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All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

NWT Tourism turns to Mexico

As part of ongoing efforts to attract foreign visitors, NWT Tourism will be heading down Mexico way. “Just as much as we Northerners are fascinated about those sunny locations, Mexicans are actually quite interested in the Rockies and touring the North, Banff and seeing auroras,” said Cathie Bolstad, CEO of NWT Tourism. While NWT Tourism...

Yellowknife woman arrested for allegedly twice robbing the same convenience store

A Yellowknife woman was arrested today after allegedly robbing the same convenience store on Range Lake Road twice this year, officials said. Cynthia Lafferty, 20, is accused of robbing Willy’s Convenience Store on Jan. 4, and again on April 20, according to a statement from Yellowknife RCMP. She was arrested early this morning following a...

Yellowknife man charged after almost 3,000 bags of crack found in Range Lake apartment

One man is in custody after Yellowknife RCMP say they seized over 2,900 baggies of crack cocaine, along with cash, following a search at a city home last week – the culmination of a six-month-long investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the capital. Noel Tesfazion, 30, of Yellowknife and Toronto has been charged with possession...

New book bridges the scientific and the sacred

  Nicole Redvers aims to find connections. On Saturday at the Yellowknife Public Library, the Indigenous naturopathic doctor and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation launched her new book, The Science of the Sacred. The book attempts to bridge the gaps between Indigenous healing systems from around the world and Western medicine. “I had...

Win Your Space YK contest closes next week

The third annual Win Your Space YK contest closes next week. The business incubation competition offers the winner a free one-year lease in downtown Yellowknife as well as business development workshops and other prizes. Past competition winners include businesses like Ja-pain Bakery, MusicSpace and Let Me Knot. Interested applicants must make a two to five-minute...

New music festival coming to Yellowknife

  Yellowknife’s newest festival is set to kick off next month. The inaugural Longshadow New Music Festival will run from June 14 to 16, organized by local musician Carmen Braden. The festival will celebrate contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on percussion and big-band jazz for its first year. So...

Thousands visit Yellowknife Spring Trade Show

The Spring Trade Show crammed crowds and 185 vendors into the Multiplex this Saturday. While the fair offered up free bouquets for Mother’s Day, businesses, non-profits and governmental organizations shared their services with visitors perusing the exhibitions. The event featured a range of family-friendly entertainment, complete with a boat show and volunteers dressed as Disney...
Kevin Koe calls the line during action at the Curling World Cup in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Koe and his rink won themselves the gold medal in the men's final late Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win over China's Qiang Zou. Celine Stucki/World Curling Federation photo

Gold medal success for Kevin Koe at Curling World Cup

And now, the curling season is over. But not before Kevin Koe and company polished things off in the best way possible at the Curling World Cup grand final in Beijing, China on Saturday evening. Koe defeated China’s Qiang Zou in the men’s gold medal game by a score of 5-3 to claim the inaugural...

Wildcat Cafe set to open next weekend

One of Old Town’s hottest summer attractions is set to open next weekend. Jessie Collins, manager of the Wildcat Cafe, announced in an email May 11 that the restaurant is set to open Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. “The restaurant will include a new staff, new menu and new attitude,” Collins stated in the...

$8M in federal funding for energy efficiency retrofit program

The federal government is investing up to $8 million into the GNWT’s new Greenhouse Gas Grant Program for Buildings and Industry. MP Michael McLeod and Minister of Infrastructure Wally Schumann were in Yellowknife today for the funding announcement. “The new application-based grant program will support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heating, electricity, transportation,...
Brett McGarry / NNSL photo A relatively new countdown pedestrian crosswalk at Gitzel Rd. And Franklin Ave. Is one of three in the city. They have slowly been phased into the city since 2017.

City slowly phasing in countdown crosswalks

In an effort to make pedestrians more visible and reinforce their right of way, the City of Yellowknife has been phasing in crosswalks with countdown timers. The pedestrian signals tell walkers how much time they have left to clear crosswalks before the traffic light changes. Chris Greencorn, director of public works, says that the new...

