Kitikmeot business sprouts from beans

Kaapittiaq Coffee, a product of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society made with beans purchased from Peru, was sampled at a recent community launch celebration. The product will hopefully be on store shelves by the end of...

Focus on business: Dash Event Designs and Rentals

Cynthia Mufandaedza never had any intention of becoming an event designer, but four years ago she seized on an opportunity to purchase the inventory of another event design business whose owner was leaving town. Mufandaedza...

Mineral Resources Act to be tabled this week

A long awaited bill which will promises to transform the mineral industry for the NWT is set to be tabled for the first time this week. Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and...

Nechalacho project moving forward with new partner

A long-awaited rare earths project planned at Thor Lake is moving ahead after the main proponent of the mining effort announced a new private partner this week. Avalon Advanced Minerals Inc., which has been seeking...
James Croizier has been the owner of Ogre's Lair for well over a decade now and has slowly amassed a large collection of games and gaming supplies which cram every corner of his shop in lower floor the Centre Square Mall. January 19, 2019 Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Focus on Business: Ogre’s Lair

In the lower level of the Centre Square Shopping Mall, tucked away amid empty retail spaces is a bustling hub of gaming activity known as the Ogre's Lair. At first glace the store looks a...

Giant opportunity for local business

The Giant Mine Project team is promising plenty of lucrative contracts for local businesses once the next phase of cleanup at the mine site begins. Aaron Braumberger, project team engagement manager with the Department of...
January 21, 2019 Sarah Kalnay-Watson is the owner of Let Me Knot, offering wedding consulting, event planning, floral services and marriage officiating out of shop in the CloudWorks One building on 52nd street, downtown Yellowknife. Brett McGarry/NNSL photo

Focus on Business: Let Me Knot provides far more than flowers

To say that Sarah Kalnay-Watson, the owner of Let Me Knot on 52 Street, is just a wedding planner would be vastly understating her duties. She acts as a wedding and events planner, but also...
January 14, 2019 Chris Loreto of StrategyCrop. delivers a commissioned report on the benefits of creating a university based in Yellowknife. Brett McGarry/ NNSL Photo.

An ‘essential’ polytechnic university in Yk comes with $80 million price tag

Yellowknife city council were advised Monday to pursue a polytechnic university that could cost an estimated $80 million. A $50,000 report, commissioned to advisory firm StategyCorp in 2018, examined northern university models in Canada and...

Worry, shock at expected boat launch closure

Boaters are expressing worry and "shock" after learning the public boat launch at Giant Mine and neighbouring Great Slave Sailing Club may be inaccessible over much of the next decade as Giant Mine enters...
NNSL file photo A home under construction in the Grace Lake South subdivision.

Building permit fees get overhaul

A Yellowknife city councillor and building contractor is hailing the city's revamped fee structure for building permits, saying it will be much fairer on people building homes. As of Jan. 1, the new fees will...

‘Voices growing louder’

In a rare appearance to city council, representatives from the NWT & NU Chamber of Mines will be attending Monday’s Governance and Priorities Meeting to bring awareness about the state of the mining industry. Tom...

Bucket List Tours plans to stay small

Yellowknife-based business Bucket List Tours has been operating full-time for about a year, but its owner Tracy Therrien has decades of experience in the Northern tourism industry. She started out as a travel agent and...

Yellowknife sees largest annual price increase of Northern cities

Yellowknifers can look back at 2018 knowing the cost of living continued to get more expensive compared to a year ago. The NWT Bureau of Statistics released its latest figures which showed a 2.5 per...

More funding for green energy

Arctic Energy Alliance’s budget is getting a $9.12-million boost over the next four years.This means more subsidies and programs to get NWT residents using less, or at least greener, energy. The federal government is providing...

Jackfish transformer creates city-wide outage

A city-wide power outage hit several Yellowknife businesses early Wednesday morning. Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) said in a Facebook post that the power failure lasted from 4:05 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. and was due...

Branching into mining

For most Grade 11 students, beginning to choose a career path can be daunting, but for young women considering the mining industry it may be even harder. Forty-five female students from area schools attended...

