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#YZF #NWT Exhibit gives a birds-eye view: Photography show features a unique perspective on landscape

#YZF #NWT Exhibit gives a birds-eye view: Photography show features a unique perspective on landscape | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] The photography exhibit Airborne Abstracts was presented by Jeroen Slagter and Brent Reaney and is a series of aerial photographs taken out the window of a Cessna airplane over the course of a year.

The exhibition took place at the Smokehouse Cafe was attended by 100 to 200 people according to photographer Reaney.

"I think people really were sort of impressed by the colours and shapes," said Reaney. "People have seen some of stuff before but not from this perspective."

Reaney was inspired to create the project when travelling to the city on one of his first trips.

"It seems like a lot of people have the same experience when you're coming in or out of Yellowknife," said Reaney. "Looking out of the window of the plane the first time is spectacular but even every time I go I see something down on the ground, whether its a shape in the ice or a rock or colours of the trees a certain time of year, break up freeze there all really interesting."

Reaney's partner in the project, Slagter, is a pilot and dubbed by the photographer as the director of "flightography." Slagter picked out routes on the trips.
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Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 29th 2011 #YZF #NWT

Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 29th 2011 #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
* A wind-wind situation. Giant Mine area looked at as possible home for wind farm
* Robertson Headframe in limbo. Preserving landmark slips from city agenda despite potential Con energy
partnership
* Yellowknifers head to the fair. Travelling carnival day late getting to city after being delayed by forest fire
* Less money upfront for Niven land. Councillors support local improvement charge for lots in Phase VII
OPINION
* A costly attitude. 'Not in my backyard' approach to new development is hampering Yellowknife housing
* Attack of the great horned owl.
ENTERTAINMENT
* Exhibit gives birds-eye view. Photography show features a unique perspective on landscapes
SPORTS
* Tennis season renewed in town. Tournament season kicks off at Yk Tennis Club
BUSINESS
* 'Voice of Yellowknife business' turns 65. Yk Chamber of Commerce going strong after decades of community contributions
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Canadian Zinc Corporation: Environmental Assessment Hearings in Nahanni Butte and Fort Simpson #NWT Completed

Canadian Zinc Corporation: Environmental Assessment Hearings in Nahanni Butte and Fort Simpson #NWT Completed | NWT News | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Jun 28, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Canadian Zinc Corporation /quotes/zigman/18996 CA:CZN +4.23% reports that the recent Hearings, as part of the current Environmental Assessment EA0809-002 of the Company's Prairie Creek Mine, conducted by the Mackenzie Valley Review Board (the "MVRB"), have been completed.

The Hearings were held June 22-24, 2011 in both Nahanni Butte and Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, at which the Company's proposals for the development and operation of the Prairie Creek Mine were presented and explained to the local communities. Various Technical Reports and recommendations, previously submitted by various government departments and other registered parties, were also reviewed and discussed.
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#YZF #NWT born Slam poet Shane Koyczan attending Festival of Words

#YZF #NWT born Slam poet Shane Koyczan attending Festival of Words | NWT News | Scoop.it
Spoken word virtuoso Shane Koyczan will be the Saskatchewan Festival of Words Saturday night concert performer.

Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, he featured on BRAVO television, and NPR, BBC, CBC, and ABC (Australia) radio.

Now audiences at the Festival of Words will get a chance to hear Koyczan and his touring band, the Short Story Long, at 8:30 p.m. at the Mae Wilson theatre.

The event is sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw with tickets available through the festival office or at the door.

Koyczan, who was born in Yellowknife but moved to Penticton, B.C, in his teens, was commissioned by the Canadian Tourism Commission to write a poem for Canada in 2007.

For more information, see http://www.festivalofwords.com
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Koreans Eye #NWT's Mackenzie Valley Gas: planning icebreaking tankers.

Koreans Eye #NWT's Mackenzie Valley Gas: planning icebreaking tankers. | NWT News | Scoop.it
Short on fuels, their LNG tankers are ready to fetch BC gas. Will they spark a latent NWT gas boom, too?

Future LGN shipping point? Tuktoyaktuk, on the Arctic Ocean.

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Among the denim-clad crowd at the Inuvik Petroleum Show, two well-dressed Koreans stand out like sore thumbs. Curious, I sit down with them at lunch.

