News Briefs: Breastfeeding conference set

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A breastfeeding conference will be held from Feb. 19 to 21 by the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

The conference will take place at the Dene Wellness & Development Centre on the Hay River Reserve. One component of the conference will be for healthcare providers working in the areas of midwifery, public health and families, and with territorial organizations such as the GNWT. The other component will be for mothers and their children.

New judge named to NWT territorial court

Donovan Frederick Molloy has been appointed a new judge of the Territorial Court of the NWT. The appointment will become effective Feb. 20. Justice Minister Louis Sebert announced the appointment in a Feb. 8 news release. Molloy became a lawyer in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1993, and worked in both federal and provincial prosecutions. In 2016, he was appointed the new information and privacy commissioner of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Mr. Molloy will be an excellent addition to the Territorial Court,” said Sebert. “He has demonstrated a commitment to public service throughout his career and has had extensive northern experience in Newfoundland and Labrador. I am confident that he will make valuable contributions to the administration of justice in the Northwest Territories.”

The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bernadette Schmaltz in May of last year.

Wood Buffalo wins Arctic Winter Games

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta has been awarded the 2022 Arctic Winter Games. The Arctic Winter Games International Committee made the announcement on Feb. 6. John Rodda, the vice-president of the international committee and chair of its site selection committee, said there were two very competitive bids for the 2022 games. The other bid came from Grande Prairie, Alta.

“It was a difficult choice,” said Rodda in a news release. “Both communities have the facilities, spirit and motivation. The site selection committee was impressed with the diversity, engagement and support exhibited in both communities.”

An official signing ceremony between the international committee and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will take place in the near future. Whitehorse, Yukon, will host the games in 2020.

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