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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,...

Indebted Hay River MLA’s work site up for sale

A work site connected to Rocky Simpson, the heavily indebted MLA for Hay River South, is up for sale.  The property, made up of three adjoining lots, is listed with Century 21. The asking price...

Yellowknifer Nov. 20 editorial cartoon

John Henderson's editorial cartoon in the Nov. 20 Yellowknifer recalls our story about the minister of Transparency position created during the last Legislative Assembly, only to be dropped before Premier Caroline Cochrane assigned cabinet...

Nunavut MLAs’ compensation, expenditures detailed in report

A report filed in the legislative assembly on Wednesday reveals compensation paid to MLAs as well as their claimed expenses for the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Below, listed from highest...

No electoral system tampering needed for virtual gender parity

It seems all of the soul searching over the past year about how to increase the number of women in the Legislative Assembly may have been a waste of time, after all. Without any government...

‘Where is Canada?’ territorial politicians ask amid international interest in Arctic

A number of territorial politicians have voiced concerns as the international race for the Arctic heats up. Canada made a competing claim to the North Pole against Russia and Denmark just weeks after Mike...

Regular members put Nunavut cabinet on notice for ‘unacceptable behaviour’

The regular members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly issued a warning to cabinet members in a letter to Premier Joe Savikataaq dated May 22. Chairperson of the regular members’ caucus John Main tabled a letter at...

New parliamentary group model discussed at NWT legislature

MLAs on the Special Committee on Transition Matters held a long discussion about the possible merits and drawbacks of introducing parliamentary groups to the Northwest Territories’ consensus government system on Friday. Kieron Testart, MLA for...

Youth MLAs debate mental health resources in the NWT

Young people from across the Northwest Territories got a taste of political life during Youth Parliament 2019. The week-long program is an opportunity for high school students to walk in the shoes of the elected...

He never took no for an answer – remembering Joe Enook

Joe Enook’s death the evening of Friday, March 29 – made public the next morning – devastated his friends and colleagues, and saddened many Nunavummiut. Tununiq MLA and Speaker of Nunavut’s legislative assembly, who died...

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...

MLAs support more women in office

The legislative assembly passed a series of motions last week aimed at removing barriers that prevent women from running for office. The recommendations came from the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in...