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New navigators help patients through cancer in the NWT Cancer care coordinators like Marie-Christine Aubrey have planstomakethejourneyback to health less intimidating. See page 7. A tale of prairie rock n roll heartbreak A funny thing happened to Yellowknife music journalist Jack Antonio on the way to the Black Sabbath show in Edmonton. See page 11. SEEING IS BELIEVING Yellowknife eye team focuses on patients all over the NWT. See page 6. A sense of humour crisp as the Arctic Now working on their sixth season the upstart owners of Qanurli are the de facto dons of comedy in Nunavut. See page 10. Yellowknifes Rankin is bound for New York Victoria Rankin will be playing NCAA hockey this fall and shes earned partial funding to do it. See page 8. V IS IT W W W .N O R J.C A A national award winning independent newspaper serving northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1977 1.00 February 10 2016 Vol. 39 No. 39 By DALI CARMICHAEL The road to hell is paved with good intentions and so too was the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan LARP the rst of seven policies developed by the Alberta govern- ment to establish land and water use plans in the province. Uponapanelreviewofthepolicy- as requested in 2014 by six First Na- tionswithterritoriesintheregionwho statedtheirtreatyrightshadbeenvio- lated - competing interests in north- ern Alberta were not balanced in the regional plan allowing the needs of industry to erode the rights endan- ger the health and impact the lands of indigenous peoples. TheLARPsetsoutavisionthatis inclusive of Aboriginal Peoples and in fact goes above and beyond ex- pectations for First Nation consul- tation reads the report which has been released to the involved First Nations but not to the public. The reviewpanelobserveshoweverthat theactualimplementationofthisvi- sionfallsshortasitdoesntintegrate FirstNationsinndingasolution.To be frank what Alberta said it would do and what it actually did are very dierent things. Thepanelsndingswereinlinewith the concerns expressed by the First NationswhichincludetheAthabasca ChipewyanMikisewCreeColdLake FortMcKayFNandMetisOnionLake Cree and Chipewyan Prairie Dene. ThendingsarecriticaloftheLARP arguing it doesnt protect Aboriginal cultureandcreatesnewconservation areaswithoutreferringtotraditional land use. There are few protection activist group dedicated to the pro- tection of environmental and indig- enous rights has followed the pro- ceedings for over two years. It was just kind of a common theme in that whenever there was indigenousinputitwasalwaysreally goodveryvalidandthenwhenthey would release the nal framework therereallywasntmuchchangefrom the draft she said. I want to know traditional baselines the concerns from the First Nations. The report was nished in the summer of 2015 but was only dis- tributed to First Nations last month. The most frustrating part is that this policy and this framework was utilized as a justication to validate approvals of oil and gas projects within our territories even though we had led for a statutory review even though it was under review said Eriel Deranger spokesperson for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Then the ndings come out that validate our arguments around theillegalityofthispolicyandthegov- ernment sits on it not just sits on it but sits on it for a very long time and then doesnt release it to the public. She said she is concerned about the governments motivation in not releasing the report. Personally I see this as a prime opportunityforboththenewprovin- cial and the federal governments to live up to their commitment to this renewed relationship with First Na- tions communities to addressing thingslikeclimatechangetoaddress- ingthingslikeeconomicchallenges. See Panel on Page 7. Report slams toothless Athabasca plan measuresinplace.Industrywasfound tohavepriorityovertheconstitutional rightsofthelocalindigenousgroups. Thereportreectsfrustrationsfelt bypartiesthroughoutthewholeland useframeworkdevelopmentprocess whichbeganaftertheLARPsrelease in 2012. Jesse Cardinal coordina- tor for Keepers of the Athabasca an where is our input and feedback re- ectedTohavethisreviewthatwere talking about today it validates so much of that. It validates all of the informationthatwasneverincluded in the nal draft of the framework. Here is all this information about traditional land use about co-man- agement about cultural land use What Alberta said it would do and what it actually did are very dierent things. LARP report Hes no cupid but Hay River native Brendan Green was on target at the 2016 BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Canmore Feb. 7. See story page 9. PhotoPamDoyle 2 Wednesday February 10 2016 POLITICS LABOUR NEWS BRIEFS Father and son charged as drug dealers in Hay River PoliceinHayRivertookmorethanakilogramofweedand 130gramsofcrackothestreetsinrecentweeks.Tworaids involving three addresses resulted in three people being charged including a father and son. On Feb. 3 RCMP of- cers found 1.4 kg of marijuana 100 grams of crackco- caine cash and paraphernalia. Antonio Mennillo 26 and his dad Christian Girard 55 face several drug track- ing charges. Also on Jan. 20 19-year-old Calvin King was charged with tracking and possession of a weapon for a dangerouspurposeafterpolicereportedlyseized30grams each of weed and crack from a home in the West Chanel area. The charges have not been proven in court. Police nd loaded sawed-o shotgun in vehicle Mounties say a loaded rearm was pointed from a vehi- cle in Fort McMurray Thursday afternoon. Wood Bualo RCMP were called at about 1210 p.m. with a report of a man who had pointed the gun at another vehicle at the intersection of Hardin Street and Highway 63 southwest of the citys core. Ocers found the vehicle on nearby Franklin Avenue pulled it over and arrested the 34-year- old Fort McMurray man without incident. He remains in custody on rearms charges and the investigation is ongoing. No shots were red and no one was injured. Three rescued in Behchoko Two separate search operations resulted in three people being rescued within 24 hours of each other. The RCMP local search and rescue team and ice road sta found two BehchokomenreportedoverduefromGametinearTimmy Lake north of the Gameti junction at about 1230 p.m. Jan. 29. They had left the previous night and were prepared for the weather with emergency supplies and food. Nei- ther required medical attention. At 11 a.m. Jan. 30 RCMP were alerted to a man unconscious on the ice near Edzo. He was located and received rst aid. Alcohol was a factor. FIDDLE WORKSHOP February 19 20 21 2016 Come to Fort Smith for a Friday Evening Jam Fiddle Classes on Saturday Sunday Orchestra Classes as well as other Instruments REGISTRATION FEE 80 for full Workshop or 40 for 1 day paid by February 12 90 for full workshop or 45 for 1 day after February 12 Private lessons may be arranged for 100Student 7 to 9 PM Friday evening for Registration Home Room Classes 9 AM to 8 PM Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM Sunday with two-hour lunch breaks Located at JBT Elementary School Fort Smith Free Old Time Community Fiddle Dance Concert 200 to 300 PM Sunday Beginners are welcome No need to be able to play an instrument Minimum age is 8 years old to 90 years young FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Bart Hartop ...........867 872-2154 Linda Duford By CRAIG GILBERT WhentheUnionofNorthern Workersaskedthe4000GNWT employeesitrepresentsforpri- orities heading into the next roundofcontractnegotiations sexualharassmentandmental health were top-of-mind. The UNWs opening pro- posal for modications to the collective bargaining agree- ment CBA included deni- tionsofworkplaceviolenceand harassment including bully- ing and abuse of authority. Thisincludesvexatiousbe- haviourintheformofrepeated and hostile or unwanted con- ductverbalcommentsactions or gestures which aect an employees dignity or psycho- logical or physical integrity. It was a high priority es- tablished by our bargaining conference UNW president Todd Parsons said. What we saw from the locals was lan- guagearoundprotectionfrom violenceintheworkplacesex- ual harassment and bullying is of paramount concern for many of our members today. Lead negotiator for the GNWT Shaleen Woodward agreed a discussion about those issues in the workplace would be very helpful. Thenegotiatingteamshave met for seven days already spending about one or two hours at the table per day and working with their own cau- cuses in the meantime. There are 10 or 11 UNW members or technical sta on the em- ployee negotiating team four on the GNWT side. The negotiators dealt with housekeeping items includ- ing grammar and wording changes to the previous CBA and non-monetary items ones that do not directly cost the GNWT anything like job security language rst. The changes can be sub- tle but have the potential to make a big dierence. It takes us hours to work through just a comma Par- sonssaidaddingtheyhavenot