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NWT election a chance for renewal

  It's been very interesting to hear a couple of our elected officials explain in recent days why the last NWT legislative assembly didn't accomplish more of its goals over the past four years. It's easy...

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...

Federal Northern plan drops

Incumbent Liberal NWT MP Michael McLeod says the Liberal government’s new Northern policy plan is a living document, made collaboratively, that provides the tools for quick action if his party is re-elected to lead. His...

Cherish Winsor announces candidacy for Kam Lake constituency

In what is now a five-way race in Kam Lake, Cherish Winsor has declared her intent to run. The senior communications adviser for the Government of the Northwest Territories, president of the YK Food Bank...

Patrick Scott running for Great Slave constituency

Patrick Scott, PhD and business owner, has declared his candidacy for the constituency of Great Slave. Scott has worked as a workers adviser for the WSCC, in media with the CBC, in community development with...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: Thoughts on a baffling idiom

“There is more then one way to skin a cat.” This is one of those baffling English expressions that a lot of people use but no one seems sure about. Why you would want to...

‘Where is Canada?’ territorial politicians ask amid international interest in Arctic

A number of territorial politicians have voiced concerns as the international race for the Arctic heats up. Canada made a competing claim to the North Pole against Russia and Denmark just weeks after Mike...

Yellowknife city council briefs: Francophone federation hopes city will host games

Yellowknife city council  held a governance and priorities meeting and a regular meeting on May 28. Here are the highlights: Francophone federation hopes city will host games Linda Bussey, executive director of La Federation Franco-Tenoise, is...

New parliamentary group model discussed at NWT legislature

MLAs on the Special Committee on Transition Matters held a long discussion about the possible merits and drawbacks of introducing parliamentary groups to the Northwest Territories’ consensus government system on Friday. Kieron Testart, MLA for...

MLAs support more women in office

The legislative assembly passed a series of motions last week aimed at removing barriers that prevent women from running for office. The recommendations came from the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in...

New strike pay means striking employees won’t lose income, says UNW

The Union of Northern Workers sent out a communique today announcing a change in pay for employees in the event of a strike next week. In a news release titled 'GNWT goes from bad faith to union-busting,'...

‘The need for a union up here has outlived its need,’ says former Local...

Brad Enge, a former vice president with the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour and former UNW Local 1 president, says he thinks unions have outlived their usefulness. Enge said he is not against organized labour...

UNW holding press conference Tuesday on negotiations

The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) will be holding a press conference on the status of negotiations at its offices tomorrow afternoon. The territorial government and its worker's union have been negotiating a new collective agreement...

“We’ll get a deal or we’re going to walk,” says UNW president

Union of Northern Workers (UNW) members braved -37 C weather to show their readiness to strike today. Dozens of members and supporters picketed in front of the government building on 49 Street at lunchtime ahead...

GNWT holds sugar-sweetened drinks tax consultation

The GNWT held a public consultation about the proposed sugar-sweetened drinks tax in Yellowknife on Tuesday evening. Similar sessions were held in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk earlier in the week, which along with an online survey,...

Criticism after patronage appointment

Minister Alfred Moses is facing criticism after giving a contract worth $130,000 per year to his longtime political aide. The position, workers' adviser with the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC), is independent of the...