Wednesday, 28 September 2011

#NWTElec17 Yellowknife Chamber "...candidates being rowdy crowds...instances of spitting on candidates..."

Yellowknife Chamber "...candidates being rowdy crowds...instances of spitting on candidates..."

Recently arrived in my inbox..... see highlighted paragraphs ...
I've recorded two of the forums... and saw / heard nothing like what is mentioned...

See recordings at

To:  22 candidates in the NWT Election
CC: 22 other non-candidates
Subject: RE: Yellowknife Candidates Forum
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:01:28 -0600

Hi folks,
The forum is tomorrow evening at 6 PM (start time) at the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly.  Joslyn from CBC is our moderator for the evening.  We have attached some sample questions that will be asked throughout the evening.  The moderator will explain the process, based on our time limits, as to how we will present the questions but everyone will get a fair shake at being heard.
After housekeeping items are discussed she will give each candidate a 30 second speech for opening remarks and the time keeper will flag you down if you speak too long.  Time limits of 1 minute per question are being imposed due to the high number of candidates we have confirmed for the event.
The questions will be introduced based on riding draws so that you will not be required to answer every single question but you should be prepared for the questions in advance that you may be asked.
The second half is open microphone.  Sound is being run through Pido so we will have good systems and back up to ensure you can be heard.  More questions may be asked by the moderator if there is sufficient time or some may be excluded if we run out of time.
Everyone has to be off site by 9:30 so we will try and wrap it up by 9 PM to accommodate the staff at the Legislature.
We do encourage great debate and differences of opinions and ideas but we will quickly put a stop to personal attacks on candidates outside the acceptable realm of the campaign as we have heard there were several instances of candidates being abused at other forums by rowdy crowds who disagreed with their policies or positions.  Any repeat instances of spitting on candidates or other abuse and the perpetrators will be escorted off the premises by Legislature security and possibly charged.
The YK Chamber of Commerce, NWT Chamber of Commerce, Northern Aboriginal Business Association, and Chamber of Mines thank you for your participation in this event and wish you all the best of luck tomorrow evening.  Please call our office at 920-4944 if you need further information.
D. Tim Doyle, CFP, FMA
Executive Director
Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

Senior's All #YZF Candidates Forum for the #NWTelec17

Due to some internet connection problems early in the event,
only these three segments were archived.
Also please note:
As this was webcast uses a free service,
every time you watch a segment there is an advertisement at the start of the video,
but the ads that appear over the video while they play may be removed
by clicking on the small "X" that appears on their top right hand corner of the ad.

Forum sponsored / organized by:
Yk Seniors' Society / Union of Northern Workers / Yellowknife YWCA / Alternatives North

Webcast produced as a public service by:
George Lessard "The MediaMentor"

First Segment 24 mins:
Ongoing Funding for Seniors Organization & Whistle Blowers

Second Segment - runs 46 mins:
Question from UNW: 
What about GNWT Program Review
Question from the YWCA: 

How will you support improve ongoing funding for family based shelters?

Final Segment - runs 1 hr 6 mins: 
Questions from the Audience and Candidate Closing Statements

#NWT Hub newspaper sold to Northern News Services @NNSLOnline

The Hub, Hay River's newspaper of record , has been sold to Mike Scott and Northern News Services Ltd. of Yellowknife effective Sept. 30. Northern News Services publishes news/north, the Yellowknifer and a number of smaller Northern weeklies.

The sale follows roughly two years of talks and negotiations.

Hub publisher Chris Brodeur bought The Hub in May 1975 from Pat and Harry Engbers, school teachers who founded the newspaper in February 1973. The Hub, in some ways is coming full circle, as it was started with the assistance of Jack (Sig) Sigvaldason on his kitchen table in Yellowknife. He also started the Yellowknifer in 1972 and is co-owner of  Northern News Services.

"It has been a fascinating career and life for a city boy from Montreal," said publisher Brodeur, "but after 39 years in the newspaper business in Hay River, 36 as publisher of The Hub, and after having moved to Calgary 12 years ago, it was time to look for a new owner with ongoing Northern roots. Mike Scott, who was born in Hay River, is that person."

