Erosion could cost $19M - Northern News Services

Erosion could cost $19M
Mayor says no money to fix receding shoreline
despite 2012 report warning that village infrastructure is at risk
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THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
MADD mother
ensures safe
homecoming
Social workers
anticipate
changes in April
Premier McLeod
optimistic for
negotiations
Sawing for
tradition at
Beavertail
Jamboree
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Jacinda Betsedea is all smiles as she participates in the sawing competition during the traditional games events on March 14.
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community
Getting jamboree-goers home safe
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Sharon Allen, left, and Laurie-Ann Lines were operating a drive-home service from the Beavertail Jamboree dances at the recreation complex on March 13 and
14 as part of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Allen is one of the lone MADD representatives in the NWT, and this was the first time she had offered the
ride service during the jamboree's busiest weekend.
Sharon Allen runs first MADD campaign during Beavertail Jamboree weekend
to prevent people from driving home drunk
by Andrew Livingstone
Northern News Services
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
Sharon Allen doesn't hold
back when asking people if
they've been drinking and
driving.
Seated at a table at the
entrance to the recreation
complex, party-goers enter the
gymnasium for a night of live
music and drinking as part of
the 2015 Beavertail Jamboree.
Whether they know Allen or
not – and for the most part
many do – she asks them if
they need a ride home after
the dance.
It doesn't matter what time
it is, she'll drive until sunrise if
she has to if it means stopping
even one person from getting
behind the wheel intoxicated.
And her presence in the
village as a Mother's Against
Drunk Driving (MADD)
representative – the only one
in the territory – doesn't go
unnoticed. Residents shake
her hand as they enter, donate
money, ask for a ride home
after and thank her for the
work she's doing. Her desire to
educate and stop drinking and
driving shows through in her
energy and infectious smile.
Like many people involved
in MADD, Sharon has been
affected by the tragic outcomes of drunk driving. Her
daughter, Keisha Trudel died
on Nov. 23, 2008, at the age
of 16 in Fort Smith after being
thrown out of a rear passenger
window of an SUV. The court
was told the 16-year-old driver
of the vehicle had been drinking prior to the accident.
"This could happen to anyone," she said of the loss of
her daughter, something she
still struggles with today. "I
know she'd be in university
now and about to be graduating. It's been six years and it
still hurts."
It's the first year Allen has
offered the MADD program
during the jamboree festivities. She said the response
from the community has been
encouraging. Over the course
of two nights of driving on
March 13 and 14, she had
a half-dozen drivers donate
their time to help get people
home safe after a night of
partying.
Laurie-Ann Lines said
while there are other campaigns against drinking
and driving in the territory,
MADD has a different effect
on people who encounter it.
"It comes from parents
who are affected by drunk
driving and you see how it has
an impact on them," she said.
"You see their faces. Sharon's
story is important for people
to know and it's great what she
is doing in the community."
And a donation can set-up
by a co-worker of Allen's at
the elementary school helped
raise nearly $240 to help cover
the cost of the gas used by
volunteers. Until the early
morning hours both nights,
Allen dispatched drivers – and
herself – to drive residents
home. Using Facebook as a
point of contact for people
who were looking for a drive,
Allen has found a great tool to
promote what she is doing and
to help raise awareness and
educate people of the simple
solution of not driving while
intoxicated.
"A lot of people are saying
they're so happy to see it and
they support the cause and
believe in it," she said. "I'm
just hoping it will catch on in
other communities because a
lot of them don't have taxi services and other options to get
home after a night of drinking."
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NEWS
Briefs
Pharmacy coming
to village
The North West Company,
which operates the Northern store,
plans to open a pharmacy in Fort
Simpson later this year.
The addition is part of the $150
million the company announced
last month it plans to spend at its
stores across the North over the
next three years, creating 125 new
permanent jobs. The village does
not currently have a retail pharmacy.
It isn't clear yet how many jobs
will be created by adding the pharmacy in the village.
The company posted an ad for a
pharmacy manager position online
in late January.
Derek Reimer, director of business development, said more information about the plans will be
released soon.
Applications open
for farming courses
If you're interested in learning
how to grow your own vegetables
the Northern Farm Training Institute is now accepting applications
for its summer workshops.
Beginning in April the organization is offering six three-day
workshops to help participants successfully grow their own produce.
Some of the topics of the workshops include how to design and
plant a sustainable garden, food
forests North of 60, gardening and
maintenance, and food harvest,
preparation and storage.
