Frontpage Editorial

Editorial

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...

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...

EDITORIAL: Another in-action plan on poverty from GNWT

In 2013, there was Building on the Strengths of Northerners: A Strategic Framework issued by the GNWT with the ambitious goal "toward the elimination of poverty." Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy stated, "I...

Should we all vote to select the premier?

We now have an acclaimed Hay River MLA saying he will seek to become the next premier of the Northwest Territories. And we have another Hay River incumbent saying it's possible he might also seek...

Placement as important as creation with education

Rankin Inlet was still under the flag of the NWT when I first arrived, and there were going to be many challenges awaiting the Government of Nunavut when our territory first came into being...

Women could make their mark in this race

The major territorial issues facing the next legislative assembly will be largely the same the last group of lawmakers faced. Poverty, food insecurity, addictions, mental health, infrastructure, and climate change were whittled away at by...

Kudos to new RCMP recruitment program

The results remain to be seen, but a process that will begin in January to, hopefully, recruit more Inuit into the ranks of the RCMP is long overdue. The RCMP have partnered with Nunavut Tunngavik...

EDITORIAL: A strike averted

This edition of News/North has a special focus on labour. Now for some people, labour equals unions. But not all blue-collar workers are part of the organized labour movement. Many toil away as sole entrepreneurs,...

$1 million is a lot of money for Hay River

Once upon a time – May 24, 2011, to be exact – we learned that a million is a really big number. We owe that to the South Slave Divisional Education Council, which collected one...

Striking the right note for a well-rounded education

It was absolutely rejuvenating to listen to the passion, hopes and excitement in the voices of a number of Kivalliq folks in the education field during the past few weeks, especially those in Chesterfield...

EDITORIAL: Future success requires educated Northerners

Education, really more than anything, is key to a successful future for NWT communities. Educated Northerners means northern communities can hire their own teachers, nurses and other government workers without having to drag some reluctant...

EDITORIAL: Fresh start for new school year

Just a few short months ago parents and students were preparing for graduation. Now as summer begins its retreat thoughts turn to a new academic year. Back to school time means thinking about several things:...

Working up a sweat in dry communities

Sport tournaments suffer from players who won't leave alcohol at home when competing in dry communities. I spoke with four sports players this past week – two in person and two over social media –...

Dividing the spoils in the next cabinet

It seems the territorial cabinet is becoming the Toronto Raptors of the political world in that the stars don't want to play there anymore. Three current cabinet ministers have announced they won't seek re-election in...
Tom Williams (right), the president and CEO of the NWT Housing corporation, listens as Alfred Moses, the housing minister and MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake, welcomes representatives from across the North to Inuvik for the 2019 Northern Housing Summit on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

EDITORIAL: Housing remains a top challenge

Heading into two elections this fall, there is much anxiety over where the territory is heading. Residents are right to be concerned about the health of the main economic drivers in the NWT -- government...

EDITORIAL: Taxation must equal fair representation

There are a bunch of different ways to govern a place. In Canada, most jurisdictions have political parties representing voter interests. In this territory we’ve gone with consensus government. Every now and then, it seems...

Why not the City of Hay River?

You see strange things driving across Canada. Near the top of the list of strangeness are signs informing motorists they are entering Dryden, a community in northwest Ontario. The signs proclaim: 'City of Dryden Population...

Remember the lives that mattered

The methods used to report on serious crimes in the modern media have been a pet peeve of mine for years, and it has led to more than a few long conversations with copy,...

EDITORIAL: Yk’s internet woes demand inquiry

Yellowknife is often described as a place of great isolation - a tiny community nestled in the heart of a virtually uninhabited wilderness, far from the teeming cities of the south. But on certain occasions,...

EDITORIAL: Carbon tax window dressing

Ask Northerners if they believe climate change is problem, the answer would almost certainly be a resounding 'yes!' Ask them if they're willing to pay a tax to fight it though and the percentage of...

EDITORIAL: Answer for short-term homelessness

Yellowknife is a city of contradictions. At one time a booming city of mining wealth, the numbers of homelessness might have seemed less apparent. Nowadays a good portion of the territory’s workers (11 per cent)...

EDITORIAL: Playing in an age of fear

As a society, we’re in the middle of a decades-long collective effort to minimize risk for children. As a result, kids are safer from injury and organizations are safer from litigation but we’ve changed the...

Our civic duty not to vote

Since we have just observed the Civic Holiday, it might be a good time to make the case for something we've been mulling over for a while. We think not voting might be the best...