State of emergency in Yellowknife extended

The state of emergency in Yellowknife was declared on Nov. 6 to pave the way for an emergency warming shelter.

Territorial government first declared the measures on Nov. 6

N.W.T. Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs Paulie Chinna has extended the state of emergency in Yellowknife. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)

The N.W.T. government has renewed a state of emergency for Yellowknife.

It was first declared on Nov. 6 to clear the way for an emergency warming shelter in light of capacity limitations at other facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the state of emergency, the territorial government said it would acquire the mine safety building — better known as the former home of the SideDoor youth centre — and would begin making any necessary alterations. 

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs Paulie Chinna made the 14-day extension of the measure under Sec.14 of the Emergency Management Act.

The extension continues through Dec. 4. According to a press release from the territorial government, the state of emergency will be extended for as long as it is required.


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