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Thom is deputy premier and health minister, Wawzonek takes finance and justice in NWT...

Premier Caroline Cochrane announced her government's cabinet roles Tuesday morning and officially marked a national first: it's Canada's first made mostly of women. In a news release, she said that she was "pleased to welcome...

Cochrane hires Shaleen Woodward for principal secretary

Premier Caroline Cochrane has hired longtime territorial government bureaucrat Shaleen Woodward as her principal secretary, the GNWT announced Tuesday. Woodward was formerly the deputy secretary of Indigenous and Intergovernmental Affairs. "She has extensive experience in self-government...

Take a closer look at Caroline Cochrane, Canada’s only female premier

When Caroline Cochrane takes her Assembly seat on Friday, she'll do it as an exception to the rule. Cochrane is the only female premier in Canada, and the second to hold the position in the...

Blake named NWT legislature speaker

Caroline Cochrane was voted premier of the Northwest Territories Thursday. "Together we make a stronger government," the Range Lake MLA said. "We will make this next four years the most progressive in the NWT." Cochrane's selection...

Most NWT premier hopefuls keep quiet on intentions

Of the four MLA-elects vying for the premier's chair, all but one are keeping their cards close to their chest. As the only returning minister to the legislative assembly, Range Lake MLA-elect Caroline Cochrane said...

Great Slave candidate says she was bitten by dog while door knocking

  A Great Slave candidate says she was bitten by a dog while out on the campaign trail earlier this month. Katrina Nokleby said she was going door-to-door on Sept. 9 when she visited a young...

Education minister calls for school system overhaul

Education Minister Caroline Cochrane was blunt in the legislative assembly on Aug. 13: The territory’s school system is “failing” the children of the NWT, and it was the next assembly’s responsibility to fix it. “Our...

Seniors housing ‘crisis’ to deepen

As seniors housing faces a “crisis,” Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green called for 100 more units of independent seniors housing in Yellowknife during the legislative assembly Tuesday. “We have a crisis of available and affordable...

MLAs likely to begrudgingly pass carbon tax

Two things were clear in the legislative assembly Thursday: the territory’s made-in-the North carbox tax was set to pass, and no one was happy about it. Thursday marked the final house discussion before the carbon...

Road from NWT to western Nunavut gets $40 million

A combined $40 million in funding from the federal and territorial governments will go toward environmental reviews for a major infrastructure project to spur investment in the mineral sector. NWT MP Michael McLeod announced at...

Amid community funding gap talk, Moses apologizes for laughing

Alfred Moses, minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) apologized Wednesday after earlier chuckling that day in response to a question about a funding gap facing NWT communities. In a heated exchange, Kam Lake MLA...

Abdullah Al-Mahamud to run for Kam Lake MLA

Entrepreneur Abdullah Al-Mahamud is the fourth candidate to announce plans to run for Kam Lake MLA, he announced in a Tuesday news release. Al-Mahamud encouraged fiscal responsibility in the news release, saying "we need to...

Yellowknife MLAs split over land title fee hike

A pair of Yellowknife MLAs and the local real estate board is slamming a proposed hike to land title transfer fees in the legislative assembly Monday that will see most of the money come...
Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson has once again raised concern in the Legislative Assembly about the excessive wait times for mental health counselling in Hay River. NNSL file photo

Mental health counselling wait times are ‘ridiculous,’ says MLA

Concerns over excessive wait times to see a mental health counsellor are falling on deaf ears, a Hay River MLA said in the Legislative Assembly. On Feb. 22, Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson told...