Opinion

NNSL Opinion Stories

Inuvik has so much potential

August 31, 2018 - Inuvik

Something I often hear from people is that Inuvik used to be a booming town, full of life and a steady stream of new residents and businesses. Now, they say, it’s much quieter, nearly dead.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.”

Read More

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.

Read More

A lesson from behind the mask

August 30, 2018

It was the singular most embarrassing moment in my life.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Get a room! That’s easier said than done in Yk

August 28, 2018

It’s expensive to live in Yellowknife.

Yup, we’ve all heard that.

Read More

Tory pledge to give NWT 100 per cent of resource royalties sets stage for election showdown

August 28, 2018

Some bold thinking at the Conservative Party of Canada’s national convention in Halifax on the weekend has created a buzz across the North.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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)?

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

COLUMN: No increase in police – no answer to problem

August 23, 2018 - Kivalliq

Talk of reinstating a curfew in a number of Kivalliq communities has picked up steam lately due to the increase in vehicle thefts and senseless acts of vandalism across our region.

Read More

Is summer over already?

August 21, 2018 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

HALLOKKUGUT IKALUKTUUTIAMIT. NAMAINAKTUGUT. ANUGAINNAK NIPALUINNAKHUNILU. ILIHAKTUT NUTAKKAT UTIKMIYUT. NAGUYUK. INUIN KAYAKTULIKTUT AHIAMUN. TUKTUHIUKTUT QUANAA. IKALUKHIUKTUTLU AUDLAKHIMAYUT TUNIYUKHAT IKALUKAKVIKMUN. TINGMIANNUAK KYAKATTAKTUK ALIANAK TAUTUGIAMI. UMIAN TIKIKATTAKNIAKMIYUT. IILAA INUIN NAMAINNAKTUT. NAMAKLUHI. TAPKUAT AANNIAKTUT NAGUHITYAVUT. IHUMALUKPAALAAKHIMAITTUMIK. NAMAKLUHI. AKHUKPAKLUHILU ILAIYAKHIMAYUT. PIKPAGIYAUYUHI.

Read More

WOMEN WARRIORS: Back to school a tough lesson in spending

August 21, 2018 - Yellowknife

The lazy days of summer are coming to end. I’ve had a wonderful summer full of adventures with my three daughters – we spent a month in Yellowknife – and we have returned to our home in Lloydminster, Alta. Our school start date is Sept. 4 and this year I’m preparing for a child in kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 4.

Read More

Cannabis and driving: a high price to pay

August 21, 2018

A drug long vilified by lawmakers finally becomes legal on Oct. 17, in reasonable quantities, at least.

Read More

THE MUNDANE AND THE HOLY: Enlightenment the hard way

August 19, 2018 - NWT

Being a child of the 60’s I’ve seen a lot of changes. One thing for sure, nothing stays the same.

Read More

SPORTS TALK: I love sports – and Sig did as well

August 19, 2018 - NWT/Nunavut

I’ve often told anyone who will listen that I love my job. I write about sports and get paid to do it. How bad can my life be?

Read More

EDITORIAL: Det’on Cho carves path to prosperity

August 18, 2018 - NWT

There are dozens of Indigenous-owned businesses across the NWT, ranging in size and scope. Some have a handful of employees and could be a travel agency, law office or painting company. Others could be mid-to large-sized concerns, in the fields of transportation or communications. Some are run by the investment arms of Indigenous governments, either alone of in a partnership.

Read More

COLUMN: Until we meet again

August 17, 2018 - Kivalliq

During my lifetime, I was fortunate enough to know two of Canada’s most noteworthy independent newspaper publishers – Jack (Sig) Sigvaldason of Northern News Services Ltd. fame and Jim MacNeill of the infamous Eastern Graphic of Eastern Prince Edward Island.

Read More

TALES FROM THE DUMP: The North wouldn’t be the same without Sig

August 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

I would like to start this week’s column with a tribute to Jack “Sig” Sigvaldason. He started this newspaper in 1972 on his kitchen table, after he had been fired from the News of the North. Not only did Yellowknifer grow and succeed but in a few years he even bought out News of the North.

Read More

EDITORIAL: Make our history shine

August 17, 2018 - Yellowknife

Con. Giant. Discovery. Ptarmigan. Burwash. Tom. Negus.

Read More