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NNSL Opinion Stories

Editorial: Why the fascination?

Last week while doing an interview, we were asked questions. We don't like when that happens because, basically, we really don't have time to think. Nevertheless, there they were, questions, and it would be impolite to...

It’s true … we tied the knot

So, Jean and I got married last weekend and I’m happy to say she is now Jean Erasmus. Whew, it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. The ceremony was held...

Dried fish not a jerky biz idea

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Norman Wells gathered to say goodbye to Cecile Rivet Raymond. She was born in Fort Norman (Tulita) in 1928 and she lived in the Sahtu region most of her life. She...

Whiskey Jacks

It’s the time of year again when the whiskey jacks (Canadian grey Jays) begin to get serious about storing up food. Daily I scrape food scraps on to the bird feeder and watch the...

Food Plastic not so fantastic

Fast food has come a long way since the golden age of grease and styrofoam-clad burgers, fries and fried chicken of the previous century. Murray Jones, the owner of Murray's Curbside Treats N' Eats, has...

More UAV pilots need ground school training

When I was a kid, I remember taking a couple of mechanical airplanes out to the farmers field by my parents' house in rural Ontario and zipping them through the blue skies. My little brother,...

Zen and the art of berry picking

  Last week I wrote an ode to lingon, or low bush, cranberries. This week I thought I would expound profound on zen and the art of berry-picking. A lot of people who come north will make...

Taking it to the streets

There is possibly no more maligned part of any newspaper, especially among those who work in journalism, than the streeter.   For those who aren’t familiar, streeters are what appear on page 9 of every edition...

Downtown problem needs downtown solution

The long search for the sobering centre's permanent home is over. The facility will be housed in the former Canarctic Graphics building adjacent to the Northern Lites Motel downtown which is – full disclosure –...

Come on Northern women, unite!

On Sept. 7, I picked up the Edmonton Journal on my way home to Norman Wells, on page three, a 4x10 colour photograph of a huge blue barge and the caption “a 30 metre...

Healing over the years

Friends, it is good to see the likes of an old-time friend, Thebacha’s Henry Beaver, in mid-smudge, for a colleague like Aurora College president Jane Arychuk. The photo, part of an article by News/North reporter...

Ode to the Northern low bush cranberry

You can consider this an ode to the joys and wonders of the much misunderstood Northern low bush cranberry. Let’s start with its name. It is not a cranberry and is no more related to...

Let’s clear haze around pot talk

By July of next year, the federal government will legalize marijuana, making good on a promise that proved popular among many parts of the electorate during the 2015 election campaign. The Liberal government's aim is...

‘Perfect southern point of view’

It's good to see Premier Bob McLeod show his teeth a little bit. On Aug. 31, he teamed up with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna to host a news conference at...

Keeping up with Hurricane Irma

On Friday afternoon, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted there was no longer any uncertainty -- Hurricane Irma was going to slice its way up the state of Florida, making landfall as a category 5 hurricane. On...

Change? Or just different letterhead?

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau split the long lamented Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, into two separate departments. Minister Carolyn Bennett became minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, while Trudeau shuffled...

Rocky democracy better than any dictatorship

Democracy is the best type of government. Period. You disagree? What would you rather have? An absolute monarchy? An oligarchy? Perhaps communism is more your style? Or how about no government at all in a...

Lend Gruben name to new highway

All you good people in the Northwest Territories better sit up and pay attention. On Sept. 1, 2017, a major newspaper, The Globe and Mail, gave us a wake-up call regarding the Arctic Ocean...

What’s in a name?

I think we need some guidelines, rules, regulations and possibly even laws when it comes to name changes. Whether it is changing the names of people, places, geographic features or government departments. Also, the people proposing...

Nobody wins when the media is excluded from covering candidates before an election

Love it or loathe it, the media plays an important role in democracy: it keeps citizens informed, holds organizations accountable and shines a little light in the darkness. And when it comes to elections,...

Geographic challenges shouldn’t stifle ambition

It's likely no surprise to residents of Inuvik that living in the far North can feel isolating at times. For some NWT communities, the reality is that the only way in and out is by...

What’s in a name?

I think we need some guidelines, rules, regulations and possibly even laws when it comes to name changes. Whether it is changing the names of people, places, geographic features or government departments. Also, the people proposing...

City getting taken for a ride

The city's safe ride program has a big fan – the RCMP. At the Aug. 28 municipal services committee meeting, RCMP staff Sgt. Alexandre Laporte said his organization is seeing a significant decline in calls...

Letters to the editor help Yellowknifer reflect the city’s broad range of opinions

I wrote my first letter to the editor in high school. I was in Grade 12 during the 2000 presidential election, when Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was running against Republican George W. Bush and...

What’s in those rocks?

  This week I am going to talk about some things that deserve a lot more care, consideration and respect than they tend to get - rocks and minerals. They form the foundation or crust of...

GNWT has created a monster

Laws and regulations should serve a good purpose and normally, they do. Roads have speed limits to save lives. There are laws against drinking and driving for the same reason. Regulations that stipulate food safety...

Don’t be a slave to the name

Kylik Kisoun Taylor of Tundra North Tours provided the boldest recommendation during a planning meeting for the 2018 Inuvik Sunrise Festival: change the date, away from the actual time the sun rises. As heretical as...

Flawed speakers present as honest role models

Clear in the opening keynotes at the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s YOUth Matter conference this week in Inuvik was the acknowledgement of flawed pasts. GTC vice-president Jordan Peterson, Inuvialuit Communications Society manager Dez Loreen and Those...

Grounded aviation tour a disappointment

Hundreds of people enjoyed the show when the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour dazzled Inuvik and surrounding communities early this June. After each show, pilots took hours out of their time to meet with residents and...

Running? Leave your headphones at home

Opinion - When the Heart Says No by Roy Erasmus Notice all those people walking, running, or biking while using earphones or earbuds? Well, please don’t do that. And, please tell your kids to leave...