Yellowknife News

Calls for justice at rally outside legislative assembly

February 12, 2018 - Yellowknife

Between 50-100 community members attended a formal protest held outside the legislative assembly on Monday as the continuation of outrage over Friday’s Saskatchewan jury verdict of farmer Gerald Stanley resumed across the territory.

Colten Boushie was killed in August of 2016 in North Battleford, Sask. Almost two-years later a jury, widely believed to have had no Indigenous members on it, acquitted Gerald Stanley after witness testimony placed Stanley at the scene of the shooting with a handgun.

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Yk gathering follows Gerald Stanley verdict

February 10, 2018 - Yellowknife

More than 50 people gathered outside of the Canada Post office in downtown Yellowknife on Saturday following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a white Saskatchewan farmer who shot and killed Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation.

The smudging ceremony, organized by Denendeh Against the Dakota Access Pipeline, was one of many similar events taking place across the country in reaction to the not guilty verdict handed down Friday night.

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Dene games a big part of the Arctic Winter Games

February 8, 2018
James McCarthy/NNSL photo
Gillian Furniss of William McDonald School lets fly during the snowsnake event as part of the Traditional Games Championships at William McDonald Field on Feb. 25.

Dene games is something we’re used to seeing a lot of in Yellowknife. Each year, the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT organizes the Traditional Games Championships, which includes a Dene games component.

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Beg bugs put tenant out of work, on a waiting list for an exterminator

February 8, 2018
Brendan Burke/NNSL photo.
“I need help. Big time.” Off work and back on an exterminator waiting list, Alice Hampton is calling on more in-town pest control services – and calling out property management for offering little help in removing unusable furniture.

Just like the unusable mattress that sits lopsided in her Aurora Pointe apartment living room, Alice Hampton’s life has been turned upside down – all thanks to some unwanted house guests.

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Dial-a-dope phone operator sentenced to 30 months

February 8, 2018 - Yellowknife

Yohannes Seyoume, one of four “primary” dial-a-dope phone operators in Todd Dube’s drug ring, was handed a 30 month sentence Thursday in NWT Supreme Court.

Due to time served, which amounts to 7 months with credit – he was in custody from his arrest on April 4, 2016 until his release on bail in August, 2016 – Seyoume will spend 23 months behind bars for his active role in the Dube-lead drug network.

Dube was handed a stiff nine year sentence in October.

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Tough slog for Kerry Galusha

February 6, 2018
photo courtesy of Team Galusha
Team NWT wrapped up its time at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C., on Feb. 2 with a 9-7 win over Prince Edward Island in the placement round. They are, from left, Shona Barbour, Sarah Koltun of Whitehorse, Kerry Galusha and Megan Koehler.

It’s often heard that the hockey gods don’t shine down on you from time to time.

There must be such a thing as curling gods as well, because they weren’t shining down on Kerry Galusha in Penticton, B.C.

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Food First Foundation wins hockey fundraiser

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife
James McCarthy/NNSL photo
Charles Wyman watches his shot get stopped by Cold Cash Greenbacks goaltender Chris Pedersen during the Montreal Canadiens Alumni fundraiser in support of the Food First Foundation at the Multiplex on Sunday. Wyman won one of the two spots up for bids by the alumni to play with the team.

So the Montreal Canadiens Alumni did the business against the Cold Cash Greenbacks on Sunday at the Multiplex by a score of 8-4.

The big winner, though, was the Food First Foundation.

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RCMP drunk policy nets real change

February 6, 2018
NNSL file photo
RCMP Insp. Matt Peggs, the Yellowknife detachment commander, speaks about police crime statistics to a city municipal services committee in late 2015. RCMP have changed the way they handle calls about intoxicated people, reducing the number of people that end up held in custody.

While calls for service overall have dropped for Yellowknife RCMP, the number of impaired drivers has risen sharply.

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Reconciliation in health and healing in the North

February 6, 2018
Arctic Inspiration Prize / Patrick Doyle photo
What Dr. Nicole Redvers, chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation and Elder Be’sha Blondin lacked in funding, writes columnist Shelley Wiart, they made up in passion and commitment to making operational, their urban land-based healing program, targeting at-risk First Nations, Metis and Inuit in Yellowknife. They are pictured Wednesday at the Arctic Inspiration Awards Ceremony in Ottawa.

When I met Dr. Nicole Redvers, chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation and Elder Be’sha Blondin at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife last November, they had no administrative help and no access to federal funding for their program, The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project.

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City, territory on path toward 911 services

February 6, 2018
Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo
Kerry Penney, the city’s director of Policy, Communications, and Economic Development tells council about downtown revitalization initiatives, including efforts clean up litter, during a presentation to city council on Monday.

In 2001, 31-year-old Freda Hope broke through the ice while riding a snowmobile on Prosperous Lake. Her common-law partner, who was riding up ahead, also crashed and was injured.

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Primary operator in Dube’s dial-a-dope ring convicted

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

A Edmonton man who sold up to $15,000 of crack cocaine a week as a “primary operator” in Todd Dube’s dial-a-dope drug ring was convicted in NWT Supreme Court.

Yohannes Seyoume, 21, spoke softly in court on Monday, answering to Judge Shannon Smallwood after she convicted him on one count of trafficking in cocaine. Seyoume pleaded guilty to the charge in November, following his arrest in April, 2016.

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Kam Lake sewage clean-up open house

February 6, 2018 - Yellowknife

The City of Yellowknife is inviting residents to join an open house discussing the on-going clean-up of sewage in the Kam Lake subdivision.

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall in the council chamber, stated a news release.
On Jan. 15, a city employee reported the rupture of the sewage force main, near Ron’s Auto in Kam Lake.

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