Help Avens – Yellowknife’s Community for Seniors, Build a Bus! Where there’s a Wheel there’s a Way.

” We need to raise a total of $125,000.
After 22 years, our old bus is officially out of commission and is in dire need of replacement.
‘Operation Care on Wheels’ we are fundraising to “build” a new bus for Yellowknife’s Seniors one piece at a time.
You can make a bulk donation OR you can buy a specific piece of the bus like the tire,
or a spark plug, depending on your budget.
Where there’s a Wheel there’s a Way.
We need to raise a total of $125,000.”

If you’d like to Donate to this meaningful cause, please scan the QR code with your phone to go to the webpage to donate, and select the
“Care on Wheels”
option from the fund drop down menu.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/27338

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yellowknife, NWT (September 4th, 2020) – AVENS, A Community for
Seniors is asking our community a lift in support for our newest fundraising initiative called Operation Care on Wheels. Launching officially on Tuesday September 8th, 2020 *, Care on Wheels will be a 5 month fundraising event that will enable AVENS to replace its current 22 year old senior’s shuttle bus.
Having the ability for “ALL” seniors to move around Yellowknife is a vital component in dealing with social isolation and accessibility. Ensuring access to essential services like medical appointments, or staying connected with family and businesses and remaining engaged within their community by attending events and supporting cultural activities are necessities in life.
We are pleased to showcase one of our early supporters for this fundraising operation. Paul Bros. NEXTreme Inc. Welding has been a long supporter for a new bus program. Their company has donated an accumulated amount of
$20,000 over the past 4 years, “On behalf of Paul Bros NEXTreme Inc., we have committed ourselves to the North and have made a dedication for our business to give back to the Children of the North, our Elderly, Indigenous, Education, and those less fortunate. Five years ago, one of the commitments we made, was to support AVENS – A Community for Seniors. AVENS is a special place our family visited during a time when one of our business role models, Eddie’s Grandpa, Mike Krutko lived and was cared for. We realized then the impact AVENS had on those who live in their care. AVENS is a big part of our community and the North and having them cherish the wisdom of our Elders have helped many families, like ours. This is one way for our team at Paul Bros NEXTreme to give back and say Thank you.” Myrna Paul, Co-Owner of Paul Bros. NEXTreme Welding Inc.
In making our community more inclusive and accessible, AVENS CEO, Daryl Dolynny is quick to remind us “If there is a wheel there’s a way to combat social isolation and encourage an included society, especially during these pandemic times. We know improving these day to day activities with a trustworthy bus is vital for a healthy mind and body. Our seniors are counting on us to give them a lift in support”
Community supporters large and small can help us “build the bus” by making a donation to Operation Care on Wheels by visiting our AVENS website and clicking the “donate now” button. Electronic receipts are given immediately.
Should you wish to know more or want to make a difference in the lives of our seniors, we would be more than happy to field you inquiries. On behalf of AVENS thank you for giving seniors a lift!

AVENS – A Community for Seniors (previously YACCS) was incorporated under the Societies Act in April of 1983 by a group of citizens to lobby government and establish programs and services for seniors.
AVENS was established to meet the needs of the growing number of soon-to-be retired miners and prospectors (many of whom were bachelors) who would need support to live out their retirement years in Yellowknife.
SINCE INCEPTION, AVENS has worked very hard to establish programs and services not only for Yellowknife seniors, but for seniors across the NWT.
TODAY, AVENS board’s vision is to address ageing challenges across the entire housing and care continuum. Our draft expansion plan envisions growth of residential living choices and delivery of a range of services across the full spectrum of care. Most importantly the board envisions a community where our residents can move seamlessly through levels of care without ever leaving the AVENS community.