"We're from Kogas," they say. "The Korea Gas Corporation." Why have they come here, to the Northwest Territories?

They go on to explain that South Korea lacks domestic oil, gas and coal reserves. It's a challenging situation for an industrialized country with a population of 50 million.

Kogas is the world's largest importer of liquified natural gas (LNG) which is produced by cooling the gas to minus 162 degrees celsius. This reduces the volume by a factor of 600, making long-range transport possible in purpose-built tankers.
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"This is all very interesting," I tell the two Koreans. "But if I were you, I'd be thinking about liquifying gas from the Mackenzie Delta and shipping it around Alaska and through the Bering Strait."

The Koreans look at each other and smile.

Global warming opens new passages

In December 2010, Kogas spent $30 million for a 20 per cent share of a gas discovery on the northern edge of the Mackenzie Delta. In January 2011, CEO Kangsoo Choo travelled to the Northwest Territories to scope out the coastal hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, on the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean, as the site for an LNG terminal.

By ship, South Korea is about the same distance from the Northwest Territories as it is from Qatar, and the sea-ice along the Alaskan coast is melting quickly. The thickest, hardest "multiyear" ice has already disappeared from that side of the Arctic Ocean, rendering it accessible to icebreakers throughout the year. Samsung Heavy Industries, a South Korean company which has already built more than 70 LNG tankers, is busy developing plans for LNG icebreakers.

None of this would even be considered if the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline were moving forward. But when the federal government approved the pipeline in March 2011, it ruled out subsidizing its construction.
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Vandalized Back Bay Cemetery #YZF #NWT Photos & video

Vandalized Back Bay Cemetery #YZF #NWT Photos & video | NWT News | Scoop.it
RT @jamestewart007: http://t.co/29DqD7h #YZF #cemetery #history #vandalism #video #photo #documentary #nwt #OldTown

This peaceful resting place is also now a popular snowmobile trail. At first glance, it appears that only weeds and mosquitoes are running rampant, but a closer inspection shows that crosses have been broken and smashed across the burial grounds.

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With no one, including the City of Yellowknife, to look after this heritage site, it is very quickly being overgrown and destroyed. Even the sign that once greeted visitors who came by boat across back back lays shattered on the ground.

Reply from the Mayor:

"The site cemetery was designated a heritage site in 1996. In the past Community Services did maintain the site and had an agreement with the Rotary Club to maintain it, over time they have backed out of the agreement. With that being said Community Services has scheduled maintenance starting after the Royal Visit and will look at signage and other mechanisms to deter snowmobile traffic and vandalism."

Mayor Gordon Van Tighem
City of Yellowknife
867-920-5693
www.yellowknife.ca
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Yellowknife #NWT's Vacancy Rate - You Have Got to Be Kidding Me

Yellowknife #NWT's Vacancy Rate - You Have Got to Be Kidding Me | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] This post is going to be quite snarky, but I can't help myself. I'm angry. For the life of me, I can't understand why Yellowknife's apartment vacancy rate is so low. And it's not that it's just low right now, it is ALWAYS low. As I was contemplating this fact this morning I thought to myself, "gee, it's too bad I've never actually compiled the vacancy rate in a table, that would be great for a blog post." and then a moment later..."hey waitaminute, I think I did that." And as it turns out, I did. I think I must have been pretty bored back in 2009. Anyway, here it is, with updated figures (all from CMHC/Statscan):
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Tourist in #Inuvik not dead, but medevaced & alive in #YZF #NWT

Tourist in #Inuvik not dead, but medevaced & alive in #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
A male tourist was medevaced to Yellowknife June 11 with minor injuries after a fight with two Inuvik residents at a campground.

Rumours flew around Inuvik last week that the tourist had died, but RCMP say that's not true. The male tourist's most severe injury was a minor bone fracture. As of June 16, the tourist was alive and recovering in the Yellowknife hospital.
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According to RCMP, two tourists and two local residents were hanging out around a campfire at the Happy Valley Campground, having a few drinks. An argument ensued and then a fight, which resulted in minor injuries to one of the tourists and the medevac to Yellowknife.

"We determined that due to the circumstances, it was a consensual fight. They were both consenting adults and we will not charge under those situations," Norris said. "This could have happened anywhere, but it happened at a campsite where visitors were camping."

