Minister takes heat Glen Abernethy hears public outcry over health centre location Volume 21 Issue 34 THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015 75 CENTS Picking plan gets prize Snowboarding for future successes Bompas school students pen friendships Family heritage gets showcased in annual fair Publication mail Contract #40012157 photo courtesy of Jessica Minoza Fort Providence resident Jessica Minoza, left, recipient of a $5,000 award for her morel harvesting business plan, and Riel Stevenson-Burke taking a break from picking last season. See story inside. 2 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 community Friends connect through letters Grade 5 class writes to students across the country by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson When Damian Isaiah got the postage-stamped white envelope in the mail late last year it was the beginning of a new friendship. Isaiah was one of more than a dozen Grade 5 students at Bompas Elementar y School who penned letters to students in other cities and towns across Canada as part of the Great Canadian Mail Race. The project, which started out of the United States, connects students from across Canada through snail mail, something teacher Leanne Jose said is a dying form of communication. A self-proclaimed letter writer, Jose said it's important for students to learn how to communicate effectively and that writing is an important skill in their lives. In the age of e-mail, text messaging and social media, Jose said it's a unique opportunity to connect with other students around the country, and learn about where they live. "I write my mom because she doesn't have any technology, and I do it regularly," she said. "It's a good way to get kids to write for a purpose and they get excited about it." Isaiah took to writing his pen pal, a student from Ontario named Jordan, that he even began writing letters from home and his grandmother would mail them for him. "I've lost count of how many letters I've sent," he said. "He's my friend and I like being able to write someone who isn't from here. It's cool because I can't text him so I have to write. It's like texting in the old-days." COFFEE Break Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo Bompas Grade 5 student Abigail Pascua-Matte holds a letter from a pen pal she received recently as part of the Great Canadian Mail Race. Students across Canada are asked to write letters to one school with the goal of other students responding, to help build on writing skills and to learn about other regions in the country. Abigail Pascua-Matte said it was a great learning experience for her to write back to her pen pal in Whitehorse. She said she liked interacting with people in other cities across the country, and found the experience exciting. "I thought it was different and fun to do something that opened me up to new experiences," she said. Pascua-Matte said working on her writing and communication skills is an important thing to learn as she gets older. "I think it's important because you learn how to write better," she said. Jose said her students put a lot of time and effort into writing their letters, and are learning the skills necessary to effectively communicate with people through their words. "They always need to know how to write a friendly letter," she said. "And they get to learn about the rest of Canada and the people there." James McCarthy/NNSL photo CARVING UP THE SNOW FOR A CHANCE AT GLORY Fort Liard snowboarder Dallas Sassie starts a run at the Arctic Winter Games snowboard qualifying competition in Yellowknife on April 11. Sassie was one of nearly half-a-dozen snowboarders from Liard who travelled to the capital city last weekend. feature news Clarification A news brief titled "Council enquires about devolution" in the April 9 edition of Deh Cho Drum, GNWT spokesperson Shaun Dean said the Deh Gah Got'ie Koe First Nation wanted more information about signing on to the devolution agreement. If this were to happen, the First Nation would leave the Dehcho Process, however, Dean never said that specifically. Deh Cho Drum apologizes for the confusion this may have caused. DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 3 Fungi in the family NEWS Briefs Energy facility in works The Northwest Territories Power Corporation is planning to start construction on a new energy facility in Fort Simpson this year. Currently in the design phase, it was going to be a liquified natural gas facility, however, Pam Coulter, NWT Power Corp. spokesperson said a comparison study with biomass should be completed by late spring to see if it is better-suited. Pharmacy to open June 1 North West Company has announced the opening date for the pharmacy in Fort Simpson. To be located in the Northern Store, the pharmacy will open June 1 and offer an expanded over-thecounter selection of vitamins and supplements, cough and cold medication, plus health and skincare products. "It is important that customers are able to access the ... resources and services needed to help them live well," said Laurie Kaminsky, vice-president of health products and services. Dehcho deadline lapses The territorial government imposed deadline on an offer to settle the Dehcho Process passed on April 6 with the Dehcho First Nations not accepting the offer. When the offer was made in midFebruary, Grand Chief Herb Norwegian had said then the offer didn't meet what the nation wanted and wouldn't be accepted. In an e-mail response, cabinet spokesperson Shaun Dean said there needs to be a "shared willingness" among the territorial government, Dehcho First Nations and the federal government to reach an agreement comparable to previous settled claims in the territory. Premier Bob McLeod has asked for a meeting this month with the other parties to assess the current state of negotiations and consider the chances of reaching a deal. "All three parties will need to make a determination about whether they can move forward with formal negotiations," Dean said. Ice road closure updates Ice roads across the Deh Cho region closed this