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A new way forward for land claims

New proposals have been put forward to settle long-running land claim negotiations in the NWT. The new ideas are in two reports from ministerial special representatives appointed last year by the federal government to facilitate discussions between negotiating parties, and to provide recommendations to address challenges. Most significantly, Canada and the GNWT plan to make […]

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 […]

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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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New strategy for Department of Transportation

The GNWT’s Department of Transportation is looking for input on the next phase of infrastructure and legislation for the movement of goods and people in the NWT. “This isn’t a quantitative exercise,” said Pietro de Bastiani, assistant director for policy, planning, and communications, with the Department of Transportation. “We’re looking for the context of how […]

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Drop the Pop prompts healthy choices

Students at Chief Sunrise Education Centre dropped the pop for a week and learned some skills to make healthier choices in the process. “I think it went really well,” said Misty Pynten, the school’s counsellor and co-organizer of the campaign. “They maybe didn’t like all the alternatives, but the most important thing was that they […]

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New library bylaw under review

Pat Wray, chairperson of the library ccommittee and long-time supporter of the institution, would like to see a proposed new bylaw governing the municipality’s relationship with the library be passed sooner rather than later. “To this point, we’ve had no official authority,” she told The Hub last week. “This bylaw will give that to us. […]

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NWT Metis Nation gathers in Hay River

Members of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation gathered in Hay River last week for their annual general assembly to discuss topics ranging from internal finances to mining developments to potential solutions for self-government. “This was really the first time the general membership got to see some of the ideas we have been playing with,” said […]

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BIP offices open in Hay River

  The GNWT has opened its new Business Incentive Policy (BIP) office in Hay River and hopes to have a full complement of four employees working there early in the new year. “This move is part of government decentralization,” said Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Minister David Ramsay, who was on hand for the ribbon-cutting […]

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Town council in stalemate with MACA

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is holding firm against Hay River town council’s demands for a return to pre-2010 levels of block funding, according to Mayor Andrew Cassidy. “We got a letter back from the minister,” Cassidy told The Hub. “They’re still not willing to budge on their party line.” Town council […]

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Hay River residents cautious about devolution

  Hay River residents remain divided in their opinions of the current devolution draft agreement. “I’m still debating it,” said George Lafferty, who attended a GNWT information session on May 9 in Hay River. “This is the first information session I got to, but there are still a lot of things that seem pretty vague […]

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