started talks on costed items suchassalaryandvacationpay. Eachsidesopeningpropos- alsarepublishedonlineaccess government-nwtscrolldown toJan.15.TheGNWTwants tobeabletobillemployeeswho take educational leave and ei- therfailtocompletethecourse they intended to or do not re- turn to their job for at least as longastheywereaway.Itwants tohavethesameabilityforem- ployeeswhoarepaidtorelocate to the territory and leave after less than a year on the job. In a number of cases em- ployees have been moved to the NWT by the GNWT only to resign a short time after ei- ther returning to their origi- nal place of hire or accepting employment outside of the GNWT the document reads. Thegovernmentalsowants tobeabletohirereliefworkers across its entire operations. CurrentlytheCBAlimitsthat ability to facilities that oper- ate year-round. Ouroverallgoalistomain- tain a sustainable public ser- vice the proposal concludes. To do this we need to achieve abalancebetweeninvestingin employeesandscalresponsi- bility.Webelievethatthisshould be a shared goal between the Union and the GNWT. Among other things the union is seeking improve- ments to vacation pay more timeoforspecialleaveforthe death of an extended family memberortogetmarriedpa- rentalallowancecompassion- ate care allowance increases tonightandweekendshiftpay premiums and a 200 winter clothingallowanceforoutside workers. The unions opening pro- posal also strikes out entirely twoclausesrelatingtotheem- ployers ability to contract out union work replacing nearly 100 words with one sentence Thereshallbenocontracting out of bargaining unit work. The contract expires at the end of March. The sides plan to meet again on March 29 following weeks of more be- hind-the-sceneswork.Parsons said scheduling conicts are to blame for the gap between face-to-facetalksbutthatboth sideswouldbecommunicating andexchangingdocumentsin the meantime and the UNW wouldbeconnectingwiththe membership. Iftalksbreakdownthepro- cess would see the union and GNWT enter into third-party mediationatwhichpointthey would be in a legal strike or lockout position respectively. The UNW leadership would take it to the membership for a strike mandate vote before taking any job action. That would be a consider- able time away from todays date if we have to go in that direction Parsons said. Mental health a focus as union GNWT start contract talks Mr. Wong demonstrates tai chi at the Chinese New Year celebrations held in Yellowknife Feb. 6. The lunar New Year was Feb. 8 ringing in the Year of the Monkey. PhotoBillBraden Wednesday February 10 2016 3 POLITICS INUIT Leland Smith Woolley Jr. passed away on Tuesday February 2 2016 at the age of 89 in his home in Pocatello Idaho with family by his side. Cremation has taken place and services will be announced in a complete obituary to follow. Colonial Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello Idaho 83201 208 233-1500 is caring for Lelands family. Condolences may be made to the family at the Sebert law practice in Fort Smith will be closing effective February 12 2016. for your patronage over the last 30 years. Thanks Louis Sebert the Sebert law practice in Fort Smith will be closing effective February 12 2016. PLEASE NOTE THANK YOU TO ALL MY CLIENTS PLEASE NOTE THANK YOU TO ALL MY CLIENTS By DALI CARMICHAEL As the month of January came to an end so too did Duane Smiths 14-year run as president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. I think Im going to be just a little bit busy as the chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Re- gional Corporation he said his dry sense of humour palpable. Its going to take 110 per cent of my time just because I have to put all of my time and focus on this. In a Jan. 25 election Smith won the posi- tion with 23 out of 42 votes from directors of community corporations throughout the Inuvialuit settlement region 10 more than his closest competitor Vernon Amos of Sachs Harbour. Ive been asked to run for this by a lot of beneciaries within the community and the other communities within the region. I decided to do so and theyve given me this work. As Smith narrows his priorities from the international Inuit population to that of his home region - he hails from Inuvik - his top priority remains increasing the human ca- pacity of Inuit peoples. Already he has dis- cussed his goals with other Northern leaders as well as federal ministers and the prime minister in a meeting hosted by Inuit Ta- piriit Kanatami in Ottawa last week. Its an organization Smith is also familiar with as president of the ICC he was named vice- president of ITK. The rst and foremost priority is work- ing to implement our respective land claims Smith said. For him this means the Inu- vialuit Final Agreement. The land claims cover pretty well every issue thats going on within the Arctic. Its an obligation to have all levels of government ensure that they are being implemented properly and its felt to date that it hasnt been in some areas and it can be improved upon. We looked at develop- ing a strong positive proactive relationship with the prime minister and the respective federal departments that have respective responsibilities to conduct activities within the North as well to look at how to address the high cost of living throughout the Arctic and its not just one issue its everything. On a more localized level this means teach- ing a new generation of leaders and benecia- ries to understand and carry out the agree- ment. It also means providing youth with a holistic network of support systems to pro- mote healthy living and continued education. We do have an Inuvialuit education foun- dation that can support them as well as other ways and means of trying to assist them but weve heard from our members that it could be improved upon which is what Im try- ing to do right now. Im exploring how we might be able to give additional support to beneciaries. A large amount of them live in the communities in the region so they have somebody they can go and talk to for guid- ance if theyre taking post secondary educa- tion in those communities. When asked how this compared to his own experience pursuing education - he is a gradu- ate of the environment and natural resource technology program at Adult Vocational Training Centre now Aurora Colleges The- bacha Campus - his humour came out again. Well now youre trying to date me he said. There was the federal support through IAND but at the time I was not eligible be- cause it was focused on First Nations and the Inuvialuit people are not First Nations. That program didnt apply or made us ineligible. I just had to stick to student nancial assis- tance to depend on and it wasnt that much so I had to nd work on the side and dur- ing the times when I wasnt going to school. Hopefully a lot of kids are doing things in a similar manner so that they keep some in- dependence and self-reliance and build their character as well. At the helm of the IRC Smith is also tasked with stimulating economic activity in the re- gion. Faced with increased pressure to con- sider oil and gas exploration Smith noted that his decisions would be directed by the needs and wants of his constituents. The Inuvialuit have a lot of history and experience dealing not only with onshore but oshore oil and gas exploration he said. In regards to the oshore there has been some reluctance from beneciaries and the communities at large because of the poten- tial negative eects of a spill or a blowout. We have a strong cultural relationship with the marine ecosystem which provides a lot of our daily diet and we need to ensure that continues. If they want to support any future shallow or deep-water exploration because of the fact that it may aect the health and well- being of the ecosystem that we depend on. Smith is a champion of the local environ- ment especially the marine biosphere. In 1992 he was named to the Inuvialuit Game Council IGC eventually becoming its chair and serving until 2003. He was party to the ocial signing of the Inuvialuit Inupiat In- ternational Beluga Management Agreement as well as a revised agreement on polar bear management. Currently he is part of a multi-year Cana- dian-led international research body coordi- nating and documenting data on the Arctic through traditional knowledge and Western science. He is also a former co-chair of the World Conservation Union IUCN Arctic Specialist group Sustainable Use Initiative. Smith knows he has big shoes to ll as his predecessor Nellie Cournoyea makes her exit from the organization but its a challenge he says he is ready for. She had her style and her way of conduct- ing activities. I have my own and Ill try to live up to what is expected of me the best that I can and well see where that goes. New IRC chair ready to champion Far North PhotocourtesyofInuitTapiriitKanatami New Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Chair Duane Smith met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa at the end of January. 