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.

Latest from Richard Gleeson

N.W.T. government releases plan for reopening schools in the fall

Schools across the Northwest Territories will be reopening in the fall, but it will not be education as usual.

Same judge to resentence repeat sex offender in N.W.T.

The same judge who ordered a repeat sex offender to remain in prison indefinitely will preside over a new sentencing hearing ordered for the man after the N.W.T. Court of Appeal found errors in the judge’s initial decision.

Yellowknife furanyl fentanyl dealer sentenced to 8 years

A Yellowknife man who trafficked in furanyl fentanyl has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Darcy Oake, 25, had no criminal record when police arrested him after searching his home in November 2016.

N.W.T. MLA alleges health minister breached COVID-19 rules, asks for investigation

A Northwest Territories MLA has asked for an independent investigation of allegations that the territories’ health minister violated COVID-19 rules.

Great Slave Lake reaches record high water levels

Private docks around Yellowknife are bobbing off their pilings and kayakers can paddle from Great Slave Lake directly onto the government dock in Old Town. The lake is as high as it has ever been and water levels are also up in other lakes and rivers in the southern N.W.T.

Crown calls for 9-year sentence for Yellowknife furanyl fentanyl dealer

'Fentanyl is, by far, the most dangerous drug being used by illicit drug users today,' said Crown prosecutor Duane Praught at a sentencing hearing for Darcy Oake.

Yellowknife furanyl fentanyl dealer finally being sentenced

A Yellowknife man who was arrested three and a half years ago is finally scheduled to be sentenced today. Darcy Oake was arrested after police searched his father’s home, where he was staying, in November of 2016.

Large log house in Tuktoyaktuk focus of dispute between Eddie Gruben's heirs

A dispute over the estate of one of the N.W.T.'s most successful family businesses has pitted the grandson of the late Eddie Gruben against Gruben's daughters.

Yellowknife man says axing neighbour's door was part of ongoing dispute

A man has been sentenced to three months in jail and a year’s probation for chopping a hole in one of his neighbour’s doors and threatening to kill him.

Video evidence helps acquit N.W.T. Indigenous man of assaulting RCMP while in custody

CBC has obtained a video of a violent incident at the Fort McPherson RCMP detachment, which shows an officer punching and elbowing a man repeatedly in the face, back of the head and neck, and pushing his head into the floor of the cell.

Open heart surgery puts Inuvik drug trial on hold

The drug trial of an Inuvik landlord has been postponed. In a Yellowknife courtroom on Monday, a judge granted the postponement after hearing that the accused, Talal Khatib, is recovering from open heart surgery he underwent on May 24.

Tlicho annual gathering to drop cultural components this year due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Tlicho annual gathering normally draws hundreds, but this year it will be different under COVID-19 restrictions.

Inuvialuit unveil ambitious LNG project that could bring energy security to region

The Inuvialuit have unveiled an ambitious plan to begin producing liquified natural gas to move the region into a more energy-independent future. The Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation is teaming up with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels to advance the Inuvialuit Energy Security Project.

Sentencing delayed for man convicted of drug charges, claims to have COVID-19

An Edmonton man convicted of drug charges avoided sentencing Monday in part because he claimed to have contracted COVID-19. The lawyer for Liban Mohammed said his client and his wife have contracted the respiratory disease though neither has had a formal diagnosis.

Commission rejects salary increase proposed by N.W.T. judges

A commission reviewing the salaries of territorial court judges in the Northwest Territories has rejected the judges’ request for a 3.8 per cent salary increase this year.