week in part due to unseasonably warm weather over the weekend. Temperatures reached the mid-teens across the region last weekend, prompting the Department of Transportation to close the Nahanni Butte ice crossing to all traffic on April 10, and the Trout Lake crossing on March 31. At press time, The Liard river crossing at Fort Simpson was on 72-hour notice for closure and could close to traffic by noon on April 17. The crossing was closed to low clearance vehicles on April 10 due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions of the road over the weekend. photo courtesy of Jessica Minoza Fort Providence resident Jessica Minoza recently won a $5,000 award from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for her business plan to market and sell morel mushrooms to restaurants and chefs across Canada. Minoza, 27, is pictured here with Riel Stevenson-Burke taking a break from mushroom picking in 2014. Jessica Minoza wins $5,000 award to market morel mushrooms, follows in father's fungus-focused footsteps by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence When Jessica Minoza began picking mushrooms last summer she struggled to notice the moneymaking fungi flourishing in the soil made ripe by the previous year's forest fire season. Now the 27-year-old Fort Providence resident has mushroom eyes. "When I first went out picking, I couldn't find any at all," she said with a sense of excitement in her voice. "We had someone from B.C. who had been picking mushrooms for 30 years and he helped train us.” It takes patience and persistence to train your eye to find mushrooms, she said, and once she was able to spot them with ease, the joy of the labour-intensive work formed. "Even the people in our camp, when we were training, people got excited about the sizes of the mushrooms they got," she said. "We were all having mushroom dreams." For Minoza the dreams aren't just about mushrooms alone, but come with dollar signs and inspiration to help her community. Minoza's business idea to market and sell morel mushrooms picked in the Deh Cho region netted the ambitious and enthusiastic Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) student $5,000 and a place in the school's business incubator. "A lot of people, the other entrepreneurs at NAIT, they're working on oil industry-type businesses and smartphone apps, and in the end mushrooms won," Minoza said. "There are a lot of people interested keting mushrooms to restaurants and I'm happy about that. It's going and chefs around the world started to put us on the map and people to grow. Minoza learned about the will recognize. I'm so happy to be 2015 Hatch Startup Challenge at the institute and put together a from the NWT." Minoza's idea started to take pitch for Mycelium, the name of shape when she was introduced her company, that was one of eight to Ryan O'Flynn, a former NAIT winners selected. The spores of the idea were student and up-and-coming chef. When she found out he was a culin- born in the forest fire-stricken areas ary whizz, Minoza gave O'Flynn around Fort Providence last year. some morels to use in the kitchen. Minoza had come home to the hamIt was a birthday dish he cooked let where her father James Christie for her, beef wellington, that caught had already decided to put her to work in the morel her attention. Having grown up in the mushroom madness NWT, morels aren't that has swept over part of the regular cuithe region in the last sine and it was one of few years. the first experiences Christie opened she'd had with them. Ever-Ready Dehcho "He used the Expediting in 2011 mushrooms and it was to capitalize on the beautiful," she said. rarely-tapped morel Jessica Minoza "He was so excited mushroom market and that I had them. He had over 35 pickers in knew they came from camp last season. Italy and France and Africa, but not "I was living in Vancouver and the NWT, so I gave him a whole moved back last May and I wanted bunch and he used them at the Can- to know about the mushrooms," she adian Culinary Championships. said. "He gave me the job without O'Flynn used the earthy fungi even asking me, before I knew it in a dish of Alberta river sturgeon, I was manager of the camp. He's cured Quebec foie gras and wild really put me in charge and he's so Northwest and Okanagan apples excited for me right now." that won him a gold medal. The market has always been "We've already had a lot of there, said Minoza, but out-of-town requests coming in to place orders pickers would come to the region, and with Ryan as a supporter and make thousands of dollars, and having lived in Europe for years, none would stay in the community. he's connected to all those people "I know that a lot of other buythere, so there is a lot of buzz," she ers are from different countries and provinces, and they come up to said. From there, the dream of mar- the NWT they pick all the morels "We were all having mushroom dreams." and bring pickers and they take and they leave and there is nothing staying here," she said, adding she plans to pick morels herself again this summer. "I want to market that I'm from Fort Providence, someone who is aboriginal and will buy locally from people there and the money goes to them and it's an economic opportunity." Morel mushrooms have honeycomb-like tops made up of a network of ridges with pits in between them. They can appear grey, yellow or black in colour and are described as having an earthy and nutty flavour, with a meaty texture. They are prized by gourmet cooks, especially in French cuisine, and can command substantial prices. Fresh morels can catch $10 to $14 a pound but if the picker has the expertise to dry them, a pound of mushrooms could bring in around $350. The territorial government estimates that it could net millions of dollars for pickers with what is expected to be one of – if not the – best season for picking in the territory's history. It's not just about the business and entrepreneurial success, said Minoza, but about being able to provide opportunities for people in the Deh Cho region. "I want to be able to give back to my community," she said. "The NWT has so much potential, coming from Fort Providence and doing this, it may help other people. I hope I can inspire people to just take their ideas and go for it." 4 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 news Health centre to be built on Dehcho Hall: minister Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo Robert C. McLeod, left, minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Glen Abernethy, minister of Health and Social Services, and Kevin Menicoche, MLA for Nahendeh, listen to Fort Simpson residents during a public meeting held at the rec complex on April 8. Glen Abernethy in hot seat over new location by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson Residents voiced frustration at a public meeting on April 8 over the decision by the territorial government to begin a planning study on a plot of land selected for the new health centre. The frustration is seemingly justified as a health official who visited the village in late November said the department wouldn't move ahead with plans to build a health centre on the former Dehcho Hall site without community support. Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy was in the hot seat during a twohour meeting at the recreation complex last week over what residents view as a decision made about their community without adequate public consultation. Only suitable option Fielding questions about how the site was chosen and why more consultation didn't happen, Abernethy said that it was the only site that met the department's criteria for building a hospital. "It's the only suitable site," Abernethy said. "We need to have a site before we can begin a planning study." However, at a public meeting in November, Perry Heath, director of infrastructure planning for the health department, told about 30 people at a public meeting that the territorial government wouldn't go ahead with the project on the old Dehcho Hall site if the community didn't want it. "If there's no community support for it, we're not fools, we're not going to build a facility on a piece of property where there's strong community opposition for it," said Heath. A site selection study by the department looked at four possible locations on the island. The new centre would be at least 1,015 square metres and it would be built to handle the needs of the community for the next 40 years. Abernethy said a new facility needs access to the village water and sewage system, has to be centrally located, needs to be above the flood zone and needs a large lot.Two sites were ruled out because they required too much work to raise the ground and street levels above the flood zone and a third site didn't have enough space. Dennis Nelner, who voiced concern at the November public meeting over the fact the site was originally reserved by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment to build a track facility for the community, said the fact the decision is seemingly already set in stone concerns him. He said the reserve having been transferred from the education department to health without the public knowing raised concerns they weren't being consulted enough. "It's a 50-year piece of infrastructure, once it's built, it's built," he said to a room of about 40 people. "We haven't been engaged at all about where the hospital can go. It's bureaucrats in Yellowknife signing a piece of paper." A planning study on the old Dehcho Hall site – the building was torn down in 2010 – will hopefully be completed this fiscal year with construction beginning in the following years. However, Abernethy couldn't give a specific start date. A number of people wondered why the old health centre location wasn't suitable, and a new building couldn't be built on that location. Abernethy said a building assessment was completed recently that determined the structure is outdated and a full re-build would be required. "We do need a new build- ing and it would be more expensive to tear down and build on the same site," he said. Concerns about the desecration of graves on the former residential school site were also raised at the meeting. A number of graves remain on the site, and Abernethy said a review of the grounds by the Department of Public Works and Services has taken this issue into consideration. Nahendeh MLA Kevin Menicoche said once the planning study is complete, residents will get a better sense of where the building is going to be located on the property. Abernethy, along with Robert C. McLeod, minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, were touring the region with Menicoche last week, travelling to Trout Lake, Fort Liard and Nahanni Butte to meet with councils, tour facilities and meet with the public to discuss issues affecting each community and the region as a whole. On air ambulances Fort Simpson Mayor Sean Whelly asked the minister why local companies aren't being retained to offer air ambulance services to communities. If weather prohibits the air ambulance service to leave Yellowknife, it delays medical support in communities and could potentially put lives at risk, he said. "I think a more formal agreement to have standby pilots to make sure a plan is available for medical travel that may be urgent is necessary," said Whelly. Abernethy said because of the medical travel policy, which has recently been overhauled, an airplane can only be considered an air ambulance if the appropriate medical staff are on board to handle patients in transit, and it's more than just a pilot and a plane being available. opinions DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 5 Push into politics list goes on. Councillors are tasked with maintaining old and in some The public doesn't head to the ways crumbling infrastructure until polling stations to cast their votes in the municipal election until late- better times shine through. The passion and desire counOctober, but it's never cil has to make this viltoo early to talk about lage the best it can be is the importance of civic THE ISSUE: visible at each and every engagement. COUNCIL