YWCA Yellowknife September newsletter

You can download the YWCA’s September newsletter here for news about the opening of the Betty House, opportunities to be a Y mentor and new research to improve community response to sexual assault.

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YK1 75th Anniversary display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

News from Yellowknife School District #1

Check out the YK1 75th Anniversary display now up at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC). 

You can find it in the community display area. Turn left after coming in the door and it is on the right hand side. It will be on display until November.

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Nominate Your Local Fire Department!

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) is seeking nominations for the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards. Based on nominations from community members, fire departments and fire chiefs, the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards honour and recognize individuals and community fire departments for their significant contributions to fire safety and fire service in communities across the NWT.

Members of the public can nominate individuals or community fire departments online here. Printable nomination forms are also available on the website. The deadline for nominations is September 26, 2013. Recipients of the NWT Fire Service Merit Awards will be announced during National Fire Prevention Week October 5 – 11, 2014.

For more information, please contact:                 

David Maguire
Communications and Web Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Phone: (867) 920-3092
Email: david_maguire@gov.nt.ca

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Giant Mine e-Newsletter

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Environmental Assessment
On August 15th, 2014, the Government of Canada announced that it has accepted the final Report of Environmental Assessment on the Giant Mine Remediation project, including acceptance of modifications to eight of the measures as proposed by the Review Board in their February 12, 2014 letter. In accordance with this decision, the Giant Mine Remediation Project Team is preparing to move forward with the implementation of the EA measures. For more information, please read these Frequently Asked Questions.

Roaster update
Work continues to decontaminate and deconstruct the final five roaster complex buildings at Giant Mine. Throughout the month of July, workers bagged and labeled a total of 917 cubic metres of contaminated roaster waste. These bags will be stored in the Material Storage Area on the Central tailings pond onsite at the mine until the final closure plan for the site is implemented.

The roaster deconstruction project is on schedule to be completed in the fall. Work completed throughout July and early August includes:
Allis-Chalmers (AC) Roaster: Workers completed the final cleaning and wash down of the AC Roaster interior in August. Contractors will carry out an inspection of this building before conducting final air testing in the building’s interior. Once the air is deemed clear and all final inspections are complete, workers will begin preparing for deconstruction.
Calcine Plant: Workers continued to decontaminate and deconstruct the interior of this structure throughout July and August. This work includes removing asbestos insulation, cleaning interior equipment, steel, and duct work, removing contaminated piping and other arsenic waste, and deconstructing the tanks inside this building.
Dorrco Roaster: Recent work completed inside this building includes the removal of interior arsenic waste, tank deconstruction, and general interior decontamination.

Site Update
Some of the Giant Mine site infrastructure is more than 60 years old. As part of ongoing risk management at the site, the Giant Mine Remediation Project Team monitors this infrastructure to reduce risks to on-site staff, the public, and the environment.
Through ongoing inspections, the Project Team recently identified structural concerns related to the C-Shaft Headframe at Giant Mine. In particular, project engineers are concerned about deteriorating wood on the frame and the danger associated with parts falling. To ensure the protection of both worker safety and the environment, work to stabilize this structure is required.
The team has already begun the in-depth inspection and assessment required before work to address the deteriorating structure and its associated risks can begin, and will move forward with this work as soon as possible. The team anticipates that it will complete C-Shaft stabilization by the summer of 2015.
On July 13 and July 30, spills were reported to the Nunavut/NWT Spill Line. There were no regulatory infractions or violations of the Water License as a result of either occurrence.
On July 13, 2014, a pipeline transporting water from the Northwest tailings pond to the effluent treatment plant developed a pinhole leak and discharged a small amount (170 litres) of untreated mine water near the highway junction across from the Akaitcho gate. The leak was caused by a worn out seal on the joint. The public was not at risk at any time, and no long-term environmental impacts are anticipated; the spill was both small in volume and limited to an area that is known to be contaminated. The inspector visited the site and was satisfied with initial measures to repair the leak.
On July 30, 2014, approximately 200 litres of wastewater spilled at the roaster deconstruction site – an area already significantly impacted with arsenic from historical mining operations. The majority of the spill contained shower wastewater from the decontamination unit that overflowed while being poured into the top of the storage tank. Given the low volume and highly localized nature of the spill, along with swift corrective action, there was no increased risk to workers or to the environment as a result of this incident.