"Rita and I loved, and still love the North and the people here. Hay River is a special town with a great 'can do' attitude. Mike and his group will continue to do a great job providing Hay River residents with an award-winning local newspaper of which everyone here can be proud. I wish Mike all the best with his new endeavour back in his home town."

"Purchasing The Hub is an exciting opportunity for Northern News Services," said Scott. "Hay River is the second largest community in the North and has always had strong newspaper readership. We believe we can grow The Hub in concert with our flagship paper, news/north, serving readers and advertisers for many years to come. Expanding into Hay River also brings my partner Jack (Sig) Sigvaldason and I full circle back to Hay River. I started my newspaper career folding sheets for Don Taylor at the Tapwe in the 1960's."

The Sept. 28, 2011 issue of The Hub will be the last issue published by Hub Publications Ltd.

Watch for next week's issue of The Hub for a farewell column from publisher Brodeur.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

#nwt #yzf #nwtelect17 Yellowknife All Candidates Video Archive of the Status of Women Council of the NWT Forum

For interested Yellowknife Voters, students and all Canadians who want to learn more about the politics of the Northwest Territories, Status of Women Council of the NWT's held an All Yellowknife Candidates Forum on September 26t, 7PM, at the Northern United Place.

All Yellowknife Candidates Forum organized by the Status of Women Council of the NWT

The video archives of the form are now available online at this location



Sunday, 25 September 2011

#yzf #nwt #nwtelect17 LIVE WEB STREAMS of All Yellowknife Candidates Forums

LIVE WEB STREAM on Monday Sept 26
All Yellowknife Candidates Forum organized by the Status of Women Council of the NWT
will be streamed live 7:00pm - 10:00pm via
(recorded archive available some time later)


LIVE WEB STREAM on Tuesday Sept 27 7PM
Yellowknife Seniors' Society all Candidates Forum for the Yellowknife Electoral Districts in partnership with the Union of Northern Workers, Alternatives North and the YWCA from Northern United Place on Tuesday Sept 27 beginning at 7:00 PM will be viewable at

Embedding of live streams and/or archives is permitted

For more NWT territory wide election talk/issues join the first ever
NWT Elections for the 17th Assembly
open Facebook group

Follow hash tag #nwtelect17 on Twitter

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Yellowknife CRTC hearing 4 October 2011 - Northwestel Review of price cap regulatory framework

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Notice of CRTC hearing 4 October 2011 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Review of price cap regulatory framework for Northwestel Inc. and related matters
Notice of Consultation
CRTC 2011-302,
Hearing Documents

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

#NWTelec17 #NWT MLA Candidates contact information (as of 14/09/2011)

Yellowknife Centre

Robert Hawkins 444 1000

Arlene Hache cell 867-444-9185

Yellowknife South
Bob McLeod 445 2881

Frame Lake
Wendy Bisaro

Bernard Leblanc

Duff Spence 873 8220

Great Slave

Glen Abernethy, 446 2729

Patrick Scott 873 6763

Kam Lake

David Ramsay

Victor Mercredi,

Bryan Sutherland

Darwin Rudkewitch 668 6876 873 2369 446 2199

Range Lake

Daryl Dolynny 445 2000 David Tucket OA 445 5801

Beaton MacKenzie

Norman Smith, ken howie 873 5668 243

David Wasylciw


Bob Bromley, 765 0152

Mark Bogan,

Tu Nedhe

Tom Beaulieu 394 3000,

Hay River North

Robert Bouchard 874 2108

Roy Courtorielle

Beatrice Emily Lepine

Hay River South

Jane Groenewegen

Jean-Marc Miltenberger

Deh Cho

Michael McLeod,

Michael Nadli 695 2317


Kevin Menicoche

Bertha Norwegian 695 2223

Mackenzie Delta

Frederick Blake Jr. 953 3422 952 2365

Mary Clark

Glenna Hansen

Eugene A. Pascal

Taig Connell 952 2788


Jackie Jacobson,

Eddie T. Dillon fax 867 977 2499 no email


Norman Yakeleya

Rocky E. Norwegian (could be "hotmail")

