EDGE Express: May 2

Your daily Yellowknife and NWT news digest, published first thing every weekday morning.

Gwich’in self-government AIP approved

In a step toward self-government, the Gwich’in Tribal Council approved an Agreement-in-Principal last week. The federal and territorial governments must approve the AIP before it can be officially signed. Once that happens, negotiations on a final agreement can begin.

Source: CBC North

Analysis: YK Real Estate Realities: Debunking the ‘Canadian Housing Bubble’

How can house prices rise when Yellowknife’s population been basically flat for a decade? Writer Sam Gamble explains in his three-part analysis of the Yellowknife housing market. Click here to Part One.

Source: EDGE/Sam Gamble

New distracted driving fines take effect

As of yesterday, clarifications and changes to distracted driving laws related to the use of cell phones and other devices while driving are now in effect. Drivers are now no longer able to “Hold, operate or touch,” their device while driving. Among the stiffer new penalties are distracted driving in a school or construction zone, which doubles from $322 to $644.

Source: NNSL

NWT power rates could increase by June

A Northwest Territories Power Corp. application for a rate hike could be applied to customers bills as soon as next month. The proposed 4.8 percent interim increase could increase bills by an average of $6 in the summer and $10 in the winter. This is expected to be followed by a longer-term application to raise rates by an additional 4 percent in year two and again by the same percent in three. NTPC cites inflation, decreased sales, aging infrastructure and increased regulatory costs as factors behind the applications.

Source: CBC North

Amazing Race returns to YK

Amazing Race Canada returned to Yellowknife last week. The show, featuring pairs of contestants competing against teams from across the country, spent time filming at locations including the Legislative Assembly, on Frame Lake near the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and in the ceremonial circle behind the RCMP headquarters downtown. In May 2013, the show visited the city and had contestants take a dip in Great Slave Lake.

Source: NNSL