John Last


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N.W.T. gov't hires 86 staff for COVID-19 secretariat before $87M budget approved

The territorial government is steaming ahead with the creation of a 150-person department dedicated to COVID-19, despite the fact that its budget is still yet to be approved.

The North is getting $47M 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.

How the woman at the wheel of the N.W.T.'s economy sees the road ahead

Caroline Wawzonek, minister of finance and, now, industry, tourism and investment, is tasked with steering the economy through unprecedented challenges.
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Here's what northerners hope to hear from the throne speech

With the federal government poised to announce new, major investments in COVID-19 recovery, many northerners are hoping their needs are not forgotten.

N.W.T. Chamber of Commerce balks at price tag for new COVID-19 secretariat

The government’s plan to create 150 new positions to manage COVID-19 is meeting with a chilly reception.

N.W.T. MLA demands apology for premier's 'colonialist' comparison of MLAs to children

Monfwi MLA Jackson Lafferty said the premier’s comparison of MLAs and the public to children was a “disgraceful and contemptuous affront against all of our people.”

It's official — N.W.T. cabinet is shuffled. Here's what the premier, ministers had to say about it

All of cabinet took questions from media for the first time since many ministers saw their roles change.

After 40 years, here's what northern labour leaders are still fighting for

The Yukon and Northern Territories labour federations celebrate 40 years since they were founded this year, but their work is far from finished.

N.W.T. premier announces cabinet shuffle, picks new minister to head health department

Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, cabinet’s newest member, will take on the government’s most daunting department.

N.W.T. health authorities reveal 'worst-case' COVID-19 pandemic plan

The plan outlines how the health system would respond to a serious outbreak of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories.

N.W.T. government announces new $87M body to manage COVID-19 response

The new "co-ordinating secretariat" will employ 150 people. The government says it will create "clear accountability."

North America's wild fur auction resumes, hampered by COVID-19

The summer auction, targeted for an industry comeback, was kept to Canadian brokers, keeping prices and sales low.

Yellowknife MLA Julie Green sworn in as cabinet minister, her portfolios still undecided

Green replaces ousted industry and infrastructure minister Katrina Nokleby, though what she will be doing in cabinet will not be known until "later in September," a cabinet spokesperson said.

What happens if my kid gets sick? In the N.W.T., it's up to your local clinic

Kids with COVID-19 symptoms won’t be allowed in N.W.T. schools, and they will need to prepare for extended stays at home.

5 common questions answered about back-to-school in the N.W.T.

Will my child have to wear a mask? How will pick-up and drop-off work? And what else about classrooms will be different this year?