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Woman who crashed truck into Sushi Cafe handed two-year driving ban, fine

A Yellowknife woman who crashed a truck into the front of Sushi Cafe last summer, causing significant damage to the Franklin Avenue restaurant, has been ordered to pay a fine and stay off roads for the next two years. Kimberly Ongahak, 36, dabbed her eyes with a tissue before apologizing to the restaurant owners in...
The City of Yellowknife is pursuing the acquisition of shoreline properties at the former Con Mine site in an attempt to avoid a crunch for boat launch access with remediation activities expected to shut down the boat lanch at Giant Mine in the coming years. Image courtesy of the City of Yellowknife

EDITORIAL: Launch on with Con

The story of Yellowknife is, at least in part, a story of poor access to one of the largest freshwater bodies of water in North America. Much of this reality is due to a mixture of unfortunate factors that have built up over time, including haphazard and poor community planning, and quirks of geology. The...

Hydroponics startup takes root in Yellowknife

Growcer, an Ottawa-based hydroponics start-up, is planting seeds in the city. The Yellowknife Co-op has acquired a hydroponic unit from the company that will allow the retailer to grow local and fresh produce for their customers. “We are in the process of installing our Growcer unit. It’s a self-contained, hydroponic greenhouse designed for year-round plant...

Man accused of using martial arts to assault former partner

On the outside, she testified they “looked like the perfect couple.” He was “generous” and “sweet,” she said, gifting her a diamond necklace just two months after they met in Yellowknife. But behind the picturesque portrait of a young couple, the man’s former partner testified Wednesday the relationship was anything but perfect. “I was so...

On the Dead Carpet: Film Reviews

Top Dead North films as selected by a news zombie By Brett McGarry The Unloving – A true psychological thriller from Ben McGregor, the film slowly exposes a terrible incident between a father and son on a hunting trip. The film is told through the twisted perspective of the father, revealing the story scene by...
Kerry Galusha delivers a rock during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., late last month. Galusha joined in with her brother, Jamie Koe, to win the NWT Mixed Curling Championship in Fort Smith on Sunday. Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada photo

Kerry Galusha talks about disappointment of missing playoffs at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

The NWT has missed the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts many times before. No need to belabour that fact. This year, though, it was meant to be different. Kerry Galusha and her rink of Sarah Koltun, Brittany Tran, Shona Barbour and Megan Koehler had travelled, played the World Curling Tour circuit,and even saw...
The brother act of Matthew Bui, left, and Luke Bui represented the Yellowknife Wado Kai Karate Club at the South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Tournament last weekend. Matthew Bui ended up bringing home a gold medal thanks to his division win in shindo (three-foot staff). James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Yk karateka wins top spot in novice shindo at South Calgary Wado Kai Karate...

When you travel to any sports tournament, you want to do well. After all, it’s not cheap to travel from Yellowknife to anywhere. Matthew Bui, though, did well enough that he came home sporting some new neckware. Bui is the owner of a gold medal after winning the novice division in shindo (three-foot staff) at...
Curtis German tries to elude the stick-check of a Hay River Huskies player during action at the Northern Hockey Challenge in Hay River on March 2. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Yellowknife Flyers and Hay River Huskies renew the Battle of the Big Lake in...

The new rink in Hay River has been up and running for close to a year now and there was only one thing missing from the ice. It was the Northern Hockey Challenge – the Battle of the Big Lake, if you will – and it made a triumphant return to the town on March...

Photo feature: Monster Makeup

The on-screen monsters weren’t the only ones at Dead North this weekend. Yellowknife-based makeup artist Veronica Speers, who recently worked on feature film Elijah and the Rock Creature, led a special effects workshop at Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) on Saturday. Twenty people showed up to learn the good, the bad, and the ugly of...

Dead North Film Festival 2019: Zombear Award Winners

Last weekend was the 2019 Dead North film festival – the world’s only circumpolar genre filmmaking festival. This year’s festival saw 40 original short films produced by Northern filmmakers across the territories. Scroll down for the full list of who won what at this year’s Zombear Awards Ceremony! Best Film – Bearlord Best Screenplay – Bearlord Best...

Living wage in Yellowknife now $23 per hour, says Alternatives North

Alternatives North has released a new study on March 6 stating the living wage in Yellowknife has increased to $23. A working couple with two children would require wages of $23.95 per hour each to cover all essential costs. For a single working adult, that figure is $23.08. Alberta economist Michel Haener, who created the...

Suspect sought after attempted armed robbery at Kim’s Confectionery: RCMP

Yellowknife RCMP is turning to the public for help after they say a man attempted to rob a city store at knife-point on Tuesday night. Mounties were called to Kim’s Confectionery, located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 54 Street around 7:30 p.m. on March 5, after a report of an armed robbery attempt,...

Border bathroom problem: Overflowing outhouse discussed in legislative assembly

The Department of Infrastructure, Tourism and Investment (ITI) said it is reviewing what can be done about an overflowing outhouse on the NWT-Alberta border. A post in the Hay River Classifieds Facebook group, which has since been deleted, showed a photograph of the overflowing toilet at 60th Parallel Territorial Park. Several people commented on the...

