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City to count homeless next year

Yellowknife will count its homeless population next year with funding from the federal government, according to Coun. Linda Bussey. The city’s community advisory board on homelessness opted at a meeting to hold what’s called a point-in-time count. The methodology of the count will be determined later. The federal government offered $32,000 for the project. A...

Police locate man accused of sexual assault

RCMP have located a man with an outstanding arrest warrant who is charged with sexual assault. Aaron Chatholique, 36, is now in custody, according to a news release from RCMP released yesterday. RCMP said earlier this week they had attempted to find Catholique for several days.

City seeks feedback via pollster

In the coming days, polling company Ipsos Reid will be gauging opinions on municipal issues for city hall. Pollsters will ring both landlines and cellphones between May 8 and 19 in search of residents 18 and older. When Ipsos Reid carried out the survey in 2014, questions included rating the quality of life in the city,...

Visitors centre to close, money sought to rebuild

The city’s tourist information centre may close by May 15 due to safety concerns, according to a document obtained by Yellowknifer. The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre last year saw more than 50,000 people come through its doors. But those doors are on shaky ground. Years of structural issues due to frost heaving have damaged windows,...

Ex-cop calls for security investigation at Center Square Mall

A retired RCMP officer is calling for an investigation into the behaviour of North Star Security guards at Centre Square Mall after witnessing what he called “extreme aggression” toward an indigenous man and woman by two guards. Bradley Enge said he was walking toward the Northern Heights apartment building on 49 Street on the afternoon of...

Emerging actresses from across the territory sought for new project

Play to explore female indigenous identity in the NWT Emerging indigenous actresses from across the territory are invited to audition for an acting and play writing project with leading Northern actresses Reneltta Arluk and Tiffany Ayalik. Focused exclusively on female indigenous experience in the Northwest Territories, the project will pair two First Nations, Inuit or Métis actresses...

Local companies vie for attention of Yellowknife students

Variety of careers on display at St. Patrick and Sir John Franklin high schools   On Tuesday, middle and high school students across the city got a taste of what their future might hold at a career expo organized by Skills Canada Northwest Territories. Businesses, non-profits, universities and the government competed for the attention of students...

What it means to be a man: Group to host a discussion on masculinity...

Men don’t often have the space to talk about their experiences with masculinity and gender, something a group of community members want to change. Open only to those who identify as male, an upcoming screening of documentary The Mask You Live In and a conversation about what it is to be a man in the...

Yellowknife composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. Carmen Braden’s song Magnetic North, featured on her first studio album Ravens, has been nominated in the category of Classical Composition of the Year. The only resident of the Northwest Territories on...

Access to washrooms

Nobody, other than the participants, knows exactly what led to an A&W customer being roughed up by security at Centre Square Mall late last month.That said, one rhetorical question helps to put the situation into perspective: What would have happened if the mall security guard had just given Ranelda McNeely the key to the washroom?...

Police seek man accused of sex assault

Police in the city are searching for a man accused of sexual assault who has evaded arrest attempts, according to an RCMP news release. Police are seeking to arrest Aaron Catholique, 36, of Yellowknife who remains at large after a search spanning several days. The public is not in “immediate” danger, police stated. He’s described...

City seeks Canada Day vendors

The City of Yellowknife is on the hunt for arts, crafts and food vendors to liven up this year’s Canada Day celebrations at Somba K’e Civic Plaza. The deadline for vendors to apply is May 31, according to a news release. Non-profit organizations are being given preference for the event, which will take place from...
Terry Brookes, trustee at Yellowknife Education District No. 1, presents the school board's 2017/18 draft budget on April 27 at the district office in Yellowknife. Pictured at right is Tram Do, director of corporate services. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

Yk1 lays out budget plans

Yellowknife’s public school board is projecting a minor deficit in 2017-18, amounting to less than one per cent of its approximately $35-million budget. But the school board says that will have no negative impact on its ability to offer programming next school year. “We’re in very good financial shape,” said Terry Brookes, trustee for Yellowknife...
Darren Kuhn is Yellowknife's new deputy fire chief of life safety and fire prevention. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

