Alex Brockman

Alex Brockman is a CBC News reporter, radio newsreader and TV host based in Yellowknife. He's worked in the North since 2016, specializing on stories in the territory's small communities, territorial politics, and northern economies. Follow him on Twitter @BrockmanCBC. Have a story idea? Email him at alex.brockman@cbc.ca.

Latest from Alex Brockman

What we know, and what we don't, about N.W.T.'s changing travel restrictions

The territory abruptly changed course on its border restrictions this week, admitting its previous order was too broad and could violate the charter rights of Canadians. It set off a firestorm of questions. Here are some clear answers.

Are tourists welcome in the N.W.T.? Premier says yes, health minister says no

After months of preaching the importance of a secure border, competing statements from the Northwest Territories' premier, her health minister, and the government's own website make it unclear to what extent visitors from across Canada are welcome in the territory. 

Another milestone delayed by COVID-19, this time it's the Akaitcho agreement-in-principle

Last year, negotiators for the Akaitcho Dene First Nations expressed hope an agreement-in-principle would be completed by the end of June. But that won't be happening as restrictions on gatherings have limited the negotiators' ability to fully  consult with their people.

N.W.T. MLA says she's 'insulted' by lack of MMIWG action plan

The MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes, who is also the daughter of a woman who was murdered by a common-law partner, used a four-minute member's statement to condemn the response so far and call for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Behchoko leaders plan to continue alcohol ban for another 30 days

Community leaders in Behchokǫ̀, N.W.T., have applied for three straight 10-day prohibition orders, effectively continuing alcohol ban for another month.
Analysis

How has COVID-19 affected the N.W.T. budget? MLAs to push for answers in upcoming session

N.W.T. MLAs return to the Legislative Assembly after COVID-19 forced them to suspend their spring session. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then.

As Mackenzie River breakup continues, some N.W.T. communities watch for flooding

As the Mackenzie River continues its spring breakup through the Northwest Territories, people in the territory's Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions are eyeing the river for signs of potential flooding.
The Arctic Kitchen

Fried pickerel cheeks, 'one of the jewels of having fish'

We have amazing cooks from all over Canada sharing their recipes on the Arctic Kitchen. This week, we'll head to Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba where Teresa Mekish fries up some delicious pickerel cheeks. 

Union seeks court guarantee Dominion Diamond will honour millions in pension shortfall

Unionized employees at Dominion Diamond could face pension cuts if a multimillion shortfall in the company's defined benefits pension plan is not addressed in the company's court-ordered creditor protection process. 

Diavik official claims Dominion kept partner in the dark about creditor protection bid

Court documents lay out the communication breakdown between Dominion Diamond and Diavik Diamond Mines, partners in the Diavik diamond mine joint venture, as Dominion was running out of money to pay its debts at the end of April.

Dominion Diamond owes N.W.T. businesses $13.2M — and there's no guarantee they'll get paid

In court documents Dominion listed line-by-line the $1.2 billion it owes creditors and banks around the world. That includes the $211 million it owes the Cayman Islands branch of Credit Suisse, the $8 it owes Water Blast Manufacturing in Edmonton and $13.2 million it owes businesses in the N.W.T.  
In Depth

A look inside the finances of Dominion Diamonds, the mine company now under court protection

Since Dominion Diamonds went private in 2017 it's been able to work without much public scrutiny, free of the reporting requirements that publicly traded companies have. That changed this week as the company filed for court-ordered creditor protection.
Analysis

Creditor protection buys Dominion Diamond time, but an uncertain future lies ahead

Dominion Diamonds, one of the world's largest rough diamond producers, and most important employers in the Northwest Territories, is in serious trouble. What happens next is critical.

When will the N.W.T. lift COVID-19 restrictions? Not for at least another month, says top doctor

COVID-19 health restrictions in the Northwest Territories are expected to continue for at least another month, but officials are now providing a roadmap for what easing those restrictions will look like. 

N.W.T. hands out $1.6M for COVID-19 business loans, but rejects nearly a third of applicants

The Northwest Territories COVID-19 emergency loan program has handed out 61 loans worth $1.6 million during its first wave — but rejected nearly a third of the applications it received.

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