council meeting. A number of current ELECTIONS Most, if not all of councillors, and Mayor WE SAY: council, has lived here Sean Whelly, plan to throw GET INVOLVED for the majority of their their name in the ring lives. They believe in this once again to represent town and want what's residents of Fort Simpson best for its residents. They dream for another term. The decision to of a new recreation complex, a fitoccupy a seat on village council ness centre, new village offices, an isn't a glamourous job, by any upgraded visitor's cenmeans. The pay is little, tre, better roads, landfill the work is lofty and remediation and stopping often times complicated. the banks of the mighty Decisions have to be Mackenzie River from made for the betterment swallowing the island. of the community and While there is the may be unpopular with potential for decades residents, and can oftenof council experience to times lead to council remain for the next threemaking difficult decisions year term, it's important ANDREW that, despite resistance, are in the best interest LIVINGSTONE young people get involved in local politics. Selflessly of the village moving forapplying your knowledge ward. and vision to a civic position will Again, it's far from glamourous. help benefit your family, friends, However, the people who have a neighbours, business owners and desire to give their time to make sure the village priorities and needs everyone else who lives here, or may one day live here. are met makes them individuals While a voice in your head may who care not just for themselves, say you can't make a difference, but the community as a whole. it's sorely wrong. You can, and if Being a municipal politician you think you want to help contribis no easy task during good economic periods, and in a time when ute to making Fort Simpson a better place, win or lose, you're doing budgets are tight and money isn't what you think is best. flowing into village coffers like it And that is a winning move. has in the past – and the territorial and federal governments are asking municipalities to do more with less – it's a whole different beast. It's no secret the village is financially strapped, so much that even DOES SENDING YOUTH TO CONFERvillage assets in dire need of work ENCES LIKE GATHERING OUR VOICES HELP THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES? are given only band-aid solutions to stay operational and safe: roads, Yes, it's a great way to teach young water and sewer, the recreation people healthy choices. complex, the village office and vis67% itor's centre, the town garage, the Northern News Services No, there are better ways to do that right here at home. Wrigley M ack en zi e Ri ver NNSL WEB POLL 33% Fort Simpson Nahanni Butte Fort Jean Marie Providence Fort Liard Yel River Trout Lake Great Slave Kakisa 3 Lake Hay River HAVE YOUR SAY Should the village of Fort Simpson sign a lease to move its offices from the visitor's centre? Go online to www.nnsl.com/dehcho to vote in this week's poll. Published Thursdays 2014 ICE ROAD CLOSED FOR THE SEASON A truck cautiously crosses the ice road on April 11. The road was covered with nearly a foot of water after two days of warmer weather last week left the road in messy conditions. As of press time the Department of Transportation had the crossing on 72-hour notice, with closure likely on April 17. 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With council required to make a decision now to attend the two events in Hay River, in order to book hotel rooms and flights, a number of councillors and the mayor weren't interested in crossing picket lines. Coun. Ron McCagg said considering the village is currently in negotiations with its own workers who are part of the same union, it would be "two-faced" to go to Hay River and cross picket lines. Mayor Sean Whelly said unless the events were postponed and rescheduled for a time when the strike is over, the village shouldn't send representatives. "I'm not too hot on going there," he said. "It's the same union as our workers and I don't want to show any disrespect." Coun. Larry Campbell said a letter should be sent to both organizing groups, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs and the NWTAC, explaining why the village declined. Council voted five-to-one in favour of declining, with Coun. Marie Lafferty the lone vote in favour of attending. VILLAGE COUNCIL Beth Jumbo acting SAO Council made it official on April 7 that Beth Jumbo will act as senior administrative officer until the position can be filled on a permanent basis. Jumbo, who is also the administrative accounting clerk for the village, was made acting SAO on March 27, but it wasn't made official until council voted unanimously last week. Having acted as SAO for short periods of time in the past, Mayor Sean Whelly said Jumbo was a good fit to handle the role until a replacement is found. "The village council believes she has the experience and skills to manage the organization," he said. "Beth is a very resourceful and organized manager. She has completed most of the courses required for certification as a NWT SAO, through the courses offered by the School of Local Government (MACA)." Whelly said the search for a new SAO could take at least two months, possibly longer. Trial run for dust control When the dust begins to kick up with warmer weather on its way, briefs with Andrew Livingstone the town will be testing a new dust control product on roads to keep it down. Council approved the purchase of eight totes – large containers of liquid – which is half of what was requested by the public works department, as a trial run to see if it will work more effectively than the product used the year before. Beth Jumbo, acting senior administrative officer, said the product used last year to keep dust down instead of calcium – used in previous years – cost $1,400 per tote, where the new product would be about $1,900 per tote. "They found it was good but it was very labour intensive," Jumbo said, adding the new product is ready to use as is, and doesn't require