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Nunavut September 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Western Nunavut air terminal gets an overdue launch party

“The new Taloyoak air terminal improves access to cargo, and domestic and medical travel, and improves passenger safety”

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Ten months after it started to receive passengers, the new air terminal in the western Nunavut community of Taloyoak finally had its official opening recently.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, Transportation Minister David Akeeagok and Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq attended the celebrations on...

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Nunavik September 24, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Liberal MNA for Nunavik looks for repeat support on Oct. 1

"Inuit are citizens of Quebec like anyone else"

SARAH ROGERS

Jean Boucher is looking for another term as member of Quebec’s National Assembly for Ungava, the province’s largest riding and home to Nunavik.

Boucher, a lawyer who used to work for both the Kativik Regional Government and the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, was first elected as Liberal MNA for......

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Nunavut September 24, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Baffin Fisheries improves financial, legal training for board members

Activities follow lawsuit, seeking $1.4 million, filed against ex-CEO

BETH BROWN

One year after launching an internal audit of its operations, the Baffin Fisheries Coalition is now doing financial training and legal orientation for new board and committee members.

“We had an audit, we increased the board to 10 members,” Chris Flanagan, the interim CEO for the Inuit-owned...

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Around the Arctic September 24, 2018 - 10:30 am

ITK president praises Ottawa’s Indigenous early learning, child care plan

"A fundamental component in achieving social equity and improving socio-economic outcomes for Inuit in Canada"

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A $1.7 billion amount earmarked over the next 10 years for Inuit, First Nations and Métis early learning and child care will improve “access to high-quality, appropriate and culturally-rooted early learning and child care,” says ITK Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Obed attended...

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Nunavut September 24, 2018 - 9:30 am

Renewable energy could cut costs for Nunavut

Trade show panellists push wind and solar energy

BETH BROWN

Nunavut’s Baffin region is seeing faster rates of climate change than most areas in the Arctic, especially in the fall and winter.

That’s what ArcticNet researcher Trevor Bell told attendees at a four-part panel presentation on climate change and the importance of clean energy that took place at...

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Around the Arctic September 24, 2018 - 8:16 am

Photo: Floating on a mosaic sea

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Nunavut September 24, 2018 - 8:10 am

Pangnirtung’s justice committee seeks members

Applicants should have “knowledge and experience with restorative justice, social issues and Inuit societal values”

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The hamlet of Pangnirtung seeks members for its justice committee.

Justice committees in Nunavut take a community-based approach to assisting victims of crime.

They also work with people who have caused harm by committing an offence, Nunavut’s Department of Justice said in a recent public service...

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Around the Arctic September 21, 2018 - 3:25 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16

Iqaluit receives more than 200 unexpected guests

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The emergency landing of British Airways Flight 103 at Iqaluit’s airport during the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 12, drew the most readers of Nunatsiaq News last week.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which had left London’s Heathrow airport earlier in the day, was heading for Calgary International...

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Around the Arctic September 21, 2018 - 2:30 pm

U.S. defence investments in Greenland would keep NATO in, China out and Russia at bay

Washington says it will invest Greenlandic airport infrastructure that can be used for civilian and military purposes

ARCTIC TODAY

KEVIN MCGWIN

Politically, Greenland has cast its lot with the West. But, when it comes to commercial opportunities, it is more open.

China, especially, has been the object of an intense lobbying effort, to the point where Nuuk is mulling opening a de facto embassy in Beijing.

For the most part,...

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Nunavut September 21, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Baffinland’s environmental impact statement flunks review

“The submission contains deficiencies which must be addressed”

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If the Nunavut Impact Review Board were a school teacher, the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s environmental impact statement for its big railway-based expansion plan would be marked “incomplete.”

That’s essentially what the review board told Baffinland earlier this month, in response to the ......

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Around the Arctic September 21, 2018 - 11:30 am

Arctic parliamentarians call for national action on circumpolar region’s top needs

Better internet access among their chief concerns

JANE GEORGE

A statement issued this week by Arctic parliamentarians at the end of their three-day conference, on Sept. 19, in Inari, Finland, could provide a plan for what should be done in the Arctic region.

Its five pages of recommendations will hopefully guide the Canadian government in its policies and...

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Nunavik September 21, 2018 - 10:30 am

CAQ candidate touts self-determination for Nunavik

“I don’t want to do politics just to do politics; I want to make changes"

SARAH ROGERS

A former Nunavik police officer says he has the knowledge and connections in Quebec’s North to make him the best representative for Quebec’s Ungava riding.

Denis Lamothe, a retired Sûreté du Québec provincial police officer, is running for Coalition Avenir Québec in the province’s upcoming...

