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January 19, 2022: Status of the Staffing Crisis

The Union of Northern Workers is becoming increasingly vocal in its criticism of the territorial government, as the NWT's healthcare staffing crisis shows little sign of ending. We hear from the new union president, Gayla Thunstrom, and the NWT's health minister, Julie Green. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 19, 2022
January 18, 2022: Musher Crossing Upgrades

More than nine million dollars in repairs and upgrades have been allocated for residents living in Yellowknife's Borealis Housing Cooperative. Also on the show, the City of Yellowknife is promising action to improve safety at a crossing where a musher was hit by a truck last month. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 18, 2022
January 17, 2022: The Maple Leaf Project

Gold Terra, a company trying to restart gold mining around Yellowknife, is considering reopening the Robertson mine shaft if its project eventually goes ahead. Also on the show, a country-wide collaborative project is looking to celebrate the cultural diversity of Canada — through art. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 17, 2022
January 14, 2022: Frances Stewart

The new Canada Research Chair in northern wildlife biology discusses her role, ambitions, and the evolving tools of the job. Plus Mary Rose Sundberg explains why she decided to run for MLA in Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh. Ollie Williams hosts.

Jan 14, 2022
January 13, 2022: Downburst

The head of the Northern Tornadoes Project describes a rare weather phenomenon that obliterated trees across a 60-kilometre stretch of the Dehcho last summer, plus the NWT's medical director assesses the current strain on the territory's healthcare system. Ollie Williams hosts.

Jan 13, 2022
January 12, 2022: Is Tourism Over?

Is tourism over? The Mayor of Fort Smith thinks so. Also on the show, Ollie Williams brings us the latest on Covid-19 figures in the territory as the NWT reaches more than a thousand active cases. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 12, 2022
January 11, 2022: Gladue Reports

The overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canada’s jails is a longstanding issue that has only intensified in recent years. Reporter Emily Blake speaks about the NWT’s approach — and how legal experts believe things could be improved. Also on the show, Richard Edjericon speaks about his intention to become Tu Nehdé-Wiilideh’s next MLA. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 11, 2022
January 10, 2022: Remembering Milo Martin

Eighteen-year-old Milo Martin from Yellowknife is being remembered as an extrovert who touched the lives of many people. Also on the show, Ernest Betsina, the former Chief of Ndilǫ, speaks about his decision to run in the forthcoming Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh by-election, and a fundraiser for a Yellowknife firefighter being treated for a rare form of cancer surpasses $40,000. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 10, 2022
January 7, 2022: How Renewable?

Setting up your own solar panel gets you cheap, renewable energy and you can sell the excess to the NWT's utility companies. But that system threatens to cause some novel problems, and now answers are needed. Ollie Williams hosts.

Jan 07, 2022
January 6, 2022: Dog Languages

Yellowknife's mayor leads a national campaign to solve challenges facing communities, plus can dogs distinguish between different human languages? Ollie Williams hosts.

Jan 06, 2022
January 5, 2022: MIA Rapid Tests

The NWT is relying increasingly on rapid Covid-19 tests — but finding them is proving tricky. We hear what the GNWT had to say at yesterday's Covid-19 news conference. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 05, 2022
January 4, 2022: Honouring Gail Cyr

Yellowknife's Gail Cyr is now a Member of the Order of Canada. Also on the show, Lawrence Neyando is closing down his tour company, Arctic Motorcycle Adventures, almost two years after the pandemic first disrupted the NWT's tourism industry. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Jan 04, 2022
December 23, 2021: Colville Lake Christmas

The kids of Colville Lake rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas, plus the Arctic Energy Alliance finds new funding to reopen programs that had run dry mid-pandemic. Ollie Williams hosts.

Dec 23, 2021
December 22, 2021: Sew with Auntie

Mercedes Rabesca started a sewing group in Behchoko called ‘Come Sew with Auntie.' She speaks about starting the group and the impact it has had on her and her community. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 22, 2021
December 21, 2021: Snow Carving Contest

Yellowknife has welcomed the world's finest snow carvers for years — now the city is exporting them. Niki McKenzie is heading to Sweden next month to take part in a carving contest. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 21, 2021
December 20, 2021: Omicron

As the NWT reports its first Omicron exposure, Dr Anthony Fauci discusses the emergence of the variant, what's different this time, and what's next. Ollie Williams hosts.

