You probably thought: What the heck is snowcrete?
Well, snowcrete is a natural product made of what Yellowknife has plenty of in the winter: snow!Read More
A very sad t(o)urn-around
It looks like my plans to invade and conquer Fort Providence on the weekend of its rec hockey tournament have to be shelved.Read More
Time to close health care gap
Having a great smile isn’t just about looking amazing in selfies.
Poor dental health, rooted in an absence of proper dental care as a child, can lead to all sorts of physical and psychological issues for people.Read More
Editorial: Out on a limb for a winner
I, for one, am rolling the dice and risking bad luck by starting to celebrate early my belief that the Rankin Rock Hockey Camp will be announced as the winner of the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) for the Youth category this evening, Jan. 31, in Ottawa.Read More
Pros and cons of aging
Remember the first time some kid came to the door and called you “Mister” or “Mam”?Read More
Yellowknifer editorial: Meeting the needs of an aging society
Seniors have been in the news lately.
We have read about how a surge in seniors will challenge the health-care system in coming years (“NWT’s aging population a ‘wake up call,’ says expert,” Jan. 9 Yellowknifer).Read More
Yellowknifer column: Not getting older, just getting crankier
“What a drag it is getting old.”
– Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, “Mother’s Little Helper,” 1966.
Am I aging out of being cool?Read More
City hard at work for positive change: Yellowknife SAO writes
The city has been in the news lately, and I understand when Yellowknifers tell me they’re concerned, given allegations of past workplace misconduct that has recently come to light.Read More
Editorial: Prospecting the future
A strong economy, in no small part, depends on a strong government strategy.Read More
Editorial: Congrats, Brendan
Brendan Green has solidified his special place as the greatest athlete ever to originate in Hay River.Read More
It takes an army to build a snow castle
Greetings from the peaceful sunny frozen shores of Great Slave lake.
Our 23rd snow castle begins to take shape as we are almost half way through our build season for the Snowking’s Winter Festival.Read More
Time to stop cracking up over thin ice
“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.Read More
A bad smell at city hall
The good thing about living in a city with a long, cold winter is that poop freezes and doesn’t smell.Read More
Inquiry a window into the suffering of families who’ve lost loved ones
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls spent three days in Yellowknife offering Canadians as front row seat to hear heartbreaking testimony from people in the territory who have lost loved ones to violence.Read More
Editorial: Big bucks and influence
With the Bank of Canada’s decision to increase interest rates earlier this month and the positive forecast for economic growth in the country during the next little while, everything should be pretty much roses these days on the economic front.Read More
City must lead the way on mall revitalization
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.Read More
A Mountain View: Copycats at play
Friends, as a writer I always make it a point to at least read what other writers have to say, and especially if I disagree with them.Read More
Northern Notes: Mining conference an opportunity to network
January 17th, how time flies! We sure can’t afford to waste time and especially in the building up of our Northwest Territories. We have a good opportunity next week!Read More
Editorial: Raise the alarm on games
Northern artists have stood up and defined the value of their work and the South Slave 2018 Arctic Winter Games host society has learned a hard lesson to go along with it.Read More
Cambridge Bay Tea Talk: Getting ready for frolics
HALLUKKAFFI IKALUKTUTIAMIT. NAMAINAKTURUT. HIKINIK NUITALIKMAT ALIANAHIYUK.Read More
Minimum is far from living wage
Canadians are watching the labour situation in Ontario and Alberta, which recently surpassed Nunavut as the jurisdictions with Canada’s highest minimum wages.Read More
Last newspaper, last thoughts
After about one and a half years as editor of the Drum, I’m leaving the paper but staying in Inuvik, because it’s a great town. I notice a lot of former mayors, GNWT employees and even Drum editors tend to stick around.Read More
Council shows welcome restraint
Council showed some welcome restraint limiting its donation to the Terry Halifax bursary, down from a requested $5,000 to $2,500.
