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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...

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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...

GNWT praises Cheetah as lone rare earths project advances

The Government of the Northwest Territories expressed support for the advancing Cheetah Resources Nechalacho project at Thor Lake - the NWT's first and only rare earths elements project. On Dec. 19, the Australian-based company sent...

EDITORIAL: Hindsight is always 2020

Wow, we made it for another lap around the sun. A journey of 4 million kilometres begins with a single moment, it seems. I began 2019 some 3,177 km away in what increasingly feels like...

Hay River Rusty Blades make big donations

The Hay River Rusty Blades oldtimers hockey team is in the giving spirit. On Dec. 13, the team donated $25,000 to the five schools in Hay River and on the Hay River Reserve, along with...

Childcare now available for MLAs in bid to attract parents, women

A policy aimed at attracting more mothers and fathers to run for MLA has received universal support at the NWT Legislative Assembly. Kam Lake MLA Caitlin Cleveland introduced a bill providing childcare benefits to assembly...

More frequent fires weakening forests: study

Shorter breaks between fires could be changing the landscape in some of NWT’s forests, say Natural Resources Canada researchers. That means a longer forest fire season – coupled with more hot, dry and windy days...

Coloured igloo returning to Hay River for third time

A multi-coloured igloo is returning to Hay River for the third time. Teira Arnault plans to once again build the igloo, which first appeared in 2018 for the Arctic Winter Games and quickly became something...

A New Year’s resolution for cabinet

Just before Christmas, we happened to be speaking to a communications person with a GNWT department about hopefully getting a comment or two from a new cabinet minister. As is often the case with any...

Earlier NYE fireworks show sparks interest in Hay River

A change for the New Year's Eve community fireworks display in Hay River appears to have been a success. On Dec. 31, the Town of Hay River presented only one show at 8 p.m., without...

IN PHOTOS: A weekend of wonder at Inuvik’s Sunrise Festival

For three days, Inuvik was bustling with cross-cultural activity, as dancers taught their moves, sculptors taught their arts and free activities abounded from Jan. 3-5.

Hay River steps up to help family who lost house to fire

A young family in Hay River is still recovering after losing their home – and a beloved pet dog – to a fire on Christmas Eve, but they have the community behind them. "I can't...

Temporary shelter found for homeless men in Hay River

A group of individuals have joined forces in Hay River to provide a temporary shelter for homeless men. One of the people helping is Tom Makepeace, who has been driving homeless men to a trailer...

NWT’s first rare earths mine one step closer

This year will likely see another step forward for NWT's mineral resource sector after the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board approved the transfer of land use permits and a water licence for the...

IN PHOTOS: Inuvik Sunrise Festival opening night

Inuvik's Sunrise festival kicked off Jan. 3 with opening ceremonies at East Three School. Three days of celebrations welcomed back the sun as residents welcomed guests from across Canada to join in the celebrations.