mixing like the product from last summer. While the cost of the new dust control product is more than last year, it would still be half the price of going back to calcium, which cost $77,000 plus freight in 2013. Jumbo said if the product isn't as successful, public works would switch to a different option midsummer. Questions arose about whether MAYOR SEAN WHELLY: praises acting SAO Beth Jumbo as a good fit, but stated the search for a permanent one could take months. COUN. RON MCCAGG: said going to the conference would be 'two-faced.' the village had the money to purchase the product, and Jumbo said there is more than $80,000 in the road materials fund, which would cover the $15,000 cost plus freight – about half the total cost of the product. of paper and potentially save the village money before he was relieved of his duties late last year. While a proposal for council to consider was included in the meeting agenda, a number of councillors voiced concern about jumping into the plan without having reviewed it more thoroughly. eScribe is an independent software vendor that specializes in paperless governance and meeting management solutions, using Microsoft SharePoint as its foundation. Based on cost projections in the report, for the village to have eScribe installed, have staff and councillors trained and configure it with the village computer systems, the initial cost would be just more than $19,000 with an annual fee of $2,125 thereafter. Proposal to go paperless shelved A proposal to help the village council go paperless has been put on hold until councillors can get more details about cost and potential savings. According to e-mail correspondence, former senior administrative officer Dean Pickering was in talks with Markham, Ont.-based eScribe to help the council eliminate its use photo stories DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 7 Students explore heritage The Grade 3 class at Bompas Elementary School created two large dioramas comparing Fort Simpson of the past with Fort Simpson of today, as part of the school's heritage fair on April 13. FESTIVAL Feature by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson Students at Bompas Elementary School showcased their family heritage on April 13 during the school's annual heritage fair. Dozens of students participated in either group projects or were tasked with researching and creating a presentation on their own. Students explored aspects of their culture, family history or the countries and cities their families came from. Projects ranged from farming in the Philippines, Wrigley and Chief Tim Lennie, Nahanni Butte, St. Patrick's Day, the history of Bompas, and many in-depth looks into families in the region. The winners of the fair were announced on the evening of April 13 when parents and community members were able to attend and view the projects. Grade 4 winners, in order, were Lydia Nelner, Brittany Kendo and E’tonda Arden. Grade 5 winners were Elohdie Fabre-Dimsdale, Olivia Gaule and Hayden Kraus, while Grade 6 winners were Lucas Tate, JC Larter and, in a tie for third, Patrick Tate and Abigail Pascua-Matte. All winners were awarded with certificates, ribbons and gift cards to the Northern Store. The winning projects will be part of the regional heritage fair being held at the school on April 16. Bompas student Lydia Nelner learned a lot about her family's history and heritage in Tuktoyaktuk that goes back generations – her grandfather, Eddie Gruben, is now 95 years old. Despite the warm weather, Grade 3 student Keirah Simon covers her ears with a pair of mitts made by her grandmother, Lucy Simon, one of the region's most well-known beaders. Simon made her heritage fair project on the beading tradition in the Deh Cho region, with a focus on her grandmother. Heritage fair judge Barb Tsetso spent the morning reviewing projects in the Bompas Elementary School gymnasium. Abigail Pascua-Matte had oats, brown sugar and honey on-hand to show what students who attended Bompas School in the mid-1900s ate most days for breakfast. 8 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 news Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo DENE DRUM CIRCLE BEING OFFERED Randall Hardisty, left, Gerry Antoine and Jim Antoine sing a traditional Dene prayer song during a two-hour drumming session at the Fort Simpson rec centre on April 2. The Antoine brothers are hosting drumming sessions Tuesday and Thursday nights in April from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to teach young men about the drumming tradition, the history behind it and the meaning of the songs they learn. Fishing derby winner nets 18-pounder The organizing committee is still setting the schedule of events and hope to have it released soon, along with the confirmed dates. Belated birthday greetings go out to Vanessa Sanguez and Tyrone Sanguez, both with birthdays on April 8 earlier this month. And birthday wishes to Myra Sanguez and Melvin Sake, both were born on April 21. Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard Fort Liard fishers were out in full force on April 10 to 12 to try their chances at snagging the biggest fish in the annual fishing derby. Friday saw the biggest crowd of the weekend with 60 people, both fishers and on-lookers, out to participate, said Janna Deneron, one of the derby organizers. Deh Gah Got'ie Koe/Fort Providence "Overall, it was really good," she said. "FriThe recreation department at the Hamlet of day was overcast and a bit chilly, but we had Fort Providence is looking to tap into available the best turn out. On Saturday, it was overcast funding options to start an exercise program for but it got warm in the afternoon and the same elders in the community. on Sunday." Andre Bolduc, recreation coFrederick Nelson took top spot ordinator for the hamlet, said he in the adult jackfish category by was flipping through the new COMMUNITY hooking an 18-pound fish. Yvonne Parks and Recreation calendar and Nande was second with a jackfish Clips found plenty of funding options weighing in at 16 pounds even, with Andrew