Editorial

EDITORIAL: Two elections, two clear emergencies

Another Canada Day has passed, but it is clear from last week that both the country and the territory are at a crossroads when it comes to the direction the NWT will take in...

EDITORIAL: Hey Google, where are your standards?

On the internet, fibs abound – there are millions of fake Facebook and Twitter followers, fake clicks and fake reviews, fake algorithms pretending to be people but even the people can be fake –...

History is in the eye of the beholder

The coming demise of The Zoo got us to thinking about historic buildings. The Zoo, a complex of buildings from the 1950s, certainly has a long and colourful history, and some people consider it to...

EDITORIAL: Canada, we turn to you

Today marks another Canada Day, and much like the rest of the country, most of our 33 designated communities will be celebrating the birth of Canada in one form or another. Pancake breakfasts, parades large...

EDITORIAL: Downtown booze problem can’t be legislated away

This week, the mayor and council talked about the North's drinking problem. Citing a study from the University of Victoria's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), that looked at alcohol laws in Canada, Mayor...

Hay Days standing on solid ground in Hay River

Except for the fact that Hay Days did not happen in 2016, this year would have seen the 10th edition of the music, arts and culture festival. Still, nine out of 10 years is not...

EDITORIAL: Road to resources a northern priority

Diamond mines are the bloodstream for the NWT and Yellowknife, a source of economic vitality in the wake of the gold rush that birthed this city in the first place. For most of the community's...

EDITORIAL: Good cops, bad system

It is an unofficial truth that deep-seated shortcomings in our criminal justice system are much to blame for the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. Thanks...

Campaign rally breaks out at grand opening in Hay River

Everyone knows that politicians want to take credit for government funding that comes to their communities. In the process, if that claim wins a few votes, so much the better. However, perhaps there has never been...

GN needs to ante up to end boil water advisories

Since the beginning of June, residents of Rankin Inlet have been quietly grumbling about having to boil their water before drinking it. It's not uncommon for temporary boil water advisories to get issued in the...

An ode to Centre Square Mall

Those of us with a few grey hairs might remember a time when malls were as much a part of our nation’s infrastructure as highways and sewer systems. Where else could you get a letter...

EDITORIAL: Testart’s adventures in government

There are some characteristics that would be difficult to pin on Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart. Idleness or apathy, for sure. Earnestness, on the other hand, is an attribute the first-term MLA carries in spades. Fresh...

EDITORIAL: Fire safety is up to you

A bit of rain has closed out an otherwise bone dry month of May, much to the relief of Northerners anxious about this year's forest fire season. But that doesn't mean people should be...

EDITORIAL: Marking Inuvialuit Day

June 5 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, when control over lands and resources returned to the Inuvialuit people. Northerners celebrate the day as one of the major milestones of the...

EDITORIAL: Yk in the summer

As we head into nearly 19 hours of daylight, people prepare for the peak period in the territory for outdoor activities. Yellowknife is a premier, outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. With plenty of camping, fishing,...

A ‘totally different’ approach to corrections

We've heard sentencing spiels from judges many times as they send offenders away to jail. There are several sentencing principles that judges often mention, including the concept of deterrence. It's the idea that incarcerating people...

EDITORIAL: Sharing benefits with Indigenous governments key to the future

The Northern mining industry is in transition and if you are not up to date on some of the goings on with the future of the regulations around mining, it might be important to...

Best before date has passed

With the closure of the Yellowknife liquor warehouse came an increase in prices for bars, restaurants and ultimately, consumers. But like Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart said in a recent interview, “No one is going...

EDITORIAL: Mine cleanup moving forward without you

The battle slogan proudly proclaimed on Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada materials related to the Giant Mine Remediation Project is “Moving Forward Together.” Maybe it should be changed to “Moving Forward Without You.” That’s the takeaway...

Careful Conservatives, you might blow it

It seems the federal election campaign has begun. That's because the Conservatives have stuck to their usual script of launching personal attack ads well before an election. They have done this before. Just ask former Liberal...

EDITORIAL: Beaulieu’s parting shots show selective memory

If Tom Beaulieu used the #DearMeTenYearsAgo handle that was popular on Twitter last week, he might have been more reflective on his own high level involvement with government decisions that continue to reverberate today. The...

EDITORIAL: Don’t strike out on youth privacy

Youth sports organizations have plenty of reasons for collecting information that may be considered sensitive or personal. Often they are for safety protocols, such as emergency situations that might require having a player's health-care number....

A day to honour our mothers

We'll take a break this week from commenting on our usual issues – most likely municipal or territorial politics – and focus on one of the really important things in the world. With the approach...

Climate policy still freezing out Northerners

Climate change creates winners and losers. So states a new report by a pair of Stanford University professors who have tried to calculate the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions on global inequality. It was...

EDITORIAL: Norman Wells debacle a lesson for all communities

The Town of Norman Wells is back on its feet and the municipality, it appears to be pointing its nose back in the right direction. And not a moment too soon. We provided an update last...
Anusa Sivalingam, right, leads a minute of silence for the hundreds of victims who died in terrorist attacks on churches earlier this month at NUP. Brett McGarry/ NNSL photo

EDITORIAL: Yk as a global village

Afghanistan memorial vigil in Yellowknife – 2015, anti-racism vigil in Yellowknife – 2017, Sisters in Spirit vigil – 2018, Quebec City mosque shooting vigil – 2018, Christchurch vigil – 2019, vigil for Sri Lanka...

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...

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...