Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS June 11, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Susan Aglukark’s CD travelled into space with Julie Payette

Renowned Nunavut performer and humanitarian receives unexpected honour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When Susan Aglukark attended the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala in Ottawa on June 2, she was given an unexpected honour.

Aglukark, who received the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2016, attended the ceremony this year along with a colleague from the Arctic...

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LETTERS June 04, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Mad Mom’s mad about mental illness

GN Department of Health does no public education on mental diseases

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

What am I so concerned about this time, you ask?

Well, it’s about the shocking lack of public awareness and education by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health.

In over 18 years, it has failed to publish even one pamphlet on mental illness, despite this being the number one issue for so...

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LETTERS May 22, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut premier responds to Nunatsiaq News editorial

“I can assure you that these processes are well underway”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I was disappointed to read your criticism of our government’s new mandate, Turaaqtavut, and your assessment that the government has been silent on key issues. [Editorial published May 5, 2018.]

Turaaqtavut—our destination—outlines the vision our government has for our territory and the pillars,...

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LETTERS May 05, 2018 - 11:00 am

No answers, no info on “improved” Nunavut Harvester Support Program

“Why do we have workers and directors in our organizations earning over $100,000 a year and they do not serve us or provide answers?”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I’m sorry for having to resort to this newspaper to seek answers to my questions, since I’m not getting any response by contacting the people who have knowledge of the answers.

I have been contacted by others to push for a satisfactory response.

Approximately four or five years ago, Nunavut...

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LETTERS May 02, 2018 - 1:15 pm

TB commentary harmed the morale of GN health workers

“I do not think Giles’ commentary was intended to harm the morale of those who are working towards the eradication of TB … but it did.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Dr. Sarah Giles’ recent commentary contains much accurate, factual information and could have been a reasonably good basic introduction to the issues surrounding the tuberculosis crisis in Nunavut.

However, the overtly lecturing style and the context of the piece seem to imply that the people...

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LETTERS May 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Does the Ikaluktutiak Elks club enable drinking and driving?

How do they prevent people who have been drinking from driving home?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Ikaluktutiak Elks of Cambridge Bay is an establishment that has helped a lot of people in its community.

Each year during the annual Omingmak Frolics, they put on a fine free pancake breakfast, and throughout the year also at times like Christmas and Easter.

They have a wonderful Christmas...

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LETTERS April 06, 2018 - 8:00 am

Flying hockey pucks: unsafe at any speed

Puck smashes car window, hits woman in the head

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Yesterday [March 23], at about 5 p.m., my wife was hit on the head by a flying hockey puck.

Let me give you the details.

She was a passenger in a car beside the driver picking up her one-year-old grandson from the daycare centre on the hill behind Arctic College.
Her daughter was sitting...

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LETTERS April 04, 2018 - 9:45 am

Inuit language service at the Frobisher Inn: do they comply?

Iqaluit hotel owner and landlord replies to complaint

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The following is a letter of complaint to Nunastar Properties Inc., owner of the Frobisher Inn and many rental properties in Iqaluit, that Iqaluit resident Jordan Ipirq Bens shared with Nunatsiaq News and various government officials late last month.

It’s followed by a letter of reply from...

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LETTERS February 14, 2018 - 10:30 am

Iqaluit reader fed up with cold weather service stoppages

"Never did the city come to a screeching halt just because of temperature"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It would be interesting to know who is responsible for this new policy of discontinuing municipal services when the wind chill causes temperatures to drop below -50.

I have lived here almost 30 years and unless there was a severe blizzard, services were never stopped.

Until Iqaluit became the...

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LETTERS February 14, 2018 - 8:00 am

Cambridge Bay doctor was passionate about people

Dr. Bruce McFarlane: Aug, 11, 1944—Feb. 2, 2018

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Bruce McFarlane, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend, mentor and physician, died on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Energetic, curious, thoughtful, and determined, Bruce lived and loved deeply.

He sought to nurture and share the best of himself with others and encouraged those...

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LETTERS February 06, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Treatment centre clients must admit they’re alcoholics

"Alcoholics and drug addicts are masters in making up excuses and lies"

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It is my understanding that the organizers of Kuujjuaq’s Isuarsivik centre made this statement: “Most of Isuarsivik’s clients are misusing alcohol, but they’re not alcoholics … they’re using alcohol to treat a trauma.”

Any excuse to make one’s personal life look more attractive than skid row...

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LETTERS February 06, 2018 - 1:30 pm

It’s time to talk about the sexual assault of teenagers in Nunavut

"Our schools need to engage all students in talking about this"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Now, against the backdrop of #MeToo, is a perfect time for our schools in Nunavut to begin a profound discussion with all students about male-female relationships.

Can it be that 40 per cent or more of our young women under the age of 16 are sexually assaulted?

Sexual assaults ruin women,...

