Work on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway is expected to continue into April, making up for some of this year’s delays.

MLAs check on Inuvik-Tuk highway progress

Work on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway is not as far along as crews hoped they’d be by the end of the second construction season, but GNWT representatives say they are “cautiously optimistic” they will meet the expected completion date of 2017-2018. MLAs and members of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure (SCEDI) visited construction sites on either […]

Alberta Minister of Finance Robin Campbell, left, and Premier Jim Prentice turned to high taxation in the 2015 Capital Plan, to adjust for falling oil prices and the impact on Alberta’s economy.

Alberta budget marks shift away from energy revenue dependence, toward fiscal sustainability

Influenced by a steep dip in oil prices this year, the Alberta government’s 2015-2016 budget sets out financial goals for the next decade as the province attempts to lessen its dependency on oil and establish a more diversified economy, actions deemed necessary by Premier Jim Prentice. With oil prices decreasing over 50 per cent between June 2014 and now, the […]

Norman Wells manager of forests Shawn Maxwell, left, air operation branch director Jordyn Siurko, incident commander Wes Steed and resource unit leader Matt Coyle prepare for a unit-wide meeting during Incident Command System simulation training in Fort Smith, Mar. 25.

Fire management teams train for coming season

Muffled voices crackling over a radio system became the background noise for contingency workers as they transformed the Aurora Guest House in Fort Smith from a hostel into headquarters for groups readying to fight fires blazing near Fall Creek last week. Fret not if you didn’t hear about the fire or the damage it caused; this was just a test, […]

Author Tish Cohen enlists audience members in Fort Smith to do a read through of her script for Town House, which she adapted from her novel of the same name.

Author shares secrets with aspiring NWT writers

It was a crooked path to success for Toronto-based author Tish Cohen, but with each published novel, she is getting a little more comfortable with the gig. Cohen, wrapping up the writing process on her ninth book, toured around Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife last week, sharing tips with aspiring writers hoping to create their own books and screenplays. […]

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by / on March 30, 2015 at 5:09 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Resource developers asked to post security deposits Regulatory boards in the NWT are asking two resource development companies for security deposits on their NWT projects. Earlier this month, the Sahtu Land and Water Board renewed Imperial Oil’s licence for operations near Norman Wells for another decade, requiring a $178-million security deposit, $50 million less than a previous GNWT estimate. Closer […]

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:18 PM / in Education, Slideshows

Learning about life on the land at winter camp

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:11 PM / in Education, Slideshows

South Slave students try out the trades

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM / in Infrastructure

Snare Falls hydro plant up and running one month after break

Almost four weeks to the day after the Snare Falls hydroelectric plant first broke down, repairs have been made and it is once again providing power for those in the North Slave region. The facility reopened the afternoon of Mar. 16, allowing the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to shut down the diesel generators that had been temporarily producing electricity […]

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 7:41 PM / in Northerners

New Fort Smith doctor veteran of war zones

Fort Smith’s new permanent doctor, Dr. Sarah Giles, has treated people in crisis and war zones on three continents, in some of the most tumultuous places on the planet. In her fourteen months working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – translated in English as ‘Doctors without Borders’- Dr. Giles served in dangerous and politically unstable places including Myanmar (formerly Burma) […]

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM / in Uncategorized

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Fort Chipewyan winter road closes for the season As of the morning of Mar. 23, the Fort Chipewyan winter road connecting Fort Smith and Fort McMurray has closed for the season. Warming weather has created unstable conditions for the road and construction on the Firebag River Bridge, located about 18 km north of the drop-off point of the winter road, […]

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