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Eight of the nine candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife Education District 1 board of trustees attended an election forum held at Sir John Franklin, Wednesday night. From left are Jay Butler, Al McDonald, John Stephenson, Özgür Öner, Al Shortt, Satish Garikaparthi, Tina Drew, and Rajiv Rawat. At far right is moderator David Wasylciw.

Candidates vying for a spot on the Yellowknife 1 Education District board of trustees wrestled with nearly two hours of questions from the public Wednesday night during its only election forum of 2018 campaign. Eight of the nine candidates were present at the event held at Sir John Franklin School.

Candidates took on issues ranging from career preparation for students, reconciliation and Indigenous revival, the impact of inequality on student learning, the board’s ability to communicate with parents, students, government officials and other interested parties, student involvement in governance, the legalization of marijuana, the relevance of alternative learning and the retention of teachers.


Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. A through and through "County boy" from Prince Edward County, Ont., Simon obtained his journalism education at Algonquin...

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