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K’amba Carnival still going strong

Sometimes when you get used to something, you don’t always appreciate how exceptional it might be. In an odd way, familiarity – and the sense that something is always going to be there, no matter what – seems to create a kind of complacency. One of our favourite examples is the lowly postage stamp. For...
Ferghus Rutherford-Simon of Fort Smith takes aim at the target during action in the male recurve event in archery at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Tuesday. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT sees some success at Canada Winter Games

(Updated 12:17 p.m. Wednesday) They did what they had to do and thanks to a bit of help from Prince Edward Island, Team NT’s girls hockey team will get a chance to play with the big guns. The girls defeated Yukon on Tuesday by a score of 7-1 for their second straight win at the...
The swimming pool in Hay River was closed on Jan. 29 because of the failure of the main pool pump. NNSL file photo

Missing part keeps Hay River pool closed

As of Feb. 22, the swimming pool remained closed due to a mechanical problem. “The whirlpool and steam room are open, but the pool remains closed,” said Stephane Millette, director of recreation with the Town of Hay River. The pool was closed on Jan. 29 following the mechanical failure of the main pool pump. It...
Erin Griffiths, the CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, told town council on Feb. 18 that negotiations with the health authority's unionized workers will resume in early March. NNSL file photo

Labour negotiations ongoing in Hay River

More negotiations will take place soon between the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority and its unionized workers. In an appearance before town council on Feb. 18, Erin Griffiths, CEO of the health authority, said the organization and the workers are still talking. “And our next tentative dates to be at the table is...
Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has once again raised concern in the Legislative Assembly about the excessive wait times for mental health counselling in Hay River. NNSL file photo

Mental health counselling wait times are ‘ridiculous,’ says MLA

Concerns over excessive wait times to see a mental health counsellor are falling on deaf ears, a Hay River MLA said in the Legislative Assembly. On Feb. 22, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson told the legislature there is an eight-month wait list to see a mental health counsellor. “That is completely unacceptable,” he said....
Trisha Laye, left, and Kim Lea are creating a first-ever mascot for K'amba Carnival. The mascot will be based on a ptarmigan, because k'amba is the Slavey word for ptarmigan. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

K’amba Carnival gets first mascot

K’amba Carnival is getting something completely new this year – a mascot. The winter festival on the Hay River Reserve has apparently never had one in its 37-year history. “I don’t really recall any mascots for the K’amba Carnival,” said Aaron Tambour, vice-chairperson of the organizing committee. The suggestion to create a mascot came from...
Team NT's girls hockey team gathers around following their game against Prince Edward Island at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 24. Mel Bolin/Canada Winter Games photo

Week two gets underway at Canada Winter Games for Team NT and Nunavut

And so begins another week of the North’s best and brightest doing their thing at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Week two officially got underway on Feb. 24 with three sports in action involving Team NT; Nunavut wasn’t in action. The boys and girls curling rinks took on Saskatchewan in the morning...
Jeff Hussey, president and CEO of Osisko Metals, holds a rock from the company's Pine Point property during the K'atlodeeche First Nation Mining Symposium in November. NNSL file photo

‘Pause’ to drilling at Pine Point

  Drilling has come to a temporary halt at Pine Point, where work had been underway to gather information on possibly restarting mining at the lead/zinc property about 70 kilometres east of Hay River. In comments to The Hub, Jeff Hussey, CEO and president of Osisko Metals, stressed that it’s just a “pause” to the...

Editorial: Can junk have historic and cultural value?

