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Hidden Lake Canoe Trip Video - Yellowknife, #YZF #NWT

Memories from a fantastic 5 day canoe trip into Hidden Lake near Yellowknife, NWT. We caught tons of trout and pike, enjoyed the 24 hour sunlight, ate delicious food, and had an overall amazing wilderness experience!
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Former #NWT Corrections Officer @NNSLonline'r writes book about experiences

Former #NWT Corrections Officer @NNSLonline'r writes book about experiences | NWT News | Scoop.it
Former #NWT Corrections Officer @NNSLonline'r writes book about experiences
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I think the system is worse now than when I worked there.

"Inmates are getting to be an elite class of citizen. They get more benefits than many other citizens," he said, citing the arrival of swimming pools at prisons as a sign things have gone too far.

Those changes became increasingly apparent to Campbell, particularly after he transferred to the corrections system in the Northwest Territories, where he worked for four years.

His time there was what started him on the writing path, and he said he actually started writing his book many years ago but threw away an entire first draft after some negative experiences led him to depart corrections.

At the time, he had done some freelance photography and writing for Northern news Services, and that put the writing bug in him.
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Stay away from water bombers: #YZF #NWT pilot after close calls with boats full of people

While responding to a fire at the landfill last week, water bombers scooping water in Back Bay had some close calls with boats full of spectators, raising the question of who has the right of way.

Peter Arychuk, a pilot and former co-owner of Air Tindi, said generally, an non-motorized watercraft has the right of way over a motorized vehicle - boat or floatplane - because of the difference in manoeuvrability between the watercrafts. But in the case of an obvious emergency, like a fire, he said it's a little different.

"You have to be aware of your surroundings," he said. "When you see an ambulance coming down the road, you don't park cross-ways in the road. So why would you go out and pull out in the middle of Back Bay when there's water bombers fighting?"

Arychuk said boaters should know it's an emergency if water bombers are landing on Back Bay.

"They don't normally take off and land on Back Bay or East Bay - there's obviously an emergency around - so absolutely the water bombers, if they're working, they should get the right of way."

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In the changing North, the many faces of Yellowknife’s Canada Day parade

In the changing North, the many faces of Yellowknife’s Canada Day parade | NWT News | Scoop.it
Yellowknife celebrates its diversity in advance of the royal visit... [excerpt] Gloria Reyes had been preparing for this day for weeks.

It wasn’t nerves that fueled her determination – Ms. Reyes is something of a parade veteran and had seen Canada Day celebrations come and go since moving North nearly 40 years ago.

This year, however, was different.

There’d be no float in Friday’s Canada Day Parade for Ms. Reyes and fellow members of Yellowknife’s Philippine Cultural Association. They had chosen to avoid it, and the traditional trappings of the city event. Instead, amid the changing face of the region, they unveiled something new to the North – an ages-old Filipino indigenous cultural celebration, known as Ati-Atihan. To prepare, local Filipinos toiled over costumes, hand-making traditional gowns, using hot glue and brooms to make traditional hats and crafting artificial spears.

They debuted it at the parade, with its theme of “My Canada.”

“We wanted to show our culture, and be a proud Canadian as well,” says Ms. Reyes, 63. “Look at all these people. It’s fun. It’s great.”
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Attack of the great horned owl

Attack of the great horned owl | NWT News | Scoop.it
A great horned owl sits atop a tree at the now-defunct Ptarmigan gold mine. On Sunday, the same bird attack Ian Vaydik, the paper's photo coordinator. - Nicole Veerman/NNSL photo
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I was at the mine along with Ian Vaydik, the Yellowknifer's photo co-ordinator, on Sunday evening in hopes of taking pictures of old rusting mining equipment strewn about the site.

It was on the way to the old machinery shop that we first saw a great horned owl - the territory's most common owl - sitting atop a tree.

Having never seen one before, I quickly pulled out my camera to snap a few shots of the majestic predatory bird. It was clearly agitated, hooting and swooping from tree to tree, but I didn't think much of it and continued taking photos before entering the dilapidated skeleton of a building that was once part of the mine's infrastructure.

Looking up, we noticed dozens of birds flying around the rafters and figured there must be a number of nests hiding out of sight.

While discussing what to check out first, Ian stepped out onto a platform free from the cover of walls.

It was there, not even a minute later, that he was struck on the right side of his head by the talons of the silently swooping yellow-eyed beast. Dazed by the impact, Ian grabbed his head as I stood in disbelief with a gaping mouth, watching and listening to him say over and over again, "We just talked about this."

