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GNWT issues court order to former employee over website

A five-year dispute between the territorial government and one of its former employees has come to an end. Donn MacDougall, a former manager with the Department of Justice from 2006 to 2014, was still receiving automated emails to his personal email through PeopleSoft, the territorial government’s human resources software months after his employment ended. Because...

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 Tuesday to collect feedback from Yellowknife residents about environmental management in the Northwest Territories. “It’s an audit that happens of...

After 2014 wildfires, GNWT is more prepared

Scientists, academics and members from multiple government departments, federal and territorial, convened in Yellowknife on March 6, to discuss the outcome of a wildfire research partnership. The results are the sum of the “thousands of hours” of collaborative research between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), multiple universities and National Aeronautics and Space...

EDITORIAL: The case for a name change

Editor’s note: Shene Catholique Valpy is the daughter of NNSL publisher Bruce Valpy. Shene Catholique Valpy’s battle for her children’s names reflects the basic need to have the world recognize them as they truly are. Since the birth of her first daughter Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ in 2014, she has been petitioning the territorial government to recognize the...

Border bathroom problem: Overflowing outhouse discussed in legislative assembly

The Department of Infrastructure, Tourism and Investment (ITI) said it is reviewing what can be done about an overflowing outhouse on the NWT-Alberta border. A post in the Hay River Classifieds Facebook group, which has since been deleted, showed a photograph of the overflowing toilet at 60th Parallel Territorial Park. Several people commented on the...

Naka festival launches in Yellowknife

The city’s newest festival kicked off at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre this afternoon. Yellowknifers and visitors alike packed into the lobby of the museum to mark the beginning of Naka, a week-long celebration of the aurora borealis and Dene culture. Naka, pronounced nah-kah, is the Wiiliideh word for the Northern lights. “Welcome...

Northern apiculture symposium comes to Yellowknife

The city’s first Northern Bee Health Symposium was held at Chateau Nova last weekend. The idea for the event was a collaborative effort between various GNWT departments – Industry, Tourism and Investment; Environment and Natural Resources; Health and Social Services – and Ecology North. The groups worked to put on the symposium in the broader...

NWT SPCA petition calls for funding from GNWT

A new petition is calling on the Government of the Northwest Territories to provide funding to the Yellowknife-based NWT SPCA. The NWT SPCA is the only animal welfare organization in the territory and runs a shelter out of Yellowknife. The volunteer-based non-profit relies on public donations and fundraising to support work like bringing spay and...

‘The need for a union up here has outlived its need,’ says former Local...

Brad Enge, a former vice president with the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour and former UNW Local 1 president, says he thinks unions have outlived their usefulness. Enge said he is not against organized labour unions and believes they served an important purpose in the past when employee-employer relations were not what they are today. “But...

UNW holding press conference Tuesday on negotiations

The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) will be holding a press conference on the status of negotiations at its offices tomorrow afternoon. The territorial government and its worker’s union have been negotiating a new collective agreement since January 2016 and are headed back to the bargaining table this weekend. The union says the territorial government has rejected...
UNW president Todd Parsons, surrounded by union presidents announces a strike notice for Feb, 11, 2019.

UNW president announces strike notice for Feb. 11

The Union of Northern Workers issued a strike notice for territorial government employees in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “I would like to confirm that the UNW has served strike notice today upon the government of the NWT for our large bargaining unit,” said Union of Northern Workers president Todd Parsons. “We are giving notice that at...

“We’ll get a deal or we’re going to walk,” says UNW president

Union of Northern Workers (UNW) members braved -37 C weather to show their readiness to strike today. Dozens of members and supporters picketed in front of the government building on 49 Street at lunchtime ahead of mediation next week. The union and the GNWT have been negotiating a new collective agreement since January 2016. UNW president...
The new emergency call centre, which will be run by the GNWT, will connect incoming 911 calls with already established RCMP, fire and medical dispatch within communities. Photo courtesy of GNWT

Implementing 911 will not have start-up costs for the city: GNWT

The 911 program manager, Ashley Geraghty, insists that Yellowknife’s call centre will not require any cost inducing modifications to the city. “Their system will not require any upgrades,” he said on Jan. 30. This comes after Yellowknife Mayor Rebecca Alty sat before the legislative assembly standing committee on Jan. 24 and requested that GNWT cover...

