For those who want to rock
Years ago, thousands had gathered for a concert at what was then called Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The lights went way down creating an almost complete dark void in the arena.
As thousands waited, the darkness was pierced by the nearly deafening sound of bells.Read More
Eskimos named in pride, not racism
If ever there was a prime example of the disconnect between what different people view as important, it’s the revived kerfuffle over the nickname of Edmonton’s Canadian Football League team, the Eskimos.Read More
Good Ole Fred
Friends, seeing Elders like Fred Carmichael getting the kind of recognition they deserve says a lot about us as Northerners.Read More
Highway out of isolation
Hi from Edmonton, here for an eye check up. I love the City of Edmonton, first thing I always do is buy all the newspapers and magazines! You all know with the government restrictions we don’t have much time to shop when out on a medical trip.Read More
Time to listen about time
Daylight Savings Time is dumb. There, we said it. Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, clocks fell back an hour. Which, for anybody living North of 60, meant they got up in the dark and walked home in the dark.Read More
Long path away from diesel
Spread out by great distances and no connecting infrastructure, Nunavut is in the difficult position of providing municipal services in isolation.Read More
What is the Canadian identity?
Remembrance Day ceremonies tend to involve a lot of thinking about Canada, its history and what the flag means.Read More
Time for Kivalliq led and Kivalliq first
For the first time in history following a territorial election for the Government of Nunavut (GN), I am expecting — and actually cheering for — the next premier to come from the Kivalliq.
I would be equally happy to see either Rankin Inlet’s Lorne Kusugak or Cathy Towtongie have the premier’s plaque on their office desk.Read More
Health info glitches a reason for concern
The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority has been having a rough year.
An audit of Hay River Medical Clinic referrals turned up 41 irregularities where referrals to specialists and other medical services were either delayed or not done at all. This follows the cancellation of dental surgeries at the clinic earlier this year after concerns arose about the clinic’s sterilization process for medical equipment.Read More
Do-gooding on a national scale
Premier Bob McLeod taking the federal government to task for imposing a five-year ban on new offshore exploration licenses in the Arctic has been the hot subject this week.Read More
Don’t make Housing First a house of cards
The Yellowknife version of a trendy national strategy to help ease the homelessness crisis is in peril of proving its critics correct.Read More
Premier has his ‘isms’ mixed up
Premier Bob McLeod has to come up with a better word.
Last week, the premier called for a national debate on the NWT’s future, and blasted the federal government for “colonialism” towards Northerners.Read More
Darvish meltdown good news for Jays
Baseball fans across the Kivalliq were treated to a classic World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which wrapped up on Nov. 1.
I predicted, in this very paper on Oct. 4, the Dodgers (National) and Astros (American) would represent their respective leagues in the Series. Unfortunately, I called the Dodgers to win in six games.Read More
The pen is mightier than the government
It takes a lot to get me down, but lately, this damn isolation has been getting me mad, especially in my writing. I only use a special pen, a Sarasa. It is the best pen and made in Mexico.Read More
MLAs must follow new path
The people have spoken, and they have spoken for change. We’re hoping the new legislative assembly will be able to achieve the changes candidates have identified in their campaign platforms.Read More
The North gets new champion
Premier Bob McLeod and his government get taken to task quite often in this space.
And generally for good reason. Pickings are lean for anyone to find much of substance with the political talent, or the public policies, of the 18th Legislative Assembly.Read More
Gone but not forgotten
Dear editor: A small group of us showed up on Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Fort McPherson Sept. 29.Read More
Universal daycare promise easy to break in consensus government
Education Minister Alfred Moses needs a time out to think about what he has done. Or more specifically, what he hasn’t done — yet.Read More
Adults should model proper behaviour
We all talk about anti-bullying, but the orange t-shirts and nice slogans don’t mean much if our actions don’t line up with our words.Read More
After an exhilarating year and a half at the helm of Yellowknifer, editor Randi Beers is moving on – here’s what she’s learned
People will stop caring when even Corn Pops become racist
There are those among us who don’t think society has reached the apex of oversensitivity yet. I can’t see how we can become any more sensitive when just this past week, the finger of racism was aimed at corn pops and marijuana.Read More
Yellowknife city hall’s teachable moment
Last week, the public was privy to a peek inside city administration thanks to an email dump totalling more than 700 messages that landed on Yellowknifer’s lap.Read More
Dealing with dope can be a real trip
“Marijuana, bud, blunt, chronic, dab, dope, ganja, grass, green, hash, herb, joint, loud, maryjane, mj, pot, reefer, skunk, smoke, trees, wax, weed.”
– Terms from the Cannabis Talk Kit.
