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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...

“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...
Diavik’s Stars of the Arctic – from left, Vega, Capella and Altair – are being shown in Antwerp, Belgium and Israel this month. Photo courtesy of Rio Tinto.

Territorial mineral round-up

This year’s headlines haven’t been great for the mineral industry. The Conference Board of Canada called the NWT’s economic future “grim” even before Dominion Diamond Mines shelved Ekati’s Jay Pipe expansion in May. But...
Despite repeated attempts by the Government of Nunavut to assess the tax value of the Mary River Project, a September court judgment has nullified its 2016 notice of assessment. NNSL file photo.

Court voids tax assessment on Mary River Project lands

A court ruled that the Government of Nunavut failed to properly notify the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and its lessee Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. that the Mary River Project lands were open to tax...

Baffinland, QIA sign updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced the signing of an updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) on Wednesday that the company says will strengthen Baffinland's commitments to Qikiqtani communities. Baffinland and...
The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT

Lawsuit possibility raised as final Kitikmeot barge cancelled

Ice is preventing the final sealift barge from reaching Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk and alternative delivery options and compensation measures are being discussed. The barge, under the Government of the Northwest Territory's Marine Transportation Services...
A smiling Dustin Kapolak, right, takes a seat next to Sabina employee George Aitaok in a piece of heavy equipment. Sabina is constructing a gold mine in the area and continues to explore for additional sources of the precious metal.

Getting acquainted with the mining neighbours

Residents of Bathurst Inlet paid a visit to their mining neighbours on July 16. A full site tour, dinner and discussion of the exploration and mining activities ensued. Matthew Pickard, Sabina Gold & Silver's vice-president...
Pond Inlet realized $250,000 in revenue from a cruise ship docking fees during a busy summer season this year. Mike Beedell/Adventure Canada photo

Pond Inlet seeks ways to use cruise ship tourism proceeds

The Hamlet of Pond Inlet is consulting on how to manage the financial returns from this year's cruise ship season, said senior administrative officer Daryl Dibblee. The hamlet earned $250,000 in cruise ship docking fees...
From left, Ziggy's Taxi driver Jeffrey Komak, cab company co-owners Elaine Zikalala and Charles Zikalala and driver Leonard Epilon stand with two of the company's cabs in Cambridge Bay. Zikalala is planning to offer taxi service in Kugluktuk and Rankin Inlet by October. photo courtesy of Charles Zikalala

Cam Bay cab company expanding to Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet

Charles Zikalala can remember landing in a Nunavut community and having to walk from the airport into town, luggage in hand. "It was kind of hard," he said. He's also felt sympathy while watching elders...

Ice spoils cruise ship season in some communities

A summer of extensive ice in the Queen Maud Gulf prevented any cruise ships from getting into Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay. That resulted in substantial lost revenue for artists who would have sold their...

Copperhouse consultant clarifies fired chef’s status

A controversial dismissal of a migrant employee at Copperhouse Eatery and Lounge has caused some confusion about how immigration papers are processed and what are the best avenues for protecting newcomers with appropriate status. Liang...

Great Slave Helicopters granted bankruptcy protection

Great Slave Helicopters, one of three Yellowknife-based subsidiary companies belonging to Discovery Air, is restructuring its operations and selling assets, stated a Canadian News Wire news release yesterday. In March, Discovery Air had filed for...