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Notes from the trail: Raise price on plastic bags

It is time for all retail stores in Yellowknife, and across Canada, to increase the cost of plastic bags from 25 cents to 50. This needs to happen immediately. And if consumer habits do not...

Notes from the trail: Time for party politics in the NWT

Consensus government is no longer working in the Northwest Territories. It is time for us to move toward a party system where the needs of electors are heard. It is in that system where...

Notes from the trail: A cycle of violence against the planet

For the life of me, I do not understand why policy makers cannot see the link between various resource sector operations and the people they are supposed to be supporting; and intimate partner violence. This...

Letter: No time left to be afraid of change

From: Adithi Balaji St. Patrick High School Dear editor, We are often afraid of change. Humanity is reluctant to let go of the past, in fear that a changed future might be bleak. However, in recent years, it...

Tales from the trail: New mega-mine could affect caribou

Last weekend (Nov. 24), the deadline closed for public submissions on the Teck Frontier Mine in northeastern Alberta, which, if approved will be the largest oil sands development in North America. If created as planned,...

NWT needs another log on the fire to keep people warm

Industry is like fire. It can keep you and your family warm. If industry gets out of control, it can burn your house down. Giant Mine is an eternal example of that. At the Geoscience...

Protest urges GNWT declare climate emergency

A month after Yellowknife City Council scuttled calls to declare a climate emergency, youth climate organizers have shifted their sights to the Legislative Assembly.  Sir John Franklin Grade 12 student Ella Koklej organized the event,...

Facing environmental concerns, De Beers stands by Snap Lake plan

It was a sign of things to come as De Beers Canada defended plan to close the Snap Lake mine to the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board this week. Fielding questions in an Explorer...

Opinion: Public deserves more data on Taltson expansion

Last Tuesday, the first day of the Geoscience conference, I was asked to spend $200 to listen to a GNWT expert talk about its plans for the expansion of the Taltson Dam even though...

Guest comment: We are all (eco)warriors now

I would like to congratulate all of those who participated in the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Yellowknife on Monday; both those in the parade and the many that came to watch or join the...

GN expands wolf sample program to Kivalliq and Qikiqtaaluk regions

After what Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq described as a successful first year in the Kitikmeot region, he announced on Thursday the expansion of the territorial government’s wolf sample collection program to the Kivalliq and...

TMAC official insists mining company ‘did not pollute’

From Alex Buchan, director of community and external relations for TMAC Resources Inc.: Alex Buchan, director of community and external relations for Kitikmeot gold miner TMAC Resources. photo courtesy of Alex Buchan TMAC Resources would like to...

Trudeau promises to eliminate diesel during Iqaluit visit

Prime Minister Trudeau, accompanied by Nunavut’s Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall, told Nunavumiut his party is the best choice for voters in the fight against climate change during a campaign stop in Iqaluit,. Oct. 8....

Inuvik-trained youth to reach thousands on climate change action

Gwich’in youth from across Canada flew into Inuvik for a three-day session this week. Their mission: bring climate change leadership back to their home communities. FutureXChange, which kicked off Thursday and wraps later today, is...
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...

Residents remain ‘disappointed,’ disillusioned with city’s recycling program

Two months after it was revealed that plastics, tin, and cardboard were being dumped at Yellowknife’s landfill – a practice that has been going on for well over a year – the city says...

Iqaluit high school students walk out for the environment

Inuksuk High School students walked out of their school June 5, spilling onto the streets of Iqaluit. Students Angela Austria, Cassidy Ann Netser and Mac Pavia organized the walk-out for the environment. More than 50 Grade...

Jimmy Noble Jr. named deputy minister of environment

Jimmy Noble Jr. will become deputy minister of environment as of May 13. Jimmy Noble Jr. will serve as deputy minister of environment as of May 13. photo courtesy of Jimmy Noble Jr. The announcement came on...

Public feedback needed for territorial 2020 Environmental Audit

Work is already underway for the Northwest Territories 2020 Environmental Audit. Independent auditors and employees from the GNWT's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) held a public open house at Northern United Place on...

Dene Nation critical of proposed Forest Act

The GNWT's proposed Forest Act undermines land claims, self government and inherent treaty rights, said the Dene Nation in a March 1 news release. The Dene Nation criticized the conduct of the Department of Environment...