Norris added the incident is not a cause for concern for public safety, but that people should be aware of their situation and who they are with.
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@NNSLOnline's "Opportunities North 2011" #NWT / #Nunavut is now online complete with live links!

@NNSLOnline's "Opportunities North 2011" #NWT / #Nunavut is now online complete with live links! | NWT News | Scoop.it
With live links to PDFs of these sections:
* Introduction
* Oil & Gas
* Mining
* Transportation
* Communications
* Power
* Construction
* Tourism
* Business Assistance
* Development Corporations
* Chambers of Commerce
* Trade Shows
* Manufacturing
* Retail Trade
* Wholesale Trade
* Arts
* Land Claims
* Commercial Fishing
* Fur
* Farming
* Forestry
* Population
* Workforce
* Education
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Northwest Territories Power Corporation president apologizes to Inuvik for blackouts

Inexperienced staff, miscommunication and a lack of back-up equipment reasons for power outages

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The CEO and president of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation apologized to town council for the five power outages Inuvik suffered at the end of 2010, during the committee of the whole meeting this week.

David Axford provided town council with a detailed report of the outages on Sept. 28, Oct. 8, Nov. 4, Nov. 16 and Dec. 23, which varied in length from an hour and a half to 13 hours. While the number of outages in 2010 ranked fewer than other years, the severity, length and number of total outages outranked other years.

"The length of outages were way out of the ballpark and totally unacceptable," Axford said. "There are a number of things we are implementing to deal with the process and we fully expect the number of outages to go down. We expect to never have a repeat of 2010. We should never repeat 2010 in terms of duration and that depends on us."

In 2010, customers in Inuvik went without power for a total of 24 hours between September and December. From 2003 to 2009, the town had usually less than five hours of outages per year, and not more than 10.

NTPC met with town council in early February and made a commitment to investigate the causes of the outages.

On June 20, Axford presented a detailed report on the causes for each outage and recommendations to ensure Inuvik can expect better electrical service, as well as the implementation plan for those improvements.

Inuvik is powered by two generation plants. K Plant has three natural gas reciprocating engines called Wartsilas. The EMD plant has four diesel reciprocating engines by EMD, Cummins and Caterpillar. Five feeders supply energy to Inuvik.
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Broadband UPGRADES for #NWT health, telemedicine & #GNWT internet services

Ethernet-based network spans 440,000 sparsely-populated square miles delivering health and government services...

[excerpt] Actelis, whose copper-over-Ethernet technology has typically been used to stretch enterprise networks, this week announced its technology is being used by a community network in Canada to deliver health, telemedicine and other critical services.

The deployment, covering a 440,000 square mile region in the Northwest Territories of Canada, covers more than 40,000 people in 33 communities linking to area schools, hospitals, governments and other public services. In a sense, the project is similar to many stimulus-funded, community-based broadband projects here in the U.S.

The overall network is based on a mix of fiber, satellite and copper plant, with the Actelis gear providing affordable last-mile services from 56 kb/s up to 10 mb/s, Mark McCallum, senior network analyst at Northwest Territories Government told Connected Planet. “Each community [has] a head end which connects to the [local] telecom provider. Other departments and government buildings then connect to the head end through copper loops which we run the Actelis gear on,” he said. “With the Actelis gear we are now able to provide much faster speeds...[while] reducing the number of servers and other associated costs.”

Communities use the network to access critical services like access to telemedicine, distance learning and other applications, McCallum said. Access to such services over a high-speed network is crucial in such regions, cutting down the geographic distances that make it difficult to reach remote regions. [...]
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Help for #YZF #NWT youth entering the workforce at SideDoor Youth Centre

Help for #YZF #NWT youth entering the workforce at SideDoor Youth Centre | NWT News | Scoop.it
SideDoor Youth Centre program co-ordinator Todd Sasaki, seen in the centre's "living room" on Friday, is currently leading the community centre's Map Project, which is designed to give young people tools and skills to enter the job force. - Thandiwe Vela/NNSL photo

[excerpt] Through a pilot project launched last year in three cities across Canada including here in Yellowknife, through SideDoor Youth Services, some young people are being introduced to the workforce for the first time.

