Yellowknifer

All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

A Facebook-fuelled Christmas miracle

If "It's a Wonderful Life" were remade in 2017, it might look a little something like this. What started out as a single Facebook post on Saturday has snowballed into a full-fledged fundraising campaign for...

Driving your vehicle on the lake isn’t safe yet, says GSSA President

Despite increasingly cold temperatures, riding on lakes can be dangerous if thin ice is present, said Great Slave Snowmobile Association president Michael Arbuckle. “I feel comfortable taking my vehicle out when there is at least...

Square Dance Club pays it forward

After 20 years away from the limelight, the Yellowknife Square Dance Club has resurfaced after a large donation. The club is donating $17,000, which was placed in guaranteed investment certificate, to the Yellowknife Seniors' Society...

St.Patrick High School presents Annie Jr

St. Patrick students have been given the creative freedom to produce Annie Jr. The high school drama department will perform at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre with its first performance tomorrow night. Director, Emma Smith...

Income assistance clients to receive direct payments

Northwest Territories residents who rely on income assistance will soon be receiving payments directly — a change from the current system which sees dollars doled out to clients through food voucher payments. The move, made by...

Sexual predator declared dangerous offender

A notorious sexual predator will be off Yellowknife streets indefinitely. Bobby Zoe, 36, was declared a dangerous offender in Supreme Court last Thursday by Alberta-based deputy Justice J. Richard McIntosh. That means he will be...

New ‘X’ gender available on NWT driver’s licences

Territory residents now have the option of listing "X" in place of male and female distinctions on driver's licences and identification cards. The change has been rolled out in a bid to ensure services provided...

Kevin Koe Olympic-bound in curling

Fourth time's the charm, as they say. Maybe that's not the correct saying but for Kevin Koe, who cares? He finally gets to go to the Winter Olympics. It's the only major event left out of...

Correction

Errors appear in an article in Wednesday's Yellowknifer (“Man charged after road mayhem,” Yellowknifer, Dec. 6). Finlayson Drive and Judge Andrew Mahar's name was misspelled. Also, Iman Kassam's name was misspelled in “Fire destroys...

Snowshoe hares in poor health near Giant Mine

A group of researchers has discovered elevated levels of two toxins – arsenic and cadmium – in a small sample of snowshoe hares in the Yellowknife area. Solomon Amuno and Som Niyogi, wildlife toxicology researchers...

#ShopYK Passport winner announced

Shopping local has paid off for one city woman. Kate Cannell has been named as the winner of the #ShopYK Passport Program, an initiative launched by the City and the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce to support...

Practicing inclusivity

Lori Tutt and Gail Gerwing want everyone to feel included. That’s the motto at the weekly L.I.F.E. meetings they facilitate for students at St. Patrick High School. The group, whose name stands for “Lived Inclusion For...

‘High-risk’ firefighter shortage extinguished

The city is set to get four new firefighters, even though these hires weren't originally in the 2018 draft budget. Council unanimously decided to add $93,000 to the proposed budget to pay for four firefighters,...

Kevin Koe one win away from PyeongChang

by Martin Gavin, special to Northern News Services Kevin Koe has now positioned himself one win from for a front row seat at the lighting of the Olympic flame in PyeongChang, South Korea in February. “We...

Editorial: He said/she said at Santa Claus Parade

What exactly happened between a municipal enforcement officer and a woman driving with her 10-year-old daughter late last month as they were leaving the Santa Claus Parade? It might be tempting to write this question off as a he-said/she-said dispute full...

News briefs

Bobby Zoe to be sentenced today A dangerous/long-term offender hearing for repeat sexual offender Bobby Zoe is expected to conclude today. Zoe, 36, who was convicted of break and enter and sexual assault in 2016 for...

GNWT answers Snowking claim

The government department responsible for overseeing fire safety in the territory says no formal demands have been made of the Snowking Winter Festival, contrary to reports from earlier in the week. The festival launched a fundraising campaign last week while issuing a news release stating...

First human trafficking charge laid in Yellowknife

Five men are charged in what is believed to be the first charge for human trafficking laid in Yellowknife. As a result of information received from the Saskatoon Police Service's vice unit on Nov. 30,...

Yellowknife resident earns top grade

When John Wark’s bosses called him to meet for coffee a few weeks ago, the senior staff accountant at Crowe Mackay had an inkling they wanted to talk about something big. “For the rest of...

Seniors’ services evaluation on horizon

The NWT Seniors’ Society and the GNWT have come to a compromise over the society’s wish to develop a territorial strategy for the older population. The two parties plan to evaluate how well the government’s...

Fire destroys home in Ndilo

It was a double tragedy for a Ndilo family after fire destroyed a home that belonged to Hank “Mark” Lafferty, who passed away on Nov. 25. Fire crews responded early Wednesday morning to 107...

Halifax Explosion 100 years later

December 6, 1917. The day began like any other for John Henry McVittie, a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve stationed aboard the HMCS Margaret. Stoking coal, McVittie fuelled the ship as...

Dramatic rescue on Prosperous Lake

There was a dramatic rescue on Prosperous Lake off the Ingraham Trail after a pickup truck with three people inside plunged through the ice Saturday afternoon. According to a news release from RCMP, Mounties...

Councillors debate new hires during Day 1 of budget talks

City council sat Monday for the first of three nights of budget deliberations, parsing the 2018 draft line by line and discussing what should be kept and what should be cut. Debate over adding new...

Shouting fire in a snow castle

We're told the front page headline in Monday's News/North caused a lot of talk in coffee shops in the city. "Fire alarms in a snow castle?" is what was printed there, in the capital edition,...

Nothern Arts and Cultural Centre concludes Canada 150 performances

The final production for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre's Canada 150 performances will take place this weekend. Yellowknife native Leelay Gilday is one-of-eight musicians with the Northern Arts Orchestra which will be showcasing their...

TerraX identifies high-grade mineral zone

TerraX Minerals Inc. has identified a mineralized zone at Homer Lake with a "strike length" of two kilometres. The long length could spell big yields for the mining corporation, stated a news release Tuesday. The company...
Yellowknife Education District No. 1 and the territorial government need to ensure constant communication takes place while relocating students once construction begins on the new J.H. Sissons School.

Prime Minister’s apology raises questions about school name

Following an apology to the LGBTQ+2 community by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife believes more can be done – including taking a hard look at the name of a Yellowknife...

Man charged after road mayhem

A Yellowknife man appears in court on Tuesday charged with dangerous driving, possession of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with court conditions after a vehicle crashed into a parked van and...

Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal

Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT...