Yellowknife council to give back Wildcat Cafe T-shirts

Yellowknife city council approves motion to return a local artist's T-shirts depicting the Wildcat Cafe and allows him to use the venue's trademark.
Yellowknife council debates Wildcat Cafe T-shirts 2:15

Yellowknife city council has approved a motion to allow a local artist to keep T-shirts depicting the Wildcat Cafe and grant him permission to use the venue's trademark.

Councillors approved the motion last night. 

Macintosh had 100 shirts printed with one of his paintings. He had been selling them at the visitor's centre and the airport's gift shop. He says he wanted to promote himself as an artist and wasn't making money on the venture.

Artists in support of Macintosh filled a municipal services committee meeting Monday.

City council admitted the city wasn't informing people the Wildcat Cafe was trademarked or that artists needed city permission to use it. Council also admitted the city doesn't even have a process if artists were to ask for permission. 

"There was a lot of miscommunication around this issue.  I found, and I think the whole thing could have been better." said Councillor Bob Brooks. "If there is an apology, it could definitely have been done better."

"This time we didn't have a process set up.  Our bad. We should have. Next time we will." said Councillor Adrian Bell. 

The city also says they're not asking for money from people who want to use the Wildcat Cafe trademark. They only want to make sure artists such as Macintosh aren't creating images that would hurt the brand.

Macintosh says he's confused why the commotion over something that's not even a money issue.

"They took it awfully seriously for an issue that has nothing to do with money," he said. "It's not a even business thing, It's 'Nick Macintosh thought he could do something without asking us first' kind of thing. I just don't get it."

Councillors Rebecca Alty and Neils Konge want to do away with the trademark all together.

"These days we talk about budget, we're spending money on stuff we don't need," said Konge. "This is another prime example of spending money on something I certainly don't think we should spend taxpayers' dollars on."