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News Briefs: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Celebrating safety

Events to celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week have begun.

Today, Arctic Response personnel are holding an ice safety demonstration near Civic Plaza, where there will be free food at noon. Tomorrow, there is a demonstration of how to rescue workers from atop a hydro pole at NWT Power Corporation's Jackfish Lake plant, also at noon.

- Laura Busch

Youth parliament in session

Nineteen Grade 9 and 10 students from across the territory are getting a taste of what it takes to be an MLA during Youth Parliament this week.

Representing Yellowknife are: Kirianne Ashley, Frame Lake; Mary Cairns, Great Slave; Anita Kolback, Kam Lake; Mohammed Raza, Range Lake; Zara Tehseenah, Weledeh; Huzaifa Malik, Yellowknife Centre; and Ethan Phypers, Yellowknife South.

Tomorrow, participating youth will hold a session on the floor of the legislative assembly, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

- Laura Busch

Northwestel recognized for volunteer work

Northwestel and its 600 employees were recognized nationally this week for their volunteer work in the North.

According to a news release issued Tuesday, the company was nominated by Arctic Winter Games and Sport North for the annual Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards.

As part of the recognition, regional award winners will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant.

A date on the final announcement hasn't been specified, however company representative Eric Clement expects a ceremony will be held at the end of the year to announce the grant recipients.

- Simon Whitehouse

Utility bills going paperless

The city is improving its green commerce practices by providing an electronic service in which residents can get their utility bills via e-mail, according to a news release issued by the city Tuesday.

Residents now have the option to sign up for "eBilling." If residents do this between now and July 1, they can enter a draw for an iPad.

- Simon Whitehouse

Tuktu survey

Coral Harbour

A third straight survey on the population of the Southampton caribou herd is underway this week.

The cost of each survey is about $100,000.

The Southampton herd has seen its numbers drop from more than 30,000 to less than 6,000 animals in less than two decades.

Commissioner awards

Rankin Inlet

Nunavut Commissioner Edna Ekhivalak Elias was scheduled to be in Rankin Inlet on May 7 to present a number of Commissioner's Awards to residents.

Facility opens

Repulse Bay

The longawaited new health centre in Repulse Bay became a reality this past week when an official grand opening was held to launch the facility on May 3.

The new centre is expected to eventually house the community's social workers and an Xray department.

Golf time

Rankin Inlet

The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy is scheduled to return to Rankin Inlet on May 8.

A number of participating celebrities are scheduled to visit the three area schools Wednesday morning, with the golf tournament to be held in the afternoon and an auction later in the evening at the community hall.

Coral Harbour

The Coral Harbour girls 14-and-under team captured gold at the Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife this past month. Team members were delayed by two days in their return to Coral to celebrate their banner victory due to a blizzard that swept across the Kivalliq region on April 29 and 30.

Cake walk

Rankin Inlet

Aqsarniit Ujauttaq (Northern Lights Gymnastics Club) held a kids carnival and cake walk as part of the Pakallak Tyme celebrations in Rankin Inlet this past weekend.

All proceeds from the event will be used toward the purchase of new equipment and the club's competitive team's travel to compete in British Columbia later this month.