Wednesday briefs


Power restored in “reasonable” time

It was lights out for residents after a power outage rolled through the city Monday afternoon.
Yellowknifers were without power for nearly half an hour following a sensor failure at Snare Falls hyrdopower plant, said Northwest Territories Power Corporation spokesperson Doug Prendergast.
As a result, power went down at 1 p.m., with the last in-the-dark customer regaining power at 1:26 p.m.
Prendergast said NTCP wants to avoid all outages, regardless of the duration, but called the 26 minute restoration time “reasonable” in its length.

According to Prendergast, Yellowknife’s last outage was on Oct. 16 and lasted ten minutes.
Along with Yellowknife, Dettah was also affected by Tuesday’s lapse.

– Brendan Burke

Shared water report stats flow

The Government of Alberta and the GNWT have released the first annual report of the bilateral committee responsible for implementing the Alberta-Northwest Territories Transboundary Water Management Agreement.

According to Working Together to Manage Our Shared Waters there has been “substantial progress towards expanding our understanding” of major river basins in the region, stated a news release.
“Protecting the integrity of our waters in the Northwest Territories is critical to ensuring they remain clean, abundant and productive for all time. The information provided in this joint report on the first year of the agreement will help us make informed and proactive decisions when it comes to managing our waters,” stated Environment and Natural Resources Minister Robert C. McLeod.

– James O’Connor

Past and present onstage Thursday

On the evening of Nov. 23, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center will host “a unique marriage of past and present.”

Nu Wes Kene Xa (For Our Children) is a Dene couture fashion show by Lutselk’e designer Tishna Marlowe.

Marlowe, born and raised in the NWT, “seeks to promote Indigenous identity and values through a modernized art form,” stated a GNWT news release.

There will be opening statements by Minister of Education, Culture, and Employment Alfred Moses and Marlowe before the runway show begins.

– James O’Connor

Guild Christmas Preview & Sale

The Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts and Yellowknife Quilters Guild present the 2017 Guild Christmas Sale this weekend.

Visitors at the St. Patrick High School hosted event will get a sneak peak of the items up for grabs during a Friday preview ahead of Saturday’s sale.

– Brendan Burke

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