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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Yellowknife lawyers push back at courthouse bail hearing ban

Criminal defence lawyers in Yellowknife have gone to court to fight an 'unwritten policy' recently enacted by Justices of the Peace in Yellowknife. In June the justices said that male defendants will no longer be able to come to court for their bail hearings. They can only appear by video from jail.

Big difference in proposed sentences for man who had sex with underage girls in Yellowknife

At Josh Desjarlais' sentencing hearing in Yellowknife for sex with underage girls, the Crown prosecutor recommended an eight year sentence while the defence called for four or four and a half years.

Verdict in double sexual assault trial of Ndilo, N.W.T., man coming in August

The judge in the sexual assault trial of Peter Charlie Tsetta will deliver her verdict on Aug. 9.

Man accused of attacking 2 women testifies at his trial in Yellowknife

Peter Tsetta testified in his own defence at his sexual assault trial where he is accused of assaulting two women, on separate occasions.

Northern hiring targets to increase to 75% for Tlicho road

With an estimated total cost of $411 million to build and operate for 25 years, the 97-kilometre two-lane gravel road from Highway 3 to Whati is the government’s next mega project.

Judge to decide admissibility of deceased woman's testimony in N.W.T. man's trial

A judge is deciding whether statements given by a woman before she died can be used in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting her. The man, Peter Tsetta, is accused of two separate sexual assaults, one involving the deceased woman and one involving a woman who testified last month.

Man gets 4 months for trying to bribe complainant not to testify

In sentencing Stuart Campbell, the territorial court judge called the attempt to obstruct justice 'an extremely serious offence,' and suggested it is not an unusual occurrence in sexual assault cases.

Brothers accused in taxi robbery have histories of violence

Two brothers accused of robbing a taxi driver have a history of violent criminal behaviour. Tevin McNeely and Dean Allen McNeely are accused of committing the violent robbery in Yellowknife on June 5.

Downed rail line will not cause higher fuel prices in N.W.T., minister says

The added expense of trucking fuel north from Edmonton for the annual barge resupply won’t be passed on to customers, says the Minister of Infrastructure. Wally Schumann says Imperial Oil has agreed to cover the added expense, caused by a wildfire that destoryed a rail bridge.

MLAs recommend guaranteeing more women in N.W.T. legislature

MLAs have recommended that if voters do not elect at least four women to the Northwest Territories legislature in the fall election, a process should be adopted to guarantee that at least that many will be in the legislature after the 2023 election.

N.W.T. will soon have most progressive access to information law in Canada

On Thursday MLAs unanimously gave final approval to the first major overhaul of the territory’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act since it became law 23 years ago.

School attendance declining in small N.W.T. communities

School attendance in small communities has declined steadily in the last 10 years, despite sweeping changes to the education system designed to improve attendance and student performance.

Bad fuel shipment 'a big part' of 2018 barge cancellations

Last year 78 rail cars full of fuel were shipped from Alberta to Hay River, then barged all the way to Norman Wells before it was discovered the fuel was bad.

Long-term funding plan for Giant Mine draws criticism

A plan to ensure there will be money in future decades and centuries to keep Giant Mine safe is drawing a lot of criticism. There is 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide dust stored in caverns beneath the old, abandoned gold mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife.

Trial begins for man accused of sexually assaulting two women

A Yellowknife woman says she was held for hours and repeatedly raped by a man who had been a trusted friend for more than 25 years. The woman wept from time to time as she testified on the first day of the trial of Peter Charlie Tsetta.