4 Wednesday February 10 2016 The Northern Journal is an independent newspaper covering news and events in the western Arctic and northern Alberta. The Northern Journal is published weekly by Cascade Publishing Ltd. Printed at Star Press Inc. Wainwright AB. Publisher.................................................................................. Don Jaque 867-872-3000 ext.21 Editor...................................................................................... Craig Gilbert 867-872-3000 ext.24 Reporter........................................................................ 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EDITORIAL LETTERSTOTHEEDITOR 2013 CCNA BLUE RIBBON CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER AWARD 2013 C M C A AUDITED Advertising Deadlines Display ad deadline is Thursday at 400 p.m. Classified ad deadline is Thursday at 500 p.m. Email Subscription Rates Prices include GST. 47.25 in Fort Smith 52.50 elsewhere in Canada 105 in the USA overseas 164.30. The Northern Journal acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund CPF for our publishing activities. ISSN No. 0707-4964 The 18th Assembly is posi- tioned to spend the next four years hell-bent on building roads that have been on the books since before Sputnik went into orbit with business cases that could be just as old. Seeking roads to resourcefulness Its been more than a half-century since the majority of the highway network in the North- westTerritorieswasbuiltthroughthenational Roads to Resources program. A means to an end John Diefenbakers Conservatives spent millions between the late 1950s and the early 1960sbuildingthehighwayfromEnterpriseto Yellowknife and the beginnings of the Demp- ster Highway. The argument for an infrastruc- ture network that effectively shrinks the pro- hibitive distances of the NWT and makes it more feasible for mining companies to get at those storied stores of diamonds gold and base metals remains the same but the con- ditions are different. The 1950s were a boom time in Canada leading to about three decades of economic growth labour market expansion and the construction of roads needed to get at ura- nium which became a strategic metal during the Cold War plus zinc lead and tungsten to saynothingofthegoldthathelpedYellowknife grow after the Second World War found in deposits throughout the territory. The coming decade by contrast is not fore- cast to experience a thirst for non-renewable resources even approaching that scale. In fact recently announced changes to the way the National Energy Board will evaluate en- ergy projects like pipelines coupled with the prime ministers assertion that the federal government will not act as a cheerleader for resource projects but evaluate them indi- vidually should be a harbinger for the GNWT. Stillthe18thAssemblyispositionedtospend thenextfouryearshell-bentonbuildingroads that have beenonthe books since before Sput- nik went into orbit with business cases that could be just as old. The Northern mining in- dustry spent the territorial election campaign remindingtheGNWTthatitwasmosttoblame for exploration spending petering out in the NWT while it steadily increased in the Yukon and Nunavut. Now they are thrilled Premier Bob McLeod has decided to keep the Indus- try Tourism and Investment portfolio going so far as to anoint him minister of mines at a recent conference in Vancouver. There the premier met with a dozen or more companies alreadyoperatingintheNWTsayinghisfocus is supporting what we already have. This is hardly a recipe for disaster it is a fact hardasbedrockthatwewouldbecuttingoffour nose to spite our face to argue we should turn ourbacksonmining.Itaccountsformorethan 25 cents of every dollar of GDP created in the NWT which is to say there would not be much of a modern economy in the NWT without it. The recent Snap Lake mine closure notwith- standingthousandsofNorthernersproudlygo to work every day in the dank and dust of the minesandthousandsmoredrivealongtheroad network ultimately inspired by them. Moreover the GNWT may even be in a posi- tion to not have to choose between road priori- ties the classic debate between expanding the all-weather road network to connect existing mines in the Slave Geological Province SGP northeastofYellowknifeorbuildingtheMacken- zieHighwayfromWrigleytoTuktoyaktuk.The former could extend the life of existing mines andenticecompanieslikeKennadyDiamonds whichhasbeenkickingthetiresthereformore thanadecadetobuildnewones.Thelatterwould connect communities lower the cost of living for individuals and could lead to the flowering ofamorediversifiedeconomybuiltonabaseof regional small-scale entrepreneurship. With Justin Trudeaus Liberals building an- ticipation toward their first budget promised to be flush with cash for major infrastructure projects across the country the GNWT may be content to sit back and transform those hun- dreds of millions of dollars into pavement and paycheques but they would be well-advised to use this downturn in the commodities market togetcreativeinstead.AroadintotheSGPmay not be a bridge to nowhere but the questions posed ostensibly by the Sahtu economic devel- opment report commissioned by Alternatives North and released in January ask just that at this fork in the road the people of the NWT needtothinkaboutwhatkindofeconomythey wanttoseehereforthenextsevengenerations. Oneoftheauthorsaconsultantfromacom- pany based in Edmonton and Victoria found it surprising the premier was still so bullish about resource extraction in the face of such a bear commodities market and frankly a post- COP21worldwhere195countriesinParisagreed to get more aggressive on climate change. Presumably this would mean steering away from sizable investments designed primarily to make it cheaper for private companies to get resources like oil out of the ground when climate science argues they need to stay put if we have any hope of meeting new targets to limit global warming. One road the other or both Energy char- rettes were held in 2012 and 2014 and no fo- cusedsolutionsemergedfromthem.Perhapsit istimeforaNorthernsummitoninfrastructure. Deninu School Grade 3 student Chase Balsillie helps deliver fruit bowls to classrooms as part of the Healthy Food for Schools Program. Random Acts of Kindness RAKs took place in schools across the South Slave Divisional Education council this week. PhotocourtesyofSSDEC Editor There are a number of ways to help improve your heart health for heart and stroke month and for life healthy eating active living main- tainingahealthyweightnotsmokingandman- agingotherhealthproblemsarejustafew.Any or all of these things can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems or help to manage existing conditions. There are a number of other health issues that can increase your risk for heart disease or stroke including high blood pressure. Diabetes can increase your risk of high blood pressure coronaryarterydiseaseandstrokeparticularly if your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Itcanalsoresultincirculationproblemscaused by damage to the blood vessels. Smokingandexposuretosecond-handsmoke have many negative health effects that increase yourriskofdevelopingheartdiseaseandstroke. Smokingcontributestothebuildupofplaquein yourarteriesincreasestheriskofbloodclotsre- duces the oxygen in your blood increases your bloodpressureandmakesyourheartworkharder. Youmayhaveheardthatalcoholparticularly red wine is good for your heart. But drinking toomuchofanytypeofalcoholcanincreaseyour blood pressure and contribute to the develop- ment of heart disease and stroke. The relationship between stress and heart disease and stroke isnt completely clear. How- ever some people with high levels of stress or prolongedstressmayhavehigherbloodcholes- terolincreasedbloodpressureorbemoreprone todevelopingatherosclerosisnarrowingofthe arteries. If your life is stressful it can be diffi- cult to lead a healthy lifestyle. Instead of being physically active to relieve stress you may re- spond by overeating eating unhealthy foods consuming too much alcohol or smoking re- actions that can increase your risk of develop- ing heart disease and stroke. For more information about this and other health related topics visit or MyHealth. by calling Health Link at 811. Colette Elko works in public health promo- tion at Alberta Health Services. Everything in moderation Wednesday February 10 2016 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... De Beers plans mine De Beers Canada is planning the third diamond mine in the Northwest Territories at Snap Lake about 220 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife. De Beers bought the property last summer for 300 million. Unlike the other two dimond mines in the NWT the Snap Lake operation will be an underground mine. Issue February 6 2001 20 Years Ago... GNWT oers up funding to keep oral traditions alive The GNWT announced 83700 of funding reserved for 15 projects to preserve the oral traditions of the NWT. The oral traditions program which has been running for several years in the North has