Yellowknife News

An ill-fated trip with Hip’s Gord Downie and Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician

October 19, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Yellowknifer on Aug. 1, 2001. It follows a visit to Yellowknife by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who performed at Folk on the Rocks, filmed a music video for his solo album Coke Machine Glow and found time to hit the water with Yellowknifer’s Fishin’ Technician who had just returned to civilization after a lengthy canoe trip. Downie died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Groups appeal for funding out of 2018 budget

October 17, 2017

Food security strategy brought to the table

The Yellowknife Food Charter Coalition is asking the city to support the creation of a local food strategy.

The idea is to promote locally-sourced foods and sustainability, and support Yellowknife businesses, said presenters France Benoit and Tracey Williams. A food strategy would link various food sectors in Yellowknife – from production to distribution to waste – to meet these goals.

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Coat drive keeps kids warm

October 17, 2017 - Yellowknife
Darlene Powder, left, Sharon Abel and Alayna Ward fold coats at the YWCA office on Monday. The organization is collecting clean, gently used or new winter clothing as part of its annual Coats for Kids, Parkas for Parents drive this week. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

With the snow looking like it’s here to stay, Yellowknifers are starting to bundle up to stay warm outside.

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Education department studying class space at Yk schools

October 16, 2017 - Yellowknife

 

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is taking a hard look at how best to utilize space at Yellowknife schools, as some buildings are reaching capacity while others have room to spare.

J.H. Sissons is at 101 per cent utilization, based on enrolment and capacity figures from Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1). The Department of Education, Culture and Employment has hired a contractor to study enrolment at all Yellowknife schools and is determining whether space is being used for what it was designed for. NNSL file photo

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Justice minister’s fate in question

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife
Sahtu MLA Daniel McNeely, left, Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne, Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart, Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu, Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson, Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly and Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green listen to speeches from cabinet during the midterm review on Oct. 5. James O’Connor/NNSL photo

Whether MLAs will agree to introduce a motion of revocation to remove Minister Louis Sebert from cabinet when the third session of the 18th assembly begins Tuesday remains uncertain.

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Mildred Hall traffic study in works after child struck by vehicle in June

October 13, 2017 - Yellowknife
Yk1 superintendent Metro Huculak, left, assistant superintendent Ed Lippert, trustee Rajiv Rawat and trustee Satish Garikaparthi hold up art they made during Tuesday’s meeting. Students from N.J. Macpherson School’s fine arts program were in attendance to teach the school board about printmaking. Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

A study intended to improve the flow of traffic and safety of students at Mildred Hall is in the works.

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Man injured in RCMP cells wants video made public

October 12, 2017 - Yellowknife

A lawyer representing a man who suffered two fractured ribs after an RCMP officer kneed him in the back while in jail has withdrawn an allegation of police misconduct.

Last week, lawyer Jay Bran asked judge Garth Malakoe to play a video he said would show his client Michael Cotchilly being kneed while handcuffed on the floor by Const. Chris Alward.

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Minister opens taps for NWT Brewing

October 10, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

The NWT Brewing Company will soon be able to sell its beer directly to licensed businesses.

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod made the announcement last Wednesday in the legislative assembly to the applause of MLAs and a smiling Fletcher Stevens, owner of the brewery, who was watching things unfold from the public gallery.

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