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Portrait of a survivor AlbertaMLAMariaFitzpatrick was surprised when her tale of surviving domestic abuse went viral and brought her colleagues to their feet. See page 6. Not quite the Paris column you were expecting T h e N o r t h e r n F a r m Training Institute has a nifty perspective on youth engagement and naturally it is all about the soil. See page 15. HOLD YOUR HORSES Wildrose says the NDP rushed a new farmranch safety law. See page 14. You better watch out you better not cry The Jolly Old Elf made a day- trip down from the North Pole to delight the masses in Yellowknife on Saturday. See page 11. Aboriginal leaders rectify leg-itimate beef with Alberta Representatives of the Aboriginal caucus of CEMA hadamoreproductivemeeting withtheenvironmentminister the second time around. See page 7. V IS IT W W W .N O R J.C A A national award winning independent newspaper serving northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1977 1.00 November 25 2015 Vol. 39 No. 30 PhotoBarbCameron My three-year-old son Charlie is climbing on this stretched moosehide Barb Cameron writes. The 2016 CPAWS Love the Land calendar is here. See page 8. Incumbents decimated in NWT election By CRAIG GILBERT and DALI CARMICHAEL Voters from Nahendeh to Nunak- put chose change Monday ousting incumbent MLAs across the North- west Territories. As late as 10 p.m. two hours after thepollsclosedracesthroughoutthe NWTwerewithinahandfulofvotes ortiedoutright.ElectiondayNov.23 wasthisweekspressdeadlineandall results quoted are unofcial. JackieJacobsonNunakputincum- bent and Speaker of the House dur- ingthe17thAssemblylosthisseatby justfourvotestoHerbertNakimayak 229 to 224. Nakimayak is a manager atanIqaluit-basedpropertycompany with experience with Parks Canada andtheNorthwestTerritoriesPower Corporation. Just to the south Inuvik ridings proved loyal returning incumbents Alfred Moses in Inuvik-Boot Lake andRobertC.McLeodinInuvik-Twin LakesasdidMackenzieDeltawhere Frederick Blake Jr. retained his seat. ShaneThompsonwhosaidhewas applyingforajobmorethanrunning for a seat in a seven-way race got the nodinNahendehrunningawaywith the riding represented by Kevin Me- nicoche since 2003. Surviving a whirlwind of contro- versy at the outset of the campaign whenhespentaweekinjailforcharges ofassaultagainsthisspouseandwas suspended from the legislative as- semblyDehChoincumbentMichael Nadli held on to his seat just besting hisclosestcompetitorRonaldBonne- trouge with 190 votes to 172. Newcomer and business owner DanielMarkMcNeelytooktheSahtu ridingjustscrapingpastYvonneDoo- littlewith239votes.McNeelysaidhis experienceasabusinessownermade him a strong candidate. Both five-term incumbent Jane Groenewegen and Robert Bouchard were defeated handily by new Hay River South MLA-elect Wally Schumann and Hay River North MLA-elect Rocky Simpson in what weretwooftherstraces to become clear enough to call but far from the last to see veterans fall. Fort Smith lawyer and former deputy mayor Louis Sebert de- feated ve-term titan incumbent Michael Miltenberger who spent the last 14 years in cabinet most recently as minister of nance and the environment. Sebertwhonishedwith401votes to Miltenbergers 363 said Monday night the desire for political change expressed at the municipal and fed- eral levels on Oct. 19 had taken hold at the territorial level as well. Sebert said he was never sure of winning. He has not thought ahead to being named to cabinet. I felt no matter which candidate won Fort Smith was going to be well-represented. In Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh incumbent and cabinet member Tom Beaulieu swept up the votes winning with 410 votes to Richard Edjericons 177. YellowknifeSouthincumbent and Premier Bob McLeod held his seat handily defeating Nigitstil Nor- bert a Gwichya Gwichin from Tsi- igehtchic who told the Journal she ranprimarilyasanactofindigenous resistance. McLeodsaidbeforetheelectionhe has unnished business after eight years in the legislature. InamuchtighterraceRangeLake MLA Daryl Dolynny fell to his only challenger Caroline Cochrane who toldtheJournalsheheardaboutcost of living on the doorstep. Yellowknife Centre meanwhile saw newcomer Julie Green unseat incumbentRobertHawkins491-400. InthebattleforYellowknifeNorth formercitycouncillorCoryVanthuyne came out on top in a ve-way race beating his former colleague Dan Wong by only 16 votes. Atightfour-wayraceinFrameLake endedwithAlternativesNorthcandi- dateKevinOReillywinningtheriding with just 156 votes trailed closely by JanFullertonwith141DavidWasylciw with 132 and Roy Erasmus with 117. HealthandSocialServicesMinister Glen Abernethy won back the Great Slaveridinginalandslideagainsthis onlyopponentChrisClarkeofcially enteringhisthirdtermintheassembly. Kieron Testarts decision to drop out of the running for Liberal candi- dateinthefederalelectionearlierthis year paid off it seems as he took the Kam Lake riding away from incum- bent and former minister of Justice and Industry Tourism and Invest- ment David Ramsay. Deputy premier Jackson Lafferty was acclaimed in Monfwi.