Looking Back: City to buy five Old Town lots

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40 years ago

The city was in negotiations with Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. to buy five lots in the vicinity of the old D’aoust Flooring building.

Mayor Fred Henne had advised the development committee, which recommended the acquisition, that city ownership of the property would ensure early development.

A private developer could purchase the lots and be under no obligation but if the lots were bought from the city, the owner would be obligated to develop by the 14 month sale agreement.

The recommendation read, “the city is attempting to encourage immediate residential development in this area and therefore must attempt to clean up the slum conditions …”

Alderman Bob Baetz opposed the motion, saying he didn’t think it was the city’s place to be buying land from an independent company.

 

30 years ago

Fire ripped through a storage shed at William McDonald School causing about $25,000 damage.

There were no injuries but damage to school equipment was estimated at $15,000 and damage to the shed was estimated at $10,000 said Fire Chief Mickey Beauchamp.

The shed contained mostly physical education equipment and science equipment.

Beauchamp said the fire may have been started by school children smoking cigarettes in the area.

Principal Bill Strang said he wasn’t sure what caused the blaze but noted the fire began while students were in class.

Firefighters had no difficulty controlling the blaze and no investigation was anticipated.

 

20 years ago

Yellowknife’s Aven Manor seniors centre had come out glowing after a survey from the Canadian council on health services accreditation. The centre was the first long-term care facility in the NWT to be accredited by the Canada wide organization.

Aven Manor provides 24-hour nursing care for people at least 60 years old, with 24 housing units reserved for those at least 55 years old.

 

10 years ago

Using lights, projections and imagination the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre was turned into Oz. The St. Patrick High School drama students entertained enthusiastic audiences with an energetic performance of The Wizard of Oz.

The musical production had four public shows and consisted of two casts and dozens of elementary school extras.

In addition a remote controlled Tot, a cackling winged monkey and live music. The young actors sang and danced their way into the hearts of the audiences, garnering standing ovations and roaring applause.

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