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Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Economic benefits of Giant Mine cleanup unclear

After an annual public meeting at Northern United Place last week, it’s still unclear how local workers and companies will benefit from the $1 billion clean up of Giant Mine. The Giant Mine Oversight Board’s (GMOB) 2018 annual report says very little of the remediation project’s economic potential is being realized, especially for Northern and...

Yellowknife RCMP seek woman suspected of using phony prescriptions at pharmacies

Police in Yellowknife are requesting the public’s help in identifying a woman they say used fraudulent prescriptions to illegally obtain medicine at a pair of city pharmacies. Between March 29 and March 31, RCMP say the suspect used phony prescriptions to gain access to the medication at two pharmacies in Yellowknife. “It is illegal to...

Gumboot Rally: May the 4th be with you

The 27th Annual Gumboot Rally kicked off in the YK1 parking lot on Saturday morning. The event is a major fundraiser for the Yellowknife Association for Community Living (YKACL), which supports people with disabilities and their families. This year’s Star Wars-themed rally saw 13 teams and 65 people compete in various Gumboot games of skill...
Spider Jones, decked out in full cycling regalia, was one of those who took part in the Racquet Club's Spin-a-Thon in support of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation this past Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Racquet Club Spin-a-Thon raises more than $9K for Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation

It’s nice enough outside these days that if anyone wanted to go for a bike ride, they could. But it’s also nice to stay indoors and help raise some money while taking part in a spin class. That’s what was happening at the Racquet Club on Saturday, as a full house of 27 participants took...

Yellowknife students win national video contest

A team of three students from Sir John Franklin High School won first place for their entry in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety’s (CCOHS) #FocusOnSafety National Youth Video Contest. Video creators Braeden Cordero and Markus Cluff and actor Tamara Jovic won $2,000 for their video entry “Workplace Spook” with a matching prize...

Miniso opens in Yellowknife

Miniso, a China-based lifestyle store, opened its doors on 49 Street on Saturday. With products ranging from stationery to stuffed animals to tech accessories and household items like frying pans, the store was a hit with Yellowknifers who packed into the retail outlet for the grand opening this weekend. The stylish and affordable Miniso brand...

Young Yellowknifers strike for action on climate change

“There is no planet B.” “If you don’t act like adults, we will.” Among a myriad of eye-catching signs and slogans waved by over a dozen young Yellowknifers on a busy downtown street corner last Friday, the message was the same: act now on climate change – before it’s too late. Demonstrators – many taking...

Student researchers vie for gold at Regional Learning Fair

Gathered in the gym of William McDonald School on Monday, students competed for top honours in Yellowknife’s Regional Learning Fair. After completing fairs at their respective schools, the presenters competed to be the best the region has to offer – representing Yellowknife’s future innovators and researchers. Two of them – Grade 10 student Hillary Hunyh,...
The fishin' technician from May 31, 2006. The technician makes his annual pilgrimage to Sambaa Deh Territorial Park in this column.

FISHIN’ TECHNICIAN FLASHBACK: Grad party fishin’ disaster, May 31, 2006

Technician recalls: OK, I’ve got some fresh content coming very soon but a few people have been asking me about the old columns so I thought I’d start digging up some oldies but goodies and post a few of them here. The annual spring grayling odyssey to the Deh Cho always made for good column...

NWT Conservatives open nomination period for federal election

Northwest Territories Conservatives are getting ready for the 2019 federal election. The Conservative Party of Canada issued a media release late last week as it opened its nomination period for the Northwest Territories. The party is asking interested members to submit nomination applications. The nomination period will be opened for two weeks, closing May 16...

Youth take over the legislative assembly

The NWT Youth Parliament is set to convene today in the NWT Legislative Assembly. Nineteen high school students will represent their home constituencies for three days of meetings and briefings. The program aims to educate Northern youth about consensus government, the legislature’s operations and the role of MLAs in the Northwest Territories. Members of the...

Inuit employment on radar for defence contractor Raytheon

Raytheon, the US-based defence contractor which holds the contract with Canada’s Department of National Defence to oversee the North Warning System, plans on once again hosting open houses in Cambridge Bay and Hall Beach at the end of June. The open houses, which include a community barbecue and a bit of a tour of a...

Ceremony officially marks RCMP V-Division change in command

The territory’s RCMP V Division passed on the torch from one commander to another in a ceremony in Iqaluit May 1. Chief Superintendent Amanda Jones, center right, receives the V-Division flag at a May 1 RCMP ceremony. Jones took over command duties at RCMP V Division in early January. Michele LeTourneau/NNSL photo Chief Superintendent Amanda...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: It’s time to stop using the term ‘hundred-year flood’

I want to start by saying that I feel bad for anyone who loses their house, cabin or cottage due to flooding, fire or any other natural or human made disaster. I know it can be heart wrenching. At the same time, I get a little miffed at politicians, news people and even regular citizens...
Anusa Sivalingam, right, leads a minute of silence for the hundreds of victims who died in terrorist attacks on churches earlier this month at NUP. Brett McGarry/ NNSL photo

EDITORIAL: Yk as a global village

Afghanistan memorial vigil in Yellowknife – 2015, anti-racism vigil in Yellowknife – 2017, Sisters in Spirit vigil – 2018, Quebec City mosque shooting vigil – 2018, Christchurch vigil – 2019, vigil for Sri Lanka...
Ella Kokelj, second from right, is a Sir John Franklin High School student and youth board member of Ecology North who says she is going on strike Friday in an effort to get action on climate change. She was among several panelists last week discussing climate change action, including Craig Scott, executive director of Ecology North, David Bob, president of the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Kimberly Fairman, executive director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now is the time to act on climate change

Dear editor, I’m a high school student at Sir John Franklin High School. I love being outside: adventuring, exploring, travelling. When out in the bush, I get to learn not only about the land, but also about myself: my limits, my dreams, my hopes. I want to share that feeling with others, and show people...
Therese Estacion on the Dettah ice road. Universal design is a relatively new concept that seeks to go beyond minimum standards to make the built environment usable for all people, she explains. Photo courtesy of Therese Estacion

GUEST COMMENT: Designing a more inclusive city

About three years ago, a rare bacterial infection led to the amputation of both my legs below the knee and some of my fingers. Oftentimes, the only thing that stops me from the possibility of entering a space is a short flight of stairs. If I were to be in a wheelchair, one meager step...

