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January 17, 2020
NNSL Media - The Government of the Northwest Territories will be sending three cabinet ministers and 18 staff to the AME Mineral Exploration Roundup 2020 Conference in Vancouver, Jan. 20 to 23. The event draws more than 6,500 people involved in the industry every year, according to the conference website. Last year the GNWT under then Premier Bob McLeod sent five cabinet members, two regular MLAs, and 21 staff members. “This year, staff from the Department of Infrastructure, Department of Industry and Investment, Department of Lands and Department of ENR will be attending,” stated Pidborochynski. Mineral development strategyFunding for Indigenous governments to attend has been budgeted through the Mineral Development Strategy, which will allow for two representatives from each of the Indigenous governments to attend the event.
January 16, 2020
Cabin Radio - Detailed accounts of how candidates in last year's NWT election financed their campaigns have been published by Elections NWT. The spreadsheets show where each candidate's campaign contributions came from and how they spent the money, based on reports each candidate must file. In 10 of the 16 districts where campaigns were fought (three candidates were acclaimed unopposed), the candidate who raised the most money won. How candidates spent their money changed considerably depending on where in the NWT they were. In Yellowknife, very few candidates spent money on travel.
January 10, 2020
Cabin Radio - This week, McLeod told Cabin Radio he "broadly agrees with and shares" the goals outlined in the letter. Responding to McLeod's statement, Gagnon-van Leeuwen said organizers were glad McLeod had indicated he supported – in broad terms – the Green New Deal's objectives. Critics doubt the feasibility and realism of some aspects of the plan, while the wider Green New Deal movement has been called a "left-wing wish list." But he has the power to use his office as our MP to speak out against them," Gagnon-van Leeuwen said. "We are downstream from the Teck Frontier mine here in the Northwest Territories.
December 13, 2019
CKLB 101.9 - Residents from across the Northwest Territories have signed an open letter calling on MP Michael McLeod to push for a Green New Deal in Parliament. has already put forward a notice to introduce a motion to support a Green New Deal. Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen is another organizer with Our Time Yellowknife, and told CKLB that McLeod has agreed to meet with the organization next week. McLeod previously told Northern News Services he “broadly” supports the goals, but stopped short of committing to a Green New Deal. He added, “Acting a seconder on MP Peter Julian’s M-1 Motion would be one way that Mr. McLeod could back up his promises.”
December 12, 2019
My Yellowknife Now - Michael McLeod has agreed to meet youth organizers from Our Time Yellowknife next week. ImageAn open letter signed by young people and their allies from across the Northwest Territories is calling on Member of Parliament Michael McLeod to commit to governing for a Green New Deal. Meanwhile, in the House of Commons, Member of Parliament Peter Julian has filed a notice of motion in support of a Green New Deal. “We urge Mr. McLeod to support this motion and listen to his constituents by publicly committing to govern for a Green New Deal. “The Throne Speech recognized that the majority of Canadians voted for candidates who support bold climate action and recognized the climate crisis is a top priority,” added Gagnon-van Leeuwen.
December 12, 2019
NNSL Media - An open letter signed by two MLAs and two City of Yellowknife Councillors is calling on NWT MP Micheal McLeod to support a Green New Deal. In additional to several youth, former Chief of Smith’s Landing First Nation Francois Paulette, musician Leela Gilday, Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson, Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly, Jack Bourassa of PSAC North and Yellowknife City Councillors Shauna Morgan and Julian Morse signed the letter. One of the signatories, O’Reilly, recently called for the territorial legislature to also declare a climate emergency, saying on Tuesday that “we will need to make deeper reductions to hold global warming below two degrees Celsius.”Organized by the youth organization Our Time, the letter voices support for New Westminster MP Peter Julian’s M-1 proposal in parliament, which the organization says would “immediately lead the transition away from fossil fuels” and would also require implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. McLeod has also committed to meeting with the organization next week, according to an Our Time news release.
December 5, 2019
NNSL Media - The NWT Disabilities Council is pushing the territory’s new crop of policy-makers to address the unique challenges faced by residents living with disabilities in the North. Last month, Denise McKee, the council’s executive director, presented three priority action items to six MLAs of the newly-formed 19th Legislative Assembly. “With the new assembly coming, (the meeting) was meant to present our concerted efforts in these core areas,” said Alannis McKee, director of programs at the NWT Disabilities Council. The priorities, meant to be concrete and actionable, seek to break social and economic barriers – tied to poverty, discrimination and colonialization – experienced by people with disabilities in the territory. Despite these persisting challenges, McKee, who, along with the NWT Disabilities Council, works closely with the GNWT on a regular basis, is optimistic elected officials will listen, act and achieve real change over the next four years.
December 1, 2019
NNSL Media - A month after Yellowknife City Council scuttled calls to declare a climate emergency, youth climate organizers have shifted their sights to the Legislative Assembly. “We want there to be a climate emergency but we don’t just want it to be an empty statement,” she said. We want them to declare a climate emergency. Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson said he would “absolutely” support a climate emergency declaration in Assembly. He said when youth organizers put the same question to Yellowknife city councillors, they were hesitant to declare an emergency.
November 25, 2019
Cabin Radio - Yellowknife's Santa Claus parade featured its largest number of floats and participants for many years as a couple of thousand residents took advantage of the warm weather to come out and watch on Saturday. Whereas last year's parade took place in -19C, this year temperatures rose to -6C for the "winter wonderland" themed event. Several floats returned to Franklin Avenue to allow young spectators a closer look and a photo opportunity. The parade is hosted by the City of Yellowknife. Below, take a look at a selection of our images from the parade.