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All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

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...

Planned apartment appears stalled

A developer who planned to build a three-story, 26 unit apartment building on School Draw Avenue has yet to buy the land. Alberta-based developer Robert Findlay told Yellowknifer last August that in a perfect world he wanted to get construction underway before cold weather set in last winter. No purchase agreement has been signed with...
Hay River photographer Adam Hill has an a new exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Easter weekend.

Love, the Land coming to town

Easter weekend marks the opening of a new exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Love, the Land, showcases the work of Hay River photographer Adam Hill. It opens tomorrow and runs until November. Hill, 36, who came to the North from Cape Breton, N.S. about eight years ago, has a day job...