New deputy fire chief all about awareness

It’s been less than two months since Darren Kuhn packed up his bags and made the move from Edmonton to Yellowknife, but already he’s full of ideas for his new role at the Yellowknife Fire Division. As the city’s new deputy fire chief of life safety and fire prevention, Kuhn wants to help Yellowknifers work...
A work from composer Carmen Braden's recently released album Ravens is nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. - Emelie Peacock/NNSL photo

Composer nominated for Western Canadian Music Award

A work inspired by the Braden family’s move North and the science of magnets has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. Carmen Braden’s song Magnetic North, featured on her first studio album Ravens, has been nominated in the category of Classical Composition of the Year. The only resident of the Northwest Territories on...
Mitchell Elliott of Range Lake North cradles the ball after making a stop during the Grade 7 boys final of Diavik Junior Super Soccer at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Winner, winner, Wildcat dinner

The Super Soccer format has been happening since 1993, even though the NWT School Soccer Championships had been happening before its current format. In all those years, no school had ever swept the board to win every single championship up for grabs. William McDonald School gave it a go this year and missed out by...

City considers buy-local policy

A new trade agreement between provinces and territories could make it easier for the city to buy goods and services locally, within certain limits. The city is drafting a local purchasing policy with further details expected to come to council before the end of the year. The idea is to make it easier for local...

Yellowknife city council nixes 911 privatization

When 911 comes to town, council would like the dispatch service to remain under the City of Yellowknife umbrella. At Monday’s municipal services committee meeting, senior administrative officer Sheila Bassi-Kellett presented council with three options for dispatch service: contract out to either a public or private sector provider within the North, contract to a southern...
Cheyanne Jones, 15, left, Madison Flanagan, 7, and Ava Catholique-Herback, 4, toss a ball around at a Fred Henne Territorial Park campsite last August. - Robin Grant/NNSL photo

Territory parks fill up

A lot of people want to go camping in NWT parks this summer. The NWT Parks online reservation system opened at 10 a.m. on April 12 for most parks, with Fred Henne Territorial Park open for reservations on April 13. By 11 a.m on the first day, bookings had generated more than $50,000. By April...

Justice department silent on security

The Department of Justice is shedding little light on what measures it is taking to improve security at the North Slave Correctional Complex after an inmate used fentanyl at the jail late last year.The Nov. 29 incident came less than a week after a string of eight fentanyl-related overdoses happened in Yellowknife within 48 hours,...
Students Elizabeth Gillard, left, Ann Huynh and Kate Burt met with Yellowknife Catholic Schools board members last Wednesday night to talk about what they've learned in a new maker space classroom. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

Maker space students share creativity

Three Yellowknife students got a chance to showcase to their school board last week what they’ve been learning in a new type of classroom at Weledeh Catholic School. Unlike a typical class, “maker space” is filled with gadgets – everything from 3D printers to old sewing machines – and gives students a chance to work...
Sandra MacKenzie, chair of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, left stands in front of a mockup of the new donor tree, with foundation founding member Gordon Van Tighem and current executive director Linda Bussey on Thursday at the foundation's 20th anniversary celebration. The foundation received a $123,044.70 cheque from Bell Mobility Inc. -- leftover money from payment owed to Bell customers who were charged for a non-existent 911 service. - Jessica Davey-Quantick/NNSL file photo

Unpaid 911 money goes to Stanton charity

The Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation is proving to be one of the bigger winners following a lawsuit settlement that saw cellphone provider Bell Mobility pay out more than $1 million after charging customers a fee for a non-existent 911 emergency phone service. On March 31, Bell Mobility Inc. wrote a $123,044.70 cheque to the hospital...
Wendy Malkin, left, and Andrea Pellerin say students at Sir John Franklin High School are what keep them coming back to work each morning as administrative assistants. - Kirsten Fenn/NNSL photo

