unwelcome visitors drop by

Coral Harbour - The community of Coral Harbour has been dealing with a rash of polar bear visits this month.

As of press time four polar bears in as many days were dangerously close to the community during the past week, with one being spotted right in the community's most popular cabin area and the others within a few kilometres of the town.

Calm Air dates announced

Rankin Inlet - The Rankin Inlet Coed Softball League has announced Aug. 1921 as the dates for the annual Calm Air Cup softball tournament in Rankin.

The league is joined by sponsor Calm Air and the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet in hosting the event.

This year's tourney will, once again, feature a skills competition, along with social events and numerous draws for great prizes. The deadline for any team wishing to register for this year's Calm Air Cup is, Aug. 16.

Registration packages for the tournament are available through Robert Connelly and Damian MacInnis in Rankin.

Silver anniversary marked

Coral Harbour - Many folks in the community of Coral Harbour came together to help celebrate the anniversary of Noah and Sarah Matoo earlier this month. The event marked the couple's 25th (silver) wedding anniversary.

Actua camps return

Kivalliq - Team leaders from Actua in the North have returned to host a number of science and engineering youth outreach programs across Nunavut this summer.

Actua has been delivering science outreach programming for youth throughout Nunavut and the North for many years, returning each summer with new and dynamic handson experiences for youth to help build their self-confidence and explore the many career opportunities open to them.

The Kivalliq communities taking part in this summer's weeklong camps are Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Repulse Bay and Whale Cove.

Spotlight on Arviat

Shanghai, China/Arviat - April Dutheil, a research assistant from the University of British Columbia, was invited by the Universitas 21 (the leading network of research universities in the world) to present her research on the Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project in Shanghai, China, from July 1318.

Dutheil took part in the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference at Fudan University, which unites undergraduate university students from around the globe to showcase their research at an international level.

The Nanisiniq (journey of discovery): Arviat History Project is a collaborative initiative between the Sivulinuut Elders Society and the University of British Columbia. The project has included the training of Inuit youths Curtis Konek, Amy Owingayak, Jordan Konek and Patrick Pingushat as researchers in discovering and retelling the history of the Arctic from an Inuit perspective.

Golf tourney set

Rankin Inlet - The third annual Al Burrill Memorial golf tournament will be held in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 20. Proceeds from the event go to the RCMP Christmas Hamper Fund. The 2010 tournament raised more than $3,000 for the Christmas fund.

The cost to register for the event is $40, with a maximum of 36 players being accepted.

Team selections will be made through a random draw.