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Air Tindi's floatbase on Mitchell Drive. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo.

‘A big, fat problem’: NWT MLAs call for meeting with struggling small airlines

On March 27, MLAs urged an emergency meeting of NWT airlines to save a crucial link in the Northern supply chain. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green tabled a motion in the legislative assembly that aims...

NWT REPORT: Premier talks about COVID-19 projections, enforcement and bailouts

As some jurisdictions in Canada release daunting projections for the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths forecasted for the months ahead, Premier Caroline Cochrane says there is currently not enough data in the NWT...

Editorial: Pages of history await Northern Covid response

Describing the small and sparsely spaced communities of the Northwest Territories as representing the end of the road doesn't even come close. Many are hundreds of kilometres from the end of even the remotest winter...

GNWT details changes to income assistance program

The territorial government provided new details Thursday about its income assistance modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Caroline Wawzonek announced a one-time emergency payout of $500 to individuals and $1000 to families...

Pause evictions during pandemic, MLAs say

Regular MLAs have called on cabinet to freeze evictions while the territory weathers the global health pandemic. In a motion passed by regular members in assembly's accountability and oversight committee on Monday, MLAs asked government...

NWT government adds $8.2 million in COVID-19 relief

An $8.2 million COVID-19 package touted as the NWT government’s second wave of relief was announced by cabinet ministers Tuesday. The new package aims to secure housing for at-risk homeless residents, boost income assistance and...

Premier appoints new official to COVID response

Premier Caroline Cochrane hired senior official Russ Neudorf for a key role responding to COVID-19 on Monday. A government news release said Neudorf was appointed as associate deputy minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA),...

What does the state of emergency in the NWT really mean?

When Municipal and Community Affairs Minister Paulie Chinna announced a state of emergency in the Northwest Territories March 27, there was already a public health emergency in place. So how does the general emergency differ...

Indigenous Northerners distancing on the land get $2.6 million

Ottawa has earmarked $2.6 million for families leaving for camps and cabins on the land amid the pandemic. The funds aim to lower the financial hurdles preventing some families from going onto the land, a...

Arnica Inn housing project moves ahead as shelter for homeless at risk due to...

A scuttled transitional housing project at Arnica Inn is back in business and set to house homeless residents at risk of COVID-19, Yellowknife Women’s Society executive director Bree Denning said. Denning signed a deal with...

Small NWT businesses welcome 75 per cent federal wage subsidy

Small business owners in the Northwest Territories strained by collapsing demand amid a global pandemic may see some relief from Ottawa soon. The federal government has committed to raising its crisis wage subsidy from 10...

Some MLAs skeptical of Taltson Dam expansion

The linchpin of NWT’s climate change fight efforts looked weak to some MLAs at a technical briefing on March 12. That project, the Taltson Dam expansion, is supposed to account for 44 per cent of...

One appointment per day keeps COVID away at Land Titles

The Government of the Northwest Territories has made last-minute changes to a planned closure of the Land Titles Office amid much protest by real estate professionals. The chief medical health officer ordered GNWT workers to...

Northern politicians return to worried constituencies

MLAs breaking from session Tuesday to return home will now face worried constituents and businesses preparing for COVID-19. As they return to their constituencies to offer support, such as grocery runs for the elderly, members...

COVID-19: MLAs brace for economic impact

NWT will get just under $600,000 of the $1 billion the federal government has earmarked for the COVID-19 response fund, Premier Caroline Cochrane told MLAs Monday. She said so as some MLAs on Monday predicted...

NWT’s top doctor advises schools close until after Easter

NWT’s chief public health officer Kami Kandola has advised schools to close until after Easter on April 12, Premier Caroline Cochrane told MLAs Monday. The decision to follow Kandola’s recommendation now rests with the territory’s...

Editorial: COVID-19 a growing no-win situation

In the middle of last week, cabinet minister Katrina Nokleby, who attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto earlier this month, was in a relatively exclusive group of people...

Cochrane’s meeting with premiers, PM postponed

Premier Caroline Cochrane's planned Thursday and Friday meetings with her provincial and territorial counterparts and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been postponed in the wake of wider COVID-19 concerns. A Thursday statement from the prime...

John Parker, former commissioner and city mayor dead at 91

The Northwest Territories lost an historic figure this week as John Parker, former commissioner and mayor of the City of Yellowknife died March 9. He was 91. Parker is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Sharon,...

MLA expelled from chamber for refusing to apologize

Monfwi MLA Jackson Lafferty was expelled from the house on Wednesday after refusing to apologize and withdraw his statements alleging the premier broke the law. During assembly, speaker Frederick Blake Jr. showed Lafferty the door...

Editorial: Voting is a privilege for citizens only

Every once in a while, an idea pops up that needs to be popped right back down. Such is the idea that permanent residents of Canada be allowed to vote in municipal elections in the...

Campaign schools played key role in gender parity, MLAs say

On March 5, MLAs celebrated International Women’s Day early as the only legislature in Canada with near-gender parity. Speaking in the house Thursday, members gave emotional tributes to their mothers and mentors. Premier Caroline Cochrane...

Hay River council hesitant over vote for permanent residents

An idea to allow permanent residents of Canada to vote in municipal elections has received a cool reception at Hay River town council. On Feb. 24, council discussed an email from Yellowknife North MLA Rylund...

YWCA NWT gets $1 million to test run safe homes project

YWCA NWT has a windfall of roughly $1 million in federal funding to pilot a new gender violence support project. The program, which was announced in a press conference with NWT MP Michael McLeod Friday...

Ulukhaktok mom says mouldy home made her baby sick

When Justine Okheena brought her newborn baby home to Ulukhaktok last November, the child caught sick in a public housing unit. The newborn had a runny nose, a cough, and a cold. Okheena suspected the...

Concerned citizens raised Arnica alarm with premier, housing minister in January

NWT cabinet ministers were warned of losing the housing project at Arnica Inn almost a month before a $4 million funding proposal was rejected by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. A letter sounding the...

MLA demands premier be sanctioned over Aurora College firing

Simmering tension between Premier Caroline Cochrane and Monfwi MLA Jackson Lafferty boiled over Thursday as both political rivals argued the other had overstepped their bounds. Lafferty again alleged in the legislative assembly that the premier...

Premier broke the law in Aurora College firing, MLA says

Monfwi MLA Jackson Lafferty has doubled down on his allegation that Premier Caroline Cochrane broke the law when firing former Aurora College president Tom Weegar this month. Only the minister of education can fire the...

NWT budget promises no new taxes

Released Tuesday, the first budget from the new premier and cabinet of the NWT favoured infrastructure spending over program investment. It promises a roughly $203 million surplus to be spent on infrastructure projects, no new...

Housing advocates wait for explanation of why Arnica Inn plan pulled

A strongly worded statement from Mayor Rebecca Alty is still hanging in the wind. On Friday, Alty took to social media to say she felt “shock and dismay” at a decision by the Canadian Mortgage...