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Long weekend, new champions

Whenever there are big tournaments at the Yellowknife Golf Club, there are certain players you expect to see at the top. Andy Couvrette is one of them. The veteran Yellowknife golfer managed to outlast the field to win the men’s title at the Yellowknife Golf Club August Long Weekend Tournament on Monday. His 54-hole total...

More support for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women

About a year after the federal government made the commitment, a project to help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women find information about what happened to their loved ones has finally materialized in the NWT. The territory’s Department of Justice has established family information liaison units in Yellowknife and Inuvik, where residents can get...

Team NWT gets close to the podium

For the first time at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, the NWT had a genuine shot at a medal. Too bad Gabriel Leclerc had an outside lane in the pool. The 15-year-old swimmer was in the A final of the boys 50-metre breaststroke on Tuesday evening after having the eighth-best qualifying time from the...

Dettah Dodgers fall in opening playoff game at Slo Pitch National Canadian Championships

If the Dettah Dodgers wanted to blame the smoke from the wildfires blazing in B.C. for their early exit at the Slo Pitch National Canadian Championships, they wouldn’t be faulted for doing so. The Dodgers were the lone NWT representative at the championships in Langley, B.C., this past weekend but failed to get past the...

Was week one in Winnipeg so bad? Not really

So, some of the scorelines involving Team NWT during week one of the Canada Summer Games didn’t exactly match the sport in which they were playing. We knew that going in. No illusions of grandeur were on the cards at any time. An upset would have been more than icing on the cake, but it...

Team NWT doubles in size for final week of Canada Summer Games

Batch two of athletes from the NWT is off and running at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. And it’s a much bigger batch than the first offering. Team NWT’s size literally doubled as squads for girls’ and boys’ indoor volleyball, swimming, golf and boys’ soccer arrived in Saturday. There’s also a tennis player as...

This bird still stuck in the ashes

The ongoing Phoenix pay mess may seem abstract to some but one federal employee shared a story last week that illustrates how it’s turning lives upside down. The system was implemented in February 2016 by streamlining all federal pay through an office in Miramichi, N.B. A glitch in the system led to all sorts of...

‘You twisted my words!’

  It’s a common complaint: people who talk to the media say they’ve been misquoted or their words have been twisted. It’s an absolutely understandable concern and in a way, I’d say it’s legitimate. This is because of the way news works: a reporter will condense two or more interviews and sometimes hundreds of pages...

Make the switch to reusable containers!

As I sit in the park, I see a young mother walk by with her youngster gleefully running toward the swingset. At first I am happy for their happiness, then shake my head and feel a certain sense of sadness when I think what the world will be like 20 years from now for this...

‘Why is nobody helping us?’: Mother waiting five years for public housing

Dawn-Marie Blanchard says she is ready to pack up her life and leave Yellowknife after waiting on a public housing list for nearly five years. Since the mother of two arrived in the city after an absence of several years, her struggle for housing has taken her from transitional housing at Rockhill family housing to...

Around the world in 3,650 days

You could say Ann and Barry Lange’s motto is that life is too short. It was that simple idea that spurred the former Yellowknife couple more than 10 years ago to do what some might imagine unthinkable – quit their jobs, sell their home and chase their dream of sailing around the world. “We had...

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

In a complete reversal from last week’s public message, the Minister of Health and Social Services says there will be signs posted at Yellowknife lakes to warn residents of arsenic levels in the water. “I provided direction earlier in the spring to move forward with signs,” said Abernethy. “My direction at the time was that...

Hundreds receive safe ride

Two individuals approach Lydia Bardak at the safe ride van she drives, parked on the sidewalk beside Subway downtown. The date is July 31. Somebody is passed out in the parkade across the road, they tell her, and needs help. “Wake up, wake up,” Bardak says, nudging the man gently until his eyes open. After...

Learning on ‘fun toys’

In a warehouse in the Kam Lake area, eight students buckle up in large black simulators that shake, rattle and beep as they navigate a virtual reality construction site on the screen in front of them. They are the first members of a heavy equipment training course using simulators to teach students the safe operation...

No signs to be put up at contaminated lakes

There are no plans to put up signs warning residents of contamination in lakes around Yellowknife, according to an updated arsenic advisory the Department of Health and Social Services issued Tuesday. “From what we’ve heard from our partners, signs are expensive to put up,” said Dr. Andre Corriveau, the territory’s chief public health officer. “They...

