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National Newspapers No Longer Sold In Yellowknife

09/20/2014 11:08 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:03 EDT
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National newspapers aren't available in Yellowknife anymore — the few stores that still shipped papers to the north stopped earlier this month, blaming lack of demand and increased freight costs.

Arctic News, which used to bring newspapers north to Yellowknife by plane, ceased operations in June. A few stores were making their own shipping arrangements to help fill the void, but they've pulled out too.

For decades, Marie Adams bought The Globe and Mail from a bookstore in Yellowknife every week .

She said she stares at screens all week, and will miss catching up with an actual paper newspaper.

"I felt a bit bereft," she said. "I went around to my friends in Whitehorse to see if they could mail me newspapers. I probably will go to the online version, but I keep thinking there must be a solution here."

Both Whitehorse and Iqaluit still sell national newspapers, and Adams would like to see a group of people in Yellowknife come together and put in a standing order for weekly deliveries.

"[Yellowknife] is a cosmopolitan city with many different nationalities and people from all over Canada," Adams said. "If we want to attract people to live and work here, we need … some elements of the quality of life and services they have been accustomed to."

And Adams said there's a bigger issue here than a lack of national newspapers in a capital city.

"The main point is that airlines should not be looking at all freight solely from the perspective of revenue-generating potential, given that we are charged among the highest costs for flying in the country with increased costs now for baggage charges and fees."

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