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Day shelter neighbour uses Facebook to expose violence

April Desjarlais has taken to Facebook to raise awareness of the homelessness crisis that is unfolding outside her business. Desjarlais is the owner of the Finn Hansen building on 50 Street, which is right next door to the city’s sobering centre and day shelter. In recent weeks, she has spoken out against the steady drumbeat...
Nathalie Nadeau, left, and Denise McKee, executive director of NWT Disability Council, made their case for the positive impact the sobering centre and day shelter is having on the community. Brett McGarry/ NNSL Photo

Police, health officials defend shelter at city council meeting

Police, health and emergency services providers came to city hall Monday to tout the benefits of the day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street while warning city council of what could be lost without one. The presentation comes after a neighbouring building owner, April Desjarlais, complained to city council last month, saying the situation outside the...

Yellowknife looks to host Hockey Day in Canada 2020

The national broadcasting event Hockey Day in Canada may be on its way to Yellowknife in February 2020, if city council approves it. Councillors were given a presentation on Monday with a memo from Johanna Elliot, the city’s facilities manager, on the benefits of endorsing Hockey Day in Canada. The event, which entails music, cultural...
April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door to the Yellowknife day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street.

Day shelter neighbour ‘exasperated’ with abuse and chaos

Five months after the government-operated day shelter and sobering centre on 50 street opened in September of 2018, a neighbouring property owner says the area has been thrown into chaos. April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door, came before council on March 25 to describe the extent of abuse and disruptions stemming...

Union hopes for speedy fire department changes in Yellowknife

The union representing city firefighters is worried that work to deal with workload and burnout issues will be slow to move forward. City council has been asked to approve an implementation plan setting timelines to deal with 30 recommendations from a consultant’s report from last fall that found pressing issues to be addressed at the...

Council briefs: City shaves tax increase

The city’s property tax rate increase this year will be smaller than originally predicted. The city had originally budgeted to increase the property tax rate by 1.24 per cent. “I am pleased to confirm that it will be slightly lower,” said senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett on Monday at a municipal services committee meeting as...