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Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Project potluck kicks off in Yellowknife

One by one they showed up to a sunny Somba K’e Civic Plaza Sunday, armed with watermelon, salads, brownies, pizza and red-and-white checkered picnic blankets. Once assembled, the 20 or so strangers shared a meal and a chat as their children ran around in the grass. This was the Yellowknife iteration of Project Potluck, a...

City getting taken for a ride

The city’s safe ride program has a big fan – the RCMP. At the Aug. 28 municipal services committee meeting, RCMP staff Sgt. Alexandre Laporte said his organization is seeing a significant decline in calls for service downtown, meaning, he said, police are now able to put their resources in “the right areas.” That is,...

Letters to the editor help Yellowknifer reflect the city’s broad range of opinions

I wrote my first letter to the editor in high school. I was in Grade 12 during the 2000 presidential election, when Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was running against Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. This was the first year I could vote, and Nader’s stand against corporate corruption, campaign finance reform,...

Yellowknife Floor Hockey Association youth tournament rounds out inaugural season

There’s a sight you don’t see every day, or at least in the past 50 years: the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. Maybe not the real thing but at least it kind of looks like it. The Yellowknife Floor Hockey Association hosted its inaugural youth tournament at the DND Gymnasium on Aug. 31...

Yellowknife Slopitch Association playoffs finish up softball season

The Yellowknife Slopitch Association’s 2017 season is officially over with the league’s champions crowned on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The Top of the World Wham Dingers captured the A competitive division title. Their 13-2 win over the Elks Stars of Destiny topped off a perfect season in town – zero losses in 25 games....

Taltson McQueen heads to Grande Prairie Regional College to begin post-secondary volleyball career

When it comes to student athletes, they say studies come first, sports second. Eighteen-year-old Sir John Franklin High School graduate Talston McQueen is about to find out if that’s true after making the men’s volleyball team at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). So far, he likes what he sees. “I’m a little rusty but I’m...

Look in a (queer) book

Chelsea Thacker is hoping to paint a reading rainbow over Yellowknife. “It’s like everything that gay dreams are made of,” she said. The club, new this month, came from hearing feedback from youth and people who access the centre. “They wanted to learn more about queerness, about transness, different perspectives, history, all that kind of...

Northern premiers put on united front

NWT Premier Bob McLeod has joined forces with his territorial counterparts to to warn the federal government its looming carbon tax is going to have devastating effects on the residents of all three territories. This, in addition to an admonishment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Dec. 20 decision to impose a moratorium on Arctic offshore...

Clark Builders out $11.8M in online scam

There will be no delays to construction at the new Stanton Territorial Hospital despite one of its main contractors getting caught up in an online phishing scam. That’s according to Marc Timberman, chief financial officer for Yellowknife-founded and Edmonton-based Clark Builders. Timberman told News/North the construction company is out nearly $12 million after three payments,...

Young female reported missing from Yellowknife Friday may have been found

Alexis Christian, reported missing by Yellowknife RCMP Friday, may have been found yet no confirmation has been provided by police.  On Friday afternoon, the RCMP asked the public for assistance in locating 16-year-old Alexis Christian. Facebook posts indicate Christian has been found, including a comment at 5:59 p.m. Friday stating, “She is found safe and...

Standoff in Kam Lake ends peacefully

There was some tension Thursday afternoon in Kam Lake as a man barricaded himself inside a trailer and refused to come out for police. RCMP blocked off a section of Cameron Road near Deh Cho Boulevard and Taltheilei Drive as officers negotiated with the man. After about three hours, the man surrendered peacefully and without...

What’s in those rocks around us?

This week I am going to talk about some things that deserve a lot more care, consideration,and respect then they tend to get – rocks and minerals. They form the foundation or crust of the earth. Our lives depend on them and much of the trappings of civilization come from them. Everything from salt, to...

Smoking ban needs careful consideration

Last week, city council directed administration to look into options to potentially outlaw smoking on all city properties, including parks. The city needs to take a deep breath. If it isn’t careful, the smoking bylaw could end up in the same pile as the poop-and-scoop rules it passed in 2014. Three years after the law...

GNWT wants to hear from residents on a made-in-the-north minerals act

The participants were few at the first session held to gather input for a made-in-the-North Mineral Resources Act this week. But those who came had strong opinions on how minerals in the North should be governed. Louis Covello, long-time Yellowknife prospector, said the federal act worked very well for the prospecting community and only needs...

From Yk to Gjoa Haven in a kayak

For Diane Hache, kayaking to the Northwest Passage from Yellowknife was a personal mission. “It was my dream,” she told Yellowknifer. “I followed my dream. I completed my dream.” On Aug. 21, the adventurer completed the final leg of her six-year journey from Yellowknife to Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. The idea to take the trip took...

