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Monday, June 18

13:16 A company drilling in the neighbourhood of the former Pine Point mine says results from its most recent core samples are exciting. Story by Sarah Pruys

Osisko Metals hopes to continue drilling in the area but must wait for the relevant permits to be granted.

The local Deninu K’ue First Nation, in a letter lobbying regulators to get on with approving the company’s plans, said the process was “too complicated” and hindered economic investment in the region.

12:51 The NWT Bureau of Statistics says the Northwest Territories just recorded its highest-ever annual and quarterly numbers of immigrants arriving from outside Canada. Story by Ollie Williams

9:35 NNSL reports (paywall) the Taloyoak woman accused of harming Spike, the husky puppy who died in Yellowknife last month, says she is innocent.

Karen Nanook told reporter Derek Neary: “We raised hunting dogs that we’d take out hunting to the cabin with us and they’d protect us if there was dangerous animals that might come around. They’ve always been so loyal to us … I always respected (the dogs). I treated them like they were my own babies … I don’t know what happened to the puppy.”

9:25 The CBC reports the territorial government plans to proactively designate wild boar as pests, allowing anyone to kill them year-round. There are no boar in the territory yet, but they have been moving north.

9:22 Heat warnings are in place for communities across the Dehcho and South Slave, with temperatures set to reach 35C in some areas this week. Story by Ollie Williams

Saturday, June 16

18:22 Students and teachers in Fort Smith are establishing an on-the-land camp to help youth create gay-straight alliances in every South Slave community. Story by Ollie Williams

17:04 One of Canada’s best-known mediators has been given the task of getting the GNWT and UNW to agree on a new collective agreement. Story by Ollie Williams

11:30 Ronnie Schaefer has been Fort Smith’s bylaw officer for 18 years. At the end of June, he will rest his radar gun and hand over to Ashleigh Stokes. Story by Sarah Pruys

Friday, June 15

16:54 The NWT’s chief public health officer provided an update about arsenic levels in the soil and water around Yellowknife, alongside an updated map of contamination around the city. Story by Ollie Williams

13:18 The CBC reports the majority of work contracts at Giant Mine’s clean-up, under new mine manager Parsons Inc, have been awarded to the Det’on Cho Corporation – which expects 70 to 80 jobs to be created.

11:22 The CBC reports the Tłı̨chǫ government claims it was blindsided by the territorial government’s decision to ask the courts to end a land access negotiation between the Tłı̨chǫ and Fortune Minerals.

“The Tłı̨chǫ government is extremely disappointed [the territory] chose to take the unilateral step of bringing this treaty issue to court without first addressing it with theTłı̨chǫ,” said Grand Chief George Mackenzie in a news release.

9:07 The City of Yellowknife enthusiastically embraced a report proposing the creation of a new polytechnic university based in the community. Story by Ollie Williams

8:47 In a statement to Cabin Radio regarding ongoing discussions about Ekati absenteeism, Dominion Diamond Mines said: “Dominion Diamond Mines and the Union of Northern Workers are currently working to address the issue of absenteeism at Ekati. Therefore, neither party will be providing additional comments on the matter at this time.” Our updated story

8:13 Yellowknife will lose 58 hotel rooms when the Coast Fraser Tower closes for business on July 15. Story by Ollie Williams

6:40 The Union of Northern Workers says Dominion Diamond Mines has rejected its proposals to resolve what the mine operator has termed an absenteeism problem at the Ekati mine. Story by Ollie Williams

6:35 The CBC analyzes one of the Giant Mine remediation project’s air quality reports, which are made available to the public each week. To read each week’s report, head to the registry of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and type “AQMP” into the field on the left entitled Document Keyword. A list of reports ordered by date will appear.

Thursday, June 14

16:58 Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq has been named the new Premier of Nunavut.

16:44 The City of Yellowknife launched a call for artists to decorate its transformer boxes. Photographers and people working with paint, graffiti, digital, and any other two-dimensional mediums, are asked to submit a proposal to the City by June 28.

16:38 There were reports of shots fired in Inuvik this morning. One person has been arrested. Story by Ollie Williams

12:03 Yellowknife is getting a 24-hour gym. Safaa Nielsen and business partner Alex Nielsen will be operating the new franchise, which is set to open inside the city’s Center Ice Plaza. Story by Ollie Williams

11:11 The Premier of Nunavut, Paul Quassa, was removed from office after losing a no-confidence vote. He had been the territory’s leader since last November’s election.

9:33 NNSL reports (paywall) Hay River has begun the process of renaming two roads. Commercial Road would become Grimsrud Way under the proposal, while the unnamed road to the golf course would become Tordoff Drive.

9:02 The City of Yellowknife said a fire at Yellowknife’s Norseman Manor apartments last night was contained to a storage unit and quickly extinguished. Here’s our updated story

8:47 For the past month, Cabin Radio has led a broadcasting class at Yellowknife’s St Pat’s High School. Listen to our students on the air with Ollie this morning from 9am till 11am – listen live online or get the app.

