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All the stories that appear in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Man who broke stranger’s jaw avoids penitentiary time

Offender wanted to serve time at federal prison down south instead of correctional centre A 34-year-old who beat a man so badly in the back of a cab that he had to be medevaced to...

NASA to study permafrost

Summer flights will study effect of environmental change Look up, look way up: NASA is coming to town. An estimated 11 aircraft will fly through Yellowknife from May until August as part of NASA's Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment...

MLAs back visitors centre move

City representatives voice support for covering relocation, cleanup costs Four city MLAs have called on the GNWT to help move the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre from its deteriorating building to a temporary location and cover costs...
The Northern Frontier Visitors Centre has served as a tourism hub for the city but structural issues have led to broken windows, cracked walls and sections of the building closing. Now the association that owns it. Shane Magee/NNSL photo

Tourism is a good investment

Now is the time for all levels of government to commit money to a bigger and better visitors centre   The Northwest Territories is very fortunate to be a subject of fascination around the world. The Northern...

Don’t let sun set on A New Day

A New Day is a good program. The public, politicians, program participants, facilitators and even a Department of Justice report all attest to this fact. So why does the Department of Justice seem hell bent...

No records kept for pot group

MLA calls lack documents 'mind boggling,' questions work carried out so far A territorial government group studying marijuana legalization isn't keeping records of its meetings and discussions, making it hard to assess its progress. Last year...

Can journalists be activists?

The answer is yes, no - well, it depends Last week, former Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole announced he’d been given an ultimatum. “Toronto Star says I can’t be a columnist and an activist at the...
Volunteer Nancy Vail, left, chats with Kelvin Bonnetrouge after giving him a snack bag in front of the post office while volunteer Cristina Popa of the Public Service Alliance of Canada looks on. John McFadden/NNSL photo

Northern poverty could be missed in federal poverty plan

Poverty is on the radar of the federal government but they may be missing the specific conditions of poverty in the North, according to a national anti-poverty organization coming to Yellowknife this weekend. Wanting...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

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...

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...
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...

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...
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...
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...