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NNSL Business and Industry Stories

Aging like a fine … oil

An up-scale product is taking over the Yellowknife food market. The Aurora & Inukshuks olive oil company, created by Mark Bach is aimed toward people who enjoy the flavour of assorted olive oils. The inspiration came...

Tourism boss sees branding potential

Peter Magill is settling into his new job as a tourism and economic development co-ordinator, which is also a new position with the Town of Hay River. Magill, who started work on Sept. 25, said...

Top Hay River apprentices recognized

The top NWT apprentices in Hay River for the past academic year were honoured at a Nov. 9 ceremony hosted by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. While eight apprentices were honoured at the...

Public and territory talk manufacturing

A number of consultation sessions were held in Hay River last week by the GNWT to seek input for a new manufacturing strategy. The sessions were held by representatives of the Department of Industry, Tourism...

Restaurant opening begins Tuk tourism conversation

After a decade of emptiness in a small NWT town there a place to sit down and grab a bite to eat. End of the Road Ltd. is placed where the name says: at the...

First Nation considers farming deal with feds

Members of K'atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8. The Crown's agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are...

Northwest Territories Tourism recognizes industry accomplishments

Industry accomplishments were recognized during a recent conference hosted by Northwest Territories Tourism. The 21st annual event, held in Inuvik, NWT from Nov. 1 to 3, saw awards dolled out to worthy candidates in various...

Learning the financial ropes

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. The lesson was...

Customers to see dip in monthly power bill

Yellowknife residents will be getting a lighter power bill next month, after Northland Utilities netted higher revenues than projected, said the territorial regulator on Monday. "Last year,  they earned 13 per cent and they were...

Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags. The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to...

Cruise ship worker ‘boot camp’ underway

Ten Nunavummiut are enrolled in a new two-week 'boot camp' to become qualified to work on cruise ships in the Arctic. The training, taking place in Iqaluit, will allow the participants to meet formal qualifications...

More fed road cash on horizon, says MP

Twenty-one road and bridge projects across the territory are just the lead-up to some major investments coming down the pipe, says Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod. Several small highway and bridge improvement projects, as well...

In Yellowknife’s Old Town, a new take on coffee is brewing

Eric Binion is a coffee connoisseur. He loves it — and drinks a lot of it. But when Binion first relocated to Yellowknife five years ago, something was missing from his morning cup of joe. “It...

Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style. Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories...

Videogame promoting clean environment scrutinized

An electronic Indigenous bird that prevents oil pipelines from causing havoc on the environment is being labelled an act of eco-terrorism. Thunderbird Strike is a video game developed by Elizabeth Lapensee, an Indigenous artist from...

Learning the financial ropes

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. The lesson was...

Town website gets major overhaul

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River. Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress. Goucher noted a soft launch...

Mine tour

Martin Plante, general manager of Agnico Eagle Mine's (AEM) Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, will be on hand when bus loads of Rankin residents head out to tour the Meliadine camp and mine...

Luxury hotel on hold

A planned luxury lodge on the Dettah Road may have a hard time accepting reservations this winter. The Skywatch Lodge and Spa was meant to begin booking rooms in January, but has yet to break...

Town deals with problems in Wright Crescent project

The Town of Hay River has faced a number of problems in the water and sewer line replacement project on Wright Crescent. In an update at its Oct. 24 meeting, council received a report on...

Crazy Cookie Lady provides a remedy for anyone ailing from a sweet tooth

Managing a sweet-tooth craving is a traditional part of Halloween. While many of those tasty treats come in the form of chocolate bars or candy corns one Yellowknifer is doing things a little bit differently. Tania...

Small business tax changes bad for Nunavummiut

While the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) is busy collecting input from business owners in the region, the federal government – responding to public pressure – has scaled back some of its proposed...

Pinnguaq’s success helps spread success

Never a dull day at Pinnguaq, the small technology and tech-education company that launched in Pangnirtung, and has since expanded with offices in Vancouver, B.C. and Lindsay, Ont. In September, Startup Canada honoured the small...

GNWT to build fish plant in Hay River

The GNWT has decided to proceed with building a new fish plant in Hay River. Speaking in the territorial legislature on Oct. 20, Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann noted that there is $1.4 million in the...

Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut's...

Hello? Can you hear me?

Many recent long-distance calls to and from Cambridge Bay have involved some degree of crackling and sometimes the line temporarily cuts out. The problem has persisted for almost a month, varying between a nuisance and...

10,000 hours leads to success

Once a student support assistant, Gabriel Ulayok, on the urging of his brother and a friend, signed up at Meadowbank Gold Mine as a haul truck driver in 2012. Almost six years later, he is...

Seeking ways to broaden the economy

Kugaaruk Mayor Stephan Inaksajak thinks the best bet for more employment in his community is government jobs. There are a fair number of high school graduates in town, Inaksajak said, and they want to remain...

Baffinland sets Canadian Arctic shipping record

Baffinland Iron Mines shipped 4.1 million tonnes of iron ore from Baffin Island to markets overseas between Aug. 2 and Oct. 17, the company announced on Oct. 18. Baffinland proclaimed that 56 Panamax cargo...

Iqaluit’s Discovery making room for medical travel clients

For people travelling to Iqaluit for medical travel, the news that Nova Hotels has bought the Discovery Boutique Hotel may be of interest. Nova Hotels officially announced Oct. 16 that it has purchased the hotel. Nova...