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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...

Kenney spent $16,000 to fly Bob McLeod, other premiers, to Calgary

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney spent over $16,000 to fly former premier Bob McLeod and two other conservative provincial leaders to Calgary last July. NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley, who obtained the flight manifest, revealed the...

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...

Housing corp skirted rules to award contracts to Rocky Simpson’s company: ex-manager

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...

Downtown Yk police patrols need to be more visible

Nine years ago my wife and I honeymooned in Costa Rica. Our travel agent accidentally booked our seats at opposite ends of the plane but one thing that did do us well was the chartered...

Diane Thom looks forward to seeing other side of table in NWT cabinet

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Diane Thom. Fresh off her election as MLA for Inuvik-Boot Lake, Thom was elected to the executive of the legislative assembly Oct 24 following two rounds of...

Hay River’s R.J. Simpson elected to cabinet

For the second Legislative Assembly in a row, Hay River will be represented in the territorial cabinet. Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson was elected to cabinet by other MLAs on Oct. 24 and sworn...

NWT deserves seat in Trudeau’s cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood straight-faced in Iqaluit earlier this month and said the Liberals would, if re-elected, commit to getting all Indigenous communities off diesel by 2030. Well, they have a decade left to...

NWT News/North Oct. 28 Edition

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Caroline Cochrane becomes Canada’s only female premier

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...
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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...
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It’s election night: where to vote and where hopeful MPs will be

After multiple debates and election forums that have taken place in the NWT, as well as across the country, it's finally federal election day. At the conclusion of the 45 day campaign candidates are asking...

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...

NWT News/North Oct. 21 Edition

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Indigenous governments lay out priorities with new MLAs

Housing. Health. Infrastructure. Land claim negotiations. Meaningful consultation. Those issues were top of mind as Indigenous leaders laid out their priorities with the new crop of MLAs in the Tree of Life Friendship Centre on...

EDITORIAL: Pay interest – and attention – at Canada’s bank

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada's New Democrats, has said some nice things about the North. He implied a question from a reporter in Kenora about addressing drinking water in Indigenous communities was racist, arguing...

Better housing, health care, Indigenous relations among MLA priorities

It was a busy first week for incoming MLAs getting set for the Oct. 25 opening of the legislative assembly. All 19 were flown in for initial introductory meetings and orientation last week before laying...

NWT News/North Oct. 14 Edition

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EDITORIAL: NWT premier is not the pope

The way we select the premier in the NWT is bananas. Unlike provincial premiers, who earn their positions based on their leadership of the winning party, here the premier is chosen using a process surrounded...

Yellowknifer – Oct. 11 edition

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‘Poll’ shows toss-up for NWT seat, but candidates are wary of data

A federal electoral map used by party candidates to get a sense of their popularity shows that the Northwest Territories is a “toss-up” leading up to the Oct. 21 election. 338 Canada, founded by Philippe...

MLA-elects respond to election results

Dust is still settling from the NWT election but newly elected MLAs are wasting no time preparing for the 19th legislative assembly. For veterans and newcomers alike, the top priority is establishing better communication and...

New MLA owes GNWT nearly $2 million after lawsuit

Rocky Simpson may have just ousted incumbent Wally Schumann as MLA for Hay River South but the MLA-elect still faces another challenge. He owes nearly $2,000,000 to the territorial government ⁠— a debt he...

Voter turnout up as NWT opts for change

The Oct. 1 vote saw upsets in constituencies across the territory that ousted several incumbents and introduced a record nine women and 11 new MLAs into the legislative assembly. It is clear that voters wanted...

Two recounts underway in Yellowknife districts

Yellowknife North and Frame Lake will see recounts – the only two electoral districts in the Northwest Territories to face extra scrutiny following last Tuesday's results. According to the NWT Elections and Plebiscites Act, an automatic...

Yellowknifer – Oct. 2 Edition

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Jacobson returns to assembly with win in Nunakput

Jackie Jacobson has returned. "It was tough campaign. It was a tough month for all of us," he said, explaining half the candidates were all related. "(All the candidates) wanted what's best for the people....

Paulie Chinna wins in Sahtu

Paulie Chinna has been declared the winner in Sahtu with 309 votes. Chinna, who works for the territorial Department of Lands in Norman Wells, was facing off against Daniel McNeely, who received 287 votes, Caroline...