Yellowknife, Fort Smith ski clubs get boost from feds
Lovers of the white stuff in the Northwest Territories can expect something a little different this year at their local trails.
Both the Yellowknife Ski Club and the Fort Smith Ski Club will be getting a face-lift after receiving a $440,500 investment from the Government of Canada.Read More
MP Michael McLeod responds to Premier Bob McLeod’s ‘red alert’
After premier Bob McLeod issued a surprise statement last week calling for an emergency national debate on how Ottawa treats the North, his brother and NWT MP Michael McLeod fired back yesterday.Read More
Customers to see dip in monthly power bill
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.”Read More
Yk wins mining conference
Diamonds are a city’s best friend. On Oct. 25, the GNWT announced that Yellowknife will host the 12th International Kimberlite Conference in 2021 – just in time to celebrate 30 years of the precious stone in the territory.Read More
UNW president says corrections officers’ safety at risk
The president of the Union of Northern Workers is sounding an alarm over the safety of corrections officers at North Slave Correctional Centre.Read More
Ruling on Sibbeston houseboat expected Tuesday
The next step in the long, drawn-out legal saga over a houseboat on Yellowknife Bay between the Government of the NWT and a man who says the GNWT has no jurisdiction over him is to take place on Tuesday.Read More
Drug dealer gets four years in jail
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.
Universal daycare promise easy to break in consensus government
Education Minister Alfred Moses needs a time out to think about what he has done. Or more specifically, what he hasn’t done — yet.Read More
Booster Juice to open in new year
Booster Juice is coming to town.
On Oct. 23, council voted unanimously to speed up the approval process to approve the development permit for the smoothie chain to renovate the former Videoland store on Byrne Road.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
City gas prices suddenly fluctuate
Yellowknife motorists are being encouraged to shop around for gasoline after it was discovered the price per litre across the city can vary by as much as ten cents.Read More
In Yellowknife’s Old Town, a new take on coffee is brewing
Eric Binion is a coffee connoisseur.
He loves it — and drinks a lot of it. But when Binion first relocated to Yellowknife five years ago, something was missing from his morning cup of joe.Read More
Swimmer Madison Penney pulls off podium sweep at Cascade Speed Meet in Calgary
If the early success of Madison Penney is any mark of how the new swim season is going to go for her, it’s going to be one heck of a season.Read More
Soft-tip darts comes to Yellowknife
If you’ve ever been to Hot Shots Pub and Grub, you’ll notice people playing darts. It is, after all, the main venue for tournaments and leagues.Read More
Apartment tenants express anger over ‘disgusting’ neighbours
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.Read More
Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop
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.Read More
Counsellor gets national recognition
One Northerner has joined the ranks of the most influential people guiding discussion around mental health in the country.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
Videogame promoting clean environment scrutinized
An electronic Indigenous bird that prevents oil pipelines from causing havoc on the environment is being labelled an act of eco-terrorism.Read More
William McDonald and St. Joe’s the big winners in Junior Spike It!
Sweeping the board in terms of banners in a major territorial sporting event is a tough chore.
William McDonald School had the chance to do just that in Junior Spike It! over the weekend and very nearly pulled it off.Read More
Council ‘working to navigate’ differences with administration
City council says councillors are working to soothe internal tensions revealed in a major leak of emails
from 2014.Read More
Polar Bear Swim Club hosts inaugural Polar Pups mini-meet
So about that development thing when it comes to youth sports, it seems it’s catching on.Read More
Man goes for wings, comes away with funding for TV show
All Jeremy MacDonald wanted to do was go out for chicken wings and a beer. He came away with $3,000 to put towards the production of a television pilot program.Read More
Temporary sobering centre finds home
The territorial government has found a temporary location for the sobering centre.
It’s opening Nov. 1 through April and will be located at the Salvation Army on Franklin Avenue.Read More
Luxury hotel on hold
A planned luxury lodge on the Dettah Road may have a hard time accepting reservations this winter.Read More
Ten colourful years
Like watercolours on a canvas, the community blended together to show support for the Yellowknife Watercolour Society’s 10-year anniversary this weekend.Read More
Yellowknife city hall’s teachable moment
Last week, the public was privy to a peek inside city administration thanks to an email dump totalling more than 700 messages that landed on Yellowknifer’s lap.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
Two statutory officers appointed
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.Read More
Slow and steady in the NWT
Canada’s national aboriginal population has grown by 42.5 per cent since 2006 while the NWT’s own growth has been just 1.7 per cent over the same period, according to new results from the 2016 census released on Oct. 25.Read More
Man faces weapons charges
A Yellowknife man is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and mischief following an altercation between two people Tuesday night in an alley behind 52 St. not far from Franklin Ave.Read More
Passengers describe hellish flight
It was a harrowing flight for about 70 Yellowknife-bound passengers Monday night after an extreme air-rage incident forced their WestJet flight from Calgary to be diverted to Fort McMurray.Read More
Yellowknife city boss emails detail ‘poisoned environment’
Hundreds of leaked emails from city hall reveal a deteriorating relationship between the city’s top bureaucrat and city council in 2014.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
Missing and murdered hearing delayed
A Yellowknife resident is still looking for answers about what happened to his missing mother more than 40 years ago. James Jenka says delays in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are causing confusion.Read More
Three arrested after drug raid
RCMP has seized a .40 calibre handgun, two ounces of cocaine and cash following an Oct. 17 raid at a downtown residence as part of an investigation into illegal drug trafficking.Read More
How the North Slave Correctional Centre letter writing campaign has the potential do more than make the jail a better place
“We are not a factory,” says premier to accusation of slow legislative progress
As the 18th assembly headed into a three-and-a-half-month break Friday until its next sitting, one MLA was dismayed by what she called the “glacial pace” at which the government is bringing forth legislation.Read More
“Better late than never”
“Better late than never,” That is that assessment by Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne after three generators, years overdue, finally arrived in the city last week.Read More
NACC searches for funds
The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is looking for a helping hand after incurring thousands of dollars in additional expenses over the summer.Read More
Ceremony honours preservation of culture
A number of Yellowknife residents were among those recognized for their contributions to preserving culture in the NWT during a ceremony hosted at the legislative assembly last week.Read More
Half-dozen new officials certified at NWT Soccer’s futsal refereeing clinic
Who’d want to be an official in any sport? They’re the ones that jilted spectators love to hate.Read More
Junior NBA makes debut in Yellowknife
If you haven’t heard, the NBA has come to Yellowknife.
Just in a smaller form.Read More
Northern magic on display
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.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