Iqaluit mayor holds off on motion to tax churches

Iqaluit mayor holds off on motion to tax churches

By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Iqaluit’s mayor no longer plans to bring forward a motion to make the city’s churches pay municipal property taxes. Mayor Kenny Bell announced Monday he was backing off on the proposal, which he announced in late June, shortly after national news stories drew attention to graves containing the remains of former residential school students in…

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Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Vintage cars, high horsepower, the smell of burnt rubber and adrenaline returned to Terrace with the first drag race of Northwest Regional Raceway’s 2021 season held over the weekend of July 9-11.  The race operated by the Terrace Drag Race Association (TDRA) took place at an unused airstrip of the Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat, where…

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St. Albert Public Board pushes province for rewrite of new curriculum

By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The new Alberta curriculum is meeting a political agenda, and not meeting the needs of kids in the classrooms, said one local superintendent. St. Albert Public School superintendent Krimsen Sumners said during a Gazette editorial board meeting that the curriculum needs to be well thought out and thoroughly vetted. “We have a government who’s seeing a need…

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Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The work of local artists adorns picnic tables around the city this summer as part of a Tourism Richmond pop-up project. There are 31 tables in total, grouped in seven areas. Each area has at least one table painted by a local artist. At Britannia Shipyards, two tables are painted by Phoenix Art Workshop owner…

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Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com Correction please: Paragraph 3. There are 11 short films that will play at this year’s Future of Film Showcase not 16 as reported. Inuk Elder Naulaq LeDrew now gets a chuckle out of a story that has been passed down through generations to children. LeDrew recalls she might have been as young as three…

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Canadian Human Rights Commission weighs in on vaccine passports

Canadian Human Rights Commission weighs in on vaccine passports

By Natasha Bulowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Canadian Human Rights Commission confirms it has engaged in “informal discussions” about vaccine passports with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at a time when experts and advocates are debating how to safely reopen Canada’s borders and economy while respecting privacy and human rights. It’s a complicated issue, and one the commission…

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Tisdale resuming local event grant

Tisdale resuming local event grant

By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Town of Tisdale is resuming a grant in partnership with the Canalta Hotel to fund Tisdale-hosted multi-day events including tournaments, competitions, conventions and festivals. The tourism and marketing grant was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions on events. Past funded events have included provincial curling championships, Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association (SCHA)…

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Half of Albertans know little about Indian Residential Schools: Poll

Half of Albertans know little about Indian Residential Schools: Poll

By Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – About half of Albertans say they know little about Canada’s residential schools system, while 20 per cent say they know nothing at all, according to a new national poll conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CCRF), the Assembly of First Nations and Abacus Data, placing the Alberta government’s draft K-6 curriculum under…

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M.D. of Lesser Slave River Council notebook

June 29, 2021 meeting Joe McWilliamsLakeside Leader Council’s special meeting last week was mainly to discuss the 2021 capital budget. Several items of work were proposed, for addition to what’s already been approved. Council approved around $700,000 in additional projects. Some of the discussions about them follow: Canyon Creek water/sewer upgrades Various improvements are needed to components of the raw water…

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