As the situation sank in, I looked at the side of his head and found blood seeping out of three small wounds, one on his jaw, one in his ear and another behind his ear. To show him the damage, I took a photo and placed the digital screen in front of his face. He said he felt like he had been struck with a powerful punch.
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#YZF #NWT's Giant Mine area possible home for wind farm

[excerpt] An area around Giant Mine is being eyed as a possible site for a wind farm.

Det'on Cho Earth Energy, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., the territorial government and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced Friday they have partnered to conduct a "green energy study" to look at the potential of harnessing wind energy for powering the Giant Mine Reclamation Project and Yellowknife.

A weather monitoring tower, donated by Diavik Diamond Mine, has already been installed near Giant Mine, which will collect information on wind speeds at various heights over the next few years. If the results look good, they will look at building a wind farm to power the Giant Mine clean up, and possibly Yellowknife as well.

"We are optimistic that the data collected will indicate that renewable energy from the wind can supplement the current energy requirements of Yellowknife," said Ric Bolivar, director of Det'on Cho Earth Energy in a press release.

If the results of the feasibility study promising and the project passes environmental review, the area could see from seven to 16 turbines, producing 12 to 14 megawatts of power per hour, reaching 50 metres into the sky. That much energy would be enough to cover half of Yellowknife's power needs, said Bolivar, citing statistics that show Yellowknife power usage peaks at around 25 megawatts per hour.

The turbines would come at a cost - roughly $120,000 each, including installation, according to Bolivar.

"They don't have to be put up all at once," said Bolivar. "We could put them up one or two at a time."

Bob McLeod, minister responsible for the Public Utilities Board, said he welcomes the idea of a wind farm.

"In the NWT we talk about quite a bit (about) the need to develop alternative renewable energy, because a lot of our communities rely on fossil fuels," said McLeod. "Partnerships like this ... is the way to go, to provide a greener future for the Northwest Territories."
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#NWT pro boxer struck, killed on Edmonton street

#NWT pro boxer struck, killed on Edmonton street | NWT News | Scoop.it
Alberta's boxing community is reeling after city-based professional fighter Jonathan Andre was struck and killed by a motorist on 118 Avenue.

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Andre, the 30-year-old former two-time Alberta amateur junior middle-weight champion, may have been on a training run when he was struck by a Honda Civic late Sunday.

His body was thrown nearly 50 metres from where he was hit near the intersection of 118 Avenue and 43 Street around 11:30 p.m.

"Everyone who knew and loved Jonathan is just totally devastated," said Adam Trupish, two-time Olympian and current Canadian Boxing Federation middleweight champion, who frequently sparred with Andre.

"He was a real nice guy and a very good fighter. Jonathan trained harder than anyone in the gym, so it wouldn't surprise me if it turns out he was out there doing his running. I used to run that same route five times a week myself."

Andre, a native of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., made his professional debut here last fall with a technical knockout of Calgary's Todd Fuller at the Edmonton Aviation Centre. He won his second pro outing with a unanimous decision over St. Albert's Jorge Ravanal Jr. at the Shaw Conference Centre in April.
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'A good old-fashioned staking rush' in the #NWT: Land above Thor Lake Project becomes the first disputed claim in recent mining recorder history

'A good old-fashioned staking rush' in the #NWT: Land above Thor Lake Project becomes the first disputed claim in recent mining recorder history | NWT News | Scoop.it
A claims map of the Blachford heavy rare earth property, 100 km southeast of Yellowknife. The claim called "Angela 4," submitted by Avalon site supervisor Randy O'Keefe is currently under dispute; mineral exploration company Solace Resources Corp., which has optioned "Blat 1," "Blat 2," and "Blat 4," hopes to develop a rare earths project overlapping O'Keefe's claim. - photo courtesy of Solace Resources Corp.

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As soon as the land – within 1,000 metres of Avalon's "pretty spectacular" rare earth deposits – opened up for staking, geologist Jody Dahrouge of Edmonton-based Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd. had his team and their prospecting partners at Vancouver-based Zimtu Capital Corp. stake the area, within the north-central part of the Blachford Lake Intrusive Complex, Dahrouge said.

Dahrouge and company staked three claims, totalling about 12 square km, located about 1,500 metres northwest of Avalon's Nechalacho rare earth element deposit.

