Topic: northwest territories

N.W.T. gov't fails to improve conditions for kids in care: auditor general's report

Some children were placed in permanent care of guardians or family members without basic background checks. In one of those cases, a child was assaulted.

N.W.T. gov't workers could strike as early as mid-November

Union workers have been without a collective bargaining agreement since 2016. Now, the UNW is putting out a call for 'captains' who will lead the strike across the territory.

RCMP seize rifle, drugs and cash in Fort Providence

Cassiuis Paradis, 30, and a 15-year-old male, both from Edmonton, are facing multiple criminal and drug charges.

Tax change gives N.W.T. MLAs another reason to account for coveted expense allowance

This year, Northwest Territories MLAs have some extra incentive to become more accountable for a controversial expense allowance they’ve guarded for years — if they don’t, the Canada Revenue Agency is going to take a share of it.

N.W.T. gov't running out of time to pass key laws before next election: MLAs

New laws affecting land management, the environment and industrial regulations in the Northwest Territories are still on the government's drawing board. Some MLAs are concerned they won't come through before next year's election.

Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Alex Czarnecki

In Episode 5 of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with Alex Czarnecki, a musician, composer, producer, director and filmmaker who moved to Yellowknife in 1972.

Suspect arrested in connection to Thanksgiving theft in Yellowknife

RCMP have arrested Toufic Chamas and recovered a handgun that was stolen from a home on Rivett Crescent in Yellowknife earlier this month.

'It's devastating': Barge cancellation taking a toll on Kugluktuk business, residents

The community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, received its first freighter flight of goods on Saturday from a recently cancelled supply barge. It's a relief for residents, but one that has not alleviated concerns or confusion in the community.

Imperial Oil restarts Norman Wells crude output after pipeline repairs

Imperial Oil Ltd. has restarted oil production at Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories almost two years after being forced to suspend shipments on a pipeline threatened by slope stability concerns at a Mackenzie River crossing near Fort Simpson.

Emails show communication breakdown over spring closure of Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway

The N.W.T.'s Department of Infrastructure left the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway open for over 12 hours after an assessment in April deemed it should close due to thawing temperatures, an Access to Information request has revealed.

Road to K'atl'odeeche wrecking cars and hurting business, residents say

The road off of Highway 5 to K’atl’odeeche First Nation is littered with signs warning drivers of loose gravel and rough surfaces. According to residents, it’s been that way for a long time and they want change.

Happy birthday Persis Gruben! N.W.T. elder is 100 years old

Persis Gruben celebrated her 100th birthday with more than a hundred friends and family members from around North America on Saturday.

Meet the Trailbreaker's Employee of the Month: Walmart greeter Thomas Holst

Thomas Holst, greeter at Yellowknife's only Walmart, is well-known and well-loved amongst customers.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 15

The seasons are changing, and in some places across the North, the snow is here to stay — while others are enjoying another few weeks of fall colours. Take a look at fall across the territories in our gallery of your best shots from the past week from across the North.

'It's kind of my first language': How 2 women are using art and film to heal

Lana Whiskeyjack and Beth Wishart MacKenzie’s art and film installation pikiskwe-speak is at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife until early November. It explores the legacy of residential schools, and reconciliation.

New Yellowknife councillors happy to 'bridge the gap' of diversity

Yellowknife's new city council will be sworn in next month, and some say it's more diverse than before.

Recycling program has kept 325 million containers out of landfills, says N.W.T. gov't

The Northwest Territories government is celebrating the success of their recycling programs during Waste Reduction Week, saying they've recycled over 325 million containers since 2005.

'Youth are capable of so many things': Teens get empowered in Inuvik

Bringing Youth Towards Equality's first N.W.T. event brought youth from the territory and the Yukon together from as far to talk about issues facing young people.

After low points of pot prohibition, legalization day 'surreal' for Yellowknife activist

Nearly a decade after having her children taken from her and spending time in a jail cell, Kim MacNearney is calling cannabis legalization 'surreal.'

Fort Smith trapper says town unfairly seized his 2 working dogs

William Hoffman, a trapper in Fort Smith, N.W.T., had two of his working dogs seized by the town. The mayor says the town was acting on multiple public safety complaints about the animals.

