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November 6, 2019
Cabin Radio - As the Northwest Territories deals with the second-highest rate of family violence in Canada, women who experienced it themselves marched through Yellowknife's streets. It takes courage to step forward and disclose violence. It takes courage to talk about it in public spaces," she said, adding those who perpetrate violence or witness it must also have the courage to step forward. I've always run back and lived that abuse, and it's finally come to a stop – where I can stop this within my family, within myself." Women marched in solidarity in a territory with one of Canada's highest rates of family violence.
October 24, 2019
Cabin Radio - Having chosen their new premier, MLAs selected Caroline Cochrane's cabinet in a series of secret ballots on Thursday afternoon. By default, it is the largest number of women in an NWT cabinet – never before had the territory even elected five women in the first place. Both Cochrane and predecessor Bob McLeod represented Yellowknife districts in Range Lake and Yellowknife South respectively. Standing for cabinet from the Yellowknife area were Julie Green (Yellowknife Centre), Nokleby (Great Slave), Kevin O'Reilly (Frame Lake), and Wawzonek (Yellowknife South). The premier, cabinet members, and the newly elected speaker – Mackenzie Delta's Frederick Blake Jr – will be sworn in on Friday at the legislature.
October 24, 2019
CKLB 101.9 - After three rounds of voting, members of the 19th Assembly have elected the first woman to be Premier since division of the NWT in 1999. Range Lake MLA Caroline Cochrane will officially become the new premier on Friday through a motion during the first session of the new assembly. Cochrane is the first NWT female premier since Nellie Cournyea. Throughout her bid for Premier, Cochrane consistently said that she wants to meet more with Indigenous governments and groups. In the running for the two Yellowknife seats are: Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly, Yellowknife South MLA Caroline Wawzonek, Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, and Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby.
October 24, 2019
NNSL Media - Caroline Cochrane was voted premier of the Northwest Territories Thursday. Cochrane is now the only female premier in Canada, and the second in NWT history, following Nellie Cournoyea who served in the role from 1991 to 1995. 11 MLAs in the running for cabinetWith the premier selected, a crowded field will vie for cabinet seats. As per the quota, two cabinet members will be from the north, two will be from Yellowknife, and two will be from the south. From Yellowknife, the candidates are Great Slave’s Katrina Nokleyby Frame Lake’s Kevin O’Reilly, Yellowknife Centre’s Julie Green, and Yellowknife South’s Caroline Wawzonek.
October 23, 2019
NNSL Media - Mining in the North will be on the rocks without timely action. That was the message for the incoming MLAs who milled into an Explorer Hotel conference room Tuesday evening. According to him, that’s mostly for two reasons: declining access with more protected areas and a “tough” regulatory regime. Vivian has made similar presentations to other groups of MLAs. In closing Tuesday, he flipped to a slide of a probable sunset and asked if it was sunrise or sundown for the territory’s mining industry.
October 22, 2019
Cabin Radio - The NWT's mining industry body on Tuesday told newly elected MLAs the territory's strategy to encourage mining and exploration is "not working" and needs to be urgently revisited. The NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, with the NWT Chamber of Commerce, delivered the warning as the groups lobbied MLAs during a dinner at Yellowknife's Explorer Hotel. The territorial government released its mineral development strategy in 2014, designed to "ensure lasting prosperity for NWT residents and communities" through the mining industry. Chamber bosses added the territory's mining industry had "fallen off the radar" for federal funding, describing small sums for studies as "a cheap way to buy you off." A presentation by Vivian about the NWT's economic prospects contained nothing new to anyone following the territory's mining industry.
October 22, 2019
NNSL Media - Yellowknife MLAs represent a critical mass in the Legislative Assembly. While not every community has the gap, every MLA has a responsibility to address the issue, Green said. If it’s not a priority, and thus doesn’t flow into the budget, the MLAs can continue to lobby the issue, Green said. While there are more than 150 people on the Housing First wait list, a 2018 City of Yellowknife survey reported that there were about 338 people experiencing homelessness in the city. She suggested a joint working group of councillors and local MLAs to share a common approach between levels of government.
October 10, 2019
NNSL Media - A campaign assistant to Julie Green is retiring from politics after he was caught tampering with election signs. In a 17 word email to Yellowknifer Yeo stated that at age 65, this was his “last job.”CBC reported in late September that during the campaign Yeo had been caught removing and replacing Arlene Hache’s signs in the Northern United Place apartment building. “I know I caused them and you harm in hurt and anxiety and damaged your right to have your voice heard in the current election,” wrote Yeo in his apology. Hache took to Facebook to highlight her frustrations over the matter, despite Elections NWT calling it a closed issue. “She isn’t so quick to say she will not rehire Craig Yeo as her constituency assistant.
October 10, 2019
NNSL Media - “The homelessness and intoxicated population in downtown Yellowknife are from all across the territory,” she said to the other MLAs. “We now have a large population of people who have chronic addictions and chronic homelessness … and they need programming.”All Yellowknife MLAs touched on the issue in one form or another on Wednesday. “Once again, we are in a change mandate situation – 12 new MLAs last time, 11 new MLAs this time. Two recounts in Frame Lake and Yellowknife NorthPart of the day was highlighted by two Yellowknife MLAs, who won a pair of judicial recounts – Kevin O’Reilly of Frame Lake and Rylund Johnson, of Yellowknife North. “A lot of people spoke about the downtown social issues,” she said.