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ThebestlittlenewspaperinCanadaMLAspassmotionforindustryprepinSahtuMLAsintheNWTareask-ingforfederalsupportofjobreadinessandroadconstruc-tionintheSahtutopreparetheregionforaboom.Seepage3.NWTtrackathleteshead-ingtoTorontoinMayAselectgroupoftoptrackandeldathleteswillbehead-ingtotheNikeGrandPrixtocompeteinMay.Seepage15.TuesdayMarch52013Vol.36No.43AnindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19772011nationalawardwinner-BestAll-RoundNewspaper1.00TraditionalGameseventcelebratescultureAround150youthparticipatedinthersteverTraditionalGamesChampionshipsinYellowknifeovertheweek-end.Seepage10.MackenziesalmonstudysupportslocalknowledgeFindingsofadecreaseinMackenzieRiversalmonin2012conrmslocalknowl-edgethatpopulationsworkincycles.Seepage9.--1TlichojoindevolutionwithdealdaysawayByMEAGANWOHLBERGWiththeconclusionofdevolutionnegotiationsjustdaysawayaccordingtothepremiertheTlichogovernmenthasagreedtobecomeapartytothede-volutionAgreementinPrin-cipleAiP.TlichoGrandChiefEddieErasmussaidthedecisionisaboutensuringtheTli-chogovernmentwillbere-spectedafterdevolution.TheTlichohavetherighttobeinvolvedintheimple-mentationofthedevolutionagreementErasmustoldTheJournal.ThereforeweneedtobeinvolvedintheAiPtoensurethattheim-plementationofthisagree-mentrespectsouragree-ment.IthastorespecttheTlichoAgreementandpro-videtheTlichogovernmentwithameaningfulroleinthisimplementation.Theonlywaywecandothisisneverdonebeforehesaid.NowthiswillprovidetheopportunityforustobuildwillcometotheNWTasaresultofdevolution.Thefactthatthedevo-lutionagreementwillnowprovideresourceroyaltiesissomethingwehelpedbuildhesaid.TheTlichoareen-titledtoashareofthatreve-nue.ThetimehasnowcomefortheTlichotogetinvolvedandsharethehardworkthatweputinitandthebenetsthatwenegotiatedpriortotheAiP.Erasmussaidthe25percentcutofresourceroyal-tiespromisedtoAboriginalgovernmentsintheAiPisadonedealandissatisfac-toryfortheTlichointhatitisoverandabovewhattheyalreadygetthroughtheirsettledclaimandself-govern-mentagreements.Erasmushadinitiallyre-fusedtosignontotheAiPattemptingtoforcehiswaytothetablethroughthebackdoorlastsummerasagovern-mentwithequalpowerstotheGNWTandCanada.NWTPremierBobMcLeodrefused.McLeodsaidheisverypleasedtheTlichodecidedtosigntheAiPwhichwillcre-atebenetsforallthepeopleoftheNorthwestTerritoriesbygivingthemcontrolofen-vironmentalprotectionandmanagement.Theofcialsigningcere-monywilltakeplaceinBe-hchokoonMar.8.ErasmusnowjoinsheadsoftheInuvialuitRegionalCorp.theNWTMtisNationtheSahtuSecretariatInc.andtheGwichinTribalCouncilatthenegotiatingtablewithCanadaandtheterritorialgovernment.SeeDevolutiononpage3.WeneedtobeinvolvedintheAiPtoen-surethattheimplementationofthisagree-mentrespectsourTlichoagreement.GrandChiefEddieErasmustobethereinvolvedintheprocess.HesaiddevolutionhasthepotentialtobeofgreatbenettotheTlichoandeveryoneelseintheterri-torybutthatitwilltakehardworkandcooperation.ItreallyrequirestheGNWTandotherAborigi-nalorganizationstoworktogetherinwaystheyveastrongandprosperousNorthwestTerritories.Itwillbewhatwemakeofit.TheTlichogovernmentisreadytodoourparttomaketheAiPstrengthenourcommunities.PriortotheAiPErasmussaidtheTlichofoughtalongwithotherAboriginalgov-ernmentsforafairshareofresourceroyaltiesthatPhotoReneFrancoeurDavePorterDianeSealsandtheirdaughterTaylor5takeabreatherduringtheThebachaLoppetonSaturdayontheFortSmithskitrails.Theclas-sicskiingeventfromFortFitzgeraldtoFortSmithboastedarecordturnoutof110participantswithclearwarmweatherof-9C.Seepage19formore.BringyouranswerintotheNorthernJournal.niwichiwakantanisiBroughttoyoubyTheNWTCreeLanguageProgram IndustryMining2TuesdayMarch52013NEWSBRIEFSIntoxicatedmanarrestedsouthofWrigleyforwieldingrearmFortSimpsonRCMParrestedamanattheWrigleyhotel1kmsouthofWrigleyonFeb.24afteritwascomplainedtheindividualwasintoxicatedandwieldingarearm.Wil-liamDelowski39ofHighLevelwaschargedwithcarelessuseofarearmpossessionofaweaponforadangerouspurposeandunlawfulpossessionofarearm.Hessched-uledtoappearinFortSimpsonTerritorialCourtonMay1.HousingCorp.addingseniorfacili-tiestofourNWTcommunitiesTheNWTHousingCorp.isplanningtoaddfourseniorssupportedhousingunitstothecommunitiesofFortMcPher-sonFortGoodHopeFortLiardandWhatiMinisterRobertC.McLeodannouncedlastweekwithconstructionbegin-ninginthesummerof2014.Eachfacilitywilllikelycontaineightindependenthousingunitsspaceforthedeliveryofhomecareandagatheringspaceforvisitorsandotherse-niors.Therewillbecaretakersunitsandsecurityinthesefacilities.TheJoeGreenlandCentreinAklavikwillalsobereplacedratherthanrenovated.Tulitareceives4GwirelessserviceNorthwestellaunchedits4GwirelessnetworkinTulitalastWednesdaymeaningresidentswillnowbeabletocalltextbrowsetheinternetanddownloadonhandhelddevicessuchassmartphonesandtablets.Northwesteliscurrentlyinvestingover15milliontoenhancebroadbandinternetserviceincommunitiesintheNWTlaunchingasimilarnetworkupgradeinFortProvidencetheweekearlier.CAMPINGSEASONISJUSTAROUNDTHECORNERSomeofthebestbrandsinthebusinesssuchasHeartlandandKeystoneGETGEAREDUPATNORTHSTARCHRYSLERwherewehaveahugeselectionofnewandusedCampersFifthWheelsandToyHaulersFREENightStayinHighLevelwitheverypurchasewww.northstarchrysler.caWHEREPEOPLEBECOMECUSTOMERSFORLIFEThorLakehearingsinFortReshighlightAkaitchodivisionsByMEAGANWOHLBERGAftergettingdraggedthroughthemudbycriticalFirstNationsinYellowknifetheweekpreviousThorLakemineproponentAvalonRareMetalsInc.gotapositiveboostfromtheonlyAboriginalgovern-menttosignanaccommodationagreementwiththecompanytodateduringthenalhearingsinFortResolutiononTuesday.DeninuKueFirstNationDKFNChiefLouisBalsil-liepraisedthecompanyforitsinvolvementwiththecommu-nityandwelcomedtheprom-isedemploymentopportunitieswithopenarmsinhisopeningaddresslastweekhighlightingtheexistingdivisionsamongFirstNationsintheAkaitchoregion.Wereindireneedofthisprojecttomoveaheadbecauseourpeoplearenotbeingrecog-nizedonthenorthsideofthelakeandtheimpactsthatcomewithitBalsilliecomplained.Imlisteningtothenewsandstuffabouthowtheothercom-munitiesarenotsupportingthis.AndyouknowAvalonsbeenfair.Theyvebeengoingtothecommunitiesandmeetingwiththecommunities.Theycametoourcommunitywhenthisprojectrststarted.Wesup-porteditfromdayone.Werestillsupportingit.BoththeYellowknivesDeneFirstNationYKDFNandLutselKeDeneFirstNationLKDFNsaidtheywouldnotbesupportingtherareearthmetalsminingprojectatthehearingsinYellowknifeFeb.18-21statingthecompanydidinsufcientconsultationincludingontheuseoftradi-tionalknowledgeintheirproj-ectplanning.YKDFNisstillinnego-tiationswithAvalonoveranimpactbenefitsagreement.LKDFNwhileintheratica-tionphaserescindeditssupportaftermembersdecidedthereweretoomanyunansweredquestionsaroundwildlifeandotherenvironmentalimpacts.TheprojectwouldseemetalsincludinguraniumandthoriumminedfromtheNechalachodepositnearThorLakeandbargedacrossGreatSlaveLaketotheoldPinePointminesiteforprocessing.WhileBalsilliesaidtherearesomedetailsthatstillneedtobeworkedoutontheirendwithAvalontheysaidtryingtostoptheprojectisnotthewaytogo.WeneedtheworkhetoldtheMackenzieValleyaddingthatshandcariboumovearoundthewholelake.SoweusethiswholelandareaandImsureweallusedittogether.Nowitlookslikewereghtingoverthislittleareathatwealluse...WereghtingovermineralsandgolddiamondsandwhateverLaffertysaid.EnvironmentalImpactReviewBoardpanel.Ourcommunityneedstheabilitytogooutandgetthecontracts.WedohaveanagreementwithAvalonandwerereadyforbusiness.HeaddedthattheAkaitchoregionshouldbeworkingto-gethertosupporteconomicopportunitiesforitspeople.ThisisanAkaitchoterri-tory.Wedontlookatitaseveryothercommunityhavingtheirownplaceofbusiness...Andwebelievewhatweredoingisrightforourpeopleforouryouthandforoureldersinthecommunityhesaid.SimilarlyeldersfromFortResolutionvoicedconcernthattheYellowknivesweretryingtohavethepeoplesouthofthelakeignoredinfavouroftheirownconcernsbecausetheNechalachodepositfallsontheYKDFNterritorynearDrybonesBay.Yellowknifepeoplearetry-ingtosaythatpeoplefromthissideofthelakehaveneverbeenontheothersideofthelaketotraphuntelderTommyBeau-lieutoldthepanel.MygrandfathertravelledallthewaytoInuvikforspringhuntandmyothergrandfatherwentallthewaytoMcMur-raytogethisgroceriessaidEddieLaffertyanotherelderIdontthinkweshouldghtforsomethingwealreadyown.Weshouldbesharingitwitheachother.DespiteitssupportDKFNspresentationtotheboardraisedworriesaboutpeoplesabilitytoshtrapandhuntafterthemineandprocessingplantareoperationalespeciallygiventhepresenceofradioactivemin-erals.DKFNnegotiatorLindaVandenBergsaidAvalonhasalargehurdletojumpinprov-ingtothecommunitythatitisagoodcorporatecitizenwhokeepsitspromises.Werenotouttodelaytheprocesshere.Werenotouttostopthemineshesaid.Weresimplyouttoensurethesafetyoftheworkersinthemine.TheNWTMtisNationalsomadeapresentationduringTuesdayshearingssayingitdidnotsupportthetransporta-tionoforeacrossthelakeoutoffearofaspill.KaraKingpresidentoftheFortResolutionMtisCouncilsaiditwasunfortunatethatthehearingwasthersttheyhadheardbackaboutdetailsonthebargingportionofthemineproject.TuesdayshearingbroughttheofcialendtothepublicenvironmentalassessmentoftheThorLakeproject.Wesupporteditfromdayone.Werestillsupportingit.DKFNChiefLouisBalsillieAvalonRareMetalsproposedThorLakeprojectwouldmine15typesofrareearthmetalsincludinguraniumandthoriumnearThorLakeintheNorthSlaveandtransporttheorebybargetotheoldPinePointminesite.ImageAvalonSuntransitaffectsinternetserviceNorthwestelsatellitefacilitieswillbeexperiencingsun-re-latedservicedegradationsasaresultofthealignmentofthesunwiththetelecommunicationssatelliteanditsgroundsta-tionsthecompanyannouncedMonday.Suntransitoutagesoccurforseveraldayssemi-annuallywhenthesatellitepassesdirectlybetweenthedishontheearthssurfaceandthesun.Customersmayexperiencenoiseorserviceinterruptionsbetween1222and1300MSTuntilMar.7. 