Inuvik Boot Lake

Grant Gowans 445 4090

Chris Larocque

Alfred Moses

Paul Voudrach

777 3420 and Agent Robert Voudrach 678 0302

Inuvik Twin Lakes

Robert C. McLeod 777 4066


Jackson Lafferty

Bertha Rabesca Zoe


Michael Miltenberger 872 2501

Peter Martselos AO Leon Peterson, OA 872 2136

Jeannie Marie-Jewell 872 2940 872 2519

Conversation of Aboriginal Homelessness Continues: Interview With David Ward

"In Yellowknife we met Cassien, Gina and Clayton -- each with a powerful story that not only shares the problems of Aboriginal homelessness but the solutions."


By no means am I an expert, but I do believe Aboriginal homelessness is what makes Canadian homelessness different than other countries. And I believe it is a serious social crisis that needs to be addressed as a priority when looking at solutions for Canada. We started the conversation with Adrian Wolfleg back in Calgary. Many of you may remember Adrian performed a naming ceremony over me giving me an Aboriginal name. Truly one of the greatest honors of my life.

I am not Aboriginal, and I will never fool myself or others to believe I understand their gorgeous culture and struggles to survive. That said, I felt the best way to share the Aboriginal story of homelessness in Canada was to simply empower my new Aboriginal friends to tell their own story...."

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

#NWTelect17 #yzf Candidates Arts Forum Sunday, Sept 18th

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ARCC Comittee <>
Date: 13 September 2011 13:08
Subject: Sunday, Sept 18th--Candidates Arts Forum


YELLOWKNIFE Sept 18, 2011:   The Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC) is sponsoring a public forum on the arts for candidates in the upcoming  Territorial Election.This will be held on Sunday, September 18th, from 7:00 - 9:00pm at the ARCC in Yellowknife (5013 - 49th Street). 

The NWT Government provides a number of programs and funding in support of the arts in the NWT, and this will be an opportunity for artists and performers to get the views of future MLAs on NWT arts policy. 

Members of the NWT arts community are encouraged to attend, including those in the visual arts, music, theatre, film, traditional arts, storytelling, etc.

WHO: Yellowkinfe ARCC, forum organizers Carmen Braden and Adrienne Cartwright
WHAT: Forum for candidates on the Arts
Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC), 5013-49th Street, Yellowknife
WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 7pm - 9pm
WHY: To provide an opportunity for candidates of the upcoming Territorial election to speak on the Arts in the North

Saturday, 10 September 2011

#Yukon ArtsNet Society, ArtsNet magazine & ArtsNet e-mail list

ArtsNet Society
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ArtsNet magazine (Yukon, North of Ordinary)
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

NNSL on the CRIME RATES as an #nwtelec17 #NWT election issue


Monday, September 5th, 2011

Crime rates and severity have dropped everywhere in Canada except the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, according to Statistics Canada. Police-reported robbery rates have also risen in the NWT. Historically, robbery rates in the North have been among the lowest in the country. Youth crime also declined across Canada, with the exception of Nunavut and the NWT, which both showed small increases.Are there not enough police in the communities? Does unemployment, poverty, addiction create a criminal behaviour? What are the solutions? More police? Longer sentences? See the background stories below and leave a comment at the bottom link.

Judge calls out politicians over comments on crime

RCMP look to build rapport with youth

Battling domestic abuse

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

"Arctic caucus to push feds for Mackenzie pipeline" Good quotes from Kevin O'Reilly of Alternatives North

Arctic caucus to push feds for Mackenzie pipeline
• Tue, Sep 06, 2011

Arctic legislators and business leaders expressed their collective support for the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) in August at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Arctic Caucus in Yellowknife.
Hosted by GNWT Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod, the summit dealt with Arctic infrastructure, search and rescue, spill response capabilities, mining and development.

But, McLeod told The Journal, the biggest resolution passed was in favour of the proposed MGP to build a 1,996 km pipeline from the Beaufort Sea through the NWT to Alberta.

"We do annual capital visits to Ottawa and Washington, so PNWER will be bringing forward a resolution expressing support for the Mackenzie gas pipeline there," he said.

