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Robert Kautuk spotted six ravens outside his Clyde River home in the blowing snow last weekend, but just one of the birds stuck out. Ravens, or tulugait, take advantage of limited warmth in the cold weather by turning their backs to the sun so their black feathers can absorb heat. We hope you enjoy more seasonable weather than this over the Victoria Day long weekend, during which time our offices will be shut. We’ll be back at it on Tuesday, May 22. (PHOTO BY ROBERT KAUTUK)
Robert Kautuk spotted six ravens outside his Clyde River home in the blowing snow last weekend, but just one of the birds stuck out. Ravens, or tulugait, take advantage of limited warmth in the cold weather by turning their backs to the sun so their black feathers can absorb heat. We hope you enjoy more seasonable weather than this over the Victoria Day long weekend, during which time our offices will be shut. We’ll be back at it on Tuesday, May 22. (PHOTO BY ROBERT KAUTUK)
COMMENTARY May 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Legal Ease, May 18

How do appeals work?

JAMES MORTON

As I write this column, I am waiting to be heard by a judge on a motion to extend the time to bring an appeal.

What that means is the person who lost at trial did not bring an appeal within the allotted time, and so, unless an extension is granted, the appeal will be dead.

One of the elements to...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut fire marshal issues reminder to protect sheds from fire

Blaze in Iqaluit shed prompts warning about safety

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s fire marshal is issuing a safety warning to the owners of sheds located near residential buildings.

The advice comes several days after a shed in the centre of Iqaluit burned down on May 14. It has since been torn down.

On Friday, the fire marshal issued a public service announcement...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from May 5 to May 12

Death of woman at Iqaluit boarding home leads the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The two most-read stories on Nunatsiaq.com last week dealt with the death of a Clyde River woman staying at the Tammaativvik patient boarding home in Iqaluit.

Police investigators have concluded the 22-year-old woman’s death was part of a murder-suicide.

The woman’s male domestic partner, 31, was...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

Jordin Tootoo, Calm Air launch video contest to improve youth mental health

"How do you breathe calm air?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re under 18 and live in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, you could win airline tickets with Calm Air by creating a short video to share your thoughts on mental health.

The contest, called “Breathe Calm Air,” is being launched this week by Hockey League star Jordin Tootoo and the...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut appeal court increases sentence for stabbing a cop

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out remainder of two-years-less-a-day sentence

BETH BROWN

A young Cambridge Bay man who repeatedly stabbed a police officer last spring is returning to jail, following a decision this week by the Nunavut Court of Appeal to increase his original sentence.

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out the remainder of a two-years-less-a-day jail sentence for a...

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NEWS May 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Western Nunavut slated for new marine surveillance system

Cambridge Bay one of seven coastal communities to receive new system

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay is among seven coastal communities in Canada that will test out a new marine information system.

The system, which can track ship traffic and other important maritime information, is part of Transport Canada’s $62.5-million Enhanced Maritime...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Proportional representation wouldn’t serve Quebec’s North: Nunavik MNA

"Inuit deserve to be better represented than that"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit stand to lose the most in a plan to revamp Quebec’s electoral system, says the member of the National Assembly who represents Nunavik.

Earlier this month, Quebec’s opposition parties agreed to table a bill following the next provincial election—currently set for Oct. 1—that would implement...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

First Air, Nunavut community airports get Ottawa money for upgrades

First Air will get $12.7M towards a new cargo warehouse in Iqaluit, while $22.5M goes to terminal revamps in five Nunavut communities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 2:25 p.m.)

Ottawa plans to spend roughly $35 million from its National Trade Corridors Fund on two projects to improve air cargo transportation and airport safety in Nunavut.

One will see a new cargo warehouse built for First Air in Iqaluit. The other will see aging airport terminals...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 10:30 am

As Iqaluit’s sharing economy grows, so does need for business licences

"It's always been the rule"

SARAH ROGERS

Planning to visit Iqaluit this summer?

Options for places to stay have thinned considerably in the city this year with the closure of Hotel Arctic.

But that gap has encouraged Nunavut’s sharing economy. Over the last year, the number of Iqaluit homes advertising on Airbnb.com—the popular website...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit principals complain they can’t find substitute teachers

No applicants for Inuktut language specialist job at Inuksuk High School

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit schools don’t have the substitute teachers they need, and the shortage sometimes forces schools to cancel classes, members of Iqaluit’s District Education Authority heard from school principals and vice principals at a meeting on Monday.

“We are in an extreme crunch for substitutes right...

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NEWS May 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Pictorial guide aims to keep Arctic marine mammals safe from shipping

Posters offer images of animals, maps, charts

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new pictorial guide should help mariners in the eastern Arctic to identify and avoid disturbing marine mammals like whales, walrus, seals and polar bears.

