Private Residence Becomes Heritage Site

An elderly Yellowknife couple has discovered their home is now considered a heritage site. Councillor Lydia Bardak says the city will work with the owners and allow them to add features to the home without diminishing the historical value of the house. She adds this is the first time a personal residence has become a heritage site.

“This was the first time we were making a private residence into a heritage site on the recommendation of the Heritage Committee. The Heritage Committee met with the homeowners and discussed it and at that point they were quite delighted but they’re elderly folks and as they started to learn that this was going to involve the city and a motion at council they wanted to take their time and not move too quickly so that they could understand more. So we’ve moved first reading, but we’ve also tabled it so that administration can provide the homeowners with factual information on all of the implications. So it’s exciting and we’ll take our time to do it correctly. The home was originally located outside city limits near the regions first gold mine, the Burwash Mine site, during the mid 1930’s.

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Flying the Flags of Fire Prevention

Perhaps you have seen them driving down Old Airport Road… new banners that is. Councilor Paul Falvo says he is impressed with the new safety messages being displayed on one of Yellowknife’s main drags.

“I noticed a lot of banners and also smaller signs related to fire prevention and they seem to be really well done; very professional looking. I just wondered who do we have to thank for these and how much longer will they be up?” Mayor Gordon VanTighem says the Fire Department and the corporate community are responsible for getting the safety messages out there.

“We have a hyper-active fire division and a large number of community sponsors to thank.” Fire Chief Albert Hedrick came up with the public education campaign. The Director of Corporate Services, Carl Bird says Hedrick was instrumental in getting businesses and the city on board.

“This was an initiative of our fire chief. When he came to town it was one of the things he wanted to get done as soon as he could. He approached various businesses in town, explained to them the idea. A bunch of them sponsored various banners so the cost of the banner was covered by those sponsors. One business covered the shipping of the banners and then city employees and another business installed the banners.” October 5th – 11th is Fire Prevention Week.

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City Looking for Avid Recyclers

There’s only one week left to nominate organizations for the city’s recycling awards. The city gives out the award in three different categories: education, small […]

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