In early August, Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction Ltd. was awarded an $11.6 million Interim Underground Stabilization contract. This contract was awarded after the construction company successfully bid on the competitive tender for underground stabilization. Within this contract, the Yellowknife-based contractor will excavate, relocate, and process tailings into a paste by mixing them with water and a small amount of cement. This paste will be pumped underground to stabilize some of the mine’s stopes – underground voids created during the mining process. The contract was awarded August 8, 2014.
Shipping containers have begun arriving onsite as part of a $2.3M contract awarded to Tervita Corporation on July 4th, 2014. These 242 containers will temporarily store the transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) bags containing arsenic-impacted waste from the site stabilization activities. Containers will be delivered to the site weekly throughout the summer and fall, with an option to purchase additional containers as needed. Tervita Corporation has an office in Yellowknife.
For more information on procurement opportunities, visit buyandsell.gc.ca.

Underground stabilization project update
The underground stabilization project is being implemented in order to mitigate risks associated with underground flooding from Baker Creek, rock collapse, or subsidence. Once the contractor, Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction Ltd., has mobilized to the site and provided the required approved plans and documentation as part of the start-up to this contract, they will begin excavating and stockpiling tailings. This work is anticipated to begin in September and finish up by mid to late October. Drivers near the mine site may notice increased heavy machinery activity related to this work.

Air Quality Monitoring
Extremely smoky conditions from nearby forest fires continued to set off the air quality monitor alarms throughout July and August. None of these alarms were credited to onsite activities.
Because the widespread smoke caused monitors to show elevated readings at the roaster complex and site fence-line locations, the Project Team was even more vigilant than usual in monitoring changes between upwind and downwind locations, watching for dust generation, and implementing dust prevention.
A supplemental air quality monitoring program was initiated July 21, 2014, associated with underground and surface drilling. This quality assurance measure will continue until the drilling work is complete – anticipated for late August. Readings from these supplemental monitors are included in the weekly air quality monitoring reports posted on the ENR website. An air quality monitoring program will also be implemented when work associated with the Interim Underground Stabilization Contract (which includes excavating and stockpiling tailings) begins this fall.

The Project Team’s Semi-Annual Report is now available on the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board’s online public registry. This document covers November 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014. Past reports are also available on the registry.

Engagement update
Members of the Giant Mine Remediation Project Team continued to meet with stakeholder groups throughout the months of July and August. On July 11th, team members met with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) Giant Mine Advisory Committee to discuss the air quality monitoring program, site activities and work plan priorities.
The team also met with the Giant Mine Working Group on July 10th and August 14th. This group provides a forum for interested parties to discuss and make recommendations on technical, operational and project activities regarding the remediation of Giant Mine. It includes representatives from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the City of Yellowknife, Alternatives North, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. Recent meeting topics have included a general site update, spill reporting, and an air quality update related to widespread smoke in the Yellowknife area.

Health and Safety
On July 31, 2014, Grace Blake became the inaugural winner of the Star of Excellence Safety Award sponsored by Golder Associates Ltd. Golder is the lead contractor providing mining support services at Giant Mine and had committed to supporting local communities through Aboriginal training and apprenticeship, and have worked with local educators in developing a mine training award for Aboriginal students.
This award is presented to the student with the highest grades in the Safety Bootcamp associated with the Underground Miner Program at Yellowknife’s Mine Training Society.  This course aims to reinforce a safety conscious culture on mine sites in the North and other places where students may find work.
This new award in Health and Safety excellence and leadership will be presented twice annually to one student from each of the summer and fall sessions. Each recipient receives a plaque and a cheque for one thousand dollars in honour of outstanding achievement. The next presentation will take place in late November.