GNWT holds sugar-sweetened drinks tax consultation

The GNWT held a public consultation about the proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax in Yellowknife on Tuesday evening. Similar sessions were held in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk earlier in the week, which along with an online survey, aim to collect the public’s input on the proposed tax. In the 2017-18 NWT Budget, the government committed to investigate...

No plans to strike before mediation, says UNW president

Union of Northern Workers president Todd Parsons said in an interview Wednesday that there are no plans for territorial government employees to strike before mediation talks in February. “We have no plans to start a strike before mediation,” Parsons said. The bargaining unit for the union and the GNWT will meet for scheduled mediation talks...

GNWT rejects offer of binding arbitration: union

The territorial government has refused offers from the Union of Northern Workers to agree to binding arbitration to settle the outstanding labour negotiations between with the union, GNWT and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), the union states in a news release Tuesday. “We know families are worried. For over three years, our members have...
Group of UWN supporters and members and supporters gather outside of North Slave Corrections for a practice picket. Local 11 president Frank Walsh speaks over the megaphone.

Local 11 Pres: ‘The weather will not deter us’

Over two dozen Union of Northern Workers (UNW) members and supporters came out in frigid -33 C temperatures to the entrance of the young offenders unit of North Slave Correctional Facility on Wednesday to show their employers and the GNWT their readiness to strike. The street corner became crowded as picketers chanted, sounded whistles and...

UPDATED: Anonymous postcard alludes to GNWT information breach

Northern News Services received a mysterious postcard at its Yellowknife office yesterday morning. The card was addressed to managing editor Mike Bryant, with the message “Information Breach at the GNWT: How (NOT) to respond to an information breach.” The reverse side of the postcard has the word FAIL emblazoned across the top followed by the...

New mediation talks expected for early February

The territorial government and its union will be heading back to the bargaining table in February, confirmed Todd Parsons, president of the Union of Northern Workers. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) have been negotiating a new collective agreement since January 2016. The GNWT said it has confirmed...

GNWT seeking public feedback on arts strategy

The territorial government is collecting the public’s feedback to help create a new arts strategy. The survey is available on the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center’s (PWNHC) website and the department of Education, Culture and Employment’s (ECE) website. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and was designed and developed by consulting firm Nordicity,...

Autism supports in Yellowknife lacking, says parent, advocate

Parents of children with autism say Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories, in general, don’t have much to offer their children in terms of support. “It’s mostly health and social services, ECE and the departments within the GNWT that would direct services and supports,” said Denise McKee, executive director of the NWT Disabilities Council and president...
Dylan Short/NNSL photo Clement-Eric Demers, left and Carole Monnet display the sign they held up in the public gallery.

Signs in the chamber

Members of the Union of Northern Workers held up signs urging the government to budge in collective bargaining negotiations on Wednesday in the public chamber of the Legislative Assembly. The union urged its members, as well as their friends and family, through a notice, to “fill the gallery and show our solidarity” after mediated negotiations...

GNWT, UNW to enter mediation in October

The GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) will head into mediation in October with the goal of reaching a collective agreement. Both parties agreed to have Vince Ready, a Vancouver-based mediator who has worked on more than 7,000 labour and commercial disputes, facilitate the negotiations. Mediation will take place from Oct. 25 to...

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 groups and its abundant natural resources make this territory something to write home about. But it doesn’t have it’s own school...

Premier announces cabinet shuffle

Two days into the new fiscal year, the premier is rearranging his cabinet. On Wednesday, Caroline Cochrane, the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, and Alfred Moses, who oversees Education Culture and Employment, swapped portfolios. Moses will also take responsibility for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Homelessness and the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission of...

March 29: Inuvik news briefs

Pool closed for three weeks The Midnight Sun Recreation Complex swimming pool will be closed for approximately three weeks starting March 27. The pool has been closed on and off throughout March due to temperature issues caused by a leak in the pool. According to a Facebook announcement from the Town of Inuvik, repairs to...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

An engineer deemed more of the Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre unsafe this week, prompting the building to close for more than a day. The popular tourism hub near Frame Lake closed 5 p.m. on Tuesday and didn’t reopen Wednesday. “The engineer has defined an even smaller space at the very front of the building that...

MLAs back visitors centre move

City representatives voice support for covering relocation, cleanup costs Four city MLAs have called on the GNWT to help move the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre from its deteriorating building to a temporary location and cover costs that could reach into the millions. The message of support, via a Monday news release, came as the Northern Frontier...