When they arrived at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada mining recorder's office on Jan. 25 to submit their claim, they were surprised to find that stakers out of the Avalon camp had beat them to the punch, with a claim overlapping a large portion in the centre of the Dahrouge claims, already submitted by Avalon site supervisor Randy O'Keefe.

"Whenever there is valuable ground like that, claims overlap," Zimtu director Ryan Fletcher said. "It was an old-fashioned staking rush for a good piece of property."

According to the mining recorder records, O'Keefe's claim was submitted Jan. 14, but is still pending because Dahrouge has filed a protest to claim priority, arguing that the claim was not walked according to staking regulations.

Before a claim is valid, a company is required to walk the perimeter of their claim clockwise, placing corner posts at the boundaries, Dahrouge said, adding it is common practice in the North for companies to fly helicopters above their claims and drop corner posts, instead of walking the boundaries.

"It's a complicated situation and I don't envy anyone who has to make a decision," Dahrouge said. "But I know they'll do the right thing."
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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

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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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The Sun Always Shines On Yellowknife’s Midnight Tournament - Inside Golf

The Sun Always Shines On Yellowknife’s Midnight Tournament - Inside Golf | NWT News | Scoop.it
Players At The Yellowknife Golf Course Always Have A Good Lie No Matter Where Their Ball May End Up, As They Lug A Piece Of 'Grass' Around With Them To Set Their Ball Upon From Which To Play Every Shot - Photo Credit: Gord Montgomery

[excerpt] Trust me, this golf tournament isn’t for the faint of heart or for those looking for an easy round to boost their ego - but it is a 'must-do' for any player who likes a challenge.

Trust me, this golf tournament isn’t for the faint of heart or for those looking for an easy round to boost their ego - but it is a 'must-do' for any player who likes a challenge.

Undoubtedly the Yellowknife (NWT) Golf Course isn’t the prettiest 18-hole track you’ve ever seen but at the same time it has the best lie for every shot, every time, that you’ll ever see.

That fact was played out time and time again this year at the club’s biggest event of the season, the Canadian North Midnight Classic golf tournament and we “outsiders” that teed it up to play under the Midnight Sun found the course is, if nothing else, somewhat of a nightmare for the short game-challenged among us.

You see, while the course plays to a par 71, few if any make that number, unless of course your name is Dave Barr and you’re a Canadian golfing legend and one of two celebrity guests at this year’s edition of the popular play-all-night tourney.
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Breaking up with Yellowknife is hard to do | UpHere.ca #YZF #NWT

Breaking up with Yellowknife is hard to do | UpHere.ca #YZF #NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
After she'd packed her things and it was time to go, sentimentality punched one southern transplant in the gut.

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Selling the bus was hardest. I mean, sure, a 1975 Volks-wagen camper the colour of mushy peas is not the most practical of rides. Duct tape criss-crossed the seats to keep the springs from popping through, the sliding door followed a third-slam’s-the-charm rule, and it was loud. OK, it was really loud. After each “under the hood” tinkering session, my soon-to-be husband Andrew and I would spend hours discussing the finer points of the bus’ unique pop-kapow-putt symphony. Or, rather, Andrew would say something like: Listen, when I switch gears now, that gunfire noise sounds more like a lawnmower. And, I’d respond with something like: Mmmm, I’d say closer to a rocket launcher. Then, we’d agree that at night, it was still best to turn off the engine and roll silently into the parking lot outside our apartment. [...]

But, really, we loved that bus. We ka-blammed over half the territory in it, blasting pre-millennium music, stopping for roadside bison. I swear, we even started a V-dub renaissance. Soon, in Yellowknife, there was a shriveled-orange coloured bus; a rotten-yellow-banana coloured bus. It wasn’t a hipster thing; it was a Northern thing. It was a be-proud-to-drive-whatever-ugly-vehicle-you-want thing. But when we made the difficult decision to move back to Ontario, we knew the Funky Green Pickle wouldn’t make it. We said goodbye and sold it to a good home. And then, we said goodbye to everything else.
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Preparations ramp up for royal visit to Yellowknife #YZF#NWT

Preparations ramp up for royal visit to Yellowknife #YZF#NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it
Aisling Dunn, Mira Mercer and Brooklynn Macki practice a French folk song at J. H. Sissons School on Wednesday. The school's choir is performing for the royal couple at he legislative assembly on Tuesday. - Katherine Hudson/NNSL photo

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The ceremonial events include youth ambassadors from across the territory demonstrating Dene handgames and Inuit sports, youth from the SideDoor Youth Centre playing a game of street hockey and the Paulatuk Moonlight Drummers and Dancers and the Dettah Drummers performing on the green park.

