Sidney Cohen


Sidney Cohen is a reporter with CBC North in Yellowknife.

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'It's long overdue': Campsites to be built at North Arm Territorial Park

N.W.T. government tender documents show plans to build a 375-metre loop at the park near Behchokǫ̀ with 15 campsites and an access road.

N.W.T. adapts wildfire strategy to mitigate COVID-19 risks

Part of this means ramping up efforts to seek out and deal with fires when they’re still small to avoid having to fly in crews from elsewhere, says the territory's wildfire operations manager.

National Indigenous Peoples Day will look a little different in N.W.T. this year

Celebrations honouring Indigenous cultures and achievements have been reworked, postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 public health risks.

'We can exist without the RCMP': What defunding police might look like in N.W.T.

Amid worldwide protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality, the call to defund the police has become a rallying cry. But what would that mean in the Northwest Territories?

Hundreds gather for Yellowknife demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Hundreds of people gathered in Yellowknife on Tuesday for an anti-racism demonstration and march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

N.W.T. opens up bidding on contract for private pot shop in Yellowknife

The territorial government put out a request for proposals to pre-qualified bidders on May 29, inviting three companies - two from N.W.T. and one from Alberta - to apply.

Easing of B.C. border restrictions won't float Yukon tourism industry, says advocate

Neil Hartling, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon, says business from B.C. visitors and from Yukoners travelling within the territory, accounts for a fraction of the overall market.

'Municipalities are bleeding money': 2 N.W.T. mayors say federal money isn't enough

The mayors of Yellowknife and Fort Smith say fast-tracked federal infrastructure money won't cover communities losses due to COVID-19.

News that N.W.T. schools could reopen this spring met with surprise

The territorial government released its plan for the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, the first phase of which includes the possible reopening of elementary, middle and high schools.

After 2 months closed, future of Yellowknife's youth drop-in centre remains uncertain

The downtown youth drop-in centre has been locked since early March. Shortly after, allegations of mismanagement and mistreatment at the non-profit came to light.

Yellowknife's sobering centre quarantine helped some cut substance use, find housing: report

The 'shelter in place program' was open to 30 willing adults who were homeless and at a high risk of severe complications should they contract the disease.

N.W.T. premier says plan to return to 'normal life' coming soon

Premier Caroline Cochrane told N.W.T. residents that the government is preparing to return to "something resembling a normal life soon," at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Yellowknife's sobering centre and day shelter to reopen, but to fewer people

To allow for physical distancing, the day shelter will let 20 people inside while the sobering centre will be open to 18 people at a time.

Former Acho Dene Koe First Nation chief says election should go ahead as planned

The election was set to take place on June 8, but the chief and council say they're delaying voting until Nov. 9 over concerns related to COVID-19.

As N.W.T. residents spend more time online, advocates urge 'responsible' internet usage

With directions to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many more people are working, learning and entertaining themselves online, putting new strain on northern internet networks.