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R.J. Simpson appointed minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson says he was pleased to have been named minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) when the new territorial cabinet was announced last week. "I gave a few options...

Northern contractors key to Northern prosperity

Alfred Moses was able to hang his hat on a housing announcement near the end of the 18th Legislative Assembly. At the beginning of August, the GNWT's Housing Corporation, which he was responsible for, cut...

Cochrane shuffles high-level managers

Premier Caroline Cochrane dropped three high-level government managers Thursday afternoon. Mike Aumond, a longtime official, will be retiring after 31 years and a final stint in a high-profile position under the premier as secretary to...

Patrick Scott accuses former health minister of campaign sabotage

Unsuccessful Great Slave candidate Patrick Scott is accusing former health minister Glen Abernethy of disclosing private medical information that was used to undermine his campaign. The accusation comes in the form of a letter, which...

A pie in the hand is worth two in the sky

Having 200 priorities is a lot like having no priorities. It pushes accountability into the ether. It's much harder to track progress, to question a politician on the status of a given file, to figure...

EXCLUSIVE: Former manager says Housing Corp ignored rules with Concept contract

A former NWT Housing Corporation construction manager says the government agency bowed to political pressure and ignored numerous red flags when it awarded more than a dozen modular home contracts to an ill-equipped and...

Yellowknife city councillors ‘concerned’ as 9-1-1 set to roll out

Another delay won't snag the territory-wide 9-1-1 service coming online next Monday. That's the message Eleanor Young, deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), told Yellowknife city councillors peppering her with questions over staffing,...

NWT News/North Oct. 28 Edition

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Bruce Valpy, Publisher, NNSL Media, Northern News Services Ltd.

Fewer goals should prevent Ptarmigan effect in new NWT Assembly

Even though I didn’t run for MLA and didn’t win a seat in the assembly (congrats to those who ran and those who won), I did vote which entitles me to an opinion of...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Secret vote for premier is necessary by MLAs

A recent News/North editorial ("Secret vote makes charade of 'consensus' government," Oct. 7) says, "the only logical explanation as to why MLAs decline to openly declare their selections for premier and cabinet is because...

GUEST COMMENT: MLAs are right to work towards greater accountability

In 2015, the newly elected 18th Assembly decided to break with tradition, establishing a revised process for selecting the premier. Good on them. The public had been complaining about the lack of member accountability...

EDITORIAL: Pay interest – and attention – at Canada’s bank

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democrats, has said some nice things about the North. He implied a question from a reporter in Kenora about addressing drinking water in Indigenous communities was racist, arguing...

Yellowknifer – Oct. 11 edition

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NWTel working on unlimited internet, underwater fibre line – but don’t hold your breath

Yellowknife's internet provider updated city council on a pair of promising proposals this week. An additional fibre optic line could be in the works after a summer of notable outages, said Paul Gillard, Northwestel's vice...
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...

UNW eyes MLAs

February's narrowly-averted GNWT-wide strike may be receding into the past but remaining bad blood is bubbling up in the territorial election. The Union of Northern Workers ran a two-page ad in last week's News/North –...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Let’s rock the Indigenous vote!

"The main problem is (expletive) like Kevin O'Reilly, a white boy who thinks he has all the solutions because he is a white boy and the natives need him." Whoa, take it easy, eh! That was...

EDITORIAL: Northern policy late and light

It was in the making for almost three years. Then, literally on the eve of a general election, the Trudeau government drops the long-awaited Arctic and Northern Policy Framework on Sept. 10. There was no major...

The good and bad of consensus government

I haven't written a lot of nice things about consensus government over the years. It seems beneath Northerners to hang on to this 19th century holdover. Cobbled together by carpetbaggers from Ontario and moustached-British expats...

GNWT preps new teachers for life in the North

New friends and early childhood education professional contacts Shelane Stuart and Brittany Plustwa are among the many teachers set to begin a new school year throughout the territory next week. The two were among about...

Law firms hitting GNWT with health privacy lawsuit

After a decade of private health information breaches, three law firms are slapping the Government of the Northwest Territories with a lawsuit. The representative action, which is similar to a class action suit, follows the...

Former visitors centre to be demolished at a cost of $600K

Demolition of the former Northern Frontiers Visitors Centre -- which is slowly sinking into Frame Lake -- will start later this year, with a price tag of $597,000. A document tabled in the legislative assembly...

Dump fire costs at Hay River nearing $1 million

The cost of a stubborn dump fire in Hay River that burned for most of March continues to rise. It is now closing in on $1 million. That's the possible final price tag, according to Judy...

Focus on Business: ReLeaf

With the legalization of cannabis last fall, many enthusiasts were biting at the chance to open their own retail store in Yellowknife. The GNWT has not made the process easy with its highly detailed application...

$1 million in funding announced to promote NWT women in leadership

Territorial MP Michael McLeod and Caroline Cochrane, MLA for Range Lake and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced over $1 million in federal funding that will be used towards the empowerment of women...
Caroline Cochrane, the minister of Education, Culture and Employment, has committed to supporting the Growing Together program for young children and their families in Hay River. NNSL file photo

GNWT appeals NWT court decision on Francophone school admission

The Government of NWT announced Friday that it's appealing a court decision that found Education Minister Caroline Cochrane had failed to consider a Francophone child's Charter rights to French schooling. The court decision came after...

EDITORIAL: A high visibility visitors centre a must

Let’s be realistic, if the territorial government were to invest in repairing or rebuilding the visitors centre, would you be behind investing your somewhat limited resources in a refurbished or even a shiny new...

Hay River artists give feedback on new arts strategy

Artists from all walks of life had the chance to weigh in on the GNWT’s new arts strategy during a meeting in Hay River over the weekend. For the past month, the department of Industry,...

A different approach to liquor laws: debate at city council

City council entered a fulsome debate Monday on the possibility of restricting liquor store hours in Yellowknife to reduce alcohol-related harm. "It's been raised in discussion when we talk about the downtown about moving the...

Photos: Museum celebrates 40 years

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) celebrated 40 years with a birthday party in the sun on Saturday. After opening with a feeding the fire ceremony, the afternoon celebration featured voyageur canoe rides...