Editorial

Community buy-in is smart business

It was a real-life example of David vs. Goliath, pitting the small High Arctic community of Clyde River in a fight against big oil and the Canadian government. It's hard to believe the years-long battle...

Let minors into Yk pubs

Of the territory's liquor laws, the one that defines liquor permits might be the most archaic.As it is written right now, if an NWT restaurateur offers a full menu but won't necessarily derive his...

Progress needs to benefit all in Nunavut

It's summer in Nunavut, and as the beaches fill with sealift containers, the streets – in the capital, at least – are filled with visitors and construction vehicles. They're both critical to the Nunavut...

Somebody do something

Inuvik is one of the best places I’ve ever lived, and it’s not just nice for a Northern town. It's remote but still classically Canadian, a little bit Wild West and extremely friendly. The only problem...

Satellites and multiculturalism define opportunities in Beaufort-Delta

opinion - Inuvik Drum Editor Stewart Burnett It’s a busy month for an economically quiet town. Everyone sees the satellites around Inuvik but not everyone knows what they’re doing. Next week, the Landsat Technical Working Group...

Forging a new energy identity for Inuvik’s premier showcase

INUVIK DRUM EDITOR - It was surprising to hear that finding interest for the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies conference and tradeshow has not been too much of a challenge for Vicky Gregoire-Tremblay, the...

Preparing for the forest fire season ahead

"We aren't capable of protecting every value out there.” – Frank Lepine, the GNWT department's director of forest management, on saving buildings. Everyone was able to escape unharmed, as a forest fire leaped towards them in...

Finally, some entertainment at Inuvik town council – Inuvik Drum editor Stewart Burnett

Beyond all the mishandled building projects and overpaid bureaucrats, the least we can expect for our tax dollars is some good political theatre. A few sparks finally flew at town council after the final vote...

RCMP: use the media to warn, gather information from the reading public, please

It took three days and some gentle prodding by Yellowknifer for the RCMP to put out a news release last week seeking information...

Creative business types wanted

The city should get full marks for its innovative approach to sparking business growth downtown. A contest is being held awarding one year of...
Inuvik Drum

Connecting taxation to services increases transparency and accountability

Direct funding schemes have pros and consFinance Minister Robert McLeod didn’t have much to offer on the question of whether the profits from Inuvik liquor sales should go directly to programs that deal with...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism is a good investment

Now is the time for all levels of government to commit money to a bigger and better visitors centre   The Northwest Territories is very fortunate to be a subject of fascination around the world. The Northern...

Don’t let sun set on A New Day

A New Day is a good program. The public, politicians, program participants, facilitators and even a Department of Justice report all attest to this fact. So why does the Department of Justice seem hell bent...

‘Tapped out’ city is sign of bigger problems

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern was the first guest speaker for a breakfast meeting series organized by a reborn Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce last month.She told attendees about the city's woes finding the money to...
Inuvik Drum

The broad brush of aboriginal reporting

One of the most interesting things I was told at the 25th anniversary for the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was that they weren’t hosting any hand games for the evening. All of the other...

Who’s less fortunate?

It was just a couple of words uttered in a national sports broadcast over the weekend, but they caught our attention.A Toronto-based sportscaster was introducing a supposedly heart-warming piece about a trip to Nunavut...
Kivalliq News

The lunacy of over-sensitivity

I've been fortunate in Rankin Inlet during the past 18-plus years to have known a fair number of people who liked to discuss “hot topics” of the day openly and honestly, without playing the...

Access to washrooms

Nobody, other than the participants, knows exactly what led to an A&W customer being roughed up by security at Centre Square Mall late last month.That said, one rhetorical question helps to put the situation...

Vacant buildings waste money

Iqaluit city council last month committed $150,000 per year for five years to support the city's homeless shelter.Having visited the facility, we know that the support is critical. In January, we called on the...