The proposed $16.2-billion MGP received the okay from both the GNWT and federal government in their final responses to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) report last November. The panel spent five years studying the proposal put forward by the Imperial Oil-led consortium, which includes Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and the Aboriginal Pipeline Group.

Shell Canada pulled out of the project in June of this year, prompting McLeod to demand a signed deal from Ottawa ensuring the project could go forward by the end of 2011, lest more members of the consortium revoke their commitment.

Of the 176 recommendations made by the JRP report, both governments said they accepted the intent of "a vast majority" of those directed at them, and could eliminate or mitigate any potential adverse effects of the pipeline if it goes ahead.

But for Kevin O'Reilly of Alternatives North, a social justice coalition in the NWT campaigning against the MGP, the governments' apparent acceptance of the JRP's recommendations is misleading.

"They said they accepted the intent of the recommendations, but quite frankly that was a lie," he said. "For most responses there's been no timeline given, no talk of specific funding, specific agencies to lead action, no specific commitments. That means nothing will get done and that's just the way it works."

Alternatives North has questioned the economic viability of the MGP, which it says will need taxpayer subsidies, as well as the GNWT's ability to manage the project so that it gives back to Northerners and protects the environment.

"We wish the government would focus on real economic opportunities," said O'Reilly. "The problem is we haven't even found a way to properly distribute the benefits from diamond mining yet. We should be focusing on that instead."

So far, no fiscal agreement on the MGP has been finalized. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver told Postmedia News in July that the project was a "private sector" decision, but admitted that it had been delayed by regulatory reviews.

"If these approvals drag on, they're clearly going to undermine the economics of the project and no one ends up benefiting," Oliver said.

The PNWER Arctic Caucus was formed by legislators and members of the private sector in November, 2009 to identify commonalities among the Arctic jurisdictions of Alaska, Yukon and the NWT.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Arctic Poppy

Originally uploaded by The MediaMentor 
Via Flickr:
Some of my 2011 crop of wildflowers planted in the flower boxes around my house in Yellowknife DSC_1104-v2

Thursday, 1 September 2011

#YZF #NWT ArtsWeek & TrashFormations Submissions

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Aurora Arts Society <>
Date: 1 September 2011 14:16
Subject: ArtsWeek & TrashFormations Submissions

Submissions for Aurora Arts Society's Artsweek 2011

Due Saturday, September 17, 2011


EXPOSE YOURSELF to art! The Aurora Art Society is celebrating its 10th Anniversary during ArtsWeek September 23 to October 2, 2011.


Artists and arts-inspired individuals are invited to submit their art, craft, or creation for the Art Exhibition (up to two pieces of work  - painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, glass, ceramics – all welcome) or the Trashformation contest (at least 80% recycled material. Great prizes) on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Work will only be accepted on September 17th between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the museum (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre).


ArtsWeek begins with a gala evening on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the museum followed by a week of demonstrations, workshops and discussions. ArtWeek wraps up with the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 2nd.


For more information visit the Aurora Arts Society website at and



September 23 – October 2

Artsweek 2011
Come celebrate the Aurora Arts Society's 10th Anniversary with Artsweek 2011!

This is the 8th Annual Artsweek event. Artsweek is an opportunity for the public to expose themselves to the local visual arts scene, and it's also a chance for local artists to showcase their work and participate in activities and professional development.

A number of free visual arts events happen in Yellowknife from September 23 – October 2.

For the full list, visit

ART EXHIBITION – Submit your work!
Sept 23-Oct 2
Museum Auditorium

Submit up to 2 pieces of your art or craft to be on display during Artsweek!  
all is welcome!
Drop off (one day only): Sept 17 12:00-4:00 at the museum.
Opening Reception: Sept 23 7:00pm, museum auditorium

Sept 23-Oct 2
Museum Auditorium

IT'S BACK!!! 5th annual recycled art competition! Great Prizes!!!
Make a piece of art from trash

Drop off (one day only): Sept 17, 12:00-4:00pm at the museum.
Opening reception: Sept 23, 7:00pm, museum auditorium