Dec 20, 2021
December 17, 2021: Supply Chain Challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the global supply chain. Sandy Macpherson, the manager of business development for Buffalo Airways, speaks about the impact to northern airlines. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 17, 2021
December 16, 2021: Mushing Collision

On Monday, a truck collided with veteran musher Richard Beck and his dog team on the road between Yellowknife's Grace Lake and Kam Lake. Mushers say an accident like this was just a matter of time. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 16, 2021
December 15, 2021: A 19-Month Wait

Mark Patrick Ryan passed away in April of 2020 at a Yellowknife apartment building. It took until last week for anyone to be charged. Mark's mother, Evelyn Bishop, talks about Mark, his passing, and the effect of the 19-month wait. Also on the show, Yellowknife United Church will host their annual service of comfort to support those who are struggling. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 15, 2021
December 14, 2021: Dehcho Winter Ecology Camp

Students in the Dehcho region have the chance to learn on the land about winter ecology during a February field camp hosted by the Scotty Creek Research Centre. Also on the show, Yellowknife Community Fundraising Club’s Adopt-A-Family program says they’ve seen an increase in the number of families in need of support this year. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 14, 2021
December 13, 2021: Daycare for Délınę

Délınę opened its new daycare and preschool last week. Also on the show, a server at Yellowknife's Woodyard brewpub was the latest to receive a $1,000 festive tip. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 13, 2021
December 10, 2021: Daycare Living Wage

Yellowknife Day Care Association president Ryan Fequet discusses the choice between keeping childcare costs down and paying employees a living wage. Plus Yellowknife has a new smokehouse. Ollie Williams hosts.

Dec 10, 2021
December 9, 2021: Herman Oyagak

Herman Oyagak, his wife, and his lawyer speak with Cabin Radio after his deportation from Aklavik to Alaska is suspended. Ollie Williams hosts.

Dec 09, 2021
December 8, 2021: RESPCCT

A new national survey is looking at how people experience care during pregnancy and childbirth across Canada. Also on the show, ministers and officials held a news conference at which they published the NWT's annual climate reporting. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 08, 2021
December 7, 2021: Supporting Sudan

A month ago, members of Yellowknife's Sudanese community protested in Somba K'e Park as the military seized power in Sudan. One of the protestors, Magdi Hassan, is now a member of the country's Unionist party and is working from Yellowknife to support protests against military rule. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 07, 2021
December 6, 2021: Bringing Back Tourism

Most of the NWT tourism industry remains shut down. Katrina Nokleby, the Great Slave MLA, had questions about this for tourism minister Caroline Wawzonek in the legislature last week. Also on the show, the territorial government gave updates on a number of key infrastructure projects that are underway in the territory. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 07, 2021
December 2, 2021: What about the Children?

Some families who have to head to Edmonton to give birth are worried about who will take care of their kids in the NWT. Also, the territorial government launched a new campaign looking at how to live with the "new normal" of Covid-19. Sarah Sibley hosts.

Dec 03, 2021
December 1, 2021: Darrel Mack Fights Back

Yellowknifer Darrel Mack talks about his stage four cancer diagnosis and his plan to beat it. Also on the show, low occupancy rates at NWT's jails came to light in the legislative assembly earlier this week. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Dec 01, 2021
November 30, 2021: Gerald Antoine for Dene National Chief

Gerald Antoine, former chief of the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation, is challenging incumbent Norman Yakeleya for the position of Dene National Chief. Also on the show, the Tłı̨chǫ Highway or Highway 9 has officially opened, marking the first time Whatì is accessible by road year-round. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Nov 30, 2021
November 29, 2021: Norman Yakeleya Seeks Re-election

Norman Yakeleya is hoping to hold his position as Dene National Chief when polls open later this week. Also on the show, The K'asho Got'ine Housing Society in Fort Good Hope has won a national housing award from the federal government. McKenna Hadley-Burke hosts.

Nov 29, 2021