New details released on fatal plane crash near Fort Simpson

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says the Cessna 206 lost control and collided with Little Doctor Lake on touchdown.

'It's important for our people,' Fort Smith residents call for more cultural ceremonies

The Northwest Territory Métis Nation built a sweat lodge in Fort Smith this summer and it already looks like they are going to need to expand.

Yellowknife's only retail cannabis store sells out — again

Yellowknife residents who missed purchasing legal cannabis at the city’s only brick-and-mortar store will likely have to wait a few more days. The store’s supply of cannabis ran out Thursday evening.

Rotor problem caused helicopter to crash down mountain near Tulita

A February accident in which a helicopter fell down the side of a mountain near Tulita, N.W.T., seriously injuring the pilot, was caused by several factors, says a report recently released by the federal Transportation Safety Board.

Legal marijuana increases liability for alcohol servers, owners worry

Servers and bartenders now have one more responsibility on their plate — detecting cannabis impairment before letting the booze flow. But there's a new concern about increased liability for waiters now that recreational marijuana is legal in Canada.

Thaidene Nene negotiator warns 'model of reconciliation' in jeopardy if law doesn't pass

Speaking to a standing committee, Steven Nitah gave a crash course on the history of Thaidene Nene, why it’s important and what is standing in the way of its finalization.

Price of getting high too much for some Sask. pot shoppers

It was the burning question for Saskatchewan residents eager to mark the legalization of cannabis with a purchase: how much?

Gwich'in Tribal Council cuts 2 directors, 1 manager, citing budget shortfalls

The Gwich'in Tribal Council has laid off two of its directors and a manager because of a budget shortfall, according to a press release.

Multiple guns stolen from home in Yellowknife

The firearms were taken from a home's detached garage on Haener Drive between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to an RCMP news release.

Yellowknife's retail store sells out of product on 1st day of N.W.T. cannabis sales

Stores across the N.W.T. are selling legal cannabis for the first time, and the demand is high: Yellowknife's liquor shop ran out of product by Wednesday evening, though another shipment is expected Thursday.

70-week wait for N.W.T. kids to see hearing specialist 'unacceptable,' says MLA

Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly says the territory's health department has to do better to get children to see specialists sooner.

Citing U.S. rules, Inuvialuit put stop to pot sales in Inuvik

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation worries residents who buy, sell cannabis could have issues at the U.S. border.

Here's what you need to know about legal cannabis in the 3 territories

Canadians are waking up Wednesday morning to a country where cannabis is legal for the first time. We've broken down what that will mean for residents of the three northern territories.

N.W.T. MP hails new barge project to make northern shipping safer

'Right now, most of the fuel or petroleum delivered to the Mackenzie River watershed is being carried out right now in single-hulled barges,' says N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod.

RCMP investigating vehicle collisions in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk

N.W.T. RCMP are investigating two vehicle collisions in the Beaufort Delta — one in Inuvik on Monday and one near Tuktoyaktuk on Sunday. There were no life threatening injuries in either incident.

How a former councillor's election campaign inspired Rebecca Alty to enter politics

Yellowknife’s new mayor, Rebecca Alty, officially takes office on Nov. 5. As she prepares for the work ahead, she reflects on how an opportunity to run someone else’s election campaign sparked her career in city politics.

Beleagured Yellowknife bylaw manager gets new job at city hall

Doug Gillard, a longtime manager of the City of Yellowknife’s municipal enforcement division, has been given a new job with a different city department.

Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Angus Beaulieu

Angus Beaulieu, a master Métis fiddler from Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution, N.W.T, has been playing the fiddle for almost 70 years, but he wasn't always a master fiddler.

N.W.T. education minister says she's not qualified to make call on Aurora College program

Caroline Cochrane says she'll leave those decisions to a yet-to-be-hired government official.

All-season road to N.W.T.'s proposed Prairie Creek Mine approved

A company working on opening the N.W.T.’s next mine is hoping to begin construction of a 180-kilometre all-season road to it next winter.

New faces among elected mayors in 5 N.W.T. communities

Lynn Napier-Buckley was re-elected as mayor in Fort Smith. Natasha Kulikowski is Inuvik's new mayor. In Fort Simpson, Sean Whelly was elected as mayor. Frank Pope is the new mayor of Norman Wells. Kandis Jameson was acclaimed in Hay River.

