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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...

Yellowknifer – Oct. 11 edition

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Yellowknifer – Oct. 9 Edition

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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...

‘Hopefully, we can do something positive’ — Rocky Simpson joins son in legislative assembly

Rocky Simpson has been elected to represent Hay River South in the Legislative Assembly, knocking out a prominent cabinet minister in the process. Simpson collected 350 votes, compared to 322 votes for Wally Schumann, who...

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...

Yellowknifer Weekender – Sept. 27 Edition

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Kam Lake candidate calls for foundational review of NWT’s education system

Kam Lake incumbent Kieron Testart says the territory’s education system should undergo a foundational review to fight chronic absenteeism and low test scores. “That way we can analyze what legislative changes we need,” he said...

A consensus on government in Yellowknife South 

The candidates in retiring Premier Bob McLeod's riding have achieved consensus on our form of government. Caroline Wawzonek and Gaeleen MacPherson, running in Yellowknife South, made comments Monday that weren’t far apart on whether or not...

Exhaustive and exhausting candidates’ forum in Hay River

An exhaustive and exhausting candidates' forum was held in Hay River on Sept. 19 for the upcoming territorial election. It was exhaustive in that a wide variety of issues were covered. The almost three-hour gathering was...

UNW eyes MLAs

February's narrowly-averted GNWT-wide strike may be receding into the past but remaining bad blood is bubbling up in the territorial election. The Union of Northern Workers ran a two-page ad in last week's News/North –...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: Let’s rock the Indigenous vote!

"The main problem is (expletive) like Kevin O'Reilly, a white boy who thinks he has all the solutions because he is a white boy and the natives need him." Whoa, take it easy, eh! That was...

The good and bad of consensus government

I haven't written a lot of nice things about consensus government over the years. It seems beneath Northerners to hang on to this 19th century holdover. Cobbled together by carpetbaggers from Ontario and moustached-British expats...

NWT ELECTION 2019: ‘An economy under siege on all fronts’

There was no shortage of ideas to address the high cost of living, save a declining mining sector and stimulate a slowing NWT economy as six Kam Lake candidates offered their plans in a...

The good and the bad of consensus government: read Mike W. Bryant’s next column...

NNSL managing editor Mike W. Bryant compares what works in consensus government to what doesn't in the Wednesday, Sept. 16 edition of Yellowknifer. Subscribers can read his column in the e-version of the newspaper available...

Schumann predicts major changes in makeup of NWT Legislative Assembly

Wally Schumann is predicting big changes in the Legislative Assembly as a result of the upcoming territorial election. The incumbent MLA in Hay River South and cabinet minister believes there will be many brand-new MLAs...

ELECTION EDUCATION: Multi-level accessibility: a critical election component

One of the principal mandates of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer is to remove any barriers, perceived or real in order to facilitate voting. Ensuing accessibility in all forms is essential to getting...

NWT ELECTION 2019: Cost of living, NWT economic future and rent control

The first evening of numerous public forums scheduled over the next month was held Tuesday night at Northern United Place featuring three electoral districts in the city. Hosted by the NWT Chamber of Commerce in...

Should we all vote to select the premier?

We now have an acclaimed Hay River MLA saying he will seek to become the next premier of the Northwest Territories. And we have another Hay River incumbent saying it's possible he might also seek...

Candidates’ forum organized for Sept. 19 in Hay River

An all-candidates' forum for the upcoming territorial election will be held in Hay River on Sept. 19. The forum is being organized by Sandra Lester for the Hay River Chamber of Commerce. Lester said the two...
On Monday, City Council voted unanimously to use the Yellowknife River as the city's source or drinking water and to pursue funding for replacing the submarine water line. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo.

What happens when a city councillor runs for MLA?

With Rommel Silverio and Niels Konge running for MLA in the upcoming territorial election, should either of them be successful, city council will have to decide how they will be replaced. Although city councillors who...

ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Yellowknife North and South candidates complete first week

Yellowknife North Rylund Johnson Rylund Johnson, the only houseboater candidate, said he is content with his first week of campaigning. “After the first week all the signs are up and the door hangers on the doors and...

ELECTION EDUCATION: The significant young

Anyone considering candidacy would be ill-advised to dismiss the collective power of young electors in the NWT. Young electors are, more than ever, aware of the movements of southern young electors that are increasingly...

58 race for MLA

Fifty-eight candidates will stand for election after the nomination deadline passed Sept. 6. Elections NWT reports that figure includes three electoral districts settled by acclamation (Hay River North, Mackenzie Delta, and Monfwi). In 2015, there were...

Territorial Election Forum announced for Sept. 10 to 12

The NWT & NU Chamber of Mines and the NWT Chamber of Commerce will host a Territorial Election Forum at Northern United Place in Yellowknife over three nights later this month. Candidates from seven constituencies...

Rocky Simpson to run in Hay River South

There will be a race in Hay River South in the upcoming territorial election. Rocky Simpson, a businessman and father of Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson, is going to challenge incumbent Wally Schumann. "My big...

Why Bruce Valpy won’t be running for MLA

I would make a great premier of the NWT, cabinet minister, even an MLA. It’s a job that comes with respect, good pay, gold-plated pension, lots of travel and free food. You get to...

Lila Erasmus joins the election race in Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh

Lila Fraser Erasmus has added her name as a fourth candidate to replace Tom Beaulieu in the Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh constituency. Lila Fraser Erasmus, co-owner of Bow and Arrows Inc., a Ndilo-based Indigenous-owned and operated consulting...

Jan Vallillee announces intent to run in Yellowknife North

Jan Vallillee has announced her intent to run in the constituency of Yellowknife North in the upcoming territorial election. Vallillee, a born and raised Yellowknifer who has worked in information technology at Stanton Territorial Hospital...

Don Jaque enters race for Thebacha

Former Northern Journal publisher Don Jaque is making another try for Thebacha, four years after finishing third in a three-candidate race. The Fort Smith resident announced his repeat run Saturday, stating on a Facebook post,...