For more information, please contact:

Daryl Dolynny, CEO
AVENS- A Community for Seniors

or

Chelsea Pukanich, Executive Assistant
AVENS- A Community for Seniors

Suite 1
5710-50 Avenue YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 1G1
Tel: (867) 920-2443 Fax: (867) 873-9915 Website:
www.avensseniors.com …”
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The Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y)…or how we got to Northwestel …

Map of “the system” via http://www.nwtandy.rcsigs.ca/map_system.htm

… or how we got to Northwestel

“…In 1922, the vast Canadian north, from Hudson Bay to the Alaska border, comprising of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory, had no means of communication with civilization, or “outside” as it was known, except a limited mail service by boat in summer and dog-team in winter. In addition to this limited mail service Dawson City, YT was served by a telegraph line from Hazelton, BC operated by the Dominion Government Telegraph Service. The telegraph line was none too reliable due mainly to maintenance difficulties as it ran for hundreds of miles through uninhabited wilderness and over extremely rugged terrain. […] The story of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y) is a virtually unknown saga in the history of the development of northern Canada. The contributions of the men who staffed the stations are largely unheralded. In his post-script to the official history, WO1 Cal Vince says: “Northerners will also remember Signals primarily as magistrates, Airways and Transportation agents, acting minions of the law and prime movers in community affairs. It is the unmistakeable fact that the fine reputation built by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during 37 eventful years of service in the north country was not the result of the efforts of one, two or even three individuals, but rather the results of the combined efforts of every officer and man who served on this now non-existent arm of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.” These are not the normal roles of soldiers on active service. But there in the Canadian northland they were engaged in unusual circumstances and eventful times. Not only was Canada’s northern frontier and its resources in the early stages of exploration and development, but the science, technology and practical applications of global telecommunications and air transportation were also probing new frontiers. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was asked by the Government of Canada to step into the breach and fill the void in long-distance telecommunication to serve those industries and the embryonic communities in the northern territories. In the process the Signallers found themselves, perforce, fulfilling duties far beyond anything they had learned at the School of Signals in Vimy Barracks. In enthusiasm, ability, dedication and inventiveness they were not found wanting. In the nearly four decades (1923-59) that their System operated they left behind them a proud and impressive legacy…”
See the full story at….
http://www.nwtandy.rcsigs.ca/

#BlackLivesMatter #BLM Demonstration: Yellowknife, NWT, 🇨🇦

BlackLivesMatter Demonstration #BLM, Yellowknife, NWT, 🇨🇦

Ambe Chenemu, Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina, Cynthia Mufandaedza (Yellowknife city councillor), Gerri Sharpe and more speak….
Jun 09, 2020

“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

OPINION | Why we are not exempt from racism in the North : Ambe Chenemu
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/racism-in-north-canada-exists-1.5613513

“… Hundreds gather for Yellowknife demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
People marched from Multiplex Arena to RCMP station downtown in demonstration against anti-Black racism Jun 09, 2020 […]
The protests were peaceful with those gathered remaining quiet while speakers made their remarks, except for when being led in chants.
While the mass of people did not maintain two metres distance from one another, nearly everyone was wearing a face mask.
“While I understand it, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so is the rest of the world [and] everybody else is marching,” said Graham.
“Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but a lot of people view racism as a pandemic. Racism is a real pandemic. And people are upset.”
Clarifications – A previous version of this story said that PSAC North organized this event. Although the organization promoted the event, it was organized by different community members and activists. Jun 09, 2020 8:38 PM CT …”
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-blm-demonstration-anti-racism-1.5604916

“…Organizer Ambe Chenemu addressed the crowd first, speaking about racism in Canadian society, both past and present. He also called on allies to no longer ignore racism when they see it.
“People have died for this, people continue to die for this and those lives were not wasted,” Chenemu said. “Are you going to speak up when you see racism? Are you going to do something when you see racism?”. […]
Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina spoke of the racism he has faced as an Indigenous man.
“As an Indigenous man I represent a people who suffer and continue to suffer because of residential schools,” he said. […]
Yellowknife city councillor Cynthia Mufandaedza spoke about the importance of embracing diversity.
“The world is ready to change,” she said. “As a community we must recommit to changing ourselves.”
Also in attendance was Mayor Rebecca Alty as well as several RCMP officers. …”
https://cklbradio.com/2020/06/10/hundreds-attend-yellowknife-anti-racism-demonstration/

