Topic: northwest territories

Bear sniffing around Wekweeti homes put down after failed efforts to deter it

A black bear that was seen rummaging through people’s garbage cans and creeping up to their homes last week in Wekweeti, N.W.T., had to be put down on Friday.

Million dollar-winning lottery tickets sold in Yukon and N.W.T.

A couple of people in the North hit the jackpot, after they bought winning tickets for Friday's Lotto Max 'MaxMillions' draw — but both million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.

Former Nunavut politician elected president of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada

Monica Ell-Kanayuk will serve as president of the organization from 2018 to 2022, the organization announced on July 15.

Balconies remain an eye sore, safety concern for Hay River highrise tenants

In October 2017 the building’s owner was fined $10,000 and ordered to fix the longstanding problem of deteriorating balconies. While many building code violations have been addressed, the balconies are still an issue.

N.W.T. woman searching for long lost nephews in time for their grandfather's funeral

Louisa Black is trying to track down her nephews in time for their grandfather's funeral on Tuesday. The boys were apprehended from their mother a decade ago, and the family has not been able to communicate with them.

Northern Frontier Visitors Centre gets interim fix, could be used again

The Northwest Territories government is hoping to salvage the damaged Northern Frontier Visitors Centre building in Yellowknife and is looking into whether anyone is interested in using the space.

Dominion offers cost-of-living increases, extra leave in tentative deal

Workers at the Ekati diamond mine are voting this week on a tentative deal that would offer them cost-of-living wage increases for the next three years, extra leave and a bit more job security than they've had for the last few months.

Yellowknife's Sushi Café closes temporarily, after truck crashes into restaurant

The windows and exterior walls of Yellowknife’s Sushi Café have been shattered, and its owner left shocked, after a truck apparently smashed into the business early Sunday morning, forcing it to close for the time being.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of July 2, 9

Rainy days have led to slow summer starts in many parts of the North, but they've also produced some incredible rainbows — the stars of this gallery of your best reader photos from across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Nunavik.

7 things to know about the N.W.T.'s new carbon tax

The territorial government has released its plan for the federally-mandated carbon tax. Here are seven things to know about it.
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How the community of Ulukhaktok celebrated Western Arctic Oceans Day

On Wednesday, about 150 went to the events, including a parade, games, music, and of course, food.

Downward dog, meet chopping wood: Behchoko gets elders moving with 'Tlicho yoga'

When residents of a seniors home in Behchoko, N.W.T., were reluctant to join in with modern exercise programs, program coordinators found a culturally-relevant solution: marrying yoga practice with traditional movements.

Trying to sleep in the North is 'pretty impossible,' but doctor gives tips

There are two main factors that stop people from getting a good night's sleep: environmental changes and physiological changes, according to Dr. Seema Marwaha, internal medicine doctor and assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

72% of Alberta drowning victims are male, and they're often intoxicated: report

The rivers and lakes around southern Alberta are sure to be full of people cooling off this weekend as temperatures soar to the high 20s, and officials want them to do it safely.
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What does the First Air/Canadian North merger mean for northern air travel?

Since it was announced last week, plenty of questions have been asked about the proposed merger between Northern airlines First Air and Canadian North. We reached out to Robert Kokonis for answers.

N.W.T. gov't trying to 'wriggle out' of carbon tax policy, says critic

Andrew Robinson, of Alternatives North, says the recently announced carbon tax won’t have a big enough effect on our consumption levels. The government says it’s a necessary place to start.

Deline residents choose new chief and council in first self-government election

The Deline Got’ine Government has announced the results from its first general election since self-government.

Gov't replacing sign on Inuvik Tuk Highway after complaints about shoddy translation

An Inuvialuktun translator says a sign along the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway has been poorly translated from English into the Indigneous language.

Initial winner of Tsiigehtchic election calls for investigation into election process

Russell Andre is calling for a federal and territorial investigation into how Tsiigehtchic's appealed election was handled — calling the process 'rigged.'
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As fortunes rise for Saskatoon-area refinery, so do farmers' worries about tainted water

Fortune Minerals wants to build an ore refinery near farm land in Langham, Sask. A recent rezoning request has brought locals' trepidation back to the surface.