The courses run from the end
of April to mid-September. Tools,
supplies and learning materials will
be provided. For more information
please contact the institute.
Health centre
nearly ready
The Dehcho Health and Social
Services Authority plans to be
moved into the new Fort Providence health centre the week of
April 27.
The $11 million facility replaces
the hamlet's existing health centre
which is more than 43 years old.
Donna Allen, the authority's
CEO, said furniture and equipment
were moved in last month.
The original completion date for
the 6,800 square metre building,
a third larger than the old health
centre, was set for March 31.
Work on the facility by the contractor is expected to be complete
at the end of this month or in early
April stated Allen in a March 12
e-mail. No official opening date
was provided.
Learn to tuft moose hair
The Open Sky Gallery will be
hosting a two-day Moose hair tufting workshop on Mar. 21 and 22.
Space for the workshop is limited so those interested are asked to
sign up as soon as possible.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
The riverbank here along the Mackenzie River is moving closer and closer to the village's water treatment plant shown on the
right. This stretch of Mackenzie Drive has been closed for several years because of the retreating riverbank.
Erosion control could
cost millions: study
Receding shoreline threatening village infrastructure; no action since 2012
report revealed it would cost upwards of $19 million to fix problem
by Shane Magee
Northern News Services
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
Fort Simpson has no funding set
aside to address ongoing riverbank
erosion that could cost more than
$19 million to fix or to repair potential damage it could cause to vital
community infrastructure
“There’s no reserves that we
could use for addressing capital
funding in the future,” said Mayor
Sean Whelly March 13. “There is
no money, I don’t know if there ever
will be.”
Whelly said the village only gets
about $1 million per year for capital projects from GNWT or other
sources.
A stretch of more than 1,300
metres along the bank of the Mackenzie River has been retreating
over the past few decades, with the
shoreline inching closer to streets,
homes and the community’s water
treatment plant every year.
Council was told this past fall it
could cost millions to address the
village landfill in coming years.
A study commissioned in 2012
by a former senior administrative
officer, which cost $75,000 according to the mayor, states tens of millions of dollars would be needed to
address erosion.
The Associated Engineers Ltd.
study lays out three options to stabilize the bank estimated to cost
between $19 and $31 million. The
village has done nothing with the
report since it was completed two
years ago.
“I don’t believe that report has
been widely distributed. I don’t
even believe the territorial government has been made aware of that
report,” Whelly said, adding he did
raise the erosion issue with the premier late last year.
“I guess when we saw the numbers when they came in, I guess
we thought there wouldn’t be any
money to take remediation.
“We keep hearing that the territorial government has no money.
It just didn’t seem the right time (to
bring it up).”
Typically municipalities across
the country contribute annually to
reserve funds to have money on
hand in the event that infrastructure such as arenas or water treatment plants have to be repaired or
replaced.
Fort Simpson has no such fund.
Nehendeh MLA Kevin Menicoche said the territorial government doesn’t set aside money for
shore erosion in communities, adding Fort Simpson isn’t the only
community in need of financial
support to protect its shoreline.
“There is no programming at the
GNWT to assist with shore erosion,
there are many communities in the
NWT that could use assistance,
Nahanni Butte being another good
example,” he stated in an e-mail.
‘The bank keeps eroding’
The threat posed by the retreating riverbank isn’t new. Long-time
residents of the community recall
a time when there were homes with
yards on the river side of Mackenzie
Drive. Those homes are now gone
and the steep bank is up against the
street.
Over the years erosion has
destabilized the foundations of a
500 metre section of the road near
the water treatment plant, to the
point that it has been closed to traffic for several years.
Buildings considered close to
the edge include the Northwest Territories Power Corporation generating station, the village’s water
treatment plant and a pipe under
Mackenzie Drive that brings raw
water to the treatment plant.
Whelly said several bad years
of erosion, cutting away as little as
five feet, could damage the road
and expose that pipe, which would
in turn cause a serious disruption to
the water supply.
He added that the community
will need to decide in the next five
years what to do with its treatment
plant as it comes due for an upgrade
or replacement.
If the erosion continues the plant
might have to be moved to another
location.
Coun. Tom Wilson, who previously served as village mayor,
said successive councils have tried
unsuccessfully to raise the erosion
issue with the GNWT and the federal government.
“How long do we have until
we start losing major infrastructure
in town because nothing has been
done?” Wilson said.
Riverbank erosion was one of
the top issues Wilson and Coun.
Bob Hannah pledged to address if
elected in the 2012 municipal election.
