How to lower unemployment in the NWT

There’s been lots of talk during the campaign about the territorial economy flat-lining, and the most recent unemployment numbers make the picture darker. According to the NWT Bureau of Statistics, the overall unemployment rate for the NWT is 9.1 per cent (compared to 6.8 per cent for Canada as a whole). To put it in … Read more

Getting an “F” from the union

The Union of Northern Workers has now published the results of its survey of NWT candidates. The survey included five questions aimed at protecting union jobs in the face of future cuts, contracting out and public private partnerships. These complicated questions required yes or no answers. Answering no to opposing any cuts to GNWT staff … Read more

No more empty houses

The neighborhood located near the 51 Ave sliding hill includes five empty houses. As you can see from the photo, these properties are well maintained with prompt snow removal in the winter (and grass cutting in the summer). There is heat and light in these houses – but there is nobody home. Nobody has lived … Read more

Remembering this Remembrance Day

I’m thinking about Remembrance Day over my morning cup of tea, and I’m sure many of you are too. I pulled out my paternal grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s medals to remind myself of their stories. My great-grandfather, Joseph Saunders, was about 30 years old when the “Great War” started in 1914. He came from a family … Read more

The future of mining in the NWT

I covered mining development in Labrador (the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine) and in the NWT during my 16 years as a reporter with CBC. What I’ve seen is both a boom and a bust at either end of the country. I remember the years people would line up for a week in front of the … Read more

Cost of living driving people away

On the campaign trail today, I spoke with two families who are starting to think they will have to leave Yellowknife because it’s increasingly unaffordable. The cost of living is simply too high. What’s interesting to me is how different these families are in age and circumstance and yet the cost of living is a … Read more

Up for debate

This is what forum preparation looks like for me. Hours of reading distilled into a few points on an index card. It’s a little old school to write things down, but it’s easy to manage the cards, give them a quick read and answer the question. Questions! Dene Nahjo, hosts of last night’s forum, provided … Read more

Getting to know me!

Let’s count the ways to get to know me before November 23. As of 5 pm today, I have twelve questionnaires. They range from requiring answers to yes/no questions to providing paragraph answers. The NWT Seniors Society, the Union of Northern Workers, Yellowknife Day Care, the YWCA, Council of Canadians, to name a few: they … Read more

More seniors are staying in the north than ever before

Avens Cottages – Territorial Dementia Facility The front page of yesterday’s News/North announced 47 per cent of seniors plan to leave. Did anyone else say, “is that all?” There was a time when seniors left in droves looking for warmer winters and better access to their families. The City of Yellowknife Community Survey for last … Read more