Loving the land through a lens
Proud proclamations of Northerner’s affinity for the Northwest Territories aren’t hard to find.
The word “spectacular” sprawls across the territory’s signature licence plate; the City dubs Yellowknife the “capital of cool;”and brave pun-purveyors occasionally don a “It comes with the Territory,” shirt. But what is it that makes NWT “spectacular”? What makes it “cool”? And why have so many visitors-turned residents fallen in love with the territory?
With Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NWT’s release of its annual Love the Land photo calendar, the non-profit organization asks just that.Read More
City council hears public feedback on budget draft
Reduce poverty, study the potential for a Northern university, and build a mountain bike park.
These are a few of the projects some Yellowknifers hope will get funding out of the 2018 city budget.Read More
Aurora College review process “writing on the wall,” says retired social worker
A Yellowknife woman is raising a red flag over the fact that the association representing Northern social workers has been left off a list of organizations being consulted for the foundational review of Aurora College.Read More
DeBeers hosts lunch for high school girls interested in STEM
Olivia Laureijs shrugs off the notion that a male-dominated industry is one to shy away from.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
New restaurant in old Coyotes won’t open this year
Yellowknifers anxious to know exactly what is going into the old Coyotes building uptown will have to wait a little while longer.Read More
Wolfpack senior girls outfit claims victory at Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival
Defending a title is always tough. Just ask anyone who’s ever done it.
The Yellowknife Wolfpack’s senior girls outfit had that chore at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival this past weekend in Calgary and like a good champion does, they came out on top but were pushed to the limit to do it.Read More
Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s renew the battle in Wade Hamer Challenge Cup
It’s inevitable and also a sucker’s bet that Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s will meet somewhere down the line in a scholastic sports event of some kind when the banner is on the line.
When has it never happened since both schools have been around?Read More
Tribute paid to industry leaders at MAX Awards
The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines paid tribute to leaders in mining and exploration at the inaugural Mining and Exploration (MAX) Awards last week.Read More
Seniors’ society wants new government approach to elders
The NWT Seniors’ Society and the territorial minister aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on how to tackle issues affecting the aging population.Read More
Court briefs: Man guilty of sexual interference with foot
A man is to be sentenced on Jan. 22 after being found guilty of sexual interference on an 11-year-old girl by using his foot.Read More
Yk1, education department opt to replace J.H. Sissons
Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1) and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) have agreed to look at designs for a new school at J.H. Sissons, following a meeting with architects last month.
Assistant Deputy Minister Olin Lovely stated in an emailed statement that the parties met Oct. 25 to talk about design options for the aging school.
Sissons hasn’t undergone renovations since its creation in 1975.Read More
Upcoming events in Yellowknife for month of November
Check out what’s happening this month.
Mondays in November
— 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Looking for some peace of mind? Visit the Public Library’s meeting room and join the Shambhala Yellowknife group in meditation and conversation. Beginners are welcome and instruction is provided at the free event.
Friday sports briefs
Let the battle commence
The biggest annual sporting event in the city will write its latest, greatest chapter this week at the Multiplex.
The Wade Hamer Challenge Cup, which pits Sir John Franklin against St. Pat’s in a battle for high school hockey supremacy, gets underway this Wednesday at 1 p.m.Read More
Team NWT starts playoff phase at Canadian Mixed Curling Championship
Two years ago, Jamie Koe came within an eyelash of skipping the NWT to the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title.
This year, he’s back and determined to lead his rink to victory.Read More
Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees roar to victory in Victoria
Seems the Yellowknife Wolfpack peewees have that AA thing down pretty good.
The team has itself some new neckware thanks to their win at the Juan de Fuca Tier 2 Tournament in Victoria on Sunday. They polished off an unbeaten weekend with a 4-0 win over the Whitehorse Mustangs in the final.Read More
Yellowknife snowfall smashes record
Yellowknife has been hit with a record snowfall.
A unusual wallop dumped 24.2 centimetres of fluffy white stuff on the city, piling powder on cars and sidewalks in a large deposit that far exceeded seasonal norms.Read More
Payette’s first mission to NWT
Canada’s newest Governor General, Julie Payette, arrived to a flurry of snow and handshakes Tuesday morning as she stepped off the tarmac in Yellowknife for her first official visit to the Northwest Territories in her new role.Read More
Federal ministers hold talks in Yellowknife
A pair of federal ministers held talks with several regional representatives during a stop in Yellowknife Tuesday afternoon.
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was joined by Minister of
Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi at the Legislative Assembly for a sit down with Indigenous and community leaders.
Michael Gilday set to return to broadcast booth for 2018 Winter Olympics
Michael Gilday is going back to the Olympics.
That opening line would be enough to get tongues wagging here in town but no, he’s not making a comeback.Read More
Polar Bear Swim Club roars in Whitehorse at Ryan Downing Memorial Meet
This could be the season that the Polar Bear Swim Club gets a good look at who’s coming through the system.
Judging by the latest spate of results, it would appear the system is churning them out rather nicely.Read More
A change of scenery was nice … for a change
Whenever there’s a big sporting event involving gymnasiums in Yellowknife, there’s a good chance you’ll see the finals held at St. Pat’s and Weledeh Gymnasiums.
After all, it’s a large venue when you combine both gymnasiums and there’s plenty of room for everyone to move and sit to watch, which makes for a great atmosphere.Read More
Salvation Army gets busy with two charity campaigns
Update: Missing teen found
Yellowknife RCMP is seeking help from the public as they look for a missing teenage female who may be out on our streets without a coat.