“Not on your #IdesOfMarch”

15 March 2020 12:39 Government Wharf, Yellowknife Bay, NWT

A bit windy today… 11.2 km return…. went with the wind to the Snowking’s Winter Festival but decided to return to Franklin so as to fight the wind only some… of the way back…
The wind was strong and the blowing snow out on the full ice reminded me of mini white-outs…. so
No thanks… 👌👍🏾🖖🏼
I’ve had my fill of white-outs…
Even mini ones….72263C6D-CE69-4EB2-874C-77DC287B6A7E-v2

Gravity Racers “7th YK Grand Prix” 2019

Gravity Racers “YK Grand Prix” 2019
“…Well another Grand Prix has come to an end and the cars have been collected, trophies disbursed and clean up done. Please take a look at our sponsors and support those local businesses and organizations that support our community. Proceeds from this year’s race go to help provide the support for children to be able to participate in summer camp.
Next year this portion of School Draw will be under construction so we are looking for a new location, if you have an idea for a location that you think would be good for the race please post . As well, share your favourite pics from the races and tag them #racetoinclusion.
Due to the high demand this year, if you wish to be placed on a pre- register list for next year, please contact the office 873-8230 or email admin@nwtdc.net. Until next year, have a great summer!…”
https://www.facebook.com/mediamentor.ca/videos/584504002057347/
Denise Mckee NWT Disabilities Council May 26 2019 at 7:31 AM via
https://www.facebook.com/NWTDC/
NWT Disabilities Council
Suite 116, 5102 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 3S8
http://www.nwtdc.net/
(867) 873-8230

“Light Sleet” Yellowknife, NT, May 29th, 2019

ttps://youtu.be/bdrTvtpraV8
“Light Sleet” Yellowknife, May 29th, 2019

Summer Sunset along the Ingraham Trail

"Summer Sunset along the Ingraham Trail"
captured Friday, July 27, 2018

“Summer Sunset along the Ingraham Trail”
captured Friday, July 27, 2018 near Yellowknife, NWT 🇨🇦

Deh Cho Bridge Juvenile #1

Deh Cho Bridge Juvenile #1
Juvenile bald eagle downstream Fort Providence side of Deh Cho Bridge

https://giphy.com/embed/fHcqXbhApCux8DL4cMvia GIPHY

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis legalization and regulation Town Hall videos

