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Oil industry outlines cleanup strategy for Arctic spill

Oil industry outlines cleanup strategy for Arctic spill | NWT News | Scoop.it
Creative and controversial response methods proposed to NEB review, but critics continue to have their doubts... The documents form part of the NEB’s Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, which is working to set new rules for the exploration of oil and gas in Canada’s Far North. For the oil industry, the Arctic offers an alluring new frontier, a place with the potential for major new finds. For the country, however, drilling in such a sensitive and iconic region has stirred up concern, particularly in the wake of the BP spill. And for critics, the industry’s bold cleanup plans give little cause for reassurance.

As they pursue wells in Beaufort Sea waters as deep as those of the Gulf of Mexico where the BP accident occurred, major energy companies have told the NEB that, in some ways, an Arctic spill could actually be easier to clean than an accident elsewhere. In its submission to the NEB’s review, for example, Chevron says “unique aspects of the Arctic environment … can work to the responders’ advantage.”
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$900,000 Helps pan-territorial francophone tourism strategy in the #NWT

CanNor's investment of almost $900,000 supported a multi-year pan-territorial francophone tourism strategy, business and marketing workshops for tourism operators, a tourism measurement strategy, a visual arts marketing plan, and a domestic marketing campaign. With additional contributions from project proponents, the Territorial government, and other investors, the projects have a total value of more than $1.1 million.
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Yellowknife radio station " Radio Taiga" changes owners

The CRTC announced Thursday that it has approved Société Radio Taiga’s acquisition of community radio station CIVR-FM Yellowknife from L’Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife.

Société Radio Taiga will get a new licence under the previous terms for the French-language, Type A community radio station, which will expire Aug. 31, 2013. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-368.htm
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#Green's May: Inuvik to Tuk #NWT highway a significant response to the climate change crisis

Elizabeth May has been an environmental activist for decades, but now that she is the first elected Green MP she plans to focus her limited powers on improving parliamentary democracy.

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May said she wants to take an educational approach to the climate change issue by raising awareness among her fellow MPs.

She chose to focus on what she called “climate change adaptation” spending when she criticized the federal budget, including $150 million to build a highway in the Northwest Territories.

“The only reason for that road is that the permafrost is melting and winterized roads don’t work anymore, so you’ve got to build an all-season road. That is a significant response to the climate change crisis but that’s not acknowledged in the budget,” said May.
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Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier’s politically charged paintings

Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier’s politically charged paintings | NWT News | Scoop.it
Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier’s politically charged paintings are thoughtfully showcased in Cathy Mattes’ Frontrunners

His 1974 mural for the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife, featured in this exhibition, deftly incorporates the flowing lines of his abstract idiom with crisp Northern icons. Buildings, wildlife, landscape and purity of line are melded in this work that acknowledges the diversity of contemporary life in the North — high-rise buildings, wild animals, traditional ways and the awesome power of nature are all part of everyday life.
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Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game starts in Yellowknife

Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game starts in Yellowknife | NWT News | Scoop.it
The game will start in Yellowknife. Every hour it will move to a new community, where the score will be carried forward and the game will continue. From Yellowknife it will travel to the west coast of Canada, then to Newfoundland before moving back west. All told, 27 communities representing all 10 provinces and 1 territory will be participating in this great game! The team with the highest score at the end of the day will receive 60% of the donations for their charity, while the other team will receive 40% of the donations for their charity.
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Arlene Hache's comment, June 11, 2011 9:25 AM
I am wondering if and how the Centre for Northern Families might get on the list of charities for this exciting event.
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G String Boogie: Los Flacos Locos #YZF #NWT for WAMP's 48 hour music video competition

Entry for WAMP's 48 hour music video competition Nick Walker & Samantha Hefford worked with the band Los Flacos Locos to complete this video in 48 hours!
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Bullocks Bistro «