EDITORIAL: A Liberal wave no more

“It’s clear something inappropriate happened,” NWT MP Michael McLeod told Yellowknifer on Friday when asked to comment on the growing scandal engulfing his chosen Liberals. McLeod, a former cabinet minister in the non-party affiliated territorial government, rode the Liberal wave in 2015 that swept out the bad old Conservatives and replaced it with a supposedly...

NACC mentorship applications now open

Applications are now open for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s (NACC) mentorship program. The program has five spots, open to performing artists of all stripes in communities across the Northwest Territories. It’s a two-year commitment designed to help performing artists build a professional career, said Marie Coderre executive and artistic director of NACC. “It...

After nearly 30 years, Behchoko-born RCMP public servant calls it a career

As a young girl living in the community of Behchoko, Cecilie Beaulieu “grew up being scared of the RCMP.” That all changed when Beaulieu herself became a public servant with RCMP in Yellowknife. Nearly three decades later, Beaulieu is calling it a career. She’s retiring at the end of the month after working at the...

Canadian Tire shelves are stocked, but no gun sales – for now – at...

At Canadian Tire Yellowknife, the city’s sole supplier of both firearms and ammunition, the shelves are stocked and locked with product – but nothing can be sold. “Due to processing of our firearms licence, we are not able to sell firearms and ammunition at this time,” read several signs affixed the store’s gun and ammunition...

City takes first step for potential Con Mine boat launch

The city is taking the first steps toward acquiring land along the Con Mine shoreline to put in a new boat launch. Giant Mine remediation, slated to begin sometime in 2021, proposes cutting off access to the current city boat lunch, many have raised concerns about what alternatives the city will pursue. Natalie Plato, deputy...
A member of Police Dog Services stops to talk with a driver during Sunday's ride check. Brendan Burke/NNSL photo.

Distracted driving offences drop in Yellowknife

For as long as cars have been on the road, drivers have faced distractions, often with serious, even deadly, consequences. With the advent of new technologies placing palm-sized phones in almost everyone’s pocket – as well as in their cars – drivers are facing more distractions behind the wheel than ever. The on-the-road risks associated...

Focus on business: YK Rocks

The man behind YK Rocks, the newest concert promotion company in town, is looking to invigorate the music scene by hosting open jam nights and running a concert series at the Black Knight Pub. Patrick Jacobson, life-long musician and founder of YK Rocks, came to Yellowknife a year ago from Whitehorse for a job. When he...

Man who changed plea mid-trial gets two years for sex assault

A Yellowknife man who changed his plea mid-trial, just as the woman he sexually assaulted was about to take to the witness stand, was sentenced to two years less a day on Monday. Forty-nine-year-old Timothy Cook – who worked for RCMP in Fort Good Hope and Inuvik before joining the military in the early 1990s...

GNWT wants your input on post-secondary education

The Department of Education Culture and Employment (ECE) is asking the public for feedback on the future of post-secondary education in the Northwest Territories. “The Government Response to the Aurora College Foundational Review committed to establishing a vision for post-secondary education in the NWT – a common vision to guide future decision-making around education after...

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife takes over Pride planning

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife held its Pride AGM last week. Now that NWT Pride has dissolved, the responsibilities of planning the annual event celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ community have been handed over to the Rainbow Coalition. “We view the responsibilities as being almost like a center point where people can turn to when they’re looking to get...

Naka festival launches in Yellowknife

The city’s newest festival kicked off at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre this afternoon. Yellowknifers and visitors alike packed into the lobby of the museum to mark the beginning of Naka, a week-long celebration of the aurora borealis and Dene culture. Naka, pronounced nah-kah, is the Wiiliideh word for the Northern lights. “Welcome...

Missing teen found

A missing teenage girl from Yellowknife has been found. Yellowknife RCMP asked for the public’s help finding 16-year-old Anita Black yesterday. In a press release this morning, RCMP said she has now been located. The RCMP thanked the media and the citizens of Yellowknife for their assistance.

‘It is clear something inappropriate happened’: MP McLeod on SNC-Lavalin affair

Michael McLeod, MP for Northwest Territories, is taking a wait-and-see approach to the SNC-Lavalin scandal following the bombshell testimony by Jody Wilson-Raybould last week. Wilson-Raybould, former Attorney General and Justice Minister with the Liberal government, told the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in the House of Commons on Feb. 27 that staff in...

UPDATED: RCMP found missing teen

The missing teen has located been located. The RCMP thank the public for their assistance. The RCMP were seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old female who went missing in the downtown Yellowknife area of 51 Ave and 52nd Street. She was found one day after the initial search began.

EDITORIAL: 50 Street boondoggle

Nearly two and a half million dollars spent and all the city has to show for its 50 Street revitalization efforts is a snow-covered pop-up park on one side and a parking lot on the other. The city didn’t buy the three lots on the south side of the street for $975,000 – now home...

Downtown lot now up for sale or lease

After years of attempting to find a use for the city owned 50/50 lot next to Centre Square Mall, council passed a by-law Monday to sell or lease the lot at a value of $1.45 million. As of Feb. 26, the city will be issuing requests for proposal to get the lot developed and move...

Petition for financial privacy rights ends March 1

Feb. 28 will be the last day for Canadians to sign a public petition which opposes Statistics Canada obtaining the private banking information of 500,000 Canadians. This banking information would be selected at random from Canadians across the country. Statcan’s proposed pilot project would collect personal financial transactions and SIN numbers to create a database of...