3TuesdayMarch52013DevolutiondealdaysawaypremiersaysContinuedfrompage1.AnaldevolutiondealisdaysawayaccordingtoMcLeodbutanotherroundofpublicconsultationcouldaddseveralmonthsbeforetheofcialsigningceremonytakesplace.Allgovernmentscurrentlyparticipatingindevolutionne-gotiationsincludingCanadatheGNWTandtheveAb-originalgovernmentsatthetableanticipateundertakingpublicengagementbetweentheconclusionofnegotia-tionsandapprovalofthenalagreementaccordingtothedevolutionofce.Thoughthepartieshaveyettonalizepublicengagementplansitisexpectedthatactivi-tieswillincludecommunityin-formationmeetingsdesignedtoexplainthecontentandben-etsoftheagreement.Moredetailswillbeavailableoncenegotiationshaveconcluded.Aboriginalgovernmentsthatdidnotparticipateinne-gotiationswillhavetheop-portunitytosupportandsignthenaldevolutionagreementandgetaccesstotheresourcerevenuesharingagreementwhichwilldistribute25percentofallnewly-claimedre-sourceroyaltiesacrossAb-originalgovernmentswhen-evertheyareready-evenafterthesigningceremony.DehchostillworriedThepremiermadethean-nouncementlastTuesdayintheHousefollowingapre-sentationbyDehchoMLAMichaelNadliwhoonceagainputintoquestionthebenetofadevolutionagree-menttoAboriginalgovern-mentsandinparticularhisconstituents.FirstNationsinmycon-stituencyarenotparticipatingatthedevolutiontableNadlisaid.TheDehchoFirstNationswouldliketoseemovementintheirownnegotiationstonal-izethelanduseplanfortheregionbeforedevolutiongoesahead.Aswelltheystronglybelievethat25percentofwhattheGNWTgetssharedwithallregionalAboriginalgovern-mentsisnotafairallocationofresourcerevenues.FromtheFirstNationsperspectivedevolutionsofarisnothingbutaGNWTmoneyandself-governmentgrab.MostFirstNationsdonthaveself-governmentagree-ments.Inspiteofreassurancesitshardtoseehowdevolutionwontprejudicethesenegotia-tionsheadded.McLeodsaidevenwiththetighttimelinediscussionscon-tinuewiththeoutstandingAb-originalgovernmentsonsign-ingtheAiPincludingwiththeDehchoFirstNations.IvewrittentoallthreeoftheAboriginalgovernments...IvewrittentotheDehchoFirstNa-tionacoupleofweeksago.Ac-tuallyImetwiththegrandchiefatlunchtimetodayhesaid.Weveagreedtoabilateralprocesstotrytoresolveout-standinglandissueswiththeDehchoFirstNationswiththeobjectiveofgettingtheagree-mentfortheDehchoFirstNa-tionstosignontodevolution.McLeodalsoreiteratedthegovernmentspositionthatdevolutionwillnotimpactongoingnegotiationsbetweenFirstNationsandCanada.Thosenegotiationswillcontinueandthereshouldbenonegativeimpactsonthoseprocesseshesaid.PoliticsTerritorialMLAspassmotiontofundreadinessinSahtuMotionrequeststalkswithOttawaonall-weatherroadjobtrainingIndustryOilGasByMEAGANWOHLBERGMLAspassedamotionlastweekinYellowknifecall-ingfortheterritorialgov-ernmenttoengageOttawaonfundinginitiativesandinfrastructureforpeopleintheSahturegiontoprepareforthecomingsurgeofoilandgasdevelopment.ThemotionputforthbySahtuMLANormanYake-leyaandsupportedbyall10regularMLAscalledformoregovernmentpressuretobeputonCanadatowardcon-structinganall-weatherroadfromWrigleyintotheSahtualongwithhumanresourcedevelopmentinitiatives.ThepointthatIwanttomakehereisthattheplayishappeningnow.Itsgoingon.Theactivityisthere.Thiswinterover100millionisbeingspentintheSahtu.Over350workersarework-ingonseismicdrivingcampcateringyounameittheyreworkingYakeleyasaid.WerecognizethisintheSahtuandwewanttoknowwhenisthisgovernmentthefederalgovernmentgoingtolookatitandsaytheresencourag-ingresults.YakeleyasaidCanadashouldfundtheSahtuliketheydidVoiseysBayinLabradorinrecentyearsfollowingtherapiddevelop-mentofitsminingsector.Thefederalgovernmentinvested75millionbetween2003and2006toensureAborigi-nalpopulationsinLabradorwouldbenetfromminingthroughemploymentandthemitigationofsocialproblems.Hesaidsocialproblemslikedrinkingandcrimearealreadyontheriseintheex-plorationstagesandcouldworsenoncefull-blownin-dustrialworkbeginsinthere-gion.Thoughthe1.2millionrecentlyallocatedintheter-ritorialbudgetforaddressingsocialprogramsintheSahtuisagoodstepYakeleyasaidmorewillbeneeded.ThepeopleintheSahtuwanttobewealthytheywanttobeprosperouswanttohavetheopportunitiesbutlikeeveryotherregionintheNorththeyalsowanttosavethingshesaid.Thisisthedirectionthatwewanttobeinnow...sowecanworkwiththeotherregionstogettheirpeopleready.NahendehMLAKevinMenicochewhoseridingincludesthecommunityofWrigleysaidtheall-weatherMackenzieHighwaypieceofthemotionisespeciallyimportant.Whenitcomestomyrid-ingwesawinJanuarywhentheroadwasshutdowngoingupnorthhowmuchofanim-pactthathadonthecommu-nitiesofWrigleyandFortSimpson.ItbackedupallthewaytoHayRiveraswell.SoitjustshowedmetheimpactofhowhugethatSahtushaleplayishowmuchinvestmentisgoinginthereandhowmuchindustryisimpactingourcommunitieshesaid.Wehavetopayattentiontothis.Wecannotletthisdevelopmentjustrunonitsown.Wehavetobeawarewehavetoworkwithitwehavetoworkwithourfederalcounterpartsandatthesametimewehavetomitigatetheimpactsonourcommunities.Thoughthecabinetab-stainedfromvotingonthemotionTransportationIn-dustryTourismandInvest-mentMinisterDavidRamsaysaidheappreciatedthecon-cernbroughtupbyYakeleya.HesaidtheGNWTcontin-uestoworkwiththefederalgovernmentmovingforwardandthattheMackenzieVal-leyHighwayremainsamajorpriorityforthegovernmentaddingthatthegovernmentrecentlysubmittedanap-plicationtotheMackenzieValleyEnvironmentalIm-pactReviewBoardfortheWrigleytoDempsterpor-tionofthehighway.Thisistheofcialstartoftheenvironmentalre-viewprocessandmarksanimportantmilestoneforanall-weatherroadthroughthevalleyhesaid.ThefederalgovernmentthroughCan-Norhascommitted600000ofthe8millionestimatedcostoftheenvironmentalassessmentforthesouthernportionoftheproposedhigh-way.ThecompletionoftheEAistherststeptowardsthecompletionofthehighwayandwewillcontinuetolookforopportunitiestofundthisworkincludingseekingoutadditionalfederalfunding.OverthelastdecadetheGNWTandCanadahavein-vested120milliontowardtheeventualconstructionofthehighwayRamsayadded.Henotedthattheterritorystillhastimetopreparetheregionforwhatiscomingdownthepipe.Recentdiscussionswithindustryhaveindicatedthatifdrillingoccursinatimelymannernoproductiondeci-sionscouldbemadebeforeatleastthreeyearsfromtodayandnoproductionintheSahtuwithconcurrentsustainableactivitywouldbepossiblebefore2020hesaid.TheGNWThas120daystoprovideacomprehensiveresponsetothemotion.SahtueldersgetatourofMGMEnergyCorp.scampanddrillingprojectnearTulitaonFeb.13.PhotoJeanPolfus EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...NewoptionsdiscussedforBIPMembersofareviewteamwereinFortSmithtohearwhatlocalbusinesspeoplethoughtofdiscussionpaperontheterritorialgovernmentsBusinessIncentivePolicyBIP.ThediscussionpaperBIPANewDirec-tionproposesoptionsforchangingBIP.ItsdesignedtofacilitatediscussiontobringthefolksaroundthetableandbeginsomeplacebecauseBIPisverycomplexsaidBIPmanagerBonitaMelvin.IssueMarch1199820YearsAgo...CoalitionmayformAnewcoalitionofNorthwestTerritoriesgroupsconcernedabouttheenvironmentwillincludedifferentAboriginalbandsandenvironmentalgroups.GaryBohnetthepresidentoftheMtisAssociationoftheNWTsaidthepurposeofthecoalitionistolookatlegalactiontotrytoprotecttheNorthernenvironment.IssueMarch5199330YearsAgo...BisoncountupoverlastyearAccordingtoDougAnionsactingareamanagerforWoodBuffaloNationalParkthisyearsbuffalocountisjustaboutcom-pleteandfromthepreliminaryvisuales-timatesthereappeartoberoughly5100bisonsightedduringtheweeklongseriesofyoversinthepark.Lastyearspopula-tionwas4512.IssueMarch519834TuesdayMarch52013TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.srj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2011CCNACANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2011CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayAddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedAddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadssrj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlet-tersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21djnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter.........................ReneFrancoeur867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.28adsnorj.caAdministration...............AldoLandaverde867-872-3000ext.29adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caIntern.........................GeorginaSkippingsTherecommendationsbytheNWTElec-toralBoundaryCommissionforredraftingterritorialridingsaredisappointing.TheNWTischaracterizedbyasparsepopulationinavastlanddiversitybetweensmallcommunitiesandthecapitalcitypocketsofintenseculturalcommitmentandtheuniqueconsensuspoliticalsys-tem.TheSupremeCourtofCanadahasstressedthatthepurposeoftherighttovoteisnotequalityofvotingpowersasmuchaseffectiverepresentationofwhichrelativeparityisaprimecondition.Italsoallowsgeographycommunityin-terestandminorityrepresentationtobetakenintoaccount.Atthesametimeitestablishedarequirementthatallridingsmustexistwithina25percentdeviationfromtheridingaverage.Allthatmustbeconsideredwhenen-suringallpeoplearewellrepresentedwithinthepoliticalsystem.TodosothethreeElectoralBoundaryCommissionmembersrequiredvisionperceptive-nessandacumenandatthebaseofitconsideredthefundamentalofrepresen-tationbypopulation.Unfortunatelyrepbypopisallthecom-missionseemedtoconsiderinthethreerecommendationsitofferedforconsider-ationtothelegislativeassembly.Theyin-cludevariouslythatYellowknifeshouldhavemoreMLAsthattheTlichocommunitiesbeseparatedintotworidingsandtheonecruelactcommontoallthreethattherid-ingofTuNedhebeeliminated.TherecommendationswerereleasedinlateJanuaryfollowingtherequirementthattheNWTselectoralboundariesbereviewedwithintwoyearsaftereverysecondgeneralelection.ThelastreviewDemocracymorethannumbersoccurredin2005-2006andtwogeneralelectionshavebeenheldsince.HerearenumbersthatwereimportanttothecommissionTherearecurrently19NWTelectoraldistricts-eachwiththeirownMLATheaveragepopulationperridingis2282residentsTuNedheFortResolutionandLutselKeregisters797residentswellbelowthe25percentdeviationMonfwitheTlichocommunities-WhatiGametiWekweetiandBehchokohave3183Yellowknifehassevenridingsallover2700thelarg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LETTERTOTHEEDITOR5TuesdayMarch52013FortSmithHayRiverWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayForecastForecastNorms-11Cand-23CNorms-8Cand-22C-21Low-35Low-20High-10High-15Low-27High-34Low-22Low-32Low-19High-11High-16Low-23High-31Low-8High-6HighYellowknifeInuvikWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNorms-20Cand-29CNorms-14Cand-26C-31Low-36Low-26Low-33Low-29Low-38Low-23High-14High-21Low-24High-37Low-14High-25High-22High-29High-18HighIsyourchildassafeastheycanbeinyourvehicleWeallknowthatbabiesmustbeproperlysecuredinarear-facingcarseatwhileridinginavehicle.Everyoneknowsthattoddlersmustrideinaforward-facingcarseattobesafe.Doweallknowthatchildrenover18kilo-grams40poundsaresaf-estinaboosterseatAccordingtoarecentstudybySafeKidsCanadaparentsseemtohavealackofaware-nesswhenitcomestotherolethatboosterseatsplayinsafevehicletravel.Thestudyin-dicatedthatthree-quartersofCanadianparentswithchil-drenbetweentheagesoffourandninedontuseboosterseats.Ofthese...42percentbelievedtheirchildwastoobigforabooster.Boosterseatssavelives23percentthoughttheirchilddidntneedaboostertobesafe.19percentfelttheirchildwastoooldforabooster.Seatbeltsinvehiclesaredesignedtoprotectandse-cureanadultinacrashbydistributingtheforceofthecollisionoversafeareasofthebody.Achildwhoisbe-tween18and36kilograms80poundsislessthan142centimetresfourfeetnineinchesinheightandislessthannineyearsolddoesnottanadultseatbelt.Aboosterseatwillensuretheseatbeltdoesnotsittoohighonachildsbellyandneckpreventingseriousin-ternalinjuriesintheeventofacollision.Childreninaseatbeltalonearethree-and-a-halftimesmorelikelytobehurtinacrashthanwhenbuckledintoaboosterseat.HerearesometipstokeepyourchildsafeandcontentinaboosterseatEmphasizethepositive.Theseatbeltwilltprop-erlywithoutscratchingtheirneckandtheycanseebetteroutthewindow.Beconsistent.Insistyourchildrideinthecorrectsafetyseateverytimenomatterhowshortthetrip.Beagoodrolemodel.Ev-eryonebucklesuporthevehicledoesntmove.Makesureyourchildiscomfortable.Besureyourchildiswarmwithasfewlayersaspossiblebetweenyourchildandtheseatbelt.Tryasunshade.DotheyneedaneckrestCarseatsfromthestart.Developandencouragegoodhabitsearly.Chil-drenwhohavebeenacarseatconsistentlyfromthestartaremorelikelytorecognizetheirseatasanimportantpartofasaferide.Whenyourchildisover18kilogramsorreachestheupperweightlimitfortheirforward-facingve-pointrestraintitistimetomovetoaboosterseat.Childrenaresafestinaboosterseatuntiltheyare36kilogramsnineyearsofageoratleast142centimetrestall.Formoreinformationonboosterseatsaswellasallchildrestraintsandseat-beltsvisittheAlbertaOc-cupantRestraintProgramatwww.albertaseatbelts.ca.TammyNovakAlbertaHealthServicesAnimalabuseorcrueltytoanimalsistheinictionofsufferingorharmuponani-malsforpurposesotherthanself-defense.Commonlypeo-plethinkthatanimalcrueltyisinictingharmonananimalforpersonalamusementbutitcanalsoencompassharmcausedbyneglect.LuckilyinAlbertawehaveexcellentlawssurroundingan-imalabuse.Itisunlawfulforanyonetocauseanyanimaltobeindistress.AccordingtotheAnimalProtectionActananimalwouldbeindistressifitisabusedorsubjectedtounduehardshipprivationorneglect.Alsoapersonwhoownsananimalmustensurethefollowing1.Thattheanimalhasade-quatefoodandwater2.theymustprovidetheani-malcareifitiswoundedorill3.theymustprovidetheani-malwithadequateshelterventilationandspace4.theymustprovidetheani-malwithprotectionfromsevereheatorcold.Thereisapopularmiscon-ceptionthattheFortMcMur-raySPCAhandlesandinves-tigatescomplaintsofanimalabuse.EventhoughtheSPCAisastrongpartnerwiththeRCMPandprovidevaluableassistanceitistheRCMPsresponsibilitytohandleallin-vestigationsregardinganimalabuse.Ifanyonewitnessesorsuspectsanimalabusetheyareencouragedtocallpoliceat780788-4000.IfpeopleareinterestedinhelpinganimalsinourregiontheyareencouragedtovolunteerwiththelocalSPCAandattendupcomingeventssuchasDancingwiththeStarsWoodBuffalotheannualAwarenessWalktoEndAnimalAbuseandtheDogJog.Cst.JesseJonesCommunityPolicingWoodBuffaloRCMPAnimalabuseawarenessInlastweeksstoryPowerCorp.expandsSimpsonsolarprojectitwasincorrectlystatedthattheoriginal258-panelsystemwasinstalledinApril2012.ThoughtheofcialopeningceremonywasheldinAprilthearrayhadbeencompletedandgeneratingpowersinceFebruary2012.Weapologizeforthiserror.CORRECTIONWewouldliketocongrat-ulateourdadLloydSonnyFlettonreceivingthe2013EnvironmentandNaturalResourcesIndspireAward.Asfarbackaswecanre-memberourdadwasalwaysgoingtomeetingsvolunteer-ingforsomecauseorhuntingandtrappingtokeepusallfed.TheIndspireAwardsrec-ognizethehighestlevelofachievementforFirstNa-tionsInuitandMtispeoplewhohavethedisciplinedriveanddeterminationtosethighstandardsandaccomplishtheirgoals.Theseindividualshavemadeaprofoundimpactintheircommunitiesacrossthecountry.Forhisentirelifeourdadhasbeendevotedtoprotect-ingtheenvironmentkeepingthelandsafeandprosperingforgenerationstocome.Dadrealizedthesignicanceofmaintainingnaturalresourcesandtheimportanceoflookingoutforfuturegenerations.Heco-managedthetradi-tionalknowledgecomponentfortheNorthernRiverBasinStudywhichensuredtradi-tionalknowledgeplayedakeyroleintheareapulpmillexpansion.AsdevelopmentincreasedinNorthernAlbertaherealizedtheneedtofurthernativeeco-nomicdevelopment.ThisleddadtodevelopjointventuresbetweentheMtislocalsthetwoFirstNationsintheMu-nicipalityofWoodBuffaloandbusinesspartners.ThisledtotheestablishmentofAkita-WoodBuffaloDrillingLtd.whichMtisLocal125ownsaperfectpresentfrompast-presidentSonnyFlett.Wearealwaysproudofyourachievementsandac-complishmentsdad.WewereevenprouderbeingtheretoseeyoureceiveyourIndspireAwardfromCanada.CongratulationsfromyourfamilyFamilyproudofawardwinnerNorthernJournal2013JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedFACEBOOKFEEDBACKDenesulineelderFrancoisPaulettevisitedUtahlastweekatthebehestofanewAmericanenvironmentalnetworkdedicatedtokeepingCanadian-styletarsandsandoilshaleminingoutoftheUSAtotalkabouttheimpactsofoilsandsminingonnorthernAlbertaandtheNWT.DeneactivistvisitsUtahontarsandtournorj.caMyrnaBlakeAndhowdoeshegettoallthoseloca-tions...byconsumingmassivequantitiesofpetroleumproducts.Ifwedonotwishthedevelopmentsofoilandgasthenstopconsumingthepetroleumprod-uctsorforeverbeatthemercyofothercountriesforourheatfuelandthatmeansgivingupmedicinesglasssoftcontactlensesandeyeglassesclothingyesthoseshoesthatyouchooseoverleatherbitumenforourroadsandroofshingles...everyaspectofourlivesaredependentuponpetroleumfromtheproductsconsumedtothedistributiontogetittoyou.Igrewupwithwoodheatthatcouldnotkeepthelogcabinwarmhorseandsleighandconsumingthefoodthatwegrewandwatchedpeoplesufferfromillnesses...Ihavenodesiretoreturntothat.Therewasatimewhenachildreachedchildbearingifhesurvivedtothatagethattheparentwasnearingtheendofhislife.Nowafamilywithfourchildrenmosttimesallfoursurvivetorepro-duceandtheparentslivetosee4generationsgrowup.Timemarchesahead...theoilfromtheoilsandsdevelopment 6TuesdayMarch52013Separatetogether.Sesparer...ensemble.FamilyMediation.Private.Informal.Flexible.Positive.Aco-operativeapproachtoseparatinganddivorceforfamilieswithchildren.Mdiationfamiliale.Priv.Informel.Flexible.Positif.Uneapprochecooprativelasparationetaudivorcepourlesfamillesquiontdesenfants.Call1-866-217-8923totalkprivatelyaboutwhatishappeninginyourfamilyandhowamediatorcanhelp.Appelezau1-866-217-8923pourparlerentoutecondencedecequisepassedansvotrefamilleetpourvoircommentunmdiateurpeutvousaider.ProgrammeoffertgrceaunancementobtenuduministredelaJusticeduCanadaWithfundingassistancefromJusticeCanadaBeginabetterendingCommencerunemeilleurenByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheEnergyResourcesConservationBoardERCBofAlbertaissuedfourhigh-riskenforcementactionsagainstPlainsMidstreamCanadalastweekinrelationtotheMay2011pipelinespillthatlefttheLubiconCreecommunityofLittleBuffalodrenchedinoilforweeks.TheresultsoftheERCBscomprehensiveinvestiga-tionintothepipelinebreakwhichleaked28000barrels4.5millionlitresofcrudeoilfromtheRainbowPipeline95kmnortheastofPeaceRiverconcludedPlainsMidstreamfailedtocomplywithregula-toryrequirementsinfourareas.High-riskenforcementactionwastakenagainstthecompanyforinadequatebackfillandcompactionproceduresoperationsandmaintenanceandleakdetec-tionandresponseaswellasfailuretotestitsemergencyresponseplan.InadditiontothosefourareasERCBalsocriticizedthecompanyssubstandardeffortsbeyondinitialnoti-cationtoensurethatthepublicandimpactedstake-holderswerekeptinformedoftheincidentandthereme-diationprogress.AsaresultPlainshasbeendirectedtoengageathirdpartytoconductanauditofthecompanysabilitytomanagecommunicationsduringacrisiswiththere-sultssubmittedtotheERCBnolaterApr.302013theboardruled.Thecompanywasnotforcedtopayane.Plainsisalsorequiredtorunriskassessmentproce-durestoidentifycurrentandpastrisksassociatedwithsimilarpipelinesconductamajoremergencyresponseexercisebyMar.312013-withresultstobesubmittedtotheERCB-andtodem-onstratethatbackllproce-dureshavebeenincorporatedintothecompanysstandardoperations.Thecompanywasalsoforcedtoconductanumberofactivitiesatthetimeoftheincidentincludingex-cavatingallweldedpipelinesleevesforERCBinspectiondoingweeklyaerialpatrolsofthepipelineimplement-ingleakdetectionandpipe-linerestartproceduresandrevisingitsbackllandcom-pactionefforts.SincetheincidentPlainshasbeensubjecttoanin-creasedfrequencyofERCBauditsandinspectionsofthecompanyspipelineopera-tionstheboardstatedinitsruling.FailuretocomplywithallERCB-directedac-tionswillresultintheesca-lationofenforcementactionwhichcanincludedpartialorfullsuspensionofoperations.ThepipelinewasreopenedonAug.302011.Thesitehasbeencleanedupandreclama-tionandremediationeffortsarestillunderwaytheboardsaid.OtherspillsreceivesimilarcriticismPlainsMidstreamwasnottheonlycompanytoreceiveasharpcritiquefromtheERCBlastweek.Similarhigh-riskenforce-mentactionswereissuedagainstthePembinaPipelineCorp.andlow-riskactionsagainstPengrowthEnergyforpipelinespillsthatoccurredinmid-2011nearSwanHills.PembinawascensuredforneglectingtoimmediatelyinformtheERCBaboutapipelinespillonJuly20alongwithasecondfailurethatoccurredonthesamepipeline1600mfromtherstbreakonAug.15.ThroughtheinvestigationtheERCBdeterminedthatbothpipelinefailureswerecausedbycircumferentialstresscorrosioncrackingthereportconcluded.Theboarddirectedthecompanytodevelopandputinmotionadigprogramtoaddresspotentialcrackinginallpipelinesinacondi-tionsimilartotheconditionofthepipelinethatfailedandtosharewhatitlearnedfromtheincidentwithitsin-dustrypeers.Pengrowthwascriticizedforoperatingthepipelineformorethanayearunderfaultyconstructionprac-ticesbeforeapipelinefail-ureonJune26alsonearSwanHills.Itwasforcedtomodifyitsconstructionandinspectionsystem.ERCBslamscompanyoverpipelinespillPlainsMidstreamnotnedformassive2011leakonLubiconlandEnvironmentPipelinesByJACKDANYLCHUKAtasecretlocationinEd-montonacrewof29peo-pleworksaroundtheclockmonitoring13500kmofEnbridgeInc.pipeline.ItsthelargestsysteminNorthAmericaanddailydeliversmorethan320000cubicme-tersofpetroleumproducts.Ascomputerizedmonitor-ingsystemsgoitisasad-vancedasyoucangetsaysGrahamWhitemanagerofbusinesscommunicationsforEnbridge.Theprevioussystemwasnotnearlyasadvancedasthecurrentstateoftheartcentre.ForEnbridgepreviousmeansbeforethepipelinefailurenearMarshallMich-iganin2010thatspilledmorethan20000barrelsofoilintotheKalamazooRiversystem.AtlastcounttheKalama-zoocleanupcostmorethan800millionandEnbridgeisstilldiggingitswayoutofthepublicrelationsquag-mirethatowedfromare-portonthespillbytheUSNationalTransportationSafetyBoard.TheUSregulatorsaidEn-bridgeknewaboutadefectinthepipelineveyearsbe-foreitburstandcomparedthecompanysfumbledre-sponsetotheensuingdi-sastertoaKeystoneKopsepisode.Bycomparisontheleakof1500barrelsofoilfromtheNormanWellspipelinenearWrigleywasameregreasestain.ButitwasfoundbyahunterinMay2011ayearaftertheKa-lamazoospillandsuggestedEnbridgemightstillbeonasteeplearningcurve.Lastsummerinare-sponsetodamningre-portsfromUSregulatorsCanadasNationalEnergyBoardwhichwillreleaseareportlaterthisyearontheWrigleyspillincreasedsafetyauditsonEnbridge.ThecompanysculturehasundergoneaseachangesincethespillsatKalama-zooandWrigleyWhitesaid.WehavelearnedagreatdealfromourrecentpastwitheventsWhitewroteinareplytoemailedquestions.Wehavepreparedafairlycomprehensivelistoflessonslearnedandthequantiableactionswearetakingandhavetakentoemergeasabettercompanywithapipelinesystemofveryhighintegrity.Amongtheinnova-tionsWhitedescribedareoverlappingleakdetectionmethodspressurechangesandvolumeinconsistenciesforexamplealongwithourpublicawarenessprogramtodetectthepresenceofleakswithinthesystem.LeaksbelowthethresholdofthemonitoringregimeinEdmontonsuchassomepinholeleakswouldbedetectedbysurveillanceandthirdpartyreportsorthroughregularin-lineinspectionWhitewrote.Thisisoneoftherea-sonswepromoteaware-nesstrainingandprepa-rationalongourright-of-waycommunitiesandwithemergencyservicestoen-hancethiscapabilityandreducerisksandimpacts.LastyearEnbridgein-troducedintegritydigstotheNormanWellspipe-lineasanongoingfeatureofouroverallpipelinein-tegrityprogramandcom-mitmenttothesafetyandsecurityofthoselineses-peciallyinidentiedsensi-tiveenvironments.Wheretodigandhowmanyholesisdeterminedbyin-lineinspection.LastyearEnbridgecrewsmade19digs.Thisyear175work-ersareexpectedtocomplete44byApr.30covering680kmofthe869kmline.Earlylastmonthacrewencounteredpotentiallycontaminatedsoil60kmand120kmwestofFortSimpson.Therewasnofreeproductrequiringre-covery.Thepipelinewasshutdownasaprecaution-arymeasure.TherewerenowildlifeorwaterimpactsWhitesaid.Wearelookingatin-creasingthisnumbertomorethan200digs.Sinceintegritydigsincludemon-itoringupkeepandrepairorreplacementofthepipewhererequireditcontinu-allyincreasesoursecurityandintegrityofthisline.TheinspectionprogramresonatesfarbeyondtheNorthernbushandthemoni-toringcentreinEdmonton.EnbridgehasinvestedheavilyintheNorthernGate-waypipelinewhichwouldcarrybitumentoAsianmar-ketsviatheBCcoastandifthelatestNormanWellsdiscoverylivesuptoenthu-siasticforecaststheremaybedemandforanotherlinesouth.EnbridgewalksthepipelineIndustryOilGas