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New environmental health officer starts

A few short weeks after a lack of environmental health officers in the South Slave resulted in an E. coli scare on the Hay River Reserve, the region has a new man in the position. “On behalf of the health authority, we welcome Colin to the community … it is great to have an environmental […]

Woman left in dark after test finds e. coli

Last month, Jeanna Graham requested to have her water tested, out of curiosity and because she had been the community health representative on the Hay River Reserve. On May 26, she saw the sample being taken and on June 2, she had a paper jammed in her door, saying that her water tank had tested […]

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Health super board questioned

A committee of the legislative assembly convened in Hay River last week talking about amendments to the health system in the NWT that would see all regions in the territory come under one health authority — a so-called super board. Most attendees at the meeting Tuesday night were employees of the Hay River Health and […]

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Daughter seeks solution for separated parents

There is a dearth of long-term care beds in the South Slave and Sharon Lafferty believes her parents are suffering for it. “They’ve been together 60 years, and now they’re separated,” said Sharon. “It’s not right.” Up until the end of December, both Norman and Rosa Lafferty were housed in the long-term care wing of […]

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Midwives find warm welcome

Since December, Toni Fehr and Heather Heinrichs have seen all but two of the pregnant women in town. As the recent arrivals filling a need the community has been clamouring to get for years, the two midwives have a full schedule. Although they have yet to deliver a baby in town, it’s not for lack […]

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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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Health authority presents plans for new health centre

Although construction is on hold for the season, the concept and plans for the new health centre were on display March 13 at a public meeting hosted by the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority. The $50-million health centre will have a total of 19 beds, an emergency department, a midwifery suite, as well […]

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Children are ‘the most stressed-out generation’

Children are over-stressed and under-slept, and don’t know how to handle it. At least that’s what psychologist Dr. Stuart Shanker and project manager Mike McKay of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative told an auditorium filled with approximately 150 parents and teachers last week at Northern United Place in Yellowknife. Too often, adults dismiss childhood fears as […]

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Winter wellness program warms up for the season

The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority is running a wellness program to combat the worst of the winter blues. For 12 weeks, up to 20 registered participants will meet for an hour and a half on Tuesday evenings to talk about topics ranging from healthy eating to physical activity. Nutritionist Kaylynne Parkes, who […]

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The process to wellness

  Representatives from communities across the North came together on Dec. 11 to see what direction they need to take, individually and collectively, to address community wellness. Around 40 people from various backgrounds – like the health, recreational, social and educational fields – met at the Chief Lamalice Complex on the Hay River Reserve for […]

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