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Friday, February 17, 2017
Warrant issued for unpaid tickets

A warrant has been issued for a resident who allegedly has $785 in unpaid parking and traffic tickets dating back to 2012. The warrant was issued by Judge Garth Malakoe in territorial court yesterday when the woman failed to show up for her scheduled appearance.

A municipal enforcement officer testified the person owes for nine parking tickets and two moving violations, speeding and failure to stop for a stop sign.

- John McFadden

City looks for spring cleaners

The city is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for its annual spring clean-up. According to a news release, groups can apply to clean up one of 60 areas within the city boundaries with $500 awarded per area. Groups are encouraged to apply to clean up multiple areas if they are able to recruit more than 20 volunteers. The clean-up takes places May 7 to 13.

- John McFadden

Warm front breaks record

High temperature weather records were broken in the city both yesterday and Wednesday. According to Environment Canada, the mercury soared to -3.2 C at the Yellowknife Airport at 3 p.m. The previous high temperature for Feb. 15 was -6.1 C set in 1959. Yesterday's temperatures reached -5.5 C, breaking the old high temperature record for Feb. 16 set in 1987. Normal high temperatures in Yellowknife this time of year are in the -18 C range. Weather records for Yellowknife have been kept by the federal agency since 1943.

- John McFadden

Memorial today for Second World War vet

A memorial service is to be held today for one of Yellowknife's last veterans of the Second World War.

Franc (Frank) Welna died on Feb. 12 at age 96.

The service begins at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church. It is to be followed by interment at Lakeview Cemetery in the Field of Honour, which is reserved for veterans. A reception will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion beginning at 2:30 p.m. Welna was 17 when he was captured by the German army in his native Poland. He later trained with the U.S. army and guarded an airport in Germany.

- John McFadden

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Annual summer art festival announced

The Open Sky Creative Society in Fort Simpson has announced the dates for its annual summer festival.

The 17th Open Sky Festival will take place July 1 and 2 this summer, with potential pre-festival events scheduled for the preceding week.

In anticipation of the weekend event, the society is putting out a call for artists, performers and vendors to round out the schedule.

Youth show handgames talent

Two youth tournaments in a row drew handgame players from Deh Gah School in Fort Providence.

On Feb. 9, the Fort Providence team took home first place in the fourth annual Deninu Hand Games Tournament, which took place in Fort Resolution.

The win came just a week after players from Fort Providence and Kakisa gathered in Yellowknife for the regional youth traditional handgames tournament, which began Feb. 3 at St. Patrick High School.

Census sees Deh Cho population drop

With the exception of Jean Marie River, the population of every community in the Deh Cho has decreased since 2011, according to results of the federal census released Feb. 8.

Fort Liard, which had a population of 536 in 2011, dropped to 500, while Fort Simpson dropped to 1,202 from 1,238.

Kakisa dropped to 36 from 45, while Fort Providence dropped to 695 from 734.

Wrigley's population decreased to 119 from 133, Sambaa K'e's fell to 88 from 92, and Nahanni Butte's decreased to 87 from 102.

In contrast, Jean Marie River grew to 77 from 64, a percentage change of 20.3 per cent.

Territory talks agriculture

The GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment will be holding an agriculture conference in Fort Simpson March 2 to 4.

The conference, which includes sections for youth and adults, focuses on topics such as food independence, animal husbandry and greenhouse management.

The youth session will take place March 2, while adult sessions will run March 3 and 4.

Name change meeting set

Fort Simpson's district education authority will be holding a community meeting at Thomas Simpson School on Feb. 16 to discuss potential name changes of the community's schools.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Outstanding volunteer awards up for nomination

The GNWT is seeking nominations for its annual outstanding volunteer awards.

Categories include elders, youth, individuals and group volunteers.

Residents are encouraged to nominate people or groups who have donated their time to improve the quality of life for Northwest Territories residents.

The deadline for nominations is March 31. Go to for more information.  

Workshop opportunity for Inuvialuit youth

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is seeking applications from interested Inuvialuit youth ages 19 to 29 for the Inuvialuit Youth Symposium in March.

The symposium, named Hakuringniq Katillugu: Gathering Strength, will include interactive workshops, guest speakers and opportunities to build connections across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

Elders are also invited to provide guidance and support during the symposium.  

Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee formed

Duane Smith, president of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, joined a signing ceremony last week in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to create the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee.

"Last December, I promised that federal ministers and Inuit leaders would meet regularly to tackle important issues," stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a news release. "Today, we're making good on that pledge by signing the Inuit Nunangat Declaration with our Inuit partners."

Smith will represent the IRC on the committee, which also includes Trudeau, federal ministers, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Makivik Corporation, the Nunatsiavut Government and more.  

Two Inuvik participants partake in Daughters of the Voice

Raven Firth and Alyssa Ross were two Inuvik residents set to take part in the GNWT's Daughters of the Voice event earlier this week in Yellowknife.

The program aims to increase female representation in elected government positions.

The workshop included two panel discussions, one focusing on how to get elected in the territory and another on the realities of becoming an elected official.

"Increasing the number of women who run for elected office is a priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly and it is events like these that will promote involvement of young women in territorial politics," stated Jackson Lafferty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, in a news release. 

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