The My Action Plan, or MAP program, has registered more than 100 youth to date in Yellowknife and engaged about 50 in some kind of assistance getting vital documents including birth certificates, health cards, and social insurance numbers, and working with them toward part-time or summer employment.

"You can get a job but you're not going to get a paycheque without a SIN card," SideDoor program co-ordinator Todd Sasaki said. "You need certain vital documents to access vital services."

The MAP program caters to youth across socio-economic backgrounds, Sasaki said, helping them write resumes, cover letters, and get the documentation they need to join the workforce, though participants need varying degrees of assistance. Applying for a job can be an intimidating experience for young people who are homeless, not in school, have poor literacy skills, no support system, or dealing with other social issues, Sasaki said.

"When your basic needs of food, shelter, and support are not being met, it's difficult to strive in terms of employment and academics," he said.

While SideDoor's MAP project is working with a budget of just $45,000, the Government of Canada increased the budget for the Canada Summer Jobs program this year by $10 million, bringing the total budget to $107.5 million from $97.5 million nationally, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada spokesperson Anna Maddison said.
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Centre for Northern Families faces $172K debt - #YZF #NWT

Centre for Northern Families faces $172K debt - #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Centre for Northern Families has an uncertain future, as the Yellowknife shelter faces a looming deficit of $172,000.
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Preserving #YZF #NWT's Con Mine Robertson Headframe remains in limbo

Preserving #YZF #NWT's Con Mine Robertson Headframe remains in limbo | NWT News | Scoop.it
The fate of Yellowknife's iconic Robertson Headframe is in the air as it's no longer part of the city's proposed district energy system, and no other ideas for it, so far, have proved feasible. - Ian Vaydik/NNSL photo

[excerpt]

Saving the Robertson Headframe is no longer part of the plan to develop a district energy system for downtown Yellowknife, but the $60-million project may be the last, best hope for saving the landmark from the wrecking ball.

Mayor Gord Van Tighem expects an answer in November from Corix Utilities, a potential private partner, on the proposed Con Mine district energy project, just as the latest deadline extension for a decision on the future of the headframe expires.

Once seemingly joined at the hip, the heating project and the headframe are now "separate issues," Van Tighem said on June 22.

Based on successful conversions of other industrial buildings, the options were daunting: $20 million for a geothermal plant and indoor gardens, $20 million for a glassed-in lookout on the rooftop, $40 million for a science and technology park, $50 million to build condos in the tower, $100 million to convert it into a luxury hotel.

Even the bargain basement proposals were beyond the means of groups that pressed the city to preserve the Robertson Headframe: $1 million to cover the south wall with solar energy panels, $3 million to install a climbing wall, $5 million for a restaurant with stunning view of Yellowknife.

The fate of the tallest structure in the North has been in limbo since January 2009, the deadline Miramar Con Mine gave the city to come up with at least $250,000 to mothball the building that may cost twice that amount to knock down.
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Both De Beers and BHP Billiton have expansion plans in the #NWT

Both De Beers and BHP Billiton have expansion plans in the #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
And diamond mines are back in the news. Both De Beers and BHP Billiton have expansion plans in the Northwest Territories. The former plans to proceed with its Gahcho Kue site. The latter has an open pit project saddled with the rather ominous name Misery at its Ekati mine.
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NASA - Fires in Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada

NASA - Fires in Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada | NWT News | Scoop.it
Fires in Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada

Fires continue to burn in Canada's Northwest Territories, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Great Slave Lake is the large lake seen (top) in this satellite image. It's located in the Northwest Territories, which lies north of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Several fires continue to plague the residents near the Great Slave Lake.

The province directly south of the large lake is Alberta. Crossing the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories are Caribou National Wildland and Wood National Buffalo Park. The lake that extends from extreme northeastern Alberta into northwestern Saskatechewan is Lake Athabasca. The fires (indicated by areas of red) that the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument picked up appear to be burning near the Colin Cornwall National Wildland that borders both provinces on June 24, 2011 at 20:35 UTC (4:35 p.m. EDT). MODIS is an instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

Natural Resources from Environment Canada reported that fire bans are widespread in Alberta. and Smoke from the Alberta fires continues to blow into the Northwest Territories in the Fort Smith and Hay River Districts and the North Slave Region.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
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The Fraser Institute: #Quebec Seen as Worst for Investing in Petroleum Exploration & Development just ahead of #NWT