JusticeHumanTrafcking7TuesdayMarch52013WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.isalovelyyoungfemalecat.Sheisalwaysplayfulandhertastefulgreywhitecoatisenoughtokeepyouwarmduringthelongwinterseason.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.ByRENEFRANCOEURTheNorthwestTerrito-riesNunavutCouncilofFriendshipCentreswantstoseeNorthernAboriginallanguagesusedinanewhumantraffickingcam-paignlaunchedthisyearbytheNationalAssociationofFriendshipCentresNAFCtoaddressgender-basedvio-lenceandthelargenumberofmissingAboriginalwomen.IntheNorthweredif-ferent.Alotofpeopleinthesmallcommunitieses-peciallyelderslistentotheradiointheirownlanguageslikeonCKLBorCBC.Sowewouldliketohavethiscam-paigntransmittingitsmes-sagesinChipewyanTlichoSlaveyonthepostersontheradioonTVetceteraRitaCatholiqueexecutivedirec-torfortheNWTNUCouncilofFriendshipCentrestoldTheJournal.LanguagewasoneofthehandfulofthingsdiscussedataninformationalsessiononhumantrafckingheldinYellowknifetwoweeksago.ThesessiondiscussedPeoplearegettingabductedpeoplearegoingmissingpeoplearebeingforcedintosexworkespeciallyAboriginalpeople.Weareahighriskgroupbecauseofsuchalegacyofdisparities.RitaCatholiqueExecutivedirectorfortheNWTNUCouncilofFriendshipCentresAboriginallanguagestobepartofhumantraffickingcampaigntheintersectionsbetweenbeingAboriginalandhumantrafckingandalsoservedasalaunchingpadforthepublictoprovideinputintohowtobestadvancethena-tionalcampaignwithintheAboriginalcommunity.TheHumanTrafckingAgainstAboriginalPeoplePublicAwarenessCam-paignhasanoverallgoaltodecreasedomestichumantrafckingamongAborigi-nalpeoples.Weknowhumantrafck-ingisoccurring.WeknowitshappeninghereintheNorthtoobutitsjustnotbeingrecordedalotofthetimeandIthinkitsmoreshroudedinsecrecyhereCatholiquesaid.PeoplearegettingabductedpeoplearegoingmissingpeoplearebeingforcedintosexworkespeciallyAboriginalpeo-ple.Weareahighriskgroupbecauseofsuchalegacyofdisparities.TheUnitedNationsOfceonDrugsandCrimedeneshumantrafckingastherecruitmenttransportationtransferharbouringorre-ceiptofpersonsbymeansofthethreatoruseofforceorotherformsofcoercionofabductionoffraudofdeceptionoftheabuseofpowerorofapositionofvulnerabilityorofthegiv-ingorreceivingofpaymentsorbenetstoachievetheItsestimatedthatthou-sandsofAboriginalwomeninCanadahavegonemissingandbeenmurderedsincethe1980s.Accordingtoa2005-2010studyfromtheNativeWomensAssociationofCanadatherearecurrentlyalmost600documentedcasesofmissingwomeninthesamecohorttodieasaresultofviolence.InNovembertheissueofmissingAboriginalwomenintheNWTwasbroughttotheLegislativeAssemblybyPremierBobMcLeod.SinceJan.1200035deathsoccurringintheNorthwestTerritorieswereclassiedashomicidesbythecoronersofce.ElevenofthevictimswerewomenMcLeodsaidintheHouse.Thereare73missingorunsolvedhomicidecasesopenintheNWTand63oftheseareconsideredhistori-calmissingpersonscases.Ofthose6313arewomen8ofwhomareAboriginal.CatholiquesowncousinCharleneCatholiqueofLut-selKehasbeenmissingsince1990.Shewas15whenshedisappearedlastseenac-ceptingarideinBehchokotogettoYellowknife.TothisdaywedontknowwhathappenedtoherCatholiquesaid.Soitsacam-paignclosetomyheart.AlongsidethecampaigntheNAFCisintheprocessofestablishingaNationalAb-originalAdvisoryCommitteeNAACmadeupofregionalyouthandexpertrepresenta-tion.TheNAACwilldeviseandleadacommunityengage-mentplantogatherinsightfromawiderangeofAborigi-nalpeopleacrossthecountryintothemessagingandformatsthenationalcampaignmateri-alsshouldassume.Thecommitteecoupledwiththecampaignaimstoincreaseknowledgesharingandawarenessaroundhumantrafckingand...increasecom-munitycapacitytocombathumantrafckingaccord-ingtoNAFC.Catholiquehopestoseepro-motionsofthecampaignbeingcarriedoutinAboriginallan-guagesbyOctober.Shewillbetakingpartinan-otherexecutivemeetingwithNAFCnextmonthtoreiteratetheimportanceofincludingmultiplelanguages.ItsimportanttorememberthisisrstandforemostanAboriginalinitiativebutthatithelpseveryoneCatholiquesaid.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGRatesofpolice-reportedcasesofviolenceagainstwomenintheNorthwestTer-ritoriesareninetimesthena-tionalaverageandmorelikelytoendinseriousinjurynewfederalstatisticsshow.AnewreportreleasedlastweekbytheCanadianCentreforJusticeStatisticscalledMeasuringviolenceagainstwomenStatisticaltrendsshowstheNWTNunavutandYukoncontinuetohavethehighestratesofviolentcrimeoverallinthecountryandviolenceagainstwomenisnoexception.TherateofviolentcrimeagainstwomeninNunavutwasnearly13timesthena-tionalratein2011at7772victimsper100000peopleYukonsratewasfourtimeshigherthanthenationalav-erageat1900victimsper100000.TherateintheNWTis3818womenvictimsforevery100000people.ThereportseditorMaireSinhasaidresearchsuggestsdemographiccharacteristicscouldhelpexplainwomensincreasedriskofviolenceintheNorth.Accordingtothe2011CensusthepopulationintheterritorieswassignicantlyViolenceagainstNWTwomenninetimesnationalaverageSeverityofviolencefearforlifehigherinallthreeterritoriesyoungeronaverageacon-sistentriskfactorforvictim-izationshewrote.Furtherthoselivingintheterritoriesarealsomorelikelytohaveothersocio-demographicfac-tors...associatedwithvictim-izationincludingidentifyingasAboriginalbeingsingleandhavinglessthanahighschooleducation.Thesamewastrueforsex-ualoffencestheprevalenceofwhichweresubstantiallyhigherintheNorthernterri-tories.Womensriskwasnineand12timesgreaterintheNWTandNunavutrespec-tivelythantheprovincialav-erage.Yukonsaveragewas3.5timestheprovincialone.Theterritoriesalsoheldthehighestratesofpolice-reportedcriminalharass-mentorstalking.UnliketherestofCanadathereportfoundthatwomenaboveage15livingintheter-ritorieshadratesofviolentvictimizationsimilartomenratherthanabove.Around10percentofbothmenandwomenreportedspousalvic-timizationeitherbyacurrentorformerspouse.HoweverSinhasaidtheformsofviolenceexperiencedbywomenweremoresevere.Inparticularwomenrepresented78percentofspousalvictimswhowerebeatenchokedsexuallyas-saultedorhadaweaponusedagainstthem.Womenwerealsomorelikelytofearfortheirlivesasaresultofthevictimizationshewrote.Thatsbecausehalfthefe-malevictimsofspousalvio-lenceintheterritorieswerephysicallyinjuredin2009Sinhasaid.Intheterritoriesafearforlifewaspredominantlyrealityforfemalevictimsofspousalviolenceasap-proximatelyhalf51percentbelievedthattheirliveswereindanger.Inadditionabouthalf49percentoffemalespousalvictimssustainedphysicalinjuriesthere-portstates.AswiththerestofthecountryratesofviolencewereworseforAboriginalwomenintheterritories.Na-tionwideAboriginalwomen-whoaretypicallyyoungermorelikelytobeunmarriedandexperiencehigherlevelsofunemploymentstatisti-cally-disproportionatelyexperiencedviolenceinjuryfromviolenceanddeathfrombothspousalandnon-spousalperpetrators.Atleasteightpercentofallmurderedwomenaged15yearsandolderwereAboriginaldoubletheirrepresentationintheCanadianpopulationthereportnotes.IntheterritorieswomenwhoidentiedasAboriginalweremorethanthreetimesaslikelyasnon-Aboriginalwomentoreportbeingvic-timizedbyapartnerinthelastveyears.Thelikelihoodofex-periencingviolencealsoincreasedwithlowerin-comesbelow60000peryearagesbelow35aneducationallevelofhighschoolorlessheavydrink-ingordruguseandcommu-nityfactorssuchaslivinginaneighbourhoodorhomewheredrugsweresoldorpropertywasvandalized.Womenintheterrito-riesaremorelikelytore-portspousalviolencetothepolicethanwomenintheprovincesthough.Sixoutof10femalevictimsintheNorthwillmakeapolicereportcomparedto30percentinthesouth.Most69percentweresatisedwiththepoliceresponse.Thestatisticsalsoshowthattheterritorieshadthehighestclearanceratesforpolice-reportedviolentcrimeagainstwomenmeaningthatchargeswerelesslikelytobelaidthaninotherregions.Themostcommonrea-sonstoclearbyothermeansincludedthefemalevictimsrequestnottoproceedwithformalchargesandtheuseofdepartmentaldiscretionthereportnotes.JusticeViolenceconsentofapersonhav-ingcontroloveranotherpersonforthepurposeofexploitation.InUNODCsGlobalRe-portonTrafckinginPer-sonssexualexploitationwasnotedasbyfarthemostcommonlyidentiedformofhumantrafcking.notconsideringtheunof-cialaccounts.StatisticsalsopointoutAb-originalwomenare3.5timesmorelikelythannon-Aborig-inalwomentobevictimsofviolenceandthosebetweentheagesof25and44arevetimesmorelikelythanallotherCanadianwomen 