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Day shelter neighbour uses Facebook to expose violence

April Desjarlais has taken to Facebook to raise awareness of the homelessness crisis that is unfolding outside her business. Desjarlais is the owner of the Finn Hansen building on 50 Street, which is right next door to the city’s sobering centre and day shelter. In recent weeks, she has spoken out against the steady drumbeat...
Nathalie Nadeau, left, and Denise McKee, executive director of NWT Disability Council, made their case for the positive impact the sobering centre and day shelter is having on the community. Brett McGarry/ NNSL Photo

Police, health officials defend shelter at city council meeting

Police, health and emergency services providers came to city hall Monday to tout the benefits of the day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street while warning city council of what could be lost without one. The presentation comes after a neighbouring building owner, April Desjarlais, complained to city council last month, saying the situation outside the...
April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door to the Yellowknife day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street.

Day shelter neighbour ‘exasperated’ with abuse and chaos

Five months after the government-operated day shelter and sobering centre on 50 street opened in September of 2018, a neighbouring property owner says the area has been thrown into chaos. April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen building next door, came before council on March 25 to describe the extent of abuse and disruptions stemming...

Yellowknifers walk for Coldest Night of the Year

The Salvation Army held its fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year walk on Saturday night. Around 35 walkers came out for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s shelter and programs, said Jason Brinson, Corps Leader of the church and organization. “The drive behind this event is to raise funds that...
City council, in full attendance, came together for their February 18, 2019 governance and priorities committee meeting. Council discussed perusing $1.1 million in federal funding for programs that combat homelessness in Yellowknife.

City looking to land $1.1 million contract with fed government to assist homelessness

With federal funding from the Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS) due to run out at the end of March, city council met on Feb. 18 to discuss landing a one year funding extension of $1,145,590 for homelessness initiatives. The federal government is currently reviewing and reinventing the HPS to create a new program known as Reaching...
Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, left, and MLA Julie Green, right, discuss the new day and sobering centre with a group of downtown residents Tuesday. The talk touches on homelessness, addictions and public safety, with many attendees voicing their concerns about ongoing disruptions in the downtown. Brendan Burke/NNSL photo.

Condo dwellers vent on day shelter

Health Minister Glen Abernethy and Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green got an earful Tuesday night as the territorial government prepares to close the downtown day shelter and replace it with a sobering centre one block away. Two dozen residents from Northern Heights Condominiums, located across the street from the Safe Harbour Day Shelter on 49...