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Wednesday November 11 2015 5 COLUMNS 15 Years Ago... SUPERNET Albertas reputation as one of the most wired juris- dictions in North America is moving ahead at 21st- century speed with the creation of Alberta SUPERNET - a high-speed broadband network to every hospital school library and government facility in the province within three years. Issue November 7 2000 20 Years Ago... Nunavut to go to polls over capital In a little over a month the people of the future ter- ritory Nunavut will be heading to the polls to decide which community should be capital following division on April 1 1999. Which of these communities do you want to become the capital of Nunavut - Cambridge Bay Iqa- luit or Rankin Inlet The question will read on Dec. 11. Issue November 7 1995 30 Years Ago... Expo buying northern meat Expo 86 will be spending between 325000 and 350000 in Northern communities so that Expo tour- ists in Vancouver next year can feast on everything from Arctic char and whitesh to musk-ox burgers and cari- bou steaks. Issatik food plant of Rankin Inlet has al- ready shipped 7600 pounds of vacuum-packed Arctic char on a contract worth 30000. Issue November 7 1985 ARCHIVES Northern Journal 2015 Join us online Like Northern Journal on Facebook and get the weekly news delivered to your feed FACEBOOK FEEDBACK A free program that helps Fort Smith seniors get ac- tive has been highlighted as a bright spot in the North- west Territories - but dont call it yoga. A bright spot for seniors to get moving in Fort Smith Ron Gwynne Bea Lepine and Mela- nie Kearley like this. Vancouver Aquarium Marine Research Centre is try- ing to drum up interest in the changes taking place in the Arctics ecosystems. Vancouver aquarium to highlight plight of Arctic ice Tusaayaksat shared this. By DAWN KOSTELNIK Left right left and right girls girls keep your eyes to the front dont look at your feet And once again left right left right and split. NoNOBynowthescratchy old 45-vinyl record has run out of brass instruments and drums. Round and round the needle scratches out chalk- board screechie noises that are amplied throughout the emptycommunityhall.There isnothingthatbenetsacous- tics in this vast open space. We stand with hands cover- ing our ears. Girlswewillberepresent- ing our community when the Governor General of Canada White Girl Soldiers of God Roland Michener and his lady come to visit. We will do ourselves proud we are the marching soldiers of God Now once again from the top With her authoritive British accent Mrs. Priest is Commander-in-Chiefofgods army in our Inuk village. She is the Pentecostal missionary that is taking charge of the Girl Guides in Coppermine NWT in northern Canada. In her British heart she thrills to the discipline of a marchingband.WhyonEarth amissionaryinCanadasArc- tic has such a vast collection of marching military band musicisbeyondanyone.Buta collection of vinyl records she has indeed. A stack of old 45 vinyl records sits in the place of honour beside the portable record player. No one is al- lowed to touch any of these treasures. Should the needle onthearmgetbrokengetting areplacementneedlemaynot happen for six months and by then it would be too late. The Governor General would have come and gone Shesensesthatsheislosing our attention we have been promenading for almost two hours. In full Girl Guide uni- form we march left right leftthen right wheel left wheel. Gracie slope the co- lours My friend Grace has theprestigiouspositionofag bearer. We wheel right and encounteroursistermarchers wheeling left we are to pass through each others march- ing line in cross section and with perfect precision. When done right we are impressive. In an attempt to keep us focused Mrs. Priest has put on a livelier version of the same brass and drums. In quick time we proceed Mar- garet is approaching me from the left with the devil in her eye. She is to pass in front of me but instead grabs my arm and swings me in a quadrille. Let the square dance begin InexasperationMrs.Priest watches her formation of blue break into laughing girls doing an Inuk square dance to British marching drums Our fearless leader softens from Commander-in-Chief to Mrs. Priest the childless missionary who has a group of silly daughters whooping around the oor of the pa- rade ground in front of her. It is months till the Gover- nor General shows up after all. She smiles at our antics. Clapping her hands girls my girls this is enough for today. Join hands we will sing O Canada and say the LordsPrayerbeforeyouleave for home. Voices rise to the roof as we honour our coun- try singing in high girl voices the prayer is more subdued. At the end we turn and shake hands with each other yelling in exuberance Good night Girl Guides To be continued ByDR.ANDRCORRIVEAU Here is yet another rea- son to get your flu shot extra protection is offered in this years flu vaccine The flu shot for most peo- ple will be quadrivalent meaning four types of flu strains will be included in the vaccine as opposed to three strains trivalent in previous years. This new quadrivalent vaccine will be available to those from six months up to 64 years of age. This year all seniors 65 years of age and older will have the opportunity to re- ceive the special adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine. In the past this vaccine was only offered to those elders liv- ing in long term care facili- ties. This vaccine yields the best immune response for seniors. Getting your flu shot is a smart way to not only reduce your chance of get- ting sick with influenza but also of passing the virus on to those who are at risk of getting a more serious illness. That includes in- fants seniors and people with chronic disease such as diabetes asthma or can- cer. Protecting yourself pro- tects others. The flu is a serious in- fectious disease. Regard- less of how healthy you are it is quite easy to catch and it can bring on serious symptoms causing you to be bedridden for days un- able to eat and have respi- ratory problems. For those with weakened immune systems it can mean hos- pitalization or even death due to complications. Some people have reser- vations about getting the flu shot for fear that it will cause more serious side ef- fects or even the flu itself. However the vaccine can- not cause the flu and side effects are rare with the most common side effect being a sore arm for a day or so. This pales in compari- son to the serious symptoms the flu brings on. There are other ways to help prevent the flu as well. These include washing your hands often in warm soapy water coughing and sneez- ing in your sleeve as op- posed to your hands and cleaning and disinfecting common areassurfaces frequently. If you do have the misfortune of catching the flu stay at home to pre- vent the spread of germs to others. Did you know the only portal of entry for germs from viruses such as the flu is the T-zone the mouth nose and eyes By avoid- ing touching these areas and by washing your hands frequently you could greatly reduce your chances of catching the flu. For more information on the flu and its symptoms visit the department of Health and Social Services website at A good resource for children to learn about hand washing etiquette to help stop the spread of germs has a number of fun re- sources designed to teach children about germs and proper hand washing. The Health and Social Services website lists the dates and times of flu clinics across the Northwest Ter- ritories. There is no charge for the flu shot in the NWT. Remember get the flu shot not the flu. Dr. Andr Corriveau is the Chief Public Health Officer in the Northwest Territories. Flu shot now has extra protection