Joint ventures bring benefits to Lutsel K’e

Denesoline Corporation keeps finding ways for the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation to add revenue streams. The economic development engine for Lutsel K'e band members, Denesoline got a foothold in the trucking industry by...

Inuvik wind project to offer high source of energy

The Town of Inuvik has the highest dependency on diesel fuel in the NWT but the Inuvik Wind Generation Project is now well on the way to providing an alternative. The Government of Canada and...

Caribou facing multiple threats across Canada

Logging and climate change present more of a threat to woodland caribou than mineral and petroleum development say both federal government scientists and industry, but seismic lines, or “highways for wolves”, remain a pervasive...

Nuclear reactors for the North?

Economics, geography and “unknown” regulatory complexities makes proliferation of small modular reactors (SMRs) very unlikely in the Northwest Territories says the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). According to John Stewart, CNA president, 10 years is the...

Record-breaking prices at auction

On the cusp of Christie’s Foxfire diamond auction in New York City, a Canadian diamond dealer is bullish on the value of real stones, even with the emergence of De Beers’ lab-grown diamonds. “This is...

Baffinland ships 5.1 million tonnes of ore from Mary River

Shipping season has officially closed at the Mary River mine. Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. announced Nov. 8 its plans to ship ore out from July 24 to October 17 were a success. "As we focus on...
Taloyoak's Kokiak Peetooloot, left, and Jimmy Porter of Gjoa Haven are Sabina Gold and Silver employees working at the Goose camp, approximately 75 km southwest of Bathurst Inlet. Sabina provides training on various pieces of equipment and puts a great deal of emphasis on safety, Porter says. Photo courtesy of Sabina Gold & Silver.

The movers of Goose camp

As Sabina Gold and Silver marches toward transforming its Back River gold project into the Kitikmeot's second gold mine, Jimmy Porter and Kokiak Peetooloot are two of the people keeping things moving, literally. Porter, from...

Tourism numbers hit record heights in NWT

For the first time in a fiscal year, more than 110,000 visitors travelled to the NWT with spending totaling just over $203 million in the process, stated a GNWT news release. In addition to the...

“Oddball” Internet outage undetermined

The source of an Internet service outage that impacted part of the city Tuesday afternoon was undetermined at press time. Daryl Fetaz, operating superintendent with Northern Utilities Limited said two feeders went down at 1:24...
Prairie Creek Mine has few regulatory hurdles left to tackle. Photo courtesy of Canadian Zinc Corporation.

Ministers approve Prairie Creek Mine road

Prairie Creek Mine’s proposed all-season road got its final OK from federal and territorial ministers on Oct. 9, leaving few regulatory hurdles between the mine and production. While the ministers responsible for the decision delayed...

Nunavut mine training under scrutiny

There's a real risk that Nunavummiut will miss out on jobs as Agnico Eagle expands it workforce, warns John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove. For the past several months, Main has been calling for...
At a bid of $1.75 million, Summit Air, with its fleet of cargo planes, was the successful bidder on the GNWT's airlift contract for Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk. photo courtesy of Summit Air

GNWT not planning to offer airlift compensation

There will be no immediate help from the GNWT's Department of Infrastructure for those who are without vehicles or for businesses that take on extra expense due to the airlift that is replacing sealift. "I...
At the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Oct. 13 to officially open the Marine Training Centre were, left to right, Deputy Mayor Donna Lee Jungkind; Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson; Infrastructure Minister and Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann; Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod; Chief Roy Fabian of K'atlodeeche First Nation; and Elizabeth Cayen, executive director of the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo.

Marine Training Centre gets an official opening in Hay River

An official opening was held Oct. 13 for the Marine Training Centre, the first facility of its kind in the NWT. That's even though the centre offered its first class in May of this year. At...
The last of the cargo, excluding vehicles, that didn't make it into Cambridge Bay or Kugluktuk by sealift this summer, will be delivered by planes starting later this week. photo courtesy of the Department of Infrastructure

Airlift to Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk to begin later this week

If all goes according to plan, the Government of the Northwest Territories' airlift to resupply Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk residents will begin later this week. The GNWT received a low bid of $1.75 million from...
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