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Rebecca Alty, right is sworn in as Mayor by Justice Louise Charbonneau. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

Yellowknife mayor and city council sworn-in

The new mayor of Yellowknife and eight city councillors were sworn-in to their new roles Monday afternoon.  The new council were sworn-in by Justice Louise Charbonneau in front of a packed house in the council chamber at city hall. Mayor Rebecca Aly will be taking the seat of mayor for the first time after two...

New council, new opportunities

The city woke yesterday morning to the sight of busloads of homeless people being rounded up to be taken to their new home at Bristol Pit. The former gravel mine on the outskirts of town is the new homeless colony for the city’s disadvantaged as promised in the municipal election under Bob Stewart, the GNWT...
Eight of the nine candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife Education District No.1 board of trustees attended an election forum held at Sir John Franklin, Wednesday night. From left are Jay Butler, Al McDonald, John Stephenson, Ozgur Oner, Al Shortt, Satish Garikaparthi, Tina Drew, and Rajiv Rawat. At far right is moderator David Wasylciw. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.

ELECTION NIGHT: Trustee incumbents show strong finish across both boards

Both Yellowknife school boards will see changes in the coming term as voters cast their ballots Monday.   Longtime trustee Terry Brookes will enter his ninth term as he led the YK 1 Education District with 926 votes. Incumbent Allan Shortt and newcomer Ozgur Oner were squeezed out, while Allan McDonald, former principal, took a seat...

ELECTION NIGHT: Three newcomers join council as incumbents retain positions

Yellowknife city council will see three new faces as Robin Williams, Stacie Smith and Cynthia Mufandaedza joined the re-elected incumbents at the close of the polls, early Tuesday morning. Along with the three newcomers, the new council will be made up of Shauna Morgan, Julian Morse, Steve Payne, Niels Konge, Cynthia Mufandaedza, and Rommel Silverio. Voters also...
Alty celebrates with supporter Tegan Konge as Neils Konge watches on. Dylan Short/NNSL Photo

YK ELECTION: Rebecca Alty is city’s 15th mayor

Yellowknife has a new mayor after a stunning victory by Rebecca Alty who beat her closest challenger, Adrian Bell, last night by more than 700 votes. At an election party, Alty gave Yellowknifer her first interview as mayor. While campaigning door-to-door, Alty heard Yellowknifers’ concerns about cost of living, the downtown and the pool, she...

ELECTION NIGHT: Bell supporters at Twist and Shout

The polls have closed, the liquor stores have reopened, and Yellowknifers are awaiting the results of the 2018 municipal election. Supporters have been trickling in slowly to the crimson-lit Twist and Shout night club, where mayoral hopeful Adrian Bell is hosting his election night soiree. Bell, who has been up and at it since 5...

Election night in the NWT

Municipal election polls in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Hay River, Fort Simpson, and Fort Smith close at 8 p.m. Stay tuned for the latest updates and results as they come in.
Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he will shoot intruders after an alleged break-in at his home early Friday morning.

‘Somebody threatened my life’ mayoral candidate claims after alleged break-in

Yellowknife mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston claims shadowy forces are at work after threatening to shoot intruders following an alleged break-in at his home early Friday morning. “The next unwanted guest had better kill me ’cause I will fire at them,” Sibbeston said in a Facebook post yesterday. “If they kill me, they will have killed...

Yellowknifer profiles nine trustee candidates running for Yk1

The Yk1 Education District has a full slate of candidates that includes all incumbents seeking re-election. There are two new candidates in the race, Al McDonald and Ozgür Oner. Name: Terry Brookes Age: 64 Family status: Married 41 years Time in Yellowknife: 28 years Occupation: Professional engineer Experience relevant to the job: Twenty-four years as...

Yellowknifer profiles eight candidates for Catholic school board

There are seven positions to be filled at the YCS Board and eight candidates who have filed. There will be two vacancies as Amy Kennedy will not be seeking re-election and John Dalton is running for city council. The new candidates are Lori MacMillan Gallant, John Hazenberg and Candace Meadus. The incumbents running are Erin...

LETTER: Sign story didn’t report all the facts, says mayoral candidate

From: Jerald Sibbeston, mayoral candidate for the City of Yellowknife Dear editor, Where did the other candidates get their signs? I am proud I bought everything locally. There is a video on my Facebook page about me building them myself. One sign was strewn across Twin Pine Hill on Saturday, Sept. 29. I went in...

EDITORIAL: Only voters get their say

Yellowknife’s municipal election – a very important election that might go a long way to determining the future of the city’s schools, housing and its economic direction – is this Monday. That’s right, Monday. Mark the date on your calendar, affix a sticky note in your place of work or make some other effort to...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: Three sleeps until the election

by Walt Humphries There are only three sleeps left until election day. Can you feel the excitement, the anticipation and the tension in the air? For all those who put their names forward, whether they win or not, it will have been a learning experience and hopefully they will be better prepared, if they ever...

Yellowknife Francophone school board acclaimed

There will be no election for La Commission Francophone Scolaire du Territoire Nord-Ouest (CSFTNO) as Yellowknife’s three candidates will be acclaimed. Two candidates running in Hay River also make the board one person short of the three regional representatives needed. “There will not be elections at CSF this year,” said Yvone Careen, superintendent of CSF....

