From a former Yellowknifer reporter...
"...I felt like a leper walking the streets of Yellowknife.
While working as a reporter for a local paper in the NWTâs capital city, I endeavored to complete a Street Talk column, where residents â their names appearing beside their photo â would be asked to rate the territorial governmentâs performance over the last 12 months.
Covering an often controversial and contentious legislative assembly, I had my own opinions, but figured I could have been a little insulated by spending too much time in the newsroom. With an important session set to start up the day the column would have gone to press, I wanted to get a sense of how people on the street really felt about the way the government was running.
I did not run out in naively. I realized it would be a difficult task because since I started at the paper â both in Yellowknife and Iqaluit â I had run into many an instance where a resident would refuse a comment based on their employment with the government.
It was frustrating, but I understood...."