Livingstone available to start new programand Dale Timbre finished third ming in the community. with a 15.11-pound jackfish. A number of community memManny Vitale won the pickerel bers have talked to him recently about possible category with a 5.5-pound catch, followed by programming for elders with limited access to Victoria Klondike (five pounds) and John Gonat exercise programs. (four pounds). "I was approached about getting something There were two winners selected for both started and they have money available through jackfish and pickerel in the youth category. this program, so hopefully something like this Deneron said she had too many ties for third can come together," Bolduc said. place to properly award a prize, so they went Bolduc said it was just an idea at this point, with top two instead. Tyler Bertrand caught and that he hasn't thought about what the proa eight-pound jackfish to win top honours, gram could look like. while Stevenson Klondike finished second with The volleyball tournament scheduled for an eight-pound fish. Lynden Deneron caught April 24 to 26 is still scheduled to happen, a 4-pound pickerel for first place and Liam with seven teams committed to the three-days McLeod finished second with a 3.5-pound fish. of what is expected to be a competitive tournament. Elder exercise eyed Carnival still in works Ttek'ehdeli/Jean Marie River Carnival organizers in Jean Marie River are still trying to nail down a date for the weekend festivities. A group of community members on the carnival committee haven't been able to formalize a weekend date as of yet, but are tentatively saying it could be April 24 to 26, however, it's not set in stone yet. Birthday bonaza Tthenaago/Nahanni Butte The community of Nahanni Butte is celebrating two birthdays this coming week. Lorraine Vital celebrates her big day on April 13 and Raymond Vital on April 17. The community also had a belated birthday with Margaret Konisenta celebrating on April 9. DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 9 STREET talk Of the five Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs, which one will you be cheering for the most? with Andrew Livingstone [email protected] Stanley Cli "The Vancouver Canucks, because they have a really good team this year." Tanner Isaiah "Montreal Canadians because my cousin lives there." Student of the week William Tanche-Hanna "Winnipeg Jets because I have family there. TRISTAN ISAIAH Tyrone Lennie "Montreal Canadians." Connor Sanguez "Ottawa Senators because of the goaltender." Horoscopes April 16 to 23 ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Think before you speak, Aries. Quick wit might lead to some easy laughs, but it's best to consider how your words will affect those around you before you speak. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Give yourself a little more time to solve a puzzling problem, Taurus. Within a few days you might have the fresh perspective you need to determine a solution. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, criticism coming your way is intended to be constructive. Listen to what others are saying and recognize that they are advocates, not adversaries. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, give yourself time to form an opinion on an important issue in your life. The more time you give yourself, the more clearly you will see the issue at hand. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, not everyone moves at your breakneck speed. Just because others aren't keeping up doesn't mean they don't understand what is going on. Give others time to catch up. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, a budding relationship demands your attention this week. Give this relationship the attention it deserves, and you will be glad for having done so. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, resist the urge to rehash an old issue. You and others have long since moved on, and there are more positive things to focus on in the next week. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, your financial savvy comes to the forefront this week. Put your skill for finding a deal to work and you and your accountant will be glad you did. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, a goal that seems unlikely is still worth working toward. Others will be there to offer support and guidance as you pursue this very unique and rewarding goal. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, a great opportunity to express yourself comes along this week. Make the most of this chance to let others see your creative side. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a friend or family member looks to you for advice this week. Do your best to put yourself in his or her shoes and let him or her know your support is unwavering. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you have the wherewithal to complete a projects other may never even attempt. Put your best foot forward and get to work. Jade Tesou "Vancouver Canucks." Age: 6 Parents: Gina Isaiah School: Bompas Elementary School Teacher's remarks: Tristan is a curious young man who has a keen interest in the universe and the solar system. He just loves to learn and is improving on his ability to deal with change. He shows kindness to his classmates and teacher and is considerate of those around him. Favourite subject: Painting and colouring Book of choice: Clifford Favourite food: Cheese pizza Hobbies and pastimes: He likes to play Super Smash Bros. Career aspirations: He would love to be an astronaut She won't stop seeing her lover DIRECT Answers My daughter and her husband have been married seven years. Childhood sweethearts. They have a six-year-old child. They own their home, are financially secure, everything looks good. A couple of days ago, my husband and I received an e-mail from her telling us she has been in an affair for three years with a friend of her husband. He found out a couple of months ago, and they have been living together in silence. There were the requisite tears from her and the proverbial