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Iqaluit firefighters douse a staged fire set to a living room scene, during a public demonstration held outside the fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 13. The wooden shack quickly went up in flames and, despite firefighters blasting the blaze with their hoses, within several minutes all that remained was charred debris. Deputy Fire Chief Nelson Johnson told a crowd of onlookers that it's important to check that smoke alarms are working and to ensure there are always two exits out of any room. The live burn was part of the fire department's open house, which also featured tours of the fire hall and a hot dog barbecue. (PHOTO BY COURTNEY EDGAR)
Iqaluit firefighters douse a staged fire set to a living room scene, during a public demonstration held outside the fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 13. The wooden shack quickly went up in flames and, despite firefighters blasting the blaze with their hoses, within several minutes all that remained was charred debris. Deputy Fire Chief Nelson Johnson told a crowd of onlookers that it's important to check that smoke alarms are working and to ensure there are always two exits out of any room. The live burn was part of the fire department's open house, which also featured tours of the fire hall and a hot dog barbecue. (PHOTO BY COURTNEY EDGAR)
NEWS October 15, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Charges laid in Cambridge Bay ATV collision

Giselle Maniyogina, 34, faces several charges in connection with Oct. 7 incident

JANE GEORGE

Cambridge Bay—Many in this western Nunavut community of about 1,900 say they are more wary as they walk around town, after someone was run over by an all-terrain vehicle.

On Oct. 7, members of the Cambridge Bay RCMP were advised by emergency ground transport that they were responding to a person...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 2:44 pm

New naval ships push sovereignty in Canadian Arctic

DeWolf-class Arctic patrol vessels should make ice operations easier

BETH BROWN

There’s a small glass porthole in the captain’s cabin of HMCS Charlottetown. Besides a handful of windshields, the pie-sized lookout is the only true window on the Canadian warship. Windows would mean a weakness for the double-hulled, steel frigate.

Still, on the ship’s bridge, two sailors are on...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Feds give nod to expansion plan for western Nunavut gold mine

But "high levels of Inuit employment" sought at TMAC Resources' Madrid-Boston project

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The planned expansion for TMAC Resources Inc.‘s gold mine near Cambridge Bay has cleared one of its final hurdles.

On Friday, Caroline Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, and Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, issued a...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 10:59 am

Construction gets underway near Iqaluit’s aquatic centre

Access closed to part of parking lot and to back entrance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of going to the gym, accessing the aquatic centre in Iqaluit will be slightly more difficult for about two weeks, starting Monday, Oct. 15.

A section of the parking lot and the back entrance to the building will be closed off to the public for...

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut still lagging in educational attainment: StatCan

Territory had the highest proportion of adults in 2016 with no high school diploma

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut still has a long way to go to bring its educational attainment close to national levels or even to those in the Northwest Territories.

This is revealed by a recent set of Statistics Canada tables that compare the levels of education achieved in Nunavut and by Inuit nationally and in the......

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NEWS October 15, 2018 - 8:10 am

Researchers plan study on immunization acceptance among Inuit women

Nunavut offers vaccines for whooping cough and influenza, with more to come

JANE GEORGE

A new project taking place in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut with researchers from the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology aims to better protect Inuit babies against whooping cough.

They’re doing this by encouraging vaccination against this disease, known also as pertussis, which can be deadly to babies...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut signs deal with Ontario cannabis producer for online sales

Nunavummiut can order online starting Oct. 17

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The newly named Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission has finalized an agreement with the cannabis company Canopy Growth and its Ontario-based subsidiary, Tweed, to supply the territory with its first legal cannabis.

Starting Oct. 17, Nunavummiut will be able to order cannabis products online...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm

Police revive eight-year-old search for missing Inuk woman in NWT

Angela Meyer was just 22 when she disappeared in Yellowknife in 2010

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The RCMP in the Northwest Territories has relaunched a search for an Inuk woman who went missing almost eight years ago.

Angela Meyer was at her family’s home in Yellowknife on Nov. 27, 2010, when she went outside to smoke a cigarette. She hasn’t been seen since.

Meyer is the daughter of Kathy...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 3:59 pm

N.W.T. seeks bids to airlift cargo to western Nunavut, following barge cancellation

Cambridge Bay due to get 600,000 pounds of cargo via air, tender request says

JANE GEORGE

(Updated at 6:45 p.m.)

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to airlift in some cargo to western Nunavut, after the cancellation of the last resupply barge. But a peek at the request for tenders released on Oct. 9 for an aircraft charter reveals the limits of what may...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 3:31 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7

Destructive overnight "weather bomb" batters Nunavut’s capital

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The weather was the big news last week, when what meteorologists call a “weather bomb” hit Iqaluit, along with other south Baffin communities, as extreme winds, reaching 114 kilometres per hour by 1 a.m. Friday morning, knocked out power and ripped metal roofs from buildings.