provided funding and professional assistance to groups and individu- als to record and preserve oral traditions in the NWT. Issue February 6 1996 30 Years Ago... Canadian pay TV coming to town Entrepreneur Park Ang has big plans for his enter- tainment-oriented operations in Fort Smith. Angs local cable TV service will be obtaining three Canadian pay- TV channels the all-movie Super Channel the all-sports TSN and the all-music video Much Music. They will be replacing three American channels WGN WTBS and TNN The Nashville Network. Issue February 6 1986 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2016 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK NWT Premier Bob McLeod and two members of his cabinet travelled to Vancouver meeting with mining companies active in the territory at a mineral expo. Premier bangs the drum at Vancouver mining summit Jack Danylchuk Correction this is NOT a new government just the same bo- zos who dont understand that if China and India are not buying no amount of schmoozing at mining conferences will make anything happen. Tri-territorial training project takes Arctic Inspiration Prize NWT Recreation and Parks Association Thanks for the story Eat healthy and take care of your ticker By JARED TAM February is heart health month the annual national campaign to raise awareness for heart disease. Heart dis- ease and stroke remain the primary cause of death hos- pitalization and prescription drug use in Canada. Fortu- nately heart disease and stroke can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyles and behaviours. With an estimated 1.6 mil- lion Canadians living with heart disease and death rates approximating 350000 per year its not too late to start a heart-healthy diet. AccordingtotheHeartand Stroke Foundation by adopt- ing healthy behaviours you can delay the onset of heart diseaseorstrokebyasmuchas 14 years and up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented. As a dietitian a large part of my job involves promoting ways to prevent heart disease through proper nutrition. Here are my top ve nutri- tion related tips for optimal heart health. Pick plants Increased consumption of vegetables especially non-starchy vegetables and fruits can reduce specific risk factors for heart disease including body weight waist circumference blood sugars blood pressure and choles- terol. In fact eating ve or more servings of fruits and vegetables can help reduce riskofheartdiseaseandstroke by approximately 20 per cent and eating four or more serv- ings of vegetables and fruit per day can add more than two years to your life. Fur- ther most fruits and vegeta- bles are packed with vitamin C which can further cut your riskofcardiovasculardisease by helping to reduce inam- mation in the body think red peppers broccoli brussels sproutsberrieskiwioranges and pineapple. Stop sugars Recent studies have shown that reducing intake of added sugars primarily fructose can reduce the risk of heart disease and hypertension. Food items such as high-fruc- tose corn syrup sugary fruit juices punches fruit drinks some specialty coees and cocktails are packed with added fructose. The Ameri- canHeartAssociationadvises limiting added sugars to no more than 100 calories per day for most women and 150 caloriesperdayformostmen. Go nuts Nuts and seeds oer plenty ofheart-healthfulbenetsin- cludingtonnesofberhealthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats plant sterols vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Fur- ther they are good sources of protein which helps keep us satiated. Aim for about a quarter-cuporacuppedpalm- full for a good serving size. Find the fat Limit foods higher in satu- ratedfatssuchasfattycutsof meat bacon lard and other animal fats. Studies have shown that for every one per centincreaseinanimal-based fatsinthedietbadcholesterol increases by two per cent in- creasing heart disease risk. Avoid foods that are made with trans hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats such as fried foods frozen prepared foods crackers chips pastries croissants andotherbakedgoods.Those who eat the most trans fats can nearly triple their risk for heart attacks. Instead opt for vegeta- ble-based fats such as olive canola saower soybean or peanut oils nut butters avocados and fatty sh like salmon mackerel and sar- dines. Aim for about two to three tablespoons per day of these fats and sh twice a week. Fantastic bre Foods rich in bre espe- cially soluble bre can help lowerbloodcholesterollevels. It works by binding to choles- terol in the small intestine and transporting it out of the body. Sources of soluble bre include dried beans and peas psyllium barley psyl- lium husks Metamucil and most fruits and vegetables. In short eating for heart health is not all that di- cult Incorporating these ve easy tips can oer amazing health benets and can help reduce risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases as well. This February lets feed our hearts the right way and ght the leading cause of death worldwide. Jared Tam is the commu- nity dietician for the Fort Smith Health Social Ser- vices Authority. By DAWN KOSTELNIK The lm crew has got it cords of music begin to ll the empty spaces. Music is making the room brighter we have never heard this song before du dn du du its been a long long lonely winter. They begin the song from the beginning and hit the volume for us. These guys areverygroovytheylikekids. White Girl Here comes the sun its all right Once again the music of the Beatles lls the room it is loud enough that it lls our ears it vibrates on our skin. Here comes the Sun du dn du du here comes the sun. Oh My God here comes the sun Breaking in shattered rays through the wire mesh diamonds that cover the win- dowsthewarmcolouredgold shafts of light throw glowing linesacrossourfacesandover the oor and walls. A collec- tiveah-h-h-h-hisheardabove the music the lm crew looks at us in wonder. Wide-eyed we look back at the lm crew. Our collective grouptakesaninstinctivestep backwards.Whatkindofmagic is this Most of the crowd be- ginstolaughsomeofthekids who are recently o the land arent sure that there is not some magic going on. Beauti- ful golden light lls the room faceslightinsmilesDUDN DU DU HERE COMES THE SUN ITS ALRIGHT Our voicesboomoutthispartofthe song always ready to dance kidsbreakintoajigdancingto George Harrisons song DU DNDUDUrattlestherafters. The lm crew watches us in amazement their faces split into huge smiles. These kids are high on sunshine It is gone so sad the sun drops below the rock. The music dies away as everyone hastogetbacktoseriousonce again. Our teachers ring the bell and the lm crew begins another round of check check. Our hearts are light as we return to class. Such magic our rst sight of the sun in so long arrives riding the waves of a Beatles song. We decide that we really like the Beatles. We need to get some of their music. Every day we see fteen more minutes of the life giv- ing golden globe. There is no heat in the glorious rays but the light lls your mind and makes you walk with less weight. Everyone smiles in the sunshine. 6 Wednesday February 10 2016 HEALTH WELLNESS EYE CARE By DALI CARMICHAEL Every year as many as 14000 to 15000 residents aroundtheNWTandNunavut receiveeyecarefromatraveling bandofmedicalprofessionals. WhomakesupthisteamIn honour of White Cane Week an annual event developed to create awareness of issues that confront the blind and vision-impaired community taking place this year from Feb. 7 to Feb.13 the Journal decided to take a look. The eye techs known more professionally as certified ophthalmic medical techni- cians work out of the Yellow- knife Eye Clinic at Stanton Territorial Hospital. There is only one ophthal- mologistintheNWTDr.Leon- ardSmithandhealsodoesthe KitikmeotRegionofNunavut said Lynda Healy one of the eye techs. Then theres 12 of useyetechsthatworkandare trained under him. These care workers are trained to assess eye prob- lems and refer patients to the ophthalmologist for any ab- normalities that are detected. They can also write lens pre- scriptions and perform some medical procedures Healy said she has pulled metal and wood shards from many eyes in her time. Every community in the NWT and Nunavut is ser- viced by one of the nomadic techs some as often as once a month others only once a year. It all depends on popu- lation size and accessibility. Wetravelonceamonthand theclinicscanrangeanywhere from four to 10 days Healy said.Between40and100days a year each tech will travel. In that timeframe we travel to all of these communities but we also run our clinic here in Yellowknife where were often bringing patients down from other communities that weve triaged and have to deal with more testing or the ophthal- mologist wants to see them. Unlike the rest of Canada theNWTandNunavutareser- vicedbyophthalmologistsnot optometrists.Anophthalmol- ogist is a medical doctor rst whospecializesintheeyeand can perform surgeries. They also treat glaucoma diabetes retinaldetachmentiritisreti- nitis