Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Multiple arrests made in ‘suspicious’ Hay River death

A "number of individuals" have been arrested in connection with a recent suspicious death in Hay River. Hay River RCMP and Northwest Territories RCMP Major Crimes Unit confirmed "persons" are in custody following the discovery...

New Year, new arrivals: Territory welcomes New Year’s baby

Yellowknife's first newcomer of 2018 missed being crowned New Year's baby — but not by much. A baby, whose gender has yet to be determined, was born at Stanton Territorial Hospital at 12:15 a.m. on Jan....

Makerspace coming alive at Range Lake North School

On a busy afternoon at Range Lake North School, students’ eyes dart toward a screen in Darryl Mitchener’s class as the technology teacher dishes instructions on programming a Sphero to move in a square...

RCMP spread awareness about impaired driving during Candy Cane Checkstop

The RCMP stopped about 50 vehicles and gave each a pamphlet with facts about impaired driving and a candy cane, during its second Candy Cane Checkstop of the month. The Candy Cane Checkstop is a...

Library’s installs light therapy lamps to stave off winter blues

The Yellowknife Public Library is offering a potential remedy to the deep winter blues. Light therapy lamps have been installed at four studying carrels for library-goers looking to brighten up during the darkest days of...

Exploration and deposit appraisal spending drops for third-straight year

The federal government is projecting a drop in exploration and deposit appraisal spending in Northwest Territories for a third consecutive year. Natural Resources Canada estimates that $70.9 million was spent in NWT in 2017, down...

De Beers plans for final closure of Snap Lake Mine

De Beers Canada has told the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board it intends to prepare a final closure plan for Snap Lake Mine. The diamond company asked on Dec. 14 to skip filing an...

SPCA welcomes Christmastime gift

The Northwest Territories SPCA has gotten a welcome Christmastime gift from animal-loving philanthropists, Eric and Dana Margolis. The no-kill animal shelter in Yellowknife announced on Facebook Wednesday that it had received $24,000 from the Eric...

Gas prices expected to stay steady over holiday week

Gas prices in the Northwest Territories are expected to remain relatively steady over the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, say gas price monitors. “A shortened Christmas holiday week in energy trades will keep...

Food, fellowship on menu at Sally Ann

Family and food. It's a pairing that's synonymous with the holidays. But for some, coming together to break bread with loved ones over the season isn't a reality. That's a truth Yellowknife Salvation Army...

Yellowknife dates set for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearing

A community hearing in Yellowknife for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be held from January 23 to 25, according to a statement released Wednesday. The hearing, which is...

Yk Minor Hockey Association teams set to play in Hockey on the Hill in...

The Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa is one of the biggest holiday minor hockey tournaments in the country. A couple of teams from the Yk Minor Hockey Association are heading down for the big show...

NWT Table Tennis Championships crowns its best for 2017

It's the last territorial championship of the calendar year and it's one which provided perhaps one of the most unlikeliest of results. The NWT Table Tennis Championships were held at Weledeh and St. Pat's Gymnasiums...

Polar Bear Swim Club takes largest team ever to Edmonton for JP Fiset Invitational...

If you're going to go into the Christmas break, do it riding high. That's what the Polar Bear Swim Club did as the club returned from the JP Fiset Invitational Swim Meet in Edmonton on...

News briefs

New housing units for women A grand opening is taking place today to celebrate the completion of eight new semi-independent units at the Yellowknife Women's Shelter. The NWT Housing Minister is expected to be in attendance, along with representatives from the Northwest Territories...

Court briefs

Drunk driver who killed woman to be sentenced A Supreme Court judge said she has a problem with a joint submission from the Crown prosecutor and a defence lawyer calling for a 30-month sentence for a man...

Editorial: Christmas chemo closure a concern

The Issue: Chemotherapy suspension We Say: Horrible timing Sitting on a flight to Edmonton for life-sustaining chemotherapy likely isn't the way some NWT cancer patients thought they'd be spending the holidays. And quite frankly, even after speaking with officials, Yellownifer isn't convinced the...

Rescue diver issues caution after rash of ice breaks

A diver who says he helped haul three snowmobiles out of waters near Prosperous Lake over the weekend is warning the public to be weary of "unexpected" conditions on area lakes. "The ice is thin....

Cab robbery suspect charged

A 28-year-old Yellowknife man is facing a slew of charges after a cab driver was robbed and assaulted last week. Isaias Aburto is charged with robbery, disguise with intent and uttering threats to cause death,...
Aurora College's campus in Yellowknife, located in Northern United Place. NNSL file

Social work program overdue for review

Aurora College has not reviewed its social work program in nearly two decades, despite a policy requirement to do so at least every five years. Intake to the social work program was suspended earlier this...

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...

De Beers in as long-term sponsor for Long John Jamboree

De Beers Canada has committed $150,000 over the next five years to support the Long John Jamboree's Inspired Ice Championship. The long-term sponsorship agreement will see the festival receive about $30,000 a year from the...

Deline man pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Deline man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a 65-year old woman in Deline on Dec. 23 of last year. Johnathan Tetso, 32, was originally charged with second degree murder...

Editorial: Silly season at city hall

The Issue: Council Conflict  We  Say: Focus On City Issues  It was a season full of dramatic tension – with a touch of emotion from a visibly shaken mayor – but the intriguing melodrama that played out at city hall this fall...

Chemotherapy service at Stanton Territorial Hospital suspended

Stanton Territorial Hospital announced it is suspending its chemotherapy service for the foreseeable future but it wasn't due to any harm coming to patients, say officials. As Yellowknifer reported Wednesday, an agreement on the decision...

Lack of options fuels frustration

With the holidays fast approaching, limited postal options – combined with a spike in e- commerce deliveries – are fuelling frustrations and long lineups for some customers. "It's the same every Christmas," said Petter Jacobsen, standing in a bustling Shoppers Drug...

No ‘magic’ fix for family poverty

When Dianne Miller thinks back to the darkest days of her life eight years ago, she remembers the cold. "It was a bitter winter," she said flatly. Leaving the hospital after becoming seriously ill, Miller, her husband and their five-year-old son Alex...

Alleged human trafficker granted bail

A man facing the first-ever charge of human trafficking laid in the NWT has been granted bail. Jonathan Ouellet-Gendron, 29, was freed from custody at the North Slave Correctional Centre by Justice of the...

Correction

Michael Arbuckle was misquoted in an article in Wednesday's Yellowknifer (“Lake ice still not safe for vehicles,” Dec. 13). He said lake ice can be up to 20 inches thick at this time of...

Family fighting to stay together over Christmas

A pregnant woman from Wekweeti and her common-law husband can't stay with their two young children over Christmas because the medical travel residence they've been placed in does not allow visitors beyond the building's foyer. Andrea...