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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Youth charged over alleged terror threat

A youth arrested Thursday in Yellowknife faces a charge of making a hoax terrorism threat, RCMP stated in a news release. The youth, who cannot be identified, lives in the territory.

An investigation started Nov. 1 that included the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Alberta determined the threat was a hoax. It's unclear what the hoax allegation involves and RCMP aren't elaborating.

"The rest of the information will come out in the court process," RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon stated in an e-mail. The youth's next court date was not known.

- Shane Magee

Reporter gets courthouse video

An NWT Supreme Court case involving Yellowknifer reporter John McFadden has ended after the Department of Justice provided three-year-old security footage he had sought.

McFadden wanted a copy of the video showing him being taken to the ground in the courthouse lobby by a sheriff in September 2013. The department withheld the video citing privacy concerns, claiming the government didn't have technology to obscure the identities of members of the public also shown in the video.

Last week the department provided him a copy with faces blurred after he filed the court case this fall.

- Shane Magee

Public meeting on bike lane tomorrow night

A public meeting on a proposed bike lane for Franklin Avenue from Old Airport Road to Forrest Drive will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The city will also use an online public engagement tool - Placespeak - to provide information and collect feedback on the proposed bike lane development.

- John McFadden

Measured ice thickness reaches safe levels

The Great Slave Snowmobile Association is reporting that as of yesterday, local lakes have more than six inches of ice thickness except for three points on Yellowknife Bay.

The association reminds riders however that ice thickness is only reported where they measure and that ice thickness may vary. Snowmobilers are warned to be careful in areas where there is running water.

- John McFadden

Memorial tournament on the way

Whale Cove

The community of Whale Cove is scheduled to host the annual Johnny Kook Memorial fouronfour senior men's hockey tournament from Dec. 24.

At least six teams are expected to compete in this year's event.

Missing hunter found after three days on the land

Whale Cove

Whale Cove hunter George Ulurksit, 47, was found safe and sound in a cabin on the land after being missing for about three days this past week.

The Whale Cove detachment of the RCMP received a call at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, advising the detachment of an overdue hunter who had become separated from his hunting partner in poor weather conditions out on the land.

Ulurksit had been last seen at about 10 a.m. on Nov. 15, approximately 30-km inland (west) of Whale Cove.

Local search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, working in coordination with Nunavut Emergency Preparedness and the RCMP, were hindered by inclement weather for two days after receiving the report on Ulurksit being overdue.

The hunter was not believed to be carrying a SPOT device or any communication devices with him, and was not completely prepared for a long excursion.

The weather cleared enough on the morning of Nov. 18 for SAR members to spot Ulurksit's snowmobile tracks, which they followed for hours before finding the hunter safe in the cabin.

The group returned to Whale later that evening.

First Air ending codeshare with Canadian North


First Air has given notice to Canadian North that it will terminate their codeshare relationship on May 16, 2017.

First Air announced the termination on Nov. 17, noting the notice period is consistent with their codeshare agreement and provides for the orderly transition of bookings.

First Air president and CEO Brock Friesen stated in a press release that the codeshare achieved the efficiencies and schedule improvements First Air had hoped for, but its customers made it clear they would strongly prefer to fly First Air on its own.

First Air also has announced all six of its recently purchased ATR42500s will be in service in early 2017.

"Together with our 737400s, our capacity purchase arrangement with Summit Air for 90seat jets and our joint 767 freighter service with Cargojet, First Air now has ample fleet to provide a robust schedule in both the Eastern and Western Arctic."

Charity Ball planned

Rankin Inlet

The community of Rankin Inlet, in partnership with Agnico Eagle Mines, will be hosting a gala Charity Ball at the community hall on Dec. 3, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event will fundraise for local nonprofit organizations, with a stated goal of raising between $40,000 to $45,000.

The money will be awarded to the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre for the gathering of ice for elders, the Ivvavik Daycare Society for a day care startup fund, the breakfast program at local schools and the Deacon's Cupboard food bank.

The event will feature a served fullcourse meal catered by A&K Canteen and Catering, a live-and-silent auction, and live music provided by Gustin Adjun, Daniel Kolola and their band.

Tickets for the event are $100 each.

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