pigmentosa every type ofpathologyoftheeyethatyou can think of Healy said. Alternatively optome- trists are trained to assess eyes and refer patients to ophthalmologists. The techs have been trainedtoalevelofasecond-or Army of eye techs defend vision around the North third-yearophthalmologyres- ident in being able to identify dierentdiseasesoftheeyeso weknowwhattobringforward to the opthamologist Healy said. Sometimes the public perception is that were not as qualied as they are but as I mentioned before we work under the direct supervision of an opthamologist. Were highly trained in a variety of popular diseases and pa- thologies of the eye which is really quite important when weregoingintosomeofthese places to be able to see these types of things. Eyetechscanundergoallof their training through a pro- gram oered in Yellowknife. Its a very unique training program as students within thersttwomonthsoftheyear aretravelingwithaseniortech and training right on the job Healy noted. Its intense its twoyearsbutitssorewarding. Its not an easy life some- times but the independent nature of the job and the satisfaction that comes with helping others maintain their sense of sight makes it all worth it Healy said. Thetravelcanbequitechal- lenging at times she noted. It takes us two days to get as far North as Resolute Bay. Its suchanindependentposition thatyoureinwhenyouactually get to these places you do 12- hourdayseverydayandyoure helping members of the com- munity without them having toactuallyyelsewheretoget eyeservice.Ithinkitsapretty remarkablepartofourhealth- care system. PhotocourtesyofTrinaRose 1015 AM Opening Ceremony Foyer 1200 PM Weiner Roast Courtyard 1230 PM Tug-of-War Challenge 400 PM Student vs Staff Hockey Game-Arena 800 AM BEd sponsored Pancake Breakfast 1200 PM Deluxe Sandwich Salad Bar Lunch for 3.00 1215 PM Dene Inuit Games Demo with MACA 400 PM Sliding SmoresHot Cocoa - Landslide Student Assn. sponsored event 1200 PM Chili Cook-off Contest Student Assn. sponsored 400 PM Community Open House Displays 430PM Community BBQ 600 PM Student Assn. Movie Night Rec. 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Wednesday February 10 2016 7 HEALTH WELLNESS CANCER By DALI CARMICHAEL Marie-Christine Aubrey owner of the Whooping Crane guest house in Fort Smith and an employee of the local health author- ity for over 20 years is also a breast cancer survivor. Im not afraid to say that she exclaimed as she described her experience with the disease. I remember how dicult it was to communicate with somebody who has no clue what cancer is like to go through. There were many questions so many times they went unanswered. Then youre getting upset because youre not getting anywhere. Even though Im a strong person there were times that it wasnt easy. It was this insider knowledge - coupled with her time working with cancer patients at the health care centre - that drove Aubrey and fellow survivor Louise Fraser to Vancou- ver last year where they trained to be care coordinators under Willow Breast and He- reditary Cancer Support. In a two-day workshop at the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre on Feb. 11 and 12 Aubrey will nally get the chance to pass on her knowledge in the rst of what she hopes to be many community care events. Weve been trying for a few years to put something together. Since 2013 the NWT Breast HealthBreast Cancer Action Group and its partners at Lutra Associates Ltd. have been conducting research on the typical cancer journey in order to understand where the gaps in care are and how they can be lled. The biggest challenge in the NWT - and even for patients outside of the jurisdiction - was found to be keeping track of care. What medications need to be taken and how often Which doctors are you supposed to meet with on what day Have your health care specialists communicated so everyone is on the same track Throw in the stresses of traveling to Yellowknife from an outside community for cancer treatments and the situation quickly becomes overwhelming. That is why the Action Group has honed its focus on developing and delivering can- cer care plans documents that track all of the variables involved in cancer treatment and aftercare for survivors. However a piece of paper simply isnt enough the research uncovered. Having a community of prepared supporters can make all the dierence in ones cancer journey. Were to bring support to cancer pa- tients the people going through cancer and also the family members she said noting that every cancer journey is unique. When a person is affected by cancer it is also difficult for the family members to understand the impact of it. There is can- cer where youre being told well you have so much time to live a lot of cancer which is curable there are all kinds and no one reacts the same way. There isnt the same cancer as we know for everybody. The Fort Smith workshops will focus on three of the 18 recommendations made as a result of the research developing and implementing cancer after-care plans and improving access to counselling and resources necessary for positive lifestyle changes. In community cancer sharing circles other consultations and research car- ried out as part of the development of the recently released Charting our Course Northwest Territories Cancer Strategy 2015-2025 NWT cancer survivors and other residents have expressed the need for access to holistic support during the cancer journey Chief Public Health Offi- cer for the NWT Dr. Andre Corriveau said. The Action Groups input and needs will contribute to patients quality of life and increase their likelihood of living longer and surviving cancer. The upcoming workshop is geared to- wards anyone who may be involved in helping cancer survivors to complete or fulfill their cancer care plan including medical and community health staff and community members. One of the five goals of Charting our Course is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients their families and caregiv- ers and cancer survivors Corriveau said. One of our strategic priorities under this goal is to enhance care and support services for cancer survivors. The Action Group has taken the lead in developing survivorship care planning tools and support through the demonstration project and we are pleased to collaborate with their eorts. The survivor care plans are potentially an eective tool to engage NWT cancer survivors in their own health and wellness and link them to com- munity support services that will be trained through the project. Similar workshops are also being piloted in Fort Good Hope. Louise and I would really like to be there for people who have questions Aubrey said. We are not doctors we just want to help to do the best we can give the best support we can give them and there are many ways to give support. For more information or to sign up for the workshop interested parties are encouraged to contact Aggie Brockman at aggiebrock- 867-873-1000 or Robyn Hall at 867-621-2020. Community care for cancer patients piloted in Fort Smith First NWT survivor care plan workshop planned for Feb. 11 12 PhotocourtesyofMarie-ChristineAubrey Continued from Page 1. Recommendations from the panel include the immediate development of a Traditional Land Use Management Framework. Failing to implement such a framework leaves industry regulators stakeholders governments and First Nations asking im- portant questions about Aboriginal Peoples constitutionally-protected rights in their Traditional Land Use territories which conflict with future development activi- ties in the Lower Athabasca Region the report reads. Other recommendations include un- dertaking a critical health study on con- taminants in the Athabasca River as well as a baseline human-health study. The re- port also calls for the government to stop examining development on a project-by- project basis. The Alberta Government did not return requests for comment before print dead- line however Environment Minister Shan- non Phillips did speak to the Canadian Press about the matter. There are a lot of babies in this particular bathwater and it is not in the public interest to completely scrap the process she said. What is in the public interest is to hear loud and clear what is said about the relationship with indigenous people and work together collaboratively in order to improve on those very clear shortcomings. Phillips said there are still ways First Nations can be involved in already-ap- proved projects in order to mitigate their concerns. She added the government will consider the health and environmental studies called for in the report once it is tabled in cabinet. Mikisew Cree Chief Steve Courtorielle is encouraged with the tone the NDP govern- ment has taken on relations with First Na- tions since the election last May. The new NDP government theyve made some headways with First Nations he said which is good and I hope we will move on from there with the best plan going forward. Im sure theres some good policies we can make and have something so we can