Youth MLAs debate mental health resources in the NWT

Young people from across the Northwest Territories got a taste of political life during Youth Parliament 2019. The week-long program is an opportunity for high school students to walk in the shoes of the elected officials who represent them and learn about the daily workings of the legislative assembly. During a mock session on Thursday,...
Kerry Galusha delivers a rock during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., late last month. Missing out on the championship round at this year's event was a stinger for Galusha, she said. Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada photo

Kerry Galusha plays in Lupus Spiel USA fundraising event in Minnesota

Kerry Galusha is a household name in Canadian curling, of that there is no doubt. The mere mention of the last name and curling fans will know exactly who you’re talking about. That celebrity status led her to be invited to one of the biggest charity bonspiels in North America earlier this month and it...
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at the Good Times Soap Company booth at the trade show in 2017. Business owner Karen Wood can be seen chatting with a visitor in the background. The 2019 trade show begins tomorrow at the Multiplex, starting at 10 a.m. NNSL file photo

Trade show returns to Multiplex

The Multiplex will host over 185 exhibitors this weekend for the 2019 Yellowknife Spring Trade Show. With last year’s event drawing an estimated 8,000 visitors, the show promises to allow local businesses to develop new sales leads, close big deals and deal directly with others in their industries. The event is one of the Yellowknife...

Grammy-winning jazz oboist to play in Yk

Tomorrow evening the sounds of a highly orchestrated, dramatic and interesting kind of jazz with strong components of funk, Latin and traditional swing will fill the NACC auditorium. That’s according to John Krosnick, the drummer for Charged Particles, a San Francisco Bay-based jazz trio which will be performing here along with Grammy-winning oboist Paul McCandless...
Dr. Andrew Kotaska has recieved a Rural Long Service award in recognition of his 13 years of rural service in Yellowknife on Friday April 5th in Halifax Nova Scotia 27th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine. Courtesy of Andrew Kotaska.

Yellowknife doctor recognized with Rural Service Award

Dr. Andrew Kotaska has been recognized for his years of service to the North. The Yellowknife physician, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, received a Rural Service Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada at an award dinner and banquet held April 5 in Halifax, NS. “It feels nice,” he said. “I kind...
Yellowknife Education District No. 1 office, May 2014 NNSL photo

Yk1 to shed teaching jobs

In an April budget meeting for the Yk 1 school board, shareholders and attendees heard there will be a reduction of hours for educators in some city schools. A document provided at the meeting outlined that there would be a “reduction of 2.15 teachers in schools” as well as a reduction of two junior kindergarten...

EDITORIAL: Don’t strike out on youth privacy

Youth sports organizations have plenty of reasons for collecting information that may be considered sensitive or personal. Often they are for safety protocols, such as emergency situations that might require having a player’s health-care number. Other registration information such as birth certificates, health insurance and date of birth is also collected by sports organizations and...
Yanik D'Aigle announced on May 9 he will be seeking nomination from the Conservative Party of Canada for the NT seat this fall. Courtesy of Renee Comeau

Yanik D’Aigle announces intent to run as NWT Conservative

Yanik D’Aigle of Yellowknife announced today that he will be seeking the nomination to be Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate for the Northwest Territories. He announced his candidacy through a news release which states D’Aigle believes “he will make a difference to all Northerners by leveraging his knowledge and experience gained over a 25-year career...

After years of complaints, site at Nova hotel finally being cleaned up

Two years after a frustrated Bryan Manson complained to the city about a pile of skids, rods and fuel drums scattered outside the Chateau Nova hotel, the remaining materials are finally being hauled away. Trucks carried loads of mesh and bundles of rods from the site, located just metres from a walking trail that borders...
The Crush Volleyball Club's 14U girls outfit made the trip to Ottawa last weekend to compete at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships. They are, front row from left, Gracie Brennan, Thea Marzan, Naledi Ndlovu and Rica Salaboro; back row from left, coach Jeannie Mathison, coach Mike Mathison, Hannah Gillingham, Tamara Mathison, Oleta Duru, Andrea Geraghty and coach Gail Christie. photo courtesy of Jeannie Mathison

Crush Volleyball Club’s 14U girls hit nation’s capital for Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships

So, the Crush Volleyball Club’s 14U girls squad didn’t win a match at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships, but they weren’t expecting to. It was all about the experience and exposure and they did it all with smiles on their faces. The group of eight girls are home after playing in Ottawa last weekend,...

