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Tuesday September 8 2015 7 HEALTH WELLNESS YOUTH NOTICE IS GIVEN to the voters of the Town of Fort Smith that an election for Mayor and eight 8 Councillors is proposed to be held on the 19th day of October 2015. NOMINATION PACKAGES are available from the Returning Officer or at the Town Office. NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATES for election as Mayor or Councillor must be received before 300 p.m. of the 21st day of September 2015. NOMINATION PAPERS must be delivered to the Returning Officer personally or to her office at Town Office 174 McDougal Rd. Fort Smith N.W.T. Dated at Fort Smith September 8th 2015 Margo Harney Returning Officer NOTICE CALLING FOR NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES NOTICE MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2015 BY CRAIG GILBERT As the lights come back on in schools across the NWT a special program in Hay River is set to get a boost. ForaboutthepastsevenyearstheLightsOn weekendafter-schoolprogramhasbeengiving asmanyas50youthatatimesomewheretogo on Friday and Saturday evenings. ThisSeptemberthesecond-generationown- ers of the Super-AExpress Gas will be donat- ing the proceeds from their latest round-up point-of-salecampaigntotheprogramrunby teachersatDiamondJennessSecondarySchool and Princess Alexandra elementary school. Itll be a full-circle kind of thing at the end of the four-week effort as the Super-A helped LightsOnwitha4100donationinNovember 2013 according to owner Tracy Rewega-Hill. This time around they want to help kick off the new school year. Theyre probably looking for ways to fund- raisesothisisawaytogivethemaboosttoget up and running at the start of the school year Rewega-Hill said. We do about three or four of the round-ups per year. People approach us to do a fundraiser for their group and Lights On mentioned earlier this year they would be interested in doing another one. Its local and it benefits kids in the community and thats what a lot of our round-ups are dedicated to. Rewega-Hill anticipates another strong re- sponse at the till from the community given the popularity of the program. The local Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks BPOE topped up the Super-A dona- tion with 1500 of their own back in 2013. President Gary Hoffman said Lights On has been growing steadily since it launched. As a service club we think its a perfect cause and weve always supported them from Day One he said. Kids operations is what the Elks donate to mainly specifically speech and hearing and Lights On is a very easy deci- sion. In a lot of cases they tell us their budget and we donate an amount because we know theyre going to others for money. But we say if you come up short come back to us because we want to make sure it happens. Founder Jill Taylor a teacher at Diamond Jenness said the idea was born at the sup- per table. Her son Matthew was in Grade 9 right at the time when teens really start going to parties. She asked him for an alternative. He said if you open up the gym me and my friends will come theres nothing for us to do Taylor said. So thats what she and her husband did for the first year in 2008-09 opening the gym up and allowing teens to play basketball or pickup floor hockey for a few hours. About 18 months later Taylor received a Health Canada grant allowing her to hire dedicatedstafftoprovide ahighlevelofsuper- vision something she had promised parents. Between paid employees and volunteers Tay- lor said there are always five adults on site. Theyexpandedtoasecondnightandstarted opening up Princess Alexandra PA elemen- tary school and running a parallel program for younger kids. There are Xbox and Wii games but theyre all sport- or activity-based. Thats when it really took off. The round-up donation will be well-re- ceived at the end of the month. Taylor said between feeding 50 teens at the high school and 50 youth at PA the grocery bill for the year approaches 10000 a far cry from the few bags of popcorn and juice that did the trick in year one. Teenagers love to eat she said. And we make pretty elaborate meals now. Weve had a fish fry a barbecue different cultural nights one featuring cod cheeks. Its what- ever they want. The recreational opportunities have ex- panded too. The Friday program is still based in the gym but on Saturday the entire school is open from the kitchen to the concourse a sprawling entry atrium with space for ac- tivities and even musical performances and even the music room. And like the cuisine its whatever they want as expressed in an annual survey that helps Taylor fine tune the program between school years. They love ping-pong theyll play cards we have beading and other crafts and theres lots of room for games. Bottom line Lights On provides a service for youth that the municipality just doesnt have the capacity to take on according to Mayor Andrew Cassidy. Its something thats of value to the com- munity and the real value is that its com- munity-driven seeing grassroots volunteers step up and provide a service thats required in the community he said. They have the resources and the network and access to fa- cilities the town wouldnt. Thats what we really value. Hay River business helps keep lights on for youth Continued from page 1. As a result of the low water levels this summer NTPC is expecting lower hydro production which will need to be supple- mented with diesel generation requiring approximately 29 million litres of fuel according to GNWT. The additional fuel is expected to cost 29.7 million depend- ing on fuel price changes over the next 13 months. Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger said Friday the legislature would have the final say on whether to spend the money. If MLAs vote it down he said the NTPC would have to raise rates by 20-25 per cent. I dont think anybody has opposed the power corporation not having to raise rates he said. There is some debate about the pro- cess. Its misguided. Miltenberger said last year the GNWT stepped in to avoid a 15 per cent rate hike but there were strings attached to the money leading to the Public Utilities Board which required the government to report publicly on how money was spent and how it intended to respond to low water levels in the future. The first of three deadlines passed on Mar. 31 but the GNWT got three exten- sions taking it to August. Miltenberger said the 29.7 million announcement wasnt the breach Dolynny described but a requirement. Weve been delaying so we could do our work he said. We had to do this to comply with our own process. The assembly is the final arbiter. He said climate change is creating extreme weather that is blowing budgets far beyond the NWTs borders. Around the world were moving to spend- ing a trillion dollars a year responding to extreme weather he said. Alberta is giv- ing hundreds of thousands to farmers for irrigation and spending hundreds of thousands more on fires. Saskatchewan is too and B.C. and were not immune. This drought is long and deep and we have to manage that. POLITICS ENERGY Politicians make hay over second hydro bailout Teens enjoy a meal during Lights On at Diamond Jenness SS in Hay River. PhotocourtesyoftLightsOnHayRiverFacebook