Wilson said very little has been
done since then as priorities have
shifted and senior staff has changed
several times.
“Basically as you can see nothing has happened. The bank keeps
eroding,” Wilson said.
“We have to keep in the forefront
of the government’s mind. Mind
you we also need a new health
centre too. The government on any
given year only has X amount of
bucks to spend around.”
Whelly also said other priorities
for territorial funding have come
up, but said council knows erosion
is a problem.
Three options
There have been at least five
studies carried out since the 1970s
regarding the erosion issue according to the Associated Engineering
Ltd. report completed in March
2013.
The study concluded the village’s best option based on potential costs would be to install riprap – a term for large rocks piled
together to form a rough wall. It is
considered the easiest of the two
options to install.
Granite riprap installed in several phases starting at the downstream end of the island would cost
an estimated $23.7 million.
Limestone riprap, also installed
in phases, would cost an estimated
$19.5 million.
A sheet pile wall, literally a
wall of metal along the edge of the
riverbank, is estimated to cost $31.5
million and would require specialized equipment.
The study states more detailed
geologic work is required to know if
a sheet pile wall would be effective.
There wasn’t enough information for the study authors to estimate how much the bank is retreating per year.
However, Whelly and Wilson
both said the pace has slowed
recently.
“But that could change,” Wilson
said.
- With files
from Andrew Livingstone
4 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Steady demand keeps
social workers busy
Changes coming next month
to child welfare system
by Shane Magee
Northern News Services
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Shaun Ouellette, the social work supervisor for Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority, says there's
a high demand for services in the region.
Social workers in the Deh
Cho are in high demand with
cases involving child protection being the most frequent.
Shaun Ouellette said
there's always a need for the
seven social workers.
"It's a very steady work
flow," said the Dehcho Health
and Social Services Authority
social work supervisor.
That work increases when
the authority is short-staffed.
He said they are actively
recruiting to fill vacancies.
He's one of the newly hired
staff members having moved
North from Windsor, Ont. in
November.
March is national social
work month and the authority
wants to highlight the work
that staff at the authority do
and the services offered.
"The goal is to have a
trusting working relationship
with the community," he said.
Work days can include seeing children in care, filling
out reams of paperwork and
reviewing files. The authority
covers several communities in
the region so long days of
travel to the smaller centres
isn't uncommon.
On the day of the interview, a social worker went
with a child to Yellowknife for
an appointment.
In the territory, social
workers must have a fouryear degree in social work
and must register with the
territory.
The job largely deals with
child protection. About 1,000
children across the territory
receive care from social services. Ouellette declined to give
a figure for just the Deh Cho.
Ouellette said there's a slew
of new standards of care and
rules are coming to the child
welfare system on April 1.
The changes follow an
auditor general report last
year that found problems with
the child protection system in
the territory.
That report showed about
69 per cent of foster homes
in the cases reviewed weren't
properly screened. As well,
nearly a third of cases auditors examined showed child
protection workers weren't
following up on reports of
children at risk.
He said the changes will
get everyone on the same
page, providing a similar level
of care across the territory.
Other components of the
job include helping adults,
advocating for people and
linking them to other services
in the community.
Advocating for someone
could include making calls
on someone's behalf or helping those who have low literacy levels. It could also
mean helping someone fill out
paperwork.
Though there's been a long
standing social stigma around
seeking assistance from a
social worker, Ouellette said
they're trying to break that
down.
Reaching a social worker
means dialing a phone.
"We have someone on call
24/7," he said. "We have to
follow through on every call
we get. We're mandated to
follow through."
That's also the case in Fort
Liard and Fort Providence.
"There's always someone
available," he said.
Premier optimistic on Dehcho talks
McLeod denies threatening to terminate the process
by Shane Magee
Northern News Services
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
Premier Bob McLeod says
he remains optimistic Dehcho Process negotiations will
continue.
"I'm always optimistic,"
McLeod said March 13 about
whether negotiations will
prove successful.
Asked whether the government had any more flexibility
should the sides return to the
table, he said "they've rejected
everything we've offered."
His comments to Deh Cho
Drum came in the first interview he given on the topic
since the rhetoric between the
sides has ratcheted up.
Dehcho First Nations
Grand Chief Herb Norwegian
has said he believes a mediator is needed to bridge the
gap between the amount of
land the GNWT has offered
DFN and what it wants.
Norwegian said in a March
4 news release DFN lead-
ers rejected the government's
latest land quantum offer of
37,500 square kilometres of
surface land with a 17.78 per
cent subsurface royalty share.