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Nunavut September 21, 2018 - 9:45 am

SSi Micro launching mobile services in Iqaluit

“A game-changer for many families is the elimination of long-distance fees between Nunavut communities—all calls from an SSi Mobile phone are local”

COURTNEY EDGAR

SSi Micro’s new cellular service is launching in Iqaluit on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The service, called SSi Mobile, is already available in 15 communities across Nunavut. Over the next few months, it’s expected to be available throughout Nunavut, delivered by the SSi Micro’s Nunavut-wide 4G-LTE and...

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Nunavik September 21, 2018 - 8:30 am

Quebec police watchdog hands report on Nunavik cellblock death to prosecutors

"The report produced … is not public"

JANE GEORGE

Quebec’s police watchdog has completed its independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a death that took place in Puvirnituq on April 28, 2017, when a 22-year-old man died while in the custody of the Kativik Regional Police Force.

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes investigates...

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Around the Arctic September 21, 2018 - 8:09 am

Photo: Daily ceremony

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Montreal September 20, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Kwasi Benjamin appears at sentencing hearing

Sentencing decision for parole eligibility to be made Oct. 31

COURTNEY EDGAR

Kwasi Benjamin appeared in a Montreal court on Wednesday for his sentencing hearing for the 2015 death of his girlfriend Nellie Angutiguluk.

Angutiguluk was a 29-year-old mother of three from Pivurnituq who had moved to Montreal in 2013, after the accidental death of the father of her children....

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Nunavut September 20, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Nunavut seeks to head off potential lawsuit on education, language legislation

“The consequences of losing litigation would be severe"

SARAH ROGERS

As the Government of Nunavut embarks on a new round of consultations on how the territory should revise its education and language acts, critics say the government seems more focused on pushing the legislation through to avoid potential lawsuits.

GN officials launched a new consultation tour on...

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Nunavut September 20, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Multilingual Arctic marine atlas offers abundant info, maps, images

"An essential contribution to a vibrant, Canadian Arctic"

JANE GEORGE

For an easy-to-read resource on just about anything you want to know about the Arctic environment, you can now consult Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas.

The atlas was released earlier this week, so that it will end up in the hands of the G7 environment ministers, who are meeting from Wednesday to...

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Around the Arctic September 20, 2018 - 10:30 am

How to stress-test a beluga whale

Hormones found in blubber reveals stress levels within eastern Beaufort Sea population

BETH BROWN

Ever wonder how to check if a beluga is chronically stressed?

Your best bet is to test cortisol levels in the whale’s outer layers of blubber.

That’s according to new research on beluga populations in the eastern Beaufort Sea, published last week in the journal Arctic Science.

“Cortisol is a...

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Nunavut September 20, 2018 - 9:30 am

Company testing Rankin Inlet as site for wind turbines

“It’s moving one step closer to a local, sustainable energy economy”

JOHN THOMPSON

Updated, 10 a.m.

Two new wind turbines could stand outside Rankin Inlet by 2020, generating 30 per cent of the community’s electricity, if a company’s plans come to pass.

As a first step, Northern Energy Capital erected a 50-metre meteorological tower at a location four kilometres west of the...

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Nunavut September 20, 2018 - 8:33 am

Inuit corporation doubles down on fisheries

Qikiqtani Inuit Association's business arm now fully owns the FV Saputi

BETH BROWN

The Qikiqtaaluk Fisheries Corp. and its factory freezer trawler, FV Saputi, are now 100-per-cent Inuit-owned, following a buyout by the Nunavut company of its minority shareholder and long-time business partner, Nataaqnaq Fisheries Inc.

The deal was about five years in the making, said Harry...

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Iqaluit September 20, 2018 - 7:50 am

Photo: Delicious hors d’oeuvres

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Nunavik September 20, 2018 - 7:15 am

Photo: Gas up in Nunavik

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Nunavut September 19, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Inuktut advertising pays off, says Nunavut languages commissioner

"Just by creating signs and promotional items in the Inuit language, it increases your market share by two-fold instantly"

COURTNEY EDGAR

Nunavut businesses that advertise in the Inuit language aren’t just complying with the territory’s language laws—they’re also doubling their potential audience.

That was the pitch that Helen Klengenberg, Nunavut’s languages commissioner, gave attendees of the Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit on...

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Nunavut September 19, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut RCMP clamps down again on reckless drivers in Rankin Inlet

Three women, one youth charged this past weekend

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Three Rankin Inlet women face charges of impaired driving, following a stepped-up enforcement operation by the RCMP and bylaw officers over the past weekend.

As well, a 15-year-old boy from the community now faces charges of dangerous driving and failure to stop for police.

The charges are the...

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