'It's exciting and very humbling': Rebecca Alty is the new mayor of Yellowknife

Alty served two terms as city councillor. Most recently, she worked in communications for Diavik Diamond Mine and previously worked for the territorial government.

Relive N.W.T. election night with CBC North

Monday was election day for six municipalities across the Northwest Territories, and CBC North was there with results, highlights, and reaction every step of the way, with a live blog and live Northbeat election special.

Canadian all-women mine rescue team finishes 15th at international competition

It’s illegal for women to work underground in Russia but by the end of an international mining competition the team from Canada — comprised of all women from across the country — received monumental honours.

After a year without, Norman Wells is getting a town council

A year after the Northwest Territories government dissolved town council in Norman Wells, the community is taking back the reins. A territorial official who briefly oversaw the town says her team has worked to set the town up for success.

Judge balks at plea deal for man who flew drone in Yellowknife airspace

A judge signalled that a plea bargain agreed to by the Crown may be too lenient for a man who flew his drone in airspace for planes to land and take off at the Yellowknife airport.

Here's what you need to know for election day in the N.W.T.

Stations in Yellowknife and Inuvik will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. People in Fort Simpson, Hay River, Fort Smith and Norman Wells can vote from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 8

The colours of the North are on display in this week's selection of the best photos from across the territories. Lose yourself in the best user-submitted photos from Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

First Nation members using revived sawmill to build their own cabins

A sawmill that has been sitting dormant at the K'atl'odeeche First Nation for more than four years is finally getting some use.

2 women accidentally start puppet factory in Hay River, N.W.T.

Kim Lea and Trish Laye are currently working to finish their third order of puppets for the South Slave Divisional Education Council. They will have made 92 puppets when they are finished.

True North Rising: Author reflects on political history of the North in new book

A longtime Northerner will be in Yellowknife on Saturday to share stories from a new book that sheds light on his experiences in the North and some of the region’s critical political developments.

Meet the candidates running for council in Fort Simpson and Norman Wells

The communities of Fort Simpson and Norman Wells will both head to the polls Oct. 15 to choose a new mayor and council. We asked candidates for council to make their case for why voters should tick their name on election day.

N.W.T. chief gives country music star custom-made guitar strap

Wanda Pascal travelled to Edmonton last weekend to get a glimpse of one of her favourite country music artists, Jessi Colter. Pascal wanted to give Colter a piece of her Indigenous heritage.

Meet the candidates running for council in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

With municipal elections in the Northwest Territories only a few days away, we invited council candidates from Fort Smith to make their case, in their own words.

RCMP drones capture high-resolution photos over area Angela Meyer was last seen

Police spent Friday searching over Robertson Drive, Forrest Drive, Ptarmigan Road, Con Road and Taylor Road in Yellowknife — the area where Meyer was last seen, eight years ago. She went missing on Nov. 27, 2010.

RCMP searching for suspect in connection to a Yellowknife robbery

Yellowknife RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a 31-year-old man accused of stealing firearms, ammunition and jewellery, earlier this week.

N.W.T. not following other provinces in carbon tax fight with Ottawa

Recently, premiers in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba have joined Saskatchewan in rejecting carbon tax as part of their climate change plans, but the Northwest Territories won't be joining in.

Generator breakdown could result in higher power costs in the N.W.T.

A bearing failure at the Northwest Territories Snare Hydro System on Oct. 9 caused the breakdown.

'Inuvik is a community the world can learn from': Rural internet hot topic at summit

The Indigenous Connectivity Summit brought together 150 people from across North America to Inuvik, N.W.T., which is becoming an internet hub in its own right.

Yellowknife mayoral candidates square off in Trailbreaker debate

With just a few days remaining until municipal election day in the N.W.T., candidates for mayor of Yellowknife took questions from Trailbreaker host Loren McGinnis Friday morning.

YWCA NWT still searching for permanent home after Rockhill apartment fire

Over a week after a fire consumed the Rockhill apartment building in Yellowknife, the YWCA NWT — which leased the building from the N.W.T. government — is still in search of a permanent home.