Don't discriminate against people on income assistance, human rights panel tells N.W.T. gov't

The territorial government has been ordered to pay three complainants $5,000 each, and refrain from discriminating against income assistance recipients.

Northerner makes World Rowing Cup debut

'I would love to go to the Olympics. World Cup is definitely a step in the right direction,' says N.W.T. athlete.

Mackenzie River caused global cooling 13,000 years ago, study suggests

A climate scientist recently found the Mackenzie River was the cause of a global cooling event 13,000 years ago. Scientists have been looking for the source of this global cooling event for over a hundred years, and Lloyd Keigwin believes he’s found the answer.

Inuvik boil water advisory partially due to water plant repairs, says town

The territorial government said residents shouldn't drink water that hasn't been boiled for at least one minute.

Proposed licensing policy for Nahanni park shuts out Northerners, says outfitter

A Yellowknife outfitter says a new licencing policy being considered by Parks Canada for Nahanni National Park Reserve doesn’t offer Northern outfitters much of a chance to run paddling trips in the park.

Consultation required before hunting on Kaska Dena territory, lawsuit claims

A group that represents Kaska First Nations in B.C. is suing the Yukon government, in a case that could have profound implications on hunting rights.

Bothersome beavers banned from Yellowknife baseball field

The city of Yellowknife tried to remove some of the dam on Tuesday, but the beavers 'dammed it back up overnight,' says territorial government.

How do insects survive the winter? Not the way we thought

Researcher finds that antifreeze proteins in insects don't work the way they were previously thought to.

March in downtown Edmonton commemorates 50th anniversary of residential school closure

The Edmonton Indian Residential School may be 50 years into the past, but the effects are still felt by survivors and their families today.

Barren ground caribou classified as 'threatened' in the N.W.T.

The move is the latest indicator of the dwindling health of the species, which comprises more than a dozen herds stretching across Canada's territories and the northern Prairies.

Here's what carbon tax in the N.W.T. will look like

The government of the Northwest Territories is releasing its plans to implement a carbon tax in the territory. People can expect to see the tax on fuels to start July 1, 2019.

'It's about the unity': Family, friends reunite in Whati as Tlicho Assembly begins

The Tlicho Assembly is happening in Whati, N.W.T. The meetings are an opportunity for people interested in community government politics to get financial updates, ask questions of their leaders and hold elections. For others, it's a family reunion.

Voters in Deline electing new chief and council on Wednesday

Two people are vying for chief: Leeroy Andre and Morris Neyelle.

What to do with Yellowknife's 50/50 lot? Experts say there's no easy answer

Two Ottawa-based development experts made a number of recommendations around how the City of Yellowknife can spice up its downtown during a meeting at city hall this week.

N.W.T. prosecutor calls for 2-year sentence for violent, alcohol-fuelled home invasion

The prosecutor said the attack was "motivated by alcohol consumption" and Jacob Smith-Lafferty is "lucky the victim wasn't more seriously injured."

N.W.T. Safety Act charges laid in 2017 incident at Highway 3 worksite

The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission has laid five charges against LSI Transport NWT Limited and supervisor Richard German in relation to an incident on the N.W.T.'s Highway 3 in 2017, it announced Tuesday.

N.W.T. coroner identifies man killed in Inuvik workplace incident

Eric Grant was the 35-year-old man killed in a workplace death in Inuvik over the weekend. He was from Whitehorse.

Yellowknife International Airshow cancelled for 2018

A scheduling conflict with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-188 Hornet​ aircraft is to blame for the cancellation.

Canadian Zinc hopes to secure financing for Prairie Creek Mine with new holding company, NorZinc

Canadian Zinc, the company behind the Prairie Creek mine, has announced a new holding company that it says will help secure financing for its flagship project.

