GNWT to re-examine rehab followup

December 17, 2017 - NWT

The territorial health minister joined several MLAs for a tour of the addictions facilities with which the GNWT is partnered, to get a better understanding of what NWT residents experience going south for addictions treatment and what they need when they come back home.

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Yes, you can film the police

August 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

Why it’s important for the public to understand this right and its limitations

The man had been accused of harassing a female officer. While all of this was happening, a man named Waseem Khan was filming with his cellphone.

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Let minors into Yk pubs

August 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

Of the territory’s liquor laws, the one that defines liquor permits might be the most archaic.As it is written right now, if an NWT restaurateur offers a full menu but won’t necessarily derive his or her profits primarily from food, that business will be granted a Class A, or liquor-primary liquor licence.

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‘Our communities are tired of it’: mother of teen killed in drunk driving crash

Photo courtesy of Sharon Allen Sharon Allen, right, is pictured with her daughter Keisha Trudel who died in a drunk driving crash in 2008. Allen, who heads up Simpson's MADD chapter, is alarmed by latest impaired driving charges released by NWT RCMP
August 2, 2017

People’s attitudes towards impaired driving are beginning to shift in the territory, the mother of a young girl killed in a drunk driving crash says.

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BioBlitz charts Inuvik’s nature

August 2, 2017 - Inuvik

Inuvik’s streets are filled with more than 100 species of plants, and most of them are native to the area.

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Yellowknife visitors centre still waiting for a new home

August 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

The Northern Frontier Visitors Association is debating whether to dissolve after determining it will have no home from which to offer visitor services as of Sept. 30.

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Community invited to research workshop

August 2, 2017 - Inuvik

Community members in Aklavik are invited to attend an open two-day workshop hosted by the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board Sept. 20-21.

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Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator

August 2, 2017 - Ikaluktutiak/Cambridge Bay

 

Cathryn Epp is the cruise ship coordinator and economic development officer for the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay.

Cruise ship passengers from around the world coming to Cambridge Bay this summer don’t know it, but Cathryn Epp is racing to ensure they have a most memorable experience.

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Progress needs to benefit all in Nunavut

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

It’s summer in Nunavut, and as the beaches fill with sealift containers, the streets – in the capital, at least – are filled with visitors and construction vehicles. They’re both critical to the Nunavut economy but we can see the fallout when the two clash.

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Showing leadership

July 31, 2017 - Cambridge Bay

A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Looking back in our brief history as Inuit, this is how the leaders, the alpha male and alpha female held the small hunting party together.

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Social struggles don’t override satisfaction

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

Nunavut’s uneven economy, health care challenges, high crime statistics and low graduation rate are all reinforced in a new Conference Board of Canada report, and yet Nunavummiut are mostly happy.
That made an impression on Adam Fiser, senior research associate with the Northern and Aboriginal Policy Group at The Conference Board of Canada.

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Food price gap persists in Nunavut

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

As Ottawa continues to review feedback from Northerners on the Nutrition North program, the latest data shows food prices remain stubbornly high in Nunavut.

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Does mass gun storage make sense?

July 31, 2017 - Nunavut

Should Nunavummiut lock up their guns in a single storage facility in each community?
That’s the prospect Justice Paul Bychok raised during a July 11 sentencing in a case involving armed robbery in Iqaluit. Bychok said there are an “alarming” number of firearms offences in the territory.

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Kam Lake, an urban fisherman’s paradise

July 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

Kam Lake is a toxic waste dump, right?

Its few surviving fish are three-eyed freaks and just touching the water will give you the shakes so bad you’ll think you’re Elmer Fudd standing next to a gong as Bugs Bunny whacks it with a hammer.

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Killer bugs and the rest of us

July 31, 2017 - Yellowknife

The story in last week’s column about the 1928 trip to Walsh Lake got me thinking. Hopefully, someday someone does a film about it because history is important.

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Regulatory body approves Kitikmeot gold project

July 31, 2017 - Kitikmeot

Construction could begin on the Back River gold mine by next summer if the federal government approves the project, which now has the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s backing.
The review board issued its endorsement of Vancouver-based Sabina Gold & Silver Corp’s project on July 18 in a 400-page document that contains 94 conditions.

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Joining forces

July 31, 2017 - Tulita/Fort Norman
Benny Doctor takes part in a search and rescue exercise near Tulita for two missing canoeists during Operation NUNAKPUT 2017 . Doctor has been a ranger for 20 years. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

It’s early on the morning of July 16 and the sun struggles to peak through dark storm clouds as rain spits over Bear Rock near Tulita.

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Scouts build the great escape

July 28, 2017 - Yellowknife

New puzzle-themed room coming to this year’s Ptarmicon

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The Con is on

July 28, 2017 - Yellowknife
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Desmond Mackay, left, and Maccheus Mackay cosplayed as Minecraft characters to compete in the costume competition at Ptarmicon on Sunday.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s Ptarmicon and it’s back for its sixth year.

And, this year, it’s bigger on the inside. The world’s most northern gaming and popular culture convention is taking over the Chateau Nova Hotel this weekend.

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Kam Lake arsenic levels confirmed

July 27, 2017 - Yellowknife
The NWT’s chief public health officer says residents should continue to avoid swimming in Kam Lake, but can practise catch-and-release fishing there. NNSL file photo

New arsenic testing results are in for Kam Lake, but the territory’s chief public health officer says not much will change in terms of his health advice to residents.

