Yk bylaw boss under fire
A number of former bylaw officers are making allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying against the manager of the Municipal Enforcement Division.
In sworn testimonies made to a lawyer in 2014 and interviews with News/North, former officers allege Doug Gillard created a toxic work environment in which inappropriate sexual and physical behaviour, and sexual comments, were not only accepted, but promoted.Read More
Man fights for treaty payments
Dave Heron expected to get his yearly $900 treaty land entitlement payment through the Salt River First Nation last Monday— until he got a form letter from the chief on Oct. 30 telling him he and 144 other members wouldn’t be getting one again.Read More
Edmonton Eskimos on defensive over name
The Edmonton Eskimos football team is once again facing demands that it change its name.Read More
Yellowknife loses long-time restaurant
A long-time downtown eatery has closed to the public. L’atitudes restaurant in the Centre Square Mall closed its doors on Nov. 21. A spokesperson for the Quality Inn, the hotel in the mall that owns the restaurant, said the establishment will remain open to some hotel guests, including Asian tour groups, for continental breakfasts only.Read More
Square Dance Club pays it forward
After 20 years away from the limelight, the Yellowknife Square Dance Club has resurfaced after a large donation.Read More
Man rescued after he is trapped under vehicle
Updated Oct 23
A man was rushed to hospital by ambulance in the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning following a dramatic rescue after a pickup truck rolled down a steep embankment on the Ingraham Trail, trapping the man underneath it.Read More
NWT sees stake claims double
New data out of the Slave Geological Province led to small staking surge this year.
At 184 claims (totalling 1,390 square kilometres) staked in the Northwest Territories, the number has more than doubled that of 2016, according to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.Read More
Drug kingpin gets nine years
A Yellowknife man has been sentenced to nine years in jail after he pleaded guilty to being what the prosecutor described as the kingpin of a sophisticated illegal drug ring in the city.Read More
Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal
Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewar.
Creators of the annual castle say they’re now scrambling to comply before construction begins.Read More
Cambridge Bay geese died of natural causes
More than 1,000 starving geese couldn’t overcome fog and strong winds near Cambridge Bay in August, according to veterinarians who examined the remains of some of the birds.Read More
GNWT to build fish plant in Hay River
The GNWT has decided to proceed with building a new fish plant in Hay River.Read More
Upcoming events in Yellowknife
Check out what’s happening this month and beyond.
Welders Daughter Live (Reoccurring Event)
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Gold Range’s in-house band, Welders Daughter.
Tuk man calls out RCMP, says son Tasered
A Tuktoyaktuk man is furious, claiming RCMP used a Taser on his 15-year-old son and said he has the photo to prove it. News/North has chosen not to use the man’s name because it could help identify his son, who his father said is facing a criminal charge.Read More
Bryan Adams again?
As this editorial is being written, the NHL 100 Classic is playing in the background on TV.Read More
Man rescued after falling through ice
Rescue personnel responded to the entrance to the Dettah Ice Road of Yellowknife Bay Friday afternoon after a report of a person had fallen through the ice into the freezing water near the houseboats at Jolliffe Island.
Officials confirmed a man was pulled from the water by people nearby before responders arrived. The man wasn’t seriously injured. Police advise people to stay off the thin ice that’s forming on bodies of water around the city.Read More
Adult “living wage” pegged at $22.24 per hour
To live a “decent and dignified” life in Yellowknife, each adult in a family of four with two young children must earn $22.24 per hour, says Alternatives North.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
Yk Minor Hockey Association teams set to play in Hockey on the Hill in Ottawa
The Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa is one of the biggest holiday minor hockey tournaments in the country.
A couple of teams from the Yk Minor Hockey Association are heading down for the big show this year, which begins on Dec. 28, and it’s going to be something much bigger than just a tournament.Read More
Cambridge Bay’s David Ohokannoak is honing his skills as a comedian
David Ohokannoak believes comedy is a path to wellness, and he’s helping people down that path.Read More
New tax consulting business opening downtown
If the only things certain in life are death and taxes, Andy Wong has got you covered for at least one.Read More
Concerned parents shed light on “problem” intersection
Concerned parents are sounding the alarm over a busy school-zone intersection in the Frame Lake-South area after reports of near-collisions between motorists and pedestrians.
Sharon Dywer, the mother of a kindergarten student at N.J. Macpherson School, said she’s worried about a nearby all-way stop after she and her four-year-old son narrowly avoided an oncoming truck during the pair’s morning walk to school earlier this month.
“I took my boy’s hand once I noticed he was coming toward us … and ran with him just to get out of the way,” said Dywer.Read More
Accused in murder case to be tried by judge alone
Yellowknife residents won’t be tapped to serve in what could have been one of the largest jury pools in NWT history for a murder trial scheduled to begin next April.
Denecho King, 25, changed his election to be tried by a judge and jury in Supreme Court on Monday.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
Medical emergency at Remembrance Day ceremony
A Yellowknife man is stable in hospital following a medical emergency.
The episode occurred Saturday morning during the Remembrance Day observation at St. Patrick High School.
