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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Man receives 'serious wound' to back

A man was treated at Stanton Territorial Hospital on Friday with a "serious wound to his back," from a weapon.

According to a RCMP news release, officers were called to the corner of 49 Street and 51 Avenue just after midnight July 31 where officers found the injured man.

He was taken to hospital and was in stable condition, Sgt. Donald Duplissea stated.

Duplissea declined to state what type of weapon was used or even whether police have any suspects.

He said the investigation is ongoing.

- Shane Magee

City fees going up

The cost to use city facilities for activities such as swimming or renting ice time at rinks will increase by three per cent Sept. 1.

City council approved the change to its Fees and Charges bylaw July 27.

For several years there have been three per cent increases which a city staff report stated has been to cover growing staff, maintenance and other costs.

The only decrease approved was to make nine-hour parking meters cost 75 cents per hour, down from $1.25 per hour.

- Shane Magee

Fire ban back in place

The city has reinstated an open air fire ban as of Tuesday afternoon due to hot and dry conditions, according to a news release.

The ban includes the use of approved fire pits. It's the first fire ban since June 15.

- Shane Magee

New D loop opens at Fred Henne

The new D loop at Fred Henne Territorial Park is now open to campers.

The loop was officially opened at a ceremony last Friday. David Ramsay, minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) and Mayor Mark Heyck drove a new truck and trailer through a ribbon marking the opening.

According to a news release from ITI, the addition of 13 new large recreational camping sites increases the capacity at the campground to 117 campsites.

The new loop will enable Fred Henne to accommodate about 5,000 additional bookings per season, ITI stated.

- John McFadden

Walrus tests positive for trichinella

Rankin Inlet

A walrus tested positive for trichinella in Rankin Inlet, the Government of Nunavut's Department of Health advised July 29.

"If you have eaten any uncooked walrus recently, and have experienced stomach pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, swollen eyelids, sweating and weakness, you might be infected with trichinella, the parasite that causes worm disease," stated acting director of communications in a news release.

The department also advise that anyone who has eaten uncooked walrus should let their health-care provider know if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms.

"Testing your walrus will prevent anyone from getting trichinosis. Before eating walrus that someone else caught, ask if it has been tested."

Recognize your elders with Heritage Trust honour


The Inuit Heritage Trust is calling for the names of elders who, by passing on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit to the younger generations, help youth find their cultural identity in the modern world and encourage them to become strong, self-confident adults.

Any elders who love sharing their stories and their knowledge in any area of Inuit culture and tradition qualify. The Heritage Trust would like to honour their efforts in keeping Inuit culture alive.

Suggestions can be sent to the Inuit Heritage Trust by summarizing the contributions of the elder who should be honoured.

Such elders can qualify for $1,500.

Deadline for submissions is Oct 1. For more information contact the Inuit Heritage Trust.

Live performances part of Family Fun Days plans

Rankin Inlet

A series of events were planned over the long weekend in Rankin hosted by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd..

Called Family Fun Days, the festivities were to begin Friday, July 31 with a square dance. Saturday the fun was to continue with a barbecue at 1 p.m., with a photo booth, a splash zone, a painting station and a bouncy castle.

Live performances include The Pathches, Nelson Tagoona, Terrie Kusugak, Amiel Hernandez and Iva Aggaaqtaq. A craft sale was planned for 2 p.m.

An adult country dance was schedule for 8 p.m. Saturday.

The festivities continued on Sunday with another barbecue at 1 p.m. and a performance titled The Comeback King, with an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Community barbecue planned

Rankin Inlet

Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre was scheduled to host a community barbecue at noon Monday, August 3.

The friendship centre announced it would have items to give away.

The event was to take place in the Pulaarvik parking lot.

Search and rescue hosting fundraiser bingo

Baker Lake

The Baker Lake Search and Rescue is seeking to replenish their funds.

To help do that a bingo was to be held July 31.

There was a six games payout at $250, a 50/50 bonanza and a jackpot set at $8,000.

A master booklet was selling for $20 and additional booklets were also $20.

Music for friends on radio request show

Baker Lake

Susie Aupaluktuq and Winnie Seeteenak were scheduled to air a radio request show the evening of Aug. 1.

The show titled One Time for Old Times was open to callers wanting to request a song for someone special.

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