You picked: Top northern stories of 2013

The unexpected generosity of a man who spent 40 years on the streets of Yellowknife is a clear winner in our reader’s choice poll for the Top Northern Stories of 2013.

A surprising act of generosity, an 81-year marriage and individual acts of heroism and bravery are what stuck out most in northerners’ minds this year. Here they are, the top 10 northern stories of the year, as selected by you:

1. Former Yellowknife homeless man donates $15K

Charlie Delorme, who gave $15,000 to Yellowknife charities this fall, has passed away at the age of 64.
​Charlie Delorme lived on the streets of Yellowknife for nearly 40 years. Upon receiving a settlement from the federal government as compensation for years spent in residential schools, he donated $10,000 to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, $5,000 to Yellowknife’s Salvation Army and $2,000 to the Sidedoor Youth Centre. Delorme died in November at the age of 64.

2. Yukon couple holds record for longest marriage in country

Alice and Arthur John were first married in the Dena tradition in 1932. They had an Anglican marriage ceremony in 1935. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy John)
When Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada put out a call for the longest marriage in the country, Alice and Arthur John beat out every other nomination by a wide margin. The Ross River, Yukon couple were married in 1932. Eighty-one years later, they’ve have 11 children and 38 grandchildren.

3. Arviat hunters pull helicopter pilot from ice water

Joe Karetak of Arviat, right, used his harpoon to pull pilot Yvan Lavertu, left, from his helicopter after it broke through the ice during an attempted rescue. (Susanne Karetak)
In January, Joe Karetak and his 20-year-old son were stranded on the ice while seal hunting outside of Arviat, Nunavut. When a helicopter sent to rescue the pair broke through the ice after landing, the two hunters pulled the pilot out of the helicopter. To top it off, Karetak recognized the pilot as a man who worked for his company in 1996.

4. Customer swallows human toe in Dawson City bar

A customer at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon swallowed the toe in the famous Sourtoe Cocktail Saturday night, then put $500 on the table, the posted “fine” for swallowing the toe.

5. Hay River, N.W.T., teen rescues baby from house fire

When BretteJameson, 19, went to visit her friend Taylor Pope and Pope's infant daughter, Neveah, she smelled smoke. She walked into the bedroom to find the walls on fire and the baby lying on a bed surrounded by flames. She then got the baby out of the house as fast as she could.

6. ‘Damn good pilot’ hailed in safe Yellowknife plane crash landing

A Buffalo Airways DC-3 carrying 21 passengers and three crew made a hard landing at the Yellowknife airport in August, after its right engine burst into flames, 30 seconds after take-off.

7. PM announces final transfer of power deal for N.W.T.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a final Northwest Territories devolution deal at the territory's legislature in Yellowknife in March.

8. Record heat wave bakes Canada’s North

Temperatures were 10 degrees above normal across Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories in August, breaking records and sending kids to nearby lakes and rivers.

In September, hunter Naef Heinz shot what he believes could be the largest moose ever harvested in Yukon. (Photo courtesy Brian Naef)
​9. Possible world record size moose shot in Yukon

Dawson City hunter Heinz Naef shot a huge bull moose where the Stewart River meets the Yukon River in September. It might be the largest one ever harvested.

10. Baffin Island caribou herd largely disappears

Results from a caribou survey on south Baffin Island confirm what many have been saying: the animals have largely disappeared from the region. Researchers estimate the entire South Baffin population to now be at around 1,000 to 2,000 animals.


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