Baffinland’s Nunavut mine reports presumptive positive case of COVID-19

Employee recently arrived at mine site and remains asymptomatic, company says

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. says that an employee at its Mary River mine is presumed to have COVID-19, following a positive test result at the mine’s on-site lab. The employee recently arrived at the mine site and is asymptomatic, the company said in a news release issued on Thursday, Sept. 17. “The affected employee is…

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Making suvalik in Kuujjuaq

Samantha Snowball of Kuujjuaq participates in a suvalik-making contest on Sept. 12. The delicacy is sometimes described as an Inuit fruit salad. Its base is a mayonnaise-like emulsion made by whisking fish eggs and vegetable oil together with a bit of water. Fresh berries are then added to the mix. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Nunavut’s newest MLAs sworn in

Nunavut’s newest members of the legislative assembly were sworn in at a ceremony in the legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Calvin Aivgak Pedersen, on the far left, was acclaimed as the MLA for Kugluktuk on July 24. Craig Atangalaaq Simailak, centre, was acclaimed the same day as MLA for Baker Lake. The ceremony was closed to the public and media, following Nunavut’s COVID-19 public health orders. The new MLAs are at work this week in committee meetings, and they will join other MLAs during the next sitting of the legislature starting on Sept. 21. (Photo by Michel Albert)

Health officials monitoring Nunavik COVID-19 scare

Nunavik health officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 15, that its public health department is monitoring a COVID-19 exposure in the community of Kangirsuk. The people who may have been exposed to the virus are already in isolation and will receive short-term psychosocial and logistical support, the health board said in a news release. There are no confirmed cases of the virus in Kangirsuk, and Nunavik remains a COVID-19-free region. (File photo)

Two blackouts leave Iqaluit without power, prompting school closures

Two city-wide blackouts left Iqaluit without power for more than two hours this morning. The first outage, which happened at approximately 9 a.m., was resolved 25 minutes later. The second, occurring just before 10 a.m., lasted until just before noon. As a result, the Iqaluit District Education Authority closed all schools for the rest of the day. The Trois-Soleils School will be open this afternoon. The Qulliq Energy Corp says the outage was caused by an unspecified issue in the power generation system. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Northern lights along the Road to Nowhere

Maria Fellen Atienza of Iqaluit shared this photo of her family watching the northern lights on Sept. 6. along the Road to Nowhere. She says the light to the right is the planet Mars, next to a waning gibbous moon. (Photo courtesy of Maria Fellen Atienza)

Bountiful blueberries outside Kuujjuaq

Lucy Abraham of Kuujjuaq picked these blueberries on Sept. 3. “I went for an ATV ride with the dog, and I brought a container just in case I decided to pick. What a good move! The blueberries are huge and bountiful this year in Kuujjuaq, QC. I picked the berries near Stewart Lake,” she writes. (Photo by Lucy Abraham)

Kuujjuaq marks World Suicide Prevention Day

Kuujjuaq residents gather to commemorate World Suicide Prevention on the evening of Sept. 10. Participants lit candles and released flowers into the water in memory of lost loved ones. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)