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The colonel could return to Yellowknife

Tongues have been wagging about the possible return of Kentucky Fried Chicken to the city. Those rumours could be answered as soon as today, when the agenda for Monday’s Municipal Services Committee meeting is released. On it will be details of a request to permit three fast food restaurants to be built on 251 Old...

Yk bylaw boss under fire

A number of former bylaw officers are making allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying against the manager of the Municipal Enforcement Division. In sworn testimonies made to a lawyer in 2014 and interviews with News/North, former officers allege Doug Gillard created a toxic work environment in which inappropriate sexual and physical behaviour, and sexual comments,...

‘We called him Uncle Ahmed,’ cab driver remembered; security changes mulled

“We used to call him Uncle Ahmed.” Fadil Memedi, a former Yellowknife taxi driver, warmly recalls the moniker he and fellow cabbies gave, out of respect, to Ahmed Mahamud Ali, a longtime driver who died early Monday morning after being found unconscious inside his cab. On Tuesday, Yellowknife RCMP charged 18-year-old Elias Schiller with murder...

Frenzy on Finlayson

A woman is in custody after driving a van into multiple vehicles and then attempting to flee on foot, according to RCMP. “She was driving a dark brown van up Finlayson, going southbound, looks like she went off the road and crashed into a number of other vehicles,” said RCMP Const. Harrison Teed. “A passerby...

Pair charged in cab driver’s death appear in court

Two men charged with murder in connection with the death of a Yellowknife cab driver appeared in court last week, where more than a dozen friends and former colleagues of the deceased offered an outpouring of support. Elias Schiller, 18, and James Schiller, 49, both made brief court appearances in Yellowknife’s territorial court on Friday....

Yellowknife loses long-time restaurant

  A long-time downtown eatery has closed to the public. L’atitudes restaurant in the Centre Square Mall closed its doors on Nov. 21. A spokesperson for the Quality Inn, the hotel in the mall that owns the restaurant, said the establishment will remain open to some hotel guests, including Asian tour groups, for continental breakfasts...

Ndilo drug trafficker sentenced to 3 years

A 58-year-old Ndilo woman caught with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and other drugs during a 2016 traffic stop was sentenced to three years behind bars Thursday. Mary Anne Lafferty stared at the ceiling of a Yellowknife courtroom as Justice Shannon Smallwood read the decision, sentencing her for four convictions of possessing...

GUEST COMMENT: Yk deserves more from MLA O’Reilly

by Gary Vivian, president, NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines Mining continues to provide significant benefits to the Northwest Territories, its residents, businesses and public and Indigenous governments. Yellowknife, in particular, has seen the bulk of those benefits and most of us who remember when the gold mines closed, are grateful that diamonds have come...

Car crashes into uptown Reddi-Mart

A gold Chevrolet SUV slammed into the side of the uptown Reddi-Mart on Friday afternoon. “I was eating ice cream outside of Reddi Mart and saw the vehicle speed up and hop the parking barrier and slam into the building,” said Mathew Craig, who watched the event unfold. “The air bags went off and the...

Muslim community rallies to cover funeral costs for ‘brother Ahmed’

Yellowknife’s Muslim community has rallied to raise $10,000 for the funeral of “brother Ahmed,” a longtime City Cab driver who died last week after being found unconscious inside his taxi. Ahmed Mahamud Ali was pronounced dead in the early hours of Nov. 19, after being located in the backseat of his cab outside of Stanton...

Inuvik wind project to offer high source of energy

The Town of Inuvik has the highest dependency on diesel fuel in the NWT but the Inuvik Wind Generation Project is now well on the way to providing an alternative. The Government of Canada and territorial government announced a joint funding announcement of $40 million for the project Nov. 13, which is seen as a...

‘Boeing bomb’ disgusts Yellowknife family

Excrement rained from the sky Sunday afternoon, landing on a family’s home in the Magrum Crescent area and spurring an RCMP investigation. A leisurely day took a turn for the worse around 4 p.m. when John Smith, his son Josh and mother Linda were surprised by “Boeing bomb” outside of John’s home, leaving poop stains...

Cartoonist draws his way to No. 1

A Yellowknife cartoonist has had his recently published book reach number one on Amazon.ca’s political humor bestseller’s list.John Henderson’s You Might Be From the Great White North If … is a compilation of cartoons that satire life across Canada’s three territories. The collection surpassed works such as Charlamagne Tha God’s ‘Black Privilege and Bill Maher’s...

Yellowknife family fighting cancer after father’s diagnosis

When she received the call her father had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Debra Smith said her initial reaction was disbelief. Her dad, John, 68, and his wife Linda, were on vacation in Grates Cove, Nfld. for Christmas. After calling their six children they packed their bags and flew back to the NWT on Christmas...