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GET ACTIVE GRANTS for Community Events

Get Active funds community events that get people more physically active in the NWT. Community organizations are encouraged to apply for $750 or $1000 to organize and deliver three community-oriented physical activity events. To apply, fill out the online application. You must also watch the Get Active video on our website for your application to be considered. Funds are limited! Applications will be approved on a first come – first serve basis. Application deadline is October 16, 2014.

The following conditions must be met in order to receive Get Active funding:

  • A community organization will plan, organize and host three community-oriented physical events
  • All three events must be free for participants
  • All three events must be open to the public
  • Applications must fit within one of the two event categories (see details below)
  • The three physical events must occur between October 1, 2014 – March 27, 2015
  • A final written report must be completed by March 27, 2015 (a template will be provided)

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

  1. Three community-oriented physical activity events – $750
    Example: Dene games, Nordic walking, sliding, snowshoeing, a cross-country ski loppet, community Olympics, or winter golf
  2. Three Elders Events – $1,000
    Example: Elders Yoga, Wii and Tea, or Elders jigging party

Each grant will be awarded in two parts. When an application is approved, half the grant ($375 or $500) will be sent to the organization. After you submit your final report for your three events, you will receive the remaining half of the grant.

You can use the Get Active grant for costs related to the events such as:

  • Purchasing or renting equipment
  • Event promotion and advertising
  • Rental space or venue fees
  • Paying and instructor
  • Healthy snacks
  • Application Period: September 2 – October 16, 2014
  • All activities must take place before March 27, 2015
  • All final reports or Due March 27, 2015


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Sport North News

Click here to read the latest happenings as well as upcoming events from Sport North Federation.

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Promotion & Development of Amateur Sport in the NWT

Team NWT Captures 16 Medals

Led by Joan Hiron’s four Gold medals in Swimming; Team NWT took home 10 Gold, 3 SilverTeam NWT logo and 3 Bronze medals at the Canada 55+ Games in Strathcona County, AB… Read More

CWG Short Track Team Manager

The NWTASSA is pleased to announce Cheryl Eggenberger as the 2015 Canada Winter Games NWTASSA LogoTeam Manager. Eggenberger brings over 10 years of experience managing sports teams and has attended many speed skating competitions as a volunteer official. …. Read More

2015 CWG Badminton NT Tryouts

NT Badminton LogoAre you interested in representing the Northwest Territories at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC? We want you!
NWT Athletes Interested in Trying Out for the 2015 Canada Winter Games… Read More

Judo for Peace

The NWT Judo Association will host Judo for Peace, jointly with the International Judo FederationNWT Judo Logo and Judo Canada… Read More

Jr. Men’s HP Basketball Tryouts

NWT Basketball LogoInterested in playing basketball in a High Performance setting? Basketball NWT is seeking athletes who wish to enhance their basketball skills to the next level… Read More

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NWT Recreation and Parks Association September News

Click here to read the latest news from the NWTRPA: get details on their upcoming AGM and Annual Awards.

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Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation September Newsletter

Click here to access the September Copy of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation. Read about the 2014 CIBC Run for Our Lives; Clark Builders donation; and more!

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Tourism Business Mentorship Program Opportunity

See the info below from GNWT Industry Tourism and Investment.
New and prospective tourism operators in the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have an opportunity to be mentored by highly skilled and experienced business and tourism professionals from across Canada. To strengthen its Tourism Business Mentorship Program, the Department of Industry Tourism and Investment (ITI) has signed an agreement with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), one of Canada’s leading volunteer-based development organizations.

The Tourism Business Mentorship Program helps resident tourism operators maximize their potential by providing an opportunity and financial support to learn business skills from experienced mentors.

NWT residents interested in applying for the program should contact their ITI Regional Office.
For more information, contact:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel:         (867) 920-8696

Ulrike Komaksiutiksak
Canadian Executive Service Organization
Email:    ukomaksiutiksak@ceso-saco.com

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Your family’s largest expense may surprise you

Check out this article to find out what your largest family expense is. Agree ? Disagree? Thoughts?

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