B.C. chiefs and anti-oilsands activists come out to support the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation during its first morning of court in Vancouver, where the First Nation is appealing the federal government’s approval of Shell’s proposed Jackpine oilsands mine expansion project. The case was heard in Federal Court Oct. 15-17.

ACFN challenges Shell oilsands mine expansion in Vancouver court

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation headed to Vancouver last week to defend its appeal of Shell’s federally approved Jackpine oilsands mine expansion in Federal Court. The case by the First Nation from northeastern Alberta alleges that Canada breached its duty to consult and accommodate ACFN when it approved the Jackpine expansion, situated on the First Nation’s traditional territory. “This puts […]

An illustration shows the massive reservoir that will be created with the construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

Site C approved without studies on Northern watershed impacts

The B.C. and federal governments gave the green light to a third hydro dam on the Peace River last week that will see thousands of hectares of land flooded in the northeastern corner of the province and impacts stretch as far as the Slave River Delta, according to land users in Alberta and the NWT. Both governments said last Tuesday […]

If Fort Smith residents do not vote in favour of a $4-million debenture to pay for arena upgrades, town officials say they will use other reserve money or raise taxes to cover their costs.

Fort Smith asks town to vote on $4M arena upgrades

With the recently upgraded arena set to open in coming weeks, officials in Fort Smith are now figuring out how to pay for the renovations. In a Chamber of Commerce meeting last week, the Town of Fort Smith announced it will ask the community to vote on a $4-million debenture to pay for almost half the costs. After months of […]

Boats on Lake Athabasca head back to Fort Chipewyan. New laws to end commercial fishing in Alberta mean the approximately 20 remaining commercial fishermen will have to travel north to Great Slave Lake to keep working.

Alberta pushing Fort Chip commercial fishers north to Great Slave Lake

After 57 years of setting his nets on Lake Athabasca, Ray Ladouceur is out of work, a victim of the Alberta government’s decision in August to end commercial fishing across the province. “We’re looking for compensation, but so far, nothing has been offered,” Ladouceur told The Journal last week. “This was done to appease the sports fishermen in the south,” […]

Surrounded by Super Heroes: Yellowknife MLA Glen Abernethy, who came dressed as himself, is in good company with Captain Canuck, Spiderman and Superman. Abernethy, a closet Star Trek fanatic, loaded up on comic books at the Ptarmicon 3 event in Yellowknife on Saturday.

Captain Canuck lands at annual Ptarmicon convention

The halls of École Sir John Franklin High School in Yellowknife were filled with costumed characters and gamers who flocked to the city for the third annual pop culture and entertainment-filled Ptarmicon convention over the weekend. Among the featured gaming panels, meetups and artistic demos was a Canadian hero of the comic book universe, Richard Comley, creator of the uniquely […]

Paul William Kaeser High School’s U19 boys celebrate after cinching the gold medal for their age group at last weekend’s Lawrie Hobart Memorial Volleyball Tournament, held in Fort Smith. Despite some infrastructure issues and long playing schedules, the weekend was a smashing good time for the almost 500 student athletes who participated.

Fort Smith hosts 500 volleyball student athletes for annual territorial tournament

Despite some early setbacks, the seventh annual Lawrie Hobart volleyball tournament in Fort Smith went off without a hitch this weekend, with close to 500 students participating from across the territory. The tournament was almost cancelled when the water was turned off at host school Joseph Tyler Burrell elementary on what was supposed to be the first day of play, […]

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by / on October 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM / in Education

Fort Smith educators express concern over junior kindergarten

Educators in Fort Smith are teeming with anxiety after learning that shifting funding structures caused by the new territorial junior kindergarten initiative could see five teachers let go next year. Representatives from the local schools and the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) were the only residents to attend Thebacha MLA Michael Miltenberger’s constituency meeting on Oct. 14, armed with […]

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by / on October 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM / in Justice

Fort Chipewyan councillor loses business to structural fire

Wood Buffalo RCMP are investigating a fire that took place in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. over the weekend, destroying the property of one local public official. Regional RCMP and the local volunteer fire department were called just after 3:00 a.m. on Oct. 18 to attend to a structure fire at Chadi’s Restaurant, which is owned by municipal councillor John Chadi. By […]

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by / on October 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Plane makes emergency highway landing en route to Yellowknife Hay River emergency services were called to action last week when a small plane made an emergency landing on the outskirts of town. On Oct. 16, the pilot of a single engine Cessna 172 airplane said he experienced mechanical issues, forcing him to land on Highway 1 about 30 km outside […]

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by / on October 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM / in Northerners

Outstanding firefighters recognized with territorial awards

Dedication, commitment to safety and improvements in training were all factors members at the highest level of the NWT firefighting community took into account as they determined this year’s Fire Service Merit Award winners. The annual honours were handed out from Oct. 5 to 10 during Fire Prevention Week, as local fire crews shared information about fire safety while putting […]

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by / on October 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM / in Northerners

Hay River good samaritan hosts online auctions to raise funds for families in need

When disaster strikes, be it an illness or injury, accompanying financial woes can add stress to an already awful situation. That’s why one woman in Hay River has been actively working to help families with their financial burdens through the Hay River classifieds page on Facebook, using the hugely popular social media site to auction off items in an effort […]

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by / on October 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM / in Uncategorized

News Briefs

Inuvik RCMP investigate sudden death on Dempster Highway Inuvik RCMP and the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories are investigating the sudden death of a male that occurred on the Dempster Highway on the morning of Oct. 10. RCMP and Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a male in medical distress on the roadway approximately 40 km outside […]

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