More than answering phone calls

If you’ve ever walked through Sir John Franklin High School, you’ve likely seen Wendy Malkin and Andrea Pellerin holding down the fort at the front office. The two administrative assistants are the first points of contact for people coming through the school and the go-to for students who need help with everything from finding Band-Aids...
An aerial view of Giant Mine in 2015. Dr. Laurie Chan wants to hear residents’ feedback on a health study that will be used to monitor people’s exposure to contaminants like arsenic during the remediation of Giant Mine. - NNSL file photo

Residents weigh in on health study

The researcher heading up a human-health study during the remediation of Giant Mine is seeking input from residents this week on the study’s Residents are invited to take part in a community consultation on the Health Effects Monitoring Program (HEMP), led by the University of Ottawa’s Dr. Laurie Chan, at the Prince of Wales Northern...
Above are the charred remnants of Namushka Lodge the day after a wildfire raged through last summer. There were 21 guests at the lodge at the time who fled by boat. photo courtesy of Bryan Chorostkowski

‘I’m still upset about the way they handled it’

A lodge owner who was not warned to flee before a fire destroyed his business remains skeptical the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has learned from the experience. “I’d like answers and I’d like (the department) to step up and show everyone in Yellowknife that they’re going to make changes,” said Bryan Chorostkowski, who...
Mike Auge, the city's manager of sustainability and solid waste, stands beside a pile of relatively fresh compost collected from neighbourhoods in the city. This year, single-family homes in downtown will be added to the green cart compost collection program. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Green carts coming downtown

The city’s curbside organics collection program will expand to downtown single-family homes this summer. This is the final neighbhourhood to get service before the city eventually adds businesses, apartments and industrial sites. It means every standalone house in the city should have both a black garbage bin and green compost collection bin by the end...

GNWT starts new arsenic testing at Kam Lake

Decision comes after public health advisory relied on decades-old arsenic data The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has begun new water quality testing to measure arsenic levels at Kam Lake this week. “We felt it was something that would be good to undertake in terms of taking some additional samples,” said Robert Jenkins, director...

Yker on national arts board

Local artist Ben Nind said he is honoured and humbled to be nominated as a board member of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s national public arts funder He is one of eight new part-time members of the council’s board of directors, announced on April 7. Born in Ontario and raised in Yellowknife, Nind...

Councillors seek pot dollars

Portion of tax revenue sought to cover expected regulations, enforcement costs Several city councillors hope the city can get a share of tax revenue from sales of legal marijuana next year. This is fair, says Coun. Julian Morse, because the city will be on the hook to pay for regulatory and enforcement costs. “I fully...
April 18/17 John McFadden/NNSL photo Mock trial main players gathered for a group photo following Humpty Dumpty's mock trial at the Yellowknife Courthouse on Tuesday. Humpty Dumpty's lawyer, played by Crown prosecutor Gary Wool, back row left, is joined by lawyer for the King Sarah Arngna'naaq, Hayley Fitzgerald who played Squire Fanmoth, Candace Seddon who played Old Lady Haggis, Kelly McLaughlin - Dr. Beaten Eggs, Benjamin Teed who played Humpty Dumpty, Laura Faryna - Sir Warthead and front row Nick Leeson the King of Carol Land.April 18/17 John McFadden/NNSL photo Mock trial main players gathered for a group photo following Humpty Dumpty's mock trial at the Yellowknife Courthouse on Tuesday. Humpty Dumpty's lawyer, played by Crown prosecutor Gary Wool, back row left, is joined by lawyer for the King Sarah Arngna'naaq, Hayley Fitzgerald who played Squire Fanmoth, Candace Seddon who played Old Lady Haggis, Kelly McLaughlin - Dr. Beaten Eggs, Benjamin Teed who played Humpty Dumpty, Laura Faryna - Sir Warthead and front row Nick Leeson the King of Carol Land.

Humpty Dumpty found guilty for fall

In the end, Humpty Dumpty was responsible for his own fall from the king’s wall. On Tuesday, a jury ruled the King of Carol Land was not negligent nor responsible for Dumpty’s pain and suffering, or his medical and legal bills. That was the outcome of a mock civil trial held for Grade 10 students...