work together to protect the en- vironment and the best interests of First Nations. The most important thing is that the willingness is there to work with First Nations and I see a stronger relationship going down the road. ENVIRONMENT OILSANDS New cancer care coordinator Marie-Christine Aubrey. Panel calls for traditional land use framework 8 Wednesday February 10 2016 By JOHN LYNCH For one Yellowknife athlete a dream has come through. Victoria Rankin has recently received notification that she has been accepted for a destination grant at SUNY Oswego State University of New York at Oswego for the next four years. As an athletic re- cruit Rankin has been awarded US8000 for each year she attends this Division III school. Rankin now attends St. Francis Xavier School the Northern X-Treme team based in Edmonton and is a co-captain on her team. I have been working towards this for years Rankin said. My parents are very excited and made a lot of sacrifices to help me achieve this goal. Rankin will conclude her time with the Edmonton team at the end of this season and start at SUNY Oswego in the fall. I have made a lot of close friendships here and it will be hard for me not to see them every second day now Rankin said. How- ever they are going on to bigger and better things too and I am excited for them also. Her teams coach Leah Copeland spoke of Victorias abilities that have led her to this stage in her hockey career. We have had her here for two years now she said. Her maturity leadership qualities work ethic and mentoring skills make other players look up to her. Copeland wanted to be clear about what womens hockey is all about these days. WestartinSeptemberandgountilMarch shesaid.Womenshockeyisequaltothecom- petitivenessofmenshockey.Thegirlssetgoals andhavetoworkveryhardtoaccomplishthem. Excellent news was the word from Sport North executive director Doug Rentmeis- ter when contacted about this news Friday morning. From NWT to NY hockey player NCAA-bound I know her wonderful he said. She will beattendingtheArcticWinterGamesMarch 6-11 in Greenland and playing for the North- west Territories. To the best of my knowledge Ally Simpson is the only other NWT female I know that did this NCAA. Rentmeister said he can speak from per- sonal experience about the commitment from a parents perspective. I had two boys going to Notre Dame well- known Wilcox Sask. hockey academy one for two years and another for four years in the pasthesaid.Ihadtocontributeinmanyways to allow my kids to pursue their dreams. It is no different for any activity or sport to be able to compete at a level we cant offer up North. Rankins father Doug said the family is elated for his daughter. My wife Lou son Mitchell and I are very happy for Victoria he said. She has come a long way through hard work and dedica- tion to her sport. She loved the ice since the first time as an infant we put a pair of bob skates under her feet and set her on the Rae Lakes ice road. Victoria and Mitchell both learned to skate in Gameti on my backyard rinks and on a small ice pad I put in the back room of the grocery store warehouse as there were otherwise no rinks in Gameti. After moving to Yellowknife 10 years ago Rankinquicklyexcelledathockeytothe point where she was able to make the NWT Arctic Winter Games U19 team as a 14-year-old. After moving to British Columbia to attend the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy four years ago she moved to her current team and is now in Grade 12. So yes lots of sacrifices made by her and her family. We miss her very much when she is away dad said. But she is playing her dream and is off to play NCAA hockey next season and we couldnt be more proud of her. SPORTS RECREATION HOCKEY PhotosDougRankin From left Davina McLeod Victoria Rankin Teal Gonzalez and Shannon Baetz served as Team NWT captains during the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Victoria Rankin leads the rush in a game against Team Yukon in the 2015 CWGs. Victoria Rankin works against a Team Yukon player at the 2015 CWGs. Wednesday February 10 2016 9 Team Canada saved its best for last Sun- day gutting out a sixth-place finish in the mixed relay on a glorious Alberta afternoon to cap off the first Biathlon World Cup in more than two decades at the 1988 Olym- pic venue in Canmore Alta. Veterans Rosanna Crawford Canmore Alta. and Brendan Green Hay River NWT flanked two of the youngest mem- bers on the rising Canadian Biathlon squad Sarah Beaudry Prince George B.C. and Macx Davies Canmore Atla who sent the thousands of Canadian fans lining the picturesque trails at the world- renowned Canmore Nordic Centre to their feet after matching a career-best mixed relay finish when they were sixth with a time of 10713.1. I cant give enough props to my team- mates said the 29-year-old Green. They all did a perfect job to set me up for a good last leg like that. Hay River biathlete leads Canada to career finish The eight-year veteran capped off a stellar afternoon with a near flawless performance on the skinny skis and on range where he knocked down all 10 targets. I was definitely more nervous today than I normally am with so many family here added Green. The crowd was so enthusi- astic so fortunately I was able to handle it well today. The mixed relay consists of each athlete skiing 6 kilometres women 7.5 kilometres men with two bouts of shooting. The first starter of each team begins in a simultane- ous mass start with other participants. Once completing their leg athletes tag off to the next teammate. Competitors in the relay each carry three spare rounds. If all five tar- gets are not knocked down with the first five rounds the spares may be used which takes more time because they are loaded by hand. Greens girlfriend and two-time Olym- pian Rosanna Crawford set the tone for the Canadian squad while duking it out in the opening leg with the worlds best on the trails she grew up on. Battling strep throat for most of the week the 27-year-old had her best performance skiing to sixth while giving way to the young Canucks. Competing in her first mixed relay this year Canadas 21-year-old rookie Sarah Beaudry grinded the entire six-kilometre womens leg to hold the Canadian position before handing off to Davies. The home- town boy dropped two spots but kept the Canucks within striking distance of the top-five. It is definitely a different feeling when you are closer to the front in a relay said Davies. You know that if you want a good result you need to set up the last guy to do it and Im really happy I was able to do that today. I think overall it was an awesome day for all of us. StartinghisanchorlegineighthspotGreen charged up and down the rolling terrain be- fore bringing the crowd of nearly 7000 to its feet with perfect shooting. Green bolted into fourth spot while heading out onto his final lap but ran out of gas and dropped to sixth place. Every time you get a good result is im- portant. Today having two veterans with two of the youngest on the team shows the depth and a glimpse of our potential said Green. It was such a great day. I think Canmore put on its best face with a blue bird day. And we are at a point now with our program where we can put any two men and women together and have a good result. Germany smashed the field with a time of 10538.8. Italy was second at 10651.7 while Norway won the race for the bronze medal with a time of 10702.6. - from Biathlon Canada SPORTS RECREATION BIATHLON PhotosPamDoyle Macx Davies takes aim during World Cup finals in Canmore Feb. 7. Hay Rivers Brendan Green crosses the finish line helping Canada finish sixth overall. Brendan Green waves to the crowd in Canmore.Team Canada members Nathan Smith and Julia Ransom lead the pack in the mixed final Feb. 7. 