Editorial

EDITORIAL: Don’t silence democratic process

Nominations should be released to the public as they are approved. This would improve the electoral process across the territory and engage and encourage more involvement in politics. NNSL file photos.
September 24, 2018 - NWT

The time for filing municipal nomination papers has passed and a humble word must be said for the courage all candidates showed in throwing their names into the proverbial ring.

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EDITORIAL: Long tail of colonialism threatens ability to heal

September 23, 2018 - Nunavut

Testimony at the recent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry hearings in Iqaluit showed there is a still a lot of work needed to heal the wounds of colonial violence, if it’s even possible in light of the fact such violence persists.

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COLUMN: New festival would be win-win

September 21, 2018 - Kivalliq

Word on the street in Rankin Inlet has a group of folks coming together this past weekend in hopes of forming a committee to establish a second music festival in Rankin Inlet.

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EDITORIAL: Homelessness is a downtown problem

Yesterday the long awaited day shelter and sobering centre opened on 50th Street, right next to the Northern Lites Motel and across the street from the Northern News Services newspaper office. Ezra Black/NNSL photo.
September 21, 2018 - Yellowknife

In today’s Tales from the Dump column, longtime Yellowknifer Walt Humphries writes there were far fewer homeless people in the community back when it was a sleepy frontier town in the 1970s.

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HUB EDITORIAL: Big changes coming to town council

September 18, 2018 - Hay River

To state the obvious, Hay River Town Council is in for some big changes.

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Inuvik’s tourism “boom” shouldn’t be squandered

September 16, 2018 - Inuvik

Inuvik was crawling with tourists this season.

The parking lot at the Western Arctic Regional Visitors Centre was often packed with RVs, truck campers and the odd beater that huffed its way up the Dempster Highway.

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Canadians love to talk about the weather

September 9, 2018 - Inuvik

Can you believe the weather we’re having?

It snowed on August 31 and all through Labour Day weekend and it was horrifying.

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EDITORIAL: Thank the labour movement

September 6, 2018 - Hay River

We hope you enjoyed your Labour Day long weekend.

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EDITORIAL: Bylaw boss has to go

September 4, 2018 - Yellowknife

Fall time in the city. Yellow leaves, municipal election campaign signs on neighbourhood lawns, and an ugly problem at city hall that remains unresolved since coming to light in January.

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EDITORIAL: High seas, grey seas

September 2, 2018 - NWT

Considering the High Arctic is probably the most expensive place in the world to drill for oil, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ban on new oil and gas development in the Beaufort was classic posturing.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Looking Away

September 1, 2018 - NWT

Friends, I just wanted to follow up on my last column here in News/North

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SPORTS TALK: Careful what you say – your kids might pay for it in 30 years

September 1, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

If you’re going to criticize Donald Trump – and there are plenty of ways to do so because he makes it way, way too easy – make sure the image you’re using to accompany said criticism matches your argument.

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Fentanyl trial wraps up

August 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

The Crown has called all of its evidence in a trial for an accused fentanyl trafficker arrested during a high-risk 2015 drug raid in Yellowknife.

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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: Teach a youth to fish…

August 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

Learning to cast a line in the water isn’t just about filling stringers full of fish, although for some, including me, that’s no insignificant objective.

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SPORTS TALK: Active youth make for healthy youth – don’t you forget it

August 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

So school starts back up on Tuesday and I can’t say I feel bad for the kids who are dreading the first day of class.

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The berry bonanza

August 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

I think this year should go down in the historic annals of Yellowknife legend and lore as “El Very Berry Bonanza.”

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EDITORIAL: Sports grows young minds and bodies

August 31, 2018 - Yellowknife

With long flights south and even longer winters, it’s imperative that Yellowknife has top notch sports and recreational facilities.

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EDITORIAL: Have we all accepted climate change?

August 30, 2018 - Hay River

It was a funny thing – funny in the sense of being unusual or odd. But definitely not funny in the sense of ha-ha funny.

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COLUMN: Female talent, not tokens, behind Leafs hires

August 30, 2018 - Kivalliq

With NHL teams slated to open their training camps during the next two weeks, love them or hate them, a large number of Kivalliq hockey fans have their eyes fixed on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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LABOUR VIEWS: Celebrate and remember on Labour Day

August 29, 2018 - Yellowknife

by Jack Bourassa

The upcoming long weekend gives me an empowered feeling that leaves me inspired.

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WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: End of an era…

August 26, 2018 - NWT

I just came back from the Dene National Assembly, which was my brother Billy Erasmus’ last meeting as the Dene National Chief after thirty years. Can you imagine? Thirty years as the head of the Dene Nation, except for one term when he was the NWT representative to the Assembly of First Nations.

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LETTER: Emotional anniversary

August 25, 2018 - NWT

From: the Ferguson, LePrieur and McLean families, Thebacha/Fort Smith

Dear editor,

On Aug. 9, 2018 we attended the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Fort Smith landslide. Although 50 years had passed since that awful day that took the life of our mother and grandmother Kay Ferguson, we were apprehensive about what this day would bring.

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SPORTS TALK: The greatest first pitch ever thrown – and she’s a nun

August 25, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

It takes a special sort of dingus to pull this trick.

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EDITORIAL: Sneaky firing looks bad on Inuvik council

August 25, 2018 - NWT

The sudden firing of longtime councillor Vince Sharpe over $700 in unpaid dumping fees on Aug. 8 shines a light on the shadiness that can sometimes define small-town politics.

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CFS an integral part of Inuvik

August 25, 2018 - Inuvik

It took nearly 15 years of fundraising and planning before Children First Society (CFS) could open its doors.

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LOOKING BACK: New HQ for RCMP

August 24, 2018 - Yellowknife

40 years ago

RCMP responding to a home in Willow Flats for an unrelated incident came across about 50 cannabis plants.

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CITY EDITOR: Back of the bus

August 24, 2018 - Yellowknife

Why does Old Airport Road take you to the new airport?

Why does Yellowknife’s main street have two names (Franklin Avenue/50 Avenue)?

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TALES FROM THE DUMP: The hidden costs of the public school system

August 24, 2018 - Yellowknife

A couple weeks ago, I was driving in my truck listening to the radio when a rather gleeful announcer came on with what almost sounded a little like a public service message. I am going to paraphrase it a bit.

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EDITORIAL: Poor optics in public park party

August 24, 2018 - Yellowknife

There is nothing offensive about a major corporation holding a private party to celebrate a major milestone.

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EDITORIAL: What’s the big emergency?

August 23, 2018 - Hay River

We said it before – and will probably have to say it again sometime in the future – but we will never understand why more people don’t show up to important public meetings.

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