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Sports Talk: A 31-team playoff in the NHL? Of course PK Subban would approve

So we're hearing plenty of tips on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 deal. The Malaysian government came up with its own tips on April 1 and, no, it wasn't an April Fools...

When the heart says no: Stay in touch with others

Medical people are saying we should limit the people we come into close contact with, because the main way we will catch the coronavirus is if someone coughs, sneezes or accidentally spits on us. This...

Notes from the trail: GNWT contradicted itself with shaming of ‘Pike’ Mike Harrison

Late last week, the public health office, senior government officials and the media, including Yellowknifer's territorial sister paper, News/North, made a spectacle out of long-term NWT resident who drove from B.C. headed toward his...

EDITORIAL: Now is the time to give to one another

So here we are. Week three since COVID-19 hit the fan. Borders are closed. Cases continue to increase across the continent. Supplies are barely off the truck and are flying off the shelves, and...

Sports Talk: Who you got in the Belarus Premier League this season?

Do you all have enough toilet paper? If not, you can go win a roll at some restaurants around the world. Yes, some establishments have decided to have a bit of fun with the whole...

Northern Wildflower: Looking to the medicine wheel

In these uncertain times, it might be a good for us to familiarize ourselves with the teachings of the medicine wheel. In my last week of school before it was cancelled, our class was...

Counsellor’s corner: on leadership

What makes a good leader has been discussed for hundreds of years. I wanted to reflect on my experiences with leadership, conflict resolution, and how we can make good on a promise to respect...

When the heart says no: Reduce chances of getting sick

Like the premier said, the coronavirus WILL come to the NWT, so we need to be prepared. Last time I told you not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, if you...

Editorial: Travel in a dangerous time

It's probably safe to say Northerners have taken some comfort in the fact that there haven't been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the three territories yet. The isolation of smaller communities seems...

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 shows the need for more female leaders

In Ridley Scott's horror masterpiece Alien, a group of space-salvagers come across an abandoned ship giving off a distress signal with no explanation of what killed the crew, until one man comes across an...
Bruce Valpy, Publisher, NNSL Media, Northern News Services Ltd.

Do Northerners have what it takes to defeat COVID-19?

I am just coming off of five days self-isolation due to the Covid-19 protocol. Someone very close to me fit the profile to be tested and logically, I was as great a risk to...

Northern Wildflower: Coronavirus, battening down the hatches

I didn't want to write about the coronavirus because I've been in denial somewhat of how serious it really is but since its on everyone's minds, I will say a few words on it. I...
Antoine_Mountain

Mountain View: A new direction

Friends, I have been at these Indigenous PhD Studies now for a number of years, with finally a little light at the end of the academic tunnel! The hardest part by far, my comprehensive examinations,...

Sports Talk: Now what do I write about? Not getting to rent a car?

Now what do we do for our March break? I wasn't planning to go anywhere except Whitehorse. I won't bore you with my letdowns … some people on Twitter who know I don't populate on...

Editorial: Spitting bylaw won’t cough up results

A few weeks ago Town Council passed a Public Behaviour bylaw that allows police and peace officers to issue fines for loitering, spitting and relieving one's bodily wastes in public. I do see the logic...

Notes from the trail: Freeze on reusable cups bad deal for earth

I stopped at the local Tim Hortons last weekend asking if they could fill my reusable coffee cup. They said no, they couldn't refill while pointing to a new sign on their counter from corporate...

When the heart says no: Stop touching your face

Coronavirus, coronavirus ... seems like that's all I've been hearing about, so I thought I'd write about the best ways to not get sick – wash your hands and don't touch your face. Think about...

Editorial: Building capacity

A mom of four in Ulukhaktok stuck between a rock and her mouldy place drew attention back to the sorry state of the housing stock in small NWT communities last week. The story of a...

Sports Talk: Look at what David Ayres nearly caused … thanks, National Hockey League...

There is one sector of the population I can't stand more than any one else: the Learjet liberal set. These trillionaire moral betters who claim they will change the world even if it means...

Guest comment: All governments should support Arnica proposal

Editor's note: David Connelly's letter is referring to a story that appeared in the March 2 issue of News/North, "Cabinet alerted about losing housing project in January." I can not think of a Member of...

Notes from the trail: Eat plants for the planet

I presented at the 100 men who give a damn last week, a benevolent group of 100-plus gentlemen, who collectively donate roughly $10,000 every three months to a local charity. I represented Ecology North hoping...

Northern wildflower: Trusting traditional knowledge

I wanted to be all natural and stop using products that had chemicals in them. So, I went out onto the side of the highway, because I was too afraid of bears to hike...
Antoine_Mountain

Mountain view: People of colour

Friends, one of my more recent columns in News/North was about Chipewyan Dene Chief Gerry Cheezie's brave but lonely fight to save his Smith Landing from Teck Resources. In a not-so surprising turn-around, the giant...

Editorial: Power, politics, pollution

It will come as no surprise to residents of the NWT that we pay the most for electricity in Canada. This point was driven home this month with the release of a report from Energy...

Sports Talk: The headline we’ve all been waiting for: Maple Leafs Lose To...

Isn't sport wonderful? It can make dreams come true, it can break your heart, it can surprise, it can frighten. In the case of David Ayres, sport can make you one of the most famous one-game...

EDITORIAL: Knowledge is the toolbox for everything you do

This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Education Minister RJ Simpson about graduation levels and ways to improve the graduation rate for Indigenous students, as highlighted as a major failure of the...

Mining chamber’s open letter to territorial and Indigenous leaders in NWT and Nunavut

Dear Northern Leaders, You will have seen the announcement this past week by Teck Resources to withdraw its regulatory application for the Frontier oil sands mining project in Alberta from the federal environmental assessment process....

Notes from the trail: Back to basics on education

At a volunteer orientation late last year, I learned that an estimated one in four adults in Yellowknife is functionally illiterate. That means that 4,000 adults here cannot read this newspaper. That they are only...

News/North editorial: The TEP of the iceberg

There was much squinting by members of the News/North editorial board last week. On screen was a pdf circulated by the GNWT's Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) as a summary of the findings...

Sports Talk: Tony Fernandez was the Toronto Blue Jays and we loved him

There have so many great players who wore the Toronto Blue Jays uniform: Joe Carter, Dave Stieb, Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay come to mind. Tony Fernandez, though, is often left out of the discussions about...