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Editorial: Hospital problems are a credibility problem

The issue: Issues with new hospital We say: Fix them fast The arrival of Stanton Territorial Hospital in 2019 was eagerly anticipated by medical professionals and the general public alike. Yellowknife's very first Stanton Hospital was built...

Editorial: From change to action

The issue: The year that was What we say: Lots of questions for 2020 Not to sound clichéd but if we're looking back at the year that's been, 2019 had all the hallmarks of what people...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: High time for private pot shop

The issue: private pot shops We say: why the delay? The slow roll out of legal cannabis in the NWT has been nothing short of a bummer for many. In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: This theatre has a ‘NACC’ for the North

The issue: Lively arts We say: Help lift up life The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre opened its doors for an Easter production of Handel's Messiah in 1984. Since then, the plucky non-profit charitable organization known as...

Yellowknifer editorial: New pool now

The issue: Ruth Inch Memorial Pool We say: Must be replaced, and remain open Two years is too long. The suggestion that the city go 24 months without any sort of indoor aquatic centre while the old...

Editorial: ‘You feel like a part of you is gone’

Thirty years after the Ecole Polytechnique massacre and the City of Montreal has changed the memorial sign which marks the Dec. 6 1989 slaughter of 14 women. It used to mention "tragic events" but the...

Editorial: Don’t drag feet on dragon of economy

When you're talking about the economy, tourism is the one per cent of the Northwest Territories. That is, at about $50 million per year, tourism represents less than one one-hundredth of the economic impact of...

Editorial: Indigenous relations position deserves more than one term

The issue: Indigenous relations adviser We say: Why can't other positions be cut? Yellowknife is located on Chief Drygeese Territory, traditional home of the Yellowknives Dene. Those are the words heard from public officials at the...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial cartoon: Nov. 29, 2019

John Henderson's editorial cartoon in the Nov. 29 Weekend Yellowknifer takes aim at Justin Trudeau's snub of Northern MPs in his cabinet, specifically NWT MP Michael McLeod, who has previous cabinet experience at the...

Editorial: North frozen out of Trudeau’s cabinet

The issue: Justin Trudeau's cabinet We say: North's exclusion is beyond reason Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a made-for-meme moment in 2015 when he mic-dropped his response to a question about why he thought having an...

Editorial cartoon News/North Nov. 25

The John Henderson editorial cartoon featured in the Nov. 25 issue of News/North got the message from the hundreds of NWT residents who apparently wanted to be absolutely sure the new 911 system would...

Editorial: Time to put Airbnb issue to bed

    THE ISSUE: Short-term rentals WE SAY: A long-term headache for council   The international short-term rental phenomenon known as Airbnb has come a long way since the company’s San Francisco founders decided in 2007 to plop an air mattress...

Yellowknifer Nov. 20 editorial cartoon

John Henderson's editorial cartoon in the Nov. 20 Yellowknifer recalls our story about the minister of Transparency position created during the last Legislative Assembly, only to be dropped before Premier Caroline Cochrane assigned cabinet...

Editorial: Kam Lake South plan risks repeating the past

The issue: Return to Kam Lake We say: Council risks repeat of zoning quagmire   Sled dogs are wonderful. They attract tourists and tie us, literally and figuratively, to the territory's legacy of traditional on-the-land sustenance living. But...

Staying safe in the cyber world

Don't click on that! A recent ransomware attack that knocked out the Government of Nunavut's computers and prompted the GNWT to block all emails coming from our neighbour to the east has underscored the dangers...

Nunavut’s story unfolding all around us

Maybe it was simply the usual white noise of personal opinion that invariably provides the background to election season. Or, perhaps, it was listening to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) president Natan Obed talk about Qanuippitaa?...

EDITORIAL: Beware of what you post online

We are writing this on the assumption that some young people still read newspapers. We don't know if that is actually the case, but we will proceed anyway. Based on what we have witnessed over the...

Where are the RCMP foot patrols?

Few jobs are more thankless, more important or invite more danger on any given workday, than that of a police officer. And here in Yellowknife, we expect a lot from our cops. Courage has long...

NWT election a chance for renewal

  It's been very interesting to hear a couple of our elected officials explain in recent days why the last NWT legislative assembly didn't accomplish more of its goals over the past four years. It's easy...

Remember the lives that mattered

The methods used to report on serious crimes in the modern media have been a pet peeve of mine for years, and it has led to more than a few long conversations with copy,...

New top Mountie could bring real change

Brenda Lucki said all the right things while being sworn in as the first female commissioner of the RCMP in history this past Thursday, Sept. 6, at Regina, Sask.’s, F Division. Lucki comes aboard during...

GNWT should develop its own curriculum

There is no doubt that the Northwest Territories is a special place – though small in population, it is diverse, and its natural beauty is undeniable. The midnight sun, the unique traditions of its Indigenous...

Broader definition of STEM important for inclusion

In high school, I struggled with math and science. Once, I skipped class when I had a chemistry test and got a doctor's note so that I could make it up later, after I...

More education, less cannabis use

In 1965, approximately half of Canadians smoked cigarettes. That number dropped to 13 per cent by 2015, according to a report on tobacco use in Canada from the University of Waterloo. That 37 per cent...

Readers have role in accuracy of news

Last week, I came across some criticism of the Inuvik Drum posted on social media. One was about a typo, others were critical of the content printed in the paper. It was happenstance that I...

Newcomers should try to learn about Indigenous culture

Last week I heard someone describe Inuvik as a "transient town." That's one way to describe it. It is no secret that many people who live in Inuvik are short-term residents, often coming from southern...

GAC’s delays threaten Inuvik’s satellite business

Planet announced last week that it would be removing its ground station from Inuvik if it does not receive a remote sensing licence from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) by June 1, 2018. A move like...

Editorial: Dinner theatre encourages inward reflection

On Saturday Feb. 10, I went to the Comedic Dinner Theatre put on by the East Three Theatre Club. I was there to report on it for the Inuvik Drum, but I really did...

Thanks for the warm welcome

I arrived in Inuvik for the first time at sunrise on Jan. 12, which is to say, I arrived around 1 p.m. local time. I had done my research, and I knew daybreak would be...