The Eastern Arctic Mariner’s Guide, unveiled at a Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting on Monday by the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, is...

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NEWS May 16, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Arctic security group returns to Nunavut for first meeting in a decade

"Those relationships are crucial"

SARAH ROGERS

It’s a scenario that few can really imagine, but some people have to: what happens when an Arctic community’s critical infrastructure breaks down?

Imagine a Nunavut community’s power plant going down, or a major fire at a tank farm threatening the lives of residents. It may be unlikely, but that’s...

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NEWS May 16, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Arctic Inspiration Prize seeks nominees for 2018

Up to $3 million to be given away this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is once again looking to give away up to $3 million to help fund innovative projects to improve life in the Canadian North.

The top prize this year could be worth up to $1 million, while up to four teams could receive $500,000 each.

As well, a youth prize category,...

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NEWS May 16, 2018 - 11:30 am

Redfern loses fight to change QIA community director election practice

Nunavut judge rules QIA is a public organization

BETH BROWN

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association was never obligated to make community director ballots available in Ottawa during its Dec. 8, 2014 election for an Iqaluit community director position, Justice Susan Cooper has ruled.

That brings to an end a four-year legal dispute that began after Madeleine...

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NEWS May 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

Federal government scrambles to restore Nunavut wildlife powers

N.W.T. devolution law might have unintentionally erased GN’s authority over muskox, caribou, polar bear

JIM BELL

Whoops! The federal government may have unintentionally erased the Government of Nunavut’s legal authority to regulate the harvest of caribou, muskox and polar bear four years ago, members of the Senate special committee on the Arctic heard last week in Ottawa.

“The situation creates a regulatory...

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NEWS May 16, 2018 - 8:00 am

Floe edge near Iqaluit closer than usual: Canadian Ice Service

Percentage of thick, durable multi-year ice has decreased

JANE GEORGE

The sea ice in Frobisher Bay is thinner than usual this time of year, and the floe edge is closer. Flying into Iqaluit, you can see blue open water not far from the city.

The floe edge is now about 30 nautical miles down Frobisher Bay. That’s closer than usual, and it’s not as extensive, confirmed...

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NEWS May 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut government issues stomach illness alert for Baker Lake

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, temperature and diarrhea

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you live in or are travelling to Baker Lake, be careful: a stomach illness is making its way around the community, the Government of Nunavut said on Tuesday.

The GN did not say how many in this community of about 2,000 people are affected by the illness, but it did mention that its symptoms...

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NEWS May 15, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit skate park shuts down due to decreased use

Petition asks city to keep skate park open; city says tee-ball, tennis and minigolf in store

BETH BROWN

The City of Iqaluit has chosen not to open its skateboard park this year, following a drop in daily attendance.

The park—fitted with ramps and rails for ambitious young boarders—opens each May.

But on Sunday, the City of Iqaluit posted a notice on social media explaining that the skate park will...

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NEWS May 15, 2018 - 11:00 am

Iqaluit shed burns in Nunavut capital’s third fire of 2018

Unoccupied structure is a loss, but no one was hurt

JANE GEORGE

Iqaluit firefighters doused a burning shed in the centre of Iqaluit late Monday afternoon.

What remains of the badly damaged structure, located behind the row of housing known as Green Row, not far from Nakasuk School, will be demolished over the next two days.

The fire department received a call...

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NEWS May 15, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavik Inuit welcome move to regulate salmon harvest

Quebec government now requires visiting fishermen to hire outfitters

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. is welcoming a recent decision by the Quebec government that now requires non-Indigenous salmon sport fishers visiting the region to use an outfitting service.

Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks recently amended its regulations for fishing licences to require...

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Niore Iqalukjuak and Jaaki Vuili explore the asungasungaat, or hoodoos, at Akiani, past Sauniqsiutiit Issuani in Arctic Bay. As Iqalukjuak recounted, “When you look at photos, you don't realize all the effort put forth by the photographers. We walked into this in sometimes waist-deep snow for maybe close to half a mile along with gear on our backs. We had to sit and rest a few times, but in the end the pictures sure are worth it, even though my back and legs are still paying for it…
Niore Iqalukjuak and Jaaki Vuili explore the asungasungaat, or hoodoos, at Akiani, past Sauniqsiutiit Issuani in Arctic Bay. As Iqalukjuak recounted, “When you look at photos, you don't realize all the effort put forth by the photographers. We walked into this in sometimes waist-deep snow for maybe close to half a mile along with gear on our backs. We had to sit and rest a few times, but in the end the pictures sure are worth it, even though my back and legs are still paying for it…" (PHOTO BY NIORE IQALUKJUAK)