Immediately, let’s put aside any comment about the man himself – everyone agrees it is worthy to honour Halifax.
But is that the role of the Town of Inuvik?Read More
Town council should follow AWG example
For an issue that pops up on a semi-regular basis, you’d think town council would have a standard response when a vacancy arises in its midst.Read More
Editorial: Beatles lead the way in resurgent vinyl
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.Read More
Yellowknife city hall’s day of reckoning
To date, Yellowknifer has spoken to 10 former municipal enforcement officers who say their workplace was a toxic environment under manager Doug Gillard.Read More
Kids copy what we say and do
A guy told me the other day, “That was a good article on bullying. Keep writing about things like that. Please understand that people don’t just start bullying out of the blue. They probably learn it at home.” Eschia!Read More
The other side of residential schools
A very happy new year to all you good people, let’s hope 2018 is a positive year! I know my agenda and my fight will continue to be for the highway.Read More
Sports Talk: All hail the worst of 2017 in sports
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.Read More
Koana for making season bright
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.Read More
On religion and belief
Friends, one of the best things about education is it puts you in a place where you get to use your mind the way it is intended, that of thinking through whatever subject or issue there is before you.Read More
Editorial: Stop dumping addictions problems down south
When it comes to addictions treatment and follow-up supports in the NWT, the territory has a long way to go to help those in need.Read More
Life is short, bake cake!
We ended up having a lovely Christmas, though to tell the truth, it was the most simplest of celebrations, hardly worthy of note among other Christmases. I had some bad news from the south just a few days before the Solstice, and it really took some serious will power to pull Christmas out of my magician’s hat this year.Read More
All’s well that ends well
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.Read More
Buzzing back to the rich man’s time
How did it happen and what the h-e-double hockey sticks do we do about it?
As we enter 2018, Canada has passed even Great Britain in the amount of taxes it demands we Canadians pay.Read More
Editorial: employment numbers leave North out in the cold
There was a buzz across Canada last week when the jobs statistics for December were released and they showed the country’s economy continues to be on a hot streak.
Overall, there were 79,000 new jobs created in Canada, including 24,000 full-time positions.Read More
A New Year’s goal: accessible city for all
So think for a minute about how you dealt with last weekend’s heavy snowfall.
Perhaps you had to brush your car off before heading off to the grocery store, or to the rink with your kids.Read More
Pull together for 2018
Last year was very much a mixed bag in terms highs and lows.
2017 bore witness to the slow-moving train spectacle of an impending leadership review – one that would either affirm Bob McLeod’s success as the only the two-term premier in modern NWT history or perhaps send his legacy crashing to the ground in a mid-term non-confidence vote.Read More
Editorial: City wise to get behind bike park
The Issue: Mountain bike park
We Say: An excellent idea
If you build it, will they really come?
The Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club has been cycling uphill for many years in its efforts to see the city support a skills park to serve a growing community of pedal-pushers.Read More
‘Eye of Inuvik’ could bring jobs, tourism, fame
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.Read More
Botched or otherwise, inquiry raises awareness
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was always going to be challenged to find a way to actually make a positive impact.
First, it’s tackling an issue almost too large to definitively discuss and definitely too large to be able to solve with just a report.Read More
Bryan Adams again?
As this editorial is being written, the NHL 100 Classic is playing in the background on TV.Read More
Busy year in Kivalliq
Well, valued readers, this is the final edition of Kivalliq News for 2017 and what a year it’s been.Read More
Editorial: Christmas chemo closure a concern
The Issue: Chemotherapy suspension
We Say: Horrible timing
Sitting on a flight to Edmonton for life-sustaining chemotherapy likely isn’t the way some NWT cancer patients thought they’d be spending the holidays.Read More
The Last Walk an inspiration to youth around territory
Friends, the team of Tamara Voudrach and Jerri Thrasher are taking the media world by storm, just now beginning with a fifteen minute short.Read More