Understanding Fracking

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Notification of Suspension of Operations at Snap Lake Mine


As you may know, global diamond markets are experiencing an extended downturn with falling demand and reduced prices. De Beers Canada, as part of The De Beers Group of Companies, has undertaken a thorough review of all available options at all operations around the world to ensure our company can continue to weather the economic crisis.

At Snap Lake Mine in particular, during 2015 we put new leadership in place, improved cost controls, introduced a new long hole stoping mining method, and began restructuring at the mine and across our Canadian operations in an effort to improve efficiencies and contain the costs of production at the mine. Unfortunately, as improvements were made, global markets deteriorated even faster, leading to the unfortunate decision to suspend operations and place the mine on care and maintenance.

De Beers intends to maintain a small workforce on the mine site who will be responsible for ensuring Snap Lake Mine continues to meet conditions of the Mine water licence and other requirements.  Our commitment to the NWT remains and the Gahcho Kué Project is continuing and construction is scheduled for completion in 2016. We are working to transfer as many employees as possible to the Gahcho Kué Project. We recognize the impact on our employees, including valued NWT contractor employees, and are working to ensure everyone’s safe return home from the mine. We have made provisions to meet all requirements for severance and notice under the NWT Employment Standards Act for all impacted employees of De Beers Canada.

We have already identified a number of De Beers’ Snap Lake employees for immediate transfer to Gahcho Kué. We hope that during the first quarter of 2016 we can select additional De Beers’ employees with the required skills and experience for transfer to Gahcho Kué. We are also looking at other opportunities to help employees with the successful transition to new employment and will endeavor to help them and their families through this difficult time.

We recognize the impact the decision to suspend operations at Snap Lake will have on the people and economy of the Northwest Territories. The decision to place Snap Lake Mine on care and maintenance was difficult but with the current sustained economic challenges, it has become necessary.

As the economic climate evolves, we will review the situation to consider whether global markets have improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of operations at Snap Lake.

Glen Koropchuk
Chief Operating Officer

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Changes to the Territories (NWT) Beverage Container Program


These Regulations come under the Waste Reduction and Recovery Act.

Starting February 1, 2016, new fees and container surcharges will come into effect.
We have made every effort to ensure the Summary is accurate. If you find any contradictions between it and the Regulations – the Regulations prevail. Please contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT if you notice any errors or omissions, or want to suggest ways to improve this Summary. Call 867.873.7654 in Yellowknife.

The Summary starts with definitions of words from the Regulations that you should understand. We organized the rest of the Summary based on what different people must do to follow the laws:

  • Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
  • Distributors or Manufacturers
  • Depot Operators and Processing Centre Operators
  • Retailers
  • Public

Please see the attached documents for further information.

Letter to the FSCC

Plain Language Summary – NWT Beverage Container Regulations Feb 2016

Beverage Container Regulations – consolidated-1

iCare NWT

FSCC Advocates for Ferry Hours Extension

As part of the campaign to advocate for a two hour extension of the service hours of the MV Lafferty, the Fort Simpson Chamber of Commerce asked the Nahendeh MLA candidates for their views on the issue. You can read their answers, in alphabetical order, in the attached document.
   After the election, the Chamber will follow up with the successful candidate to continue to work to move this issue forward.

GNWT Info Session in Fort Simpson

GNWT New Contract Opportunity Website Info Session

The GNWT will be changing its online procurement system from the current website to a new interactive system in order to better serve vendors. By doing this, NWT is joining all other Canadian jurisdictions in providing enhanced online tools for procurement.

The new system will allow vendors to download and bid on contracting opportunities online, as well as sign up for notifications of new contracting opportunities in business sectors/commodities of interest as they arise.

The Fort Simpson Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information session along with a GNWT Procurement representative to introduce the new system and show vendors how to:
• Receive automatic notifications of contract opportunities,
• Search for contract opportunities,
• Register or download documents of contract opportunities to bid on,
• Submit bids online,
• Search and monitor results for GNWT tenders and request for proposals.

Date: November 2, 2015
Time: Lunchtime – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: E.C.E.
Chamber Contact for information: Angela 204-895-9953