Yellowknife News

Loving the land through a lens

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Concerned parents shed light on “problem” intersection

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Wolfpack senior girls outfit claims victory at Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival

November 21, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Yk1, education department opt to replace J.H. Sissons

November 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Upcoming events in Yellowknife for month of November

November 17, 2017 - Yellowknife

Check out what’s happening this month.

Shambhala Meditation
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.

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Federal ministers hold talks in Yellowknife

November 14, 2017 - 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.

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A change of scenery was nice … for a change

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Salvation Army gets busy with two charity campaigns

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife
Jennifer Forsythe, left, Northwestel store manager, Michael Ward, NWTel associate sales director, Byron Hardy and Darlene Hardy, executive directors of the Yellowknife Salvation Army, James Moulton, Salvation Army business mgr., Mayor Mark Heyck and Paul Gillard, NWTel V.P. gather around the toy bin Tuesday at the Northwestel Retail Centre. They were there to kick off the annual Salvation Army-Northwestel Holiday Toy Drive. The public is encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys between now and Dec. 14 at the Northwestel store downtown. Last year, thanks to the toy drive, some 300 underprivileged children found at least one toy under the Christmas tree. 
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Update: Missing teen found

November 14, 2017 - Yellowknife

UPDATE: Missing teen located, RCMP stated Wednesday morning.

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.

 

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Canada’s new Governor General to visit Yellowknife

November 10, 2017 - 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.

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Territorial government spending less and earning more – but net debt jumps

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

The GNWT’s 2016-2017 financial statements was released yesterday.

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod

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.

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Speedskaters Hannah Clark and Wren Acorn play waiting game with national championship qualification

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Premier changes numbers, but not his tune on energy self-determination

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.”

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Voyeurism charge after camera found in mine washroom

November 9, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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City of Yellowknife proposes major tax hike

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Get your flu shot!

November 8, 2017 - Yellowknife

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

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Remains of houseboat to be removed

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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Accused in murder case to be tried by judge alone

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

That is because a Yellowknife man, charged with murder and attempted murder, will now be tried by a judge alone.

Denecho King, 25, changed his election to be tried by a judge and jury in Supreme Court on Monday.

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Ice too thin to venture out on, says city

November 7, 2017 - Yellowknife

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.

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