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FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: The family that fishes together

Well, the boys could go fishing on one condition. Mason was not allowed to go to sleep, not even for one minute. Otherwise, mommy wasn’t getting any sleep that night. Such are the bargains of...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Let’s talk weed

When I sat down with Dez Loreen to discuss his upcoming stoner-comedy film, I was a little surprised at how open he was to sharing his cannabis use with me on record. It was obvious...

EDITORIAL: An arsenic cautionary tale

Well, that’s a relief. A long-awaited study into the health impacts of arsenic at Giant Mine reveals that, at least as it concerns Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo’s current populations, those impacts appear to be minimal....

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...
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MOUNTAIN VIEW: My Doctoring Mom

Friends, as the saying goes, travel is the best education. My last column for News/North had to do with a way to create a business for yourself, using your local culture and the natural curiosity...

NORTHERNER: Vince Teddy has Boston Bruins fever

Ask Vince Teddy if he'd like to talk about his beloved Boston Bruins. "Oh boy! You got a couple of days?" he says, with an affable chuckle. Teddy became a fan of the Bruins at age...

NORTHERN WILDFLOWER: The Dene law of youth behaving respectfully

Nearly every day my daughter watches those silly after-school sitcoms on TV; the ones with the annoying canned laughter in the background. More often than not, I overhear the children in the show talking...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Learning can be fun

It was nice to see kids actually having fun at the Science Rendezvous as they interacted and learned about topics they probably would have found boring if they were just reading about it in...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: The tale of the Moon Rocket Ten

I learned to handle explosives at an early age. I was in public school, probably seven or eight. I lived in a time and place where kids in most parts of Canada could simply walk...
A rare photo of Mac Stark without sunglasses and holding an Arctic grayling from the Kakisa River in 2005, obviously a spawning male judging by the milt dripping from its anal fin. Mac died on Oct. 6 last year. A bench dedication ceremony will be held for him at the Kakisa River day use area on June 9. photo courtesy of John Nishi

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN: A tribute to Mac Stark

Well, I was standing on the bank of the Kakisa River last week wondering what the fish gods would deliver this time. The last few years my most consistent prize has been wet, shivering cold...

A personal apology for my mistake

Editor’s note: Retraction and apology A story published in the May 1 edition of Kivalliq News (“Police investigate woman’s death”) and headlined “Homicide reported in Rankin Inlet” on the nunavutnews.com and nnsl.com websites contained erroneous...

GUEST COMMENT: Mineral Resources Act needs preventative maintenance

Do a quick google search, and you'll find that preventative maintenance is maintenance regularly performed on equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Keep using sunscreen and protect yourself

We just returned from South East Asia where we used a lot of sunscreen because it was usually around 30 degrees and sometimes around 40 degrees. Eschia. So, I really took notice when I read...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Appreciate your local heroes

Over the weekend, I got to see Inuvik in a different light at the 2019 Firefighters' Ball. It wasn't your typical Northern scene. There was a DJ who played the radio's hottest hits. Everyday residents...

Beware of automation

I was reading a few pieces on the supposed pros and cons of self-checkout lanes this past week, and one thing that immediately struck me was all, save one, of the authors debated if...
The fishin' technician from May 31, 2006. The technician makes his annual pilgrimage to Sambaa Deh Territorial Park in this column.

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Grad party fishin’ disaster, May 31, 2006

Technician recalls: OK, I've got some fresh content coming very soon but a few people have been asking me about the old columns so I thought I'd start digging up some oldies but goodies...

Dene Law of being polite and not arguing with others

Being polite and not arguing with anyone is a good rule of thumb for anyone. Especially if one forgets that they live in a small town and decides to have road rage on the...

National anthem a bridge, not a barrier

I will gladly admit it was darn nice to see a vote involving our national anthem remaining in schools — going overwhelmingly in favour of O Canada with 210 of the 279 parents who...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: It’s time to stop using the term ‘hundred-year flood’

I want to start by saying that I feel bad for anyone who loses their house, cabin or cottage due to flooding, fire or any other natural or human made disaster. I know it...
Ella Kokelj, second from right, is a Sir John Franklin High School student and youth board member of Ecology North who says she is going on strike Friday in an effort to get action on climate change. She was among several panelists last week discussing climate change action, including Craig Scott, executive director of Ecology North, David Bob, president of the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Kimberly Fairman, executive director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now is the time to act on climate change

Dear editor, I’m a high school student at Sir John Franklin High School. I love being outside: adventuring, exploring, travelling. When out in the bush, I get to learn not only about the land, but...
Therese Estacion on the Dettah ice road. Universal design is a relatively new concept that seeks to go beyond minimum standards to make the built environment usable for all people, she explains. Photo courtesy of Therese Estacion

GUEST COMMENT: Designing a more inclusive city

About three years ago, a rare bacterial infection led to the amputation of both my legs below the knee and some of my fingers. Oftentimes, the only thing that stops me from the possibility...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

More than just a game

It was a cold and windy day down by Shell Lake on April 23, but that didn't stop the kids from playing hockey one last time on the outdoor rink. As the players engaged in...
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Is Yellowknifer less valid than the CBC?

Normally, when I read criticism of Yellowknifer, I tend to move on, gleaning whatever wisdom I may from the context. But when a journalism colleague questions Yellowknifer’s existence on CBC’s website, I must defend...
Letter writer Paul Falvo is critical of a Yellowknifer headline that referred to former inmates as "cons."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Labeling people ‘con’ stigmatizes them

Dear editor, Your headline “Jobs for cons” (Yellowknifer, April 24) illustrates the problem. If we label people as “cons” how will they get jobs? If they can’t get legitimate jobs, what do we expect them...

GUEST COMMENT: We must get off the government dependency!

There is a saying about home ownership that reads: "To every bird, its own nest is beautiful." What that speaks to is the sense of pride an individual has and displays in the entire process...
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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: My mola angel

Friends, the following is an excerpt/chapter from my upcoming book, From Bear Rock Mountain: It has been five long years and almost to the date when the first of eight book launches is planned, during...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: An adventure for two in beautiful Bali

We went to Bali, Indonesia with the Chamber of Commerce and it was wonderful. The people are so friendly, and we had a lot of fun just talking to the locals. One of the first...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past February, wrapped up his first Western Hockey League camp with the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

SPORTS TALK: Yellowknife’s skin in the game for the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft

May 2 is a big day for bantam hockey players across the western part of North America. It's the day when the Western Hockey League holds its bantam draft and that means hundreds of 14...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: What would an alien make of our planet?

We are coming to the end of Earth Week. Theoretically, we are supposed to celebrate the planet we live on and maybe we could even try to be a little nicer to it and learn...
Letter writer Nancy Vail is asking dog owners to help avoid the spring mess by cleaning up after their pets while walking them.

Letter to the editor: Why not compostable doggie-doo bags?

Dear editor, Last Sunday while out for a walk around the legislative assembly grounds, I picked up four plastic doggy bags in 15 minutes, some empty and others that were not. When I went to throw...