7:57 The CBC reports Roman Bourque, convicted of manslaughter in the 2013 killing of Emerson Curran at a Yellowknife house party, has been granted day parole. The corporation also reports recent rain has had a minimal impact on the territory’s summer fire season.

Wednesday, June 13

21:53 Yellowknife’s Norseman Manor apartment building was evacuated as firefighters responded to a call. The size of the fire inside the building, if any, was unclear. Story by Ollie Williams

13:34 The CBC reports on tentative steps forward for Inuvik’s wind farm project.

13:31 Dr Andrew Lambert, professor of naval history at King’s College in London, will present a lecture on Sir John Franklin and scientific discovery in the Arctic on Thursday evening at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

The lecture explores the Franklin expedition’s attempts to understand the Earth’s magnetic field, a news release said. The event starts at 7pm in the museum’s auditorium.

11:58 In an editorial for his newspaper (paywall), the Yellowknifer’s editor elaborated at length on his political views, declaring it “kinda hip to be right-wing.”

James O’Connor wrote: “I just stay quiet when political talk is around me. And I know I’m not alone. A lot of tongues are being bit in social settings these days. The left is just so infuriating as it believes it has moral superiority and that any means necessary to get its way is acceptable; that its means to the end are justified.”

11:55 NNSL reports (paywall) the owner of Yellowknife’s two liquor stores says the territory cannot force him to sell cannabis once it is legalized.

11:40 Joint Task Force (North) issued a public announcement about this year’s Prospector Challenge, happening on Friday from 7:30am till 12:30pm.

Military and RCMP will be conducting fitness challenges around Frame Lake, Niven Lake, and Old Town. No roads will be closed but military police will be directing traffic at the Niven subdivision entrance.

11:26 The CBC reports on the case of Jennifer Lafferty, who says she was subjected to a ‘humiliating’ experience by a nurse at Yellowknife’s Stanton Hospital.

7:14 Education minister Caroline Cochrane told Fort Smith residents there are no commitments yet regarding the proposed replacement of Aurora College with a YK-based university. Meanwhile, a student told Cochrane her colleagues had “no faith in this process.” Story by Ollie Williams

6:27 Three candidates are now confirmed in the race to replace Bill Erasmus as Dene National Chief. Our updated story

6:18 The CBC reports on the territorial government asking a judge to resolve a dispute over Fortune Minerals’ access to its NICO mine project via Tłı̨chǫ lands. Meanwhile, the broadcaster interviewed a seismologist about Saturday’s blast in Yellowknife – who said it was “very small.”

Tuesday, June 12

15:33 Go inside Fort Resolution’s new $13.2 million health and social services complex, and hear from staff about the difference it’s making. Watch Cabin Radio’s video

14:46 As record-breaking rain swamped the NWT capital on Tuesday, City Hall abandoned plans to hold its annual community barbecue outdoors – a full 48 hours before the event was due to start. Story by Ollie Williams

Thursday’s barbecue will now take place from 5pm till 7pm inside the Shorty Brown Arena at the city’s Multiplex.

11:50 NNSL reports (paywall) NWT Brewing Co will produce another limited edition beer to be included in a cross-country 12-pack.

11:48 The CBC reports the destruction of a 1946 house in a downtown Yellowknife fire is “highly suspicious,” according to the territory’s fire marshal.

11:40 Get Tuesday’s Mornings at the Cabin podcast.

9:39 Former Sahtu MLA and land claims negotiator Norman Yakeleya has announced he will run for the position of Dene National Chief this summer. Story by Ollie Williams

Incumbent Bill Erasmus, first elected to the position in 1987 and one of the territory’s longest-serving chiefs, has already stated he will not seek re-election.

8:47 The City of Yellowknife said City Hall suffered water damage in Monday’s rain. “As a number of staff are not located at their usual desk or phone number, please call the main line at 920-5600 to have your inquiry appropriately redirected,” said a City spokesperson.

The City’s customer service desks at the fieldhouse, pool, and City Hall are all open as usual.

8:19 CBC journalist Nick Murray reports a Nunavut MLA is trying to have Premier Paul Quassa removed from cabinet.

7:56 Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs will play Yellowknife on July 4 in a show financed by the world’s biggest cannabis producer. Story by Ollie Williams

7:33 The CBC reports Ethel Blondin-Andrew, the chair of the Sahtu Secretariat, has stepped down after nine years in charge. The broadcaster also reports on a patient at Yellowknife’s Stanton Hospital alleging staff at the hospital continue to use perfume, despite its scent-free policy.

7:09 Graders were hard at work in Yellowknife on Tuesday morning, patching up road surfaces practically washed away by unprecedented rain. Story by Ollie Williams

Environment Canada data suggests the city received an extraordinary 32.6 mm of rain on Monday, which – if accurate – would be more than four times the previous record for any June 11 in Yellowknife (7 mm in 1998).