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Open house by fire department

The Hay River Fire Department will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12. Community residents are being invited to check out the department’s equipment – including the pumpers, tankers, ambulances and rescue units – and visit with firefighters. The open house is part of Fire Prevention Week from Oct....

Fallen RCMP constable honoured 10 years later

Ten years later, the memory of Const. Christopher Worden remains as strong as ever in Hay River, where he fell in the line of duty in 2007. On Oct. 6 – the 10th anniversary of the RCMP officer’s death – a solemn procession and candlelight vigil was held to remember his sacrifice for the town....

No ice, no problem

Even the lack of ice could not stop a group of young hockey enthusiasts in Hay River from celebrating World Girls’ Hockey Weekend. Five girls and adult organizer Kim Ivanko celebrated with a fun game of floor ball in the gym at Harry Camsell School. “It doesn’t have to be on the ice. Obviously, we...

Taltson hydro shutdown set

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced a shutdown of the Taltson hydro power plant. According the power corp., the shutdown is planned to begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 and end at 6 p.m. that day so maintenance can be carried out on a transmission line. During the shutdown, Hay River, Fort...

Cancer Sharing Circle meets for the first time

The organizer of a Cancer Sharing Circle was pleased with the first meeting of the new group on Sept. 12. “It went really well,” said Kelsey McGinley. “The number of people that actually came was more than I expected. So the outcome was really, really great. I think that the people that came were really...

Municipality running out of land for sale

Town council has passed a motion directing administration to pursue options for increasing the municipal inventory of land as soon as practical. In a written report to council on the lands inventory on Sept. 26, finance director Ruth Boden noted the amount of land the town has for sale is dwindling. Six land sales passed...

Territory puts up cash for women’s shelter

The GNWT has committed to providing 25 per cent of the funding to build a new shelter for women and children in Hay River. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson raised the issue in the territorial legislature on Sept. 27, asking Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod if the GNWT could provide a quarter of the...

Tourism numbers on the rise in NWT

Tourism numbers reached record heights in the NWT in 2016-2017. For the first time, visitor spending surpassed the $200 million mark and more than 100,000 visitors travelled to the NWT. The results bode well for the overall goal of Tourism 2020, the GNWT’s five-year strategy for tourism development, which seeks to increase the value of...

Junior kindergarten renovations near end at Harry Camsell School

Renovations to accommodate junior kindergarten at Harry Camsell School should be complete by this coming weekend. “What I have been told by our colleagues at Infrastructure is that it will be completed the weekend prior to Thanksgiving,” said Olin Lovely, assistant deputy minister with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. That means the work...

Few fans for marijuana legalization at meeting

Judging by a Sept. 19 public meeting, it appears many people in Hay River are less than enthusiastic about the coming legislation of the recreational use of cannabis. “I just think that this whole initiative is regressive,” said Jane Groenewegen, former Hay River South MLA and a former minister of Health and Social Services. Groenewegen...

First Nation Youth Program to host flea market

The K’atlodeeche First Nation Youth Program will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chief Lamalice Complex. All proceeds from table rentals will go to help young people travel to a youth conference in Edmonton. The Fall Flea Market will feature an indoor garage sale, bannock...

Growing Together to mark 20 years

The Growing Together program for children and families is about to celebrate 20 years. The celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at She Takes the Cake Café. It is open to all past and present participants in the program.

President plans for power

When Jay K. Grewal officially started work in June as president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), she already had a plan. “When I came in, I had a 90-day plan that I’d developed and discussed with the board in advance,” she said. “My focus was accelerating my learning.” Grewal...

National futsal coach says the North can be leader for the sport in Canada

The coach of the national men’s futsal team is impressed with the North’s interest in the sport – an indoor derivation of soccer. In fact, Kyt Selaidopoulos sees possibly big things ahead for futsal in the North. “They can be the leaders in futsal in our country, and they’re on the right track,” Selaidopoulos said...

Travelling festival to visit Hay River

The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival will make a stop at Riverview Cineplex. The performance will feature Leanne Goose, a storyteller and country/folk songwriter and singer, and Caroline Cox, a storyteller and musician. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. The Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival is being...

