Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Estimated price tag for 2018 Vancouver mining trip more than $200,000

Cabinet members – with the exception of one minister – and a contingent of GNWT staff, MLAs and Indigenous representatives are again heading to a Vancouver mining conference that last year drew the ire...

NWT minimum wage rising to $13.46 an hour

Minimum wage in the Northwest Territories is about to go up. Employees earning minimum wage will receive $13.46 an hour starting April 1. That’s up from the current $12.50 per hour, which was set in 2015. Education,...

NWT’s aging population a ‘wake up call,’ says expert

New projections for the Northwest Territories' aging population are a stark illustration of what the health care system could face in the coming years, the head of a non-profit senior advocacy groups says. "It is...

A New Year’s goal: accessible city for all

So think for a minute about how you dealt with last weekend's heavy snowfall. Perhaps you had to brush your car off before heading off to the grocery store, or to the rink with your...

Suspect still loose after robbing store at gunpoint

Hoa Pham says she has had more than a few unsettling encounters in her 13 years working as a store clerk at the downtown Reddi Mart but last week was the first time she...

‘No one stopped to help me’

An ordinary commute downtown quickly turned to panic for a mother and her young daughter after an intruder inexplicably opened their van passenger door and sat down while stopped at a traffic light Friday...

Hay River murder suspects make first court appearance

Bail hearings for a trio charged in the murder of a Hay River man were adjourned at the request of the defence Monday morning. James George Thomas, 25, Levi Cayen, 20 and Sasha Cayen, 25...

Yellowknife to Dettah winter road opens

The Dettah ice road officially opened to traffic on Jan. 5 – one day earlier than it did in 2017. Vehicles weighing less than 5,000 kilograms are permitted to travel on the road, the Department...

Update: third arrest in Hay River murder case

A  third suspect has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation in Hay River. RCMP major crimes unit charged 25-year-old Sasha Cayen with murder and robbery, police announced Saturday. Cayen is currently in RCMP custody and...

Tip leads to drug arrest

A 23-year-old Yellowknife man was arrested Friday after an early morning search turned up drugs. Responding to a tip of a man inside a home who had breached his release conditions , Yellowknife RCMP executed...

RCMP needs assistance finding armed robbery suspect

The Yellowknife RCMP needs  help identifying the suspect of an armed robbery. The robbery occurred at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Reddi Mart on 49th street in Yellowknife. RCMP says the man entered the building late last...

Sex assault appeal dismissed

The NWT Court of Appeal has dismissed a Yellowknife man's appeal to have his conviction for sexual assault and uttering threats overturned. Richard Stanley Roberts was handed a three-and-a-half-year sentence last January for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman in her home in 2014 and...

City and territory grapple with meaning of accessibility

"I have a pet peeve with city hall," says Cor Van Dyke of the municipal building. The building is technically accessible, but a person in a wheelchair must enter through a side door, navigate his way through corridors to find the elevator,...

Busing in need of examination

Education authorities across the NWT are being quizzed on their student transportation needs in an effort to better understand the costs associated with busing kids to class. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is surveying the authorities, with a plan...

News briefs – First NWT baby of 2018 born in Inuvik

Tara Edith Haogak-Green became the territory's official New Year's baby. Delivered at Inuvik Regional Hospital, Green was welcomed by Aklavik parents Jessica Haogak and Terrance Ruben Green Sr., of Paulatuk, at 8:26 p.m., New Year's Day. Yellowknife's first newcomer of...

Remote communities receive 250 packages over the holidays

The Yellowknife Salvation Army traded in a sleigh for a plane when the non-profit played Santa Claus over the holidays, handing out food and gifts to remote communities in need. Sally Ann's long-running Christmas Fly Out Hampers initiative – operating under the Salvation Army's...

Editorial: City wise to get behind bike park

The Issue: Mountain bike park We Say: An excellent idea If you build it, will they really come? The Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club has been cycling uphill for many years in its efforts to see the city support a skills park...

Yk flu numbers see big spike

Cases of the flu have increased substantially in Yellowknife from this time one year ago partly due to an outbreak of a flu strand not covered in this year's vaccine and an early peak...

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...