Fewer fires in N.W.T. thanks to more rain and less lightning

The average number of fires for this time of year is 79, and this year there are 21. A representative with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it's likely because of more rain and less lightning.

35-year-old killed in workplace incident in Inuvik, RCMP confirm

RCMP will not confirm which business the man was working for. They say his death is not considered suspicious.

Inuvik Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary getting 1st search and rescue Sea-Doos

The Canadian Cost Guard Auxiliary in Inuvik, N.W.T., is getting two donated Sea-Doos to help with its search and rescue services. The auxiliary has about 16 members and covers an area twice the size of Vancouver Island.

Keep up to date with Ashley's weather blog

Ashley Brauweiler, CBC North's meteorologist, keeps track of weather moving across the region.

Deninu Kue First Nation gets funding to revive caribou habitats damaged by fires

Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., has received funding from the territorial government to lead a new environmental project aimed at reviving caribou habitats damaged by forest fires.

Calgary company may construct liquefied natural gas depot in Whitehorse

'There's a lot of opportunity in the North — in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska,' says a spokesperson with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels.

'You are lovely': Compliment jar at Yellowknife library warming hearts

Librarian Megan Clark has written about 250 compliments and placed them in a jar at the library. Like a fortune cookie, the random compliments take on new meaning when they're read by a particular person at a particular moment.

$15K grant means NWT SPCA won't have to operate in the lunchroom anymore

The Yellowknife non-profit received the boost in funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada. It means the SPCA can finally turn a dog bay into a proper operating suite.

4 northern communities get $1M for search and rescue equipment

Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven and Ulukhaktok have been selected to receive funding from the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program.

Arctic, Antarctic waters breed more new species than tropics, study suggests

A new study published in the journal Nature reveals that Arctic and Antarctic waters, not tropical reefs, are 'hot spots' for the birth of new species of life.

Fort McPherson's 'Happy' Robert remembered for his smile, fiddling jams at his log home

William George Robert passed away last week at the age of 90, and his community of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., remembers the Gwich'in fiddler.

'A lot of tears': Fire at Quebec SPCA leaves Iqaluit shelter in dire need

The Iqaluit Humane Society sent hundreds of animals a year to the Gatineau SPCA, which was destroyed by a fire earlier this week.

First Air and Canadian North plan to merge ... again

A statement says the airlines needs regulatory approval to establish the new entity. This isn’t the first time the two airlines have talked of merging.
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N.W.T. man who killed adoptive mother receives outpouring of support from community

Dozens stood in front of Deline’s cultural centre on Thursday for a feeding of the fire ceremony to show support for Jonathan Tetso before his sentencing hearing for manslaughter.

Anonymous report of bootlegging leads to arrest in Yellowknife

RCMP say 38-year-old David Girvan of Yellowknife has been charged under the Liquor Act after RCMP received an anonymous complaint about the possible illegal sale of alcohol last week.

Yellowknife pool to reopen after water break causes morning closure

The Ruth Inch Memorial Pool is expected to reopen at noon, after a water break within the construction zone on Franklin Avenue temporarily caused it to close Friday morning.

N.W.T. looks to local solution for mental health services gap in Tsiigehtchic

The Northwest Territories government says it's hoping to recruit someone locally to fill a community wellness worker position that's been vacant since late December 2017.

15 months later: What's happened since Behchoko lifted its alcohol ban?

Chief Clifford Daniels says the community is still adjusting to the alcohol ban being lifted. There are now less people on the court docket, but there have been more DUIs and mischief.

Denecho King found guilty of 2nd-degree murder and aggravated assault

King was accused of killing one man and injuring another in a deadly sword fight, and escaped from prison in 2016 while waiting for trial.

'Help continue our language': Alaskan Inuit dialect added to Facebook

The option to switch your language is only available on a computer, not mobile devices, but language revivalists are excited about the inclusion of their Indigenous language to the popular social media site.

