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GNWT aims to operate barge business

The GNWT owns the assets of the defunct Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL), and it now plans to operate those assets at least for this coming shipping season. The Department of Public Works and Services (PWS) made that announcement on Feb. 2 at a public meeting of the legislative assembly’s Standing Committee on Priorities and […]

GNWT buys assets of NTCL

The GNWT has purchased assets of the financially-troubled Northern Transportation Company Limited (NTCL). Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod confirmed the $7.5-million purchase in a Dec. 16 news release. The government took the action to protect the petroleum product supply chain through barging for isolated communities along the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast, which do not […]

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NTCL issues layoff notices

Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL) sent out seasonal layoff notices on Aug. 18. The financially-troubled company says that’s nothing unusual but the union representing some of the workers is worried by one aspect of the notice – a request that employees remove personal items from the workplace. “The correspondence NTCL sent to employees earlier today […]

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Log cabin business explored

A builder wants to start constructing log cabins and homes for the Northern market. However, before that happens, Dan Lafreniere, owner and operator of Northern Comfort Construction Ltd., wants to get a good understanding of how much it would cost to build such structures in Hay River. So he’s building a log cabin as a […]

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Buffalo Airways grounded

Buffalo Airways – an aviation institution in the NWT and Hay River – has been grounded by Transport Canada. The federal department suspended Buffalo’s air operator certificate, effective 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. The move prohibits the company from providing commercial air services. In a Dec. 1 news release, Transport Canada explained it took the […]

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Sub on the Hub almost back to normal

  One business was particularly hard hit by the strike of unionized municipal workers this year, and it is still recovering. That was Sub on the Hub, a takeout that has a prime location in the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. However, that prime location was not so good when the rec centre was closed during […]

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Proposed pellet mill jumps hurdle

A major hurdle has been cleared on the way to building a wood pellet mill in Enterprise. The proposed project is close to obtaining 3.2 square-kilometres of land on the north side of the community on which to build. On Sept. 14, Enterprise hamlet council unanimously passed a motion to approve an agreement-in-principle to sell […]

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Backyard dreams come true

A year after Natacha Kruger-Rewega quit her job to focus on painting full time, she’s taking her passion one step further. Last week, she began construction on a building next to her own home in Old Town to house Mama Bear Arts, a gallery and studio she hopes to share with artists from all over […]

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Hay Riverite to take over medical supply business

A familiar face is taking over community institution Medical Surgical Supply Ltd. and looking to expand. James Hiebert, owner of South Texas Solar Systems Inc. and Canadian-based Endless Green Energy Inc., has returned to pick up the reins of the medical supply company. While he said the core of the business will remain in health […]

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Businesses resurrect manufacturing association

  There’s room for growth for manufacturing in the South Slave if both producers and buyers work together. For some businesses, that collaboration could represent a serious opportunity to expand output. “I believe manufacturing is a key economic and employment driver for the whole NWT, but especially for the South Slave,” said Wally Schumann, owner […]

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