Yellowknife News

Customers to see dip in monthly power bill

November 6, 2017 - Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents will be getting a lighter power bill next month, after Northland Utilities netted higher revenues than projected, said the territorial regulator on Monday.

“Last year,  they earned 13 per cent and they were approved for 8.5 per cent,” said NWT Public Utilities Board chairman Gordon Van Tighem Monday.

“So they pay it back by reducing the rate by 1.8 per cent a month.”

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Drug dealer gets four years in jail

November 3, 2017 - Yellowknife

A Calgary man was sentenced to four years in jail yesterday in Yellowknife after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Dola-Bode Harrison, 35, conspired over the phone to sell 30 ounces of cocaine to Norman Hache, a Yellowknife dealer who was convicted earlier this year. Both men had their phones tapped by RCMP.

Harrison has been at the North Slave Correctional Complex since his arrest in July, 2016. After being given credit for pre-trial custody, he will have two years and two months left to serve.


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Apartment tenants express anger over ‘disgusting’ neighbours

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

A number of tenants at Crestview Apartment building are frustrated with what they see as deteriorating conditions since residents from Housing First moved in last year.

Kimberly Paul and her 11-year-old son Dylan Picard reside in one of the building’s units on 52 Avenue near 49 Street. Paul said she fully supports the program which houses people who would otherwise be homeless.

However, she says what she’s experienced in the past year in the building has her questioning how the program is being run.

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Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

November 2, 2017 - Yellowknife

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style.

Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories and goodies, is planning to open its doors to the public next month.

Sara Murphy, 28, came across the idea of opening Premium MJ after the Government of Canada announced the legalization of marijuana. The owner of Yellowknife Tattoos and Harleys Hard Rock Saloon said she just wanted to make sure residents had the proper tools necessary to prepare for the anticipated July 2018 legalization date.

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Two statutory officers appointed

October 28, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The NWT legislative assembly has confirmed appointments for two commissioner roles.

According to a news release, David Phillip Jones will again serve as conflict of interest commissioner and Elizabeth Joy Noonan, a mediator and arbitrator in Ontario, will serve as equal pay commissioner.

Jones and Noonan are both expected to serve four-year terms.

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Northern magic on display

October 23, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

In a unique show launching this weekend, Canadians will get to see the cultural, artistic and athletic talents of the North up close. The From the North showcase is making its way first to the capitals of the North – Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit – and then the southern cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

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