He said DFN is seeking up
to 50,000 square kilometres.
The offer came out of
bilateral talks between the
GNWT and DFN.
McLeod said the sides
worked for more than two
years to get to this point.
In February, Norwegian
accused the GNWT of bully-
ing the DFN by trying to get
it to accept the offer.
Earlier this month he said
the government has threatened to "terminate" the Dehcho Process.
That's something McLeod
said isn't true.
The 2001 Dehcho Framework Agreement, which
formed the basis of ongoing
negotiations to reach an agreement in principle, allows for
a mediator should the sides
reach an impasse.
"We've never been against
facilitation," McLeod said.
However, it's hard to consider
it if there is talk of legal
action, he said.
The GNWT received a letter asking for mediation then
another raising the spectre of
legal action, he said.
The GNWT is still awaiting a formal notification that
its offer has been rejected,
McLeod said. An April 6
deadline for a reply from
DFN remains.
After that, the bilateral agreement is done and
McLeod said talks revert
back to the main negotiating
table.
In the meantime, he said
the government will "put (its)
thinking hat on" to see if a
way forward can be found.
Norwegian has said that
the GNWT considering
mediation gives him a "gleam
of hope" things can move
ahead to finish the Dehcho
Process.
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DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, March 19, 2015 5
Where's
the plan?
Northern News Services
Sure, things that need to be
fixed
right away should be covered
The amount of money it could
but that doesn't mean potential
cost just to shore up the bank
disasters should be swept under
along the Mackenzie River in Fort
the rug.
Simpson is eye popping; between
It's likely erosion won't pose
$19.5 million and $31 million
an immediate risk to village
depending on the option picked.
infrastructure for several or even
What's much worse is the reamany years from now. However,
son village Mayor Sean Whelly
the erosion issue is just one part
gave for why the community has
of the fiscal puzzle that makes a
shoved the report outlining those
lack of a capital reserve
costs in a drawer for the
astounding. There's
last two years.
THE ISSUE: fund
money
that's going to be
He said it just seemed
CAPITAL
spent
in
a few years to
like bad timing to ask
SPENDING
clean up the dump and
for money when the terthe water treatment plant
ritorial government is cut- WE SAY:
LEADERSHIP
is due for work in about
ting back its spending. It
NEEDED
five years, Whelly said.
would likely be rejected,
The recreation centre
he said. But it's hard to
isn't new and will likely
know if you don't try.
Even if funding didn't start flow- need either a renovation or rebuild
at some point.
ing for five or 10 years, if
This all leaves us wonthe GNWT at least knew
dering: where is the long
about the problem it
term plan?
could be put on a priorKeeping up with the
ity list to be balanced
yearly capital costs and
against other potential
operations and maintenprojects, money could be
ance isn't good enough.
put aside over a period
Leaders need to have
of years in order to either
some foresight and look
shore up the river bank
many years down the
or to cover moving vital
SHANE
line to anticipate the
infrastructure away from MAGEE
needs of the community.
the areas most at risk.
Without a plan in place,
Since the village
future councils will face some hard
hasn't gone to the GNWT to at
choices.
least get the ball rolling, surely it
is saving up money to repair or
relocate its water treatment plant
or water intake line should erosion
DO YOU THINK MEDIATION IS NEEDcontinue over the coming years.
ED TO MOVE THE DEHCHO PROCESS
Well, not exactly. Village leaders
have been spending but not saving FORWARD?
Yes, it would help break the impasse.
in a capital reserve fund.
That's what other municipalities
use to save up for those rainy days
100%
when they have to replace big
No, they need to work it out by negotiatticket infrastructure.
ing.
"There is no money," the mayor
said, citing a measly $1 million
0%
transferred to the municipality
from government coffers for capHAVE YOUR SAY
ital spending each year that goes
Are you concerned about the eroding riverto projects needing immediate
bank in Fort Simpson? Go online to www.
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Community comes together
BEAVERTAIL
Feature
by Shane Magee
and Andrew Livingstone
Northern News Services
Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson
Fort Simpson knows how to
throw a party.
Judging by the crowds at
the jamboree events scattered
all over town, from the hockey
rink, to the recreation centre
to the snowmobile races to
the traditional games, the 2015
Beavertail Jamboree brought
out the best in residents.
Whether it was friendly
competition in the snowshoe
race or in the hockey arena
where intense four-on-four
hockey was played, jamboreegoers were there cheering on
their friends, neighbours and
even complete strangers as
they sawed, sang and skated.
