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Quilt honours missing and murdered Indigenous women

For Kathy Meyer working on an intricate beaded quilt honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women has been both a labour of love and part of the healing process. Meyer is the mother of Angela Meyer who has been missing since Nov. 27, 2010. The then-22-year-old disappeared from her parent’s residence with barely a trace. She...
The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife during a recent rennovation. Tourists in the city could soon pay a 4 per cent levy on accomodations. NNSL file photo.

City given green light to consider hotel levy

A new hotel tax could soon be imposed in the capital after territorial government gave municipalities the green light last week. Bill 18: An Act to Amend the Cities, Towns and Villages Act was passed by the NWT legislature last week allowing municipalities in the territory the option to impose a tax of up to...

‘Relief’ as King found guilty of murder, aggravated assault

A packed Yellowknife courtroom erupted in cheers and cries last week as a Supreme Court justice found Denecho King guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault for a 2014 sword attack that claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another. Twenty-five year old King, in stark contrast to his mother who wept and...
North of Yellowknife lies the four most promising sites for drilling and resource development for TerraX named Homer, Barney, Sam Otto and Crestaurum. Courtesy of TerraX

TerraX update on Yellowknife City Gold project

TerraX president David Suda says the Yellowknife City Gold project is still five to ten years away from entering production. “If we meet our goals … it shouldn’t be long before the project gets momentum and then decisions start to get made about if this becomes a mine,” said Suda at a Yellowknife Chamber of...

New year, new crop of hope

Hope springs eternal for young hockey players looking to play on any some sort of high level team. Hope also springs eternal for Yellowknife to produce some young hockey stud who goes on to do something big. Steven Hodges was the one who got our tongues wagging about how he was going to be the...

Yellowknife Golf Club Championships crown five new winners for 2017

Five of the city’s golfers can officially call themselves better than anyone else at the Yellowknife Golf Club. The annual club championships wrapped up on Sunday with the second and final rounds of the various divisions in play. Each division was contested over 36 holes with each player given a tee time, just like they...

Quartet of Yellowknife grapplers hit the mats in Edmonton at University of Alberta Open

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games wrestling team of Cameron Courtoreille, Paul Reid, Evan Round and Jacob Bailey hit the mats at the University of Alberta Open this past weekend in Edmonton. Coach Don Reid said it was a great trip for all of them. Courtoreille came home with a silver medal from the boys up-to-100-kg...

Privacy law is a sham

Last year, the City of Yellowknife was caught with its pants down when an apparently disgruntled employee stole hundreds of emails from former senior administrative officer Dennis Kefalas, which were then leaked to the press. They contained a fair amount of mundane and daily correspondences with city staff. But there were also a number of...

FULL STORY : Over 33K medical records compromised after data breach

Approximately 33,661 unique medial records were compromised by an unknown source after a GNWT laptop was stolen from a conference in Ottawa on May 9. The hard-drive on the laptop was not encrypted, meaning 45,000 references and data tables to medical records on the laptop would be easily accessible to the person who stole the...
Kevin Koe watches the line during playoff action at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man., on Saturday. Koe is now the Canadian men's national champion for a fourth time after beating wild card skip Brendan Bottcher in the final on Sunday evening. Michael Burns/Curling Canada photo

Four times lucky for Kevin Koe at Tim Hortons Brier

For the fifth time in his career, Kevin Koe will have the honour of wearing the maple leaf in international play. It will be the first time he’ll get to wear it while on home turf as the national men’s curling champion. Koe and his rink of B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch and Ben Hebert are...

Feasibility of hotel airport still up in air

The GNWT is in possession of four proposals to assess the feasibility of developing a hotel near the airport to accommodate soaring demands during peak tourism times. Two Toronto-based companies CBRE Tourism & Leisure Group and Nexus Group Ltd., along with RT Associates Ltd. of Nunavut and Valente Design & Engineering of Alberta, all bid...

‘Predatory’ man sentenced in alley sex assault

Wade Kapakatoak, whose shocking sexual assault of a woman behind Yellowknife’s Capitol Theatre last year raised questions about the RCMP’s treatment of assault victims, was sentenced to two years less a day last week. In May 2017, Kapakatoak, 25, sexually assaulted a highly-intoxicated, and, at times, unconscious woman in an alley behind the downtown theatre....

LABOUR VIEWS: Unions more important now than ever before

by Frank Walsh, project co-ordinator, shop steward network building project What does it mean to be in a union? Some people think that unions are no longer necessary, that they have outlived their usefulness. Well, I say unions are more important now than ever. A unionized workplace gives people more advantages than those working in...

Junior NBA makes debut in Yellowknife

If you haven’t heard, the NBA has come to Yellowknife. Just in a smaller form. Junior NBA is a new program that was launched by Basketball NWT on Sunday at Weledeh Gymnasium. From the turnout, it seems like it’s going to be a hit, with 24 players between the ages of five through seven signing...

Missing Yellowknife man located

Yellowknife RCMP have located 67-year-old Leon Bonnetrouge. Bonnetrouge had not been seen since Jan. 6 near the Salvation Army. RCMP thanked the public for their assistance.