Re cannabis legalization and regulation town hall

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt01
https://youtu.be/94jpMhAhd54
00;00;00;00 first frame (not synced to visible TC over time)
00:00:30:15 Introduction by N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod
00:05:02:19 Bill Blair’s opening platform – historic use – youth protection – $600 million criminal activity – health of consumers – kids – criminal record – reduce health and social harms – comprehensive and strict regulation – oversee or production distribution – legal, healthier adult use – criminal record issues – legalizing to regulate – to learn from local experience – consensus on three things from other meetings across Canada – roadway safety – impaired driving –
00;10;55;00 Question: Kim MacNearney … social harms of criminal records – pardons ….
00;11;16;11 Bill Blair’s reply – pardons – law, repeal and replace – criminal records – pardons
00;13;00;09 Michael McLeod – minister of public safety reviewing the pardon system –
00;13;07;15 Bill Blair – cost of pardon system fees – accessible $$ dollar wise and socially –
00;14;00;21 Question: Sara Murphy – education youth – distribution
00;14;34;24 Bill Blair’s – govt support of education programs – youth – research & public education campaigns – driving – territorial responsibilities
00;17;48;23 Excise tax & federal others taxes applied to cannabis to be reinvestment in research, public education, rehabilitation and treatment –
00;18;15;23 Question: Nancy Vail pt 1 – booze / pot double standard – THC levels – driver levels –
00;19;21;01 Bill Blair’s reply – sobriety of all on the road is the preference
00;22;35;28 Question: Nancy Vail pt 2
00;23;06;18 Bill Blair’s reply – social de normalization – workplace safety – managed risk – reduce social health harms – public health approach –
00;26;09;25 Question: pt 1 – what NWT regulatory body? – access – tax levels – point of sale pricing –
00;27;16;04 Bill Blair’s reply – low enough to be competitive in the marketplace – high enough not to encourage –
00;29;44;18 Question: pt 2
00;29;54;28 Bill Blair – federal / territorial / provincial roles / regulation of distribution – appropriate – respectful to people of the territory – “co-operative confederation” –
00;31;50;22 Question: Kim MacNearney… Hight restriction?
00;32;10;29 Bill Blair’s reply “the vacation effect” –
00;33;34;14 Question: Kim MacNearney… NWT Dry Communities?
00;33;51;25 Bill Blair’s reply – on provincial / territorial authority
00;34;58;08 Follow-up: Kim MacNearney…NWT Dry Communities?
00;35;10;01 Bill Blair’s reply – Confirming territorial control over distribution & Dry Communities
00;35;24;24 Question pt 1 : On bootlegging in small communities and appropriate, fair access in all communities compared to Yellowknife –
00:37:59:09 Bill Blair’s reply … NWT has regulatorial control over distribution… Canada Post…
00;38;46;26 Question pt 2 : Father 17 yr old son / parental / householder / grower – responsibility
00;39;16;20 Bill Blair’s reply – grower regulation – fencing – urban regulation – municipal regulations like chicken / hen house permits – 15 yrs experience with permits to grow for medical purposes – harvesting and giving plant to a 17 year old is still an offence –
End Part one
00;41;36;17

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt02 https://youtu.be/nstwJoHyMIo
Begin Part two
00;41;36;17 Question: Noeline Villebrun, former Dene National Chief
00;46;17;20 – Dene law – Dene plants – Dene medicine – health funding – jurisdictional concerns – language – NWT majority Dene – older Dene users – PTSD use for residential school survivors –
00;54;01;12 Michael McLeod’s reply – Feds working with First Nations – four tables / First Nation, Metis, Inuit and one more for the Land Claim Coalition Groups… –
00;57;20;03 Bill Blair’s reply – language – culturally appropriate communication
00;57;53;10 Question: On revenue being earmarked for education, health and addiction services in the NWT … local enforcement issues … growing 4 plants in small remote communities – grade 7 youth smoking –
01;01;01;07 Bill Blair’s reply- on enforcement – cultivation & rules – parental responsibility in the home – number of plants limit –
01;03;54;07 Question: On parents roles … parenting roles, adult education in addition to education in the schools …
01;05;18;00 Bill Blair’s reply – education – safety is a shared responsibility
01;07;10;23 Question: Lydia Bardak – Youth education… mental health – self medication justice… school.. health crisis – pardon issues
01;12;45;22 Bill Blair’s reply
01;18;56;18 Question: Sara Murphy – Community growing / shared gardens…
01;19;46;03 Bill Blair’s reply – “designated grower” under the medical regulations…
01;22;05;04 Follow-up: Sara Murphy – training medical growers –
01;22;38;22 Bill Blair’s reply – Health Canada small “craft brewery” production group license? Non-medical use licenses..
01;24;12;24 Follow-up: Sara Murphy –
01;24;16;16 Bill Blair – Non-medical use grow licenses
01;25;13;27 Noeline Villebrun – health & metal health issues – treatment centre shutdowns – why is that –
01;26;46;06 Michael McLeod’s reply – on the land treatment – and down south –
01;28;01;25 Noeline Villebrun Follow-up: banishment – Dene law –
01;31;21;12 Michael McLeod’s reply –
01;33;45;18 Noeline Villebrun Follow-up
End Part two
01;34;23;20

