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Under Aurora Skies

What do Brad Mapes and Paul Simon have in common? We're glad you asked. When Mapes was giving The Hub a tour of the new industrial park he has under development in the northwest section of...

Sports Talk: Actually, immigrants do wear poppies … ask my mother

Don Cherry has always been one to have an opinion on just about everything. You might not like it but you always listened to it. Kind of like this page. I know a lot...

Opportunities needed for small communities

If time flies when you're having fun, it grinds, sparks flying, as you're waiting for a group of politicians to flesh out a vague statement of intent. Direct your attention to the ninth of 22...

Northern Wildflower: Names, places and relations

People refer to me here at school as Katłįà, they can’t pronounce my name but they try. It’s the name that I asserted when I first started law school as we each went around...

Staying safe in the cyber world

Don't click on that! A recent ransomware attack that knocked out the Government of Nunavut's computers and prompted the GNWT to block all emails coming from our neighbour to the east has underscored the dangers...

EDITORIAL: To drill or not to drill?

This week I attended a meeting to update local stakeholders on the progress of research into the many ecosystems of the Beaufort Sea and the potential impacts of oil and/or gas exploration, which has...

Good days on ice in Rankin

It just doesn't seem the same as the days of November roll past and not a lick of hockey is being played in Rankin Inlet. As of press time, problems with getting the ice to...

OK, dual citizens

We were all ready to write an editorial about an intense debate raging around the world. Yes, of course, that's the suddenly divisive use of 'OK, Boomer'. However, before we could get going on that,...
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Mountain View: Remembering tomorrow

Friends, one of the things which happen in a PhD setting is that you usually have a tonne or two of reading to do. Towards the end of my regular coursework we were assigned a...

Northern contractors key to Northern prosperity

Alfred Moses was able to hang his hat on a housing announcement near the end of the 18th Legislative Assembly. At the beginning of August, the GNWT's Housing Corporation, which he was responsible for, cut...

Gender trend reversal will lead to stronger Kivalliq communities

It wasn't all that long ago when there were valid concerns being raised over the fact that not very many women in the Kivalliq region seemed to be interested in being involved in municipal...

Nature versus housing

Supporters of preserving the so-called Hay River Nature Park ran into a brick wall of harsh reality at a recent council meeting. On Oct. 29, a spokesperson for the Ecology North subcommittee Healthy Habitat for...

Editorial: A pie in the hand is worth two in the sky

Having 200 priorities is a lot like having no priorities. It pushes accountability into the ether. It's much harder to track progress, to question a politician on the status of a given file, to figure...

Some friendly advice to Wexiteers

It's been just over a week since the federal election and the reverberations are still being felt across the country. In case you have not heard, many Albertans are not happy with the election results....

Rankin blessed with tireless volunteer base

The beat goes on in Rankin Inlet with a bevy of fundraisers for numerous sports and activities – and the amount of money raised, the generosity of the community, the sheer number of fundraising...

NWT deserves seat in Trudeau’s cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood straight-faced in Iqaluit earlier this month and said the Liberals would, if re-elected, commit to getting all Indigenous communities off diesel by 2030. Well, they have a decade left to...

Putting up or shutting up

Interest in governance at all-time low  There was a time, not all that long ago, when getting people out to cast their ballots was the biggest challenge faced in the Kivalliq, and right across Nunavut,...

Entrepreneurs are key to a successful economy

During each election – like the territorial and federal campaigns we just endured – we always admire people who put their names and reputations on the line to run for office. That can't be an...

EDITORIAL: Small business no easy feat in the North

There is no backup generator for the world wide web. An interruption in internet service can't be mitigated with diesel. It hamstrings any small business instantly. It is estimated one day of lost internet service...

One year of legal cannabis – notice anything different?

Perhaps you have not noticed, but this week – Oct. 17 to be exact – marks a year since cannabis was legalized in Canada. You may not be aware of the anniversary because Canada and...

EDITORIAL: Pay interest – and attention – at Canada’s bank

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democrats, has said some nice things about the North. He implied a question from a reporter in Kenora about addressing drinking water in Indigenous communities was racist, arguing...

EDITORIAL: NWT premier is not the pope

The way we select the premier in the NWT is bananas. Unlike provincial premiers, who earn their positions based on their leadership of the winning party, here the premier is chosen using a process surrounded...

A campaign gone mad

I have to admit I'd silently go a little out of my mind during previous federal elections when people would talk to me about voting for their favourite candidate with no thought whatsoever to...

Nunavut’s story unfolding all around us

Maybe it was simply the usual white noise of personal opinion that invariably provides the background to election season. Or, perhaps, it was listening to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) president Natan Obed talk about Qanuippitaa?...

EDITORIAL: Beware of what you post online

We are writing this on the assumption that some young people still read newspapers. We don't know if that is actually the case, but we will proceed anyway. Based on what we have witnessed over the...

Where are the RCMP foot patrols?

Few jobs are more thankless, more important or invite more danger on any given workday, than that of a police officer. And here in Yellowknife, we expect a lot from our cops. Courage has long...

NWT election a chance for renewal

  It's been very interesting to hear a couple of our elected officials explain in recent days why the last NWT legislative assembly didn't accomplish more of its goals over the past four years. It's easy...

Parliamentary democracy is best

Since this is the year of a federal election, we've been thinking about parliamentary democracy. We believe parliamentary democracy is the best system of government in the world. That is especially true when compared to the...

EDITORIAL: Northern policy late and light

It was in the making for almost three years. Then, literally on the eve of a general election, the Trudeau government drops the long-awaited Arctic and Northern Policy Framework on Sept. 10. There was no major...

Arctic framework same old, same old

Call me a skeptic if you must, but count me very much among those who think it would be nice to see exactly how the federal government plans to do all the great things...