deer-in-the-headlights look. She admitted she's lied to everyone for years. After hugs and tears, she said she can't end it. She does not know if she loves him, but he is kind and exciting. OMG! Her husband came over to talk to us. He's been in hell and is glad it's in the open. He does not know what he wants to do. He told her they could try to work it out, but she has to stop seeing this guy. She won't. She says she needs her husband's financial support and her lover's excitement. We support our son-in-law entirely. We are trying to support her, but it is difficult when she won't make a move to end this mess. She has ruined so many lives and does not see it. I want her to see a therapist. She said she would but does nothing. I am so scared for my granddaughter. She is smart enough to know things are wrong, even though there is no fighting. The tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It is almost like she is more upset she was caught. How do I help her, or do I? Cynthia to choose between what's right and the bond to her child. A child is growing up in confusion. You can't stop your daughter from doing what she is doing. Neither can her husband. She has a legal right to decide what she will do. No one has the power to stop her. That said, the same is true of you and her husband. She can't stop what he, or you, decide to do. So you both need to understand where you are powerless and what that applies to, and where you are powerful and what that applies to. Once your son-in-law realizes a woman who loved him would never do this, he will realize the power of divorce. Your daughter wants to have her cake and eat it too, but your son-in-law does not have to provide the cake. Hard as it is to support him over your biological child, he is the one in the right. Your son-in-law needs to consult with an experienced attorney, and he needs to be frank about his reasons for divorce. He is safe while your daughter thinks he won't do anything, but once she has an inkling he will act, she may retaliate against "what he has done to me." Now that it is in the open, your daughter may feel free to bring her lover or other men into the home and expose your granddaughter to their influence. Protect your granddaughter as much as you can. Provide her with a calming presence that never varies in its love. You don't understand your daughter's motivation. She may think she should have dated more before marriage, she may think she felt pressured to marry someone or anyone, she may think she didn't know her own mind. You can support her only to the extent she is willing to bring her whole life into focus. Wayne & Tamara Cynthia, for three years your daughter looked at life through a camera focused on its nearest object, herself. Everything else was out of focus. Now everything else has come into view. It's not a pretty sight. A man has suffered the worst assault a man can in a relationship. A parent is being forced with Wayne & Tamara Mitchell [email protected] 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 10 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 Carving out a path in life photos courtesy of Amy Thomas Derrick Kotchea, left, Ross Duntra and Terrance Kotchea take a short break from snowboarding during two days of boarding and instruction at Powder King resort located north of Prince George, B.C. Snowboarding more than just a sport of choice in Fort Liard by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Acho Dene Koe/Fort Liard Snowboarding is more than just about carving up freshly fallen powder for more than a dozen youth in Fort Liard. At least with what Roslyn Gardner Firth has seen, youth now consumed by the sport have learned more than just slope skills – they've learned valuable life skills that will help them find success in the future. "The idea of the program is to have as many kids as possible engage in healthy outdoor activities and it's the kind of sport they can continue doing well into their adulthood," said Gardner Firth, recreation and youth manager for the hamlet. "I like to introduce sports they can continue with and it's not just for young people." When it comes down to snowboarding, youth in Fort Liard have latched on to the winter sport. Since bringing snowboarding into the com- spent two days on the slopes, munity five years ago, Gardner engaged in training with Firth said it's difficult to get instructors at the resort to help them off their boards now and them improve their skills and the development of talent and gained experience on larger, maturity has proven fruitful. more complicated runs. "The first "We've had year we had our five of our riders qualify for first clinic, no Arctic Winter one knew how Games in the to snowboard," past,” said Gardshe said. "In that ner Firth. “Four time, we've had of them ended up four athletes go going." to the Arctic Gardner Firth Winter Games, said they try to so that's a huge engage in the accomplishment sport outside of for young people Gardner Firth the community who were just so that youth get introduced to the used to "being out there in sport." A group of 16 snowboard- the bigger world and having ers just returned from a trip to to learn all of the safety proPowder King Mountain Resort cedures and riding chair lifts." located just outside of Prince This, she added, has them George, B.C., and some 11 learning new things every hour they're on the hill. hours drive from Fort Liard. "There is a big gain in conWith a day of travel on each end, the snowboarders fidence when they are able to "We try through sports, it's an objective, to build their confidence." SPORTS CARD BASKETBALL AND SOCCER AGE: 11 ISAAC LENOIR Issac is a two-sport kid. He loves both soccer and basketball for many reasons, but the common aspect he loves about both is playing on a team and working together. He wants to improve his shooting game and ability to deke out players on the basketball court. On the pitch, he enjoys putting the ball past the keeper, and is working on his shooting skills, too. master the sport and there is a lot of confidence that goes along with