If laughter and life-long
memories could be bottled up
and used to power the village, it would never run out of
energy. The positive vibe of
the jamboree infected residents
and even those who happened
upon an event by chance were
drawn in by the sense of community the jamboree brought
out in people.
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Ria Letcher, left, and Cathie Simms were hard at work on March 15 frying fish, making
bannock and prepping fresh cut potatoes for the fish fry at the recreation centre as part of
the jamboree's final day of festivities.
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Four-year-old Joseph Michaud was brimming with
excitement in anticipation of his first ever snowmobile race as part of the Beavertail Jamboree on
March 14.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Michael Cazon, right, takes part in a drum dance in the Fort
Simpson rec centre on March 12.
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Jacinda Betsedea is all smiles as she participates in the sawing competition during the traditional games
events on March 14.
Thor Amundson, left, begins to spill 10 feet from the finish line as Chris
Stipdonk passes him to win the men's snowshoe race during the Beavertail
Jamboree on March 14.
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Dennis Thompson plays the fiddle with Roger West, who was in town for a
two-night performance, during the adult talent show at the Beavertail Jamboree on March 14.
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo
Melaw Nakehk'o hit the moose dead-on during the spearthrowing competition
on March 14. Her first throw went well-over the target and onto the road,but
she nailed the moose on her second attempt.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Kate Moses, left, and Earl Moses were among the hundreds that lined up for
the feast on March 12 as part of the Beavertail Jamboree in Fort Simpson.
Shane Magee/NNSL photo
Community members take part in a drum dance circle after the opening ceremony of the Beavertail Jamboree on March 12 in Fort Simpson.
Taggacho Jose, 4, sings a crowd-pleasing song
about the seven days of the week during the youth
talent show at Bompas School on March 13 as
part of the Beavertail Jamboree.
8 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Three tax assessment complaints
Northern News Services
A board of revision will determine whether
the current property tax assessments of three
property owners in the village were correct.
According to acting senior administrative
officer McWade, three complaints were filed
over the tax assessments down by the territorial
government on properties within village limits.
McWade said an assessor will be coming to
town in April to sit on a board of revision with a
council representative and a chosen representative from the community.
The three complainants can come and present their case to the board and hear from the
assessor why the assessment was determined
the way it was.
Once the village is able to set a date – the
assessor wasn't cleared to travel by the territorial
government until April at the earliest – the village has to give 21 days notice by law.
McWade said the three complaints are about
ownership and lot sizes.
Payment plan for
ambulance bill approved
A request to forgive $360 in interest accrued
on a previously unpaid ambulance bill was
voted down by village council in favour of pursuing a payment plan option.
Eric and Paschalina Nadli requested the
town write-off service charges stemming from
an ambulance bill that went unpaid for over a
year and a half.
The couple were in a motor vehicle accident
that led to thousands of dollars in emergency
vehicle use, including a $6,362 bill for the use
of a helicopter for medical transport.
"Our motor vehicle accident left us without
income for a very long time as we were unable
to work," Paschalina Nadli wrote in a letter to
council. "We are finally getting back on our
feet, so the services fees the village is trying to
collect is money we won't have."
While council was sympathetic to the situation the couple faces, acting senior administrative officer Forrest McWade said it would set a
bad precedent if the village decided to waive
the outstanding balance of the bill, which was
paid recently.
"I do think we need to recognize why we do
charge interest on any payment like any other
corporation," he said. "I think if we start doing
this we're going to get a lot of letters and people
coming in. It's important we follow our policies
and procedures."
Council voted to work out a payment plan
and are looking at freezing the interest where it
is so it doesn't continue to mount.
Process begins to put lots
up for sale
VILLAGE COUNCIL
Six lots currently with tax arrears exceeding
$10,000 will go up for auction in late June if the
outstanding taxes owing aren't paid.
Four of the six properties are owned by Leo
Cordero and Betty Lee and have outstanding
tax bills in the vicinity of $65,000, according
to town documents. If the outstanding balances
on the six properties aren't paid in full by June
19, the properties will be auctioned off at 50
per cent of the current assessment value, which
could bring in approximately $263,000 in revenue for the town.
Current owners have 30 days after the auction ends and a winning bidder is chosen to pay
their tax bills, or lose the properties.
Office construction
approved
Town council unanimously approved a
development application from Nogha Enterprises to build a new office building on 100
Street.
