Police raid nets guns, drugs and cash
The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team was part of an early morning raid of a downtown apartment that netted drugs, guns and cash.
Three men were charged with a variety of offences after the Saturday morning raid of two apartment units inside the same complex, stated an RCMP news release Wednesday.Read More
Blaze engulfs Curry Dr. garage Friday night
A call about a garage fire Friday night led to a 4.5 hour fight to extinguish flames at a Curry Dr. shop.Read More
UPDATE : Students back at J.H. Sissons school
Students at J.H. Sissons School are back in the classroom Tuesday morning after a boiler backdraft on Monday caused an evacuation.Read More
Yellowknife man charged after serious assault
A Yellowknife man has been charged following an assault in a city apartment building earlier this week, RCMP say.
Jerry Rogers, 34, is charged with aggravated assault after police responded to an incident at a Gitzel St. apartment late Wednesday night.Read More
Legislative assembly returns; budget to be presented
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.Read More
Union president threatens strike
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.Read More
Floating sauna campaign heats up
The Great Slave Sauna Society’s GoFundMe campaign to design and build a permanent floating community-use wood-fired sauna on Great Slave Lake has been launched.
The non-profit group’s 60-day drive to raise $20,000 by March 31 had raised $1,100 by Feb. 2.Read More
RCMP, government agencies team up for outdoor safety patrols
With the launch of a joint-bid by law enforcement and government agencies to bolster responsible sledding and fishing, Yellowknifers taking part in outdoor winter activities will soon be seeing a few more sleds on local trails.Read More
Security camera policy put to council for debate
City council will discuss Feb. 5 a proposed policy for the use of city security cameras.
The city deactivated security cameras at its facilities Jan. 18, following allegations that Doug Gillard, the head of the Municipal Enforcement Division, used the cameras to look at women.Read More
NWT on ‘right path’ to reduce Indigenous children in care, says minister
Though the percentage of Indigenous children involved with the Northwest Territories’ child welfare system continues to grow, the Health and Social Services minister believes the government is making progress toward reducing the number of children in care.Read More
Letter to the editor: Petition out to allow lotteries that support the arts
From: Eli Purchase
A new ePetition has just been posted to the NWT Legislative Assembly website calling on the GNWT to allow lottery funds to support the arts.
Potential child sex offences warning
Child sexual exploitation charges have been laid against a Grande Prairie man, and RCMP believe there may be additional victims in northern Alberta, NWT, northern British Columbia and Australia.Read More
Frame Lake Trail improved
The city resurfaced the McMahon Frame Lake Trail and widened it by one metre in 2017 thanks to funding from the federal government.Read More
Bob McLeod: Fading dreams of a true North, strong and free
Northerners are a quiet, peaceful, and co-operative people. We don’t air our grievances in public. We don’t complain.Read More
Labour Views: Northerners deserve a living wage
All three territories are on the slide when it comes to providing support to low-income earners, regardless of the fact that Northerners face some of the highest living costs in the country.Read More
Under pressure: an icy symphony
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.Read More
Looking Back: Stanton expansion held up by feds
40 years ago
A planned $9-million expansion for Stanton Yellowknife Hospital was being held up because the territorial government hadn’t reached an agreement in-principle with Health and Welfare Canada.Read More
The tale of the trails
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.Read More
You probably thought: What the heck is snowcrete?
Well, snowcrete is a natural product made of what Yellowknife has plenty of in the winter: snow!Read More
Montreal Canadiens Alumni returns to Yellowknife
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.Read More
Team NWT bantams in tough
Playing AAA bantam hockey in western Canada usually means you’ll be up against players who are getting looked at for the Western Hockey League’s annual bantam draft.Read More
Struggles continue for Kerry Galusha
Suffice it to say that the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts hasn’t been the best for Kerry Galusha and Team NWT.Read More
A very sad t(o)urn-around
It looks like my plans to invade and conquer Fort Providence on the weekend of its rec hockey tournament have to be shelved.Read More
Accused in murder case showed up at RCMP
A police manhunt for Kevin Mantla ended at the Mounties’ front door, where he appeared shoeless hours after the death of Elvis Lafferty, court heard Wednesday.Read More
Traditional healing centre gets $1 million boost
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.Read More
Don’t slide your ride
On Yellowknife roads in wintertime, Paul Simon’s classic tune Slip Slidin’ Away hits a little closer to home.Read More
Time to close health care gap
Having a great smile isn’t just about looking amazing in selfies.
