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News Briefs: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Winter's last stand?

After a colder than average April, winter and summer are expected to remain in a "tug-of-war" throughout May, although temperatures are expected to rise back to normal on Thursday, said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

April brought an average temperature of - 8.9C to Yellowknife, well below the 70-year average of -5.3C.

"It certainly has been a long winter," said Phillips. "Every month since November has been colder than normal except February."

This winter brought 61 days with temperatures below -30C, compared with an average of 54 days and just 21 days last winter.

It's not over yet, said Phillips, warning Yellowknifers to expect some snow throughout May beginning on Sunday, which is calling for a 60-per-cent chance of rain or snow.

- Laura Busch

Getting ready to graduate

Students across the city will be getting ready to move on as Grade 12 and post-secondary classes prepare to graduate over the coming weeks.

The convocation dates for each school are: Saint Patrick High School, June 1; Sir John Franklin High School, June 26; and Aurora College, May 4.

- Cody Punter

Recycling awards

The City of Yellowknife announced the winners of the 2013 recycling awards at the Solid Waste Public Forum at Northern United Place, April 23.

This year's recipients are: Tyler Baydak, Lindy Carpenter, Paul Falvo, Laurie McLean, Russ Jones and the NWT Warehouse Staff, Old Town Glassworks, Smokehouse Cafe, Super 8 Motel, Kavanaugh Brothers, L & D Maintenance, and Precision North Recycling.

- Laura Busch

Earth week continues

Ecology North's Earth Week events continue with a tea tasting and discussion this evening hosted by Grand Tea Master Sada starting at 7 p.m. at the Peace Building on 50 Street.

Tomorrow, Kelvin Redvers will screen his film, The Fracking Diaries, in Northern United Place from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

- Laura Busch

Race winner

Baker Lake

Harry Towtongie of Rankin Inlet proved himself to be on his way to becoming the best racer in the region when he captured the Qamanituaq Dog Team Race in Baker Lake this past week.

For the complete story on the race, please see the May 8 edition of Kivalliq News.

Capital performance


Throat boxer Nelson Tagoona of Baker Lake, a hip hop artist, was one of the stars to perform during the opening of the Northern Scene at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa this past week. Throat boxing is a combination of throatsinging and beat boxing.

The 10day Northern Scene festival is the largest gathering ever of artists from the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut ever held outside the region.

Northern Scene is the sixth in a series of biennial national festivals produced by the NAC to showcase the work of artists from a specific region of Canada.

Among the many dignitaries to attend the welcome ceremony were Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, Metis National Council president Clement Chartier and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Terry Audla.

Anniversary race

Rankin Inlet

The 25th running of the annual Kivalliq Championship dogmushing race was held in Rankin Inlet this past weekend as a prePakallak Tyme event.

For the complete story on the anniversary race, please see the May 8 edition of Kivalliq News.

Party time

Rankin Inlet

A number of people from across the Kivalliq have travelled to Rankin Inlet to help the community celebrate its annual Pakallak Tyme festivities.

A number of events for children of all ages are scheduled for the sevenday festival, including square dances, target shooting, bingo, elders' games, children's sliding, an elder dogteam race, children's carnival, Fear Factor, teen dance, scavenger hunt and many, many more activities

Record profits


The North West Co., which owns the Northern store among others, has reported a record trading profit of $134.3 million in 2012.

The company's net profits rose by 12 per cent over the previous year, topping out at $65 million.

The North West Co. is valued at $1 billion, and its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange reached a high of $24.70 on April 24.

In its annual report, the company listed savings in freight costs to Baffin Island among the reasons for its rise in profits, and stated the savings from the reduced freight costs and Nutrition North subsidies were being passed on to its customers.