Editorial

Leadership review exposes arrogance

What good came out of the historic mid-term review the 18th Legislative Assembly imposed on themselves, their staff, and the public? Countless hours of time on the taxpayers' dollar was lost preparing for, and during,...

Clear-cut but not clear communication

  Yellowknife is often described as an island of civilization in a sea of forest. Anyone who has taken a walk around the city outskirts knows this is an apt description. For 400 km north, other...

Editorial: Marijuana out of the shadows

It was enlightening to sit through a recent public meeting in Hay River on the coming legalization of cannabis, or marijuana if you prefer. The federal government's legalization is now 10 months away, and many...

Add exiles’ site dump to shame list

It would be hard to find a Nunavummiuq who does not know the history of the High Arctic Exiles, the Inuit the federal government took from their homes in Nunavik and dropped off at...

So who’s our next senator?

Sen. Nick Sibbeston appears to have reached his tolerance limit with the so-called chamber of sober second thought. After almost two decades is the upper chamber, the outspoken and controversial senator for the NWT –...

A wondrous time

Graduation 'season' across the Kivalliq in August and September is one of the few remaining times of the year when it's actually possible to put aside all thoughts of what ails Nunavut – a...

Editorial: Why the fascination?

Last week while doing an interview, we were asked questions. We don't like when that happens because, basically, we really don't have time to think. Nevertheless, there they were, questions, and it would be impolite to...

Decolonization will be long, expensive process

This week, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. presented a commissioned report detailing the lost wages from the territorial and federal governments' failure to implement Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement, which calls for government staffing ratios...

So what’s the alternative?

The second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvened Sept. 19 in the capital and will run until Oct. 4. But, this isn't just another short work shift for our elected officials. On Oct....

Food Plastic not so fantastic

Fast food has come a long way since the golden age of grease and styrofoam-clad burgers, fries and fried chicken of the previous century. Murray Jones, the owner of Murray's Curbside Treats N' Eats, has...

Downtown problem needs downtown solution

The long search for the sobering centre's permanent home is over. The facility will be housed in the former Canarctic Graphics building adjacent to the Northern Lites Motel downtown which is – full disclosure –...
Kivalliq News

Many tears until victory

There has been some talk surfacing the past little while questioning whether suicide prevention walks and various live-and-love-life events actually do any good. The folks who look at them skeptically see no need to raise...

Editorial: Chipsealed all the way

It's not often that we think it's appropriate to stop and reflect on a highway chipsealing project in the NWT. However, now is one of those times. On Sept. 15, the final piece of gravel on...

Run for your lives

It's impossible to hear stories about people fleeing for their lives from wildfires – or losing expensive properties, many part of the NWT's tourism draw – without wondering what the heck is wrong with...

‘Perfect southern point of view’

It's good to see Premier Bob McLeod show his teeth a little bit. On Aug. 31, he teamed up with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna to host a news conference at...

Change? Or just different letterhead?

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau split the long lamented Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, into two separate departments. Minister Carolyn Bennett became minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, while Trudeau shuffled...

Rocky democracy better than any dictatorship

Democracy is the best type of government. Period. You disagree? What would you rather have? An absolute monarchy? An oligarchy? Perhaps communism is more your style? Or how about no government at all in a...

Nobody wins when the media is excluded from covering candidates before an election

Love it or loathe it, the media plays an important role in democracy: it keeps citizens informed, holds organizations accountable and shines a little light in the darkness. And when it comes to elections,...

City getting taken for a ride

The city's safe ride program has a big fan – the RCMP. At the Aug. 28 municipal services committee meeting, RCMP staff Sgt. Alexandre Laporte said his organization is seeing a significant decline in calls...

Editorial: Criticism and praise

As with any municipal government, the Town of Hay River often deserves both criticism and praise. First, the criticism. Just last week, we found out the town very likely won't get around to upgrading a pedestrian...

Editorial: It’s gotta be the shoes

There are three things I will not miss should I ever decide to leave Rankin Inlet and Kivalliq News. Those are: the cost of living in Rankin, the ridiculous amounts of money we're forced...

Editorial: Not guilty does not mean innocent

After more than a year of study, the federal Competition Bureau says First Air and Canadian North did not break the law in its efforts to stop startup airline GoSarvaq from entering the Ottawa-Iqaluit...

Editorial: Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn't have an appointment. After all, he is the sitting senator...

Smoking ban needs careful consideration

Last week, city council directed administration to look into options to potentially outlaw smoking on all city properties, including parks. The city needs to take a deep breath. If it isn't careful, the smoking bylaw could...

Fortress Fed vs. Senator Nick

When Sen. Nick Sibbeston approached the Service Canada building in Yellowknife late last month, he expected to receive some service – even if he didn't have an appointment. After all, he is the sitting senator...

GNWT has created a monster

Laws and regulations should serve a good purpose and normally, they do. Roads have speed limits to save lives. There are laws against drinking and driving for the same reason. Regulations that stipulate food safety...

Editorial: Fishing for connections

We couldn't decide between the two topics we had in mind for this week's editorial. Both are equally worthy, so we decided to write about the two of them since we feel they are united...

Editorial: Finding the right balance

When the rest of Canada – in fact, the world – thinks of the NWT, what comes to mind? Natural resources and mining are likely top of the list. First gold and now diamond exploration...

World doesn’t stop spinning in summer

Summer in Yellowknife is so glorious and so fleeting, one could forgive anybody who lets his or herself believe the world actually stops for it.  Unfortunately, that's not the case. The world keeps turning. Residents...

World doesn’t stop spinning in summer

Summer in Yellowknife is so glorious and so fleeting, one could forgive anybody who lets his or herself believe the world actually stops for it. Unfortunately, that's not the case. The world keeps turning. Residents...