Territorial leaders welcome INAC split

Indigenous leaders in the NWT are welcoming the federal government’s split of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs portfolio. On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the change, which divides the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs into Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services. Carolyn Bennett, former Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, will now be Minister...

Council votes to ban running dogs along cars

Council voted on Monday evening to prohibit running dogs alongside cars within city limits. With the exception of Coun. Niels Konge, the vote was unanimous to direct administration to add this provision to the dog bylaw. “There’s been many whose dogs have been lost unfortunately to this practice,” said Coun. Julian Morse. “I’ve heard from...

Canadian passports add third gender option

Canadians can now choose to have their sex identified as X on their passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This was emotional news for Lane MacIntosh, who uses pronouns they, them and their. “I bawled,” said MacIntosh, about hearing the news. “I was really excited because I didn’t...

Beer fight overflows with support

Fletcher Stevens is hoping requests from more Yellowknife businesses will push the NWT Liquor Licensing Board to reverse its decision blocking his brewery from privately handling distribution. Last week the board rejected the request, made by the Explorer Hotel, to purchase beer directly from NWT Brewing. Since Yellowknifer broke the story, Stevens says he’s been...

Ndilo chief hopefuls speak with Yellowknifer

Ahead of the Sept. 6 election for chief in the Yellowknives Dene First Nation community of Ndilo, Yellowknifer caught up with the three candidates Alex Beaulieu, Ernest Betsina and Shirley Tsetta. They spoke of the Ndilo housing shortage, how to engage elders and youth and how to move forward on the Akaitcho land-claim negotiations. The...

MLA spared testifying at criminal trial

A Yellowknife MLA was spared testifying at a criminal trial when the accused pleaded guilty immediately before the trial was set to begin. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green had been subpoenaed by the Crown to testify against the 29-year-old man. He was convicted of assaulting a woman who was eight-months pregnant in May of this...

RCMP search for missing man in Yellowknife

Yellowknife RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing man. According to the Mounties, Timothy MacDonald, 54, has not been seen or heard from for more than a week. Marie York-Condon, civilian media liaison for the RCMP, stated in an e-mail MacDonald was reported missing Tuesday morning by a person who last...

Conservative leader makes first-ever visit to North

The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada says it is too early to start thinking about who will be his party’s NWT candidate in the next federal election. “When the time comes we’ll have a robust search and selection process but at the end of the day it’ll be our grassroots members who have...

Yk hockey star hopes to make WHL team roster

Connor Fleming was drafted by the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League’s 2016 bantam draft. He was too young to join the team last season but this time around, he will get his first genuine shot to make the big club. The 16-year-old started on his way to playing in the WHL this...

Austin Daniels comes close at Lethbridge Hurricanes main camp

While Connor Fleming is busy trying to make the roster of the Prince Albert Raiders, there was another young Yellowknife hockey stud who very nearly got his chance to play in the Western Hockey League. Austin Daniels managed to make it to the main camp of the Lethbridge Hurricanes late last month but was released...

What’s in those rocks?

  This week I am going to talk about some things that deserve a lot more care, consideration and respect than they tend to get – rocks and minerals. They form the foundation or crust of the earth. Our lives depend on them and much of the trappings of civilization come from them. Everything from...

City pumps $78,000 into safe ride

City council voted to top up funding for a program the RCMP is praising for relieving pressure on the city's emergency-response system. Council voted to allocate an additional $78,000 to fund the Yellowknife Street Outreach...

Media kicked out of Ndilo chiefs’ forum

More than 50 Yellowknives Dene First Nation members came to hear three Ndilo chief candidates speak Thursday ahead of a Sept. 6 election. The YKDFN Ndilo Chiefs’ Forum  was the first opportunity for members of the First Nation to hear from the candidates running for Ndilo chief: Alex Beaulieu, Ernest Betsina and Shirley Tsetta. Shortly...

Man gets six months for drug trafficking

A Yellowknife man has been sentenced to six months in jail after he was convicted of trafficking cocaine in the summer of 2015. Dennis Foster, 22, the son of a Yellowknife municipal enforcement officer, was scolded by NWT Supreme Court judge Virginia Schuler as she sentenced him a week ago yesterday for repeatedly breaching his...

‘Very sharp increase’ in number of gonorrhea cases has chief health officer worried

A gonorrhea epidemic is here and it might not be treatable. After falling for 20 years, the number of reported cases of gonorrhea has gone up more than 53 percent across Canada over the past 10 years. The NWT is sitting on rates that are more than 18 times the national average, according to the...