COLUMN: The weight of words and how we wield them

On Friday, after returning to work from the Yellowknife courthouse – where I spend most of my days as crime reporter – I received a message from a friend. “Just want you to be aware,” it read, accompanied by a Facebook link. I clicked. I was horrified. A flurry of red-faced Facebook reactions dotted the...
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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