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EDITORIAL: What a party!

Well, that was epic. Three days of workshops, fireworks, dog sled rides, dancing, singing, movies and snow carving. All within walking distance. And all for free. To heck with the Calgary Stampede. This is where it's at....

A curious expertise in falling down

Let's begin by saying that walking on ice is treacherous. We know. And before we go on, just for this editorial we will dispense with the royal 'we', because The Hub as an entity did not...

Editorial: Hospital problems are a credibility problem

The issue: Issues with new hospital We say: Fix them fast The arrival of Stanton Territorial Hospital in 2019 was eagerly anticipated by medical professionals and the general public alike. Yellowknife's very first Stanton Hospital was built...

Editorial: If Glowworm Lake could keep the lights on

Diamond mines working on ways to extend their lives and a rare earth experiment scoring a win in the approvals process made for a handful of positive Northern business stories to start 2020. And news...

A New Year’s resolution for cabinet

Just before Christmas, we happened to be speaking to a communications person with a GNWT department about hopefully getting a comment or two from a new cabinet minister. As is often the case with any...

More role models leaving could spell trouble for Rankin

Well, valued readers, another year has passed us by and another decade has come to end. Life is good, but it, indeed, does go by fast. All in all, 2019 was a good year for the...

Editorial: From change to action

The issue: The year that was What we say: Lots of questions for 2020 Not to sound clichéd but if we're looking back at the year that's been, 2019 had all the hallmarks of what people...

Sports Talk: Congrats, Fallon Sherrock … you’ve broken one of darts’ glass ceilings

For those of you who know anything about darts, you will know that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is holding its world championship right now. It is, without question, the biggest and richest darts tournament...

Editorial: The furrier, the better

A lot has happened since rules governing the humane harvest of fur-bearing animals became the law of the land. Canada took about two years to ratify the 1997 Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS)....

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: High time for private pot shop

The issue: private pot shops We say: why the delay? The slow roll out of legal cannabis in the NWT has been nothing short of a bummer for many. In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced...

EDITORIAL: On that dreaded deficit…

Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his fiscal update Dec. 16 and the usual chorus quickly chimed in its holiday doom predictions. Projections for the deficit in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 grew by close to $8 billion...

Enough with the giving spirit

In this season of giving, we have to recognize that the Town of Hay River is in the giving spirit all year round. It's sort of admirable for the community, but it makes no financial...

A little light in a scribe’s dark year

Well, valued readers, as you are reading this, I am down on the East Coast for some much needed time to recharge. I will also be seeing my girlfriend for the first time in seven...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: This theatre has a ‘NACC’ for the North

The issue: Lively arts We say: Help lift up life The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre opened its doors for an Easter production of Handel's Messiah in 1984. Since then, the plucky non-profit charitable organization known as...

The North’s #1 priority is housing

Premier Caroline Cochrane had a prime opportunity at her first Council of the Federation, a meeting of all of Canada's premiers, held most recently last month in Toronto. But when the post-conference press conference was...

Sports Talk: Team North is alive and kicking … for now

I know I told you last week I was on vacation and I am. But you and I both know I'm never really on vacation, though the trips back and forth between my bed...

EDITORIAL: Nature knows no borders

I noticed a bit of a theme threading through the last few weeks of stories I've been covering — the concept of a border and why it's a silly construct. All borders are effectively psychological....

Yellowknifer editorial: New pool now

The issue: Ruth Inch Memorial Pool We say: Must be replaced, and remain open Two years is too long. The suggestion that the city go 24 months without any sort of indoor aquatic centre while the old...

Expressions of gratitude as holiday season set to arrive

I always mark this space, my final editorial of any given year, to flap a flipper toward a few folks across the region who are more than worthy of the recognition. We have folks who...

Waiting for the grocery store?

Transparency in government is a two-way street. Governments have to be willing to give the public a say in the decision-making process. And just as importantly, people have to be willing to say something. On Dec....

Indigenous government and the future of the GNWT

The self in self-government refers to the people in distinct and autonomous communities who have been waiting for their treaty rights to mature like a long-term savings bond. The governing has to come from somewhere...

Editorial: ‘You feel like a part of you is gone’

Thirty years after the Ecole Polytechnique massacre and the City of Montreal has changed the memorial sign which marks the Dec. 6 1989 slaughter of 14 women. It used to mention "tragic events" but the...

Editorial: Don’t drag feet on dragon of economy

When you're talking about the economy, tourism is the one per cent of the Northwest Territories. That is, at about $50 million per year, tourism represents less than one one-hundredth of the economic impact of...

Fishing for a great tourism idea

Of all the public meetings we attend in Hay River, discussions about tourism are among our favourites. We're not quite sure why that is, but we believe the opportunity to come up with ideas that...

Less talk, more action for festive community

Well, the holiday season is nearly upon us, so it's time to wonder aloud where did the year go? It's also supposed to herald in a time of peace, family warmth, blissful feelings and love...

Editorial: Indigenous relations position deserves more than one term

The issue: Indigenous relations adviser We say: Why can't other positions be cut? Yellowknife is located on Chief Drygeese Territory, traditional home of the Yellowknives Dene. Those are the words heard from public officials at the...

Editorial: Mining, forever the final frontier

The end of November reminded anyone living under a rock of mining's foundational role in the Northwest Territories. The Yellowknife Geoscience Forum brought a who's who of industry heavyweights to the capital for days of...

Editorial: North frozen out of Trudeau’s cabinet

The issue: Justin Trudeau's cabinet We say: North's exclusion is beyond reason Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a made-for-meme moment in 2015 when he mic-dropped his response to a question about why he thought having an...

The North shut out of cabinet, again

If you ever had any doubt where the North stood in the big picture of Canadian politics, you should have an answer now. And that answer – more like confirmation, really – is the North...

Earning the right to celebrate

Although I have shared my thoughts on the matter here and there in past columns found in this space, it would be impossible for me to attend a grand opening like the once I...