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Newsbriefs: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Jacob Schofield against the Oilers

One of Yellowknife's own hockey stars will take to the Rogers Arena ice in Edmonton this evening.

Jacob Schofield is part of a team put together by MacEwan University, where he attends school, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The joint team which will take on the Edmonton Oilers rookies tonight in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Schofield was part of the MacEwan team which won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men's hockey title last season. It's not yet know if the game will be available on TV or webcast.

- James McCarthy

Convicted murderer to be sent to federal pen

A Fort Good Hope man, convicted of first degree murder in the 2014 death of Charlotte Lafferty, has been ordered to serve his sentence in a federal institution in the south. Keenan McNeely, 21, was sentenced last spring to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. He was 17 at the time of the offence. Supreme Court judge Louise Charbonneau gave her decision in Yellowknife yesterday in the first-ever placement hearing in the NWT. The hearing was necessary because McNeely, who was convicted as an adult, was a minor when he committed the offence.

- John McFadden

Cannabis comes calling

With cannabis to be legalized by the federal government next year, the GNWT wants input on what new laws would make sense for the North. Officials will be visiting communities across the territory this month, hitting the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

In July, a NWT survey to gauge the public's stance on marijuana legalization garnered more than 600 responses in the first 48 hours.

- Jessica Davey-Quantick

TerraX invests more in Yk gold project

TerraX announced Tuesday it is investing $1.8 million for further field exploration at the Yellowknife City Gold Project. The money will be put towards work on targets identified this summer and will include ground magnetic and induced polarized (IP) surveys. Assay results from the samples collected during the company's surface exploration in summer are still pending.

- Emelie Peacock

Expanding program


The organizers of the regional Kivalliq Junior Canucks hockey program are trying to double the number of teams representing the region at the 2018 Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Tournament in Winnipeg.

The Kivalliq atoms squad captured the overall 2017 atoms championship.

Program organizers Gleason Uppahuak of Arviat and David Clark of Rankin Inlet are seeking funding to be able to send both a regional bantam and regional midget team to the 2018 event.

The organizers will be asking the Kivalliq Inuit Association to donate $50,000 towards the regional hockey program at its upcoming AGM to help with the costs of flights, jerseys, team apparel, hotels and bus, van or truck rentals. Players for the regional teams will be selected at the Arctic Atoms, Powerful Peewee and Polar Bear Plate (midget) tournaments. A selection event for the bantam squad has yet to be decided.

Dorey returns

Baker Lake

Former Naujaat senior administrative officer (SAO) Sheldon Dorey returns to the Kivalliq this week to become the new SAO in Baker Lake. Dorey spent a number of years in Arctic communities working for the Hudson's Bay Co. before finishing his career with the company in Naujaat, where he became that community's SAO. He has spent the past 17 years working as the chief administrative officer for the town of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.

Hockey registration

Rankin Inlet

The Rankin Rock minor hockey program will be holding player registrations on Friday, Sept. 22, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. All three sessions will be held in the arena lobby from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Registration costs are $150 for one child, $250 for two and $325 for three. Any children after three is $75.

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