Up to four cannabis plants can be grown in Nunavut households after marijuana becomes legal on Oct. 17. Pixabay photo.

Outgoing Hay River town council launches process for new cannabis bylaw

Town council has started the process of amending its smoking bylaw to include recently-legalized cannabis. The amended bylaw passed first and second reading on Oct. 23, and will now go out for public consultation. The final...
A single-lane detour on an old railway bridge – at the left – is being readied for the closure and rebuild next year of the Pine Point Bridge over the Hay River. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Detour readied for Pine Point Bridge rebuild

A single-lane detour on an abandoned railway bridge will be ready soon for the closure early next year – followed by a rebuild – of the Pine Point Bridge over the Hay River. "The detour...
Ian Flood – appropriately dressed for the occasion – was one of the participants in last year's Halloween 5K Fun Run. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Halloween 5K Fun Run set for Oct. 27 in Hay River

A Halloween 5K Fun Run is returning for its second year on Oct. 27. "It's just a good community event," said organizer Sherry Ringuette. "It allows people to keep moving. There actually are a lot...

EDITORIAL: What’s with ribbon cuttings?

As a newspaper, The Hub has been on the scene for countless ribbon cuttings. They are so common that we've never really stopped to think about what the ribbon cutters are doing, or why we...

Hay River Reserve lands designation approved in referendum

Members of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) voted overwhelmingly on Oct. 15 in support of a process called lands designation. "It was solid support for the land designation," said Peter Groenen, CEO of the First Nation. Of...

NEWS BRIEFS: Spook-A-Rama back for its 34th edition in Hay River

The Hay River RCMP Detachment will be hosting the 34th-annual Spook-A-Rama Halloween Teen Dance on Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Hay River Community Hall. The RCMP is inviting youth from Grades...

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Napier-Buckley re-elected mayor of Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley has been re-elected the mayor of the Town of Fort Smith. She faced two challengers in the Oct. 15 municipal elections. Napier-Buckley collected 437 votes, compared to 255 votes for Brad Brake,...

LOOKING BACK: Moose killed, students unhurt in crash

40 years ago A cow moose was struck by a bus on the Pine Point highway, police said the bus that was owned by Cominco Mines and was operated by Evelyn Nash was transporting Pine...

Legalized cannabis comes to Hay River

Many people in Hay River joined the rest of Canada on Oct. 17 in welcoming the arrival of cannabis legalization. Outside the Hay River Liquor Store, there was an almost festive mood as about 25...

Feds explore ways to modernize Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp.

Peter Vician, the chair of a panel looking at the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC), says it will explore new governance and ownership models to make the organization modern and competitive. The establishment of the...

Random draw determines final Hay River town councillor

It took a recount – and a random draw – for the makeup of Hay River's new town council to be finalized. When all was said and down, Joe Melanson claimed the final seat on...

Great Canadian Dollar Store collects money, items for Yk fire victims

A Hay River business has collected goods and cash to help victims of a fire earlier this month in Yellowknife. The Great Canadian Dollar Store stepped forward to help out after the Oct. 2 fire...
Tatiana Petrov, left, is a program librarian at NWT Centennial Library and one of two instructors for the upcoming Beginner Bridge classes, while Marny Twigge plans to attend the classes. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Hay River library to offer bridge classes beginning next month

For people who may have always had a secret wish to learn how to play bridge, this is the chance. A class called Beginner Bridge will start next month at NWT Centennial Library. "I think anybody...
Some of the recipients of the GNWT's long-service awards on Oct. 10 were, front, left to right, Beatrice Oslund, Cheryl Melanson, Margaret Jerome, Diane Chisholm, Raelene Lamalice and Laverne Cameron; and, back, left to right, Brent Townend, Ronald Bonnetrouge, Andrew Butler, Maxine Gauthier, David Sanquez, Kathleen Groenewegen, Ken Boyer, Tyler Rea, Robert Larson and Bradley Boudreau. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Long-service workers mark five to 35 years

The GNWT has once again recognized some of its long-time employees in the Hay River area. At a ceremony on Oct. 10, workers who had reached five-year milestones – up to 35 years of service...
At the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Oct. 13 to officially open the Marine Training Centre were, left to right, Deputy Mayor Donna Lee Jungkind; Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson; Infrastructure Minister and Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann; Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod; Chief Roy Fabian of K'atlodeeche First Nation; and Elizabeth Cayen, executive director of the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Marine Training Centre gets an official opening in Hay River

An official opening was held Oct. 13 for the Marine Training Centre, the first facility of its kind in the NWT. That's even though the centre offered its first class in May of this year. At...