Designed by Edmonton-based David Wong
Architect Ltd., the two-storey building will
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have 18,457 sq. ft., of leaseable space and will
have 44 parking stalls, two spaces designated
wheelchair and disability accessible.
Reviewed by Stephen Cudmore, the town's
bylaw enforcement officer, the application met
all requirements for approval. Lighting on the
outside meets standards as to not interfere
with traffic control devices and won't shine
onto neighbouring properties. The parking lot
entrance will be located on 100 Avenue behind
the building from the side.
Cudmore wrote in his report to council that
he felt it was a good location as there isn't much
traffic on 100 ave., and would eliminate potential congestion issues on 100 Street.
Nogha Enterprises is expected to begin construction next month with an estimated completion date of Jan. 14, 2016 at a cost of approximately $10 million.
Mushers race for $10,000 in prizes
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Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence
Deh Gah Dog Mushers Club will host the 2015 Dehcho Sled
dog championships on March 27 and 28.
The two-day competition coincides with the Bison Jamboree
events and will begin at the Snowshoe Inn at 1 p.m.
The championship with consist of 10-dog and six-dog classes
and the purse for the entire event is $10,000.
"Spectators can watch the entire race as the tracks are along
the Fort Providence access road and go about 10 km north along
Highway 3," co-organizer Susan Fleck stated in an e-mail.
Mushers are expected from the NWT, northern B.C., Alberta
and Minnesota with a total of 200 dogs expected to be involved.
Mushers meeting is at 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Snowshoe
Cafe and awards will be doled out on Saturday evening at the
Snowshoe Lounge where everyone can dance away to the sounds
of Bobby Bouvier and the Boys.
The club is also tentatively planning to have a fun race on
April 4 that will include a one-dog race for kids and sponsors
three-dog race.
Snowboarding students
take Jasper by storm
Pehdzeh Ki/Wrigley
Six students from Chief Julian Yendo School spent nine days
carving the slopes of Jasper National Park's mountains while taking in an Edmonton Oilers hockey game during a snowboard trip
to Alberta earlier this month.
From Feb. 25 to March 5 students spent the trip snowboarding, hiking and swimming, among other things, said school
principal Blair Sellars.
"We incorporate a lot of swimming into the trip and we stay
at hotels that have pools and we stay at the Jasper Activity Centre
in Jasper," he said. "We're promoting healthy, active lifestyles
with physical activity as one of the main objectives, but as well
as providing positive social activities for the children and positive
social engagement."
Sellars said the students were also treated to an Imax 3-D
movie on butterflies at the Telus World of Sciences Centre in
Edmonton where they spent the day taking in the exhibits on
display.
Hiking and visited the Space Sciences Centre and watched a
doc on butterflies in 3-D.
The students also attended an Edmonton Oilers hockey game
against the reigning Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings
at Rexall Place.
"The kids really enjoyed it," said Sellars. "The game was
really entertaining, even though the Oilers didn't win."
Mudball Carnival committee
to meet
Tthek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River
The Mudball Carnival committee should have confirmed
dates for the annual festivities by early next week, said committee
member Gail Sanguez.
Representatives from the Department of Industry, Tourism
and Investment are in town on March 19 for an information session on the Morel mushroom opportunities this year. The meeting
will be held in the gymnasium.
Chief Gladys Norwegian and Marilyn Haridsty were in Hay
River from March 17 to March 19 for a tourism workshop in Hay
River.
A number of birthdays are being celebrated in the community
over the next week. Gerald Norwegian has a birthday on Mar. 18,
Stan Sanguez on the March 19, Billy Norwegian on March 20,
Alicia Grossetete on March 24 and Keegan Menacho on March
26.
Easter baptism in the works
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Pheobe Betsaka (March 9), Maurice Vital (March 10) and Helen
Ekotla (March 18).
Birthday wishes go out to William Isaiah-Marcellais (March
22), Priscilla Betsaka (March 23) and Sharon Konisenta (March
24).
The community also has two elders who are off to Trout Lake
from March 23 to 27 for a harvesters meeting.
Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard
Residents looking to have their children baptized over the
Easter holiday can arrange a time by contacting Janna Deneron.
The baptism is planned for Apr. 12 with preparation beginning
this weekend with Father Joe Daley of Saint Raphael's Mission.
There are at least 10 people currently on the list to be baptized.
Bison Jamboree next week
Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence
The Deh Cho Bison Jamboree dates have been set for March
25 to 29 and hamlet staff are working to finalize the schedule of
events for the five-day event.