8TuesdayMarch52013EQUIPMENTRENTALINDUSTRIALSUPPLYATrueNorthernCompany103KamLakeRoadYellowknifeNTPh867766-6025Fax867873-4871HealthdepartmentlooksintoinsuringweightlosssurgeryforobesepeopleintheNWTHealthWellnessWeightLossByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheNWTdepartmentofHealthandSocialServicescouldsoonbehelpingnanceweightlosssurgeriesforpeoplewithweightproblemsanddia-betesamovepushedbysev-eralMLAsduringlegislativesessionlastweek.FrameLakeMLAWendyBisarobroughttheissuetothetableonMondaymorningaskingtheministertocon-siderinsuringsuchmedicalproceduresasacost-savingmeasuretothedepartmentinthelongrun.TheNWThasanumberofchronicdiseaseswhichplagueourterritory.OneofthemisdiabetesshesaidnotingthatonthewholeNWTresidentsareoverweightcomparedtotherestofCanadaandthattheonlyviablesolutionforsomeisbariatricsurgerywhichisnotcurrentlyaninsuredser-viceforNWTresidents.Bariatricsurgeryincludesavarietyofproceduresfromreducingthesizeofthestom-achwithagastricbandtore-movalofaportionofthestom-achorbyre-routingthesmallintestinestoasmallstomachpouchalsoknownasgastricbypasssurgery.Studieshaveshownthat83percentofpatientsarecuredoftheirdiabetesafterbariat-ricsurgeryBisarosaid.Itmaycostourhealthsystemabitmoreforsurgeryinthebe-ginningthanjusttreatingthesystemssicofobesitybutinthelongrunourcostsaresignicantlyreducedandthequalityoflifeforthepatientverymuchimproved.Shesaidpatientsshouldatleasthavetheirfollow-upproceduresandconsultationspaidforeveniftheypayforthesurgeryontheirown.HealthMinisterTomBeau-lieusaidthedepartmentislookingataddingbariatricsur-geryalongwithothermedi-calservicesthatcouldaddressobesitytoitsinsuredservices.Wethinkthatisoneoftheemergingissuesinthewholeissueofchronicdiseasemanagementand...werehop-ingthatoncethecommitteeisabletodiscussthisthatchangescanbemadeinthesys-temanditcanbecomepartoftheinsuredserviceshesaid.Thoughtheministerhasau-thoritytoadddeleteoramendinsuredservicesBeaulieusaidacommitteeputtogetherinMay2012withtheNWTMed-icalAssociationiscurrentlyintheprocessofdevelopingtermsofreferenceformak-ingthosechangeswithintheactsregulations.Oncethedeterminationhasbeenmadethatwewilladdthisbariatriccareorobesityorthewholeareaofoverweight-nesstotheinsuredservices...thenwewillmakeadecisiononwhenandhowwewillgothroughtheprocessBeau-lieusaid.Partoftheprocesswouldbeifaninsuredserviceisaddedthenitwillbemorecost.OncethatdeterminationismadebytheMedicalAs-sociationandbythedepart-mentthatbariatricserviceswillbeaddedthenwewillcomebacktotheHouseformoremoneytocarryoutthatservicethroughtheregularbusinessplanningprocess.Hewasunabletogiveatimelineonwhenthosechangesmightbemade.Howeverlongittakesforustoaddthisandgetthisap-provedthroughthebusinessplanningprocessconsider-ingalltheotherpressuresonthesystemthenwewillhaveabetterideaofwhenthiscanbeapprovedhesaid.Itmaybeinthenextbusinesscycle.Ifitsinthenextbusinesscycleitwillbeayearfromnow.Gastricbypassandlapbandsurgeryaretheonlytwobar-iatricprocedurescoveredbyinsuranceinCanada.BotharecoveredbyAlbertaManitobaNewBrunswickNovaSco-tiaPrinceEdwardIslandandQuebecwhileSaskatchewanOntarioNewfoundlandandBritishColumbiaonlyinsuregastricbypasssurgery.TheaveragewaittimeforweightlosssurgeryinCan-adaisveyearsaccordingtoaMcGillUniversityHealthCentrestudy.Studieshaveshownthat83percentofpa-tientsarecuredoftheirdiabetesafterbar-iatricsurgery.FrameLakeMLAWendyBisaroYellowknifeMLAwantsgaspricesregulatedByRENEFRANCOEUROneYellowknifeMLAismakingithismissiontostopthetrendofNortherngaspricesremainingatsteadyhighswhilepricesdropacrossthecountry.RobertHawkinswantstoseeastandardformulausedtocalculategaspricesandamaximumratesetbythegov-ernmenttoimprovetranspar-encyandfairnessforNorthernconsumersinthefuelindustry.HawkinsbroughtforthamotionlastThursdaycallingforthegovernmenttoconsiderregulatingNWTgaspricessimilartosystemsalreadyinplaceinNewBrunswickandPrinceEdwardIsland.TheNewBrunswickEn-ergyandUtilitiesBoardanindependentcrownagencyes-tablishedbytheLegislaturesetsamaximumgaspricetoregulatetheelectricitynaturalgasandmotorcarrierindus-triesintheprovince.Hawkinsmotionwassec-ondedbyNahendehMLAKevinMenicoche.Itwascar-riedintheHousewithninemembersinfavourandnineabstaining.MymotionboilsdowntothefactweneedtoinvestigateandresearchtheprosandconsoftheregulationoffuelpricesintheNWTHawkinstoldTheJournal.InmarketcommunitiessuchasYellow-knifeHayRiverNormanWellspricesuxwiththeworldmarketbutIhaveyettoseethemactuallymovedownwiththerestofthemarket.ForexamplewhenpricesdropinEdmontontheygenerallyremainsolidinNWT.Thatsanissue.Hawkinspointedoutthatgovernment-controlledregu-lationisnothisfavouriteop-tionbutatthesametimewehavetobedoingsome-thingratherthannothing.ConsumersarebeingheldhostagebythegaspricinggameintheNorthhesaid.Theresnowindowfortheconsumertocomplainanditsalmostuselessforthemtodosobecausethereisnoteethinanythingtosupporttheirconcernnorulingbodytoinvestigatetheirconcernanddealwithit.SixteencommunitiesarealreadyregulatinggaspricesthroughtheNWTsPetroleumProductsDivisiontoacertainextentHawkinsadded.TheseincludeareaslikeLutselKewheregashasbeensetat1.73atthelocalCo-OpsinceOctober.Itchangesonceayearwhenthenewsupplyisbroughtin.Idontblamethelocalon-the-groundvendor...Theyrejustdoingtheirjob.TheydontsetthosepricesbecausethepeoplewhodosetthosepricesliveinTorontoNewYorkorHouston...ThefactistheyhavenovestedinterestinwhatitslikeforthecostoflivinghereintheNorthHawkinstoldtheHouse.MackenzieDeltaMLAFrederickBlakesupportedthemotionnotingconstitu-entswouldliketopaythesamepricesaspeopleinthesouthernpartoftheterri-tory.Myresidentspayany-wherefrom1.65perlitreinFortMcPhersonto1.80inTsiigehtchic.AttheendofJanuarywhengaspricesplummetedto1.129therateinYellowknifeheldsteadyaround1.30.LastweekpricesintheNWTwereonaverage1.389accordingtoGasbuddy.com.TheCanadianaveragewas1.29.IndustryOilGas EnvironmentWildlife9TuesdayMarch52013SalmondecreaseinMackenziesupportslocalhunchByMEAGANWOHLBERGAsignicantdropintheamountofsalmoncaughtintheMackenzieRiversystemin2012helpsconrmlocalknowledgethatsalmonpop-ulationsruninvetoseven-yearcyclesintheNWT.PhDresearcherKarenDun-malloftheUniversityofMani-tobaisinhersecondyearofstudyingthegeneticsandpop-ulationstructuresofMacken-ziesalmonwhicharebecom-ingincreasinglypredominantthroughouttheriversystemincludingasfarsouthasFortLiardandFortSmith.Thoughthesalmoncollec-tionsdonethroughthehelpoflocalshermenreturned226shin2011only22salmonwereturnedinforrewardin2012supportingthelocaltheorythatthereisacyclicalpatterntosalmonintheMackenzie.OneofthebigquestionsIgotin2011wasDidyougetalotofsalmonbecausealotmorepeoplewerelookingforthemandhandingtheminordidyougetalotofsalmonbecausethereweremoresalmonAndIdidntknowhowtoanswerthatuntilthisyearwhenwehadthesameamountormorepeoplesh-ingandhandingsalmoninDunmalltoldTheJournal.Peoplewhowerecatchingfourorvesalmonadayin2011didntcatchanyinafewinstancesorcaughtoneortwointhewholeseasonthisyear.Theywerethesamenetssamelocation-basicallyeverythingwasthesameexcepttheshdidntshowup.Dunmallsaidthatswhatpeo-pleupanddowntheriverhadtoldherthatthechumsalmonshowupinacycle.ThecyclelengthseemstochangedependingonwhoItalktoandwheretheyareontherivershesaid.TheclosertothemouthitseemslikeitsashortercycleandthenfurtherupriverinFortSmithitseemslikeitsareallylongcycle.ButdenitelythatswhatpeoplesaidYourenotgoingtoseeayearlikethisforawhilereferringto2011.Soitwassomethingtokeepmyeyeopenforin2012andthenwhenitactuallyhap-peneditwasreallyinteresting.Pinksalmontooshowupintwo-yearcycles.In2011onlythreeofthe226salmoncaughtwerepinkwhereaslastyearhalfofthecatchwaspinksalmon.Themajorityofsalmoncaughtin2012camefromtheMackenzieDeltaregionaspinksalmononlymigrateasfarasTsiigehtchic.ThefurthestupstreamthatachumwascaughtlastyearwasinWrigleyandoneinFortLiard.ThechumsalmonthatarecomingbacktotheMacken-zieRiverarebetweenthreeandveyearsoldDunmallsaid.Becauseofthatitmakessensetoseeapatterninanes-tablishedpopulationofchumsalmonintheriversystem.Dunmallsaidtheobserva-tionwhilehelpfulopensupmanymorequestions.ItprovidesevidenceforapopulationfromtheMacken-ziethatreturnseverythreetoveyearsexceptthatthecyclelengththatpeoplearetellingmeislongerthanthatsothatsthepartthatIdontknowyetiswhywoulditbesevenyearsorlongerforpeo-pleinFortSmithandwhyisitshorterforpeopleclosertothemouthEspeciallysincesalmonarentcomingbackassevenyear-olds.ShesaidtheremaybemorethanonepopulationcyclingatonceorsalmoncominginthatarentfromtheMackenziespawnaddingmorestraystosomeyearsthanothers.ShehopestoguresomeofthatoutinthenextportionofherresearchwhichlooksatthegeneticsofthesalmonsamplestoseeifthereismorethanonepopulationofsalmonintheMackenzieandwheretheymightbecomingfrom.Dunmallwillalsobecom-paringsalmoncaughtintheMackenzietoonescaughtelse-wheretoseeiftherearestraysalmoncomingin.Sheishead-ingtoAnchorageAlaskaattheendofthemonthtostartcollab-oratingwithresearcherstheretoseeiftheirsalmonmatch.ShesaidpopulationdataonsalmonintheMackenziecouldhelpcontributetoad-dressinglargerquestionsofiforhowArcticsalmonarebeingaffectedbyclimateorecosystemchangesandhowanincreaseinsalmoncouldimpactothernativeshspe-ciesandtheriveritself.Peoplewerecurioustoknowifsalmonareincreas-ingintheMackenzieRiverandthepotentialforinter-actionbetweensalmonandotherspeciesisalsoincreas-ing.Soaretheycompetingforhabitataretheyintroducingdiseasesorpathogensfromoutsidethesystemallthedollyvardentroutbenet-ingbecausetheyeatsalmoneggs...aretheremorenutrientsintheriverbecausesalmoncomeinandbringallthesenutrientsfromtheoceanandthendieandleaveitthereAsofrightnowshedoesnthavethoseanswersbutsheshopingthefederaldepartmentofFisheriesandOceanswillallowhercontinuetoresearchoverthenextthreeyears.ItsabigquestionistheecosystemchangingandisthatwhysalmonareshowingupinbiggernumbersTostartaddressingthatrstistogetahandleonthedistributionandabundanceyeartoyearofsalmonandthenwheretheyrecomingfrom.TogetupdatesonDun-mallssalmonstudyvisitarcticsalmon.caorArcticSalmononFacebook.PhotocourtesyofKarenDunmallKarenDunmallpreparesaMackenziesalmonsampleforDNAanalysisbackatthelab. 10TuesdayMarch52013TheThebachaLoppetOrganizingCommitteewouldliketothanktheollowingortheirsupportandhelpinmakingthe2013ThebachaLoppetthebiggestandbestyetWehopetoseeyouallnextyearorour40thanniversarySmithsLandingFirstNationIndustryTourismandInvestmentENRForestManagementCABConstructionTownoFortSmithNorthwesternAirLeaseDepartmentoHighwaysRiverRidgeJefDixonDonTrueJunevaGreenLauraAubreyMagloirePauletteBillMawdsleyJeanMorinKarlCoxStuMacMillanLanceMcMahonOwenMacDonaldRonHoltorJanieHobartLauraineArmstrongRichardDaitchAndtoallthepeoplewhopitchedintohelpwithbakingandthemanyothertaskswethankyou.FirstTraditionalGameschampscelebratecultureByRENEFRANCOEURChildrenaged10-12fromacrosstheNorthwestTerrito-riesgatheredinYellowknifeovertheweekendtopartakeintherstTraditionalGamesChampionshipspresentedbytheAboriginalSportCircleoftheNWTASCNWT.Thechampionshipsfea-turedveInuitgamesandveDenegameswiththeoverallgoalofincreasingAboriginalculturalaware-nessamongyouthinanen-tertainingway.Wewantthekidstograsptheculturalimpor-tanceofthingslikethesegamesunderstandthetra-ditionsandcarrythemon.Wewantthesekidstogrowwiththechampionshipsbe-cometheambassadorsofitasitgrowsmoreandmoreeachyearhopefullyAS-CNWTprogrammanagerDerekSquirrelsaid.Roughly150childrenparticipatedmakingup18teamsspanning22NWTcommunities.TraditionalDenegamesin-cludedstickpullsnowsnakespearballpolepushandhandgames.Inuitgamesfeaturedone-foothighkicktwo-foothighkickwristhangcaribouskippingandtheanimalmuklaughinggame.Theanimalmuklaugh-inggamekickedoffthetournamentduringThurs-daysopeningceremonieswhichinvolvedInuvialuitdrummersfromtheNorth-ernGamesSocietyandthelightingofasymbolicfirethatburnedallweek-endlong.Theanimalmukgameisasocialgamewhereeveryoneisputintoteamsonepersonisinthecentreandhastomakeotherslaughbymakinganimalsounds.IfyoulaughyoulosebasicallySquirrelexplained.FortSmithsJosephB.Tyr-rellelementaryschoolteamwastheoverallchampion-shipwinnernishingtheplayoffseriesoftraditionalgameswiththemostpointsatotalof83.AteamfromFortResolu-tioncameinsecondfollowedbyYellowknifesWilliamMcDonaldmiddleschool.AcommunityteamfromNor-manWellscameinfourth.ManyofthegamestestforenduranceandstrengthlikethewristhangSquir-relsaid.Gameslikethesnowsnaketellstoriesabouttraditionalhuntingpractices.Thiswasahuntingtech-niquebeforetherewereguns.Intheearlymorningwhenacaribouwasoutlyinginthesnowthehunterswouldthrowaweaponpointedatoneendthroughthesnowandtrytowoundthecari-bou.Youhadtobeaccu-ratefast...Thatwasawayoflifeamatterofsurvivalbackthen.SlowlyitturnedintoagameandwashandeddownthroughtheeldersSquirrelsaid.OverthepasttwoyearsASCNWTanon-protded-icatedtopromotingcom-munitywellnessthroughsportsandrecreationhashostedtraditionalgamesworkshopsforboysandgirlsaged10-12invariousNWTcommunities.Itwastimetostartsomethingbignowthatwedbeentothecommu-nitiesontheirownwewantedtobringevery-onetogether.Theresallthesesupersoccereventsandcagers.WewantedtodothatwithtraditionalgamesSquirrelsaid.Nextyearwewanttohavemoreagegroupsandeventuallyhaveall33com-munitiesparticipating.Around150youthfrom22communitiestookpartintherstTraditionalGamesChampionshipsinYellowknifeovertheweekendwithFortSmithsJBTElementarySchoolcomingoutontopwithatotalof83points.PhotoJamesMackenzieFormoreinformationpleasecontactBrendaTuckeyat867-621-2736.SportsRecreationTraditionalGames 