Northern Youth Abroad
Friends, it’s good to know the GNWT is doing what it can to ensure our Youth have ways of relating to the outside world. The Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) program, for instance, is specifically set up to help young people, ages 15 to 20, who might not otherwise get to travel. A recent article in News/North about this features Jayme Nerysoo, 20, of Fort Macpherson. She went to Ottawa to take part in a construction course, another participant was Jessica Andre, of Tsiigehtchic.Read More
Wake up and make use of money
Norman Wells is in the news a lot lately. Everything is running fine. Personalities in the town council must be the problem; we still have the best town in the most beautiful spot in the whole Northwest Territories. We just need a good road so that people can come visit us.Read More
Democracy is more than an election
For those of you who make the choice to participate in your future and that of our territory by voting in the territorial election, you can do so knowing you have made a difference.Read More
No alliance with Metis Allliance
The president of the North Slave Metis Alliance was grinning ear to ear outside the Yellowknife courthouse.
Holding a court decision, Bill Enge said, “This is a huge win for the members of the North Slave Metis Alliance (NSMA).”Read More
Economy before everything
Few Northerners are more celebrated than Fred Carmichael, a member of the Order of Canada, former Gwich’in Tribal Council president, the first Indigenous person from Canada’s Arctic with a pilot’s license and recent inductee into the Order of the NWT.Read More
The National Arts Centre (NAC) publicly mourned the death of Gord Downie, lead singer for the iconic Tragically Hip last week.
The NAC partnered with Downie one year ago on Oct. 18, when he performed the world premiere of his Secret Path project in Southam Hall.Read More
The glacial pace of NWT governance
So the legislative assembly is now on a break. Until February.
This adjournment – for Christmas, I guess? – comes after a week-long break for Thanksgiving, which came after a lengthy respite for summer, from early June to mid-September. Yup, that was a three-and-a-half-month summer recess.
World a little emptier without Downie, Petty
2017 had already been a tough year for Kivalliq fans of classic rock with the deaths of Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman and Butch Tracks of the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath’s Geoff Nichols and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but this month hit hard with the passing of both Tom Petty and Gord Downie.Read More
Letter riot mostly a laugh
In a surprisingly well-co-ordinated campaign, more than half of the men in custody at the territory’s main jail wrote open letters to MLAs and the minister of justice complaining about a wide-range of shortcomings at the jail.
As reported in News/North last week (“Inmates start letter writing campaign,” Oct. 16), the letters outlined grievances about a lack of quality programming at North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC), the removal of the recreation director and the inability to access exams for educational upgrading.Read More
The Northern culture of silence
One of the root causes of so many ills in the North is the region’s culture of silence.Read More
GNWT opens tap on brain drain
One Yellowknife resident has been left in the dark after Aurora College cancelled a course he needs to become red-seal certified electrician.Read More
An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music video for his solo album Coke Machine Glow and found time to hit the water with Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician who had just returned to civilization after a lengthy canoe trip. Downie died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.Read More
A successful failure – yes, they do exist
Once upon a time, a rather well-known member of the NWT sport community told me my columns were usually angry rants from an angry individual.
I know where she’s coming from because all I do is rant sometimes. Ask the newsroom.Read More
Red tape a roadblock for Safe Ride
Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy seems to want us to think he deserves a pat on the back for funding the day shelter and sobering centre.Read More
Hub editorial: Diversity brings pride
The Hay River Fire Department has once again done the community proud.
As reported in this issue of The Hub, the department and one of its members – Capt. Terence Fischer – have been named recipients of the GNWT’s Fire Service Merit Awards for this year.Read More
David talks, facts walk
I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance.
I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites’s demarketing campaign; using parts of the media to create fear over farmed salmon.Read More
The frustrations of telephone systems and bureaucracy
I really have to agree with Roy Erasmus, “Laughter is good medicine!”
I sure could use some laughter right this minute.Read More
School, community collaboration important step in learning
Friends, after writing my regular column a couple of weeks ago, about the effects of the food forced on us at residential schools, it is good to note the many activities now linking our places of learning with community.Read More
Nunavut is a land of opportunity
The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week’s profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business back home in Rankin Inlet.
Hers is a dream that brings together youthful hopes with the vision of a business opportunity in a location that has promise. She has a real shot at this. Much as fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq, also of Rankin Inlet, has grown her business from sales on Facebook into a shop in Iqaluit. A mix of skill, tenacity, and demand for her product have brought her dream to life.Read More
Wage freezes are for little people
There is something about the legislative assembly’s Board of Management that seems to give its members a uniquely different perspective on reality.Read More
Town staff must remain unbiased
Sticking out in the crowd of recreation initiatives and public service announcements on the Town of Inuvik’s Facebook page was a politically charged suggestion early Saturday, Oct. 7.Read More
An embarrassment of council crises
Judging by the war of words erupting at city hall between Mayor Mark Heyck and city councillor Niels Konge the two men have decided now is a good time to launch their 2018 municipal election campaigns.Read More