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Body found in School Draw neighbourhood

The RCMP is assisting the coroner after a body was found in the School Draw area of Yellowknife on Wednesday. In a statement Thursday, police said they responded to a report of a possible sudden...

Yellowknife Women’s Centre to be renovated

The Yellowknife Women's Centre will be renovated this summer to include single rooms, 24-hour staff support and an improved onsite clinic. A temporary shelter facility — which the Women's Society is still searching for —...

GNWT has created a monster

Laws and regulations should serve a good purpose and normally, they do. Roads have speed limits to save lives. There are laws against drinking and driving for the same reason. Regulations that stipulate food safety...

RCMP unit dedicated to missing, murdered people in GNWT budget

Unresolved cases of missing and murdered people dating back to 1985 could be getting a closer look following the proposed establishment of a RCMP historical case unit. With the release of the GNWT 2018 budget...

‘You have to believe they’ll come back’

As the grieving continues for the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Yellowknife's Devin Case is sure of one thing: they will come back strong. Case is an alumnus of the SJHL,...

Crisis Text Line launches across Canada

Youth across the territory will now be able to text for help as Kids Help Phone recently launched a crisis text line across the country. The Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day...

United Way NWT contributing to not-for-profit sector

The United Way NWT has released a list of non-profit organizations who will receive a grant from their Community Investment Fund. The Community Investment Fund is given annually to non-profits all over the territory. This...
Jodi Scott, left Aris Scott and Rob Jones of AMS stand in front of an air transport display. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

NWT medevac service receives coveted accreditation

The NWT air ambulance service recently became the third program in Canada and the first 'primarily fixed wing' service to receive accredited status from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). “What (CAMTS)...

Yellowknifers Join Northern Fellowship

Two Yellowknife residents are joining the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship for the program's next two-year cycle. Don Couturier, and Chloe Dragon Smith have been accepted into the program by the program's umbrella corporation, The Gordon...

Three-year sentence sought for convicted cocaine trafficker

Before Hassen Abdul Kerim Mohamed was convicted in September of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, his lawyer and prosecutors squabbled over just how involved the B.C. man was in a "sophisticated" drug...

Aurora College teacher receives distinguished services award

Aurora College instructor Susan Fitzky has received the Canadian Association of Social Work's Distinguished Service Award. Fitzky has been a member of the college's social work program since 2012 and acknowledges the award as...
MP Micheal McLeod announces funding for NWT Community Services Corporation in Yellowknife on April 16. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo

‘I don’t want him to issue another flashing ‘Purple Alert’ or something’: federal minister...

The "Red Alert" Premier Bob McLeod issued late last year was downgraded this week after the new federal minister responsible for northern development dropped into the legislative assembly.Dominic LeBlanc, federal minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,...

Embattled bylaw boss stays put for investigation update

Bylaw boss Doug Gillard remained in a committee meeting while senior administration detailed next steps into the city's mounting investigation into workplace misconduct allegations made against him. Before senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett provided...
Victoria Hamm is all smiles after winning a bronze medal in the pre-novice girls division of the Peace Region STARSkate Invitational in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Jan. 27. Hamm is the lone figure skater competing for Team NT at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., next month. photo courtesy of Brenda Dalton

Victoria Hamm takes on country as lone NWT figure skater for Canada Winter Games

You would think the pressure would be on Victoria Hamm to succeed at the Canada Winter Games. After all, she is the only figure skater from the territory that will hit the ice to take...

NEWS BRIEFS: Mumps in NWT for first time in decades

Mumps has been diagnosed in the NWT for the first time since 1995. Two cases of the mumps have been confirmed by Health and Social Services. Two other cases are under investigation. The first diagnosis was...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past Feburary, has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 2. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Draft delight for Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod

Another year, another round of Yellowknife players getting the phone call they've been waiting for. Logan Cunningham was the first to get picked by Spokane Chiefs after being selected in the third round, 59th overall,...
Chief Edward Sangris of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, left and Matt Spence, Regional Director General, CIRNAC, present the most recent findings on arsenic levels in Ndilo at a technical briefing earlier this week. Dylan Short/NNSL photo

No arsenic threat to Ndilo, feds say

Arsenic levels found in Ndilo soil were found to be safe and pose little to no risk to the health of the community. That was the message from Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs...

Meet the North’s newest Canadians

Watching his daughters receive their citizenship on Monday was another step for Tesfa Michael in a long journey from his home in Eritrea to a new life in Canada. It is a journey that involved...

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Keep the faith, Sig!

by Bruce Valpy Last Thursday night around 8:00 pm, Yellowknifer and Northern News Services lost its publisher, Jack Sigvaldason. On our masthead (see opposite page), I am listed as publisher. But in my mind, Sigvaldason, who...
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...
An aerial view of Giant Mine in 2015. Dr. Laurie Chan wants to hear residents’ feedback on a health study that will be used to monitor people’s exposure to contaminants like arsenic during the remediation of Giant Mine. - NNSL file photo

Residents weigh in on health study

The researcher heading up a human-health study during the remediation of Giant Mine is seeking input from residents this week on the study’s Residents are invited to take part in a community consultation on...

Barriers to abortion pill remain: advocate

NWT residents who have their own supplementary health insurance still face barriers to access for the Mifegymiso abortion pill, say sexual health experts pushing for universal coverage. “If you're in one of the last few...

Personal bests all around for track athletes

It's easy to forget that softball, tennis and golf aren't the only outdoor sports happening right now involving Yellowknife's best athletes. It's outdoor track and field season and four of the city's finest hit the...

Wildfire Update: Lightning forecasted for NWT

The territory can expect more lightning-caused fires this weekend, according to Richard Olsen, manager of fire operations in the NWT. While fire activity remains normal for this time of year, hot and dry conditions matched...

EDITORIAL: The North is not a tax haven

How many Yellowknifers have heard something like this? You're on the phone talking to a stranger down south, say an auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency in Ottawa, when you arrive at the subject of...
NNSL file photo Fletcher Stevens, founder of the NWT Brewing Company, said the old facility will remain operational during the expansion which will allow for roughly three times the production of their staple beers.

NWT Brewing Company set to expand

The NWT Brewing Company is set to expand its businesses after a motion passed at Yellowknife city council to approve a conditionally permitted industrial use permit at 4001 School Draw Ave. Fletcher Stevens, owner and...

BREAKING : Privacy breach could include NWT medical information

Medical records on a laptop stolen in Ottawa on May 9 had sensitive medical information about patients in the NWT. The Chief Health Privacy Officer concluded her investigation on June 18, 2018, stated a release...

Superintendent resigns after decade of service

After nearly 40 years of service with the Yellowknife Catholic School Board, Superintendent Claudia Parker is retiring. The longtime YCS educator announced her resignation at Wednesday’s trustee meeting. Miles Welsh, board chair, accepted Parker’s resignation...

No date set for chemotherapy return at Stanton hospital

After initially stating the chemotherapy program at Stanton Territorial Hospital would return in February officials now say there is no timetable to resume. The cause in delay is due to the amount of time needed...

MED vehicle goes through ice at sandpits

This Municipal Enforcement Division (MED) vehicle was not going anywhere in a hurry on Tuesday. According to Iman Kassam, spokesperson for the city, it got stuck after going through thin ice at the sandpits. “Public...