We have to admit to being a bit conflicted when we heard that some old decommissioned vessels and other equipment were being removed from the Marine Transportation Services (MTS) shipyard in Hay River. On the one hand, it’s junk. But it seems Hay River has a soft spot for junk, especially when it’s any sort...
Alex Hejnowicz of Iqaluit comes around the bend during speedskating action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Peter Fuzessery/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 6

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 6 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Wednesday. All times MST Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Girls singles placement round (continuing all day) 10:30 a.m. Boys singles placement round (continuing all day) Hockey 12:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador...
Teira Arnault begins construction on Feb. 16 of an igloo in front of the Welcome to Hay River sign. It is her second year building an igloo at the same spot. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Instant icon returning

A multi-coloured igloo, which first appeared in Hay River last year and quickly became an icon for the community, is returning. Teira Arnault began building a new igloo on Feb. 16. Last year, she built an igloo in front of the Welcome to Hay River sign as a personal project to celebrate the Arctic Winter...
Kandace Groenewegen, left, and Tatiana Petrov, the program librarian at NWT Centennial Library, demonstrate how to play Scrabble. The library will be hosting the Deep Winter Scrabble Tournament on Feb. 23. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Playing with words

A library and the classic board game Scrabble seem to be a perfect match. “Playing with words,” said Tatiana Petrov, the program librarian at NWT Centennial Library. “You can’t go wrong.” The library will host the Deep Winter Scrabble Tournament on Feb. 23. “I think it’s a wonderful game to play within the context of...
Pierre Cook, a teacher at Ecole Boreale, also creates hip-hop music at a home studio. Photo courtesy of Pierre Cook

The hip-hop teacher

Pierre Cook combines three seemingly diverse things into one person – teaching, classical music and, perhaps most surprising of all, hip-hop. Cook, who teaches at Ecole Boreale, is a hip-hop recording artist motivated by popular music. “A lot of Top 40 influences, a lot of hip-hop influences, and a lot of my classical background comes...
Tracy St. Denis is the chair of United Way NWT. NNSL file photo

United Way NWT offers financial support

Three non-profit organizations in Hay River have received financial support from United Way NWT. Each organization will be receiving $7,500 – the Hay River Soup Kitchen to help meet the nutritional needs of families, Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre to assist with cultural immersion camps, and the Family Support Centre to help with its extended stay...
Brenda Hall, the executive director of Growing Together, stands next to the Growing Together Family Library – an outdoor box where people can pick up books at any time. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Books for the taking – and reading

Last week, a peaked-roof box – looking somewhat like a large birdhouse – was installed outside of Growing Together. But it is not a birdhouse. It is the Growing Together Family Library. Brenda Hall, the executive director at Growing Together, explained community members can take books anytime they want from the mini-library. “They can take...
Jade Ko goes through her routine on the floor during gymnastics action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 5

Here’s what Nunavut and Team NT will be up to on Day 5 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 19: Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Mixed doubles – Team NT vs. Yukon 9:30 a.m. Mixed doubles – Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 10:30 a.m. Boys doubles – Team NT vs. Nunavut...
Chase Harron of Coral Habour battles with Connor Cozens of Yukon in front of the net during boys hockey action against Yukon on Feb. 17. Rod Ince/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 4

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 4 at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Nunavut vs. Prince Edward Island 4 p.m. Nunavut vs. Team NT Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys and girls singles matches begin Speedskating 9:10 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and...
Team Nunavut marches into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 15. Mark Cundict/Canada Winter Games photo

Team NT and Nunavut schedule: Day 3

Here’s what Team NT and Nunavut will be up to on Day 3 of the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Sunday: All times MST Hockey 9:00 a.m. Team NT vs. Prince Edward Island Nunavut vs. Yukon 7:30 p.m. Nunavut vs. Newfoundland and Labrador Team NT vs. Yukon Table Tennis 9:00 a.m. Boys...
The table tennis team of Gracie Brennan, left, Nikhilesh Gohil, Conner McKay-Ivanko, David Dragon, Monika Kunderlik and Shannan Bonnetrouge gave Team NT its first win of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., on Saturday. The boys team of Gohil, McKay-Ivanko and Dragon won their opening encounter over Yukon by a score of 3-1 in matches. photo courtesy of Thorsten Gohl

Team NT table tennis boys get off on right foot at Canada Winter Games

For a team that was simply hoping to score a few points here and there at the Canada Winter Games, this result must have felt like a lump of gold. The boys table tennis squad opened up the team competition of the Games against Yukon on Saturday morning and ended up coming out on top...

