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EducationEarlyChildhood15TuesdayFebruary52013ByRENEFRANCOEURTheup-and-coming4.5-millionChildrensFirstCentreinInuvikstruckitbiglastmonth.ThecentrecurrentlyunderconstructionandslatedforcompletionbyJunewonthegrandprizeinAvivaCana-dasCommunityFundcom-petitionlastTuesdayaswellasanAwardofExcellencefromdistinguishedindustryjournalCanadianArchitect.Aftertworoundsofpublicvotingfollowingbyajudg-ingpanelthecentrewon50000inAvivassmallideacategory.Avivaholdsthean-nualcompetitiontodonateashareof1milliontovariouscommunityorganizations.Themoneywillgotowardsnewplaygroundequipment.TheAvivacompetitionisallaboutgettingvotesofsupportfromthecommu-nityforthecommunitysaidPaulaGuyaChildrenFirstSocietyboardmemberandtheprincipalorganizerofthebid.AccordingtoGuythecen-treearnedover12000votesfromthepublicadvancingthemtothejudgestable.ThecentreenteredtheAvivacontestlastyearaswellbuttookhomenoprizesorrecognition.ThisyearitwastheonlyentryfromtheNorthtomakeittothenalroundofjudging.JudgesdidhoweverwanttomakenoteofLateralOfcesArcticFoodNetworkinNun-avutaprojectenvisioningfood-gatheringnodesbuiltacrossBafnIslandtoreectthetraditionalInuitlifestyleandcombatdependencyonhighpricedprocessedfoodimportedfromthesouth.Aprojectofthenon-protChildrenFirstSocietythecentrewillbetheonlybuild-inginInuvikbuiltspecicallyforearlychildhoodeduca-tion.Itwillboast120tod-dlerandinfantcarespacesChildrensFirstCentreinInuvikwinsbigandspeakstoincreasingcommunitydemandforreli-ableaffordableandqualitychildcareservices.TheChildrensFirstCen-trewasalsooneof13proj-ectshonouredbyCanadianArchitectoutof167submis-sionsforthemagazines45thAwardsofExcellence.Architectsfortheproj-ectacolourfuldesigninacandy-canelikeshapewithmanyoor-to-ceilingwin-dowsareKobayashiZeddaArchitectsLtd.ofWhite-horseYukon.Thisprojectstandstallinaddressingtheseconditions...whilebeingself-awareastoitsconstructiontypeand...culture.Itsuggestsawhywouldntwedothisatti-tudeCanadianArchitectjudgeDonaldChongwrote.Thecentrewillcover13000sq.ft.intotal.Land-scapingandplaygroundequipmentinstallationtakeplacethissummer.ImagecourtesyofKobayashiZeddaArchitectsLtd.AnartistsrenderingshowsInuvikchildrenhavingfuninthesnowoutsidetheproposedChildrensFirstCentre.ThespotwillbeabeaconofcolourwhenconstructionwrapsupthisJune.ByRENEFRANCOEURInuvikRCMParestillinvestigatingtwocrimescommittedlastSeptemberandareaskingthepublicforhelpintrackingdownsuspects.RCMPandtheInuvikFireDepartmentrespondedtoafirecallearlythemorn-ingofSept.8attheAuroraCollegeResearchCentrewhereacamperandotheritemswereablaze.Laterthatmorninggaslinesweredamagedatalocalhotel.Policereportthedam-agedgaslinehadpotentialtocauseextensivepropertydamageandlossoflife.Thereissomeoneouttherewhohasthepiecesofinformationneededtobringclosuretothisinves-tigationapressreleasefromtheRCMPdistributedlastTuesdayread.InuvikwitnessedarashoffiresinearlyfalllastyearStaffSgt.JerryMcK-ennatoldTheJournal.Therewerefearsthetownhadafirebugrunningloosehesaid.Turnedoutmostofthosewereaccidentalorelectri-calhesaid.WehadacarfirethatwaselectricalandthefireattheArcticCha-letBBwasfromawir-ingissue.Therewerefourpolice-investigatedfiresMc-Kennasaid.AdditionallyInuvikFireChiefJimSawkinssaidaboutfourorfivefiresstartedaroundthesametimewerefromchildrenplayingwithmatchesorlighters.ThatpromptedSawkinstobeginInuviksTAPP-CprogrambyreferralalsoknownasTheArsonPreventionProgramforChildren.Onemanwasrecentlysentencedto240hoursofcommunityserviceandthreeyearsprobationafterbeingchargedSept.18forsettingfiretoInu-viksAlFornorestaurant.NoonewasinjuredinthatincidentbutaccordingtoMcKennatherewassev-eralthousanddollarsworthofdamagedone.Therehavebeennore-centarsoncasesinInuvikMcKennasaid.MembersofthepublicwithanyinformationaboutthetwoSept.8crimesareaskedtocontacttheInu-vikRCMPdetachmentat867-777-1111orcallGDivisionRCMPOp-erationsCommunicationsCenter867-669-5200orCrimestoppersat1-800-222-TIPS8477.InuvikRCMPstillonlookoutforsuspectsinSeptembercrimespreeCrimeArson