11TuesdayMarch52013MaryKaeserLibraryOPENHOUSESpecialEventsonSaturdayScavengerHuntat130p.m.RoboticsClubDemo3p.m.EnterourlogocontestComecheckusoutFridayMarch8SaturdayMarch97-9p.m.1-5p.m.FREESNACKSandPRIZESTlichocraftswomanexpandsintobabybeltsArtsCultureTraditionalArtsByRENEFRANCOEURWhenDoraMarieLaffertyofBehchokoisntinthebushorouttrappingmuskratswithherhusbandshesthreadingneedles.Imretiredsoitsmyhobbynow.IdoitwheneverIcan.ImalwayssewingLafferty63said.Laffertymakesmostlymoosehidemoccasinsandmukluksforwomenrang-ingfrom300to800buthasrecentlybeenbranchingoutintobabybeltsorbabytumplines.Hermostrecentbabybeltfullybeadedwithtasselsfab-ricliningandcaribouhideonbothendsisforsaleontheTlichoonlinestorefor425.IttooktwomonthstomakeLaffertynotedbecauseofalltheintricatelystitchedbead-workthatmakesupthe15differentowersandtheirleavesallvariousshadesofgreeninthepattern.BabybeltsknownasbebakwtainTlichowereusedtraditionallybytheDenetocarrybabieswrappedinshawlstheTlichoStoreex-plainsonitswebsite.Thebeltgoesunderthebabysseatandisslungeitheracrossthemothersshoulderorchest.Themothershereseemtolikethemandwantthemshesaid.TheoneyoungmotherIsoldmyrstbelttoshethinkstheworldofitsheputsitinaplasticbagforsafekeepingwhenshesnotusingit...Itsnicetoseethembecomingpopu-laragain.Laffertysaidsheneverusedababybeltforherownchildrenbutdidmakeababycarryingwrapforhergrandchildoutofcaribouhidewhichishardtocomebytodayshenoted.Shesaidshemightmakeafewmorebeltsinthefuture.ItwasLaffertysmotherwhotaughtherhowtosewwhenshewasayounggirl.ShetoldmeIhavetojustsitandwatchandthatsthebestwaytolearnLaffertysaid.Sheneverdirectlytaughtme.IjustwatchedherandstarteddoingwhatIsaw.Itcomeseasytome.Laffertystartedtakinghercraftworkmoreseriouslywhenshemarriedin1968butitwasntuntilthe1980sthatshebegansellingittointer-estedfriendsandneighbours.ImverybusyaroundChristmasshesaid.Butonaverageittakesmeabouttwoweekstomakemukluks.Laffertypreferstousefloraldesignsinherbead-workanddrawsallofherownpatternsoutbyhandfirst.Idontcopythem.Idrawtheowersmyself.AndInevermaketwoowersthesamecolour.Iliketomixitupmakeitrich.PhotosDianeLaffertyFortChipleaderswinbigat25thRARAAwardsByRENEFRANCOEURFortChipewyanisboast-ingmanyproudfacesafterthe25thRegionalAboriginalRecognitionAwardsRARAinFortMcMurrayonSatur-daywhereeightcommunityleaderswererecognizedformakingadifference.TheceremonyhonoursthepositivecontributionsofAboriginalpeopleonbothaprovincialandnationallevelaswellasintheirhomecom-munitiesandtheRegionalMu-nicipalityofWoodBuffalo.Awardrecipientsarenom-inatedbythoseinvarioussectorsincludingeducationsportsandtheAboriginalcommunity.FortChiprecipientsincludedRoseSimpsonwhowontheElderAward.AutumnMorin-WhiteknifefromtheAthabascaDeltaCommunitySchooltookhometheJuniorAchievementAward.TheCulturalAwardwenttoEdMarten.RoxanneMarcelwonFe-maleCitizenoftheyear.DonaldVoyageurwonMaleCitizen.GregCowboyMarceltookhometheLeadershipAward.JanetDaschcavichwontheVolunteerAward.TheOutstandingAdultStudentwenttoTristaJoySimpson.TheeveningfeaturedSusanAglukarkasreturningmasterofceremoniesrespectedAtha-bascaChipewyanFirstNationmemberDr.CoraJ.VoyageuraskeynotespeakerMtisd-dlerBrendanChartrandandcomedianDonBurnstick.NorthernersAboriginalLeadersDonaldVoyageurrightofFortChipewyanrecieveshisMaleCitizenoftheYearAwardfromConnieLandrytheprogramandplanningadvisorforAboriginalrelationswithNexenInc.LeftDoraMarieLaffertyworkswithbeaverfurinherBehchokohome.PhotocourtesyofRARAAcloseupofLaffertysmoosehidegloveshighlighttheintricatebead-workinherflowerdesigns. 12TuesdayMarch52012AuroraCampusInuvik1866287-2655ThebachaCampusFortSmith1866266-4966YellowknifeNorthSlaveCampus1866291-4866Teachersareleadersinyourcommunity.AreyouupforthechallengeAuroraCollegesBachelorofEducationProgramdeliveredinpartnershipwiththeUniversityofSaskatchewanoffersyoutheopportunitytoearnadegreeathomeintheNorthwhichpreparesyouforasuccessfulteachingcareerinyourcommunity.Wearecurrentlytakingapplicationsforour20132014programatThebachaCampus.ApplytodayFortSmithbornLeahDesjarlaisgraduatedwithherBachelorofEducationdegreein2011.LeahnowteachesatJBTElementarySchoolinFortSmith.YellowknifersshapingplansforOldTownupgradePoliticsMunicipalByJACKDANYLCHUKEarlypicturesofYellow-knifeshowacommunitythatsproutedalmostovernightfromtherocknowtoppedbyPilotsMonumentbutitwilltakeabitlongertorestorethecityshistoriccentreinOldTown.Citycouncilhasbudgeted600000thisyearforimprove-mentstotheformergovern-mentdockinOldTownPilotsMonumentandconstructionofacontroversialdockforoatplanesonBackBay.Theprojectsarebeingdis-cussedataseriesofcommunitymeetingsthatwillcontinuethroughthespringuntilcon-structionseasonstarts.WewanttobecertainthateveryoneinthecommunityisconsultedJeffHumbledi-rectorofplanninganddevel-opmentsaidaftermeetingslastmonthonthegovernmentdockandthemonument.About80residentsofferedtheirviewsatthemeetingsHumblesaidwhileotherschosetosharetheirideasviathecityhallwebsite.Stilltocomeareconsul-tationswithLathamIslandresidentsonthefloatplanedockbetweenLessardDriveandOttoDrive.Theareaispubliclandbutadjacentprop-ertyownershavebuiltdocksthereandtreatitastheirown.Humblesaidthosewhoturnedoutforameetingonthemonumentaskedplannerstoconsidertheadditionofame-morialtoaviatorswhoworkedanddiedintheNorth.TheWildcatCafwillre-openinMayafteratwo-yearhiatusforreconstructionjoiningtwootherrestaurantsthatoperateintheareaandafourththatcouldopenontheformerfederaldock.PilotsMonumentrockisringedandsectionedbyjustfourstreetsandinsummerwhenseveralbusinessesthedockandpublicboatlaunchareinoperationtrafccanbeanissuesaidHumblesowevebeenaskedtoconsidertrafcpatterns.LastweekthecityboughtasmalllotatthefootofPi-lotsMonumentthatcouldbeaddedtoasmallparkthereandcreatemoreparkingspacesfortheneighbourhoodthatdrawstouristsandresi-dentsyear-round.WayneGuyarchitectOldTownresidentandpropertyownersaid50peopleturnedoutforameetingtopresentideasonhowtheformergov-ernmentdockcanbeused.Thecitytookcontrolofthedocklastsummercleareditofderelictvehiclesandinstalledracksforcanoesandkayaks.Thedockwasgivenacleanbillofenvironmentalhealth.ThedockisstillusedbycommercialshermenandfreightersworkingonGreatSlaveLakeandGuysaidthattherewasaclearconsensusatthemeetingthatitshouldremainaworkingdock.Cityplannerswerealsoaskedtoconsideraddingpow-eredstallsforvendorsaview-ingareaandarestaurantorpubinabuildingownedbyGuy.Humblesaidthatthecityslong-termplanforthegovern-mentdockareaincludesthewaterfrontareanowfencedofffortheexclusiveuseofthefederaldepartmentsofFisheriesCoastGuardandNationalDefence.UnioncallsforendtoworkplacebullyinginNWTByMEAGANWOHLBERGUnionrepresentativesjoinedthearrayofvoicescallingforanendtobullyinglastWednesdayonPinkShirtDaythenationaldaytoendbullyinginschoolsandsociety.ThePublicServiceAlli-anceofCanadaPSACstoodwithschoolchildrenmunici-palandterritorialgovernmentCurrentlytheGNWTsinter-pretationoftheirHarassmentPolicyonlyallowsanemployeetomakeacomplaintaboutha-rassmentwhichhasdirectlyoccurredtothecomplainanttheletterreads.PSACisrequestingthede-partmentofHumanResourcesupgradeitsSafetyActandregulationstomatchCanadaHealthWellnessBullyingrepresentativesandmembersofthepublicinYellowknifeonWednesdaymorningbring-ingforwarditsagendatostopworkplacebullying.Therehasbeenalotoflipservicegiventoanti-bullyinginitiativesandtheneedforchangebutitstimeforspecictargetedactiontoensurethatworkersandthepublicarepro-tected.WehaveoutlinedwhatisneededandourareacouncilhasoffereditsassistancetotheGNWTsothatnomoretimeiswastedJulieDochertyPSACNorthregionalexecutivevicepresidentsaidinapressrelease.Atleast40percentofallem-ployeesareaffectedbywork-placebullyingDochertysaid.Shesaidmoreneedstobedoneattheterritorialleveltoenablepeopletospeakoutaboutbullyinghappeningaroundthemintheworkenvironment.Theunionsubmittedalet-terofrequeststotheministerofHumanResourceslastweek.InordertostopworkplacebullyingitisessentialthatGNWTemployeescanstandbythosewhoarebeingbulliedandreportbullyingbehavior.OccupationalHealthandSafetyregulations-thecurrentindustrystandard-fordeal-ingwithharassmentbullyingandotherformsofworkplaceviolence.TheunionisalsoaskingtheGNWTtocreateanewVio-lencePreventionPolicythatwillallowemployeestomakecomplaintsaboutanyworkplacebullyingtheyareexperiencingandorwitnessing.Workplaceswhichdonothavepoliciesandproceduresforwitnessestoreportbullyingincreasetheriskforemploy-eeswhosufferfromvicarioustraumatheletterstates.Vi-carioustraumaistheprocessofchangethathappenswhenemployeescareaboutotherpeoplewhohavebeenhurtandfeelcommittedorresponsibletohelpthem.Theyhavealsoaskedthegovernmenttomodifyitsman-agementtrainingprogramtoincorporateamoduleonwork-placebullyingsomanagerscanidentifyitsvariousformsalongwithananti-bullyingprogramforGNWTemployeesandsup-portprograms.Therehasbeenalotoflipservicegiventoanti-bullyinginitiativesandtheneedforchangebutitstimeforspecictargetedaction.JulieDochertyPSAC