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Liquor commission creates rebate program after price increase

Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod has instructed the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) to “undertake a complete review of its current pricing formula,” after the closure of a liquor warehouse increased the price of alcohol. Last month the NTLCC ended its contract with a warehouse near the airport, meaning Yellowknife’s two liquor stores...
Today Premier Bob McLeod announced the appointment of Sandy Kalgutkar as Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. NNSL file photo

Premier McLeod announces new associate deputy minister of infrastructure

Premier Bob McLeod has announced the appointment of Mr. Sandy Kalgutkar to the position of associate deputy minister of Infrastructure. Kalgutkar will assume his new role on May 13. He will be leading the development of major infrastructure projects such as the Taltson hydro expansion, Slave Geological Province Corridor and the Mackenzie Valley Highway. His previous...

Feds invest $2.7M into nine NWT projects

The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is investing $2.7 million into nine economic development projects in the Northwest Territories. The benefiting projects range from tourism, film, and Indigenous cultural tourism to support for entrepreneurs, businesses and francophone markets. MP Michael McLeod announced funding for the following projects in Yellowknife today. Tourism research and marketing...
Winter Bailey, Nancy Ormen Lynen and Wally Schumann came to the Kimberlite Training and Career Centre to announce new scholarship funding for mining careers. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo.

New scholarship funding for mine jobs

A new scholarship fund aiming to get Northern youth more involved in the mining industry was revealed during a special ceremony last week. The Mine Training Society was awarded $25,000 in scholarship money from the Diamond Empowerment Fund. The new scholarship fund, announced at a special ceremony April 12 at the Kimberlite Career and Technical...

UPDATE: Dettah Ice Road closed for the season

The Dettah Ice Road closed for the season this morning at 10 a.m. The Department of Infrastructure reminded residents this morning that it is both unsafe and illegal to drive on closed winter roads. https://twitter.com/GNWT_INF/status/1116357440969289729 The department...

911 implementation date “will be re-evaluated”: GNWT

The GNWT’s previously stated commitment to launch a territory-wide 911 service by June 30 “will be re-evaluated shortly to ensure that it remains valid,” said the deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) on Tuesday. The Standing Committee on Government Operations received a briefing about the implementation of 911 emergency services in the NWT...
The board of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games was recognized on May 24 in Yellowknife with an Outstanding Volunteer Award from the GNWT. At the presentation were, left to right, Fort Smith’s Kevin Smith, the vice-president of the board; Greg Rowe, president; Eleanor Young, deputy minister of the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, making the presentation of a framed porcupine quill picture; and director Jason Coakwell. NNSL file photo

Calling all volunteers

Volunteering in the Northwest Territories has long been recognized by the territorial government as a critical part of civic life. The Department of Municipal and Cultural Affairs (MACA) is once again hosting an awards ceremony May 30 at the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly to showcase Northerners who give their time freely in service...

Northern economy at crossroads: premier

Premier Bob McLeod gave a keynote address on the NWT’s infrastructure needs, and the glacial pace the territory has endured in addressing them, at the Arctic Oil and Gas Symposium in Calgary earlier this month. In that speech, he referred to a concept he called “eco-colonialism.” “(It’s) the idea that all Indigenous people are anti-resource-development,...

GUEST COMMENT: MLA pushes for party politics in the NWT

By Kieron Testart, MLA for Kam Lake In the 2015 election, voters made history by electing an unprecedented number of new MLAs to the legislative assembly. It was clear the people wanted change and yet somehow...

Binding terms for union, GNWT unveiled — salary increases in final three years of...

The territorial government is announcing binding recommendations from mediator Vince Ready, effectively putting an end to the three-year long labour dispute between the GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers. The five-year deal calls for...

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,...