Junior kindergarten just around the corner

Yellowknife school boards are moving full steam ahead with preparations for junior kindergarten this fall, with renovations underway at some schools and classrooms fully stocked at others. “We’ve had a pre-K program, so with JK it’s going to be a smooth transition,” said Metro Huculak, superintendent of Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (Yk1). “We’ve outfitted...

EDITORIAL: If only blue-green algae had a carbon tax

The good news is that humans are not the first creatures to have emitted a critical amount of planet-imperilling gas. Way back about 2.5 billion years ago when the Earth was a very different place with no plants, no animals, no insects and no oxygen, our primordial atmosphere was made up mostly of carbon dioxide,...

Was week one in Winnipeg so bad? Not really

So, some of the scorelines involving Team NWT during week one of the Canada Summer Games didn’t exactly match the sport in which they were playing. We knew that going in. No illusions of grandeur were on the cards at any time. An upset would have been more than icing on the cake, but it...

NEWS BRIEFS PACKAGE: Nobel nominee to speak at forum

Nobel nominee to speak at forum Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier will give the keynote address at a forum on climate change adaptation hosted by the Northwest Territories Association of Communities. Watt-Cloutier is an environmental and Indigenous rights advocate who served as Canadian president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council from 1995 to 2002, stated...

Yellowknifers walk for Coldest Night of the Year

The Salvation Army held its fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year walk on Saturday night. Around 35 walkers came out for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s shelter and programs, said Jason Brinson, Corps Leader of the church and organization. “The drive behind this event is to raise funds that...

Three-way dance for the dough

For the second time this season, the Yellowknife chapter of the Mediocre Golf Association needed a playoff to determine its latest champion. And just like with all of the past tournaments this season, a new player was left standing when it was all over. Ranald Matheson overcame the challenge of Ryan Sheppard and Brian Bodnaruk...

What it took for the Long John Jamboree to stay afloat this year

It wasn’t easy, but through corporate contributions, a “mad” fundraising dash, public grants and the continued support of community volunteers, board members were able to pull off the 2019 Long John Jamboree that almost wasn’t. “We (the board members) really banded together to get everything done,” Long John Jamboree president Michelle Demeule told Yellowknifer in...
At least one NWT employee of Great Slave Helicopters was laid off last week. Many others at the company's Calgary base were also let go. NNSL file photo

UPDATE: Great Slave Helicopters not going to Westwind Aviation — president

Assets from Great Slave Helicopters, one of Canada’s largest onshore helicopter companies, will not be sold to Saskatchewan’s Westwind Aviation, says company president Alasdair Martin. Northern News Services reported earlier Thursday that the beleaguered helicopter company would be sold to the regional airline after Great Slave Helicopters, one of three Yellowknife-based subsidiary companies belonging to Discovery...

Time to stop cracking up over thin ice

“Oops. There goes another one!” Perhaps we should broadcast that jingle, all over town, whenever someone breaks through the ice in or around town. It doesn’t matter if they are walking, riding a snowmobile or driving a vehicle. If they go through the ice that jingle plays. Loud and clear. Maybe that would warn others...

City security cameras ‘likely’ used to ogle women, investigator concludes

An investigator hired by the City of Yellowknife to examine allegations of workplace misconduct by municipal enforcement manager Doug Gillard has concluded it was “more likely than not” that city security cameras were used to ogle women in and around 2014. A brief, unsigned letter on the city website states that while the allegations about...

Bridging the North’s digital divide

Across much of the city at this time of the year, as winter tightens its icy grip with darkness and cold, finding an organic tomato at an affordable price can be like digging for gold. And up here, where the farm-to-table distance is measured in thousands of kilometres, getting a grocery bag of fresh produce...

Yellowknife springs into annual trade show

A total of 185 exhibitors gathered at the Multiplex last weekend for the 2018 Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show. An estimated 8,000 people attended this year’s event, which is the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce’s largest revenue generator of the year. Businesses were charge $250 to set up shop in the DND gym and...
Team NT's archery team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games is all set to go following the trials at Sir John Franklin Gymnasium on Saturday. They are, from left, Carson Roche of Archery NT, coach Cynthia White (Fort Smith), Fergus Rutherford-Simon (Fort Smith), Tayla Minute (Fort Smith), Katie Genge, Bailey Johnston and coach Eugene Roche. Photo courtesy of Beth Hudson.

Team NT’s archery squad selected for 2019 Canada Winter Games

A new lineup will grace the walk-on for Team NT at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and it will be an historic team at that. For the first time ever, the territory will be sending an archery team and that squad was selected on Saturday following the trials at Sir John...

Paddling Club starts winter pool sessions

The Somba K’e Paddling Club held the first of its kayak winter pool sessions on Saturday. “It’s usually pretty open, we just try to teach people that are new to kayaking how to get comfortable in the water and how to do it safely and try to get people to work towards learning how to...

Suspect still loose after robbing store at gunpoint

Hoa Pham says she has had more than a few unsettling encounters in her 13 years working as a store clerk at the downtown Reddi Mart but last week was the first time she has been robbed at gunpoint. Police are still searching for a suspect, described as a Caucasian male wearing a blue and...