NorthernersChefs13TuesdayMarch52013OSHUAorgensenWoodBuffaloFrolics2013BigWEarlyBirdGame1PMRegularGamesBegin2PM12TheHouseRecCentreConcessionwillbeopenat12noonservinghamburgershotdogsfrenchfriesandonionrings.YellowknifechefstartscampaigntofundcookbookByRENEFRANCOEURForJourneymanRedSealchefMarkPlouffeofYellow-knifeitstimetodosome-thingdifferent.Plouffe54hasworkedinsomeofthemostprestigiouskitchensacrossCanadain-cludingtheFairmontHotelMcDonaldinEdmonton.HetaughtfoodstudiesatAuroraCollegeandhasbeenteachingatSt.PatrickHighSchoolinYellowknifeforthepasteightyears.In2010healsobeganOpenKitchenStudiohishomebusinesswhereheofferson-sitecook-inglessons.Nowheplanstoreleasehisrstcookbook.Butheneedshelp.Imallaboutexploringnewthingshesaid.Ivebeendocumentingmyreci-pesforyearssoIthoughtacookbookisthenextstep...ItcomplimentsthecookinglessonsIoffer.EncouragedbyhissonMikePlouffebeganacam-paigntofundhiscookbookthreeweeksagoonthein-ternationalcrowdfundingwebsiteIndiegogo.comatooltopromoteanideaandcollectfundingglob-allywithinadesignatedamountoftime.Plouffesetagoalof20000andsofarhesraised2900.TheonlinecampaignendsnextTuesdayat1159p.m.andifthegoalisnotreachedeveryonewhomadeapledgewillreceivetheirmoneyback.Ithoughtwedbeabitfurtheraheadinourfund-ingbuttheamountofsup-portIvereceivedisjustawe-somePlouffesaid.ThecookbookcalledLes-sonsfromOpenKitchenwillfeaturerecipesandphotosfromtheeightsubjectareasPlouffeintroducesinhiswork-shopssuchaspastadessertsEastIndiancuisineandsoon.AccordingtoPlouffeoneofthemostsought-afterrecipestobefeaturedinthebookishisorangewhitechocolatepannacottaaneasy-to-maketraditionalItaliancustard.Whilehetoyedwiththeideaofself-publishingthecookbookonlinetheappealofhavingsomethingconcretetoleafthroughatthekitchencounterwonhimoverPlouffesaid.Ifhiscrowdfundingcam-paignfallsthroughPlouffehasnoplansofabandoningship.Onewayoranotheritllgetpublishedwithinthenextyearorsohesaid.AtSt.PatrickPlouffeisalsoembarkingonanewprojectcalledGardentoTablewherestudentscanuseherbsandvegetablestheygrowontheirowntopreparemeals.Inacoupleweekshehopestohavethewallupfortheclassroomsverticalgarden.PlouffeisalsoworkingonachildrensbookwithillustratorTamaraChristengreenhousemanageratArcticFarmerNurseryinYellowknife.ThebooktentativelytitledMaddyMakesPancakeswasinspiredbyPlouffes3year-oldgrand-daughterMaddy.Itssomethingfunforkidsandwillfeatureapancakerec-ipeandafewotherrecipesforthingsyoucandowithpan-cakes.Itllhopefullygetkidscookingbakinghavingfuninthekitchen.TodonatetoPlouffescookbookvisitwww.in-diegogo.comprojectsles-sons-from-the-open-kitchen-studiochome.PhotoMikePlouffeMarkPlouffeaRedSealcertiedchefgetsreadytomakeamessinhisYellowknifekitchenaspartofthecookinglessonsheoffers. 14TuesdayMarch52013THREEDAYSONLYFriMar8th-SunMar10thLOADS32SAVE3099Reg.1.2930GREATVALUEoffRegularPriceCascadeActionPacs20count.StandardPillowsMensLadiesorKidsOuterwearWinterBootsGlovesToques549SAVE1.50Reg.6.99RoyaleFacialTissue2ply.132sheets.599SAVE1Reg.6.99PurexLaundryDetergent1.47L.FolgersCoffee920g.Mens3PackPremiumSocksorLadies6PackNoShowSocks399SAVE1Reg.4.99799SAVE1Reg.8.99399SAVE2Reg.5.99NestlChocolateBars42-50g.SAVE2699Reg.1.25SHOPLOCALLYANDSUPPORTYOURCOMMUNITY81KingStreetFortSmithNTtel867-872-3130StoreHoursMonWedFriSat930am6pmThursday930am8pmSundayHolidays12pm5pmByRENEFRANCOEURItwasnttheicyhillsorthesand-coveredwinterroadthatdefeatedWoodBuffaloMunicipalcoun-cillorPhilMeagherashesetouttotakeonthecross-countryskijourneyfromFortChipewyantoFortMcMurrayonFeb.23.Itwaspneumoniathatputthe51year-olddownintheendlandinghiminthehospital50kmbeforethefinishline.IamdisappointedbutIjustcouldntbreathe.IsatdownonthesledIwastowingrestedforabitgotbackupandskiedanother50metresmaybeandstillcouldntgetmybreathMeaghertoldTheJournallastWednesdayhisfirstdaybackintheofficeafterbeingairambulancedtotheNorthernLightsRegionalHealthCentreinMcMurray.MeagherwasinthethickoftheSkiforHopeinitia-tivetrekking280kmbyskiwitha30poundsleighbehindhimtoraisemoneyforthehomelessinsup-portofMcMurraysCentreofHopewhenhishealthforcedhimtoquit.Thejourneywasex-pectedtotakeatotalof40hourswithoutstopping.Thefirst140kmwerejustabsolutelyincredible.TheyweremarbledandveryicywhichIlikedbutthenIgotintosomeis-sueswithicydownhillsMeagherwhostartedthetrekfromLakeAthabascaaround530a.m.said.Ifeltgreat.Theweatherstartingoutwasalsoideal-around-9C.Asheheadedsouthhesaiditheatedupandthingsgotslowerthesnowbe-camedirtier.ThesandyflatpartstooontheFortChipwinterroadstartedtocausemegrief.IdbepushingandcatchaskianddownIdgo.Imusthavedoneaboutsevenoreightnoseandfaceplantsandthatsintothehardroadnotsoftsnow.Meagherhadahipre-placementinJune2011.Hefellhardonitonce.Itsbruisedbutoperat-inglikeitnormallydoes...Ialsoendedupwithaslightfootfracturejustfromover-useandthoselonghoursofpushingintheskis.WhenhereachedShellLandingontheAthabascaRiver32hoursinheno-ticedhewasbeginningtowheezeandfeltpressureonhislungs.IkeptgoingforabitIjustdidntwanttogiveup.Butbeforeheknewithefeltlikesomethingwasseriouslywrongwithhisbreathing.Hepulledouthisphonetocallforhelp.Asnow-mobilergavehimalifttotheBridgetoNowherewhereanairambulancepickedhimup.Thehospitalconfirmedhehadpneumonia.Iguessitwasjustnottobethistimehesaid.IamonantibioticsandIplanongettingridofthisandgoingbackouttofinishit...Itcanevenberollerskiinginthesummer.ItdoesntmattertomehowbutIwillcertainlyfinishit.TheSkiforHoperaisedatotalofjustover10000fortheCentreofHopethelocalorganizationthatpro-videsprogramsandser-vicesfor175to200home-lessindividualsperweekthemajorityofwhomhavebeenhomelessforonetothreeyearsaccordingtothecentreswebsite.TheSkiforHopeispartofmyownpersonalvisiontoseetheendofhomeless-nessMeaghersaid.Itsaboutgivingahandupnotahandout.DonationsmadetoFortChipOnFeb.22aspartoftheSkiforHopeinitiativeMeagheralsopresentedacross-countryskiingwork-shopatKeyanoCollegeinFortChipewyanteaching11interestedstaffandstu-dentshowtoskiandhowtomaintaintheirequipment.MeagherandhisDare2DreamteamwhichseekstoinspireWoodBuffaloyouthtobeactiveandcharitabledonated24setsofskisandbootstoKeyanoCollegetotallingnearly10000worthofmerchandise.ThegroupandIevengotoutforaskiandthatwasfun.Alotofthosetherehadneverevenbeenonskisandtheywerejustfascinatedhesaid.Alltheyneedissomeonetochampionit.Theyhavetheinterestandopportunitynowtorunaprogramthereforskiing.SkiforHopeexpeditioncutshortforWoodBuffalocouncillorStruckdownbypneumoniaMeagherswearstofinishuponrecoverySportsRecreationCrossCountrySkiingPhotocourtesyofPhilMeagherPhilMeagherthawsouthisfrostedbeardafteracrosscountryskiingtrainingexerciseinearlyJanuary.WhilewarmerweatherheldupforhisFeb.23SkiforHopeexpe-ditionMeaghershealthdidnot. SportsRecreationTrackField15TuesdayMarch52013ByRENEFRANCOEURAco-edteamofstudentsfromFortSmithHayRiverandYellowknifehasbeenselectedtocompeteintheNikeHighSchoolGrandPrixtherstCanadianin-vitationaltrackandfieldeventforhighschoolath-letesinTorontonowinitssecondyear.TheNWTStormgirlsandboysteamcomprisedofathletesfromHayRiversDiamondJennessSecond-arySchoolPaulW.KaeserHighSchoolinFortSmithandSt.PatrickandSirJohnFranklinhighschoolsinYellowknifewillcompeteagainst23otherteamsacrossthenation.FourPWKathleteswereoriginallychosenfortheNWTStormteamLoganTourangeauJoshGauthierBretTuccaroandVeronicaMcDonald.Twoothershavebeenchosenasalternates.LastyearonlyonePWKathletecompetedattheGrandPrixaccordingtoPWKtrackandeldcoachHilaryTurko.TheathleteshavebeentrainingthreedaysperweekinsidesinceNovem-ber.Weoriginallyfocusedonstrengthandcondition-ingtrainingsuchasrun-ningstairsplyometricsandsprintinginthehallsandhavenowmovedtowardsmorespeciceventtrain-ingsuchashighjumpandlongjumptakeoffsaswellasusingthestartingblockTurkosaid.Trackandfieldeventsin-clude100m200m400m800m1500mrun110mboyshurdles100mgirlshurdleslongjumphighjumpshot-putandthe4by100mcross-provincialrelay.Over280studentswillbeparticipatingattheeventfromMay9-12attheUniversityofTorontosVarsityStadium.Teamsarerequiredtoraise650perathletetocovertravelcosts.NWTtrackandeldteamheadedtoGrandPrixinTorontoTheNikeHighSchoolGrandPrixisajointventurebetweenmarketingagencyTrojanOneLtd.andSchoolSportCanada.AtNikewebelieveinbuildingbetterathletesandhelpingthemrealizetheirmaximumpotentialEricGrimesNikeCanadasgeneralmanagersaidinapressrelease.ThefutureofCanadiantrackandeldathletesareinhighschoolrightnowsoputtingoursupportbehindthemwiththehopeoffosteringtheirathleticcareerisoneofourtoppriorities.Formoreinformationvisitwww.highschoolgrandprix.ca.ByRENEFRANCOEURGoodbyebarriersslapshotsandgoalies.Hellonaturallyfrozenrinkssmallteamssmallernetsfreshairandwideopenspace.Pondhockeyseasoniswelluponus.Arecreationalandgenerallyless-organizedformoftradi-tionalhockeypondhockeyisexactlywhatitsoundslikepushingthepuckonanatu-rallyfrozenbodyofwaterbumpysurfaceandall.TheWorldPondHockeyChampionshiprstheldinPlasterRockNewBrunswickin2002callsitpurehockeythewaythegamewasmeanttobeplayed.ThechampionshipswebsitedetailshowthepondhockeytournamenthasevolvedsinceitsinceptionwhenPlasterRocksRoulstonLakewasplowedwithacoupleofpickuptrucksandrinksweremarkedwithmeasuringtape.NowtheresmanymoretrucksskidsteerloaderssnowblowersandahostofotherequipmentusedtopreparethelakeandGPSsystemsareusedtomarkrinklocationsandsizes.ClosertohomethePolarPondHockeytournamentrunsMar.15-17inHayRiveronFishermansWharf.TheAlbertaPondHockeyCham-pionshipstookplaceinFeb-ruaryinLacCardinalnearGrimshaw.ThereisalsotheCanadianPondHockeyChampionshipsheldtherstweekendofFebruaryinHali-burtonOnt.Ifyoureinterestedinplay-inghockeyinthegreatout-doorstherearesomebasicthingsyouneedtoknow.Thisisntyourtypicalarenagame.PondHockeyisafour-on-fourgameplayedwithsmallernetsandnogoalies.Rinksare150feetby75feetor75percentthesizeofanormalrink.Rulesarefairlystandardacrosstheboardforeverytournament.BelowarethePolarPondTournamentsrules1.NoSlapshots.Raisingthepuckabovethekneeisnotnecessaryandsaucerpassesshouldbeattemptedwithcaution.2.Nogoaltendingplayersarecautionedtostayoutthecrease.3.Gamesare30minuteslongwithtwo15-minutehalves.4.Teamsareonlyallowedtosubstituteaplayerafteragoalisscoreduponthem.Theplayerenteringthegamemustentertheicefrombehindtheirownnet.5.Anyblatantpenaltywillresultinagoalfortheteamoffendedandlossofpos-sessionofthepuck.AccordingtotheCanadianPondHockeyChampionshipsplayersarealsonotallowedtolayanypartoftheirbod-iesglovesorsticksinfrontofthenet.Likewisethereistobenophysicalcontactorghtingontheiceandmajorpenal-tiesresultinanimmediategoalawardedtotheoppos-ingteamandcouldresultinplaydisqualication.BacktobasicstheinsandoutsofpondhockeySportsRecreationPondHockeyPhotosJoeLeBlancHilaryTurkoVeronicaMcDonaldleftandSydneyDunloptakeabreakduringtheAlbertaIndoorTrackandFieldChampionshipsinEdmonton.LoganTourangeauracestothenishlineinthe300mattheAlbertaTeamChallengeeventinJanuary.JoshGauthierpreparestobreakarecordinshotputattheAlbertaIndoorTrackandFieldChampionships.SPORTSBRIEFSTenmedalsforNWTatAlbertaTrackFieldChampionshipsNineteenNWTathletesreturnedfromtheAlbertaIn-doorTrackandFieldChampionshipsinEdmontonwith10medalsand61newNWTindoorrecords.InshotputFortSmithsJoshGauthierwonthegoldandVeronicaMcDonaldsilver.SkylarHortonfromDiamondJennessinHayRiverwonasilverintriplejumpandbronzeinlongjump.GregLittlefairfromYellowknifesSirJohnFranklintookhomeagoldmedalinthe800m1500mandhighjumpandDesireeBrownwonbronzeinthe300m.JohnFranklinalumniDianeMarinwongoldinshotputandsilverinweightthrow.YellowknifetakeswomenshockeytournyYellowknifewentundefeatedinlastweekendswomenshockeytournamentinHayRiverbeatingoutHayRiv-ersHazardteaminthenal4-0.TheteamoutofHighLevelAlbertawonthirdintheconsolationnalagainsttheFortSmithFury2-1.FortSimpsonandasecondHayRiverteamwereoutafterSaturdaysroundrobinaction.TerritorialVolleyballChampionshipsgoestoYellowknifeTheYKRedteambeattheYKBallsandDollsteammadeupofafewplayersfromFortSmithandInuvikforthechampionshiptitleinthewomensleagueattheNWTVolleyballAssociationsTerritorialchampionshipsinYellowknifewinningthebestofofvegameswithscoresof25-2325-21and28-8.InthemensleaguetheYKorangeteambeattheYKblueteamforrstplacewithscoresof25-1225-21and25-16.Newfoundlandinleadat2013BrierNewfoundlandisintheleadsofarwithfourwinsatthe2013TimHortonsBrierinEdmontonwithBradGushueasskip.SkipJamieKoeoftheNorthwestTerritoriesYukonteambeatEddieMacKenzieofPEI8-3inthefthdrawgameSunday.GlennHowardofOntariosoaredpastJeffStoughtonofManitoba8-5.TheNWTYTteamstand-inginsixthplacewithtwowinstwolossesattimeofprintplayedNovaScotiaindrawsevenMondaynightandOntarioTuesday.TheBrierwrapsupMar.10. 