The Fraser Institute: #Quebec Seen as Worst for Investing in Petroleum Exploration & Development just ahead of #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
[excerpt] MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 27, 2011) - Quebec is viewed as one of the worst locations in Canada for investing in oil and natural gas exploration and development, according to the Global Petroleum Survey 2011, released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

Among Canadian provinces and territories, Quebec was ranked ahead of only the Northwest Territories. Globally, the province ranked 92nd out of 136 jurisdictions, with a score similar to Tanzania, China, Egypt, and some of the Argentine provinces. In the 2010 survey, Quebec ranked 77th out of 133 jurisdictions.
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NWT faces affirmative action legal battle | APTN National News

NWT faces affirmative action legal battle | APTN National News | NWT News | Scoop.it
When it comes to work, affirmative action is supposed to level the playing field.

Not everyone agrees, however.

One man has launched a legal battle with the government of the Northwest Territories over the issue.
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3rd annual #YZF #NWT Beer Barge Bash YouTube

The third annual beer barge bash in Yellowknife Northwest Territories was another great success. Starting out as a one off event to celebrate the 75th annive...
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A confluence of artists & musicians: Open Sky Festival enters 11th year in Fort Simpson #NWT

A desire to increase youth participation is behind one of the primary components of this year's Open Sky Festival. http://www.openskyfestival.ca/

The first event in the line-up for the 11th annual festival in Fort Simpson is a week-long interactive build with artist Steve DeBruyn. Based in London, Ont., DeBruyn specializes in creating sculptural installations inspired by skateboard obstacles.

"I've never seen anything quite like what he does," said Ryan Good, the Open Sky Creative Society's programming co-ordinator.

From June 25 to July 1 people are encouraged to come by the OSC Gallery located below the village's library and help DeBruyn build his installation that will be featured in the gallery during the festival. Some of DeBruyn's pieces are useable as skateboard obstacles although with the gallery's carpeted floor no one will be able to try them out on site, said Good. When the exhibit is finished, any useable pieces will be donated to the local skatepark, he said.
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As always, workshops and demonstrations by artists will form the majority of the festival. There is a mix of traditional and non-traditional artists offering workshops while the demonstrations are primarily by traditional artists. The demonstration subjects include beading, birch bark baskets and smoking moosehide.

The workshops, which will take place on July 2 and 3 from 1 to 5 p.m., include topics such as wire wrap jewelry, moosehair tufting and digital photography. http://mediamentor.ca
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Another multi-part workshop at the festival will focus on documentary filmmaking. Two members of Western Arctic Moving Pictures, a film co-operative from Yellowknife, http://www.wamp.ca/ will be teaching about the subject while videographing the festival.

A post-production workshop will be held later in the summer or fall to put all of the footage together.

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#YZF #NWT's Dawgwoods debut album

#YZF #NWT's Dawgwoods debut album | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Dawgwoods: Frank Snowbank Dawgwood (Regan Fielding), left, Pappy Dawgwood (Gary Vaillancourt), Lily Mae Dawgwood (Becky Davis), K-Dawg Dawgwood (Keith Shergold), Poisson Jaques Dawgwood (Mike Harrison), Otis Dawgwood (Chris Pyke) and Joe Snow Dawgwood (Ryan McCord) are holding a CD release party for their debut album at the Top Knight Pub on Saturday. - photo courtesy of Chris Pyke

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The group of seven musicians are holding a release party at the Top Knight Pub on Saturday night. The self-titled album features 16 songs, from old favourites to recently-written tunes.

"It's a big deal for us," said Lily Mae Dawgwood (Becky Davis) of the group. "We've been working hard on it and we just wanted something to have in 40 years time when we're hopefully grandparents or great-grandparents we can say, 'Hey kids, we were in a band once."

The group worked with sound designer Travis Mercredi recording the tracks live off the floor in studio built in two of the band member's residence on Latham Island.

[...]

The party will take place at the Top Knight Pub on Saturday with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Black Knight Pub and through members of the group.

"We're excited it for people to hear it," said Davis. "I think some of the songs are catchy and people will enjoy them."