N.W.T. Heritage Fund not keeping up with inflation, gov't borrows money to feed it

Five years into the N.W.T. Heritage Fund, the balance is sitting at $17.1 million and doesn't appear to be keeping up with inflation.

N.W.T. wilderness travellers surprised to learn they can't register trips with RCMP anymore

The RCMP changed their official policy a decade ago. The change has no impact on organized tours or people travelling in national parks, which have their own systems for tracking clients in the back country.

Yellowknife man winds up in emergency room after spider bite

Adrian Halushka says he grew up in the N.W.T. and has never heard of someone getting a spider bite. WARNING: This story contains an image some might find disturbing.

Supreme Court dismisses former Folk on the Rocks' director fight for bonus

David Whitelock has lost his legal battle against the music festival, after a Supreme Court justice dismissed his appeal claiming the festival owed him an unpaid bonus.

34-year-old B.C. man charged after armed robbery at Yellowknife store

Yellowknife RCMP have arrested and charged a suspect in an armed robbery at a downtown convenience store in January.

Stitch by stitch, mooseskin boat on historic journey through the Dehcho

After 16 days, seven moose hides and a lot of hard work, a historic journey planned for the Dehcho has made it over a major hurdle

Les Carpenter, northern broadcaster and CEO of CKLB Radio, dies at 61

Les Carpenter was the first ever chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and sat on a number of boards and committees representing the Inuvialuit people.

Election overturned in Tsiigehtchic after incumbent appeals results

The community’s special election committee met in Fort McPherson Sunday and decided to overturn the June 18 election due to a procedural mistake, according to band manager Larry Dalley.

95-carat diamond sells; breaks company record

An independent diamond analyst estimates the diamond sold for between US $2.5 to $3 million. He also said the selling price is a good sign for the mine.

Gender-neutral washrooms popping up in Yellowknife

At the Copperhouse Eatery + Lounge in Yellowknife, a gender-neutral bathroom sits past the men's and women's bathrooms.

27-year-old killed in Fort Resolution, local man charged with murder

Officers found the victim unresponsive late in the evening on Canada Day, according to an RCMP news release issued Tuesday.

Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after death in Fort McPherson

Darcy Nerysoo, 30, is being held in jail in Yellowknife. His is scheduled to appear in court today.

People 'dying unnecessarily' because of racial bias in Canada's health-care system, researcher says

As some people raise concerns about anti-Indigenous racism in the Northwest Territories’ health-care system, an expert says it’s not just an issue in the territory.

Kevin Mantla fires lawyers, delaying sentencing hearing

Kevin Mantla was expected to be sentenced in N.W.T. Supreme Court today for 2nd-degree murder and attempted murder charges from a 2015 attack on his ex-girlfriend and her partner. But that's been delayed, until he can figure out whether another lawyer will represent him.

More than 50 dead walleye found onshore at N.W.T. park

A resident said his kids don't want to go swimming at that location because there are so many dead fish in the water.

Narwhals most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic vessels, polar bears the least, study says

A new study discusses the vulnerability of marine mammals to vessel traffic during September in the Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route.

Lutsel K'e chief hopes to bring trades program to community

The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation is hoping to start a trades program in the community, and it’s looking for $1 million in funding from the Northwest Territories government to do it.

Academic calls on U of O to rename Fauteux Hall

In 1967 Gé​rald Fauteux was one of three Supreme Court justices who dismissed a gay man's appeal, branding the appellant a dangerous sexual offender and sending him back to prison. Now an academic wants the University of Ottawa to drop Fauteux's name from its law faculty building.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of June 18, 25

The long weekend is upon us! Take a break from your busy summer and take in the best shots of the past two weeks from our readers across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

18th annual Open Sky Festival celebrates traditional arts, culture in Fort Simpson

Fort Simpson, N.W.T. didn’t let the threat of rain hamper festivities the Open Sky Festival this weekend.

Thunder in our Voices: Cello and Dene drums bring Berger Inquiry back to life

20 artists from the N.W.T. and one from the Yukon created art inspired by recordings from the inquiry. That was paired with a photo montage and speeches from the inquiry and set to music.