Brendan Green retires from competitive biathlon

Hay River’s Brendan Green has reached the final finish line in a storied 14-year career as a world-class biathlete. Green officially retired following a World Cup relay race in Canmore, Alta., on Feb. 8. It was an emotional few days as he approached his final competitive race. “This whole week, leading into this World Cup...

News Briefs: Breastfeeding conference set

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...

Fort Simpson claims old timers’ glory

An old timers’ hockey tournament has returned to Hay River after an absence of two years. The Feb. 1 to 3 tournament was hosted by the Hay River Rusty Blades Old Timers Hockey Club. Owen Rowe, the captain of the Nahanni Inn Flyers, said the team had just nine players – including two picked up...

Swimming pool to be closed until next week

The swimming pool closed for repairs on Jan. 29 and it is expected to remain that way until sometime next week. “We had a major mechanical failure of the main pool pump,” Stephane Millette, the town’s recreation director, told The Hub on Feb. 7. “It doesn’t happen very often,” he said of the problem. “What...

Brendan Green’s legacy is guaranteed

Maybe it’s too early to talk about the legacy of Brendan Green as a world-class and Olympic biathlete. After all, he just retired late last week. However, we’ll give it a go, because we believe Green’s legacy is guaranteed in Hay River and throughout the North. What is a legacy, anyway? According to our trusty Canadian...
Danielle Antoine draws for the ace of spades - the only card left in the box - to officially win $98,906.50 in the Dec. 7 wrap-up of Hay River's most recent Chase the Ace held by the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games Host Scoiety. The draw took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, which has been awarded a licence to hold its own Chase the Ace. NNSL file photo

Legion gets Chase the Ace in Hay River

The Town of Hay River has awarded a new licence for Chase the Ace, and the lucky organization is the Legion. “We’re pretty excited,” said Blake Lawrence, the president of Branch 250 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Lawrence said the Legion is aiming to start the weekly Chase the Ace on Feb. 15. It will...
Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River, has organized the community's third Winter Celebration. The Feb. 9 event will take place in various locations and will feature numerous activities, including sports like snowshoe racing. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Hay River’s Winter Celebration fights urge to hibernate

Sports will play a key role in the Winter Celebration set for Feb. 9. There will be skiing, snowshoeing, swimming and sliding, along with a multitude of other events and activities. Dale Loutit, the recreation programmer with the Town of Hay River and the organizer of Winter Celebration, said the goal is to enjoy the...
Capt. Stephen Watton, left, the zone training officer for cadets, and Capt. Poul Osted, the commanding officer of 2724 Hay River Cadet Corps, are seeking more help from community residents for the long-running program for teenagers. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Cadet corps in Hay River looking for more help from community members

The Hay River Army Cadet Corps is looking for more help from community residents. And there are a couple of options on how people can to that. There are five paid part-time positions at the corps, either for people who want to sign up and train as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC)...

Bureaucrats work in mysterious ways

We sometimes think we will never understand how the mind of a government bureaucrat works. We really do try. We read government news releases and attempt to discern what they are trying to say. For those of you who may not have had the pleasure of reading such documents, the main goal often appears to...
On Nov. 22 of last year, Garry Bailey, the president of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation, stands in front of a welcome sign the organization erected at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 2. NNSL file photo

KFN raises safety objections to Metis Nation welcome sign

A welcome sign erected late last year by the Northwest Territory Metis Nation is being called a safety hazard. In a Jan. 29 news release, K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) outlined its concerns about the sign, erected in November at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 5. When the sign was first erected, KFN objected...
Steve Loutitt is the director of compliance and licensing and the registrar of motor vehicles with the Department of Infrastructure. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Mandatory entry-level training proposed for new truckers

The GNWT held a public meeting in Hay River on Jan. 23 to gather feedback on proposed mandatory entry-level training for new Class 1 and Class 2 drivers. Steve Loutitt, the director of compliance and licensing and registrar of motor vehicles with the Department of Infrastructure, explained that a move towards such training was prompted...