Surprise invitation to play with Yk team at national soccer championships

A young soccer player from Hay River got to experience a national championship tournament earlier this month after a surprise invitation to compete with a team from Yellowknife. Fourteen-year-old Brianna Goodwin was asked to play...

NEWS BRIEFS: Feds will help fund double-hulled barges

The federal government is providing $19.5 million to help build four double-hulled barges to deliver fuel to Northern communities. Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod announced the funding on Oct. 13 during a visit to Hay...

NEIGHBOURLY NEWS: Charges laid over barricade incident in Fort Smith

Thebacha/Fort Smith Charges have been laid in connection with an Oct. 4 to 5 incident involving an armed and barricaded adult male at a residence in Fort Smith. According to an Oct. 12 news release from...
Jimmy Rankin will appear in Hay River on Oct. 22 in a concert presented by the Northern Arts & Cultural Centre. Photo courtesy of Northern Arts & Cultural Centre.

Jimmy Rankin to perform at sold-out concert in Hay River

Jimmy Rankin says he loves travelling to and performing in places in Canada that he hasn't been before. And that's what the folk-country music star is now doing on a tour that will see him...

EDITORIAL: Oct. 17, 2018, is an historic day

It's not often that you know that something truly historic is happening. Today – Oct. 17, 2018 – is one of those days. As of this date, cannabis has been legalized in Canada, just the second...

LOOKING BACK: Vandalism for a good cause

40 years ago The Pine Point cadets conducted a successful “Car Bash” to raise funds for their local Cadet activities. In the course of the day many Pine Pointers responded to the invitation to vent...
Roy Fabian: outgoing chief believes there are a record number of candidates to replace him. NNSL file photo.

Seven candidates seek to be KFN chief

What is believed to be a record number of candidates are running for chief of K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN). When the list of candidates was released on Oct. 5, seven people were in the running...
Steve Anderson: incumbent councillor was the top vote-getter in the Oct. 15 municipal election. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Six win council seats on election day in Hay River

After the votes were counted in the Oct. 15 municipal election, just six of eight seats on town council were filled, even though there were nine candidates. The final two seats were to be filled...
Candidates for council at an Oct. 10 all-candidates' forum – at which the legalization of cannabis was a prominent topic – included, left to right, Robert Bouchard, Linda Duford, Keith Dohey, Jeffery Groenewegen, Emily Chambers, Sandra Patterson-Lester, Steve Anderson, Joe Melanson and Brian Willows. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Cannabis legalized in Hay River, ready or not

Now that cannabis is legal as of Oct. 17, it appears the new town councillors are not happy about that, and want to see strong limitations on its use in public. That's judging by comments...
Sisters Linda Duford, left and Nanette Duford have sold The Back Eddy Cocktail Lounge & Restaurant. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Back Eddy restaurant and lounge under new ownership

A big change of ownership is coming to the restaurant business in Hay River. After many years, the Duford family is selling The Back Eddy Cocktail Lounge & Restaurant, arguably the best-known dining establishment in...
Christine Simpson, centre, cuts a ribbon – assisted by her grandson, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson, second from right – to officially open a new addition to Woodland Manor. Also participating in the ceremony are, left to right, Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy, Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli and Mayor Brad Mapes, along with Mike Maher, right, the former public administrator with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

New home for some long-term care residents in Hay River

For Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson, the official opening of a new addition at Woodland Manor was not just another ribbon-cutting. The addition is for long-term care residents who have moved from the old...

New public administrator named for Hay River health authority

A new public administrator has been named for the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. It is Brian Willows, a retired chief operating officer of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. "I guess I'm of the...
Beginning on Dec. 1, Stephane Millette, left, will become the new recreation director with the Town of Hay River, replacing acting recreation director Glenn Smith, who is the assistant senior administrative officer. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

New rec director hired in Hay River

Stephane Millette, currently a teacher at Ecole Boreale, will soon be embarking on a new career. Millette has been hired as the new recreation director for the Town of Hay River and will move to...
Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart, the chair of the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Government Operations, makes a point during an Oct. 1 public hearing in Hay River on the Ombudsperson Act. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

MLAs get input on Ombudsperson Act

A committee of MLAs visited Hay River on Oct. 1 to get feedback on legislation to create an ombudsperson for the GNWT. In general, the seven people who showed up at the public hearing seemed...

NEWS BRIEFS: Committee to host recycling celebration

The Hay River Beautification Committee is hosting a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Aurora College's Hay River Community Learning Centre. People are being invited to bring...
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