Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

NWT first in Canada to allow third sex option on birth certificates

Lane MacIntosh is now able to have their birth certificate display a sex that is not male or female, after recent changes to the territory's Vital Statistics Act. On July 28, the NWT became the...

Yellowknife sobering centre sees average of 11 visitors per night

  The new temporary sobering centre is seeing up to 21 visitors per night, the majority of them men. Temporarily housed at the Yellowknife Community Arena, the centre has been open for nearly a month and...

Two bears put down in city, another relocated

At least four bears have wandered into the city over the past few weeks, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The most recent sighting was Wednesday morning, near the Yellowknife Airport fire...

NWT first in Canada to allow third sex option on birth certificates

Lane MacIntosh is now able to have their birth certificate display a sex that is not male or female, after recent changes to the territory's Vital Statistics Act. On July 28, the NWT became the...

Advocates ‘appalled’ with handling of sex assault suspect

Two prominent women's advocates are questioning how a man charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement was released on bail only to be charged with sexually assaulting two more women earlier this year. Peter Tsetta,...

‘A new-found sense of independence’

At first glance, Sonali Sivakumar looks like any other volunteer at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Clad in her orange shirt, replete with identification lanyard, she's either directing people where to go, taking their...

Arsenic awareness

Last week's flip-flop on signage warning about arsenic contamination in area lakes highlights a communications fiasco that began with the release of 30-year-old data on Kam Lake last spring. Dr. Andre Corriveau, the NWT's chief...

Candidates for Ndilo chief announced

Three candidates are running for chief in Ndilo. Returning officer Phil Moon Son confirmed incumbent Ndilo chief Ernest Betsina, Alex Beaulieu and Shirley Tsetta are competing for the post. Yellowknives Dene First Nation members can cast...

Akeem Haynes in action

A man who made Yellowknifers proud winning bronze at the Summer Olympics in Brazil last year will try and do it all again, tomorrow. Akeem Haynes is competing in the Canadian men's 4 x...

Long weekend, new champions

Whenever there are big tournaments at the Yellowknife Golf Club, there are certain players you expect to see at the top. Andy Couvrette is one of them. The veteran Yellowknife golfer managed to outlast the...

More support for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women

About a year after the federal government made the commitment, a project to help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women find information about what happened to their loved ones has finally materialized in...

Team NWT gets close to the podium

For the first time at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, the NWT had a genuine shot at a medal. Too bad Gabriel Leclerc had an outside lane in the pool. The 15-year-old swimmer was in...

Dettah Dodgers fall in opening playoff game at Slo Pitch National Canadian Championships

If the Dettah Dodgers wanted to blame the smoke from the wildfires blazing in B.C. for their early exit at the Slo Pitch National Canadian Championships, they wouldn't be faulted for doing so. The Dodgers...

Was week one in Winnipeg so bad? Not really

So, some of the scorelines involving Team NWT during week one of the Canada Summer Games didn't exactly match the sport in which they were playing. We knew that going in. No illusions of grandeur...

Team NWT doubles in size for final week of Canada Summer Games

Batch two of athletes from the NWT is off and running at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. And it's a much bigger batch than the first offering. Team NWT's size literally doubled as squads for...

This bird still stuck in the ashes

The ongoing Phoenix pay mess may seem abstract to some but one federal employee shared a story last week that illustrates how it's turning lives upside down. The system was implemented in February 2016 by...

‘You twisted my words!’

  It’s a common complaint: people who talk to the media say they’ve been misquoted or their words have been twisted. It’s an absolutely understandable concern and in a way, I’d say it’s legitimate. This...

Make the switch to reusable containers!

As I sit in the park, I see a young mother walk by with her youngster gleefully running toward the swingset. At first I am happy for their happiness, then shake my head and feel...

‘Why is nobody helping us?’: Mother waiting five years for public housing

Dawn-Marie Blanchard says she is ready to pack up her life and leave Yellowknife after waiting on a public housing list for nearly five years. Since the mother of two arrived in the city after...

Around the world in 3,650 days

You could say Ann and Barry Lange’s motto is that life is too short. It was that simple idea that spurred the former Yellowknife couple more than 10 years ago to do what some might...

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

In a complete reversal from last week’s public message, the Minister of Health and Social Services says there will be signs posted at Yellowknife lakes to warn residents of arsenic levels in the water. “I...

Hundreds receive safe ride

Two individuals approach Lydia Bardak at the safe ride van she drives, parked on the sidewalk beside Subway downtown. The date is July 31. Somebody is passed out in the parkade across the road, they...

Learning on ‘fun toys’

In a warehouse in the Kam Lake area, eight students buckle up in large black simulators that shake, rattle and beep as they navigate a virtual reality construction site on the screen in front...

No signs to be put up at contaminated lakes

There are no plans to put up signs warning residents of contamination in lakes around Yellowknife, according to an updated arsenic advisory the Department of Health and Social Services issued Tuesday. “From what we’ve heard...

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...