John Last


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Resource board calls on N.W.T. to end controversial aerial wolf cull

As a one-year pilot program comes to a close, the Wekʼèezhìi Renewable Resources Board says the N.W.T. government should stop paying to shoot wolves from helicopters.

Economic activity in Nunavut, Yukon actually increased during pandemic, new index suggests

In the Northwest Territories, meanwhile, economic activity fell an estimated 12 per cent.

Why it's important to acknowledge the winter solstice, according to a former premier

Stephen Kakfwi has been marking the winter solstice with prayer and celebration for decades. This year, he says, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge the day.

'Continued rudeness' prompts Cambridge Bay postal workers to walk off job

The two Canada Post workers in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, resigned earlier this week after facing harassment and accusations of theft. The post office has been shut ever since.
In Depth

What is procurement? A guide to how the N.W.T. government spends

Procurement is the way government spends in the private sector — and in the N.W.T., it’s big business.

The North is getting $41M in 'Safe Restart' funding — here's how premiers said they'd spend it

The agreement focuses on 7 key areas of concern, from universal sick leave to increased COVID-19 testing.

Kugaaruk takes small step toward sustainable energy with new solar panels

A small solar installation, which will power the community freezer in summer, is a first step for the Nunavut hamlet toward a future without diesel. It hasn't been easy.

Facing mounting pressure, Nunavut allows school gyms to host after-school activities

Revised public health orders will allow school gyms and arenas, often communities’ only indoor recreational space, to reopen in time for winter.

Ship's ban on tight clothes has 'nothing to do with gender,' says director of polar research institute

Antje Boetius, the director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, says dress codes that prohibit female participants from wearing tight-fitting clothing are not meant to be sexist.

Women on Arctic research mission told not to wear tight-fitting clothing

A reporter embedded with the year-long Arctic MOSAiC mission said women were told wearing tight or revealing clothing would pose a "safety issue" while spending months at sea with men.