Don Asher, second vice-president of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, was seated in the right-middle section alongside military members. He was about to present the legion’s wreath before he collapsed. Asher was then promptly rushed to the hospital.Read More
Bylaw manager still has access to cameras: city boss
Doug Gillard, the embattled manager of municipal enforcement, still has access to closed circuit cameras of city facilities, according to senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett.
Gillard has been accused by two former bylaw officers of using the cameras to look at women from a screen in his office.
Kerry Nicholson and Jamie Fudge allege in sworn statements recorded by a lawyer in 2014 that Gillard used to show officers footage of women at the library and zoom in on them from his monitor.Read More
GNWT continues disclosing student loan info
After hundreds of students’ names and their forgiven loans were published without their knowledge, the GNWT will now inform students up front of that policy.Read More
Crazy Cookie Lady provides a remedy for anyone ailing from a sweet tooth
Managing a sweet-tooth craving is a traditional part of Halloween.
While many of those tasty treats come in the form of chocolate bars or candy corns one Yellowknifer is doing things a little bit differently.Read More
Cooking up a trip
Eight years after he attended the Dreamcatchers Aboriginal Youth Conference, Michael Ciboci was busy finishing some Chinese takeout to help fundraise for a new crop of youth to head to this year’s event.Read More
Aklavik study makes medical impact
The North American medical community is changing the way it treats a stomach bacteria with the potential to cause cancer thanks, in part, to residents of Aklavik.
After a study of 376 people in Aklavik, along with participants from Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk and Old Crow, Yukon, researchers have changed the types and duration of antibiotics courses they prescribe for Helicobacter pylori.Read More
‘High-risk’ firefighter shortage extinguished
The city is set to get four new firefighters, even though these hires weren’t originally in the 2018 draft budget.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
Reporter witnesses drug sting at hotel
The Inuvik Drum had a ringside seat to a dramatic scene Nov. 6 as an apparent undercover drug investigation unfolded at the Nova Inn.
Two criminal events appeared to take place in one day but it wasn’t clear at press time if they were related.
Around 1 a.m., a hotel guest asked the one Nova staff member on duty for help using the laundry machines, a source told the Drum.Read More
Awake from a nightmare
A four-year nightmare seemingly came to a close for Dave Wiseman of Rankin Inlet when charges of insurance fraud against him were stayed this past week.
When charges are stayed, the Crown has one year from the day of the stay to reopen the case.Read More
Parsons back in as UNW president
Todd Parsons has been re-elected as president of the Union of Northern Workers following a vote Sunday, marking the beginning of his sixth term as top brass.Read More
Iqaluit student up for award valued at $100,000
For the second time since its beginnings in the late 1980s, a Nunavut student is up for a Loran Award, a post-secondary education package worth $100,000 over four years.
Director of programs and operation for the Loran Scholars Foundation Heather Spratt said the foundation would like to see more applicants from Nunavut.Read More
Home for the holidays
A family of five is expected to have a place to call home by the holidays, thanks in large part to the generosity of more than 100 Yellowknife women.Read More
Kevin Koe Olympic-bound in curling
Fourth time’s the charm, as they say.
Maybe that’s not the correct saying but for Kevin Koe, who cares? He finally gets to go to the Winter Olympics.
It’s the only major event left out of his current resume but it’s one that can be filled thanks to a 7-6 win over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualifying final in Ottawa on Sunday night.Read More
Former Hay River track star convicted in ‘sextortion’ case
A teary-eyed Joel Gordon embraced his father Monday after being convicted of child porn-related charges in NWT Supreme Court.
Judge Karan Shaner convicted the 23-year-old Hay River man, on charges of distributing child pornography, child luring and extortion after a statement of facts was presented by Crown prosecutor Morgan Fane.Read More
RCMP investigating suspicious death near Hay River
Police are investigating a suspicious sudden death Hay River, in the area close to Sandy Creek and a road known as the Wilderness Lodge Road on the K’atlodeeche First Nation.
RCMP on Thursday responded to a report of a vehicle on the side of the road to Sandy Creek. Upon arrival, they found a deceased male.Read More
More complaints against city councillor Konge
Complaints against Yellowknife city councillor Niels Konge are numerous and more egregious than previously reported, according to one city councillor.Read More
Sexual predator declared dangerous offender
A notorious sexual predator will be off Yellowknife streets indefinitely.
Bobby Zoe, 36, was declared a dangerous offender in Supreme Court last Thursday by Alberta-based deputy Justice J. Richard McIntosh. That means he will be incarcerated for an indeterminate amount of time at a southern prison.Read More
Man dies in single vehicle crash
A 25-year-old Yellowknife man is dead following a single-vehicle crash on the Dettah Rd. about 8:30 Thursday morning.Read More
Strapping in for a new experience
Growing sledge hockey was the goal on Saturday with a big youth workshop held at the Multiplex.Read More
Tricks and treats postponed in Nunavut capital
Mother Nature is providing all the chills and thrills today.
With the announcement from the City of Iqaluit that it was shutting down the morning of Oct. 31, all human Halloween activities and celebrations were officially rescheduled to Nov. 1 in the capital.Read More
Police officer broke man’s ribs in jail, court told
A Yellowknife lawyer is calling for a lighter sentence for his client after an RCMP officer kneed him in the back while in jail, breaking two of his ribs.Read More