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News Briefs: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Leon Lafferty charged with rape, indecent assault

A former Behchoko chief and MLA has been charged with rape and indecent assault 32 years after the alleged incident took place.

Leon Lafferty, who served as chief of Behchoko from 2005 to 2009 and North Slave MLA from 1999 to 2003, is now one of three men charged in the community relating to the same case.

Leonard Camsell and Jonas Bouvier are facing the same charges, which stem from an incident alleged to have occurred on March 1, 1979.

All three men are scheduled to appear in territorial court on Dec. 20.

- Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison

Man lied to cover up theft: police

A Yellowknife man has been charged with public mischief after phoning the police to falsely report being forced at knifepoint to withdraw money from an ATM machine. The man, 22, called police around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and told them he had withdrawn the money from a relative's account, said police. Police said the man later confessed he had stolen from his relative and had lied to cover up the theft.

- Galit Rodan

Governor-general arrives in Yk today

Gov. Gen. David Johnston begins an official four-day visit to the NWT today with a scheduled 4:30 p.m. arrival at Yellowknife airport. He is to visit Ecole Allain St-Cyr, the Yellowknife Military Family Resource Centre, Joint Task Force North headquarters and the Centre for Northern Families on Thursday morning before an official welcome by Premier Bob McLeod at the legislative assembly. He is to open an exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Thursday, then attend a dinner hosted by NWT Commissioner George Tuccaro Thursday evening. He is to spend Friday and Saturday in Fort Smith and Hay River.

- Glenn Werkman

Leave lights on for contest

Tomorrow is the last day for the city's annual Christmas lights competition put on by the City of Yellowknife and Northland Utilities.

Judging began on Monday. Registration is not required. Residents and businesses are asked to ensure their Christmas lights are lit. Winners will be announced next week.

- Katherine Hudson

Tourney date set

Arviat - The Arviat Men's Hockey League has announced Jan. 19 as the start of the annual Jon Lindell Memorial (JLM) senior men's hockey tournament.

Tourney organizers are trying to build upon the success of the 2011 tournament, which was widely regarded as the most successful since the event began.

This year's tournament is offering a $10,000 grand prize to the winning team, as well as cash prizes of $5,000 for second, $3,000 for third, $2,000 for fourth and $1,000 for fifth.

A number of games and contests are also being planned for fans at the event.

Science fair postponed

Rankin Inlet - This past week's annual science fair at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) in Rankin Inlet had to be postponed due to the blizzard that struck the Kivalliq region.

The MUI science fair has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 8, at the MUI gym, with judging starting at 4 p.m.

Bantam players compete

Rankin Inlet/Nunavut - Bantam hockey players from across Nunavut were in Rankin Inlet this past weekend to compete in the Arctic Winter Games (AWG) selection camp run by AWG Team Nunavut bantam coach Denis Lambe.

For the complete story on the camp and the names (if finalized) of those selected for the AWG, please see the Dec. 14 edition of Kivalliq News.

Star grapplers

Nunavut - Listed below are the wrestlers selected to represent Team Nunavut at the 2012 AWG.


Becky Ottokie (Coral Harbour) 52 kg

Pii Toonoo (Cape Dorset) 56 kg

Susie Kalai (Cape Dorset) 56 kg (alternate)

Uliipika Pikairngaut (Iqaluit) 60 kg


Sandy Saviakjuk (Coral Harbour) 52 kg

William Nakoolak (Coral Harbour) 57 kg

Joseph Melanson (Iqaluit) 57 kg (alternate)

Morgan Taqqaugaq (Iglulik) 62 kg

Kov Ottokie (Cape Dorset) 62 kg (alternate)

Rock Kakuktinniq (Rankin Inlet) 68 kg

David Haulli (Iglulik) 82 kg

Levi Strauss (Iqaluit) 90 kg

Arthur Siksik (Rankin Inlet) 90 kg (alternate)

High ranking referee

Rankin Inlet/Nunavut - Max MacDonald of Rankin Inlet became just the third hockey official in Nunavut to reach his Level IV status this past month.

The Level IV distinction is the highest obtainable in the Hockey North Branch, which oversees Nunavut and the NWT.