Want to open a cannabis store in the N.W.T.? Here's what you need to know

New regulations released this week show it's possible for new cannabis retailers to enter the market after Oct. 17, but it won't be easy. There's a six-step application process and a number of rules to follow.

Opponent of Site C dam sharing concerns with northerners

Wendy Holm, a leading opponent of the Site C dam in northeastern B.C., is sharing her concerns with northerners.

Man sentenced for Yellowknife sexual assault caught on camera

A 25-year-old man from Kugluktuk has been sentenced to two years in jail for sexually assaulting a highly intoxicated woman behind a movie theatre in Yellowknife in May 2017.

N.W.T. RCMP using drones to investigate 2010 disappearance of Angela Meyer

In a news release on Thursday afternoon, RCMP say they will begin flying drones over Robertson Drive, Forrest Drive, Ptarmigan Road, Con Road and Taylor Road on Friday.

Fort Smith mayoral candidates square off in Trailbreaker debate

Lynn Napier-Buckley, Brad Brake, and Don Matthews have all stepped forward as candidates hoping to be mayor of Fort Smith after Monday's municipal election. On Thursday, they debated the issues with Trailbreaker host Loren McGinnis.

RCMP warn residents of financial scam in Yellowknife

An overpayment scam can happen when a victim receives a counterfeit cheque from someone who has purchased a product from them, according to the RCMP.

Feds promise $23M to fight greenhouse gases in N.W.T.

'Climate change is a real thing in the Northwest Territories and it’s a real challenge for us,' said the territory's Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Wally Schumann, as he celebrated the announcement.

'It's hard work': Sawmill training program brings skills to K'atl'odeeche First Nation

A sawmill that has been sitting at K’atl’odeeche First Nation for more than four years is finally getting some use, as residents train to produce lumber for the community.

Cost of living, emissions up for debate at Yellowknife city council forum

Candidates for Yellowknife city council faced off in a debate Wednesday evening at Northern United Place, the final scheduled debate for candidates prior to Monday's municipal election.

Cannabis, carbon tax and college: Spring leftovers linger as N.W.T. MLAs return to legislature

With a year to go until the next election, the fall sitting comes during a busy time for politics in the territory. CBC North's N.W.T Legislature reporter Alex Brockman breaks down some of the main issues heading into session.

Ottawa, Dehcho First Nations sign deal for 1st Indigenous protected wildlife area

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has signed an agreement with Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian creating the first Indigenous-protected national wildlife area in Canada.

Yellowknife taxi driver gets house arrest, probation for attacking passenger

Matar Mahamed Mahamud, who beat up one of his passengers in July 2017, has been sentenced to eight months of house arrest and one year of probation for the attack.

Candidates for Yellowknife city council square off in Alternatives North debate

There are 16 people running for eight councillor positions in Yellowknife. They were all invited to a debate on Wednesday evening, ahead of the Oct. 15 election.

Peel River, Mackenzie River ferries may close before end of October

Due to weather and ice conditions, the Peel River and Mackenzie River ferry crossings may close in two weeks, according to the Department of Infrastructure's regional superintendent for the Beaufort Delta region.

Halted social work program at Aurora College should be expanded, report suggests

MLA Julie Green filed an access to information request in order to obtain the report that was completed six months ago. She says the Department of Education refused to share it with her.

Inuvik mayoral candidates square off in Trailbreaker debate

Vince Sharpe and Natasha Kulikowski will face each other Oct. 15 in an election for Inuvik's mayoral seat. On Wednesday morning, they debated on CBC's The Trailbreaker, moderated by host Loren McGinnis.

Housing on the way as Hay River strikes land development agreement with territorial gov't

The government has agreed to lend the town the money it needs to develop 43 hectares of land near the community’s hospital, said Hay River's deputy mayor. New houses should start popping up on the development in about two years.

Meet the candidates running for town council in Hay River

With the municipal election less than a week away, we asked Hay River's candidates for town council to tell us a bit about themselves, their priorities, and why voters should tick their name on election day.

With 1 week to spare, N.W.T. gov't finalizes plan for cannabis legalization

The N.W.T. territorial government finalized their pot regulations at a public committee meeting at the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, giving residents answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Yellowknife family's home ransacked over Thanksgiving weekend

A Yellowknife family returned from a Thanksgiving weekend trip to find their home had been ransacked and the thief or thieves had stolen guns, jewelry and other valuables.

