Since starting operations in July 2017, the Yellowknife Street Outreach team has provided 11,512 rides to 768 unique individuals (as of June 30, 2018).
The majority of individuals refer themselves for services, by flagging down the van for themselves or their friends, followed by phone calls from the public,” stated a news release.
The top drop-off locations have been shelters in the community, their own home or the home of a friend or family member, and the Sobering Centre.
“These numbers show us that the Yellowknife Street Outreach Program is a vital service in our community,” Stated Mayor Mark Heyck.
“We are pleased to work with the Yellowknife Women’s Society in making this program a success.”
The outreach van has reduced the need for police or ambulance to respond to non-emergency situations.
The van’s number is (867) 445-7202.
– James O’Connor
Dowtown pop-up park winners announced
Ecology North and the City of Yellowknife have announced the winners of the YK Pop-Up Park competition.
“The community projects announced today will help bring colour, joy and vibrancy to a once vacant space in Yellowknife’s downtown core,” stated Ecology North in a news release.
The competition winners will be given a space in Yellowknife’s first pop-up park, along with $500 to build their proposals on the vacant 50/50 lot.
The five winners are Aurora Seating by Katharine Thomas, a learning and literacy garden by NWT Literacy Council, Mini-Golf by Jessica Bruhn, an Indigenous languages mural by Jacey Firth-
Hagen of #SpeakGwichinToMe and Tire(d) Garden by Harrison Roberts.
Work to install the designs is already starting, as Ecology North and the city regrade the site and install a pallet deck and plant trees and edible plants.
Once the installations are complete, they will take up half of the lot, leaving the other half for permanent landscaping.
– Avery Zingel