10 Wednesday February 10 2016 ARTS CULTURE COMEDY By CRAIG GILBERT They could be the most interesting men and women in Nunavut. From some of their earliest work spoofing an Old Spice ad campaign and the Dos Equis beer most interesting man in the world the five-person team producing Qanurli a skit comedy show posted online and aired on APTN has been getting more and bigger laughs since they launched with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in 2010. The team of Stacey Aglok Vinnie Karetak Malaya Chapman Joshua Qaumariaq and Thomas Anguti Johnston work in an all- hands-on-deck system with everyone sharing duties in acting producing filming lighting and writing. They just finished filming sea- son five and are in the process of developing season six. Qanurli translates to what now IBC was a great way to start Aglok said. We learned enough and got lucky in that we were able to form a group really early on of people who were excited and really commit- ted to making the best of it and challenging ourselves. I think it was mainly that we were all so in it and committed to it that we were able to take it to five seasons. One year ago this month they moved out from under the wing of the IBC and formed a private company which opened the door to more federal filmmaking funding which in turn gave them more capacity to train. There was some of us that acted some of us that had production companies some of us had written but not all of us had ever written or acted or produced a TV show be- fore Karetak said. When we got together we were unsure of what to do we would fol- low the lead of the one producer from IBC and even then she was trying to work with younger folks who had never done this before. She wasnt really into teaching that much. The three members of the team who spoke to the Journal via telephone from Iqaluit agree the quality of the show has steadily increased and after five years they are still the only comedy show produced anywhere in Canadas North. More than a niche that content gap provided Qanurli with miles of leeway for material and a hungry younger audience that did not see themselves repre- sented anywhere else. Inuit content that was coming out was a lot of talking heads and pan shots and Inuktitut skit comedy show Qanurli still growing old footage for general discussion Kare- tak said. That didnt catch the attention of the younger folks. This TV show has re- ally brought a lot of humour out and a lot of excitement. Added Aglok Up here dealing with APTN especially there is a lot of focus on documentary but not so much on drama or comedy actually using scripts and actors. I think thats pretty special were not only doing it in Inuktitut our own language were doing it in a format that hasnt been done in the North. So what now Qanurli is the groups focus but they have ambitions to add capacity and take on other projects. Were excited too about a feature film which we want to do someday. A docu- mentary we would also be interested in doing Aglok said. The really good thing about TV is its continuous. It has a high possibility of year-round work and year- round training opportunities for different people us included. There are so many possibilities in television for capacity- building including eventually having enough of us to have multiple projects going on at once. Thats definitely a goal of ours for sure. They also plan to expand the shows scope beyond Nunavut to include all of Canadas North and even other coun- tries with Inuit populations. Judging by their Facebook traffic the shows fan base recently exploded in Greenland for example. One of the big goals lately has been that in the past we have been very Nunavut- focused - made for Nunavimmiut by Nun- avimmiut Aglok said. But were growing and wanting to challenge ourselves more and part of that is including Inuit and other Aboriginal groups from all over Canada really. Were doing a shoot in a couple of weeks in Nunavik which is northern Que- bec and maybe someday well be able to take the show to Northwest Territories and Greenland. If that plan pans out the content should keep coming. Inuit humour is some of the funniest Chapman said. Its really dry humour. In Inuktitut the show is funny but then you try to bring it into English and on the cam- era like it doesnt quite translate. Yesterday we had a conversation about one Inuk word that could be translated three different ways - try to translate that to English. Inuktitut is way funnier than English. Team Qanurli Joshua Qaumariaq Stacey Aglok MacDonald Kathy Avrich-Johnson Janice Dawe Vinnie Karetak and Thomas Anguti Johnston. PhotoscourtesyofQanurli All of the Qanurli team members write act direct and produce each show. Yesterday we had a conversation about one Inuk word that could be translated three different ways. Inuktitut is way funnier than English. Malaya Chapman Qanurli Wednesday February 10 2016 11 OP-ED MUSIC GET MORE INVOLVED in your childs education Fill out the Alberta Education Survey before February 26th. These surveys help shape your childs education and give you the opportunity to have more input. Your answers help provide students with the best educational experiences possible. Thank you students parents and community members for supporting education at Northland School Division. For more information contact your local school or visit By JACK ANTONIO Im sitting at Rexall Place inmyrentalcarwhileitsrun- ning so that I can charge my phone.IknowIknowitsnot environmentally conscious. TechnicallybackhomeinYel- lowknife I am not even sure its legal. Its 6 p.m. though and they arent really letting people into the building yet. Because I am on very good terms with their Canadian publicist I was able to pro- cure a face-to-face interview with guitar player Scott Holi- day of Rival Sons. WhoareRivalSonsThats the most common question I encounter when I start name dropping this band to many ofmynon-audiophilefriends. But I can assure you that in 2014 this California based hard rock outt had the num- ber one rock song in Canada for about six weeks with their track Open My Eyes. Upon learning of my inter- view with Scott my mind is immediately set at ease. I was originally supposed to chat with the bands vocalist Jay Buchanan. Believe it or not I getprettynervousbeforeevery interviewIfaceespeciallyifits onunfamiliarturforifitswith someone I have never chatted with before. In this instance Scott and I had actually chat- ted in the fall of 2014 over the phoneandIrememberthatthe two of us had a great rapport. Once I arrive Scott leads me to the back of the Rival Sons tour bus and I set up shop. He seems in good spirits which also bodes well for our chat. When I ask him how Rival Sonsmanagedtoscoretheslot on such a prestigious tour he launches into a detailed ac- count of how the bands lat- estreleasewasnominatedfor an album of the year award by Classic Rock Magazine so they were invited to play a two-songsetduringtheawards show itself. Given the level of legendaryactsintheroomfor thesamegalaeventitenabled thebandtoessentiallystagea de facto showcase in front of all the right people. Itwentgood.Itwentreally good muses the curly mus- tached plaid-laden Holiday. The audience was really just theuppercrustofclassicrock. Soevenjusttogoissuperfun. Theyreourheroes.BrianMay. Ozzy.GlenHughesandthelist goes on and on. Oh my God Its like a dream. Scotts enthusiasm is now reaching a fever pitch. He continues We got a standing Iwrapupmyinterviewwith Scott by getting him to sign a few CDs for me and pose out- sidethetourbusforasele.At thispointIamprettypumped fortheshow.NotjustSabbath but also Rival Sons. I have a photo pass for their show and Scott promised to make it worth my while so I am starting to get anxious about using the camera as its usu- allymywifetakingthepictures and she couldnt come on this trip. This brings me back to the present. I need to try out cantbetrueIhaveV.I.P.tick- ets.Ispentalotofhard-earned dime. I just interviewed Scott of Rival Sons and I was going to be in their photo pit My voice trails o. YoufromYellowknifeIgot a few buddies that I was meet- ingattheshowfromtherehe responds.AndImfromTuk. Ihavetoseeformyselfabout whatisgoingonwiththisshow and the only way Ill know for sure is if I check at the box of- ce. As I get closer I feel like a sh swimming up stream. Theres many people heading intheoppositedirectionnota goodsign.AsIarriveatthefront entrancevenueemployeesare in the process of securing and lockingthedoorsastheyplace up the cancellation notices. I see a young fella in his early 20s approach read the notice and instantly burst into tears while his girlfriend consoles him and tells him to quit act- inglikeababy.Meanwhilethe 50-somethings are begging to be able to be let in just so they canatleastbuyat-shirt.Their pleas fall on deaf ears. Personally I am in shock. I feel very helpless and equal parts disappointed. It doesnt seem real. I have been wait- ing for this show not just since it was announced in the fall of 2015 but literally all my life. I rstbecameafanofBlackSab- bathin1985-30yearsago.This cancellationsucks.Itstotalcrap. I understand why Ozzy has a case of extreme sinusitis and I can well imagine singing with this aiction cant be all that pleasant. But being from Canadas North I dont know if Ill be able to make it back for therescheduledshow.Flyingis expensive. Renting a car is ex- pensive.Mealsareexpensiveas aretheinevitablepiecesofspe- cial tour swag. And relying on yourfriendscouchtocrashon issomethingthatshouldonlybe usedsparinglyThanksMike. Its a delicate balance just get- ting here to this point. I head back to the car in a completelydejectedstate.Retail therapyisinordersoImakethe decisiontomeanderbacktothe WestEdmontonMallbutwhen I get there my heart is just not init.Thesunhasgonedownin theCityofChampionsnowand IfeellikeIhaveplayedhergame and lost. In the distance of my subconscious a bell tolls. A g- ure in black points at me and I realizeitsmyowndowntrodden reection. Is this the end my friends Perhaps ... But theres stillmoretothisstorytoshare. Read the continuation of Jack Antonios adventures in Edmonton next week. Is this the end YK rock writer stood up in Edmonton PhotocourtesyofeOneMusicCanada Rival Sons Michael Miley Jay Buchanan Scott Holiday and Dave Best were set to open for Black Sabbath in Edmonton and Calgary late last month but the shows were postponed. ovation in this room. It was amazing yknow It turns out that Ozzy and Sharon are big fans of the band.ApparentlySharonjust proposed that Rival Sons join TheEndtourastheopening act on the spot which really surprised the band - I get the impression that that is virtu- allyunheardofintheindustry. And in terms of the level of respectforSabbaththefeeling fromRivalSonsisobviouslymu- tual.LeadguitarplayerTony Iommiwasahugeinuenceon measakidScott gushes.And Sabbath in general. 