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First Air gets a makeover

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff. After 71 years in business, the arctic's flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red...

Outstanding SAO recognized

Sambaa K’e’s Ruby Jumbo was named 2017’s Outstanding SAO of the Year by the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) at the organization’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5 in Yellowknife. While Jumbo earned...

Transport Canada responds to wildlife board

In response to the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board calling for a shutdown of Northwest Passage routes between October and July to protect caribou, Transport Canada is reiterating its commitment to "engaging" with various agencies,...

Qaggiavuut reaches design phase

Qaggiavuut's dream of a performance centre for the territory is one step closer to reality with the addition of a world-class architecture firm to the team. Without a design and projected costs, Qaggiavuut has been...

De Beers works to get girls into STEM fields

De Beers Group is launching a scholarship program aimed at supporting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fields known collectively as STEM. Two four-year, full-tuition scholarships are being awarded to University of Waterloo students...

Famed Quebec chef Ricardo helping to promote whitefish

A chef – famous in Quebec and well-known in food circles across Canada and around the world – made a stop in Hay River on Sept. 19 to help promote the whitefish of Great...

Large barge takes to the highway

A large barge made its way through Hay River on Sept. 20 in the final part of a highway journey all the way from Edmonton to the Great Slave Lake, and later up the...

QEC workers vote for tentative agreement

Unionized workers with the Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) reached a deal to the end of 2020. The Nunavut Employees Union and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) North made the announcement Aug. 17. The new collective...

Cambridge Bay entrepreneurs strive not just to stay afloat, but to thrive with Kuugaq...

Five people summoned the courage and the money to take the plunge and launch an eatery in Cambridge Bay almost six months ago. The Kuugaq Cafe opened on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, with a mission...

Cam Bay hires cruise ship coordinator

  Cruise ship passengers from around the world coming to Cambridge Bay this summer don't know it, but Cathryn Epp is racing to ensure they have a most memorable experience. Epp, who started her job with...

Pubs want to serve patrons … and their children

Twist & Shout owner Jason Perrino would really like to stop turning away business. He says thanks to Twist's Class A Liquor licence, he regularly turns parents, and their strollers, away from his restaurant. “It happens...
Store manager Belen Baltazar, left, and co-owner Sasha Jason stand by the counter in The Lenny Burger when it opened in December. Jessica Davey-Quantick/ NNSL photo

Lenny Burger closes its doors, building soon up for sale

Barely five months after opening, Lenny Burger is getting ready to fry its last chicken. The restaurant's owners took to Facebook Monday to announce the restaurant would be closing permanently on June 10. “This was not...

Dominion Diamonds pleased with results from Misery Deep it at Ekati

Dominion Diamond announced positive results for its pre-feasibility study at the Misery Deep pit on Tuesday. The Misery Main pipe open-pit mine is expected to account for around 60 per cent of of the diamond...

1.9 million Bell Canada customer email addresses hacked

Earlier this month, Bell Canada announced its customer information was illegally accessed by an anonymous hacker. On May 15, Bell spokesperson Jacqueline Michelis stated in a news release that 1.9 million active e-mail addresses and...
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at Good Times Soap Company booth at the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce's Spring Trade show on the weekend of May 13. In the back left, business owner Karen Wood also chats with a visitor. Robin Grant/NNSL photo

Yk chamber spring trade show draws 8,300 visitors

The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Trade Show drew around 8,300 visitors on May 13 and 14, according to executive director Deneen Everett. This is in line with previous year’s numbers but one place the...

Book answers home buying questions

  Iqaluit - Thor Simonsen didn't set out to write a book on how to buy a house in Nunavut. Simonsen, working at the Government of Nunavut (GN), learned a colleague was interested in buying a...

Tyhee gold exploration site may be scooped up another gold mining junior

An advanced-stage gold exploration project north of the city was snapped up this week by a Vancouver company after Tyhee Gold Corp. went into receivership. GoldMining Inc. has entered a purchase agreement for 100 per...

GNWT boosts small business funding limit to $75,000

New funding of up to $75,000 is now available for business-related activities in the Northwest Territories. The funds, available through the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, are part of a new pilot announced...
The North West Company has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and Manitoba-servicing carrier Calm Air. - NNSL file photo

North West Company buys airline

The North West Company (NWC), which owns and operates Northern and Northmart stores across Nunavut, announced April 28 it has purchased an air carrier and is terminating its cargo contracts with the Kivalliq- and...
On hand for the April 29 ribbon-cutting to open the Great Canadian Dollar Store in Hay River were, left to right, Gerry Russ, president of the Great Canadian Dollar Stores from Victoria, B.C.; Catherine Hill, owner/general manager of the new store; Coun. Steve Anderson of the Town of Hay River; and Hay River South MLA Wally Schumann, who is also the minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Dollar store opens doors

If the crowd of people gathered waiting for the doors to open on April 29 is any indication, the new Great Canadian Dollar Store at the Wright Centre is off to a good start. The...
These core samples were recently collected at Pine Point by Darnley Bay Resources Ltd. - photo courtesy of Darnley Bay Resources Ltd.

Positive signs for future revival of Pine Point mine

The signs are looking encouraging that Pine Point may emerge sometime in the coming years as a working mine. On April 18, Darnley Bay Resources Limited – which bought the property in December – announced...
This map shows one gold-producing mine and numerous other gold-exploration sites in the Kivalliq region as of 2016. - photo courtesy of GN, INAC, and NTI

Gold exploration heats up in the Kivalliq

A modern-day gold rush is quietly taking place in the Kivalliq, and specifically around Rankin Inlet, with a new exploration and development company scheduled to meet residents next week. Vancouver-based NxGold Ltd. announced plans April...
Gjoa Haven residents attend a community meeting held by Matthew Pickard of Sabina Gold and Silver, on the Back River gold mine project. - photo courtesy of Jason Prno

Stalled Kitikmeot gold mine hearings resume

The next step for the Back River gold mine project starts in Cambridge Bay at the end of the month. The Nunavut Impact Review Board is to hold public hearings for the second time on...

Planned apartment appears stalled

A developer who planned to build a three-story, 26 unit apartment building on School Draw Avenue has yet to buy the land. Alberta-based developer Robert Findlay told Yellowknifer last August that in a perfect world...