Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Delays in health card renewals at Inuvik centre; expired NWT cards will be honoured

Delays in processing health card renewal forms has prompted the GNWT to notify residents they won't lose access to physician or hospital services due to an expired card. The notice indicated the Health Services Administration...

Yellowknifer editorial: Doors finally open for those in need

The issue: our most vulnerable We say: Brava, YWCA The Covid-19 pandemic bears few silver linings. One of them would be that the initially rejected Arnica Inn homelessness project is now advancing because of the heightened health...

Two new cases of COVID in NWT

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the NWT, the office of the chief public health officer said on Thursday night. "These cases were confirmed in quick succession this evening. Once the OCPHO...

‘They are caring for us and someone needs to care of them:’ Shell offers...

Yellowknife’s Shell gas station is offering up free coffee and sandwiches to healthcare workers and other frontline workers amid the COVID-19 crisis. “They are caring for us and someone needs to take care of them,”...

Yellowknife school boards work out distance learning

A combination of internet-based learning, family activities and paper studies are expected to start on April 14 for schools in Yellowknife to bring back student education during the Covid-19 pandemic. On Monday, the Department of...

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COVID-19: Health minister extends public emergency

Diane Thom, minister of health and social services, has extended the public health emergency as part of the territorial government's battle against COVID-19. The GNWT stated in a news release Thursday that the territory-wide public...

Yellowknifers keeping physically fit by virtually connecting

Physical activity buffs in Yellowknife are unable to pursue their passions in groups but still keeping themselves moving and connecting remotely.  Following COVID-19 forced the closure of gyms and sporting venues in March, some city...

YWCA to offer child care for essential services workers

YWCA NWT will begin offering full day child care for essential services workers on April 6, the organization announced on Thursday. "We will have 30 spaces at Mildred Hall School and 30 spaces at Weledeh...

Yellowknife’s iconic Snowcastle comes down for safety’s sake

Anthony Foliot, or SnowKing, faced another shortened festival this year as he and volunteers cleared parts of the snow castle Thursday. “I’m happy with everything me and my crew have done,” he said. “I’m just...

Big Bird cheers up snowy Yellowknife

Yellowknife might be too cold for Bert, Ernie and Elmo but not for Big Bird. Margaret Peterson and her giant feathered friend braved the -17C weather on Thursday to spread some physically distant but socially...

GNWT details changes to income assistance program

The territorial government provided new details Thursday about its income assistance modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Caroline Wawzonek announced a one-time emergency payout of $500 to individuals and $1000 to families...

Hong Kong tourists did not bring virus to Yellowknife: Chief public health officer

A group of tourists from Hong Kong to Yellowknife, who later tested positive for COVID-19, did not bring the virus into the city during their tour of the America, the Department of Health and...

VIDEO: COVID-19: Kids ask, experts answer

To field the long list of burning and often confusing questions surrounding COVID-19, Kam Lake MLA Caitlin Cleveland has teamed up with  Dr. Sarah Cook, Territorial Medical Director and Physician, and Caroline Wawzonek, minister...
Jamie Koe and his rink of Kerry Galusha, David Aho and Megan Koehler scored the bronze medal at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Saguenay, Que., this past November. Valerie Simard/Curling Canada photo

Another national curling medal for NWT (from 2019)

Editor's note: This team is the most recent one to have won a national medal, the second one won by Koe, Galusha and Koehler as a team. They may be the bottom seeds at...
The 2014 edition of the NWT Rebels women's broomball team won the World Women's Broomball Championship that year and are the top seeds for the Greatest Of All Time bracket tournament. The champs are, front row from left, Denise Pyke, Grace Lau-a, Kyra Powder, Sarah Elsasser, Danielle Hawes and Terri-Lynn Locke-Setter; back row from left, Aki Iwase, Angela Love, Janelle James, Adriana Zibolenova, Orla Tobin, Jenny Crawford, Martha Goodman, Brenda Tittlemier and Tina Locke-Setter. photo courtesy of NWT Rebels

NWT Rebels shock the world in 2014

Editor's note: The NWT Rebels are the no. 1 seed in the quest to find the Greatest Of All Time in terms of teams from the NWT. Here's a look back at how they...
The new Stanton Territorial Hospital plans to open the doors to emergency services on May 26 at 6 a.m. Brett McGarry / NNSL Photo

COVID-19: ‘We’re in a war right now, it could last a long while:’ new...

Local 11 of the Union of Northern Workers, which represents health care workers at Stanton Territorial Hospital, has a new president and he's not mincing words regarding COVID-19. "We're in a war right now, it...

My extraordinary conversation with a covid bear

I was walking to work yesterday morning, listening to my audio book on headphones under my fur hat. Then I heard my name, a soft voice was calling me. "Hey Bruce, Bruce look over here." I...

Yellowknife woman charged in alleged assault with weapon

A Yellowknife woman faces a number of charges following an alleged assault with a weapon. Hilary Catholique, 29, is charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with court...

Pause evictions during pandemic, MLAs say

Regular MLAs have called on cabinet to freeze evictions while the territory weathers the global health pandemic. In a motion passed by regular members in assembly's accountability and oversight committee on Monday, MLAs asked government...

Remote health services growing due to COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic and official advisories to avoid social contact have spurred the growth of remote and touchless health services in Yellowknife. Health care providers in government and in the private sector have found new...

Premier saddened, disappointed by news of second case of COVID-19

Premier Caroline Cochrane stated in a news release Wednesday evening that she is saddened and disappointed in the announcement of a second confirmed case of COVID-19. “I was saddened to hear that the Chief Public...

Child care fees put Yellowknife near the middle of the pack nationally, study shows

Yellowknife childcare costs place the city near the middle of the pack compared to other Canadian cities, according to a recent report. In March, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA ) released its sixth...

COVID-19 swab tests available in all NWT communities, official says

Swab tests for COVID-19 are ongoing in all communities of the Northwest Territories, a senior medical official confirmed on Wednesday. "About 700 tests have come from Yellowknife. All regions have been tested for COVID-19 if...

NWT public health officer issues warning as RCMP report ‘parties in crowded houses’

Police have been reporting house parties to NWT public health officials, who on Wednesday warned residents the enforcement of social distancing orders could be stepped up. Chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola told reporters...

Food Rescue Yellowknife to resume deliveries April 6

Food Rescue Yellowknife has resumed operations just over a week after the group decided to close down. "We're excited about it. On Monday (April 6) we'll resume deliveries. And we're picking up (food) from the...

Man shot in downtown Yellowknife

A shooting at a downtown Yellowknife apartment building left a man with non-life-threatening injuries, say police. Residents heard gunshots ring out from a 53 Street Apartment building around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompting police to rush...

COVID-19: Temporary release for some low-risk inmates at NWT jails

Some inmates at NWT jails will be temporarily released in an effort to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 after over a dozen defence lawyers urged the territory’s department of justice to take immediate action...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Yellowknifers ‘providing a bit of sunshine at a tough time:’ mayor

Note: NNSL Media will be updating readers on a weekly basis on the status of City of Yellowknife operations during the COVID 19 pandemic. The City of Yellowknife is the largest municipality in the Northwest...

Notes from the trail: GNWT contradicted itself with shaming of ‘Pike’ Mike Harrison

Late last week, the public health office, senior government officials and the media, including Yellowknifer's territorial sister paper, News/North, made a spectacle out of long-term NWT resident who drove from B.C. headed toward his...