Cranberry rain, cranberry rain

Cranberry rain, cranberry rain. Don’t you just love the cranberry rains? You could try singing that to the tune of Prince’s Purple Rain and it might just work. I am sure some people are going to ask what a cranberry rain is so perhaps an explanation is in order. Let’s start with a little bit...

Five times a champion – almost

Jeff Pitre is not one to brag about his achievements as the reigning Western champion and sole motorcycle drag racer from the Northwest Territories. The Yellowknife entrepreneur began drag racing motorcycles at age 45, after several years racing skidoos around the territory. In a small but dedicated community of motorcycle drag racers, Pitre has done...

Rubbish on the Rocks

Imagine throwing a party and some of your guests decided to pitch tents in your neighbour’s yard and dump their trash and empty booze bottles there. You wouldn’t tell your neighbour, ‘sorry, not my problem,” would you? The appropriate answer seems obvious. Alas, it doesn’t appear to have dawned on organizers for this year’s Folk...

Finalists hope to win their space

  Five of the city’s budding entrepreneurs will duke it out tonight in a Dragons’ Den-style finale of the Win Your Space YK contest. The contest gives five finalists a chance to win a free year of lease space downtown. The ideas range from baked goods to bike tours and the six-member jury is tasked...

‘The trees are enormous’

  As the first Yellowknife fire crew starts work to B.C., one returning firefighter is sharing his experience helping to combat the one of the worst fire seasons in the province’s history. Driving back home on Saturday after 18 days spent fighting fires in the territory’s central interior, Ryan Hanna had just enough time to...

Yes, you can film the police

Why it’s important for the public to understand this right and its limitations The man had been accused of harassing a female officer. While all of this was happening, a man named Waseem Khan was filming with his cellphone. The police warned Khan to stop filming and threatened to seize his phone. The incident got...

Let minors into Yk pubs

Of the territory’s liquor laws, the one that defines liquor permits might be the most archaic.As it is written right now, if an NWT restaurateur offers a full menu but won’t necessarily derive his or her profits primarily from food, that business will be granted a Class A, or liquor-primary liquor licence.   For example,...

Yellowknife visitors centre still waiting for a new home

The Northern Frontier Visitors Association is debating whether to dissolve after determining it will have no home from which to offer visitor services as of Sept. 30. In a July 28 letter, association members were told they would soon be contacted for a vote on whether the association should dissolve in October or continue “as...

Pay system glitch frustrates grieving mom

Jane has worked for the federal government for 17 years. On Friday, she had $49 in her bank account. Her daughter died suddenly in December, and in April her nurse practitioner advised she go on unpaid leave. But the Phoenix pay system, introduced last year in an effort to streamline payment to 300,000 federal employees,...

No home for visitors centre

The Northern Frontier Visitors Association is debating whether to dissolve after determining it will have no home from which to offer visitor services as of Sept. 30. In a July 28 letter, association members were told they would soon be contacted for a vote on whether the association should dissolve in October or continue “as...

Kam Lake, an urban fisherman’s paradise

Kam Lake is a toxic waste dump, right? Its few surviving fish are three-eyed freaks and just touching the water will give you the shakes so bad you’ll think you’re Elmer Fudd standing next to a gong as Bugs Bunny whacks it with a hammer.   It’s probably only a matter of time before they...

Killer bugs and the rest of us

The story in last week’s column about the 1928 trip to Walsh Lake got me thinking. Hopefully, someday someone does a film about it because history is important. A.Y. Jackson painted in the area before Yellowknife was founded and came back and painted it again when the mines started. So, in a way, he was...

Yk to Van nonstop flights coming

New Air Canada route to start in December, run until April Fly me to the moon, or at least to B.C., nonstop. Air Canada announced on Wednesday the airline will be offering direct daily flights between Vancouver and Yellowknife, starting Dec. 15. With prices starting at $219 one-way, the flights will operate until April 1,...

Scouts build the great escape

New puzzle-themed room coming to this year’s Ptarmicon Yellowknife scouts are heading to death row – actually, they’re building it. This year, a group of five youth from Scouts Canada Yellowknife 1st, aged 14 to 17, are designing and building an escape room, which is basically a jailhouse themed puzzle Ptarmicon-goers will get the chance...

The Con is on

It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s Ptarmicon and it’s back for its sixth year. And, this year, it’s bigger on the inside. The world’s most northern gaming and popular culture convention is taking over the Chateau Nova Hotel this weekend. “It’s just a better venue this year,” said Reigh-Leigh Foster DeBaie, Ptarmicon president....