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Newsbriefs: Friday, June 30, 2017

No transit on Canada Day

Residents will have to find their own ride around town on Canada Day, according to the City of Yellowknife. City transit, including the Yellowknife Accessible Transit System, will not be in service on Saturday, July 1. Express Route B will also be out of service for the summer months, starting July 3.

- Kirsten Fenn

Water safety stressed

The Lifesaving Society of Alberta and the NWT is reminding everyone to be safe when they are in, on and around water this Canada Day long weekend. In a news release, the society stated there are four water smart messages for people to keep in mind: stay within arm's reach and provide adult supervision, don't drink and drown, wear a lifejacket and do not swim alone.

The society also says kids need to be supervised when in the water; alcohol and boating don't mix; personal flotation devices save lives; and always take a buddy when heading out on or into the water.

- John McFadden

Man taken to hospital after Giant Mine rollover

One man was taken to Stanton Territorial Hospital by ambulance after a vehicle rolled over on the Giant Mine property Wednesday evening. The crash occurred at about 7 p.m., 400 metres past the security checkpoint.

The man had to be cut out of the vehicle, according to Dennis Marchiori, the city's public safety director. A spokesperson for the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission described the rollover as a workplace incident and said an investigation is underway.

The identity and condition of the driver have not been released.

- John McFadden

New head of NWT Power Corporation

Jay Grewal is the new head of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. On Monday, Grewal was appointed president and CEO of the corporation after former CEO Emanuel DaRosa accepted a position as CEO of Jamaica Public Service. The appointment was made by Louis Sebert, minister responsible for the NTPC.

A news release states Grewal has experience in the energy and mining sector, most recently at Capstone Mining Corporation and previously B.C. Hydro.

- Emelie Peacock

Newsbriefs: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mud bog this weekend

The Iron Horse Klub is holding its 2nd annual Delta Mud Bog Sunday, July 2.

The event challenges trucks to make it through a lane of deep mud. It will be happening at the pit off Navy Road. Organizer Melinda Gillis came to council asking for a beer garden for the club's demolition derby slated for August. She said she was too late getting organized to get a liquor licence for the mud bog event.

Citizens help RCMP

Inuvik RCMP responded to nine incidents of impaired driving-related occurrences in May and charged two people with offences.

One of the incidents that led to charges was noted by a concerned citizen who tipped off police.

Two males were also arrested and charged with assaults in separate domestic violence incidents. One of the arrests again was the result of a citizen tip to police. There were 326 calls for service in May this year, with 298 total violations.

Arena floors funded

The Town of Inuvik had the luxury of flooring both the hockey arena and curling rink during the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies tradeshow, thanks to funding that allowed the town to purchase floor covers for ice surfaces.

The Government of Canada provided $197,000 in funding to assist with the cost. It's hoped the covers will expand the range of activities at the Midnight Sun Complex which can now host more events in the ice spaces.

Dearth of events

Deputy mayor Steve Baryluk pointed out the lack of events on the town's online calendar at the council meeting Monday, June 25.

"There's nothing listed for July, August or September, which is our prime tourism season, not even the Great Northern Arts Festival," he said, adding that the town needs to do a better job.

Senior Administrative Officer Grant Hood said the town recognizes it has had a void in social media.

To help improve that, Chris Sharpe has been hired as the town's new marketing and communications coordinator.

Don't feed wildlife

The Government of the Northwest Territories is reminding people not to feed wildlife this summer.

A news release states that human food can cause disease, mouth and throat injuries to animals, and it can also make them dependent on humans for food. Feeding wildlife is illegal.

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