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New Northern Affairs minister Dan Vandal visits NWT

Federal Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal got his first taste of the NWT since being named to the cabinet position in November. Vandal travelled to Yellowknife this week as part of a Northern tour to...

New workers’ compensation rates confusing, says business chamber

The rationale behind the new workers compensation rates for 2020 should be clearer, says the NWT Chamber of Commerce. The list of industries published by the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) shows an average...

News/North Jan. 20 edition

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Long John Jamboree 2020 announcement to come Monday

The Long John Jamboree festival board will be issuing a public statement on Monday regarding the status of the festival. "We will be putting out a press release on Monday," stated Garett Cochrane, acting board president...

Foster parents vent at childcare ‘crisis’

Her 13-year-old foster child was missing. Panicked, the caregiver called a child and family services employee, who told her to contact the RCMP. She did, only to be informed that the missing child report had...

Three cabinet ministers, 18 staff to attend AME Roundup Conference

The Government of the Northwest Territories will be sending three cabinet ministers and 18 staff to the AME Mineral Exploration Roundup 2020 Conference in Vancouver, Jan. 20 to 23. The GNWT has typically sent a...

Beaufort landfast ice melted at its earliest recorded date in history in 2019

Landfast ice, where coastal sea ice freezes to the shore, melted at the fastest rate ever recorded in 2019 and an entire month sooner than in 2017. Research conducted by Dustin Whalen through Natural Resources...

‘Every bit counts’ as NWT firefighters head to Australia

Spencer Porter was waiting in Vancouver to board an 11 p.m. red-eye flight bound for Australia to help in the battle against that country's largest wildfire on record.  Porter is one of four NWT firefighters...

Stop faxing, privacy commissioner tells health authority

Privacy Commissioner Elaine Keenan Bengts insists the NWT Health Authority needs to cut out faxing private health records. Noting the authority’s “reluctance” to switch, she wrote the technology’s continued use to transfer health records was...

EXCLUSIVE: Foster parents vent at child services ‘crisis’

Her 13-year-old foster child was missing. Panicked, the caregiver called a child and family services employee, who told her to contact the RCMP. She did, only to be informed that the missing child report had...

From Afghanistan to Inuvik, Red Snow wows audiences across cultures

Inuvik's Sunrise festival was many different things for many different people, but for Mozhdah Jamalzadah one thing stood out among all else. "This is one of the rare communities in the entire world that's matriarchal....

Team Bain aims to sweep away the competition… one last time

It's been a series of deeply emotional ends for Team Bain, who spent the lead up to the Christmas holiday in back-to-back competitions, first vying for a spot at the Arctic Winter Games and...

NWT slow to attract online voters

When NWT became the first province or territory to offer online voting in a general election last fall, Cynthia Jewell was unaware.  “I’ve never heard about it, so that’s why I haven’t voted online,” Jewell,...

EDITORIAL: What a party!

Well, that was epic. Three days of workshops, fireworks, dog sled rides, dancing, singing, movies and snow carving. All within walking distance. And all for free. To heck with the Calgary Stampede. This is where it's at....

Dangerous goods inspectors probe Hay River auto dealership

RCMP and officials with Transport Canada executed a search warrant on an auto dealer in Hay River on Jan. 14. “Two search warrants were issued to Transport Canada on Jan. 9, and on Jan. 14,...

GNWT declares whooping cough outbreak in Yellowknife, Tlicho regions

A whooping cough outbreak has been declared in the Yellowknife and Tlicho regions, the Department of Health and Social Services announced Jan. 15. Whooping cough, clinically known as pertussis, has been identified in 20 "lab-confirmed"...

Mental health phone-in service rolls out next week

The Government of the Northwest Territories is touting a new phone-in mental health service to be rolled-out next Monday. Announced on Wednesday (Jan. 15) at the legislative assembly, the national non-profit Strongest Families will provide...

EXCLUSIVE: Beaufort Delta saw earliest landfast ice breakup in history

Landfast ice in the Beaufort Delta is melting faster than any time in recorded history. That's the conclusion of measurements taken over the year and compared to last year. 'Landfast ice' is the term used for...

A curious expertise in falling down

Let's begin by saying that walking on ice is treacherous. We know. And before we go on, just for this editorial we will dispense with the royal 'we', because The Hub as an entity did not...

Pellets on Demand in Hay River gets CSA approval

A Hay River inventor is ready to once again begin sales of a new way to conveniently bring wood pellets into homes. Robert Chenard calls the system Pellets On Demand. Chenard had previously sold two systems...

False alarm at Mackenzie Place highrise in Hay River

On Jan. 8, firefighters were dispatched to the Mackenzie Place highrise, the site of a fire last March. However, the call was a false alarm. Fire Chief Ross Potter explained that someone believed there was smoke...

Drug shortages a daily concern for Hay River pharmacist

In recent years, pharmacists have been dealing with shortages of drugs – in Hay River and around the world – and the situation is getting worse. That's according to Julianne Fuller, a pharmacist at Ring's...

Yellowknife’s Galusha team wins NWT Scotties playdowns in Hay River

The Kerry Galusha team from Yellowknife has won the right to represent the NWT at next month's Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The Galusha squad won the NWT Ladies Championships – the playdowns for the Scotties...

When the heart says NO: Should I get the flu shot?

Every winter, thousands of Canadians are put in the hospital and hundreds die because of the flu. Yet over half of Canadians do not get the flu shot. Eschia. The flu shot is free and...

Editorial: If Glowworm Lake could keep the lights on

Diamond mines working on ways to extend their lives and a rare earth experiment scoring a win in the approvals process made for a handful of positive Northern business stories to start 2020. And news...

Northern Wildflower: A decade changes everything

I have to say I'm glad the holiday season is over. To me, it's lost its meaning almost entirely and it has become an excuse to overindulge. Christmas often leaves me with the feeling...
NNSL file photo Minister Louis Sebert said last November in the legislative assembly that a new website on ministerial travel expenses and meetings would be up and running within the next month, but it is still in the works. NNSL file photo

Child services improving after scathing audit: GNWT

A damning 2018 report from Canada's Auditor General found problems with child protective services in the NWT had only worsened since an audit conducted four years earlier. Now, the territory's health department says steps have...

Author anticipates zombie graphic novel

When Tlicho author Richard Van Camp landed his first literary-related job delivering the now-defunct Slave River Journal around Fort Smith at the age of nine, it's doubtful the newspaper's publishers knew what they had. "I...

News/North Jan. 13 edition

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Extreme cold warnings across NWT including Yellowknife

Wind chill factors driving the temperature as low as 55 degrees below zero have triggered extreme cold warnings for some areas in the southern Northwest Territories including Yellowknife. Warnings were also issued for the Fort...