On Food Wastage

In the United States, 31 percent of the food grown and raised, 133 billion pounds of food per year, is never eaten. Check it out here.

I wonder how Canada compares? Likely much the same …..

This year please aim to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And, most importantly, rethink expiration/best before dates, and don’t throw out perfectly good food!

That’s my rant – thanks for “listening”!

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Mining makes your life possible

This article is a really good perspective on the huge impact of mining in/on our lives.

Here’s hoping the #NWT mining industry bounces back in 2016!

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Is GNWT Really Broke? Opportunity for Input!

Alternatives North is hosting an event next week titled “Are We Really Broke?“. It will be a presentation and discussion around balancing GNWT books and potential revenue options for our territorial government.

When:     Wednesday January 19th
Time:       7:00 pm
Where:    Northern United Place

Click here to see the event poster.

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Mental Health and Homelessness

Check out this interesting article from @HuffPostCanada about a solution Toronto is using to battle mental health homelessness in their community.

If @Yellowknifehome, @ouryellowknife #CABonhomelessness, and #NWTpoli are headed in this direction it will be a positive for 2016! #housingfirst

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Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Policy Change in Canada

The presentation below by Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, was given November 10, 2015 at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife. It was an event organized in collaboration between the NWT Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Dene Nahjo. It is well worth watching.

 

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Food Rescue Needs Volunteers

The following message is from Yellowknife’s Food Rescue organization. If you have time to donate, I can assure you it is a worthwhile and satisfying cause.

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Food Rescue needs you!

If you have a half day or full day to offer once a week, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. we need volunteers in the following positions:
Kitchen Manager – Receive the food donations, weigh and count it, enter it in a spreadsheet, call the clients and ask them what they can use that day, pack up orders, oversee general operations of site.  Anyone physically fit and with a general knowledge of computers and some organizational skills can do this job.
Kitchen volunteers – sort and clean up food products as they arrive; process certain items; help count inventory; bag product for the Food Bank.

Food Rescue is a fun place to volunteer and you will be part of an amazing redistribution of food from our donor grocery stores to the hungry of Yellowknife.

Email foodrescue@northwestel.net or call 669-3663 (669-FOOD) to find out more.

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Food and Best Before Dates

Last week CBC TV’s Marketplace aired a story about food stores and possible abuse of best before dates. It suggested food should not be used after it’s best before date.

Today CBC Radio’s the 180 discussed the same topic. Click here to read a summary and analysis, and to listen to the program’s segment on best before dates. “best before” does not mean throw it out after that date! Do not contribute unnecessarily to our landfills!

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Thank You Frame Lakers!!

Today – October 23rd  – is my last day as the NWT MLA for Frame Lake. I am retiring (!) and looking forward to NOT WORKING!

Thank you so much to the residents of Frame Lake for the honour and privilege of representing you for the last eight years. I have learned much from you my constituents, my colleagues, and my supporters. And I owe much to my friends and family who provided me with good counsel and support throughout my two terms. Thank you all.

I have enjoyed providing information for the constituents of Frame Lake through this blog. I hope it has been of some use to all who partook.  I am not leaving town, so will be around Yellowknife enjoying ‘life after politics’, and hope to see many of you.

Because my MLA work is ended, this blog site will be closed effective today.

Thanks again – take care.                         Wendy

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The Art of Healing – Cancer Group Workshop

The NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group is hosting a weekend workshop specific to the needs of women undergoing cancer treatment or enduring post-cancer times and for their caregivers. “The Art of Healing” utilizes the medium of art, coupled with guided group discussions with trained facilitators to assist participants on their path to healing.

The two-day program takes place on October 17 & 18 in Yellowknife. The theme of the program is “A Creative Journey Inward,” and will be facilitated by Anke Tuininga and artist Dianne Mercredi, sponsored by Field Law and the City of Yellowknife, more information here.

There is no fee to attend the workshop but participants should register in advance. All materials, lunch and snacks provided.

For information and registration, email: info@breasthealthnwt.ca or call Johanna at 867-445-5888.

www.breasthealthnwt.ca

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17th Assembly Fifth Session Seventh Sitting – Day Eight October 8, 2015

My Member Statement provided some advice to the 18th Assembly – things they should follow up on.

The four Standing Committee Transition Reports were presented and accepted by the House. They can be found here or at the Hansard link below. Happy reading!

We debated two motions:
MOTION 53-17(5): LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR SENIOR GNWT MANAGERS – Yakelaya, Dolynny – Carried,
MOTION 54-17(5): CLIMATE CHANGE PLANNING – Bromley, BISARO – Carried, 9 for, 0 against, 8 abstentions

There was no business for Committee of the Whole.

The Commissioner attended and gave assent to 16 Bills, and then declared the Fifth Session of the 17th Assembly prorogued. The NWT 17th Legislative Assembly is now concluded. The 18th Assembly will convene following the November 23rd election.

Here is the link to today’s Hansard.

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