AROUND THE KIVALLIQ: Pakallak Tyme

Pakallak Tyme Rankin Inlet Lori Flynn, left, and Leslie (Inuujaq) Fredlund manage to get some of the cotton candy in the bags as help prepare for a kid’s afternoon at Williamson Lake during Pakallak Tyme in Rankin Inlet on May 2, 2018. photo courtesy Jared Ottenhof The hamlet of Rankin Inlet will host its annual...

Hearing for pair charged with murder in cab driver’s death to resume in fall

A preliminary hearing for a father and son accused of murdering a Yellowknife cab driver will resume in the fall. James Schiller, 49, and Elias Schiller, 18, both charged with second-degree murder, sat for day-one of the hearing in a Yellowknife courtroom on Wednesday. The inquiry will determine the strength of the Crown’s evidence against...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past Feburary, has been getting a lot of attention leading up to the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on May 2. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Draft delight for Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod

Another year, another round of Yellowknife players getting the phone call they’ve been waiting for. Logan Cunningham was the first to get picked by Spokane Chiefs after being selected in the third round, 59th overall, of the Western Hockey League’s bantam draft yesterday. It was an exciting morning for his dad, Al Cunningham, who said...

Man gets weekends in jail for sex offence involving niece

A Yellowknife man has been sentence to 90 days of intermittent jail time after pleading guilty to a sex offence involving his 15 year-old niece. The intermittent sentence means he will be serving his time on weekends effective immediately. Territorial court judge Robert Gorin himself called the sentence lenient, considering the heinousness nature of the...

St. Pat’s students visited Notre Dame Cathedral weeks before devastating fire

A group of St. Patrick High School students toured the Notre Dame Cathedral weeks before the iconic symbol of Paris burst into flames. The 45 students and four chaperones were on a two-week field trip through Belgium, France and Germany in March. They were in there to visit First World War battlefields. Among the sites...

Preliminary hearing begins for father and son accused of killing cab driver

A preliminary inquiry began today for a father and son charged with murder in the death of a longtime Yellowknife taxi driver. James Schiller, 49, and Elias Schiller, 18, are both charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ahmed Mahamud Ali. Ali, who worked on and off as a City Cab driver for more...
Air Tindi's floatbase on Mitchell Drive. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo.

‘That aircraft should not have taken off’

An Air Tindi plane that crashed on Jan. 30, killing both pilots, should never have taken off that morning. So says the company's president Al Martin after the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) revealed...

‘Ray of sunshine:’ Cassidy Giroux remembered as bright student with ‘a lot of potential’

Cassidy Giroux, a 15-year-old girl found dead near Frame Lake on Tuesday after being reported missing a day earlier, is being remembered as a dedicated student and a friend to many as tributes and condolences continue to pour in. “She was a very bright young lady with a lot of potential,” Todd Stewart, principal at...
Matt Vincent often donates supplies, medics and vehicles to various events around Yellowknife, as seen here at Folk on the Rocks 2018. From the left, Geraldine Maloney (EMT) Betty Anne Nickerson (EMR) Matt Vincent (Ceo/EMT-P) Carolyn Ridgley (RN BN). Courtesy of Matt Vincent

Focus on business: 62 Degrees North

Starting as a fly-in paramedic, Matt Vincent worked in the medical field for several years in the North until he decided he was up for a new challenge, starting his own business. “I needed to feel more stimulated and needed to change,” said Vincent. “You’re in a position for so long, you need to keep...
Marg Henderson fills crates with food for the various organizations which Food Rescue delivers to on Tuesday at the Food Rescue headquarters. The organization was established in 2008 with a mandate to stop food from being thrown in the trash and re-distribute to community groups that serve needy people in the city. NNSL file photo

AT YOUR SERVICE: Yk Food Rescue feeds the hungry

Editor’s note: Belong to a non-profit, volunteer group or community organization and want to let people know what you’re up to? Let us know and we’ll get the word out for you on our new At Your Service page. Call (873-4031) or email (editorial@nnsl.com) so we can get the information out to our readers. Food...

Missing 15-year-old girl found dead off Frame Lake Trail

The body of a 15-year-old girl reported missing early this week was found near the Frame Lake Trail Tuesday morning.  Cassidy Giroux was last seen Friday evening in Yellowknife and was reported missing on Monday. The missing...
Anusa Sivalingam, right, leads a minute of silence for the hundreds of victims who died in terrorist attacks on churches earlier this month at NUP. Brett McGarry/ NNSL photo

Vigil held for Sri Lanka bombing victims

Yellowknifers gathered for a candlelight vigil to honour victims of the Sri Lanka terror attacks at Northern United place this past Sunday. “We wanted to have something here in Yellowknife, in support and grieving with all of those who are affected,” said one of the event’s many organizers Anusa Sivalingam, a member of Yellowknife’s small...

Is Yellowknifer less valid than the CBC?

Normally, when I read criticism of Yellowknifer, I tend to move on, gleaning whatever wisdom I may from the context. But when a journalism colleague questions Yellowknifer’s existence on CBC’s website, I must defend...