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Editorial: Pages of history await Northern Covid response

Describing the small and sparsely spaced communities of the Northwest Territories as representing the end of the road doesn't even come close. Many are hundreds of kilometres from the end of even the remotest winter...

Yellowknifer editorial: Doors finally open for those in need

The issue: our most vulnerable We say: Brava, YWCA The Covid-19 pandemic bears few silver linings. One of them would be that the initially rejected Arnica Inn homelessness project is now advancing because of the heightened health...

Yellowknifer editorial: Business remains our lifeblood

The issue: Outbreak economics We say: Keep businesses afloat The federal government's wage subsidy program, a response to the coronavirus outbreak, has grown like a projection of its shadow on a wall since it was first...

EDITORIAL: Now is the time to give to one another

So here we are. Week three since COVID-19 hit the fan. Borders are closed. Cases continue to increase across the continent. Supplies are barely off the truck and are flying off the shelves, and...

Sports Talk: Who you got in the Belarus Premier League this season?

Do you all have enough toilet paper? If not, you can go win a roll at some restaurants around the world. Yes, some establishments have decided to have a bit of fun with the whole...

Editorial: Full jails are a health hazard

Friday saw the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a national organization with headquarters in Ottawa, join the chorus calling for low-risk inmates in custody in the three jails in the Northwest Territories to be released...

Yellowknifer editorial: online learning is now a necessity

The issue: school closures We say: contingency needed Our world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus COVID-19 over the past few weeks. So much of our lives has been disrupted, including our children's education. Official...

Yellowknifer editorial: death to overage fees

The issue: Internet access We say: Make overage waivers permanent There was a lovely show of aurora borealis over Yellowknife Monday night. Or maybe that was just the collective sigh of relief from Yellowknifers as Northwestel announced...

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Editorial: Travel in a dangerous time

It's probably safe to say Northerners have taken some comfort in the fact that there haven't been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the three territories yet. The isolation of smaller communities seems...

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 shows the need for more female leaders

In Ridley Scott's horror masterpiece Alien, a group of space-salvagers come across an abandoned ship giving off a distress signal with no explanation of what killed the crew, until one man comes across an...

Yellowknifer editorial: Good Samaritans lead the way in time of crisis

The issue: COVID-19 We say: We can do this together Matt Colvin, the world's newest pariah, knew exactly what he was doing when he sent his brother, Noah, to snap up every bottle of hand sanitizer...

Editorial: COVID-19 a growing no-win situation

In the middle of last week, cabinet minister Katrina Nokleby, who attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto earlier this month, was in a relatively exclusive group of people...

Editorial: Spitting bylaw won’t cough up results

A few weeks ago Town Council passed a Public Behaviour bylaw that allows police and peace officers to issue fines for loitering, spitting and relieving one's bodily wastes in public. I do see the logic...

Yellowknifer editorial: hypocrisy trail

The issue: Ranney Hill quarry We say: Reaction a bit rich The Ranney Hill Trail or Martin Lake Trail, whatever you prefer to call it, is a hiker's paradise at the edge of city limits.  It's a...
Team NT's Arctic Winter Games figure skating team of Brooke Vallis, left, Sarah Campbell, Emily Hazenberg and Victoria Hamm model off the official walk-out uniform that the team will wear during the opening ceremony in Whitehorse when the Games begin on March 15. The uniform was officially unveiled at the Sport North office in Yellowknife on Feb. 13. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Arctic Winter Games registrations fees to be refunded, athletes to keep uniforms

The cancellation of the 2020 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse on Saturday has caused plenty of heartburn and heartache for anyone who was set to make the trip over to compete, coach or volunteer. But...

Editorial: Building capacity

A mom of four in Ulukhaktok stuck between a rock and her mouldy place drew attention back to the sorry state of the housing stock in small NWT communities last week. The story of a...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: cannabis comedown

When the city’s only legal cannabis outlet was out of weed for a week recently, it shone a grow light on the problems and missed opportunities that have plagued NWT’s new green day since...

EDITORIAL: Volunteerism a backbone to healthy communities

I've blown this trumpet more than once in this space during the past few years, but it's a note that has to be kept playing in our region. Each and every one of our seven...

Yellowknifer editorial: candid Kandola

The issue: Coronavirus comments We say: Keep calm and carry on Is "better safe than sorry" too simple a gem of wisdom? Dr. Kami Kandola prescribed some advice last week when she advised residents of Yellowknife to...

Editorial: Power, politics, pollution

It will come as no surprise to residents of the NWT that we pay the most for electricity in Canada. This point was driven home this month with the release of a report from Energy...

EDITORIAL: Knowledge is the toolbox for everything you do

This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Education Minister RJ Simpson about graduation levels and ways to improve the graduation rate for Indigenous students, as highlighted as a major failure of the...

Laying an issue to rest (bigger fish to fry)

Whether you voted for the man or not, you have to admire the steel it took to stand up in the legislative assembly and applaud the Edmonton Eskimos for deciding to keep their team...

Yellowknifer editorial: really bad deja vu

The issue: 11 days in cells We say: Council questioned wrong person Another woman paid the price for the Department of Justice's inability or unwillingness to provide a minimum level of service to women in custody...

News/North editorial: The TEP of the iceberg

There was much squinting by members of the News/North editorial board last week. On screen was a pdf circulated by the GNWT's Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) as a summary of the findings...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

Yellowknifer editorial: No accountability on Stanton Hospital

The issue: More hospital woes We say: Accountability an issue at GNWT There is an often told joke among journalism ranks about how bad reporters are with math. Apparently, this affliction is shared by accountants within...

Yellowknifer editorial: Seniors could be the future

The issue: Age-friendly city We say: Much work to be done Yellowknife isn't the rough-and-tumble mining town it was born as. Like the increasing number of senior citizens choosing to remain or relocate to the city after...

Northern Wildflower: Standing with the chiefs of Wet’suwet’en

Across Canada Indigenous land protectors and settler allies are standing in solidarity behind the hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en in their refusal to allow coastal gas link's pipeline from crossing their territory to transport natural...

Editorial: The invisible border

Trans boundary management agreements between provinces and territories exist because the natural world doesn't recognize jurisdiction. There's no good reason why the Northwest Territories-Alberta border should play a role in whether the duty to consult...

Yellowknifer editorial: Polytechnic in peril

The issue: Polytechnic university We say: NWT maybe not ready for one A few tough lessons are being learned about the territorial government's limitations as the latest controversy surrounding Aurora College embroils the legislative assembly. Not only...