Richard Gleeson

Richard Gleeson is a reporter for CBC in Yellowknife. He covers a wide variety of issues, including politics, the justice system and the environment.

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N.W.T. government says lease with employee's company saved money

The Northwest Territories' COVID-19 Secretariat says it saved taxpayers money by leasing a COVID-19 enforcement vehicle from a company that’s owned by one of its senior managers and his brother.

N.W.T. premier, cabinet steering clear of clerk controversy

The premier and cabinet are steering clear of controversy arising from allegations that the clerk of the legislature has bullied and intimidated staff for years.

Clerk of N.W.T. legislature accused of bullying staff

Current and former staff say that one of the most powerful unelected officials in the Government of the Northwest Territories bullies and humiliates employees and has created a toxic work environment that has gone unchecked by MLAs for years despite complaints.

Man accused of Yellowknife murder has long and troubling history, FASD

A 29-year-old Whatı̀ man accused of murdering a man in Yellowknife this month has a long and increasingly violent criminal history. Morin Lee Nitsiza was arrested Jan. 10, two days after a man was found dead near the downtown homeless shelter and sobering centre.

Crown drops charge against former N.W.T. deputy minister

A charge of aggravated assault against a former deputy minister of the N.W.T. government has been dropped. Willard Hagen was accused of stabbing a man in Yellowknife last February. Hagen had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Total of 6 senior N.W.T. officials took holidays out of territory

The premier and chief public health officer said people should stay at home and not invite guests from the South to come up north, in order to minimize an expected surge in COVID-19 cases in the N.W.T. due to holiday travel.

Town of Norman Wells, N.W.T., calls for lawsuit to be dismissed

The Town of Norman Wells, N.W.T., will be back in court in March, calling on a judge to toss out a $2.57 million defamation suit filed against it by a former senior administrative officer.

At least 2 senior N.W.T. officials travelled south over holidays

The deputy minister of health and the newly-appointed head of the COVID-19 secretariat travelled south for Christmas, CBC News has learned. It also surveyed all 19 territorial MLAs about their travel since Nov. 1.

Man who stole guns and jewelry sentenced to 18 months

In N.W.T. territorial court on Friday, Beau Desire-Tesar was sentenced for possessing stolen firearms and theft over $5,000 in connection with the theft just over two years ago.

Łı́ı́dlı̨́ı̨́ Kų́ę́ First Nation goes to court to battle Fort Simpson land sale

The Łı́ı́dlı̨́ı̨́ Kų́ę́ First Nation of Fort Simpson is asking the N.W.T. Supreme Court to overturn a territorial government decision to sell a lot in the Dehcho community.