‘Carving was a getaway’: brother of artist found dead remembers the life and work of ‘Ronnie’

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When Derrald Taylor and his younger brother Ronald carved together – summoning soapstone bears, bison, birds and other shared visions of their childhood in Tuktoyaktuk – the two rarely spoke. “We forget everything. We just forget everything and we just concentrate. It’s like we were at peace,” Taylor recalled wistfully. On May 9, Taylor learned...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.