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New workers’ compensation rates confusing, says business chamber

The rationale behind the new workers compensation rates for 2020 should be clearer, says the NWT Chamber of Commerce. The list of industries published by the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) shows an average...

Hunter education program now live

The territorial government's new hunter education program will be mandatory for some hunters looking to get their licences in the new year. The test is not required for general hunting licence holders or those with...

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...

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...

Enough with the giving spirit

In this season of giving, we have to recognize that the Town of Hay River is in the giving spirit all year round. It's sort of admirable for the community, but it makes no financial...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

Subcontractor sues for nearly $10M in Stanton construction dispute

A subcontractor that provided labour and materials during the construction of Yellowknife’s new $350 million hospital is seeking nearly $10 million in unpaid work from its general contractors, NNSL Media has learned. Kelson Mechanical Inc....

Cochrane emerges from first-ever first ministers meeting

Fractious federal politics greeted the country’s lone woman premier as she joined her 12 counterparts for a meeting in Ontario Monday. Northern priorities emerged as one of the touchstones of the meeting, along with 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: Mining, forever the final frontier

The end of November reminded anyone living under a rock of mining's foundational role in the Northwest Territories. The Yellowknife Geoscience Forum brought a who's who of industry heavyweights to the capital for days of...

Yellowknife Day Centre policy change bars 66 from shelter

Dozens of individuals with homes who use the day centre are barred today as controversial new rules come into effect. A policy change by the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority restricts "access to...

GNWT public meetings on tourism stop in Hay River

Travelling public meetings to discuss the future of tourism in the NWT made a stop in Hay River on Nov. 26. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is hosting public and stakeholder meetings...

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,...

Recent hacks highlight gaps in GNWT cyber security

Correction: This story has been updated. The outage of Nov. 29 was not caused by a cyber-attack, as the original version reported, but by a hardware failure, according to GNWT spokesperson Todd Sasaki. News/North...

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...

Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency CEO wins national education award

The Northwest Territories is home to the superintendent of Canadian superintendents. Shannon Barnett-Aikman apparently made her last year as director of education for the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency (TCSA) count, not to mention the rest...

Fort Good Hope celebrates new Ts’ude Niline Tuyeta protected area

Elders and community members gathered in Fort Good Hope Tuesday to celebrate the permanent protection of more than 10,000 kilometres of sacred land. Ts’ude Niline Tuyeta, the territory’s newest protected area, is a nearby wetland...

New ITI minister inspires at Geoscience ‘women in mining’ event

When Infrastructure minister and environmental engineer Katrina Nokleby entered the legislature, she was no longer “out-numbered on the job site.” One of a historic number of women elected to the 19th Legislative Assembly, she told...

News North Nov. 18 Edition

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The tourism train is coming

Visitors will be travelling the NWT over the next two weeks asking for people's wish lists. No, they aren't Santa's elves – they're GNWT bureaucrats working on the territory's next five-year tourism plan. "We're really...

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...

Editorial: 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...