She said they worked with the sound designer to make sure the album represented the true sound of the Dawgwoods.
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A celebration of culture: Yellowknife French Association holds St. Jean Baptiste Day party

A celebration of culture: Yellowknife French Association holds St. Jean Baptiste Day party | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Yellowknife French Association are hosting a traditional holiday celebrated by many French Canadians over the country today in Yellowknife.

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The association is holding a party to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day at Fred Henne Territorial Park from 5 to 10 p.m.

"We're going to celebrate it here as well, not that much like the Quebecois, just as an occasion to do a Francophone celebration and get together," said Pascaline Greau, French association event co-ordinator.

"So this year we're going to do the same as last year which was a new style."

Greau said the licenced event is family-friendly and she encourages non-francophone residents to part take in the festivities as well.

"We're inviting everybody," said Greau.
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Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 24th 2011

Headlines for Yellowknifer for June 24th 2011 | NWT News | Scoop.it
* The gowns are ready to go at Sir John. Sir John Franklin High school grad, 1920s Hollywood theme
* Beaulieu to council candidates: know your role. Traditional values, settling land claims, social issues hot topics at Dettah forum
* Carver fined $500 for narwhal tusk. Yk artist says he didn't know he needed a licence for possession
* Pink propane truck rolls into town. Superior Propane uses percentage of vehicle's profits to fight cancer
* Well-known geologist 'loved the North most of all'. Douglas Bryan remembered for his accuracy and hard work
OPINION
* Hot monopoly. City finds potential financial backer for district energy but who's going to be the watchdog?
* Anarchy or something like it.
ENTERTAINMENT
* Dawgwoods debut new album. Old Town musicians to hold release party at Top Knight
SPORTS
* Spikes and digs in the sand. First beach volleyball champions of 2011 crowned at Aboriginal Day Tournament
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Canadian Environment Ministers to Meet in Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

Canadian Environment Ministers to Meet in Yellowknife #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) will meet in Yellowknife, NWT on June 28, 2011 to discuss a range of issues including water, air quality and measures to reduce packaging.

The Council is made up of environment ministers from each of the provinces, territories and the Government of Canada. The current president of CCME, Hon. J. Michael Miltenberger, Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, will chair the meeting, which will be held at the Explorer Hotel (Katimavik rooms A&B), 4825 49th Avenue, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

There will be a photo opportunity for members of the media at 10:30 am, MDT. At the close of the meeting the Council will issue a communiqué and hold a news conference on Tuesday June 28, 4:00 pm MDT (6:00 pm EDT).

Reporters outside of Yellowknife can join the news conference via conference call. To register for the teleconference, please contact Judy McLinton by e-mail (judy_mclinton@gov.nt.ca). Please confirm your participation by noon EDT, June 28, 2011.

Further details on CCME are available at http://www.ccme.ca.

(Également offert en francais)

CCME Secretariat
Michael Goeres
Executive Director
(204) 948-2172
mgoeres@ccme.ca
www.ccme.ca
NWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Judy McLinton
Manager of Public Affairs and Communications
(867) 873-7379
judy_mclinton@gov.nt.ca
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#YZF #NWT's Route 51 Learning Institute students in Edmonton

[excerpt] SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Eight students from the Route 51 Learning Institute were in Edmonton earlier this year where they toured several university and college campuses, and learning about life in the big city.

Route 51 teacher Joyce Whiteford said it's important for young Northerners to be equipped to deal with the challenges of living in a larger city like Edmonton. She told trustees during a Yk Education District No. 1 school board meeting on June 14 that the four-day trip at the end of March provided the students with that opportunity.

"They got a chance to see college campuses with populations the size of Yellowknife in them, and they got the chance to use public transportation and get a taste of what living in a bigger place would be like," she said.

The institute is for Northern students from ages 16-21 who want to continue their high school education through Alberta long distance learning courses online.

The trip, which cost approximately $12,000, was financially supported by Department of Health and Social Services intervention funding, and the Yellowknife Rotary Club. Yellowknifer couldn't verify the proportion of funding offered between the department and the Rotary Club at press time.

The students visited the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and Marvel Hair School, and learned about city life such as using the light rail transit system. Several of the students returned home with plans for their future careers, said Whiteford.

"We (Route 51) want to give students who want to pursue an education in the south more opportunities for success," she said.
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