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SNOWKING’S WINTER FESTIVAL: The impermanence of the snow castle

by Ice Pick Polly a.k.a. Courtney McKiel In Tibet, there is an ancient ritual traditionally practiced by Buddhist monks called Dul-Tson-Kyil-Khor or "Mandala of coloured powder," more commonly known to the Western world as Sand...

Yellowknifer part of sound team for Oscar-winning picture

A former Yellowknifer with humble beginnings in a “small, dusty video room” at St. Patrick High School was on the sound team for Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water. That video room...

No need to panic over Jay suspension: MLAs

The owners of Ekati Diamond Mine have pushed pause on the Jay project, a large expansion of the mine that could have extended its life until 2034. Dominion Diamond Mines, which owns a controlling interest...

University ship plotting course

A speaker series has been launched with dates set across the Northwest Territories and already contradictory messages have been shared in public. Perhaps the territorial government's open panel discussions are the place to air out...

Recall on over 7,000 Ski-Doos over fuel line

Transport Canada and Bombardier Recreation Products are putting a safety recall on more than 7,000 Ski-Doo products over a leaking fuel line. Various 2017 models, including the Freeride, MXZ, Renegade and Summit are all equipped...

NWT showcases its skills

Students from across the territory are showcasing their skills this weekend as Skills Canada NWT hosts their annual territorial competition at the multiplex. Secondary and post-secondary students will compete in 19 different disciplines that range...

BUSINESS BITS: Moving time for The Source

After months of preparation, The Source in Centre Square Mall is packed up and ready to move to its new location. Staff were on hand Tuesday, doing some last minute organizing before they move into...

Strike mandate reached for union

The Union of Northern Workers (UNW) bargaining on behalf of almost 4,000 territorial government employees, says its membership voted 70 per cent in favour of a strike mandate. “I am very pleased with the...

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY BRIEFS: Infrastructure minister goes to Vegas

Infrastructure minister heads to Las Vegas Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann is in Las Vegas, Nevada for JCK, a jewelry convention at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Billing itself as “North America’s most iconic jewelry buying...

GUEST COMMENT: I beg to differ with MLA O’Reilly

by Tom Hoefer, executive director of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines Editor's note: The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of mines was the recent recipient of the NAPEG Professional Award of Merit in Geoscience,...

New owner — and new direction — at Harley’s Hard Rock Saloon

Just months after Harley’s Hard Rock Saloon moved locations with ambitious plans to feature diner-style food and adult entertainment under the same roof, the storied strip club is under new ownership — and a...

Health authority contacting patients affected by privacy breach

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) has started contacting patients affected by the recent privacy breach in Fort Simpson. Last week, Fort Simpson resident Randy Sibbeston found a stack of 118 medical...

NEWS BRIEFS: City rolls out new tourism brand

The Northwest Territories has long been dubbed "spectacular." Now, with the City of Yellowknife's launch of a new tourism brand, the capitol will carry its own label. The city has rolled out Extraordinary Yellowknife –...

Community rallies around Andrew Debogorski, recently diagnosed with ALS

From bathing in beer to tipping his toes into a comedy career, Andrew Debogorski is making a bucket list of things he wants to do before his ALS symptoms worsen. This weekend, Yellowknifers can help...

Just Fitness wraps up inaugural Multi-Sport Fitness Camp

There are some options when it comes to what youth can do over the summer. They can always watch television or putter around on their phones. Some others between the ages of eight through 14...
Jiah Dzentu, left, with Charlotte Overvold, right, and her child Oceane Snow Overvold-Ryan with some pieces of art created with the bones and scales of fish, materials often discarded. Brett McGarry/NNSL Photo

Fish camp hooks visitors with art

On the eastern side of Jolliffe Island, the Rainbow Coalition is putting on a free and open fish camp to provide inclusive access to teach about food security. Indigenous language and LGBTQ2S+ program coordinator Jiah...

Mountie receives Police Partnership Award 

Sgt. Todd Scaplen, a veteran RCMP officer who has served residents in Behchoko, Inuvik, Hay River and Yellowknife, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Police...

Calling all artists – and their trash

Attention artists: Old Town Ramble and Ride organizers want your crafty ideas for trash. As part of the 12th annual festival – set to return Aug. 3 to Aug. 5 – the yearly summer showcasing...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

UNW meets with members to discuss nurse shortage at Stanton

The Union of Northern Workers met with nurses Wednesday evening to address allegations of poor working conditions revealed earlier this month in a strongly worded letter to the NWT’s Health and Social Services Authority. Several...

Sexual health education awarded $1M

The federal government announced it would put $1-million behind the work of a sexual health organization that works to break down stigma on preventing and treating sexually transmitted illnesses. “Knowing that we have five more...

Editorial: History teaches through names

The issue: Erasing history  We say: Move cautiously  As parents of pre-school to Grade 5 students drop their children off at J.H. Sissons School, do they know who the place is named for? Are they offended over the fact that the...

De Beers Canada’s flying bookstore touches down in Ndilo

Students at Kalemi Dene School showed enthusiasm as they picked out free books on May 22 at an event designed to increase literacy in the territory. They were given the opportunity to chose three free...
Dean MacInnis, principal of Sir John Franklin High School, presents Jack Panayi, captain of Sir John Franklin's boys team, with the championship trophy after the Falcons beat St. Pat's in the Wade Hamer Challenge Cup boys game in November 2017. NNSL file photo

Wade Hamer Challenge Cup set for 34th edition Wednesday

There's the Cager basketball tournaments. There's Super Soccer. There's Spike It! But in reality, there is only one game in Yellowknife that means more to both St. Pat's and Sir John Franklin than all of...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: It’s about to be raining fire from the sky

The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Saturday and Sunday night. So, if you get the chance, look up at the night sky to see some shooting stars whizzing by. You might see...

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...

New arsenic exposure study underway

The governments of Northwest Territories and Canada want to know how people use the land and lakes around Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah to get a better understanding of people's exposure to contaminants left behind...

NWT faces economic slump as mines mature, says Conference Board of Canada

While a mining boom is boosting growth in neighbouring territories, the NWT's economy will likely stumble as its mines pass peak production, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. After a roughly 2 per...

Cutting for a cause

Approximately 40 people in need attended the 'Yes We Care' day at Northern United Place to receive free haircuts on Tuesday. 'Yes We Care' offered people with no or low-incomes free hair cuts alongside a...
Therese Estacion on the Dettah ice road. Universal design is a relatively new concept that seeks to go beyond minimum standards to make the built environment usable for all people, she explains. Photo courtesy of Therese Estacion

GUEST COMMENT: Designing a more inclusive city

About three years ago, a rare bacterial infection led to the amputation of both my legs below the knee and some of my fingers. Oftentimes, the only thing that stops me from the possibility...

Progress from the police

Statistics tell us that crime rates are disproportionately high in the Northwest Territories.The jurisdiction has the second highest violent crime rate and the highest property crime rate in the country. There can be little wonder...