Tlicho youth hope to motivate peers at new summit

A series of panels and motivational speeches at the first Tlicho academic summit encourage youth to achieve their academic goals

How secure is a 'strong password'? Not very, experts say

'It might keep you and me out, if we were just clicking on the keys, says Joe Mayer of Identos, a Toronto-based mobile security firm. 'Anyone with some level of sophistication could get into most systems that are only password protected.'

Police searching for missing Hay River woman

Police believe Brittany Martel, originally from Hay River, may be hitchhiking from B.C. to the Northwest Territories.

1 person arrested after sudden death in Fort McPherson

A news release issued by the RCMP says they responded to a call of an unresponsive 32-year-old man early Friday morning.

Gazebo burns to the ground on Inuvik's popular Boot Lake Trail

A gazebo on Inuvik’s well-used Boot Lake Trail burned to the ground early Friday morning and remains under investigation.

Prairie provinces see highest rates of rural violent crime involving firearms

Rural residents living on the prairies are much more likely to be victims of violent crime involving a firearm than those in other provinces, according to numbers released this week by Statistics Canada.

Montreal man sentenced to 3 years for trafficking cocaine in Yellowknife

Mamadou Gueye, 30, was arrested last September after police found cash, cocaine and guns after a search of a Gitzel Street apartment and a storage locker.

Aurora College review receives positive feedback in Yellowknife

Yellowknife residents are giving a recent review of Aurora College a much warmer welcome than other communities in the Northwest Territories.

Ferry at Fort Simpson reopens after day-long closure

The Department of Infrastructure says the MV Lafferty is running again. It had been grounded Thursday due to high and fast moving water.

'Our lives are at stake': Gwich'in fight to protect caribou at biennial gathering

There was a strong sense of unity at this year's 15th Biennial Gwich'in Gathering in Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T., this week. This is the first time it's been held since the United States elected President Donald Trump.

Rainy summer leads to flooded basements across Yellowknife

Three Shop-Vacs have been running non-stop in Paul Andrew's flooded Yellowknife basement for the last two weeks. They have to be emptied every hour, even in the middle of the night.

5 surprising facts about mosquitoes

Why do they take our blood? Where do they go when it’s windy? Why do we need them, anyway? Read on to take a closer look at everybody’s least favourite insect.

Judge urges Hay River man to change his ways for the sake of his daughter

Michael Robert Taylor was sentenced to three years in jail after being caught with five stolen handguns.

Stolen laptop had health data for 80% of N.W.T. residents

A laptop stolen from a locked vehicle in Ottawa contained health-care information about more than 33,000 N.W.T. residents, according to the territory's health department.

Yellowknife woman says she made more than 20 phone calls to try and report fire

It’s unclear why multiple emergency phone lines weren’t working earlier this week. The City of Yellowknife says it will have more information today on what happened and what they’re doing about it.

Cannabis a topic of concern at Akaitcho assembly

'With the federal government, with the mail-order cannabis, do they actually know who's receiving this? And do they know with these individuals, are these individuals of legal age? Are these individuals do they have criminal records for instance?' Asked Yellowknives Dene First Nation Ndilo Chief Ernest Betsina.
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Cloudy with a chance of feces: Yellowknife family says poop fell from sky

There's a superstition that getting pooped on by a bird is good luck. But, what if human waste falls on you from the sky?

Policy will ensure disputes don't delay health care for Inuit children, says leader

The federal government is working on a policy to ensure health care for Inuit children isn't delayed while governments argue over who pays.

President of Edmonton Eskimos visits N.W.T. to talk controversial team name

Len Rhodes is consulting with Northerners in Yellowknife and Inuvik as part of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club’s community engagement process regarding the team name.

Mackenzie Valley Highway project to get $102M boost from federal gov't

The federal government has announced it is investing $102.5 million in Northwest Territories' Mackenzie Valley Highway project, aimed to construct a bridge over the Great Bear River as well as an all-weather road.