Opinion

Time to stop cracking up over thin ice

January 26, 2018 - Yellowknife

“Oops. There goes another one!” Perhaps we should broadcast that jingle, all over town, whenever someone breaks through the ice in or around town. It doesn’t matter if they are walking, riding a snowmobile or driving a vehicle. If they go through the ice that jingle plays. Loud and clear. Maybe that would warn others to be careful.

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City must lead the way on mall revitalization

January 23, 2018 - Yellowknife

Just because you build it, doesn’t mean people will come. Or shop.

The latest nails in the coffin of Centre Square Mall were made public last week (“Councillor calls for change at mall,” Jan. 19), with retailers Bootlegger and The Source by Circuit City announcing they were leaving the beleaguered downtown mall.

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Editorial: Beatles lead the way in resurgent vinyl

January 17, 2018 - Kivalliq

One of the ‘perks’ I’ve always enjoyed in this place is being able to write the odd opinion piece on the music industry and those who make, or who have made, their livelihood from it. It’s a perk the community has gifted me – like it or not – due to the fact music plays such a big role in the Kivalliq.

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Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports

January 14, 2018 - North

I bumped into someone at the local co-operative supermarket here in Yellowknife during the Christmas season and they wondered if I was going to do a Top 10 list, as I always do to ring in the new year of Sports Talk. This person suggested I do the best 10 plays as something different. Since you all know how I roll, there isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Alabama I’m going to do that.

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Koana for making season bright

January 14, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

AIK. UKIUK NUTAMI KUVIAHURITTIK. INUIN NAMAINAKTUT IKALUKTUTIAMI. NIGLATAKPIAKHUNI HILA HAMNA. HIKINIK KULVALIKTUK QUANA. KAUMALIKTUK NUNAKPUT. NUTAKKAT UTTIKMIYUT ILIHAKTUT. IKALUKTUTIAKMIUTAT ULAPKIVAKTUT KUVIAHUVIKMI. QUANAKPIAK IKAYUKTUT. ALIAHUKTUT INUIN NAMAKTUT. PIKHIKPAKTUKLU NUNA. ILANI ALAPPAIKNAIKPAKTUK. ILLA NAMAKTURUT. NAMAKLUHI.

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All’s well that ends well

January 12, 2018 - Inuvik

The Town of Inuvik faced a fair bit of criticism for its initial handling of contracts for the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival.

It had appeared to some people, and from comments by town staff, that the town might not have prioritized hiring local professionals for contracting its documentary of the festival and running the DJ party, which was a new feature this year.

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‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame

January 5, 2018 - Inuvik

Upon arriving in Inuvik on a beautiful, bright afternoon this Christmas, my father cut through the myth immediately, declaring the “sunless winter” claim a scam.

The idea of a perpetually dark winter sounds so mysterious and challenging to southerners, but anyone who has spent time in the North knows it’s more hype than reality.

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