Bullocks Bistro « | NWT News | Scoop.it
No confirmation that Will & Kate will stop by for some famous Great Slave Lake whitefish, but I chatted with owner Sam Bullock who told me an interesting story: back when he was 16 years old, he was assigned to take another 16 year old British kid on a fishing tour near Wool Bay. “He was just another guy my age,” Sam says. “We had a great time and shared a few fishing stories. I was introduced to him as Andrew, but I didn’t realize until after that he was a prince.”
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#YZF #NWT's "Up Here Business" Mag of Year - Masthead Online News

Yellowknife-based Up Here Business was named Magazine of the Year at the 57th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for business press journalism handed out at The Carlu in Toronto last night. The KRW awards, co-produced by the Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada, celebrate the best of B2B magazines.

"With a mission to be the trusted source of news, analysis, context and opinion for and about people doing business in the North, Up Here Business is provocative, trustworthy, and an indispensable resource for political and business leaders who wish to be challenged, informed and entertained about pan-Northern issues," reads a release from KRW.

Up Here Business also won Gold Awards in best regularly featured department or column and best feature article.
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Erebus & Terror - Pretty Big Storm - 2010 WAMP 48 hour music video contest #YZF #NWT

This was planned, shot and edited in 2 days for the WAMP 48 hour music video contest. Production by Andy Matthews, Kelsey MacDougall & Danielle Pontus.
Erebus & Terror is:
- Steve Whittaker (Lead Vocals & Guitar)
- Travis Mercredi (Lead Guitar)
- Brendan Callas (Keyboards)
- Dave Whittaker (Bass)
- Walter Girrior (Drums)
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The Wildcat Cafe: rebirth 2011 #YZF #NWT

The Wildcat Cafe: rebirth 2011 #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Wildcat has been recognized across Canada as a great place to eat and meet northerners. The Old Stope returned control of the Wildcat back to the City of Yellowknife in 1992, when it was designated an official Heritage Site, and since then several different management teams have run the cafe. In 2011, the City decided that it was time to completely renovate the log building, which had settled far into the ground and was leaning precariously in several directions at once. Rick Muyres of Norman Wells, the premier log buildier in the NWT, was hired to dismantle and then rebuild the Wildcat over the summer. With the help of Yellowknifers Andrew Spauling and Anthony Foliot, the building has now been completely taken apart, the pieces catalogued and numbered and made ready for reassembly.

The following photos show the painstaking dis-assembly process, which started on May 11. By June 4, the building was gone. Stay tuned to see how it all goes back together.
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Inuvialuit artifacts from Kuukpak #NWT - Publications - Researchers - PWNHC

Inuvialuit artifacts from Kuukpak #NWT - Publications - Researchers - PWNHC | NWT News | Scoop.it
Inuvialuit artifacts from Kuukpak, a 500 year old village near the mouth of the Mackenzie River, Northwest Territories, Canada. Based on research by Charles Arnold; edited by Myrna Pokiak; translated by Beverly Amos
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SpectacularTourism Videos | Spectacular Northwest Territories #NWT

SpectacularTourism Videos | Spectacular Northwest Territories #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
Aurora; Attractions; Fishing; Adventure; Yellowknife & Our National Parks
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Bison, black flies and more in #YZF #NWT! « Northern Biodiversity Program

Bison, black flies and more in #YZF #NWT! « Northern Biodiversity Program | NWT News | Scoop.it
Image: Black fly larvae on a submerged birch log taken from Cameron Falls, Yellowknife, NWT

After a morning of sampling in several rivers, tributaries, and streams west of town this morning, our team spent the afternoon with local residents at the Yellowknife Heritage Museum…more on this fun event to follow in another blog post!
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Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 10th 2011 #YZF #NWT

Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 10th 2011 #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
* Dettah decides. Sanspariel challenges Sangris for chief
* Skills Canada NWT contestants strike gold, silver and bronze. Hard work and dedication pay off for Northern youth in trades
* No midwife? Call a doula. Woman notices increase in business after midwifery suspension
* Catholic students help homeless. St. Pat's pupils hand out 'We Care' backpacks to those in need