Hamlet recreation coordinator Andre Bolduc said he is in the
process of preparing a poster and finalize list of events and hopes
to have it done by the end of this week.
Birthdays abound
in Nahanni Butte
Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte
March is a month of birthdays in Nahanni Butte as 10 people
have had or are having birthdays this month.
Bulated birthday wishes go out to Jolene Betsaka and Leanna
Vital (March 4), James Tonka (March 7), Mindy Tsetso and
photo courtesy of Blair Sellars
WRIGLEY STUDENTS
HIT THE SLOPES
Grade 8 student Kayden Antoine is all smiles as he
puts on his snowboard during a trip to Jasper from
Feb. 25 to Mar. 5 with Chief Julian Yendo School.
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What's your favourite part
of the Beavertail Jamboree?
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Akesha Hardisty
"The drum dances."
Kristen Tanche
"The Friday afternoon games
and the corporate challenge."
Kathy Mouse
"Drum dances and getting
together with friends and
family."
Josanne Tanche
"The talent show."
Horoscopes March 19 to 26
ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 A debate forces you to reconsider some
long-held opinions. Use this time to reflect on your point of view
and if there is anything you might want to change.
TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Life gets better and better as the week
goes on, Taurus. Expect a few obstacles, but remember there's
nothing you cannot tackle, especially when you get some help.
GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 A situation arises at work that evokes
strong emotions among your coworkers. Stay neutral on the issue
until you have had enough time to gather more information.
CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 A recently started relationship is going
great, Cancer. Now might be a great time to take the next step with
your special someone. Expect this person to share your feelings.
LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 A rush of adrenaline this week will help you
sail through any projects that need completion, Leo. Take a break
every now and then so you don't burn out.
VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you and a superior at work are
seeing eye-to-eye this week. This could mark the beginnings of a
great partnership, so continue to work hard.
LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you will sort out a complex problem in due time. Don't let any initial struggles to find a solution
keep you down. Continue to focus on the bigger picture.
SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, use this week to address an
unresolved issue. Tackle every project thrown your way head-on
and with vigor. Others will notice your efforts.
SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, try not to over-think
things this week. Sometimes the simplest solution to a problem is
the best solution. Keep this in mind at the office.
CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, a distraction this week
proves so fascinating that you neglect other responsibilities. While
you may like a challenge, don't let it consume your life.
AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 You yearn for privacy this week,
Aquarius. Make the most of any opportunity to seek out a quiet
corner and spend some time deep in reflection and thought.
PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Chores are completely unappealing this
week, Pisces. But they must get done one way or another. Delegate
some tasks.
Hannah Kotchea
"The food."
Gracyn Tanche
"The traditional games."
Student of the week
CADENCE ERASMUS
Age: 9
Parents: Fawna Erasmus and Kirk Loman
School: Bompas Elementary School
Teacher's remarks: "Cadence did very well in
school this term, she worked very hard and was
focused," said Class 4 teacher Doris PellisseyBruneau. "She made a big improvement."
Favourite subject: Art and math are her favourites
because, she said, she likes drawing.
Book of choice: The Adventures of Captain
Underpants.
Favourite food: Pasta.
Hobbies and pastimes: Sleeping over at her
friends' homes and going sliding with her friends.
Career aspirations: To become a dancer and
singer.
Stuck with boyfriend
after car accident
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Lost girl here. I'm 23 turning 24. I've been dating my boyfriend eight years. He's my first, of course. We were head over
heels from the start, but five years ago we had a horrific car
accident. I was driving.
My boyfriend broke his neck and collarbone and had horrible things like burns. The accident happened on his birthday.
His best friend was with us and he broke his back and some
ribs. I was 18, just out of high school, one month into my
freshman year of college.
I took care of my boyfriend despite issues in his family
life. I loved him and tried to balance going to school Monday
through Thursday with working Friday through Sunday. We
had a hell of a time going through his healing but eventually
we got some money in a settlement.
So we got our own place. We fought. I was enraged with
anger at my life. I fell hard for his friend, the one in the wreck
with us, but my boyfriend found out. Well, he kept me, though
I continued to talk to his ex-best friend who had other girlfriends.
Long story short, I am miserable. My boyfriend never
changed for the better. He's had a good job for over a year, but
he never finished high school. I never finished college because
of our constant fights. He never shows compassion or affection, and I've always had his friend on my mind, although he
has a girlfriend now.
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I know I should leave my boyfriend because he doesn't
satisfy me, but how? We have grown up together. We have a
house and everything. It's practically a divorce without the
papers and children, thank God!
