Sidney Cohen


Sidney Cohen is a reporter and editor with CBC North in Yellowknife. You can reach her at

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Key takeaways from the 2023 N.W.T. election

Northwest Territories voters chose to shake things up this election, with 7 incumbents losing their seats and 9 new faces elected. With three MLAs-elect returning after a hiatus, nine of 19 MLAs-elect are brand new.

High cost of living could drive people out of N.W.T., warn voters ahead of election

The high cost of living in the N.W.T. is a perennial issue. Twenty-one territorial election candidates told CBC it’s one of the biggest challenges facing people in their regions right now.

People, housing, land: N.W.T. business leaders call for cascade of change from next gov't

As candidates in the N.W.T. general election began canvassing this week, business advocates expressed their concerns and offered ideas for how to improve the territory’s wilting economy.

What happens when an N.W.T. community councillor runs for MLA?

Many of the people planning to run in the 2023 Northwest Territories election have political experience — indeed, at least four are members of their community’s council right now. Here's what happens during the campaign and if they win.

What's the biggest issue in the N.W.T. election? Share your thoughts

Over the next month, candidates will pitch their best ideas to the public and compete for your vote — but we also want to hear from you.

How to vote in the 2023 N.W.T. election

The Northwest Territories chief electoral officer issued writs of election on Monday, officially kicking off the 2023 territorial election campaign. Here’s what you need to know about voting.

Nominations open next week in N.W.T. election, here's who's running so far

Despite this summer’s wildfire emergencies, and recent years’ devastating floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, there are at least 30 people who have said they're keen to lead the territory through any future crisis as MLAs.
In Depth

Outgoing N.W.T. premier remembered as unconventional leader, champion for marginalized people

Several N.W.T. leaders, activists and political observers held up outgoing premier Caroline Cochrane as an advocate for marginalized people and Indigenous rights. Some, though, said she was often hemmed in by cabinet and the bureaucracy.

Yellowknife theatre closes as RCMP make arrest in business-loan fraud investigation

RCMP say a person who was involved with Northern Sky Films Inc., a movie theatre and virtual reality gaming business in Yellowknife, allegedly misappropriated money from loans from the Business Development Bank of Canada.

'It's a nightmare': Tłı̨chǫ gov't scrambles to find evacuees down south

The Tłı̨chǫ government is working to track down citizens who were sent all over western Canada when Yellowknife was evacuated due to a wildfire last week.