Arlene Hache announces she is running for MLA in Yellowknife Centre

Arlene Hache from her Facebook page

Order of Canada Member Arlene Hache has announced she is running for MLA in Yellowknife Centre in the Oct 1 territorial election.

In her announcement she states that downtown is her home where she has worked and lived for 35 years.

Hache states she is a leader with solutions of homelessness, addictions and community violence.

She says her decision to run is focussed on bringing lived expertise to the decision-making table when it comes to addressing challenges both residents and the business community face on a daily basis in the downtown core.

“Responses to the escalating violence in the downtown core have been well meaning but largely miss the mark, Hache states. “The sense of community I and others have known has been replaced by fear and dread as the downtown core struggles to survive increased levels of violence that have erupted in the absence of any measure of accountability.”

Hache says territorial leaders have stopped talking about safety and their responsibility to assure residents are protected.

“They have chosen to portray Yellowknife Centre’s issues as solely a matter of addictions and a lack of services, Hache states. “They have chosen to ignore the fact that we also have issues of violence, victimization, aggression and lack of safety.

Hache received the Order of Canada in 2009 for her work with Indigenous people.

She is up against current Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.