Giselle
Giselle, in a famed poem by Coleridge, an ancient mariner
wears a dead albatross around his neck as a legacy of his past.
By the poem's end, however, the weight of the past and the
albatross fall from the sailor's neck and sink "like lead into the
sea."
You also are carrying an albatross around your neck, the
albatross of the wreck. Your boyfriend blames you for the
accident, and you blame yourself. You were driving a car that
gravely injured two men. How much of your connection to
these two is based on time and guilt?
Your boyfriend is wrong for you. You'd like to be with his
best friend, but he is unavailable. Rarely do people have a
chance to start over in life. But you do. You are a free young
woman, or at least you can be.
Wayne & Tamara
Can't get longtime boyfriend to commit to marriage
I have been dating a man four years. I am 53 and he is 56.
I divorced six years ago and he was a friend before my marriage. For the last four years we've only dated each other.
Many times he's told me he loves me, but I feel we are not
moving past boyfriend and girlfriend. We don't live together
because he says he is not ready for that.
When we are together, I go to his house. He almost never
comes to mine. I asked if he ever wants to marry me and he
says yes, but he doesn't know when. Why is this not moving
toward living together or marriage? Should I continue down
this path or move on?
Debbie
Debbie, you are climbing up the down escalator. You will
never get to the top. Stop climbing. Find a man who wants to
go in your direction.
Wayne & Tamara
If you have any questions or comments for Wayne or Tamara, please
forward e-mail to [email protected] or write to Wayne &
Tamara Mitchell, Station A, Box 2820, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2R1
sports & recreation
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Shane Magee/NNSL photo
PUCK PURSUIT
Brendan Tsetso moves the puck down the ice at the Fort Simpson rec centre during a Beavertail Cup tournament game on March 12.
Volleyball tournament a go
Six teams currently committed to three-day event being held in Fort Providence in April
by Andrew Livingstone
position was vacant during
the winter months – Bolduc,
Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/ who has been in the job for
Fort Providence almost two months, said he
Volleyball enthusiasts will was approached by Charlene
descend on Fort Providence Bonnetrouge to organize a
in mid-April with the hopes tournament.
of spiking and volleying their
"It's the first time in a while
way to bragging rights.
and Charlene came to me and
The adult co-ed tourna- said she wanted to organize
ment is expected to draw play- one so I decided to jump on
ers and teams
the opportunity,"
from across the
said
Bolduc.
Deh Cho region
"She hosts volfor the tournaleyball every
ment scheduled
Wednesday and
to take place
said they hadn't
April 24 to 26
had a tournain the Deh Gah
ment in years
School gymnasiand it would
um, said hamlet
be nice to have
recreation cosomething like
Andre Bolduc
ordinator Andre
this going on.
Bolduc.
There isn't much
Without a recreation co- going on in the community and
ordinator in the community some people can't get away on
for a number of years – the the weekends so it's something
hamlet hired someone for people can get into.
the last two summers but the
"They're not a travelling
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"Little
tournaments
like this are
good
preparation."
team and just play in the gym
every week so it'll be a chance
to play competitively."
Bolduc said six teams have
registered and he's hoping
they'll be able to get a few
more to fill up the weekend
schedule. Currently, one team
from Fort Providence has registered while Behchoko will be
sending a four-team contingent
and Yellowknife will be sending one team. Bolduc said a
plan is in the works to get two
teams from Dettah registered
as well.
The opportunities for players to meet others who love the
sport and to play in a competitive atmosphere will hopefully
ignite some more interest in
the sport from new players and
those looking to improve their
game.
"It's good to have outside
players coming in to see the
community and connect with
people," Bolduc said. "Having activities for people to
get together and just spend
time together it's a great thing.
You're spending three whole
days and if you're not playing, you're watching the other
teams and meeting the players
and making new friends."
Bolduc said the chance for
some of the more skilled players to connect with teams and
players from other communi-
ties opens doors to the possibility of travelling with another
team to bigger tournaments.
"It's also just good practice
for teams that do go to bigger
tournaments," he said. "Little
tournaments like this are good
preparation and it's a lot of
good fun."
Each team must have at
minimum six players, with two
female players per team and
can max out at 10 players.
Bolduc said they will accept
the first ten teams who register
and pay the fee in order to
participate.
For insurance purposes,
players are required to be registered members of NWT Volleyball prior to the start of the
tournament.
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SOCCER
AGE: 7
Tyler has played soccer since he was five
years old and says he enjoys it because
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03/19/15