Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Cranberry rain, cranberry rain

Cranberry rain, cranberry rain. Don’t you just love the cranberry rains? You could try singing that to the tune of Prince's Purple Rain and it might just work. I am sure some people are going...

Five times a champion – almost

Jeff Pitre is not one to brag about his achievements as the reigning Western champion and sole motorcycle drag racer from the Northwest Territories. The Yellowknife entrepreneur began drag racing motorcycles at age 45, after...

Rubbish on the Rocks

Imagine throwing a party and some of your guests decided to pitch tents in your neighbour's yard and dump their trash and empty booze bottles there. You wouldn't tell your neighbour, 'sorry, not my...

Finalists hope to win their space

  Five of the city's budding entrepreneurs will duke it out tonight in a Dragons' Den-style finale of the Win Your Space YK contest. The contest gives five finalists a chance to win a free year...

‘The trees are enormous’

  As the first Yellowknife fire crew starts work to B.C., one returning firefighter is sharing his experience helping to combat the one of the worst fire seasons in the province's history. Driving back home on...

Yes, you can film the police

Why it’s important for the public to understand this right and its limitations The man had been accused of harassing a female officer. While all of this was happening, a man named Waseem Khan was...

Let minors into Yk pubs

Of the territory's liquor laws, the one that defines liquor permits might be the most archaic.As it is written right now, if an NWT restaurateur offers a full menu but won't necessarily derive his...

Yellowknife visitors centre still waiting for a new home

The Northern Frontier Visitors Association is debating whether to dissolve after determining it will have no home from which to offer visitor services as of Sept. 30. In a July 28 letter, association members were...

Pay system glitch frustrates grieving mom

Jane has worked for the federal government for 17 years. On Friday, she had $49 in her bank account. Her daughter died suddenly in December, and in April her nurse practitioner advised she go on...

No home for visitors centre

The Northern Frontier Visitors Association is debating whether to dissolve after determining it will have no home from which to offer visitor services as of Sept. 30. In a July 28 letter, association members were...

Kam Lake, an urban fisherman’s paradise

Kam Lake is a toxic waste dump, right? Its few surviving fish are three-eyed freaks and just touching the water will give you the shakes so bad you’ll think you’re Elmer Fudd standing next to...

Killer bugs and the rest of us

The story in last week's column about the 1928 trip to Walsh Lake got me thinking. Hopefully, someday someone does a film about it because history is important. A.Y. Jackson painted in the area before...

Yk to Van nonstop flights coming

New Air Canada route to start in December, run until April Fly me to the moon, or at least to B.C., nonstop. Air Canada announced on Wednesday the airline will be offering direct daily flights between...

Scouts build the great escape

New puzzle-themed room coming to this year's Ptarmicon Yellowknife scouts are heading to death row - actually, they're building it. This year, a group of five youth from Scouts Canada Yellowknife 1st, aged 14 to...

The Con is on

It's a bird, it's a plane - it's Ptarmicon and it's back for its sixth year. And, this year, it's bigger on the inside. The world's most northern gaming and popular culture convention is...

Folk weekend leaves litter

Campers left a folkin' mess at the city's popular festival site earlier this month. A city representative says the city will work with organizations to clarify clean-up roles and encourage people to be conscientious about...

Kam Lake arsenic levels confirmed

New arsenic testing results are in for Kam Lake, but the territory’s chief public health officer says not much will change in terms of his health advice to residents. “It’s a big improvement from 10...

Visitors association president resigns

The president of the Northern Frontier Visitors Association has resigned from his role, a move that comes less than three months after the visitor's centre building at Frame Lake was shuttered. Kyle Thomas announced his...

How to build an exhibit

Inside the front lobby of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on Tuesday morning, everything looks pristine. Carpets are being vacuumed, sunlight shines through the windows and employees are ready to greet visitors once...

A newspaper’s line in the sand

For a price, anybody can buy space in a newspaper to announce pretty much whatever they want. Selling a boat? Buy an ad. Want to wish your gerbil a happy birthday? Buy an ad....

Business owners want visitor’s centre shop out of airport

A group of gallery owners who say the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre undercut their business by selling merchandise now want the association behind the centre to stop selling goods at the Yellowknife Airport. “We don’t...
A smartphone is all Itoah Scott-Enns uses to create her Tlicho language videos. Her Facebook page Speak Tlicho to Me is inspired by a project by the Saami Council, a non-governmental organization representing the Saami indigenous people. Pictured here with her daughter Setiya. Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo

Yk women revive Indigenous languages

Itoah Scott-Enns patiently explains how to say the words “sing to me” in Tlicho as her daughter's blond ponytail bounces in and out of the frame. By sharing her own education in short online videos,...

Pubs want to serve patrons … and their children

Twist & Shout owner Jason Perrino would really like to stop turning away business. He says thanks to Twist's Class A Liquor licence, he regularly turns parents, and their strollers, away from his restaurant. “It happens...

Bike park starts spinning

    The organizers of the Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club is confident if they build it, they will come. President Geoff Foster and team member Crystal Sabel presented a plan for their dream bike park to...

Akaitcho general assembly cancelled

The chiefs of the Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations have cancelled the Akaitcho assembly after the death of elder and former Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation chief Antoine Michel. The assembly would have started yesterday...
Lesa Semmler is helping advise the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She lost her mother to violence at a young age. 0903mmwB.jpg Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

National inquiry headed to Yk in fall

An NWT woman who is part of a family advisory council to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says the group must ensure it includes all NWT cultures when...

Weledeh students take on Giant Mine

Grade 5 Weledeh Catholic School students are full of questions about Giant Mine. Since spring, the class has been conducting scientific experiments and social science research into arsenic and Giant Mine's legacy using their maker...
William McDonald Middle School is asking parents for their input on a proposed cell phone ban for the upcoming school year. Currently the school allows the use of cell phones during lunch and activity hour, principal Jeff Seabrook says he sees over 75 per cent of his students glued to their devices. Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo

William McDonald contemplates phone ban

William McDonald Middle School is asking parents for feedback on a proposed cellphone ban to counter a lack of social engagement between students. For the past few years, principal Jeff Seabrook has seen a lot...
Fletcher , left, and Miranda Stevens stand in the entrance to The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery with their son Casey on May 26. A liquor licensing board designation prevents the two entrepreneurs from bringing Casey into their restaurant as it is a liquor primary establishment. However, Casey is allowed to be in the brewery surrounded by large steel vats of beer. This is just one example of bureaucratic red tape the couple has faced in opening the territory's only craft brewery. Emelie Peacock/NNSL Photo

Red tape the main hurdle for NWT businesses

Fletcher and Miranda Stevens are prohibited from bringing their infant son into the restaurant side of their business, The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery. But according to government regulations, six-month-old Casey is authorized to hang out...

Justice minister grilled on A New Day program for men who use violence against...

The justice minister says he has “no idea” why there were no bidders to run A New Day, although he hopes to have good news about the men's healing program in coming weeks. “We are...

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