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Wednesday November 11 2015 7 ENVIRONMENT WILDLIFE Campaign Contest Rules 1. Entries will consist of writing your name and phone number on the back of a receipt from local participating retailers in the amount of 30.00 or more and placing this in a designated ballot box. 2. Ballot boxes will be placed at participating retailers and emptied weekly for the draw. 3. There will be five weekly draws with the first draw on November 18 for prizes donated by local businesses. 4. The grand prize of two tickets to Edmonton will be drawn from all of the weekly entries on December 23. 5. Winners will be notified by phone and prize winners will be posted on Facebook. 6. Chamber Executive members are not eligible for prizes. Thank you to the following businesses for their kind donation of prizes for the Shop Local Campaign Thebacha Chamber of Commerce Northern Stores Kaesers Stores TDC Shear FunStreet Treats Northwestern Air Lease Bank of Montreal Wallys Drugs Hobart and Mum Please remember that each purchase from a local business provides employment for residents as well as offering services for residents and visitors alike. On November 23 2015 ELECT LOUIS SEBERT MLA Thebacha Authorized by Patti Haaima Official Agent for Louis Sebert 867 872-0908 Contact Information Website Email Phone 867 872-2199 Office Cell 867 688-7703 Campaign Headquarters McDougal Center Record of Community Service Town Councillor for 14 years and Deputy Mayor for six years Past President of Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce Practising lawyer in Fort Smith for 31 years and Treasurer of the NWT Law Society for two years Served on the Board of Directors of NWT Power Corp. for seven years Instructor at Aurora College for 30 years Served as a NWT Human Rights Adjudicator for the past three years Supporter of Amnesty International for 25 years Member and later Chair of the Legal Services Board of the NWT from 2009 to 2015 Former member of the Fort Smith District Education Authority I look forward to bringing this experience to benefit this community in the Legislature of the NWT. Thank you for your support. By DALI CARMICHAEL In an effort to collaborate on management responsibilities regarding the Bluenose East caribou herd the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board SRRB and the Wekeezhi Renew- able Resources Board WRRB have signed a memorandum of understanding MOU. Signed Oct. 27 the MOU also allows the two boards to establish a framework where each party is able to exercise its respective jurisdiction over wildlife management mea- sures including total allowable harvest and allocation of that harvest for the herd. The agreement comes following an ENR population survey conducted over the sum- mer showing declines in the herd. In 2013 there were an estimated 68000 animals. Following the study estimates are 35000 to 40000 caribou. Data also indicates the number of breeding cows - often used by scientists as a measure of herd growth potential - has dropped by 50 per cent from 34000 in 2013 to 17000 in 2015. With the MOU in place the SRRB and WRRB expect to have a management proposal for the herd from the territorial government before the end of December. Everything sort of hinges on that man- agement proposal said Jody Pellissey executive director for the WRRB. Were waiting for that to come before we get down to the actual logistics and planning and how things will proceed from there. This was just a part of pre-planning and trying to be as strategically ahead of the game as possible. The document outlines that both boards will conduct their own proceedings - includ- ing public hearings in each region - however a cooperative framework will increase the effectiveness of those proceedings by mini- mizing the duplication of processes and in- creasing consistency between the two boards. Representatives from each board are ex- pected to attend the others hearings to en- sure the same information is heard and evi- dence is witnessed by both sides. The Sahtu Dene and Mtis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement - which the SRRB is beholden to - as well as the Tlicho Land Claim and Self-Government Agreement - and in turn the WRRB - state that the two boards must hold a public hearing when the board considers establishing a Total Allow Harvest TAH for a wildlife population that has not had a TAH within the past two years. Almost a year ago in November 2014 the Taking Care of Caribou the Cape Bathurst Bluenose West and Bluenose East Barren- groundCaribouHerdsManagementPlanwas submittedtogovernmentsforimplementation. Action plans for the three herds are cur- rently being developed by government with the intent to submit to governments by the end of March 2016. The Journal reached out to the SRRB for comment but did not receive a response before deadline. Sahtu Wekeezhii renewable resources board sign MOU over Bluenose East caribou herd The Sahtu and Wekeezhii renewable resources boards await a caribou management plan to act on their newly signed memorandum of understanding. PhotoscourtesyofENR