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6TuesdayJuly292014Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.MaleAdultBrownLookingforanewhomeTimberisaveryhandsomefellowwithasweetmellowpersonality.VeryadoptableHesagentlesoulwouldgetalongwellwithchildrenothercatsordogs.CitymullslegalactionoverelectoralboundariesPoliticsElectoralBoundariesByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheCityofYellowknifeisconsideringlegalactionagainsttheterritorialgovernmentfollowingadismissalbytheMinisterofJusticetohaveitsconstitutionalconcernsaboutvoterunder-representationintheNWTcapitalreferredtotheSupremeCourt.LastweekJusticeMinis-terGlenAbernethyrejectedmayorandcouncilsrequesttohavequestionsofconsti-tutionalityinrelationtothecurrentelectoralboundarieshandedofftothecourtviatheLegalQuestionsAct.Thecityhadwantedtoknowwhetherornotthere-centlymodiedelectoraldis-trictswhichprovidednonewMLAsforYellowknifeortheTlichoregionviolatedelec-torscharterrightseitherintermsoflanguagerightsorfairrepresentation.MLAsintheNWTrecentlyvotedtoremovetheYellow-knivesDenecommunitiesofDettahandNdilofromtheYel-lowknifedistrictofWeledehandcombinethemwiththeTuNedheridingdespiteoutcryfrombothdistrictsaboutir-reconcilablelanguageculturalandsocioeconomicdifferencesbetweenthetwoareas.AbernethysaidtheGNWTconsideredalloftheoptionsgiventoitbytheElectoralHayRiverbeachclosesafterfuelspillsinriverBoundariesCommissionandagreedtoacceptonethatmod-iedthedistrictsenoughsothatnoneofthesevenYellow-knifedistrictsexceedthevari-anceforvoterparitywhichholdsthatthepopulationofaridingshouldnotbeaboveorbelowtheaveragewhentheterritorialpopulationisdi-videdamong19districtsbymorethan25percent.ForthesereasonstheMinisterofJusticewillnotbesubmittingalegalques-tiontothecourtthemin-isterwrotenotingthatthedecisionhoweverdoesnotimpactcitizensrightstochallengetheboundariesthroughcourt.YellowknifeMayorMarkHeycksaidthecitymustnowgobacktothedrawingboardwherelegalactionisapossibility.WetooktheroutethatwedidintermsofrequestingareferraltotheSupremeCourtbecausewefeltthatwasarea-sonablerststepthatwouldallowanimpartialbodytotakealookatthesequestionsthatwouldallowinterestedpartiestoregisterasintervenorsandspeaktotheissueandthenhavethatbodyprovideanopinionwithoutgoingtoafull-blowncourtcasethatIdontthinkanybodyreallywantsHeycktoldTheJournal.Buthavingsaidthatitstheministersprerogativetodenythatrequestwhichhehasdone.Sowellspeakwithcouncilinthenearfutureanddeterminewhatournextstepsaregoingtobe.LegalactionwillbeoneoftheoptionsonthetablebutHeycksaidthequestionwillhavetopartlyrevolvearoundexpense.Ifcourtactionistakenthemayorshopeisthatitwouldbefast-trackedintimefortheupcomingterritorialelectioncurrentlyscheduledforOctober2015.Acouncilmeetingtodiscusstheissuehasyettobesched-uled.Heycksaidhewouldliketoensureasmanycouncillorsarepresentforthediscussionaspossibleandwantstomeetbackwithconcernedcitizengroupswhohadapproachedthecityduringtheinitialde-batearoundvotingdistricts.WellbereachingouttothemaswelltogaugetheiropinionandseewheretheywouldliketoseethecitygoHeycksaid.IthinktherespeopleinYellowknifeandpeopleinotherregionstoocertainlyintheTlichoregionwhostillseethatmajorunderrepresen-tationheadded.SoIthinktheresacollectionofpeopleandcitizenswhofeelthereareelementstothequestionthatneedtobeaddressed.OneofthosegroupsistheYellowknife-basedFriendsofDemocracywhosuccess-fullytooktheterritorialgov-ernmenttocourtinthelate1990sresultingintheestab-lishmentoftwonewseatsinYellowknifeandathirdinHayRiver.PhotoJackDanylchukByMEAGANWOHLBERGHayRiverspublicbeachwasclosedforpartoflastweekafteraNorthernTrans-portCompanyLtd.sNTCLboatspilleddieselintotheriver.AstrongodouroffuelandasheenonthewateralertedthepublictothespillwhichNTCLreportedtotheCoastGuardlastSun-dayJuly20.ThefederalDepartmentofFisheriesandOceansDFOclosedtheHayRiverbeachinresponsewhichwastheonlyon-landsiteimpactedbythespill.ItwasreopenedtothepublicagainonFriday.DFOcommunicationsof-cerDanBatesaidtheinves-tigationintothecauseandvolumeofthespillisongo-ingbutsaidtheamountwaslikelysmall.Estimatesonquantityarenotknownatthistime.Howeverbasedonthetypeoffuelspilleddieselim-pactsarenotexpectedtobesignicantexceptforsomeimpactstoanearbybeachBatesaidinanemail.Atthistimeitisnotknownwhatcausedtheleakandtheinvestigationiscontinuing.BatesaidNTCLinitiateditsspillresponseplanuponseeingtheleakfromtheMVKellyOvayuaksfueltankbydeployingaboomaroundthevesseltocontainasmuchdieselaspossibleaddingextraboomsandpadsasneeded.CoastGuarden-vironmentalresponsecrewswereonsitetomonitortheefforts.AsoflastThursdayBatesaidnoimpactedmarinelifehadbeenreportedorsighted.Messagesfromthetownthroughouttheweekindi-catedadditionalmonitoringwastakingplacebutthatwaterintakeforthemunici-palitywouldnotbeimpactedbythespill.Estimatesonquantityarenotknownatthistime.Howeverbasedonthetypeoffuelspilleddieselimpactsarenotexpectedtobesignicantexceptforsomeimpactstoanearbybeach.DanBateDepartmentofFisheriesandOceansEnvironmentFuelSpillPhotoJaredMonkmanIthinktherespeopleinYellowknifeandpeopleinotherregionstoocertainlyintheTlichoregionwhostillseethatmajorunderrepresentation.YellowknifeMayorMarkHeyckYellowknifeMayorMarkHeycksaysthecitycontinuestohaveconcernswithvoterunder-representationoverwhichcouncilmayenduptakingtheGNWTtocourt.HayRiverspublicbeachwasclosedforseveraldayslastweekafterdieselspilledfromaNorthernTransportCompanyLtd.boatandwasheduponthesand.