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News Briefs: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stop family violence
The 11th annual Family Violence Awareness Week launches at the Salvation Army on Friday.
The event will take place between noon and 1 p.m. This year's theme focuses on men and women working together to end family violence. There will be speakers, information around family violence and ways to get men involved. Everyone is welcome to attend and lunch will be provided.
For more information contact the NWT Status of Women Council.
- Nicole Veerman
Smokin' hot pizza
Put out the flames and keep them out during Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 to 15.
To take part in the fire safety event and possibly win a pizza, make sure all of your smoke alarms are functioning, placed in the correct locations, interconnected between floors and have battery backup.
If the Yellowknife fire department chooses your house to check during the week, and all of your smoke alarms meet the above criteria, you could win a Domino's pizza.
- Nicole Veerman
Rotaract introductory meeting
Yellowknife's new Rotary Club - Rotaract Club of Yellowknife - is holding its first meeting tonight.
The club is open to people ages 18 to 30, who are interested in getting involved in the community, while developing leadership skills.
The introductory meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 127 at Aurora College.
- Nicole Veerman
Catholic schools voters approve loan
Catholic school ratepayers have voted in favour of authorizing Yellowknife Catholic Schools to borrow $1.41 million from the GNWT to finance the purchase of land and a building.
The referendum, held in the conference room of the YCS board office Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., drew 3.3 per cent of eligible voters. The final tally was 119 in favour, five opposed.
The purchase will consist of 2,500 square metres of land behind Weledeh School up to and including the Tallah Building at 4509 Franklin Ave. YCS is currently paying $4,200 in rent for three portable classrooms on the land.
- Galit Rodan
Last chance to win
Kivalliq - Hockey lovers across the Kivalliq only have two more days to show their skill by entering the Northern News Services Ltd. 201112 hockey pool.
Puck heads and puck bunnies across the region have until this coming Friday, Sept. 30, to enter their teams.
Entry forms can be found in Nunavut News/North, or you can enter online at www.nnsl.com/hockeypool.
It's free to enter, and only residents of Nunavut and the NWT are eligible to win the top prize of attending an NHL game.
Rankin Inlet - Resident of Rankin Inlet were scheduled to be without power for about eight hours this past weekend, as the result of a planned outage by Nunavut Power/Qulliq Energy Corp.
The power was scheduled to be shutdown from about 12 a.m. until 8 a.m. on Sept. 23.
The outage was to allow workers to disconnect and reposition integral electrical equipment in the Rankin Inlet power plant to comply with the Canadian Standards Association's standards and safety regulations.
For more on the outage, please see the Oct. 5 edition of Kivalliq News.
Arviat - Young thespians in the Arviat Drama Club have begun rehearsals for a spooky Halloween show this coming month.
Plans are also in the works that would see The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note, which was performed by students in Arviat this past school year, properly filmed and remounted.
Baker Lake/Rankin Inlet - The travelling Missoula Children's Theatre made stops in Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet earlier this month to help local students stage a production of Cinderella.
Reports from both communities indicate the performances went over well with audiences.
Talk on devolution
Toronto/Nunavut - The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, in association with the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, has announced a presentation will be made on the devolution of power to Nunavut by Tony Penikett this coming month.
Penikett, a former premier of the Yukon, currently serves as the Gordon Foundation senior fellow on aboriginal treaty issues at Simon Fraser University
Ottawa still has not appointed a devolution negotiator since a Nunavut Devolution Negotiations Protocol was signed in 2008.
Penikett's presentation on why Ottawa won't negotiate is scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, beginning at 1 p.m.
Hooked on fishing
Nunavut - A plan has been developed to entice anglers across the globe to trek North and experience the abundance of unique sport fishing opportunities available across Nunavut.
The plan resulted from the recent partnership between Nunavut Tourism and the Government of Nunavut's Department of Environment.
A video featuring underwater footage of a large school of Arctic char just steps away from the shores of Sylvia Grinnell River by Paul Nuyalia, earned Nunavut Tourism its first YouTube honour for being the 101st most watched video in 24 hours in the Travel and Events Canada category.