National newspapers aren't available in Yellowknife anymore — the few stores that still shipped papers to the north stopped earlier this month, blaming lack of demand and increased freight costs.
'I felt a bit bereft ... I probably will go to the online version, but I keep thinking there must be a solution here.' — Marie Adams, Yellowknife resident
Arctic News, which used to bring newspapers north to Yellowknife by plane, ceased operations in June. A few stores were making their own shipping arrangements to help fill the void, but they've pulled out too.
For decades, Marie Adams bought The Globe and Mail from a bookstore in Yellowknife every week .
She said she stares at screens all week, and will miss catching up with an actual paper newspaper.
"I felt a bit bereft," she said. "I went around to my friends in Whitehorse to see if they could mail me newspapers. I probably will go to the online version, but I keep thinking there must be a solution here."
Both Whitehorse and Iqaluit still sell national newspapers, and Adams would like to see a group of people in Yellowknife come together and put in a standing order for weekly deliveries.
"[Yellowknife] is a cosmopolitan city with many different nationalities and people from all over Canada," Adams said. "If we want to attract people to live and work here, we need … some elements of the quality of life and services they have been accustomed to."
And Adams said there's a bigger issue here than a lack of national newspapers in a capital city.
"The main point is that airlines should not be looking at all freight solely from the perspective of revenue-generating potential, given that we are charged among the highest costs for flying in the country with increased costs now for baggage charges and fees."