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Editorial: Hospital problems are a credibility problem

The issue: Issues with new hospital We say: Fix them fast The arrival of Stanton Territorial Hospital in 2019 was eagerly anticipated by medical professionals and the general public alike. Yellowknife's very first Stanton Hospital was built...

Notes from the trail: Raise price on plastic bags

It is time for all retail stores in Yellowknife, and across Canada, to increase the cost of plastic bags from 25 cents to 50. This needs to happen immediately. And if consumer habits do not...

Notes from the trail: Time for party politics in the NWT

Consensus government is no longer working in the Northwest Territories. It is time for us to move toward a party system where the needs of electors are heard. It is in that system where...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial: High time for private pot shop

The issue: private pot shops We say: why the delay? The slow roll out of legal cannabis in the NWT has been nothing short of a bummer for many. In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced...

Notes from the trail: A cycle of violence against the planet

For the life of me, I do not understand why policy makers cannot see the link between various resource sector operations and the people they are supposed to be supporting; and intimate partner violence. This...

Letter: No time left to be afraid of change

From: Adithi Balaji St. Patrick High School Dear editor, We are often afraid of change. Humanity is reluctant to let go of the past, in fear that a changed future might be bleak. However, in recent years, it...

Tales from the dump: The Ho, Ho, Ho column arriveth

Here are a few seasonal reflections. Well, we are into December now, so it is what I like to call the Season of Ho Ho Ho. Why? Because there are a number of roly-poly people...

Tales from the trail: New mega-mine could affect caribou

Last weekend (Nov. 24), the deadline closed for public submissions on the Teck Frontier Mine in northeastern Alberta, which, if approved will be the largest oil sands development in North America. If created as planned,...

Tales from the dump: city steps on a slippery slope

I think every community in the land needs a book of knowledge. One where they can list mistakes, big and small. Then, hopefully people will read the book occasionally and not make the same...

Weekend Yellowknifer editorial cartoon: Nov. 29, 2019

John Henderson's editorial cartoon in the Nov. 29 Weekend Yellowknifer takes aim at Justin Trudeau's snub of Northern MPs in his cabinet, specifically NWT MP Michael McLeod, who has previous cabinet experience at the...

Editorial cartoon News/North Nov. 25

The John Henderson editorial cartoon featured in the Nov. 25 issue of News/North got the message from the hundreds of NWT residents who apparently wanted to be absolutely sure the new 911 system would...

Guest comment: mining in Mexico v. the NWT

Seven thousand litres of tequila per NWT resident, that is how much tequila Mexico produced last year. WOW what a party that would be. But that is not all, Mexico is among the world’s...

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...

Guest comment: We are all (eco)warriors now

I would like to congratulate all of those who participated in the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Yellowknife on Monday; both those in the parade and the many that came to watch or join the...

WHEN THE HEART SAYS NO: It’s time to rename Franklin Avenue

Have you ever wondered why main street in Yellowknife is called Franklin Avenue? Well, apparently, Sir John Franklin went through this area once almost 200 years ago. Two. Hundred. Years. Ago. This guy did...

Mountain View: They live on in memories

Friends, it was a sad day recently, with the passing of Rene Fumoleau, a long-time advocate for Dene rights. My memories of the former priest go all the way back well over a half-century, when...
Amy Elliott, director of Salvage, the documentary film about Yellowknife's dump, said the film is expected to be shown at film festivals in the new year. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.

Do your part to save the planet

Last year, when I was out picking berries I lost my watch. This year, I was once again picking in the same area and I spotted something silvery and metallic. I picked it up...

GUEST COMMENT: People with disabilities are not the damaged goods of the labour force

Pursuing one's vocational dreams as a person with a disability can be a seriously tough endeavour due to ableism. Ableism is a type of discrimination that is hurled against individuals with disabilities, or differently abled...

NWT Track and Field Championships stand the test of time

To absolutely no one's surprise, several hundred volunteers have once again stepped forward to help stage the NWT Track and Field Championships. We say to no one's surprise because the fact that volunteers support the...

Inuvik has so much potential

Something I often hear from people is that Inuvik used to be a booming town, full of life and a steady stream of new residents and businesses. Now, they say, it's much quieter, nearly...

Youth engagement in Inuvik is excellent

“Youth are the future.” In my experience, this often-touted cliché is rarely so true as it is in Inuvik. The youth I’ve had the chance to speak with in town are engaged, ambitious and enthusiastic. They’re excited...