World Religions Conference sees justice as way to peace

Representatives of three religious traditions shared their thoughts on Global Conflict and the Need for Justice at a recent conference on the Hay River Reserve. The Sept. 25 World Religions Conference – the second such event in Hay River and the Hay River Reserve – brought together representatives of several religions. This year, Rev. Francis...

Editorial: Marijuana out of the shadows

It was enlightening to sit through a recent public meeting in Hay River on the coming legalization of cannabis, or marijuana if you prefer. The federal government’s legalization is now 10 months away, and many people in Hay River are not looking forward to that major change in society. According to comments at the Sept....

Enterprise holding its annual fall fair

The annual fall fair in Enterprise is set for this coming weekend. The fall fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Enterprise Community Hall. As in previous years, the event will feature crafts, locally-grown produce and more.

Famed Quebec chef Ricardo helping to promote whitefish

A chef – famous in Quebec and well-known in food circles across Canada and around the world – made a stop in Hay River on Sept. 19 to help promote the whitefish of Great Slave Lake. Ricardo Larrivée, who is known professionally by just his first name, talked whitefish with Stacy Linington, the president of...

School library seeks helping hand

Harry Camsell School is getting a helping hand for its library. It is taking part in Indigo’s Adopt a School program – a fundraising campaign which began Sept. 16 and ends Oct. 8 to help buy new books for elementary school libraries across Canada. “Basically, what happens is, if a school is not well funded...

Reserve gets functioning fire truck

A big step has been taken to revive the fire department on the Hay River Reserve. On Sept. 21, an open house was held at the fire hall to introduce people to the latest and probably the most important addition to the K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) Fire Department – a functioning fire truck. KFN Fire...

One woman plays 12 roles

A one-person play exploring a woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage will be performed in Hay River on Sept. 27. Based on the true story of neuroscientist and Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Cafe Daughter has been described as a powerful, funny and touching tale. It was written by Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams and...

Long-term care facility in the works

Plans to construct a 48-bed long-term care facility in Hay River were announced on Sept. 20 in the legislative assembly. Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy announced funding will be included in the capital estimates for 2018-2019 and will be the first concrete steps toward addressing the long-term care gap in the NWT. “Funding is...

Editorial: Why the fascination?

Last week while doing an interview, we were asked questions. We don’t like when that happens because, basically, we really don’t have time to think. Nevertheless, there they were, questions, and it would be impolite to ignore questions we are asked when our business is asking other people questions. When talking to a representative of...

Library to offer events on fossils

Bruce Green will be returning to NWT Centennial Library for two separate events involving fossils – an interpretive presentation and a fossil hunt. The presentation about local fossils and the Devonian period will take place on Sept. 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and people can bring their own fossils to discuss....

Radio play returning to Heritage Centre

A radio play version of the Christmas movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life will be returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre in November for a second year to 25. The actors will read from scripts just as in the 1940s when radio plays were at the height of their popularity. There will also be...

Canadian national futsal coach to visit

Canada’s national futsal coach is on a visit to the NWT, which will include a stop in Hay River. Kyt Selaidopoulos, who is preparing the national men’s team for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup, is visiting Yellowknife, Ndilo and Hay River from Sept. 26 to 30. Selaidopoulos is scheduled to attend the Hay River...

Large barge takes to the highway

A large barge made its way through Hay River on Sept. 20 in the final part of a highway journey all the way from Edmonton to the Great Slave Lake, and later up the Mackenzie River to Norman Wells. The Aurora Yukon was moved from its manufacturer in Edmonton to its new owner. The highway...

New priest named for Roman Catholic parish

The Roman Catholic parish is soon to get a new priest. On Oct. 6, Father Innocent Ukaegbu is set to assume leadership for Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church. Ukaegbu said he is looking forward to his new duties. “Most people have been saying wonderful things about Hay River,” he said. “So I am...

GNWT increases support payments

The GNWT recently made increases in two of its income security programs. The Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit will improve support for seniors, while the NWT Child Benefit is better supporting families with children. Senior citizens who are receiving the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement automatically receive the NWT Senior Citizen Supplementary Benefit on the same cheque....