Minister gives arts the shaft
This isn’t about art versus sport.
It’s about the territorial government versus basic fairness.Read More
Snowmobiler located after spending night outside
A snowmobiler whose sled tipped over during a solo ride Saturday spent a harrowing night outside before finding refuge in a cabin southeast of Yellowknife, RCMP say.Read More
Former Hay River track star sentenced for Snapchat ‘sextortion’
Joel Gordon’s Snapchat sex crimes invaded the “comfort and peace” of his victim’s homes – and lives – and wouldn’t have stopped unless he was caught, Judge Karan Shaner said during a sentencing hearing in NWT Supreme Court today.Read More
Calls for justice at rally outside legislative assembly
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.Read More
Four years after sexual assault on sleeping victim, Inuvik man gets two years, five months
A 39-year-old Inuvik man who sexually assaulted a sleeping victim during a house party more than four years ago was sentenced in NWT Supreme Court last week.Read More
Yk gathering follows Gerald Stanley verdict
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.Read More
Red Alert reasoning under fire in legislative assembly
The following is an edited exchange taken from an unedited transcript of Hansard on Wednesday as the legislative assembly reconvened for the first time since last fall. Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly is questioning Premier Bob McLeod on his “Red Alert” public relations push late last year.Read More
Letter to the Editor: Arts need funds
From: Bill Braden
I believe it is a sacred duty of elected officials to encourage and enable healthy, respectful debate about issues that affect the public purse, and public values.Read More
Dene games a big part of the Arctic Winter Games
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.Read More
Scholastic basketball in full swing
The next big school sports event in Yellowknife is off and running.Read More
Snowking Winter Festival column: When the snow settles
By Joe Snow(aka Ryan McCord)
As some readers may be aware, I took a sabbatical last year, after more than 10 consecutive years of helping to build Yellowknife’s infamous yet ephemeral Snow Castle, home to the month-long Snowking’s Winter Festival each year in March.Read More
Snowmobiling column: Safety is a wise investment
Some light snow has fallen, the days are getting longer, and the weather is a bit warmer.Read More
Looking Back: City workers ratify agreement
40 years ago
About 70 Yellowknife city employees voted by a slight majority in favour of ratifying a new contract which gave them a six per cent wage increase and increased fringe benefits.Read More
From sea to shining sea
Every few years, everyone should drive out to their local dump and take a good look at all the garbage there. They should also drive around the dump to take in its size because they just keep growing.Read More
New Mental Health Act rules complete
The GNWT has finalized the regulations under the new Mental Health Act.Read More
Beg bugs put tenant out of work, on a waiting list for an exterminator
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.Read More
Spat between neighbours goes to the dogs
A woman who says she’s called bylaw officers at least 100 times to complain about at large dogs roaming around her property is now bypassing city hall and taking her concerns online.Read More
Anson Chappell was misidentified in a photo caption in the Feb. 7 edition of Yellowknifer (Knife Life: Robbie Burns Dinner).Read More
UNW calls for common ground
The new year is bringing the same failed negotiations as the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) demands higher salaries for its employees, says the union president.Read More
‘Revenue shocks’ dampen budget: minister
Government revenues are expected to sink to a five-year low in 2018-19.Read More
Arts groups ask for a piece of lottery pie
Artists and arts organizations are asking to be included as beneficiaries of money raised through lottery ticket sales.Read More
Dial-a-dope phone operator sentenced to 30 months
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.Read More
Bylaw inquiry a test council must pass
The day before Yellowknifer published a guest column by the city’s senior bureaucrat to “reassure residents” in the aftermath of shocking allegations of misconduct by the head of the bylaw department, council was holding a secret meeting.Read More
Hot noodles warm up winter
After enjoying success in an isolated location in the Kam Lake area, an authentic Asian-style food service is hoping to find a more convenient location.Read More
Skiers Nicolas Bennett and Moira Green hit the podium at Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships
Another major ski event, another podium result for Yellowknife.
This time, it was double the fun as Nicolas Bennett and Moira Green took medals at the Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships in Ottawa, which wrapped up on Feb. 4.Read More
Quartet of Yellowknife grapplers hit the mats in Edmonton at University of Alberta Open
The 2018 Arctic Winter Games wrestling team of Cameron Courtoreille, Paul Reid, Evan Round and Jacob Bailey hit the mats at the University of Alberta Open this past weekend in Edmonton.
Coach Don Reid said it was a great trip for all of them.Read More
In the Jan. 31 edition, (“Six celebrated seniors”) Bob Gamble let us know his age should have been listed as 77.Read More
Gunning for stardom: Northern Scene Series showcases two local artists
The music scene in the NWT is getting some professional tips from a national critic.Read More
Opinion: dangers of falling through lake ice
As Northerners, we are often on the ice – driving, snowmobiling, skiing, or hiking. We are aware of the dangers of falling through thin ice and thread carefully.Read More
Outdoor safety patrols to be increased
Yellowknifers taking part in outdoor winter activities will soon be seeing a few more snowmobiles on local trails.Read More
Tim Hortons reopens
Traffic was lined up yesterday as the city’s full-service Tim Hortons restaurant re-opened after being closed several months for extensive renovations.Read More
Tough slog for Kerry Galusha
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.Read More
Food First Foundation wins hockey fundraiser
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.Read More
Olympians get outfitted
The NWT’s contribution to the 2018 Winter Olympics consists of the Yellowknife-born duo of Jesse Cockney and Kevin Koe along with Hay River’s Brendan Green but there’s more to it than just the athletes.Read More
RCMP drunk policy nets real change
While calls for service overall have dropped for Yellowknife RCMP, the number of impaired drivers has risen sharply.Read More
Reconciliation in health and healing in the North
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.Read More
City, territory on path toward 911 services
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.Read More
Councillor pitches special inquiry page for public
A city councillor wants the city to dedicate a page on its website to the inquiry into misconduct at the Municipal Enforcement Division.Read More
Food truck opens in Kam Lake
Yellowknife residents are being introduced to ethnic cuisine at an unusual time of year.
A food truck, known as Noodo Monster has popped up near Kam Lake, providing traditional Asian dishes to the public.Read More
Primary operator in Dube’s dial-a-dope ring convicted
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.Read More
Kam Lake sewage clean-up open house
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.
Heavy traffic on the trail
The Department of Infrastructure is anticipating heavy industrial traffic along the Ingraham Trail 24 hours per day until the end of March as the Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road to the mines has opened.Read More
Yellowknife dump doc enters post-production stage
The documentary Salvage, directed by New York City based filmmaker Amy Elliott, is scheduled to debut late this year, with the goal of being submitted to film festivals across North America.Read More
A prized addition to Yellowknife
A non-profit group’s bid to bring traditional healing practices to at-risk people in Yellowknife made national news last week after winning the $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize.Read More
Gunning for stardom
The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is preparing for their Northern Scene Series showcase this weekend and is inviting Music Canada Live executive director, Erin Benjamin to consult two local artists.Read More