OPINION
* Feds police themselves but fine us. Giant Mine cleanup needs independent oversight
* Pigs at Yk River.
ENTERTAINMENT
* Evolving together as artists. Yk photographer and Behchoko artist hold joint show
* Taking new directions. COSY kicks back with different musical styles for concert

SPORTS
* A new type of running. Racquet Club brings ChiRunning instructor to Yellowknife for workshop
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The Shack by The Dawgwoods Third Place WAMP 48 Hour Music Video Competition 2011

This was for the WAMP 48 Hour Music Video Competition 2011. Specials Spanks to: Leonard Grant, Becky Davis aka Lily Mae, Travis Mercredi, Peter Cullin, Snow King, Mary Caroline, Batiste Soisey, Wade Carpenter, Corrine DeRetentigny, Gille Anyot, Kim & Myles Moreside, Marc Andre & Vicky, Leisure Cafe, Sunline Convenience Store, WAMP, and the ARCC.
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NWT Council for Persons with Disabilities director steps down

[excerpt] The executive director of the NWT Council for Persons with Disabilities has stepped down for medical reasons, according to the person replacing her in the interim.

Michelle Gillis stepped down May 31, the day after the organization cancelled its popular celebrity auction, which was revamped this year as the Mad Hatter Spring Gala and Auction.

Acting executive director Adam Spears, who formerly served as the organization's information referral and support officer, said Gillis's departure was not related to the cancellation of the event.

The Spring Gala and Auction was scheduled to take place at the Ed Jeske Arena on June 3 to wrap up Disability Awareness Week, but was cancelled last week due to poor ticket sales and very few donations.

"As we got closer to the date, the ticket sales fell far below our expectations and we were basically forced to cancel the event because we would have lost money," said Don Gillis, chair of the board of directors.

Due to steadily declining revenue year after year, the organization announced last fall that the 31st annual celebrity auction would be moved from the usual mid-November date, to avoid the Christmas rush of other charity events organized around the same time.
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On the CBC schedule this winter is the drama Arctic Air, about renegade bush pilots in Yellowknife,

On the CBC schedule this winter is the drama Arctic Air, about renegade bush pilots in Yellowknife, | NWT News | Scoop.it
CBC Television’s fall lineup features music competition 'Cover Me Canada,' historical drama series 'Camelot' and a brainy sitcom, 'Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays'...
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Brakes on: Priscilla's Revenge #YZF #NWT 2nd place winner of WAMP's 48 hour music video competition

2nd place winner of WAMP's 48 hour music video competition. Joel Maillet, Rachelle Francoeur worked with Priscilla's Revenge to create this video for the competition.
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TAKE THAT: EREBUS & TERROR #YZF #NWT 1st Place winner for WAMP's 48 hour music video competition

1st Place winner for WAMP's 48 hour music video competition Riel Stevenson-Burke & Ashley Green worked with the band Erebus & Terror to complete this video in 48 hours!
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#NWT #Alaska & #Nunavut AURORA ALERT: Biggest Solar Flare in Years Erupts, to Blow Earth's Magnetic Field

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for Auroras or Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern lights, which are created as a result of some natural mechanism between solar wind, ions flow, Earth's magnetic field and collisions between ions and atmospheric atoms and molecules that cause energy releases in the form of colorful lights. The aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and aurora australis (Southern Lights) will likely be visible in the late hours of June 8 or 9.

The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks predicts higher auroral activity tonight. It would be visible overhead from Barrow to Bethel, Dillingham and Ketchikan, and visible low on the horizon from King Salmon, and visible on the northern horizon on a line from Portland Ore, southern Nebraska, southern Indiana, to Washington, DC.

For the Northern Hemisphere, the aurora should be visible mainly in North America, since the sun is illuminating most of the auroral zone in Russia and Scandinavia. If the timing is right, the disturbance will lead to auroras visible from the Northern US on Wednesday night, the institute predicted.