‘We’ve changed:’ victim impact statements read at Mantla sentencing hearing

It’s been three years since Mary Jane Lafferty’s son Elvis was stabbed to death. When a door opens, she still turns to see if he’ll walk in. “I’ll never be able to see my son again. Everyday I wish this never happened. Jealousy … can kill,” said Lafferty, reading from a victim impact statement presented...

Square Dance Club pays it forward

After 20 years away from the limelight, the Yellowknife Square Dance Club has resurfaced after a large donation. The club is donating $17,000, which was placed in guaranteed investment certificate, to the Yellowknife Seniors’ Society and the NWT SPCA. A transaction that president of the club Tom Trecartin says will help repay a spiritual debt....

Yellowknife man’s drone conviction first-ever in Canada

A Yellowknife man was convicted last week of dangerously operating an aircraft – a drone. It’s a first in Canada. Toufic Chamas, 22, was convicted Friday in Yellowknife’s territorial court on one count of dangerous operation of aircraft. It’s the first time the use of a drone has been criminalized under the Criminal Code in...

Household debt worrisome, says Bank of Canada president

The governor of the Bank of Canada spoke about Canada’s high household debt on Tuesday during an event hosted by the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. Stephen S. Poloz said Canadian households owe more than $2 trillion, and mortgages account for about $1.5 trillion of this debt. Household debt, which has been on the rise for...

Kam Lake at a crossroads

Flanked by a labyrinth of kennels and surrounded by a chorus of canine calls, Jordee Reid wades into a lush, narrow corridor, its tall grass kneeling to the hot July sun. The path is one she knows well – it’s just around the corner from the doghouses she would crawl into as a young girl...

Yellowknife man who flew drone dangerously sentenced

A Yellowknife man who pleaded guilty to operating an aircraft – a drone – dangerously was sentenced to time served plus a $3,000 fine Thursday. Toufic Chamas, 23, was convicted on Oct. 12 for the offence – the first time the use of a drone has been criminalized under the Criminal Code in Canada. In...

A farewell to Gladys

In my last column I wrote about how I’d embraced the local agriculture movement by joining a chicken coop co-op in town and how much I was enjoying my new ethos of local, sustainable agriculture because the chickens were friendly and the eggs were good. I also wrote about how I had my heart broken...

Council votes to sustain homelessness spending, library staffing

Yellowknife city council voted Wednesday night to allow funding for the Common Ground homelessness employment program to grow, defeating a motion that would have flat-lined funding at $100,000 per year. Coun. Stacie Smith emphasized the positive role of the program and urged for continued support and to grow it. Common ground was launched earlier this...

Denecho King’s brother awaits sentencing on trafficking charge

The brother of accused murderer Denecho King awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge. Travis King, 21, appeared in before Justice Karan Shaner in NWT Supreme Court Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a substance for the purpose of trafficking – the lone charge brought against him by the...

Upcoming events in Yellowknife

Please click on the YKBuzz  logo in the home page banner to go directly to the new to events calendar page. Thank you! Jan. 10 and 11 8 p.m. – doors at 7 p.m. Craig Cardiff Armed with an extensive catalogue of songs, his Book of Truths, sharp wit and soft voice, Cardiff performs two back-to-back shows...

NWT sees stake claims double

New data out of the Slave Geological Province led to small staking surge this year. At 184 claims (totalling 1,390 square kilometres) staked in the Northwest Territories, the number has more than doubled that of 2016, according to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Last year, 83 claims amounting to 42,404 hectares were staked...

Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal

Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewar. Creators of the annual castle say they’re now scrambling to comply before construction begins. “They have to...

UPDATE: Debogorski fire relief fund quickly passes $25K goal

An online fundraising campaign for the family of Andrew Debogorski, a well-known Yellowknifer who died following a house fire last week, has surpassed its $25,000 goal in just two days. Debogorski, 32, was pronounced dead in hospital after firefighters responded to a call about an individual trapped inside an engulfed 51A Avenue home on Friday,...

Man charged with sex assault for allegedly failing to disclose HIV status

A man who allegedly failed to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner, thereby violating the Criminal Code, made a brief court appearance in Yellowknife Tuesday. Bobby Kaotalok, 33, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, one of a few offences, including aggravated assault, that can be applied to HIV-non-disclosure cases. HIV non-disclosure cases refer...

Man rescued after he is trapped under vehicle

Updated Oct 23 A man was rushed to hospital by ambulance in the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning following a dramatic rescue after a pickup truck rolled down a steep embankment on the Ingraham Trail, trapping the man underneath it. RCMP stated in a news release that the man was listed in stable condition at...

Project Gloomiest part of ‘assertive’ drug enforcement plan: RCMP

A 14-month long investigation that disrupted two alleged Yellowknife cocaine trafficking networks and led to charges against 15 suspects is the result of the RCMP’s continued crackdown on the illicit drug trade, says a Mountie close to the probe. “We have undertaken a very assertive enforcement strategy, which is underscored by the amount of arrests...