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News briefs: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cabinet faces review

A mid-term review of cabinet is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at the legislative assembly.

Premier Bob McLeod will begin with a speech about his performance and that of his cabinet. According to a news release, speeches by each individual cabinet minister will follow. Regular MLAs will then get a chance to ask questions before a secret vote is taken on whether members have confidence in each minister and cabinet as a whole.

The results will be announced publicly.

- Kirsten Fenn

Dangerous driver to be sentenced today

A Behchoko man is to be sentenced in Yellowknife Supreme Court today after he pleaded guilty in early September to dangerous driving causing bodily harm in a two-vehicle crash on July 2016 on Highway 3 between Yellowknife and Behchoko. On Sept. 28, court heard the man slammed his jeep into the back of a car, sending it rolling off the road. The car's male driver and female passenger escaped with minor injuries. The female was the offender's common-law partner and to prevent identifying her, Yellowknifer has chosen not to publish his name.

- John McFadden

Wanted: sobering centre

The city is jumping in to help the GNWT find a temporary location for a sobering centre. The sobering centre was temporarily housed at the Yellowknife Community Arena from June until Sept. 15. In a news release, city spokesperson Iman Kassam stated the new, temporary space needs to be accessible and open, like a warehouse, church or gym, and be able to hold at least 20 people. The Department of Health and Social services now has a permanent space locked down, but the building won't be ready until spring.

- Jessica Davey-Quantick

Dene invite new GG to the North

Dene leaders are looking forward to discussing treaty and Aboriginal rights with Canada's new Governor General.

"As the new representative of the Crown, we encourage Governor General (Julie) Payette to come to the north," stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a news release Monday. He added that unlike many Canadians, who view the Governor General and Queen in a "symbolic way," First Nations have a "direct legal relationship" with her. Payette was sworn in as the 29th Governor General of Canada on Monday.

- Sidney Cohen

Gone to minister

The final round of hearings on Agnico Eagle Mines' (AEM) Whale Tail Pit project were held by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in Baker lake this past month from Sept. 19-22.

The NIRB board is now in the decision-making process on the AEM file and has up to 45 days to submit its recom- mendations to Ottawa.

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