Allison Forbes receives first-ever Edets’seehdza studentship

Third-year nursing student Allison Forbes has received the first-ever Edets’seehdza Studentship award for health research, from health research organization Hotii ts’eeda. Meaning “stepping forward to challenge yourself” in Tlicho, the Edets’seehdza award offers a $20,000 stipend for a returning Aurora College student to tackle health research during their studies. The College, Hotii ts’eeda, and the...
Northwestel customers in Yellowknife and surrounding areas had a 'major' disruption in services on May 8. NNSL file photo

Damaged fibre optic line blamed for ‘major disruption’ in service

Damage to a fibre optics line leading to Yellowknife is being blamed for last night's 'major disruption' in telecommunication services in the city and surrounding areas. According to an early Thursday morning news release, service...

Mounties to firefighters: you’re on! Competition heats up at upcoming Polar Plunge

Yellowknife RCMP is calling out the Yellowknife Fire Division (YKFD) – for a cause. “Yellowknife RCMP would like to formally challenge the City of Yellowknife Fire Division to take part in the Polar Plunge,” reads a statement released by Const. Heather Cosenzo. The 2019 LETR Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge will look to make...
Chris Ferris, COO of Outcrop Communications, left, and Jen Hayward, CEO, say their communication firm separates themselves from the crowd by having a widely diverse range of creative and strategic talent that allows them to take a holistic approach to providing for their clients communication needs. Brett McGarry/ NNSL photo

Focus on business: Outcrop Communications

It’s not easy – and perhaps even impossible – to stay in the communications business without evolving with the times. But that is exactly what Outcrop Communications has excelled at. Not simply specializing in one aspect of the communication business, Outcrop focuses on helping clients find creative solutions to their communication problems through designing and...
If the city adopts a 100 metre buffer zone between cannabis retailers and sensitive locations, all there would a prohibition of cannabis retailers in the blue highlighted zone. Courtesy of City of Yellowknife

City to consider ‘buffer zones’ on cannabis retail

City council will soon consider what kind of regulatory framework will surround private sales of cannabis in the city. At a Governance and Priorities Committee meeting on May 6, council and Mayor Rebecca Alty heard administration’s recommendations on a buffer zone between retailers and sensitive areas such as schools, daycares and hospitals. The territorial government’s...

‘The liquor commission needs to step up its game,’ says MLA

Ten days before the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NTLCC) ended its contract with the liquor warehouse on April 1, it warned businesses in the city there would be a “modest price increase” as a result. But in early April, Bob Stewart, owner of the Kilt and Castle Pub, had already seen an 18.3...

Climate policy still freezing out Northerners

Climate change creates winners and losers. So states a new report by a pair of Stanford University professors who have tried to calculate the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions on global inequality. It was published April 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Global temperatures have risen nearly 1 C...

Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association players’ medical records found at dump; review launched

The Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association says it’s investigating a breach of players’ medical information after documents, including health care card numbers and guardian contact information, wound up at the city’s dump. Medical records – including full names, birth dates and emergency contacts – believed to belong to participants of last year’s baseball season, which runs...
Markus Cluff of Sir John Franklin manages to keep the ball away from a Hay River attacker during Senior Super Soccer U19 boys playoff action at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

St. Pat’s and Sir John Franklin split AA banners in Senior Super Soccer

Isn’t it nice when we’re all sharing? No one has more than the other? That was the case when it came to the AA banners in the 2019 edition of Senior Super Soccer as both Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s shared the spoils in the upper division. The Falcons won both of the girls...