Editorial

Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

More than just a game

It was a cold and windy day down by Shell Lake on April 23, but that didn't stop the kids from playing hockey one last time on the outdoor rink. As the players engaged in...

EDITORIAL: Hay River an important hub for decentralization

Colette Langlois will be setting up an office in Hay River sometime this summer as the NWT's first ombud, which is an independent statutory officer of the Legislative Assembly. It's great that a new territorial...

EDITORIAL: The cost of not giving former inmates jobs

Last year 358 sentenced offenders were released from custody from all adult facilities in the NWT. Those previously incarcerated people, men and women, once out in the community face the difficulties of obtaining employment...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Healing together as a community

I learned a lot about the Inuvik Community Greenhouse this past weekend, thanks to a nice discussion that I had with Ray Solotki, the greenhouse's executive director. The greenhouse is a great place for any...

EDITORIAL: If we had a billion dollars

As the world watched, the famed Notre-Dame de Paris burned. As Catholics and other Christians were preparing to celebrate Easter, they’re calling it a Holy Week miracle that the building escaped total destruction. As of this...

EDITORIAL: Visible policing more than pick-up trucks

A woman lays unconscious on the sidewalk. A frustrated business owner posts a video to social media. A city reacts, most visibly the police. The April 9 incident outside the Finn Hansen Building on 50 Street drew...

Hay River dump fire confirmed the obvious

There are really no lessons the Town of Hay River can learn from last month's fire at the landfill site. That's because all the lessons – i.e. problems – have been well known for many...

EDITORIAL: 911: Yes, you’re still on hold

The evolution of a territorial 911 emergency phone service from purely conceptual and largely ignored to near reality today has been one long, arduous path. Politicians and bureaucrats have been talking about 911 since at...

EDITORIAL: Family services without the services

If we accept a mother of three's story of the neglect and incompetence she alleges to have suffered at the hands of child and family services, then the hill this beleaguered service of the...

EDITORIAL: Nunavummiut deserve equal access to essentials

Nutrition North Canada is intended to reduce food insecurity in the North. In the past, Nunavut News has used a comparison of a basket of goods to demonstrate the disparities between food prices in...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Vendors are critical to the community

Andy and Rania Crowther took Bon Cafe with them as they left for Calgary earlier this week. Not only is their departure a huge blow to the Arctic Market, but it’s a great loss...

EDITORIAL: If only blue-green algae had a carbon tax

The good news is that humans are not the first creatures to have emitted a critical amount of planet-imperilling gas. Way back about 2.5 billion years ago when the Earth was a very different place...

EDITORIAL: McLeod alone on battlefield

With a federal election coming and the Trudeau government desperately wrestling with a scandal that won't go away, now would seem the time for the opposition to start shopping some alternatives to anxious voters...

EDITORIAL: Painting the economy green

It ought to be no question that unfettered industry can have disastrous consequences for communities if not properly monitored. Yellowknifers know this firsthand. Giant Mine, along with Con Mine, was the most important employer in...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

The youth can make a difference

Last week, I sat down with some elementary students who are members of Inuvik's climate action group, and one of them made a comment that made me upset. "I know that we're always going to...

EDITORIAL: Info train dead on the tracks

When it comes to access to information legislation it would appear the RCMP has a punctuality problem. Parliament passed the Access to Information Act in 1983 to give reporters, academics and everyday citizens the right...

Volunteers are the NWT’s beating heart

Go to any community in the Northwest Territories and one will quickly learn its beating heart belongs to volunteers. Whether it's making free lunches at the Inuvik community kitchen or helping to raise money for...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Right to question downtown weed shop

During a town council public hearing at the Midnight Sun Complex on March 27, only one Inuvik councillor rejected the idea of allowing a cannabis retail store to potentially set up shop in Inuvik's...
Tuugaalik High School principal Aubrey Bolt stands with some of the supplies and expedition sleds that have been sent to the school in preparation for an Arctic expedition, with a Scottish documentary crew, that hopes to recreate John Rae’s expedition. Department of Education photo

AROUND KIVALLIQ: Students and staff prepare for journey

The documentary crew, whose project is called Arctic Return, will be in Naujaat from March 25 to 29. The school group will also travel to Rae’s historic house, an hour away from Naujaat. As the project...
As the warm weather has caused the Snowking castle to melt and the entrance to sink 'Under the Sea', the festival will be closed for the remainder of the year, one week earlier than usual. Brett McGarry/NNSL

EDITORIAL: You can’t predict the weather

Environment and Climate Change Canada released a report Monday and it was no April Fool's joke. According to the report, Canada is heating up twice as fast as the world, causing irreversible changes to...

EDITORIAL: Environmentalists have not ruined the economy, Bob

Premier Bob McLeod’s remarks at the Arctic Oil and Gas Symposium in Calgary last month had more to do with grandstanding in front of energy executives than economic or historical reality. In his keynote address,...

Rock and roll will never die

I have always considered myself fortunate that the majority of folks in the Kivalliq are music lovers who cast a wide net when it comes to the musical styles they enjoy and embrace. I'm doubly-blessed...

GUEST COMMENT: In response to Mr. Bromley: Mining is still key to the Northern...

by Tom Hoefer, executive director of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines It’s virtually impossible to shift the opinions of someone who opposes mining, but to those with an open mind, let me provide...

Thanks to the firefighters of Hay River

We have to say 'Thanks' this week to the firefighters of Hay River. It would be negligent if we were to write about anything else. This month, our firefighters have shown their value to the community...

EDITORIAL: Seniors make civic life better

The NWT Seniors’ Society put the cost of being a senior in the territory on the map last week with the release of its first report called, A Living Income for Seniors in the...

EDITORIAL: The affordable energy dream

Whether you’re a ruthless capitalist determined to drill or a militant environmentalist bent on cutting carbon emissions, one thing we can all agree on is that energy efficiency is a good thing. That’s why you...

COLUMN: Quite the ride for player and arena

The grand old lady on top of the hill received the royal send off it so richly deserved with the annual Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior's men's tournament moving to two divisions for the...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Climate change is a humanitarian crisis, not a youth problem

On March 15, students around the globe decided to skip class and strike for climate justice. According to the “Fridays For Future” website, the campaign that prompted the global “Youth Climate Strike” movement, more...

Confessions of a ‘Grammar Nazi’

We consider languages to be among the greatest creations in human history. Each language offers something unique to the world and is an expression of the people who created it. Unfortunately, the language you are now...

EDITORIAL: The story of Inuit and TB is Canada’s story

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to Inuit March 8 acknowledges the human rights abuses visited upon Inuit Nunangat during the tuberculosis epidemic between the 1940s and 60s. Inuit were unceremoniously ripped from their homes once...

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