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Notes from the trail: GNWT contradicted itself with shaming of ‘Pike’ Mike Harrison

Late last week, the public health office, senior government officials and the media, including Yellowknifer's territorial sister paper, News/North, made a spectacle out of long-term NWT resident who drove from B.C. headed toward his...

Notes from the trail: Freeze on reusable cups bad deal for earth

I stopped at the local Tim Hortons last weekend asking if they could fill my reusable coffee cup. They said no, they couldn't refill while pointing to a new sign on their counter from corporate...

Guest comment: All governments should support Arnica proposal

Editor's note: David Connelly's letter is referring to a story that appeared in the March 2 issue of News/North, "Cabinet alerted about losing housing project in January." I can not think of a Member of...

Notes from the trail: Back to basics on education

At a volunteer orientation late last year, I learned that an estimated one in four adults in Yellowknife is functionally illiterate. That means that 4,000 adults here cannot read this newspaper. That they are only...

Yellowknifer editorial: really bad deja vu

The issue: 11 days in cells We say: Council questioned wrong person Another woman paid the price for the Department of Justice's inability or unwillingness to provide a minimum level of service to women in custody...

Tales from the dump: All hail the sun

The SUN IS BACK. All hail the sun. In a number of cultures in the past, the priests or spiritual leaders would get up before dawn, so they could greet the sun's daily return. Some...

Tales from the dump: nature is nature, and it’s a tough place

There is so much that one could write about these days ranging from the good, to the bad, to the ugly. In case you don't recognize that phrase it was the title of a...

Yellowknifer editorial: City inertia on downtown sets in

The issue: Downtown real estate We say: What’s the plan? Yellowknifer doesn’t want to say we told you so. But with the historic Gold Range Hotel and Bar now up for sale, listed for nearly $2 million,...

Yellowknifer editorial: Kids in care test new government

The issue: Child welfare system We say: Kids not faring well So here we have it: the first real test of the NWT's new-style, new-hope government.  After decades of incremental, now-it's-my-turn change to the political leadership of...

Yellowknifer editorial: coronavirus concerns

The issue: Coronavirus risk We say: Don’t panic, but be prepared Northwest Territories chief medical officer Kami Kandola should be commended for getting out the message on coronavirus. She's in a precarious position, responsible for providing accurate...

Tales from the Dump: Was Stanton built for the North?

The current GNWT government has inherited a really big white elephant from the previous government, namely the new Stanton Territorial Hospital. It might have looked mighty impressive when it opened but then a number...

Yellowknifer editorial: Giant Mine’s shameful legacy toward the Yellowknives

The issue: Reparations for the YKDFN We say: Right the historic wrong The concept of providing financial amends for historic injustices that have negatively impacted people to this day is getting renewed attention. Reparations for American slavery,...

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...