At about midnight, a...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Arctic Inspiration Prize deadline nears

Nomination packages due Oct. 15

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The deadline is approaching to apply for this year’s Arctic Inspiration Prize, with nomination packages due Oct. 15.

Up to $3 million will be awarded across three categories this year.

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

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 1:30 pm

City of Iqaluit in talks about community liaison job

“We need to be more transparent to the community”

COURTNEY EDGAR

The City of Iqaluit needs a community liaison officer to help communicate with the public in Inuktitut, says Coun. Joanasie Akumalik.

“It would be really beneficial for the community, especially for the Inuit population,” Akumalik said at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

“It would...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Nunavut premier announces review of harassment policy to help protect women

"It’s not only at the leadership level; it is everywhere"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said his government will review its harassment policy to offer better support to Nunavummiut women who have faced sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace.

Savikataaq’s pledge comes in response to remarks Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern made to a House of Commons...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 10:30 am

Scary stories, bedtime tales in Inhabit Media fall lineup

Susan Aglukark among new authors with Nunavut children’s publisher

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark has a new work coming out next week—but instead of writing music, this time she’s written a children’s book.

The Inuit-owned publishing company Inhabit Media launches Aglukark’s new picture book, titled Una Huna? What is this? on Oct. 16.

While the piece...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 9:20 am

Comedy festival supports mental health in Iqaluit

“Laughing together is healthy”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Iqaluit’s Arctic Comedy Festival, sponsored by First Air, wants to warm your soul with laughter.

The three-day comedy festival, scheduled to run from Thursday, Oct. 11 until Saturday night, will showcase Canadian stand-up talent while collecting funds for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.

Those...

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NEWS October 12, 2018 - 7:58 am

Nunavut government announces new appointments to territory’s language authority

Louise Tapardjuk and Rosemarie Meyok join the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, Nunavut’s arm’s-length language authority, has two new members: Louis Tapardjuk of Igloolik, a former MLA and cabinet minister, and Inuinnaqtun translator Rosemarie Meyok of Kugluktuk.

Their appointments became effective Sept. 4.

Tapardjuk, as Nunavut’s...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 4:10 pm

(UPDATED) Nunavut man, youth each charged with murder in death of 12-year-old boy

Glenn Kadlak Jr., 21, of Rankin Inlet charged in the July 2017 death of Ray Taparti Jr., 12

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(updated Oct. 11, 4:10 p.m.)

Nunavut police have arrested and charged a second person, a youth, in connection with the July 2017 death of Ray “O.J.” Taparti Jr., the Nunavut RCMP said Oct. 11.

The RCMP held a news conference last weekend to announce the arrest of 21-year-old Glenn Kadlak Jr. of...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik community coping with high number of suicides, grief

"What are we not doing enough of to prevent this?"

SARAH ROGERS

Residents of Puvirnituq say they are struggling with the significant loss of community members who have died by suicide this year.

Over the last few weeks alone, the community has buried four young people who died by suicide—the youngest being just 12 years old.

The region’s health and education...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Discover an Arctic girl’s coming of age in Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth

Tagaq's book features poetry, reflection, mysticism

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—You can live or relive the experiences of a young girl growing up in the Canadian Arctic in Tanya Tagaq’s new book, Split Tooth.

Tagaq, better known for her critically acclaimed throat-singing performances and art, earned a prestigious Giller Prize long-list nomination for her first...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 2:35 pm

Boss of Inuit association’s business arm faces assault allegations

Plea adjourned, Nunavut Justice of the Peace says Harry Flaherty’s file is dragging on

BETH BROWN

Qikiqtaaluk Corp.‘s president, Harry Flaherty, was set to enter a plea on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Justice of the Peace court in Iqaluit for one count of assault, but his court date is now rescheduled to Oct. 25.

That’s after Flaherty’s lawyer asked for a two-week delay on the matter, so that...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit city council passes new cannabis bylaw

Fines range from $200 for first offence to $10,000 for multiple offences

COURTNEY EDGAR

A new cannabis bylaw, passed by Iqaluit city council on Tuesday, will come into effect on Oct. 17, the day that the recreational consumption of cannabis will become legal under federal and territorial law.

The Government of Nunavut’s cannabis legislation, Bill 7, provides the main framework for...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 10:59 am

After MTS cancels barge, airlift to western Nunavut still in the works: GNWT

"An evolving situation"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—It was probably a good thing that discussions held Wednesday evening about the recently cancelled barge into Cambridge Bay unfolded via teleconference—and not during the planned, but cancelled, public meeting in Cambridge Bay that night.