Bobby Drygeese, a drummer and organizer of the Dettah group, said 10 drummers will perform a welcoming song and dance and opening prayer.

He said the relationship between the Akaitcho Dene and the Crown has history which is why it's important that the Dene culture be represented at the welcoming.

"It's important because we signed a treaty in 1900 (Treaty 8) and a lot of people still honour that treaty. We honour that treaty. That's why we're a part of this," said Drygeese.

The treaty outlined the preservation of rights of the Dene to continue living in their culture on their lands.

From dancing and drumming to songs and fiddling, children from Yellowknife and across the NWT will be giving musical gifts to Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
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Showing the diamonds in the rough: Yellowknife photographer raises money for SPCA through pictures

Showing the diamonds in the rough: Yellowknife photographer raises money for SPCA through pictures | NWT News | Scoop.it
Alexander Legaree, who recently launched Coal Photography, said his picture, "I Was Here" holds a special place in his heart. - photo courtesy of Alexander Legaree

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Alexander Legaree launched Coal Photography on June 19, with the goal of showing ordinary things in new ways.

"What motivates me is my innate desire to explore the ordinary and make it extraordinary," said Legaree through e-mail. "I want to look at things through a new lens and show someone something they have seen a million times before, yet have never seen."

This vision also applies to the name of his company.

"The name has a bit of a story … Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe and is present in all known life and can take several forms – the most notable? A diamond," Legaree wrote. "Atoms so tightly packed together under intense heat and pressure that they form the hardest material known and something truly breathtaking to behold ... and another form of carbon is coal."

As part of the launch, Legaree is donating $2.50 to the NWT SPCA for every "like" Coal Photography received between June 19 to June 28 on its Facebook page.
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#YZF #NWT Teacher wins national award

#YZF #NWT Teacher wins national award | NWT News | Scoop.it
David Reid, the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association president, presents Di Ann Blesse with the national Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and a painting at Sir John Franklin High School on June 7. - photo courtesy of the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association
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Canadian protected areas below global average: but #NWT most protected in Canada

Canadian protected areas below global average: but #NWT most protected in Canada | NWT News | Scoop.it
Research shows Canada has fallen below the global average when it comes to creating environmentally protected areas.

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The study by Global Forest Watch reports that Canada has placed about 8.5 per cent of its land mass under permanent conservation protection -- less than the worldwide average of 12.9 per cent.

If you count areas now under temporary protection, Canada's total goes up to 12.2 per cent -- but that includes some regions in which industrial activities are still allowed, said report author Peter Lee.

The United States has protected nearly 15 per cent of its land.

"It is perplexing to me," said Lee.

"Canada, being so big and not many people, a First-World country, well-educated, values wildlife and wild spaces, why don't we have more protected areas? Why aren't we even at the global average?"

Lee generated the report using data released last winter by non-profit groups and NAFTA's environmental watchdog. The federal government used to develop such reports on its own, but hasn't done so since 2005, Lee said.

"We decided to try to compile all the protected areas data from across Canada and put out our own report."

The Northwest Territories emerges as the most heavily conserved jurisdiction in Canada, with nearly one-quarter of its land base under either permanent or interim protection. British Columbia, at 14.6 per cent, is next.

The best-protected ecosystems in Canada -- all with more than 20 per cent conservation -- are the High Arctic mountains, the central tundra of the N.W.T. and Nunavut and the Pacific coast. Only four per cent of the prairies are legally protected, but much more native grassland is being carefully managed by private ranchers concerned about preserving it, said Lee.

The report does show Canada has improved its conservation performance significantly over the last few years. Large areas have been set aside on an interim basis for future protection and for national parks, particularly in the North.

The report doesn't include conservation areas at the proposal stage.
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Man struck and killed Sunday was #NWT boxer - @CBCNorth

Man struck and killed Sunday was #NWT boxer - @CBCNorth | NWT News | Scoop.it
A professional boxer originally from Fort McPherson, N.W.T. has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed in Edmonton Sunday night.

Jonathan Andre, 30, was struck by a white Honda Civic just before midnight as he was crossing 118th Avenue and 42nd Street in the northeast part of the city. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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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
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* 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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