Walter Strong

Walter Strong is a CBC reporter and editor in Yellowknife. Reach him at

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Community radio and TV stations in Hay River temporarily off air

Community radio and TV stations in Hay River are temporarily off the air after the societies that run them learned power to the building they broadcast out of was to be cut .

Yellowknife pool reopening plan could be approved by end of next week

The City of Yellowknife's proposed plan to reopen the Ruth Inch Memorial Poll, which includes reduced capacity and specific time limits, is being reviewed by the territorial department of Health.

Crown calls for jail time for former girls' basketball coach in sexual assault of minor

Stephen Freake pleaded guilty earlier this year to a sex crime involving in minor. In N.W.T. Territorial Court Friday, a judge considered Freake's sentence.

Yellowknife RCMP commander on his almost 12 years in the North

After nearly 12 years with Yellowknife RCMP, Insp. Alex Laporte is leaving the North. His most recent posting in Yellowknife was a detachment commander.

'Everything is connected': Aklavik's beluga whale harvest challenged on multiple fronts

The beluga whale harvest out of Aklavik, in the Northwest Territories, is down but not out. From a high of 35 whales harvested in 1981, it has hit zero twice in the past five years.

Illegal dumping at Yellowknife sandpits sparks citizen cleanup effort

The sandpits past the Yellowknife airport are not a dump, but some people treat them that way.

Spike in gold prices due to uncertainty, hedge against inflation, says mining economist

After floating around $1,300 USD an ounce for the past few years, gold rose to more than $1,800 an ounce in July, a level not seen since September 2011.

N.W.T. man convicted of murder to get court-appointed lawyer to consider possible appeal

Kevin Mantla’s application for a court-appointed to lawyer to help with his appeal was approved by the N.W.T. Supreme Court on Friday.

Cinnamon-coloured bear with distinctive neck spotted in Fort Good Hope

What has people talking is the length of the bear’s neck. Some locals wondered if it might be a hybrid polar bear and grizzly or black bear, but officials say it's likely a juvenile black bear.

'They get around': Pelicans spotted as far north as Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The arrival of pelicans in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, was a surprise, but it's a sign of healthy pelican colonies in general, and in particular of the colony near Fort Smith, N.W.T.

From mobile concerts to virtual fireworks on your phone: Canada Day in the North COVID-19 style

From mobile concerts in Iqaluit that come to you, to virtual fireworks on your phone in Whitehorse, Canada Day will look a little different this year across the North.

Federal safety minister supports call to fund RCMP body camera pilot project in Nunavut

Support for a call to see RCMP in Nunavut wear body cameras now comes from the federal minister responsible for public safety in Canada.

'We can't keep Yukon cocooned': Territory to open borders to B.C., N.W.T., Nunavut residents July 1

As expected, restrictions at the Yukon and B.C. border will ease for residents of either jurisdiction - and the other two territories - to visit Yukon starting July 1, the start of the second phase of Yukon's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Yellowknife RCMP clear own officers of alleged assault against Yellowknife man

RCMP have laid charges against two people after investigating allegations made by Benjamin Manuel that he had been assaulted by officers on June 10 behind a convenience store in Yellowknife, and have cleared their own officers of the allegations.

'I believe in justice': Fort Smith rally marks failure of feds to release MMIWG plan

Approximately 60 or 70 vehicles formed a convoy through Fort Smith, N.W.T., on Thursday to demand action on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.