Best of EDGE: Scraping money from the forest floor

EDGE is taking some holiday time, from December 20 to January 4. While we’re off we’ll be re-running some of our favourite stories from the year. Here’s a first-person story from last summer’s morel mania to kick things off: Inhaling ash and sweating out yesterday’s piss-warm beer, I scan the burn for morel mushrooms. My

Best of the Season: EDGE’s Holiday Plans

We’ll be taking some time off, from today, December 21, to January 4th, 2016. When we come back, we hope to have some exciting New Year surprises in store for you. In the meantime, we’ll be running some of our favourite work from the last year, from both print and online versions of the publication.

In Memoriam: Getting to know Stuart Hodgson

Stuart Hodgson and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the first Arctic Winter Games in 1970. | NWT Archives/Stuart M. Hodgson fonds/N-2010-005: 0028 Rest in Peace, Stuart Hodgson, who has passed away at the age of 91. From the magazine’s archives, January, 2015: by Kate Guay Stuart Hodgson is kissing my hand and telling me that I’m lovely. It’s Friday,

Yellowknifer: The Courier

The online shopping world is coming at her hard these days. Kim White is your friendly neighbourhood courier, delivering the goods you ordered with high hopes they’d arrive before Christmas. But you won’t find her succumbing to the temptation to add that item to her virtual shopping cart and hit send. “One thing I’m very

Where the (Draft) Beers Are

Not pictured: ten pints of Keith’s It seemed like a good idea at the time. Prompted by a discussion of all the new establishments opening or set to open here, we started to wonder: where was the cheapest draft beer in town these days? Who had the best pour? Selection? Specials? We assembled a crack

Fred Sangris: ENR Mismanaging Caribou

Former Yellowknives Dene chief Fred Sangris has high hopes for a new environment and natural resources minister, saying relations between the territorial government and his people have frayed bitterly under Michael Miltenberger. According to Sangris, the outgoing minister’s mismanagement of the Bathurst Caribou Herd, along with charges of illegal harvesting against four Yellowknives Dene, are

RCMP Knock Day Shelter Client Unconscious

Clients at Yellowknife’s day centre for street people are claiming mistreatment at the hands of Yellowknife police after RCMP knocked an Inuit man unconscious while attempting to arrest him last week. On Dec. 8, RCMP were called to Safe Harbour Day Centre to deal with a disturbance just before it was set to close at

Budget Chopping: Tension Rises At City Hall

Last night, shortly after councillors congratulated one another for wrestling a proposed municipal tax increase down to zero, Mayor Mark Heyck gave a sobering critique of his colleagues’ work over the past week. “I’m fully supportive of the close scrutiny that council gives of the budget and I think it’s important that we all take

Podcasting From The Land

Yellowknife’s Eugene Boulanger will soon be bringing his love of the land and storytelling to the podcast universe as the new host of Stories From The Land. The podcast, created by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon for his Indian and Cowboy media network, offers “a collection of Indigenous community sourced stories that connect Indigenous Peoples to

YK Mythbusters: The Beer-Drinking Pig

Trail’s End’s horseshoe of colourful, picturesque modulars is one of Yellowknife’s hotbeds of quirk. Its citizenry are a lively mix of every imaginable sub-section of the city’s social fabric. From environmentalists and writers, to capitalists and miners, the neighborhood is a vibrant ecosystem where pretty much anyone is accommodated. But is it true that at

City Budget 2016: In Search of No Tax Increase

Coun. Julian Morse on slashing the splash park:  “I had a hard time falling asleep last night. It wasn’t an easy decision.” After two days of intense budget cutting, city council has turned the previously proposed tax increase into a slight tax decrease. Property taxes were slated to go up by 2.87 percent according to the

Deepak International Fights To Keep Its Secrets

Lawyers for the enigmatic Deepak International Limited (DIL), owner of two still-defunct diamond cutting and polishing plants by the airport, will soon be in the NWT Supreme Court trying to prevent information about the company’s operations from becoming public. The company was in the news as recently as October, when creditors moved in to secure a $2.6

State of the Environment 2016: Leaked GNWT Report

Migratory birds, such as this Stilt Sandpiper, are being particularly hard hit Yesterday, the NWT made national news when one of our lakes, near Fort McPherson, broke through the melting earthen levee holding it in and gushed out over a cliff into the valley below. The lake has been teetering on the brink for quite some time, as

Analysis: Race For Premier

On your left, representing change, and on your right, representing change On EDGE | Opinion When Bob McLeod stood up in the assembly to announce his second run at the NWT’s premiership yesterday afternoon, he could well have taken a page out of the Stephen Harper playbook: economic times are tough, the outlook for the

YK Mythbuster: Jail for the Winter?

The frigid morning wind bites your skin as you trudge along the snowy city sidewalks. Any trace of moisture on your clothing quickly becomes frost on your short walk to work. It’s the depth of winter. And somewhere in this city, there are human beings in makeshift shelters sleeping rough. Perhaps a brazen shoplifting excursion through Shoppers

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