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LETTERS January 10, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Territorial unions campaign for $15-per-hour minimum wage

"These are bold acts that are good for low-wage workers and good for the economy"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new year begins and with it a new hope that the working lives of northerners continue to improve.

PSAC North is today announcing that we are starting a new campaign to increase the legal minimum wage.

In partnership with other labour organizations across the North, we are calling on all three...

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LETTERS January 05, 2018 - 11:58 am

Many thanks from New Brunswick

"You have helped us. You have taught us."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This past December 17, around 4 a.m., a fire that started outside made its way into the walls of our house in Fredericton.

It reached the second floor bedroom where my wife and I, and our nine month old panik, were sleeping. With no luck trying to put out the fire we were forced to run out of the...

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LETTERS October 11, 2017 - 11:30 am

The consensus style of government can work

"The biggest flaw in this style of governance is the inability to form a strong team"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut legislative assembly uses a consensus style of governance. It was created because that was thought to be how Inuit governed themselves.

The biggest flaw in this style of governance is the inability to form a strong team.

The consensus style of government can work if the regular...

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LETTERS October 10, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Mad Mom’s concerned about leadership

“Leaders were able to speak up, take stands and help people to understand complex issues”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mad Mom here. What am I concerned about this time you ask?

It’s about leadership and these elections coming up Oct. 30.

In the old days, leaders were proclaimed by others. They were seen as strong, consistent, decisive people who could make decisions for the benefit of all.

Leaders never called...

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LETTERS September 08, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Benjamin Palluq’s sister pleads for information about why he’s missing

"Something had happened to Ben and someone out there knows something"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As happy as I am that Michael Salomonie and his son Ian were found safe and returned to their family, I am reminded and extremely saddened that my brother Benjamin Palluq is still missing.

When searches are happening I always have hope that though the search is not for Ben that somehow he will be...

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LETTERS September 05, 2017 - 1:10 pm

An unhappy Nunavut patient walks out of hospital

“I refuse to let myself be treated the way they were treating me”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I walked into the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit this past Thursday, Aug. 24, because I did not feel right.

The Emergency Room staff concluded I had had a heart attack.

Yesterday I walked out, against medical advice. I did so because I deemed the stress resulting from being treated like a...

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LETTERS August 31, 2017 - 2:30 pm

In Memoriam: Mungo Brodie Ireland (May 29, 1931—Aug. 15, 2017)

"We hope that he will be remembered with the same joy and happiness that he brought to others"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After a long illness, Mungo Ireland passed away peacefully on Aug. 15 at his home overlooking the cove in East Dover, Nova Scotia.

He was very well-respected in the community and will be sadly missed. Mungo is survived by Jeanette, their five children, 14 grandchildren, and six...

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LETTERS August 29, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Should Inuit corporations be re-evaluated?

"Are they there for all Inuit? Or just the greedy staff and boards of these organizations?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

How do Inuit organizations balance corporate greed and spending with the social values of fellow Inuit?

It appears to me that the leaders of these organizations just keep getting richer, as they squander away money that could go to social programs.

The trips south, to conduct meetings that belong...

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LETTERS August 22, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut social housing rents should not be based on gross income

High rents are a big burden when combined with other high costs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This is a letter for people who are in Nunavut public housing and people whose rent is calculated from using your total gross income on line 150 of the income tax return.

It puts a lot of burden on how we spend our money. I think if they went by your net salary, instead of line 150, it would make...

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LETTERS August 21, 2017 - 11:30 am

The late Jules Dufour believed in the future of Nunavik

Jules Dufour, 76, died Aug. 6 in Quebec City

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I am very sorry to announce the death of Jules Dufour at the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec City on Aug. 6, 2017. He was 76 years old.

Jules was Emeritus Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in geography, international co-operation and regional development.

He is survived by his...

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LETTERS August 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

A big thank you from the family of Solomon Qanatsiaq

Solomon Qanatsiaq: March 28, 1944—June 15, 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We extend our sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who assisted and entertained our father during the time he was battling cancer.

Solomon Qanatsiaq succumbed to the cancer on June 15, 2017. Thank you to the people of St. Silas Anglican Church, Rev. Joelie Sangujaq and...

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LETTERS August 04, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Farewell to Pauline Paton of Iqaluit

Pauline Paton, née White: June 21, 1928—July 27, 2017

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With profound sadness, Pauline Paton was laid to rest on Aug. 2, 2017.

She was born in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, 89 years ago.

She passed away at home in Iqaluit, surrounded by the love of her family, on July 27, 2017.

This beautiful, kind and gentle woman is survived by her daughter, Fiona, her...

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LETTERS June 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut family says goodbye to Johnny Karetak, 87

"We especially want to thank the people of Arviat who loved him as we did and accepted him as one of their own"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Karetak family wishes to thank everyone for their love, prayers and generosity displayed to them from near and far. Johnny Karetak, of Arviat, Nunavut, passed away peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his loving family, on June 13, 2017.

“Our father was a true gentleman and had...

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