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Schoeld is currently in his second season with the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League AJHL and as a 20 year-old his nal season of junior hockey. I think we had eight ghts in 40 games for the whole team last year Schoeld said. I think it is even less this year. Im not a ghter but ghts are sometimes needed. Schoeld said new rules have changed the amount of ghting that occurs now. I think last year was the rst year for the new rule regarding ghting majors a player can accumulate. He said. Now after six ghts you are suspended and you can get a three-game suspension if the referee feels the ght was a staged ght. Schoeld like many fans and players feels ghting serves a purpose in hockey. It is okay to minimize it and they have done that to a large extent he said. However I still feel that teams need enforcers. The refs can not catch everything out there and you need a guy who can deal with a situation where a smaller player is attacked things like that. While some leagues such as the Newfound- land Senior Hockey League claim less ghts have meant fewer spectators this has not been the case in the AJHL. Tye Hand also from Yellowknife is 63 and 210 lbs. compared to Schoelds 57 at 160 lbs and plays with the Calgary Canucks. He said the ghting rule has meant an adjustment for him and a change in the style of the game. I dont think the ghting rule has changed attendance very much but there is a more quickened pace and a faster game Hand said. We are somewhere around 150 fans a game which is very low but in Calgary we are competing with the Calgary Hitmen WHL and the Flames for fans. Hand who admits dropping the gloves now and then has accumulated 106 penalty- minutes in 18 games so far with the Canucks. Like Schoeld he is also a 20 year-old in his nal season of junior hockey. I had more of a ghter role when I played in the WHL with the Regina Pats Hand said. I still stick my nose in sometimes and play a physical style of game but with the ght rule you have to choose your spots more carefully now. Down to Drumheller Schoeld is also an assistant captain on the team and likes what he sees on this years squad. He is currently fourth in team scor- ing with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points. He admits the ride was a little bumpy to start the season. The Dragons are cur- rently in fifth place in the Viterra AJHL South division sporting a record of 19 wins 23 losses and five overtime losses for 43 points. We got o to a slow start and we were 12 points behind Canmore early in the season but now we are only a point back of them Schoeld said last Thursday. Earlier in the Yellowknife player fights for his rights in AJHL season we traded some high-end players to nd a better balance and I think we have achieved that. Coach Brian Curran spoke very highly of Schoeld and saw potential in him right from the start. I wanted him right from the time I saw him playing AAA Midget in Red Deer when they won two championships back to back Curran said. He is a great kid a real leader and he works very hard too. He gives you everything every single night. If we had 20 players like Jake we would be a tough team to beat thats for sure. So far Schofield is happy with his progress. You always want to do more and Im doing my best with the leadership role the team has given me Schofield said. Ive been talking to some CIS Canadian schools for next year and I am happy about that. I am getting to do a lot of faceoffs and I am getting time on the power play and penalty kill units too. As for Yellowknife Schoeld feels it was a good place to develop the hockey skills that got him this far. The ice availability there is great he said. I was always out there working on stu. I made ve trips to Europe with Yellowknife teams in years past. It was great to see a dierent style of hockey and to play against strangers to develop your game and not just in Yellowknife where you often play the same people a lot. Schoeld stills shares a bond with fellow Yellowknifer Hand. I dont get into too much rough stu with him but we like to chirp a bit back and forth throughoutthegamewhenweplayeachother. Schoeld laughed. I like to slap him on the shin pads and say good luck to him before the game when we play Calgary. Curran is optimistic about the remainder of the season. We have all the tools to do it he said. We have to work a lot on the smaller details. They are really killing us right now and to be successful we have to drive the other teams crazy and we have not been doing enough of that this year. Im not a ghter but ghts are sometimes needed. Jacob Schoeld Drumheller Dragons Wednesday February 10 2016 15 NORTHERNERS IN MEMORIAM Andre Airut Anyone knowing the whereabouts of please contact Annie Bellemare at 613 747-7800 ext. 2058. 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Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail web Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. SpayedNeutered Up-to-datewithroutineshots House trained Miss StacheFemaleAdult Black and white mix Looking for a new home Ice road pioneer killed in McBride avalanche By CRAIG GILBERT From high overhead Bualo Joe Mc- Bryan watched in wonder as the Robinson boys cut across the Northwest Territories like a hot knife through butter. The owner of Buffalo Airways recalls seeing the Robinsons Trucking crew fa- ther and company founder Richard and his sons Marvin Donny and Ricky build- ing the ice road from Great Slave Lake to Great Bear Lake through the 1960s 70s and 80s. That Robinson family of brothers with their dad those boys put the ice road through to Great Bear Lake to Echo Bay mine and north through the barrenlands to what they call Lupin Mine he told the Journal. It was so much dierent than it is today and Id be ying the Arctic in the North and Id watch them as they ploughed through making the road as they went. McBryan said the Robinsons pioneered those ice road routes. They went 300 miles across coun- try with a plough and a grader opening the road and they had a caboose behind for them all to live in McBryan said. It wasnt like today were used to the dia- mond mine roads where its like a super- B highway you know To head from lake to lake when you flew by it looked like a choo-choo train kind of. This was long before we even knew we had diamonds so they did it the old school way. Thats what they should be recognized for. We respected what they were able to do at the time with the equipment they had. We were flying overhead watching them down there and they were slugging it out pretty good. It was hats off to them. McBryan was among those saddened to learn Ricky was one of ve Alberta men killed in an avalanche near McBride B.C. on Jan. 29. The snowmobilers were killed when the human-triggered avalanche buried three separate groups of riders in the back- country about 200 kilometres southwest of Prince George. Dave MacNevin wrote in Toronto-based magazine Todays Trucking that he worked with Robinson for ve years describing RTL as the largest and most successful ice road trucking company in the world. He was a big man with a giant heart MacNevin wrote. Robinson was never one to don a suit or sit at a desk. His years at RTL were in coveralls either fixing a truck or loading it. A hard-working kind- hearted man he was famous for helping those in need. The avalanche also killed Vincent Loewen 52 Todd Chisholm 47 Tony Greenwood 41 and John Garley 49 all from Alberta. Robinson is survived by his wife Roxanne and daughter Brittney. A celebration of life was held in Stony Plain AB on Feb. 5. The family asked for contributions to the SPCA of the donors choice or the Alzheimers So- ciety of Canada in lieu of owers. MacNevin said Ricky and Roxanne had been enjoying travelling and visiting friends in recent years. The family sold the busi- ness to Tri West Capital in 2006 and shortly after RTL was joined with Westcan Bulk Transport to form the RTL-Westcan Group of Companies. It was founded in Yellowknife in 1968 as Robinsons Trucking Ltd. The company ex- panded to Enterprise Peace River and Ed- monton eventually rebranding as RTL Rob- inson Enterprises and evolving into a trans- port construction and logistics company. Roxanne and Ricky Robinson in an undated photo. PhotocourtesyofRoxanneRobinsonFacebook 16 Wednesday February 10 2016 Any questions please contact Flossie at 780 697-3724.Any questions please contact Flossie at 780 697-3724. 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