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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Inuit org sets Pangnirtung community byelection for April 7

QIA to fill vacant community director spot

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Eligible Inuit beneficiaries from Pangnirtung will choose a new community director in a byelection set for April 7, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association said Jan. 26 in a news release.

The byelection is to fill a spot that Tommy Akulukjuk left vacant when he resigned from the post this past November,...

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Around the Arctic January 27, 2015 - 11:47 am

Arctic PCBs may cause performance issues for male polar bears: new research

Study finds PCBs weaken bears’ penis bones

THOMAS ROHNER

Climate change may affect the higher latitudes of the globe more than anywhere else on earth, putting habitats like that of the polar bear at risk.

And now a new study suggests industrial pollutants put the polar bear’s nether regions at risk as well.

That’s because wind and water-borne...

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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 11:45 am

Photo: Ottawa youth conference draws teens from Cambridge Bay

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Iqaluit January 27, 2015 - 11:44 am

Photo: Film screening spawns lengthy discussion about suicide

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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 7:57 am

Nunavut man rescued after three nights out on the land

Canadian Forces personnel spotted man from aircraft Jan. 24

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A weekend search and rescue in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region ended successfully when a 51-year-old man was found between the communities of Rankin Inlet and Arviat.

The Arviat man left Rankin Inlet on a skidoo Jan. 20 en route to Arviat, about 250 kilometres away, the RCMP said in a Jan 26 release. On...

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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 6:56 am

Nunavut regulators to revisit Meadowbank gold mine project certificate

Agnico Eagle must detail pit expansion proposal in addendum to its 2005 FEIS

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board says it will have to reassess Meadowbank gold mine’s project certificate following Agnico Eagle’s proposal to expand its open pit operations near the Nunavut community of Baker Lake.

Last July, the company proposed to expand its current Vault Pit operations......

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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 5:58 am

Western Nunavut youth home set to re-open soon

Home will have new management, new staff, new vision and new clients

KELCEY WRIGHT

Special to Nunatsiaq News

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Nearly two years after the youth group home in Cambridge Bay closed down, a new facility is set to open its doors in this western Nunavut community.

The 4D North Centre, run by Atlantic Youth Consulting, is still completing the hiring process, but the...

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Around the Arctic January 27, 2015 - 5:50 am

Photo: Nunavut students take a break and hit the canal in Ottawa

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Nunavut January 27, 2015 - 5:50 am

Photo: A Tribe Called Red to play 2015 Toonik Tyme

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Iqaluit January 26, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Yes, Iqaluit, it’s cold — but you’ve seen worse

“You’re getting near a record — but not quite.”

THOMAS ROHNER

The extreme cold gripping much of Nunavut recently made its way to Iqaluit this week, shutting down schools, daycares, some government offices and even freezing water and sewage trucks off the road Jan. 26.

But Iqaluit has seen colder days.

“The record minimum temperature for today is -44.8...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Trois-Soleils doing what it can, French school board says

“Criticizing is easy, but working through these issues is much harder"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s French-language school board, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut, says it’s doing the best it can to communicate with Iqaluit parents about staffing changes in the territory’s only French-language school.

Parents with children enrolled at École des Trois-Soleils recently went...

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Nunavut January 26, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut Planning Commission names Hunter Tootoo as its next chair

Massive draft land use plan still mired in dispute with federal government

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Hunter Tootoo, the former Nunavut politician, will serve as the next chair of the Nunavut Planning Commission, the NPC said Jan. 26 in a news release.

Tootoo becomes the first full-time NPC chairperson since 2013, when former chair Paul Quassa resigned to run for a seat in the Nunavut legislative...

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Nunavut January 26, 2015 - 11:51 am

Federal government considers changes to Nutrition North program

Aboriginal Affairs posts RFP looking to "develop subsidy models" for NNC

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Changes to the federal Nutrition North Canada program could be on their way.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada posted a request for proposals Jan. 26, looking to “develop subsidy models and support an engagement with communities for the Nutrition North Canada program in

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Nunavut January 26, 2015 - 10:30 am

Nunavut man to serve nearly four more years for shooting home invaders

"Shots taken in anger fall outside the privilege of self-defence"

LISA GREGOIRE

Chris Bishop, the man who defended himself against four home invaders in Cambridge Bay in 2007 — but did so with excessive and unjustifiable force — will now serve just under four years in prison in addition to the nearly eight years in jail he’s already served.

In a judgment released Jan. 22,...

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Nunavut January 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

Photo: Out on the range, with the Canadian Rangers

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Nunavut January 26, 2015 - 5:55 am

Nunavut cadets learn the biathlon for Yukon competition

“I think we are close to being ready to go"

KELCEY WRIGHT

Special to Nunatsiaq News

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Before 14-year-old Mindy Tootiak joined the Cambridge Bay Cadets, you could say she lacked motivation.

“I didn’t want to finish anything at all,” she said. “Now I can finish everything I want to and I have friends with me to support me.”

Tootiak and 14...

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Around the Arctic January 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Life on the margins: poverty, fear and violence for Aboriginal women

Cousin of murdered woman still fighting for social justice

THOMAS ROHNER

When the dead body of Holly Jarrett’s cousin, Loretta Saunders, was discovered by police in New Brunswick in Feb. 2014, Jarrett says she was left with many questions.

Shortly after her cousin’s murder, Holly, 41 and a mother of four, remembers talking to Loretta’s professor at St. Mary’s...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Photo: Governor General visits Canadian Forces in High Arctic

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Northern research gets a financial boost from Ottawa

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Parents say Iqaluit’s French-language school leaving them in the dark

“We want to assure you there is no crisis," school board says

SARAH ROGERS

Parents with children enrolled in Nunavut’s only French-language school say they’re not getting enough information about recent changes occurring at the school.

Over the past several months, administrators at Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils have had to contend with a number of teacher absences...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Photo: Everything you need to know about snow… and art too

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Iqaluit January 23, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Photo: Apex students roll out some meatballs for Iqaluit soup kitchen

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 11:40 am

Hip hop instructor shaping Nunavut b-boys and b-girls

“Seeing the children happy is my main goal"

KELCEY WRIGHT

When Jenni Linkson walks into the Kullik Ilihakvik elementary school gym in Cambridge Bay, all of the kids run over to hug her.

She’s a bit of a rock star around here.

For the last five years, Linkson has been teaching students hip hop dance and all the pride and confidence that comes from...

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Nunavik January 23, 2015 - 8:11 am

Nunavik communities to share $8 million for infrastructure projects

Federal gas tax fund distributed in region over five years

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Communities in Nunavik will share more than $8 million in infrastructure funding over the next five years, the region learned Jan. 22.

The money flows from the federal gas tax fund, coupled with a contribution from the Quebec government.

Under the Canada-Quebec agreement, communities receive a...

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Nunavut January 23, 2015 - 7:05 am

Iqaluit police investigating laser pointed at incoming aircraft

“These light sources are hazardous to pilots and threaten passenger safety"

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Nunavut police are looking for an individual or group responsible for pointing a laser at an aircraft coming in to land at the Iqaluit airport earlier this month.

Police say they received reports that a laser pointer was directed at a Keewatin Air Pilatus flying from Kimmirut and on approach to...

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