Those in the hamlet council chambers often...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 9:28 am

Nunavut’s cannabis health campaign set to launch

“Our goal is to protect the developing brains of young people"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavummiut will start to see health information and warnings about cannabis use pop up next week, targeting the territory’s youth, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers.

Oct. 17 marks the day when the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal throughout the country. In Nunavut, residents aged...

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NEWS October 11, 2018 - 8:12 am

Iqaluit firefighters to stage open house

Gathering will feature a “live burn” of a living-room scene

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Iqaluit’s emergency services department plans to hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the city’s fire station.

At the event, residents will be able to tour the fire hall, look at a fire truck and see a demonstration of a “live burn,”...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Nunavut mayor charged with assault

Baker Lake hamlet councillors demand that Shawn Attungala resign

SARAH ROGERS

Baker Lake’s hamlet council has passed a motion of non-confidence in its sitting mayor, who was charged with assault last month.

Shawn Attungala, who was elected mayor of the Kivalliq community in December 2017, faces one charge of assault following a Sept. 8 domestic dispute, the Nunavut RCMP...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 2:31 pm

Quebec candidate requests recount in Nunavik riding

PQ candidate Jonathan Mattson finished 45 votes behind CAQ's Denis Lamothe

SARAH ROGERS

Jonathan Mattson, the Parti Québécois candidate for Ungava, has made an official request for a recount of ballots in the riding following Quebec’s Oct. 1 election.

Mattson placed second in Ungava—the riding that encompasses Nunavik—finishing just 45 votes behind the winner, the Coalition Avenir...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Arctic wildlife remains at risk from contaminants: new report

Mercury, PCBs remain "a significant exposure concern" for wildlife

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Despite global moves to restrict the industrial production of mercury and persistent organic pollutants, levels of these chemicals remain elevated in some top predator species in the Arctic.

That’s according to a new Arctic Council report, released one day before Arctic environment ministers meet...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 10:25 am

Mission complete for Iqaluit water task force

“We conclude the task force and its duties at this time”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Now that Lake Geraldine has been replenished, the work of the City of Iqaluit’s water task force is done.

Acting chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma gave the last water task force update for the foreseeable future at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“The supplemental pumping is complete. The...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 9:30 am

Islamic society opens second food bank in Iqaluit

Thanksgiving weekend sees first food distribution by the bi-weekly Arctic Food Bank

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit has a new food bank, and it opened on Thanksgiving weekend.

Last Saturday morning, Oct. 5, city residents filed through the Iqaluit mosque at the Road to Nowhere for the Arctic Food Bank’s first food distribution.

Those people came away with blankets donated by the Toronto police as well...

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NEWS October 10, 2018 - 8:08 am

Top job at Qikiqtani Inuit Association up for election this Dec. 10

QIA president, seven community director positions up for grabs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Attention all voting members of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association: you’ll get a chance to go the polls this Dec. 10 to choose a QIA president.

The president’s position, held by P.J. Akeeagok for the past four years, expires soon and QIA must hold a regional election to fill it.

Akeeagok narrowly......

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NEWS October 09, 2018 - 1:29 pm

QIA says it backed Baffinland in exchange for better Inuit benefits

“These regional benefits could be lost if the viability of the Mary River project is undermined”

JIM BELL

When they backed a recent pitch to regulators from Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for permission to raise its legal production limit at Mary River, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association did so only after winning a long list of concessions, the Inuit organization said last week.

“QIA pledged that it could...

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NEWS October 09, 2018 - 11:25 am

Arctic faces more heat, ice loss, permafrost melt, international panel says

Arctic ecosystems are at a "disproportionately higher risk," latest IPCC report finds

JANE GEORGE

A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change foresees some dire consequences from rising temperatures in the Arctic, unless dramatic moves are made to curb the use of fossil fuels.

The 782-page report, released Oct. 8 in South Korea, looks at the impacts of global warming of at...

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Susie Kemukton and Cambridge Bay Mayor Pamela Gross are all smiles after Kemukton’s swearing-in ceremony as councillor on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the hamlet council. Also sworn in was Nellie Hogaluk. These two residents fill vacant seats on council where they will serve on the healthy living committee, as well as the community economic development committee. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Susie Kemukton and Cambridge Bay Mayor Pamela Gross are all smiles after Kemukton’s swearing-in ceremony as councillor on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the hamlet council. Also sworn in was Nellie Hogaluk. These two residents fill vacant seats on council where they will serve on the healthy living committee, as well as the community economic development committee. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)