Editorial

$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...

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...

EDITORIAL: Bedbugs not only problem in Simpson

A problem is brewing in Fort Simpson, one that might prove more difficult to eradicate than the bedbugs that keep creeping into public housing units in Fort Simpson. The problem escalated to potential PR disaster...

EDITORIAL: Let’s keep the fun in kid’s sports

This city might have been built thanks to diamonds and gold but the real treasures have always been the youth. And you can’t raise functional, happy and productive kids without a healthy dose of physical...

Healthy food is a human necessity

Time to change the political agenda to a more people-centric ideal in terrestrial food production Good, healthy food is a human necessity. Yet agriculture in the North falls short of its people's needs in producing and...

EDITORIAL: Support for women at risk a good step forward

As women across Canada in need are turned away from resources, funding and shelters, Yellowknife is embracing at-risk women and ensuring they transition to temporary housing with as little upheaval as possible while their...

EDITORIAL: Ice lake rebels’ new landlord

When you can't beat them, make them somebody else's problem. That's what our municipal government is about to do with the city's iconic floating community of houseboats and the inhabitants of Jolliffe Island. These folks could...

What’s next for Hay River council?

It didn't take much time, but council decided it will continue for the rest of the its current term down a member. The decision was made during last week's council meeting with four members...

The value of leadership – near and far

It has really been something to watch Kivalliq students and athletes travelling all over the world during the past little while. And, it is nothing short of mind numbing to get your head around just...

EDITORIAL: Summer of McLeod

The 18th legislative assembly is quickly coming to an end and it's hard not to notice as its days grow shorter the more unabashedly conservative our premier has become. Undoubtedly much to the annoyance of...

EDITORIAL: A small solution to a big problem

Our downtown is in trouble. Vacancy rates are high, the number of businesses on Franklin is dwindling and the homelessness problem is out of control. Wayne Guy, founder of Yellowknife-based Guy Architects, is proposing a small...

Filling vacant council seat a democratic conundrum

Earlier this year, Hay River's council dropped from eight members to seven. As it stands, council is divided on how to deal with the vacant seat, with three in favour of filling it, three...

Incredible staying power of pop group

It really is quite remarkable isn't it? That how I responded to a person's off-the-cuff remark this past week that she seems to be hearing more Beatles songs while out and about these days. The soundtrack...

Education key to NWT prosperity

With another school year closed and a new one to open in September, it might be beneficial to look at school absenteeism rates and the impacts they have on the North. The territory's most precious...

Great weekend ahead for Folk

If you're new to Yellowknife you've probably heard a lot of talk about our upcoming music festival, Folk on the Rocks, voted one of the top 10 music festivals in Canada. If you're an old...

Publicly-elected premier a non-issue

It really seems like just yesterday when the birth of Canada's newest territory was fast approaching the horizon of reality, and consensus government (and if I may) of, for and by the people was...

Hay Days through the eyes of a visitor

Before last weekend, it had been at least five years since I'd been to Hay River. It was the fall of 2014 when I came down to do some work for News/North and I...