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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Fire department getting new truck

The city's fire department is purchasing a new combination ladder and pumper truck - called a quint - at a cost of $1.12 million, according to the city's website.

The city sought a tender for the replacement of its quint last fall. Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. of Abbotsford, B.C., was the successful bidder.

Building a quint typically takes about a year, said Craig MacLean, the fire department's deputy chief of operations. That means the truck likely won't be in the fleet until February 2017.

It will replace a 1994 quint that is being traded in.

- Shane Magee

Council approves Northland charges

City council unanimously approved a bylaw Monday evening to levy local improvement charges in the Northland Trailer Park, a measure that will pay for the millions spent on water and sewer replacement in the neighbourhood the past three years. The fee amounts to $283.27 per month for each of Northland's 258 properties, which will cover repaying the loan the city took out to cover the work. Over the 25-year life of the loan, more than $22 million will be repaid.

- Shane Magee

Ecology North looking for volunteers

Ecology North is seeking volunteers for its upcoming busy season. A volunteer recruitment gathering was held at the office Jan. 6 but the organization is still looking for interested people help with events. These include Water Week from March 20 to 26, Earth Week from April 16 to 23 and its annual Coffee House fundraiser, April 16. Jobs can include putting up posters to promotions to event planning.

- Simon Whitehouse

City councillor Alty starts new job

City councillor Rebecca Alty started a new job on Monday as manager of communities and external relations for Diavik Diamond Mine, based in Yellowknife. Alty had worked for the past 10 months at the Avens Seniors Centre as director of communications and community development. Alty said the new job offers her fresh challenges and opportunities.

- John McFadden

Holiday cheer


Reports from across the region indicate a good time was had by one and all in the seven Kivalliq communities during the holiday season.

The generosity of Kivalliqmiut was also evident once again, as a number of Christmas Hamper programs hit all-time highs in the level of donations received.

Goalie gear recall


Kivalliq hockey goalie parents are reminded of the joint equipment recall between Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Bauer Hockey Corp.

Recalled are the Bauer Concept C1 goalie mask with certified titanium oval wire, the Bauer NME 10 goalie mask with certified titanium oval wire and the Bauer RP NME Ti titanium cage.

Anyone in possession of one or more of these products should stop using them immediately, and contact Bauer's customer service from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Eastern time using Bauer's toll free number of 1-844-448-4246.

Customers may also contact Bauer in regards to the recall via e-mail at

Elder passes

Rankin Inlet

The community of Rankin Inlet was deeply saddened by the passing of elder Madeleine (Naalungiaq) Makkigak this past month.

A Gary Lake elder, Makkigak celebrated her 100th birthday on July 11, 2015.

Many businesses and organizations closed their doors early to allow their employees to attend Makkigak's funeral as a sign of respect for the much-loved elder.

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