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The fragile life of poppies hits home

This time last year, I was mad about poppies. I kept losing them. Losing them and buying them. You know the ones, the plastic ones with the thin red velour on one side, shiny...

EDITORIAL: Conversations the first step to Remembrance

I never had a lot of time with my grandfather — he died when I was very young. But I did hear many of his stories over the years, particularly in relation to the Second...
By European Parliament from EU - Greta Thunberg at the Parliament, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81699733

Letter to Greta Thunberg about why I didn’t vote for a greener candidate

Editor’s Note: Greta Thunberg is a young climate change activist from Sweden recently touring Canada. Dear Greta, As someone who wrestled with my vote in the recent Canadian election, I know my choice wasn’t the one...

SPORTS TALK: Congrats, Washington Nationals … now do something in Montreal

On y va les Nationales! So the Washington Nationals are your 2019 World Series champions. Amazing little series where the road team won every game but Game 7 was always one Washington was going to...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: Taking pride in who we are

There’s a difference between bragging and pride. Last week I had the opportunity of sitting in a sharing circle where the class had to talk about why we were in law school and what led...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: It’s time to rename Franklin Avenue

Have you ever wondered why main street in Yellowknife is called Franklin Avenue? Well, apparently, Sir John Franklin went through this area once almost 200 years ago. Two. Hundred. Years. Ago. This guy did...

Downtown Yk police patrols need to be more visible

Nine years ago my wife and I honeymooned in Costa Rica. Our travel agent accidentally booked our seats at opposite ends of the plane but one thing that did do us well was the chartered...

EDITORIAL: NWT should capitalize on Alberta cuts

Normally, Halloween scares are supposed to be fun, but this last week my friends back home woke up to a very real horror story as the Alberta government released a Carthaginian budget that raises...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Now for the new!

Friends, one of the things you have to keep in mind is that in order to find out what you are good at, you have to at the very least try your hand at...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: Trolls, ghosts and a green slime monster

Halloween night was a scary night, in olde Yellowknife town, as rumors began to abound and ricochet around, of many strange and frightening things. One old timer swore that he had see a ghost of...

NWT deserves seat in Trudeau’s cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood straight-faced in Iqaluit earlier this month and said the Liberals would, if re-elected, commit to getting all Indigenous communities off diesel by 2030. Well, they have a decade left to...

EDITORIAL: Elections results give local businesses direction

If you're sick of election advertisements and speeches, throw your hands up! Seriously though, I'm pretty confident there's a consensus from coast to coast to coast that we're glad that's all over with. It may...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: Collecting my two cents

Find a penny on the ground. Pick it up and put it in your pocket and you will have good luck all day long. If that is true, then I am going to have...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Secret vote for premier is necessary by MLAs

A recent News/North editorial ("Secret vote makes charade of 'consensus' government," Oct. 7) says, "the only logical explanation as to why MLAs decline to openly declare their selections for premier and cabinet is because...

Embrace an attitude of gratitude

When you live in a community for a length of time you begin to recognize the attitude and intent of people’s involvement in the framework of the community. In most cases we have good people...

GUEST COMMENT: Why I’m voting for a Green New Deal

I’ve always thought of myself as an environmentally conscious person. Like most people, my family and I have always done what we can at home to help reduce our impact on the planet – reduce,...

Climate action deciding factor for first-time NWT voter

This summer, I turned 18. Let me rephrase that: As of only a few months ago, I am eligible to vote in the upcoming federal election – and this Monday, I plan to. At first,...

Stay off the thin ice

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GUEST COMMENT: A plea for change from repeating the same old sad story –...

In the North, our story is always the same: Every four years we say 'Ottawa has been making all the big decisions for us for too long, it's time we decide for ourselves the...

Climate band wagoners should tackle Nunavut issues

It never ceases to amaze me how people jump on the bandwagon of the day and think they are making a difference. Yes, we are concerned about the matter of global warming and how we...

Sports talk: Just get rid of Russia, already. Please

And so here we are again. Russia has been bad boys and girls when it comes to doping. Some of you may call it shocking. I call it Monday. Nothing shocks me when it comes to...

Mountain View: They live on in memories

Friends, it was a sad day recently, with the passing of Rene Fumoleau, a long-time advocate for Dene rights. My memories of the former priest go all the way back well over a half-century, when...
Amy Elliott, director of Salvage, the documentary film about Yellowknife's dump, said the film is expected to be shown at film festivals in the new year. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.

Do your part to save the planet

Last year, when I was out picking berries I lost my watch. This year, I was once again picking in the same area and I spotted something silvery and metallic. I picked it up...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Let’s rock the Indigenous vote!

"The main problem is (expletive) like Kevin O'Reilly, a white boy who thinks he has all the solutions because he is a white boy and the natives need him." Whoa, take it easy, eh! That was...

ELECTION EDUCATION: Multi-level accessibility: a critical election component

One of the principal mandates of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer is to remove any barriers, perceived or real in order to facilitate voting. Ensuing accessibility in all forms is essential to getting...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Talk to candidates about mineral industry

From: Renée Comeau, executive director, NWT Chamber of Commerce Dear editor, As we have two pivotal elections this fall there are few topics that can be agreed upon as to their importance to the whole territory with the...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: When not to sweep something under the rug

Walking through the doors of the Faculty of Law last week was very emotional for me. It was my mother’s birthday and last year on the same day Northern Wildflower was released so I feel...

Women could make their mark in this race

The major territorial issues facing the next legislative assembly will be largely the same the last group of lawmakers faced. Poverty, food insecurity, addictions, mental health, infrastructure, and climate change were whittled away at by...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Have you washed your hands?

Not long ago, I was in the bathroom of a restaurant and out of the toilet stall came a cook. He closed the door to his stall and walked out of the bathroom without...
Bruce Valpy, Publisher, NNSL Media, Northern News Services Ltd.

Are you enjoying your white privilege?

The headline above was the greeting I got exiting a store on a busy street in downtown San Francisco earlier this summer. It was late morning, sunny day, and there were lots of people...