Caitlin Olsen, 19, was reported missing to police on Tuesday. She is described as Indigenous, 5’6” tall, weighing 140 pounds with a thin build. She has brown eyes and brown hair.
Olsen was last seen Monday near Trevor’s Independent Grocer on Old Airport Rd. She was wearing black pants, a short sleeved shirt and no jacket. Anyone who knows Olsen’s whereabouts is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Aging like a fine … oil
An up-scale product is taking over the Yellowknife food market.Read More
Pantomime premieres next week
An old British tradition is making a return to Yellowknife.Read More
Down and out could work up a sweat
A healthy body can help lead to a healthy mind.
With that credo, the executive director of the Salvation Army is appealing to the generosity of Yellowknifers to help him set up fitness room at the non-profit organization’s downtown facility.Read More
Inaugural mineral industry awards in Yellowknife next week
The first-ever MAX Awards will recognize excellence in Northwest Territories mining and exploration on Thursday Nov. 16.Read More
Canada’s new Governor General to visit Yellowknife
Canada’s newly-appointed Governor General is heading North.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette will make a stop in Yellowknife as a part of a her first official visit to the Northwest Territories. Payette, who became the 29th Governor General on Oct. 2 after being recommended by Prime Minister Trudeau, is set to touch down in the territory’s capital on Nov. 14, stated a news release Friday.Read More
Yellowknife gets set to remember
Canadian soldiers who paid the ultimate price as well as other military members, past and present, are to be honoured this weekend with a number of events to mark Remembrance Day.Read More
Territorial government spending less and earning more – but net debt jumps
The GNWT’s 2016-2017 financial statements was released yesterday.
Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod submitted the annual statements to the public ahead of its tabling in the Legislative Assembly. The decision put the public first comes as part of a bid to improve openness and transparency, stated McLeod in a news release.Read More
Speedskaters Hannah Clark and Wren Acorn play waiting game with national championship qualification
Speedskaters Wren Acorn and Hannah Clark had fine weekends on the ice at the Canadian Open National Qualifier in Calgary last weekend.
But was it good enough to get them into bigger and better things? The numbers indicate a yes, but nothing has been made official yet.Read More
Paradise Papers lost but not in Yellowknife
Before you shed a tear over the eye-watering 5.64 per cent municipal tax hike proposed by the city, my hockey experience may help you understand the dynamics at play.Read More
Premier changes numbers, but not his tune on energy self-determination
Premier Bob McLeod issued a statement Thursday clarifying remarks he made last week expressing his frustration with the federal government intervention’s on energy extraction in the North.
Last Wednesday, McLeod issued a “red alert,” stressing the need for a renewed, nation-wide debate on the future of the Northwest Territories. In the initial release, McLeod slammed the fed’s decision to place a moratorium on northern offshore drilling, calling the move a return to “colonialism.”Read More
Voyeurism charge after camera found in mine washroom
A Behchoko man is facing charges stemming from an incident at the Misery Camp at Ekati Diamond Mine last summer.
Derek Smith, 38, has been charged with one count of voyeurism after a camera was discovered in the women’s washroom on July 27.
Smith is due to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court Dec. 12.Read More
City of Yellowknife proposes major tax hike
The city is proposing to raise property taxes 5.64 per cent in 2018, a hike which, if passed, would be the largest since 2010.
City council will decide by Dec. 11 whether to accept city administration’s recommendation, or re-jig the proposed $77.5-million budget to account for less revenue.
The 2018 budget draft, released Monday, is slightly smaller than the $80.63-million budget approved by council for 2017.Read More
RCMP investigate purse snatching
RCMP is looking for a suspect after an elderly woman was hurt in a purse snatching on Tuesday evening. Mounties stated in a news release that a male approached the woman from behind while she walked along 53 St. about 6 p.m.Read More
Get your flu shot!
Get you flu shot – there is really no good excuse not to. That not too subtle message was delivered emphatically on Wednesday by Glen Abernethy, the territory’s health and social services minister, and the NWT’s Chief Public Health officer Dr. Andre Corriveau. Both attended a flu shot clinic held at Northern United Place and got their shots
Yk animal shelter bursting at seams
The NWT SPCA could use your support. The shelter is busting at the seams and has temporarily held intakes for animals at the shelter.Read More
Sir John Franklin wins three banners, St. Pat’s two in Senior Spike It!
There’s always a chance Yellowknife will end up with the majority of the banners in a school championship and that was the case again in volleyball.Read More
Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT hands out annual awards
Another year, another group of outstanding people recognized for doing great things in the NWT.Read More
Don’t make Housing First a house of cards
The Yellowknife version of a trendy national strategy to help ease the homelessness crisis is in peril of proving its critics correct.Read More
Remains of houseboat to be removed
The base of a houseboat, moored at the end of the Rotary Park Boardwalk in Yellowknife Bay, is being removed. Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood yesterday granted an injunction to the territorial government to remove the dilapidated vessel, owned by Fort Simpson resident Randy Sibbeston, from the island where it has sat since at least 2013.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
Ice too thin to venture out on, says city
Don’t lace up those skates just yet. While plunging temperatures have caused ice to form early this year, the City of Yellowknife is warning residents that lakes and bays still aren’t safe for use.
Once a thickness of 15 centimeters or six inches is reached, it’s a green light for on-ice activities. But as of now, none of the 17 area bodies of water are in shape for shinny, skiing or snowmobiling, stated a city news release Monday.Read More