that," she said. "We try through sports, it's an objective, to build their confidence." It really boosts their selfesteem to be a part of an elite team that is chosen for the Arctic Winter Games, she said, and a big part of getting the children out to tournaments and places like Powder King, is to help them not only improve their skills, but to meet new people and make new friends. "It really helps them socially, especially in our tiny little community of 550 people, it's important," she said. "Our programs are about keeping kids active and healthy and also giving them the opportunity to explore and be outside and see the world and make friends and have new experiences." When Gardner Firth introduced snowboarding to youth in Fort Liard, she never in her wildest dreams thought it would catch on like it has – now, she has bigger aspirations for it to continue on as an activity of choice in the community. "My dream is that when the time comes they'll be able to teach their own children or nieces and nephews to snowboard and it will catch on," she said. "It's a steep learning curve in that sport so when they start out it's quite difficult and they have to learn how to persevere to get through those first lessons to find success on the hill, so that's an important part of it." Megan Steeves of Fort Liard prepares to hit the slopes at Powder King resort. Steeves was one of 16 from the hamlet who went for two days of snowboarding and instruction at the B.C. resort. DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 11 Check out the NNSL DEH CHO MARKETPLACE “Job Bank” online at www.nnsl.com! 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Simpson, NT X0E 0N0 (No phone calls please) The following information is required: My guess is ____________________________________ Name_________________________________________ Daytime phone no. ______________________________ Mailing address ________________________________ _____________________________________________ Name & date of publication _______________________ No extra charge for artwork or supplied photos. We accept Visa, MasterCard, money orders, cheque and cash. Fort Simpson 04/16/15 12 DEH CHO DRUM, Thursday, April 16, 2015 news Funding wait could be years Andrew Livingstone/NNSL photo A new capital funding formula would bring nearly $2 million into the village, allowing council to fund much-needed projects like maintenance and upgrades to things like the visitor's centre, pictured here. Village in need of money to address backlog of repairs by Andrew Livingstone Northern News Services Liidlii Kue/Fort Simpson Underfunded communities like Fort Simpson may be waiting years before they see a bump in their infrastructure funding from the territorial government. While the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs has found communities have been underfunded by $40 million under the current capital funding formal, the department's minister doesn't see the flow of money starting up anytime soon. Robert C. McLeod said at a public meeting in Fort Simpson on April 8 that it's likely the additional capital funding will have to be phased-in over the course of the next government. "One of the challenges is where we are going to find the money," he said, adding that the tight financial situation of the territorial government makes it difficult to find an extra $40 million. A recent review of the current formula by the department and the NWT Association of Communities found the current funding of $103.6 million to communities across the territory was about 37 per cent light, or $40 million. A proposed new formula that came from the review is expected to be presented to the next government after the fall election for approval before any new money reaches the communities. The new formula ties the amount of money to the needs of the specific community when determining how much to transfer. However, because of a lack of available money, it's likely the additional money will be doled out over the course of the next government's term of four years. While many communities have struggled to fund regular upkeep and maintenance of assets, particularly water and sewer lines, Fort Simpson Mayor Sean Whelly told News/North the additional funding will allow them to get to projects the village hasn't been able to properly address. "A lot of our buildings haven't been properly maintained for years and it's making them more expensive to operate and shortening their lifespan," Whelly said, adding the village could see an additional $2 million on top of the current $1 million it receives annually. "We would see quite a significant increase if it was fully implemented." The funds would likely go toward improving maintenance and replacing water and sewer lines that are around 40 years old. As those issues are addressed, money would be set aside for larger capital projects, such as landfill reclamation, he said. Whelly told Deh Cho Drum on April 10 that a cost development plan for village assets hasn't even begun due to the lack of financial flexibility to do the required work. "There is a backlog," he said. "All of the buildings need a lot of mechanical work inside of them, heating and cooling systems in the buildings need a lot of work. The recreation centre, there is a lot of work to be done there. Nothing is working exactly the way it's supposed to because they've been tinkered with over the years to keep running. It's going to cost quite a bit to get it back to the way it's supposed to work." The recreation complex, fire hall, library, town garage and visitor's centre, where the village offices are currently located, are in dire need of work, but because of the pricey laundry list of needs for the facilities, no steps have been taken to estimate the costs, outside of the $40,000 estimate of work for the visitor's centre. "We're totally restrained right now," he said. "We can't even afford a street sweeper and have people out sweeping by hand. It's 2015, and we shouldn't have to do that. We just don't have the money to do it."
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