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Heavy haul heads out to mine A convoy of four fuel tanks leaves Yellowknife for the Gahcho Kué diamond mine project at midnight on Mar. 3 on the winter road. In all, eight tanks, each capable of holding 500,000 litres, were shipped to the site this season in preparation for the go-ahead to start full construction as permits are finalized. The tanks were manufactured by Gem Steel in Edmonton, assembled in Yellowknife and shipped by Tli Cho Landtran Transport.Photo: Bill Braden.

Briefs include: NWT introduces new birth certificate, Mackenzie Valley review board to disclose finances publicly, and Hay River man sentenced to six years for shooting brother.

NWT introduces new birth certificate

The GNWT has unveiled a new birth certificate that is being touted as one of the most highly secure and durable documents in Canada. The new documents will be made of high-security plastic and include more than 20 features designed to protect identities. Current birth certificates use privacy technology from the 1950s. The new NWT birth certificate, which has not been changed since 1983, will be introduced Apr. 1. Old birth certificates will still be valid, however all certificates issues after Apr. 1 will be produced in the new format and cost $20. The new certificate will give the option to include more detailed information on the individual’s parents.

Mackenzie Valley review board to disclose finances publicly

The Mackenzie Valley Environmental impact Review Board has announced it will publicly disclose more of its financial operations in an effort to have greater “transparency and accountability.” The board, which is funded by the federal government, has started posting information about its finance, honoraria and travel policies on its website and plans to post the audit schedule of any board and staff member going back to 2007. The announcement follows former finance manager Wendy Ondrack’s decision to sue the board in January for what she said was an unwarranted demotion after questioning board member expenses.

Hay River man sentenced to six years for shooting brother

A Hay River man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his brother. Wilfred Lawrence Buggins, 69, admitted to the Hay River courtroom in a statement on Mar. 3 that he shot and killed his younger brother, Raymond, at a cabin near Enterprise three years ago, but had no memory of the event. Both men were said to have been drinking heavily at the time and arguing about money. Buggins pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a firearm after being charged with second degree murder following the incident in February 2011.

Northern Journal

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