Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

15-year-old girl says man and woman assaulted her on the way to St. Pat’s

A 15-year-old girl is calling for help locating two strangers who she said attacked her with a metal object during her walk to school Monday morning. The girl, who asked not to be named, was...

A giving movement gains steam

When Renee Sanderson started Pay it Forward NWT, the group had a grand total of one member. Three years later, her group's Facebook page has 1,217 members and 600 active volunteers. “Really I'm kind of like...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism hub shuttered after Northern Frontier Visitors’ Centre found unsafe

An engineer deemed more of the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre unsafe this week, prompting the building to close for more than a day. The popular tourism hub near Frame Lake closed 5 p.m. on Tuesday...

Guidance team grapples with ‘at risk’ students

With graduation around the corner, a team of counsellors and administrators at Sir John Franklin High School are working with students who may not be able to walk across the stage and claim their...

Council briefs: City shaves tax increase

The city's property tax rate increase this year will be smaller than originally predicted. The city had originally budgeted to increase the property tax rate by 1.24 per cent. “I am pleased to confirm that it...

New water bombers arrive

Ahead of what could be a ‘very difficult’ forest fire season, the territorial government has some new fire-fighting equipment. Eight new Air Tractor 802A FireBoss amphibious water bomber aircraft have arrived in the territory over...

Who you gonna call? Not the WSCC

  the issue: WSCC communication we say: Pick up the phone One of the biggest safety issues facing workers in the NWT is the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission's (WSCC) inability to use a telephone. Or email....

Tempers flare on Senior Super Soccer final day

Emotions always run high when it comes to championship games and that was no different on Sunday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. The U19AA boys final between Sir John Franklin and St. Pat's was a highly-charged...

Free lease space downtown for winner of start-up contest

Project launched to revitalize city's core and support new ideas   The city is looking to reward innovative start-up business ideas. Open now, the Win Your Space YK business incubation contest is offering one winner a free...

Man on trial in stolen laptop case

A 29-year-old man was on trial Friday in territorial court where he stands accused of stealing laptops from the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre. Lloyd Thrasher was charged with two counts of possession of stolen...

Man who broke stranger’s jaw avoids penitentiary time

Offender wanted to serve time at federal prison down south instead of correctional centre A 34-year-old who beat a man so badly in the back of a cab that he had to be medevaced to...

NASA to study permafrost

Summer flights will study effect of environmental change Look up, look way up: NASA is coming to town. An estimated 11 aircraft will fly through Yellowknife from May until August as part of NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment...

MLAs back visitors centre move

City representatives voice support for covering relocation, cleanup costs Four city MLAs have called on the GNWT to help move the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre from its deteriorating building to a temporary location and cover costs...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism is a good investment

Now is the time for all levels of government to commit money to a bigger and better visitors centre   The Northwest Territories is very fortunate to be a subject of fascination around the world. The Northern...

Don’t let sun set on A New Day

A New Day is a good program. The public, politicians, program participants, facilitators and even a Department of Justice report all attest to this fact. So why does the Department of Justice seem hell bent...

No records kept for pot group

MLA calls lack documents 'mind boggling,' questions work carried out so far A territorial government group studying marijuana legalization isn't keeping records of its meetings and discussions, making it hard to assess its progress. Last year...

Can journalists be activists?

The answer is yes, no - well, it depends Last week, former Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole announced he’d been given an ultimatum. “Toronto Star says I can’t be a columnist and an activist at the...
Volunteer Nancy Vail, left, chats with Kelvin Bonnetrouge after giving him a snack bag in front of the post office while volunteer Cristina Popa of the Public Service Alliance of Canada looks on. John McFadden/NNSL photo

Northern poverty could be missed in federal poverty plan

Poverty is on the radar of the federal government but they may be missing the specific conditions of poverty in the North, according to a national anti-poverty organization coming to Yellowknife this weekend. Wanting...

City to count homeless next year

Yellowknife will count its homeless population next year with funding from the federal government, according to Coun. Linda Bussey. The city's community advisory board on homelessness opted at a meeting to hold what's called...

Police locate man accused of sexual assault

RCMP have located a man with an outstanding arrest warrant who is charged with sexual assault. Aaron Chatholique, 36, is now in custody, according to a news release from RCMP released yesterday. RCMP said...

City seeks feedback via pollster

In the coming days, polling company Ipsos Reid will be gauging opinions on municipal issues for city hall. Pollsters will ring both landlines and cellphones between May 8 and 19 in search of residents 18...

Visitors centre to close, money sought to rebuild

The city's tourist information centre may close by May 15 due to safety concerns, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer. The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre last year saw more than 50,000 people come through...

Ex-cop calls for security investigation at Center Square Mall

A retired RCMP officer is calling for an investigation into the behaviour of North Star Security guards at Centre Square Mall after witnessing what he called "extreme aggression" toward an indigenous man and woman by...

Emerging actresses from across the territory sought for new project

Play to explore female indigenous identity in the NWT Emerging indigenous actresses from across the territory are invited to audition for an acting and play writing project with leading Northern actresses Reneltta Arluk and Tiffany Ayalik. Focused...

Local companies vie for attention of Yellowknife students

Variety of careers on display at St. Patrick and Sir John Franklin high schools   On Tuesday, middle and high school students across the city got a taste of what their future might hold at a career...

What it means to be a man: Group to host a discussion on masculinity...

Men don’t often have the space to talk about their experiences with masculinity and gender, something a group of community members want to change. Open only to those who identify as male, an upcoming screening...

Yellowknife composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

A work inspired by the Braden family's move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. Carmen Braden's song Magnetic North, featured on her first studio album Ravens,...

Access to washrooms

Nobody, other than the participants, knows exactly what led to an A&W customer being roughed up by security at Centre Square Mall late last month.That said, one rhetorical question helps to put the situation...

Police seek man accused of sex assault

Police in the city are searching for a man accused of sexual assault who has evaded arrest attempts, according to an RCMP news release. Police are seeking to arrest Aaron Catholique, 36, of Yellowknife who...

City seeks Canada Day vendors

The City of Yellowknife is on the hunt for arts, crafts and food vendors to liven up this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Somba K’e Civic Plaza. The deadline for vendors to apply is...

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