Yellowknife News

Legislative assembly returns; budget to be presented

February 2, 2018

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod will table the GNWT’s 2018-19 operations budget on Feb. 8., the day after the third Session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes Feb. 7, at 1:30 pm.

The budget will outline the GNWT’s operational spending plans “in the face of continued economic uncertainty and stagnant revenues,” stated a GNWT news release Feb. 2.

The public is invited to observe the proceedings from the public gallery.

The proceedings will also be broadcast live on the assembly’s television network and webcast via the legislative assembly website, and its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

The third Session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes Feb. 7
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Union president threatens strike

February 2, 2018

Territorial government employees will be asked to vote on a strike unless the GNWT offers higher wage increases, their union president warns.

A defiant Todd Parsons issued the ultimatum while speaking with Yellowknifer Friday afternoon. He said after two years of negotiations the two sides remain far apart.

He said meetings for a strike mandate will begin within the next three weeks, with a final vote expected at the end of March.

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Under pressure: an icy symphony

February 1, 2018
Wikimedia Commons/Angelo DeSantis photo

I remember the first time I walked out on the ice of a big lake, it was a little nerve wracking and I was acutely aware that I was walking on ice that was but a few centimeters thick and below that was a whole lot of really cold water. I also remember being out on lake ice the first time I heard the sonic boom of a pressure crack forming.

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The tale of the trails

February 1, 2018
The area zoned nature preservation adjacent to Ragged Ass Road is restricted from snowmobile use. There are several established trails which travel through this area to allow access onto Great Slave Lake, states information from the city. All snowmobilers are asked to stay on these trails so as to protect this natural area and its wildlife. This map shows the boundaries of this area. City of Yellowknife graphic

Some of our members and fellow Yellowknifer’s have been talking about the trails in the city and who has the authority to access or maintain them.

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Montreal Canadiens Alumni returns to Yellowknife

February 1, 2018
photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Steve Shutt, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be part of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni squad that will hit the ice on Sunday against the Cold Cash Greenbacks oldtimers all in support of the Food First Foundation.

It’s a polarizing world out there. What with all the fussing, fighting and name-calling, you’d think we’d all gone gone mad.

And that’s just the United States congress.

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Traditional healing centre gets $1 million boost

February 1, 2018 - Yellowknife

A non-profit group’s bid to bring traditional Indigenous healing practices to health care in Yellowknife is $1 million closer to becoming a reality thanks to a prestigious award.

The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, an initiative founded by Be’sha Blondin and Rassi Nashalik and championed by Yellowknife naturopath Dr. Nicole Redvers, received the 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize during a ceremony in Ottawa.

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Fourth suspect charged in Hay River homicide investigation

January 31, 2018 - Hay River

A fourth person has been charged in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation in Hay River.

Tyler Cayen, 32, has been charged with murder and robbery related to the Dec. 28 discovery of a deceased male inside a vehicle near the Katl’odeeche Hay River Reserve, according to a release Wednesday from NWT RCMP.

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Fighting falls with fitness: Recreation organization offers training for people working with seniors in the NWT

January 30, 2018 - Yellowknife
Juanita Bourque, left, and William Allan, from Inuvik, learn some exercises at a recent Elders in Motion training gathering in Yellowknife. photo courtesy of the NWTRPA

An NWT organization is leading a workshop to trying to mitigate one of the biggest public health threats to seniors in the nation: falls.

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Snowbirds no longer flocking out of Yellowknife, statistics suggest

January 30, 2018 - Yellowknife

Of the many conversations Yellowknifer had with seniors ahead of Wednesday’s special edition, one topic kept coming up: shifting trends for migrating seniors.

“You went up North to make money so you could afford to retire in a place where the environment was something you were more used to, where family and friends were,” said John Soderberg, Yellowknife Seniors’ Society president.

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