Council candidates pitch to business community

Thirteen of sixteen council hopefuls jostled for the spotlight at Northern United Place on Thursday, during a forum hosted by the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. The 2.5-hour-long affair had candidates answer business-related questions from the chamber and members of the audience. The forum, which was live-streamed on Facebook, covered, among other issues, tourism, property taxes,...
Eight of the nine candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife Education District No.1 board of trustees attended an election forum held at Sir John Franklin, Wednesday night. From left are Jay Butler, Al McDonald, John Stephenson, Ozgur Oner, Al Shortt, Satish Garikaparthi, Tina Drew, and Rajiv Rawat. At far right is moderator David Wasylciw. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo.

Yk1 candidates take questions from public

Candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife 1 Education District board of trustees wrestled with nearly two hours of questions from the public Wednesday night during its only election forum of 2018 campaign. Eight of the nine candidates were present at the event held in the lobby of Sir John Franklin School. Incumbent Terry...

EDITORIAL: Signage debacle not the Alamo

Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he is being unfairly targeted. His allegations of an anti-Sibbeston bias inside city hall led the mayoral candidate to claim that the Municipal Enforcement Division was selectively enforcing the signage bylaw by going after his election signs but not those of other candidates. He claimed his campaign was being targeted...

Mayoral candidates make their pitches to the business community

Mayoral candidates answered business-related questions at a forum on Tuesday hosted by the  Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. The chamber asked the candidates how they would support  tourism, lower the cost of doing business and court new investments in the city, before turning the mic over to the audience for more questions. Adrian Bell, a real...
Josh Campbell, the host of CKLB's Denendeh Sunrise and candidate for Yellowknife city council announced Monday he would not go on the air again until after the election. Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo

CKLB host and council candidate signs off until after election

CKLB radio host and council candidate Josh Campbell is stepping away from the mic until after the municipal election. Campbell, who hosts the morning show Denendeh Sunrise, said he’s going off the air to comply with Canadian broadcasting regulations during a campaign. According to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) election period guidelines, broadcasters are...
Mayoral candidate Jerald Sibbeston says he was forced to fix his signs because they exceeded the election sign bylaw, but that his competitors' signs have not faced the same scrutiny. Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo

Candidate alleges unfair treatment by bylaw cops

A mayoral candidate believes his campaign is being targeted by the city because of his election promise to eliminate the Municipal Enforcement Division. Jerald Sibbeston says MED is unfairly enforcing the election sign bylaw by going after his signs, but not those of his competitors. Sibbeston had erected three, 12-foot (3.66-metre) signs, which violated the...
City council sat Monday for the final council meeting before the Oct. 15 election. Sidney Cohen/NNSL photo.

City adopts new complaints measures ahead of election

Tensions ramped up this week as council prepared to vote on the new ethics bylaw. The bylaw states councillors “shall respect the city as an institution, its bylaws, policies and procedures.” Coun. Adrian Bell, who is running for mayor, said the bylaw as written could hamper council’s ability to criticize city bylaws, policies and procedures,...

Family status: is that a fair question?

  Family status – what does it mean and why do we ask for it? It’s election season and once again reporters and editors at Yellowknifer and other Northern News Services publications are facing the odd headwind when posing this question to candidates seeking your vote to serve as mayor, city councillor or school trustee....

GUEST COMMENT: Needed – Mold-breaking big-thinking visionaries for council

by David Connelly Choose your mayor and councillors carefully. Your future in Yellowknife depends on them. The Conference Board of Canada forecasts the NWT’s economy to shrink for most of the next 20 years – even with their rosy prediction of two mines opening within five years. We need to face hard facts and choose...
A campaign sign for Adrian Bell was vandalized over the weekend. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

Election signs vandalism includes racist slurs

Three candidates running in the Yellowknife municipal election awoke Monday to some nasty vandalism of their campaign signs that included racist and anti-semitic slurs. A sign for first time city council candidate William Gomes, who is originally from Bangladesh, was defaced to include a turban and a beard. Council candidate Chris Gillander, who is also...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: They’re off and running

With people starting to campaign for the municipal election, I am sure we are going to hear a lot about the problems in the downtown core, about the street people and the homeless. We are also bound to hear several proposed solutions to these problems. Despite all the time, talk and debate, I do see...

A healthy dose of democracy

Democracy is alive and well in Yellowknife, as we have contested races for mayor and council seats. As nominations closed on Monday, there were four people prepared to be our next mayor: Rebecca Alty, Adrian Bell, Jerald Sibbeston and Bob Stewart. That’s twice the number who grabbed for the chains of office in the last...
Niels Konge: Councillor happy complaints policy at city now in the work

City developing complaints policy

Residents with a gripe related to municipal services or employees may soon be able to file official complaints with the city. The municipal government is developing a policy to guide how administration handles complaints from the public, so that grievances against the city are addressed in a consistent and timely manner. “The city delivers a...

How social are mayoral wannabes?

“The medium is the message.” – Marshall McLuhan, Canadian professor and philosopher. In these days of social media, mainstream media and online only media, anyone seeking public office could spend a lot of their time tending to the various platforms – not to mention their own campaign websites and blogs – instead of getting to...

They’re off and running: TALES FROM THE DUMP

They are off and running. OK, running might be a bit of a stretch, but the candidates are lurching into the municipal election as the “War of the Signs” has been declared. Like weeds growing in a garden they will spread. Humanity has made real progress in the last hundred years when it comes to...

How social are mayoral wannabes?

In these days of social media, mainstream media and online only media, anyone seeking public office could spend a lot of their time tending to the various platforms – not to mention their own campaign websites, and blogs – instead of getting to the the meat-and-potatoes work of knocking on doors. Any successful politician will...