Criminal defence lawyer Michael Hansen, left, Chief Judge Christine Gagnon, Justice department director and PARTNER developer Dawn Anderson and regional manager of probation services in Hay River Cindy Caudron give a briefing on the new Domestic Violence Treatment Option (DVTO) Court, now operational in Hay River.

Hay River launches domestic violence treatment court

Offenders of domestic violence crimes in Hay River and the surrounding area now have an alternative to the territorial court system, should they choose to claim responsibility for their actions. The Domestic Violence Treatment Option (DVTO) Court started operating in the community – as well as Enterprise and the K’atl’odeeche First Nation – as of Monday, with two names listed […]

CKLB Radio is looking for close to $1 million a year in core funding from the GNWT to re-start programming. The station, run by the Native Communications Society of the NWT, stopped its news and language broadcasts last July.

Aboriginal Affairs minister offers interview to off-air CKLB Radio

CKLB Radio has been off the air for nearly a year in the Northwest Territories due to funding issues with the federal government, but that seemed to be news to the Aboriginal Affairs minister’s office, who offered an interview to the station regarding the federal budget last week. CKLB program director Deneze Nakehk’o received a message from AANDC Minister Bernard […]

NWT Premier Bob McLeod, left, credits successful meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the increased borrowing room.

Federal budget gives $500-million boost to NWT borrowing limit

The 2015 federal budget released last week held two pieces of good news for the NWT government in its pursuit of the financial flexibility needed to invest in critical economic infrastructure projects. Canada’s latest Economic Action Plan, which came out Tuesday afternoon, proposes an increased borrowing limit for the territorial government, bumping up the current $800-million debt ceiling to $1.3 […]

Master’s student Adam Hering conducts TB testing on a wood bison earlier this year.

South Slave bison TB study officially axed as scientists remove tracer collars

A study examining tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis in Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) bison herds has been cancelled at the behest of local indigenous groups. Scientists were hoping to study more reliable means of diagnosing buffalo with the diseases, but members of Smith’s Landing First Nation (SLFN), Salt River First Nation (SRFN) and the Fort Smith Métis Council stated they […]

Around 30 municipal employees have been on strike in Hay River since Feb. 6.

Strike continues as third round of talks fail in Hay River

A third attempt at negotiation has collapsed in Hay River, after a day and a half of talks between town council and striking municipal employees ended in failure on Monday afternoon. The latest round of negotiations began Sunday and ended just before lunch on Monday. Both bargaining units went back and forth on a number of counters before the union […]

NFTI founder and president Jackie Milne shows where the market gardens will go at the institute’s new farm campus.

New crop of growers sprouting at Hay River farm school

With spring in the air, a new crop of students is ready to start sowing the seeds of gardening knowledge at the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River this week. Starting this weekend, approximately 15 students from across the territory will become the first batch to participate in this year’s monthly courses at the agricultural school, beginning with a […]

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by / on April 27, 2015 at 9:29 PM / in Crime

Suspicious package seized at Yellowknife courthouse

Yellowknife’s courthouse was on lockdown Thursday afternoon as RCMP and emergency responders had to evacuate and cordon off the building to investigate a suspicious package. The fire department’s full hazmat team was deployed at the location, along with EMS staff, police and other emergency responders between approximately 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. after RCMP received a report of a suspicious package […]

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by / on April 27, 2015 at 9:22 PM / in Uncategorized

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Tlicho Government Speaker arrested, jailed for drunk driving The Speaker of the Tlicho Government, Peter Arrowmaker, has been arrested and charged with drunk driving and driving while disqualified. Arrowmaker is currently serving a 90-day sentence as a result, and has been banned from driving until 2024. Following the arrest, the Tlicho Government announced they are in search of a new […]

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by / on April 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM / in Justice

YWCA releases manual for women facing violence

Women in the NWT living with family violence now have an easy-to-use resource to turn to should they decide to take action against their abuser. The newly released Legal Pathways – Spousal Violence in the NWT: A resource for women was developed by Lani Cooke, a consultant for the YWCA Yellowknife, to provide NWT families with plain-language information on how […]

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by / on April 20, 2015 at 9:25 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Rowe’s Construction fined $40,000 for ice auger incident Hay River company Rowe’s Construction is facing a $40,000 fine, as well as a 15 per cent victim of crime surcharge, because of an employee injury from two years ago. The Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) said Rowe’s has pleaded guilty for “failing to ensure the adequate instruction of each worker […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM / in Education

NWT educator honoured with prestigious award

At the start of the school year, about 8,320 students enrolled in schools across the NWT, where they attend classes led by a pool of some 800 teachers – all of whom have been influenced, in some way or another, by the work of Colleen Eckert. For just over nine years, Eckert held the position of Professional Development Coordinator for […]

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by / on April 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM / in Education

‘iPads for parents’ pilot project gets mixed reviews

A recently-launched pilot project that’s distributing tablets to new parents has raised both eyebrows and hopes as a variety of experts question the pros and cons of the controversial project. The department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) has sold the initiative as “techno baby bags of the future,” with the idea that the iPads will get families actively engaged […]

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