For Thursday, the institute predicts higher auroral activity that would be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles. The visibility might be low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax.

For Friday, the institute expects moderate auroral activity that would be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin, and Igaluit to as far south as Whitehorse, Ft. McMurray, James Bay. The visibility might be low on the horizon as far south as Prince Rupert, Calgary, Minot, Bemidji, Stevens Point, Traverse City and Quebec City, Canada.
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Opal's Left Lung - 2011 WAMP 3rd Annual 48 Hour Music Video Contest People's Choice Award Winner #YZF #NWT

***2011 WAMP 3rd Annual 48 Hour Music Video Contest People's Choice Award Winner***

Opal's Left Lung is a song that lived as an air guitar song for nine year and finally because a musical reality on Friday, June 3rd, 2011. It comes from the mind of Jessica, and the music was done by Paul. Jean did the video recording and editing.

Lyrics - Jessica
Music - Paul
Video - Jean
Internet connection that actually works on a day to day basis - Jason
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Toleration - Bison Ogon: 2011 WAMP 48 Hour Music video competition #YZF #NWT

Music by Bison Ogon http://soundcloud.com/bison-ogon Made in 48 hours in Yellowknife, NT! The video explores the journey of the creative process. The symbolism of the mummy-wrap and the bathtub is related to the focus/zone/potential constraints involved in creating. A vision, a timeline, an outline (48 hrs to shoot a music video perhaps!).... all sorts of ideas and visions flow through this 'box'.

The artist sings to a woman, "you're a demi-god" ... .... "do what you want".

"Woman, you can't take this!" reflects the songs' title 'Toleration'.... can his lover 'tolerate' him? The truth of who he is? ... (he sure hopes so).... :P

The madness of the mind reveals a mixture of inspiration & distraction, connection, truth, sensuality, struggle, darkness.... It is all flowing through in the process of creating, reflecting the artists own truth back to him. What do we see when we look within, and how does this impact the creative process?

Shout outs to Jamie, Paul, Nigit'sil, Brandon & Jenn for the video footage, still fotos, creativity, mad editing skillz and all round RADNESS.

Made for the WAMP 48 Hour Music video competition with Jenn, Paul and Nigitstil
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Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 8th 2011 #YZF #NWT

Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 8th 2011 #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
* Yellowknife's road to filtered water. Development of a gravel access road will begin this summer as the first step toward a new water treatment plant
* Revamped budget draws mixed reviews. Business chamber lauds $1,000 hiring credit, lower corporate tax; labour boss worries about cuts
* Son guilty of making death threats to cabbie. Victim the same man attacked with tire iron by father last year
* Disabilities council director steps down. Departure due to medical reasons says temporary replacement

OPINION
* A doggone shame. Pet feces is making city trails unbearable
* On with the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
* Race against the clock. Filmmakers and musicians team up for the 48-hour music video competition
SPORTS
* The tournaments have returned. Petersen and Auger Open kicks off competitive season at golf club
BUSINESS
* Waiting for the box store. Mass anticipation of The Brick may have affected furniture sales statistics
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Married to the outdoors  - Wife's suggestion leads couple on Ulukhaktok #NWT musk ox adventure

Married to the outdoors  - Wife's suggestion leads couple on Ulukhaktok #NWT musk ox adventure | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] Ross Wallingford had done a lot of big-game hunting, but he'd never really considered a musk ox hunt.

Until his wife suggested one, that is.

"A lot of the adventures we've gone on are things Karol wanted to do," Ross said. "And we've always had a great time doing them."

From a polar bear photo safari in Manitoba to two plains-game hunting safaris in Africa, Ross and Karol have shared wildlife-related experiences in all four hemispheres. "Whatever it's been, we've always had a great time," Ross said.

Their latest journey began when Karol watched some television shows that featured musk oxen. "I thought they were interesting creatures," she said. "They're amazing because they live in really harsh conditions and they get really big despite eating really poor forage."

Karol wanted a musk ox for the trophy room
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