7 candidates vying to be next chief of K'atl'odeeche First Nation

Seven people are running to become the next chief of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation, near Hay River, N.W.T., while all six councillor positions have been acclaimed.

Online photos lead Yellowknife residents to take a hard look at cardboard recycling

Photos of a garbage truck that spilled last week are causing Yellowknife residents to take a closer look at how they recycle, though people involved in the industry say the city has come a long way in the past few years.

Meet the candidates running for city council in Yellowknife

With the municipal election less than a week away, we asked Yellowknife's candidates for city council to tell us a bit about themselves, their priorities, and why voters should tick their name on election day.

Verdict expected in Giant Mine unpaid work dispute

After three years of back-and-forth in court between McCaw North Drilling & Blasting Ltd. and Clark Builders, a lawsuit for unpaid work at the Giant Mine remediation project is expected to come to an end this week.

High Arctic fishing ban a win for future generations, says member of Alaska tribe

Some Indigenous people are applauding the “precautionary” approach several nations are taking to protect the environment through a new moratorium on commercial fishing in the High Arctic.

Northerners flock to Fort McPherson as Chase the Ace prize reaches $98K

People are flocking to Fort McPherson, N.W.T., from all across the Beaufort Delta region for a chance to take home a Chase the Ace jackpot that’s swelled to more than $98,000. The fundraiser is being held to raise money for the Peel River Jamboree, which takes place each spring.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 1

October is here, and the fall colours dominate your best photos of the week. Check out our gallery of the best submitted shots from Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

Fort Simpson mayoral candidates square off in Trailbreaker debate

Lawrence Nayally spoke with Sean Whelly and Patrick Rowe, the two candidates for mayor of Fort Simpson, as they debated the future of their community in advance of the Oct. 15 election.

Norman Wells mayoral candidates square off in Trailbreaker debate

As Norman Wells prepares for a mayoral election Oct. 15, Lawrence Nayally spoke with candidates Harry Cassie, Timothy Melnyk, and Frank Pope about their vision for the community.
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Think before you post to social media, hunters urge fellow hunters

On social media, history sometimes repeats itself. Hunter shoots animal, hunter posts photo, photo sparks public outcry, post goes viral. And the rest of the hunting community does a collective facepalm.

N.W.T. gov't commits to airlifting some cargo affected by barge cancellation

The Northwest Territories government is commiting to an airlift involving possibly more than 100 flights in order to get as much cargo as possible to three Arctic communities affected by cancelled barge service — but is stopping short of saying everything will arrive.

N.W.T.'s unemployment rate falls to 4.7 per cent thanks to summer jobs, StatsCan reports

The Northwest Territories added 900 jobs over the summer, according to third-quarter employment data Statistics Canada released on Friday.

Armed man arrested after barricading himself in Fort Smith home

RCMP say there’s no risk to the public after negotiators were called to Fort Smith, N.W.T., in response to an armed man who barricaded himself in a home.

Yellowknife council candidates go head to head in election forum

After four candidates for mayor squared off in a forum hosted by the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, 16 council candidates took their turn Thursday. CBC's Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi live tweeted the conversation.

Talks to manage offshore Arctic drilling may signal end of ban: NWT premier

The federal government is opening talks with northerners on managing offshore energy exploration in the Canadian Arctic, a move some hope signals a coming relaxation of the current ban on potential development.

'Absolutely amazing': Yellowknife woman seeks to reunite family with mug that survived apartment fire

A Yellowknife resident is searching for the owner of a mug found in the remains of a downtown apartment building ravaged by fire, saying that she hopes it can help a family heal.

Economic development working group formed at Inuvik symposium

Leaders from across the Northwest Territories emerged from an economic development symposium in Inuvik on Wednesday with plans to form a working group and continue the conversation.

Rules for short-term rentals like Airbnb up for debate in Yellowknife

Rules and regulations for Airbnb rentals in Yellowknife were the hot-button issue at city hall on Wednesday afternoon during the first of two open house discussions on short-term rentals.

Solution to cancelled barges 'comes a bit late,' says N.W.T. MLA

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