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Fort Smith dietitian Jared Tam greets Michelle Keizer as she gets ready for her first weigh-in of the 2015 Biggest Winner challenge, hosted by the community health authority the evening of Feb. 3. This year 93 people have signed up for the contest, which isn’t so much about losing weight, Tam says, as much as it is about encouraging residents to live healthy, active lifestyles. To help participants meet their health goals, Tam and his team will be facilitating healthy eating workshops and fitness activities several times a week until early March.Photo: Dali Carmichael.

Briefs include: three men face 33 charges after Yellowkinfe drug bust, reward offered for whooping crane killed at Aransas, GNWT, feds announce extension of affordable housing agreement.

Three men face 33 charges after Yellowknife drug bust 

A substantial amount of drugs were taken off the streets of Yellowknife when local RCMP executed a warrant at the end of last month. Fade Dawood, 23, of Toronto, Joshua Rampersaud, 34, of Edmonton and Lazare Sampson, 20, of Yellowknife have been slammed with a total of 33 charges after police seized approximately 28 grams of crack cocaine, a small amount marijuana, drug paraphernalia, money and a 9mm handgun. All three men faced the courts on Feb. 3.

Reward offered for whooping crane killed at Aransas

Necropsy results show a whooping crane killed during its winter migration to Aransas, Texas may have been handled after death. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife are offering US$3,500 in rewards for information on the case. Whooping cranes are protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and penalties for harming or killing a crane can range up to a US$100,000 fine and up to one year in federal prison.

GWNT, feds announce extension of affordable housing agreement 

The GNWT and federal government have come together to announce an increase in available funding for affordable housing until 2020. Over the next five years, the two governments will extend the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement by a combination of $18 million, building off the original agreement which offered $11 million from 2011-2014. The funds will be used to continue addressing housing needs and provide programming to persons who are homeless or who have experienced family violence.

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