Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Jamie Koe in must-win situation

by Martin Gavin Special to Northern News Services Jamie Koe and his Yellowknife foursome will need to turn things around to see championship round play at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier in Regina this week. Team NWT,...

WOMEN WARRIORS: Insights for women entering politics

With the GNWT Campaign Schools for Women taking place in Yellowknife this weekend, I'll review some thoughts from cabinet minister Caroline Cochrane, who I spoke to for my podcast about on women running for...

Falcons fly high on the court

Economical. That's probably the best word to use when it comes to Sir John Franklin's success at the NWT Power Corporation Senior Cager basketball tournament this past weekend. The Falcons ended up in five finals and...

Giant Mine update

In an effort to attract Northern workers, the California-based company awarded the contract to remediate Giant Mine will split this work into five sub-contracts ahead of taking over the site this June. Parsons Inc. construction...

Man avoids jail time in assault on common-law partner

A 41-year-old man who assaulted his common-law partner in downtown Yellowknife was spared jail time in NWT territorial court Monday. Chief Judge Christine Gagnon handed down a sentence of 12 months probation after the man...

NWT ranked second last in justice system report card

“Shockingly high” crime rates continue to plague the territories, the publishers of an annual criminal justice system report card that hands NWT a “C” grade say. The report, released Monday by independent think tank the...

Proposed impaired driving law may unfairly ensnare young drivers

The NWT has some of the highest rates of drinking and driving in Canada. In 2016, the territory reported more than 1,400 incidents per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 262 incidents per...

Man calls out City’s ‘anti-public’ culture following Fieldhouse ban

A Yellowknife man is calling out City Hall's “anti-public” culture after he says he was unfairly banned from a recreational facility last fall. With no running water at his Kam Lake home, lifelong resident Jerald...

GNWT rolling out youth counsellors next school year

When students return to school next year they will be greeted by friends, teachers and newly appointed mental health professionals. As part of a $1.5 million effort to combat mental illness in schoolchildren, the territory's...

Denecho King’s escape route still out of bounds at jail: legislative assembly briefs

Work on jail security still underway Nearly 19 months after an inmate charged with second-degree murder escaped from the North Slave Correctional Centre, work to improve security at the jail has yet to be finished. “The...

First wave of acts announced for Folk On The Rocks

The 2018 Folk On The Rocks music festival is calling in award winning talent to enhance their 38th annual event. Executive producer Carly Bradley has announced the first wave of acts who will be performing...

Upcoming events in Yellowknife

Please click on the YKBuzz  logo in the home page banner to go directly to the new to events calendar page. Thank you! Jan. 10 and 11 8 p.m. – doors at 7 p.m. Craig Cardiff Armed with an extensive...

‘Too many people are in jail that shouldn’t be’

To overturn the criminal justice system's ongoing punishment of mentally ill offenders, reform – both inside and outside of the courtroom – is needed, a Yellowknife-based lawyer says. "We continue to criminalize mental health issues,"...

Youth send messages of hope to peers

If Jaylene Delorme-Buggins could tell her younger self something, she would say, “hold on, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel and there's hope for the future.” The 24-year-old member of...

A sad farewell to a truly nice man

There I was sitting on my couch reading some news on my phone, my youngest daughter listening to the Finger Family song on YouTube for the umpteen-millionth time. A text pops into my phone: "Did you...

Students trade pencils for chisels in De Beers ice carving workshop

High school students from St. Patrick's and Sir John Franklin put down their pencils and picked up chisels and saws Friday morning, partaking in an ice carving workshop led by Yellowknife carver Terry Pamplin...

Folk On The Rocks announces first wave of 2018 performers

Canadian indie rock band STARS and 2018 Juno award nominees The Weather Station are among the first wave of artists to perform at Folk On The Rocks in July, announced by the festival's executive...

Community marches for hope and justice for Indigenous youth

Approximately 30 people marched through Yellowknife in memory of slain Indigenous youths Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie. Event organizer Jaylene Delorme-Buggins said she planned the march to remind Indigenous youth that their lives matter. "I shared...

Winning Northwestel phone book cover unveiled

A Yellowknife artist's colourful rendition of a popular local haunt is officially one for the books. Lise Fortin's acrylic painting, titled “Dog Beach,” will grace the cover of Northwestel's 2018-2019 phone book following an unveiling...

NEWS BRIEFS: RCMP makes stylish statement on bullying

Members of the Yellowknife RCMP took a stylish stand against bullying Wednesday. Senior management, along with general duty and community policing members of the force, donned pink uniform shirts in support of Pink Shirt Day. Pink...

Barbs exchanged at rental board hearing

At a rental board hearing this week, the Yellowknife Housing Authority sought to claw back $42,000 in rent from a woman they say owned an Ontario home and was therefore ineligible for public housing. Over...

Jamie Koe ready to roll at Brier

by Martin Gavin Special to Northern News Services Jamie Koe and his rink from the Yellowknife Curling Centre will enter this year's Tim Hortons Brier as one of the most experienced teams in the field. In fact,...

SNOWKING WINTER FESTIVAL: The time has come… a message from the King

Already the time has come for the citizens of Yellowknife to venture down to Great Slave Lake to experience the best of winter. They come by truck, by car, snowmobile, skis, and snowshoes and...

LOOKING BACK: Nerco Con pours biggest gold ever

40 years ago It was official. The Yellowknife Dog Trotters Association would pay $655 annually for two lots in the Kam Lake industrial subdivision, according to a bylaw passed by council. The Trotter's lease was for five...
Todd Parsons: says there is a high chance for a strike against the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority in mid-February.

Strike decision may not come for months

With strike votes continuing across the territory it could be months before unionized NWT government employees know if they'll be hitting the picket line. “I wouldn't be surprised if the negotiating process drags on for...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: March Madness for mandarins

Beware of March madness. This happens every year when a tsunami of crazed civil servants, rush around town buying everything they can lay their hands on. They feel they must use up any of...

Volleyball success for Potential club

In recent years, the Potential Volleyball Club has managed to find success as the season went on. Last weekend, though, saw the club's 15U girls do something which hasn't been done before. The girls made the...

Zero-tolerance for young drivers caught driving high

Forget about toking and driving. The territorial government has unveiled new legislation that will introduce zero tolerance rules for young drivers impaired by drugs. Under the NWT cannabis bill tabled Feb. 28, drivers below the age...

SNOW TRAIL TALES: Here comes the sun

Welcome back warmer weather and sunshine. We’ve been waiting a long time and now comes the best of the sledding season. Take advantage of it because there will soon be melting due to the...

New restaurant to bloom in spring

A new smokehouse and pizzeria is aiming to open its doors on Range Lake Road for Yellowknifers on May 1. Once opened, the owners of CopperHouse restaurant say their casual dining experience will fill a...