Poor dental health, rooted in an absence of proper dental care as a child, can lead to all sorts of physical and psychological issues for people.Read More
Fourth suspect charged in Hay River homicide investigation
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.Read More
Accused in murder showed up at RCMP headquarters hours after Lanky Court killing,witnesses testify
A shoeless Kevin Mantla showed up at Yellowknife RCMP headquarters just hours after allegedly killing Elvis Lafferty, bringing a police manhunt to the Mounties’ front door, according to testimony made in NWT Supreme Court Wednesday.Read More
The 20th annual Territorial Skills Competition is hosted by Skills Canada and was promoted in a newsletter by the Yk Chamber of Commerce.Read More
Moosemeat & Marmalade showcases local cuisine
Season three of documentary cooking show Moosemeat & Marmalade will feature two episodes filmed in Yellowknife.Read More
Yellowknifer editorial: Meeting the needs of an aging society
Seniors have been in the news lately.
We have read about how a surge in seniors will challenge the health-care system in coming years (“NWT’s aging population a ‘wake up call,’ says expert,” Jan. 9 Yellowknifer).Read More
Gas prices stay stable
Average retail gasoline prices in NWT remained stable in the past week, averaging 121.52 cents per litre, stated GasBuddy’s daily survey of 17 gas outlets.Read More
Yellowknifer column: Not getting older, just getting crankier
“What a drag it is getting old.”
– Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, “Mother’s Little Helper,” 1966.
Am I aging out of being cool?Read More
Reported armed robbery downtown
Yellowknife RCMP are looking for information about a reported armed robbery in the area of 52 Street and 52 Avenue.Read More
Fighting falls with fitness: Recreation organization offers training for people working with seniors in the NWT
An NWT organization is leading a workshop to trying to mitigate one of the biggest public health threats to seniors in the nation: falls.Read More
Yellowknife couple looks back on global cycling journey
Relaxing inside their home Edith and Norman Mair reminisce about the good times they shared together cycling a combined 27,484 kilometres over 30 years.Read More
City hard at work for positive change: Yellowknife SAO writes
The city has been in the news lately, and I understand when Yellowknifers tell me they’re concerned, given allegations of past workplace misconduct that has recently come to light.Read More
Six Celebrated Seniors
As part of the Yellowknifer’s special full edition on seniors, we reached out to a few prominent folks in their prime to tell us how they arrived here and what they’ve done to contribute to the well-being of the community and themselves.Read More
Snowbirds no longer flocking out of Yellowknife, statistics suggest
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.Read More
NWT incentives aim to keep older adults in the North
“People in Yellowknife are really good to seniors,” Helen Lanson said over coffee at the Baker Community Centre.
Lanson and six other seniors, who gather bi-weekly for an informal coffee break, spoke Monday of the perks of living as a senior in Yellowknife.Read More
Territory racing to catch up with needs of an aging population
John Soderberg’s 92-year-old mother lives independently in a two-bedroom apartment in southern Ontario.
The building is home to other residents around her age. Across the street is a facility that provides seniors who need it more comprehensive, long-term care.Read More
Clair Littlefair hits the podium with bronze medal performance at Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships
Clair Littlefair may not be racing with the Yellowknife Ski Club’s high performance program anymore but the city’s loss is Team Telemark’s gain.Read More
Badminton, squash and pickleball on display as Racquet Club hosts annual Triple Threat tournament
We already knew Devin Madsen was quite the squash player – he’s proven it time and again by winning several tournaments at the Racquet Club. Turns out he’s also a decent badminton and pickleball player as well.Read More
Yellowknife Darts Association wraps up zone playdowns ahead of territorial championships
While we know several players from Yellowknife are advancing to the NWT Darts Championships in March, we still don’t know how many.Read More