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Visitors association president resigns

July 27, 2017 - Yellowknife
Former Northern Frontier Visitors Association president Kyle Thomas said he informed board members of his resignation on July 14. NNSL file photo

The president of the Northern Frontier Visitors Association has resigned from his role, a move that comes less than three months after the visitor’s centre building at Frame Lake was shuttered.

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How to build an exhibit

July 27, 2017 - Yellowknife
Rae Braden, exhibit designer, stands in a display for the upcoming “We Took Care of Them: Special Constables in the NWT” exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

Inside the front lobby of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on Tuesday morning, everything looks pristine.

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Network issue causes power outages

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

The lightning storm last week wasn’t the cause of several power outages during the same time period in town.

Pam Coulter, communications manager at NWT Power Corporation, said a network issue between the LNG building and the gas plant caused the disruptions.

The two buildings are connected through the Internet.

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Drummers and dancers riding NAIG high

July 26, 2017 - Ulukhaktok

Members of the Ulukhaktok Western Drummers and Dancers are riding high after a whirlwind trip to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week.

The group performed at York University on opening night and again at McMaster University the next night as part of the territory’s cultural contingent sent to the games.

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Somebody do something

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Inuvik is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and it’s not just nice for a Northern town.

It’s remote but still classically Canadian, a little bit Wild West and extremely friendly.

The only problem is the economy.

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Inuvik youth centre sees bright days

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Faith Raymond and Kenny Stewart remember the reputation the Inuvik Youth Centre had when they were growing up in town.

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Beaufort athletes excel at Indigenous games

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

The Beaufort Delta contingent of athletes in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games got Team NWT off to a hot start.

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Climate change could alter landscape, says researcher

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Though it’s a long process with many complicating factors, if the climate were to continue changing in accordance with recent trends, that could mean some significant landscape changes up and down the Mackenzie Valley.

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Residential school workshops open eyes

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

For Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, education on the history of residential schools ties to all aspects of her role.

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Iglulik residents build better boot

photo courtesy of Jose Quezada
July 26, 2017 - Iglulik

There are winter boots at the store that can be purchased and worn home, and then there are sealskin kamiit crafted by hand.

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Town aims to tie tourism to Yukon

July 26, 2017 - Inuvik

Inuvik may be part of the Northwest Territories, but in many ways – most notably tourism – it’s more closely tied to Yukon.

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A newspaper’s line in the sand

July 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

For a price, anybody can buy space in a newspaper to announce pretty much whatever they want. Selling a boat? Buy an ad. Want to wish your gerbil a happy birthday? Buy an ad. Lost an heirloom and desperately want it back? Buy an ad.

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Business owners want visitor’s centre shop out of airport

July 25, 2017 - Yellowknife
Geoff Morrison, owner of Aurora Emporium Art Gallery, is one of seven local business owners who penned a June 29 letter to the premier with concerns about the visitors centre’s retail space at the Yellowknife airport. Morrison said he feels the Northern Frontier Visitors Association competes unfairly with other businesses, including its own members. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

A group of gallery owners who say the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre undercut their business by selling merchandise now want the association behind the centre to stop selling goods at the Yellowknife Airport.

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Yk women revive Indigenous languages

A smartphone is all Itoah Scott-Enns uses to create her Tlicho language videos. Her Facebook page Speak Tlicho to Me is inspired by a project by the Saami Council, a non-governmental organization representing the Saami indigenous people. Pictured here with her daughter Setiya. Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo
July 25, 2017

Pubs want to serve patrons … and their children

July 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

Bike park starts spinning

July 25, 2017 - Yellowknife

Weledeh students take on Giant Mine

June 6, 2017

William McDonald contemplates phone ban

William McDonald Middle School is asking parents for their input on a proposed cell phone ban for the upcoming school year. Currently the school allows the use of cell phones during lunch and activity hour, principal Jeff Seabrook says he sees over 75 per cent of his students glued to their devices. Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo
June 6, 2017

Red tape the main hurdle for NWT businesses

Fletcher , left, and Miranda Stevens stand in the entrance to The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery with their son Casey on May 26. A liquor licensing board designation prevents the two entrepreneurs from bringing Casey into their restaurant as it is a liquor primary establishment. However, Casey is allowed to be in the brewery surrounded by large steel vats of beer. This is just one example of bureaucratic red tape the couple has faced in opening the territory's only craft brewery. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo
June 2, 2017

Justice minister grilled on A New Day program for men who use violence against loved ones

June 2, 2017

Lynda Koe, Paul Andrews and Jeff Phillip, three Ykers inducted to NWT Order

June 2, 2017

NWT Conservative Party members support Andrew Scheer win

May 28/17 Photo courtesy of David Connelly Yellowknife resident David Connelly, a national vice president of the Conservative Party of Canada and the NWT's representative on the party's national council extends an invitation to new party leader Andrew Sheer to visit the territories. The handshake and offer came Sunday in Toronto, just hours after Scheer had won the party's leadership race.
June 2, 2017

Sharing circle in Yellowknife marks Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

June 2, 2017

Running? Leave your headphones at home

June 1, 2017

When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus

Opinion – When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus

Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave their headphones at home while walking, running, or biking outside. It’s not safe. Eschia!

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Colonial history in action: Aurora College adult teaching students take part in blanket exercise

June 1, 2017

Rankin visitor centre surplus fund transferred to Kitikmeot project

June 1, 2017 - Iqaluit

 

Rankin Inlet South MLA Alexander Sammurtok wasn’t especially pleased that surplus funds had been transferred from the Kivalliq Visitor Centre project to the Grays Bay Road and Port Project.

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