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt03 https://youtu.be/d1JKgWkQaec
Part three starts
01;34;23;20 Question – Inaudible
01;34;28;00 Question –
01;35;17;09 Bill Blair – rights of the employer – appropriate rules for safety –
01;37;05;04 Question –
01;39;57;15 Michael McLeod’s reply – indigenous governments and relationship –
01;41;14;14 Question – US border crossing questions / answers – price disparity in Canada / provincial / territorial trade rules – NWT position ?
01;42;50;00 Bill Blair’s reply – provincial / territorial responsibilities – criminal vs territorial regulations – ticketing – US border – international laws – laws of other sovereign states –
01;48;27;01 Question: Kim MacNearney: Medical users under new regulations for recreational use – landlords / tenants rights
01;49;05;28 Bill Blair – medical system remains in place – based on court decisions – constitutional situation – review medical system within five years – user rights limits / balance – alternatives to ingestion –
01;51;22;15 MacNearney – edibles
01;51;23;22 Bill Blair – safety regulated – edibles – dosage – no gummy bears marketing –
01;52;22;01 Noeline Villebrun – traditional healers prescribing –
01;53;34;29 Bill Blair – on authorizations not prescriptions – no DIN number no prescription – NWT traditional healers with authority to authorize? –
01;54;19;19 Noeline Villebrun follow-up –
01;54;24;00 Bill Blair – first time hearing question regarding traditional healers – bring question back to Ottawa for answer
01;54;51;27 Lydia Bardak question: on the job use and consequences – random testing – impairment levels
01;55;40;02 Bill Blair –
01;56;00;19 closing
01;58;00;21 final frame

Still photo set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/albums/72157661675464578

The 🇨🇦 federal government’s representative on legal cannabis, Blair said mail order weed will only come to the communities if the territorial government doesn’t say otherwise. “… N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod and Liberal MP Bill Blair. Blair, the federal government’s representative on legal cannabis, was in Yellowknife Wednesday evening for a public meeting hosted by McLeod. […] He assured the about 40 people who came out to hear what he and McLeod had to say that the territorial government will have the authority to define and control distribution in the North.
It’s been clear that territorial and provincial governments would be responsible for defining legal distribution within their jurisdictions, but what hasn’t been clear is to what extent jurisdictions would be able to supersede federally approved methods of distribution, like mail order cannabis.
But Blair said mail order weed will only come to the communities if the territorial government doesn’t say otherwise.
“That’s their authority to make that decision,” Blair said. […]
For many, a more urgent discussion than preparing for legal weed was how to tackle the already serious issues related to addictions, drug use and related social ills.
“Are the communities ready is not the right question,” said Noeline Villebrun, former Dene National Chief.
Villebrun said she was also concerned the discussion surrounding legalized cannabis in the Northwest Territories was taking place outside the framework of Dene law, traditions and language. …”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/legal-cannabis-in-the-communities-1.4351916

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/n-w-t-pot-legislation-195148927.html

Indigenous people’s movement, Yellowknife, Canada #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT via @citiesandmemory

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“… Protest and Politics is the first global mapping of the sounds of protest, demonstration and political activism. Whether it’s people standing on either side of Donald Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Marine Le Pen in France or any of thousands of local and national protests around the world, people are increasingly finding their voice and expressing themselves through sound. These sounds, more than any other, are coming to define the age in which we’re living, and are uniting people, communities and entire countries around the world. More than 100 sound designers, musicians and sound artists have contributed to the project, whether by reimagining a sound, providing a field recording from a sacred space, or both. Contributors come from all around the world – from Australia and the USA to Costa Rica and Brazil via Italy, France, Spain, the UK and many other countries. Field recordings provided by: George Lessard​…”
Yellowknife Field recording provided by: George Lessard​…”
Listen here
Part of the Protest and Politics project
@citiesandmemory
Set of still photos from the #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT shoot
The original #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT video is here

 

 

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