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17TuesdayMarch52013INVITATIONTOTENDERJANITORIALSERVICESFortSmithNTTenderNo.21334SealedtendersmarkedNorthwestTerritoriesPowerCorporationTender21334willbereceivedCorporation8AspenRoadHayRiverNTX0E0R6until400p.m.localtimeonMarch222013.ThetenderconsistsofjanitorialservicesinFortContractManagementLowestoranytendernotnecessarilyaccepted.www.ntpc.comEMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITIESSUMMERSTUDENTOPPORTUNITIESHayRiverandYellowknifeNTNTPChasanumberofsummerstudentemploymentopportunitiesavailable.Studentsmustbeenrollingenrolledindiplomaordegreeprogramsthisfall.SummerstudentemploymentopportunitiesareYELLOWKNIFEMechanicalorCivilEngineeringAutomationsCommunicationsEngineeringMechanicalorElectricalTradesHAYRIVERMechanicalorElectricalEngineeringInformationTechnologyComputerSciencePublicRelationsorCommunicationsFinanceEconomicsCommerceresumeincludingtworeferencesfromyourmostrecentsupervisorsorinstructors.Youalsoneedtoindicatethecommunitysyouarepreparedtoworkin.PleasesubmityourresumeandreferencesEMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITIESAPPRENTICEStermpositionsUponthesuccessfulcompletionofyourapprentice-shipprogramyouwillbeofferedafull-timepositionwiththeNWTPowerCorporation.WearelookingforenergeticandenthusiasticindividualsinterestedinpursuingacareerintradeswithintheNorthwestTerritoriesPowerCorporation.Weprovideacombinationofon-the-jobandin-schooltraining.APPRENTICEDIESELMECHANICYellowknife08-YK-13APPRENTICEELECTRICIANFortSimpson09-SP-13averageof70.Somerelatedexperiencealsorequired.APPRENTICEPOWERLINEPERSONFortSimpson10-SP-13APPRENTICEPOWERLINEPERSONFortSmith11-SM-13averageofminimum70andapassinGrade11puremathorappliedmath.Somerelatedexperiencealsorequired.SuccessfulcandidateswillberequiredtowriteandpasstheappropriateTradesEntranceexam.Youmusthavegoodwrittenandverbalcommunicationskills.Youmustbewillingtotravelinsmallaircraftandwinterroadstoremotecommunitiesforextendedperiodsoftime.Salaryrangestartsat23.92perhourforanapprenticeandgoesupto46.17perarebasedonexperienceandsuccessfulcompletionoftraining.Wealsoofferaccommodationandlocationallowances.WeofferacomprehensivesubmitadetailedresumeandhighschooltranscriptsX0E1G2orfax867874-5229oremailcareersallthosewhoapplyandadvisethatonlythoseselectedforfurtherconsiderationwillbecontacted.SO008140SOO000440SWITCHINGCONDUCTORSOPERATORSCandoanemployee-ownedcompanysupplyingspecializedrailservicesisseekingSwitchingConductorsOperatorsforitsrailcarswitchingservicesintheEdmontonarea.DutiesincludeperformingyardswitchinginasafeandefficientmannerbuildingtrainsaccordingtoinstructionsandrequirementsswitchingandinspectionofrailcarsminorrepairandregularmaintenancetocompanylocomotivesCasualshiftworkwith0-44hoursweek.Opportunitiestoworkfulltime.AreyouinterestedinworkingintheRAILindustrySUBMITRESUMEFax780-418-2365Emailjason.smithcandoltd.comcandoltd.com12345CCCN_REWARDS_412345TellthemDannyHoopersentyouRURALWATERTREATMENTProvinceWideViewour29patentedandpatentpendinginventionsonlineatwww.1800bigiron.comOnlineflipbookatwww.Norj.caMotorcyclesREVUPYOURENGINE.Nowgain1stand2ndyearAppren-ticeshipMotorcycleMechanicskills.GPRCFairviewcampus.Hands-ontraining-streetoff-roaddualsportbikes.WriteABMCMexams-gain320hourscredit.1-888-999-7882www.gprc.ab.cafairview.PersonalsDATINGSERVICE.Long-termshort-termrelationships.Freetotry1-877-297-9883.LiveintimateconversationCall7878or1-888-534-6984.Liveadult1on1Call1-866-311-9640or5015.Meetlocalsingleladies.1-877-804-5381.18.TRUEPSYCHICSForAnswerscallnow247TollFree1-877-342-3036Mobile4486httpwww.truepsychics.ca.PetsLEARNTOTREATandCareforLargeandSmallAnimals.Ani-malHealthTechnology-GPRCFairviewCampus.Oncampusresidencesandfarm.FairviewAlberta.1-888-999-7882www.gprc.ab.cafairview.RealEstateOKANAGANREALESTATEALLPROPERTIESBestBuysfast-esteasiestwaytocheckitallatnocosttoyou.Checkoutourwebsite2percentokanagan.com.LANDFORSALEbyTenderR.M.494CanwoodSaskatchewan.800acrespastureplus880acrescrownlease.Closing310313.In-formationBox88ParksideSKS0J2A0orjaunrausasktel.net.RecreationalVehiclesNOW-NEW8weekcours-escoveringsmallenginesnowmobilequadormarineoutboardrepair.Takeonecourseorall-fityourinter-estandyourtimeline.GPRCFairviewcampus.Affordableresidences.1-888-999-7882www.gprc.ab.ca.ServicesISYOURCRIMINALrecordlimitingyourfutureWantitgoneHaveitremovedtodayCanadas1recordremovalproviderssince1989.1-8-NOW-PARDON1-866-972-7366www.RemoveYour-Record.com.DOYOUNEEDtoborrowmon-ey-NowIfyouownahomeorrealestateAlpineCreditswilllendyoumoney-Itsthatsimple.1-877-486-2161.CRIMINALRECORDThinkCanadianpardon.U.S.travelwaiver.24hourrecordcheck.DivorceSimple.Fast.In-expensive.DebtrecoveryAlbertacollectionto25000.Calgary403-228-13001-800-347-2540www.accesslegal-research.com.DROWNINGINDEBTSHelp-ingCanadians25years.Lowerpaymentsby30orcutdebts70thruSettlements.AvoidbankruptcyFreeconsultationwww.mydebtsolution.comortollfree1-877-556-3500.MONEYPROVIDER.COM.500loanand.Nocreditrefused.Fasteasy100secure.1-877-776-1660.EMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITYSaltRiverFirstNationChiefExecutiveOfficerClosingDateFridayMarch292013at500p.m. 18TuesdayMarch52013INVITATIONTOTENDERFORTSMITHHOUSINGAUTHORITYAsandWhenContractServicesTheFortSmithHousingAuthorityisacceptingTenderpricesforAsandWhenElectricalServicesandAsandWhenJanitorialServicesfortheClosingdateDanHigginsFortSmithHousingAuthorityINVITATIONTOTENDERFORTSMITHHOUSINGAUTHORITYBulkHeatingFuelSupplyDeliveryServicesTheFortSmithHousingAuthorityisacceptingtenderpricesforBulkHeatingFuelSupplyandClosingdateForthistenderlocaltimereferstotheTownofFortSmithNT.ForadditionalinformationpleasecontactDanHigginsFortSmithHousingAuthorityFortSmithNTX0E0P0AsatisfactorycriminalrecordcheckSouthSlaveDivisionalEducationCouncil SportsRecreationSkiingSnowshoeing19TuesdayMarch52013LoveLorellandAlexGauthierKennEdkinsJaniceEdkinsandallyourgrandchildrenandgreat-grandchildrenHappy80thBirthdayStanEdkinsMarch52013ByRENEFRANCOEURItwasntjustskierspinningontheirnumberedpaperbibsSaturdayastheannualcross-countryThebachaloppetgotunderway.Forthersttimeintheclassiceventshistorysnow-shoerscouldalsojoininfromtheHalfwaycheckpoint10.1kmorMountainPortage5kmonthe27.5kmtrailfromFortFitzgeraldtoFortSmith.Itseemedtogowell.Ihaventheardanycomplaintssowewilllikelyopentheentiretrailupnextseasontosnowshoersloppetor-ganizerPatti-KayHamil-tonsaid.Theskiingeventalsosawoneofitslargestturnoutstodatewith106registeredpar-ticipants25ofwhomsnow-shoed.TheyhailedfromalloverincludingEdmontonFortSaskatchewanFortMcMurrayYellowknifeandHayRiver.TheNeyfamilyPatrickKateandtheirthreesonsmovedtoFortSmithlastFridayanddecidedtojoinintheloppet24hoursaftermoving.Hamiltonfoundskiequipmentforthemtobor-rowastheyhadlefttheirsathomeonVancouverIsland.Werejustlookingfor-wardtomeetingpeopleandwelovetheoutdoorssowethoughtwhynotjumprightinKatesaid.TheNeysbroughtthetotalparticipationnumberuptoarecord111.Intheearly70swhenmostofthenationalskiteamwastraininginInuviktherewerelargeloppetnumberstooaccordingtoJacquesVanPeltoneofthefound-ersbutnotforaverylongtimeHamiltonsaid.Thirtyofthe86skierswereunder12years-oldthisyearHamiltonadded-asignofastronggroupofupcomingcross-countryskiers.ForFinnalyRutherford-Simon8itwasthesecondyearcrossingtheloppetn-ishline.Itsfunbecauseyougettoskiandbeoutsidewithev-eryoneRutherford-Simonwhohasbeenskiingforfouryearssaid.The2013loppetcelebratedthereopeningofthetrailThebachaLoppetincludessnowshoersforrsttimeAnnualskiingeventseesoneofitslargestturnoutsaroundtheCassetterap-idsthisseasonbySmithsLandingFirstNation.Ac-cordingtoHamiltonmanypeopledidthis3.5kmloopandthendrovetoanothertrailheadtoaddafewmorekilometres.DeannaLeonard34andAaronSpitzer40bothofYellowknifeewintoFortSmithfortheloppetstraightfromWisconsinwheretheyparticipatedinthe88kmAmericanBirkebeineronFeb.23.WejustlovetoskiandwedheardabouttheTheba-chaloppetfromfriendsbe-causeitsatrailwithsuchahistoricalaspectbeingusedasanoldportagerouteLeonardsaidaftercomplet-ingtheloppetforthersttimeinabout2.5hours.ThetrailbetweenSmithandFitzhasbeenusedbyAboriginalpeoplesforthou-sandsofyearslaterbecom-ingaportageroutefortrad-ing.ItwasalsousedbysomeoftherstNorthernexplorersincludingSirJohnFranklinAlexanderMackenzieandSamuelHearne.Nextyearmarkstheloppets40thanniversary.Althoughitformallystartedin1972thereweretwoyearswhenitwascancelledduetobadweather.Organizersarealreadybrainstormingaboutaweek-end-longcelebrationandextendingthelastlegoftheloppetpasttheNordicCentrealongtheriverbankandintotownendingatthearenaforapartyHamiltonsaid.OntheSundaywedholdakidsfunskiontheCassetteLoopwithclownsascheck-pointofcialsballoonsinthetreeshiddentreatsontherouteandendwithabonreandwie-nerroast.AfterlunchtheredbeaskijoringtourwithdogspullingskiersonthestretchfromHalfwaytoMountainshetoldTheJournal.AccordingtoHamiltontheloppetteamalsohaslong-termgoalstoworkwithSmithsLandingFirstNationtodosomeextensivetraildevelop-mentthatwouldincludebridgesacrosssomeoftheravinesandwidenthetrailtoallowfortwotracksandsnowshoers.PhotosReneFrancoeurandPaulBannisterArecordgroupofover100loppetersgetsreadytobustoFortFitzgeraldtobeginthe27.4kmtrek.DallasPhillipsgivesathumbsupwith5kmlefttogoonsnowshoe.WesternArcticMPDennisBevingtonglidesdownahillduringthelastlength.ThreehoursintotheloppetTaylorPhillips19cruisesalongtheSlaveRiver.Acoupleyoungsterscoastthroughthewoods.Manyofthecrosscountryskierswereundertheageof12forthe2013loppet. 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