Joanne Stassen

Current Affairs Producer

Joanne Stassen is a Current Affairs Producer with CBC North, based in Yellowknife.

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MPs set to vote on motion to recognize Emancipation Day across Canada

MPs will vote soon on a motion introduced by Liberal MP Majid Jowhari calling on Canada to officially recognize Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day — marking the date in 1834 when slavery was abolished in the British Empire.

Yellowknife teacher's final lesson: How to live a good death

Maureen Tonge’s death from cancer at age 52 offers friends and family a window on how to live and die well.

Second-hand sauna inspires creative musical sales pitch

When Bogdan Stanciu was in university, he dreamed of having a sauna at home. Now that he’s got one, he just wants to get rid of it. 

Yellowknifer fears being stranded in Ecuador after Air Canada suspends flights

When Stephen Peterson heard the Ecuadorian government was closing the airport to incoming flights, he cut his planned trip short and hightailed it to the country's capital. But he was too late.

What Indigenous wellness will look like at Yellowknife's new Stanton hospital

Stanton Territorial Hospital's Indigenous wellness program will expand at the new hospital with a full-time resident elder on staff and four new full-time Indigenous patient liaisons.

Facing tinder dry conditions, N.W.T. preps for busy fire season

A dry fall, and little snowfall sets the N.W.T. up for a potentially busy fire season, with 5 person-caused fires already on the books as early as January.

Memories flood back for Yellowknife woman reconnected with her first snowmobile

Mary Tapsell's first snowmobile was a long-track Bravo that took her to work and to the floe edge, serving her growing family well for nearly 30 years. She thought it was a goner, but a handyman with a soft spot for the old machines brought it back to life, and to her, 4 years later.

Western science, traditional knowledge combine in N.W.T. fish monitoring project

Cutting up fish, collecting mud samples and crunching data might sound like a messy, nerdy summer job to some high school students. For 16-year-old Chaslyn McKay, it’s changed the way she sees the lake that sustains her community.
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Staking and sampling: Students say Yellowknife prospecting course rocks

Students came from communities across the territory, including Whati, Gameti, Lutselk’e, Fort Good Hope and Tulita, for a two-day prospecting course in Yellowknife.

Team N.W.T. badminton players use AWG tune-up camp to give back

Team Northwest Territories badminton spent a few days in Fort Smith this week preparing for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games, but they also found time to pass on their skills to local youth.

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