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Around the Arctic May 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

In Ilulissat, Canada and Denmark vow to settle Hans Island dispute

"A breakthrough in our joint effort to clarify the question of sovereignty"

JANE GEORGE

Big commitments on continued Arctic co-operation will flow from the Ilulissat Declaration’s 10th anniversary celebrations yesterday and today in Greenland.

These include the coming into force of the Arctic Council’s agreement on research in the Arctic.

But a smaller commitment made during the...

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Nunavut May 23, 2018 - 11:30 am

RCMP, Nunavut government reps visit Pangnirtung to discuss social distress

“Even though our meeting has ended, the situation we are in will not stop"

BETH BROWN

PANGNIRTUNG—Pangnirtung’s hamlet council is looking for lasting ways to stop reoccurring violence and suicide attempts made by youth in the Baffin community—but Nunavut’s RCMP chief says that crime-wise, the community’s struggle is nothing that police can’t handle.

“Crime has increased … but it’s...

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Nunavik May 23, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik girl’s 2017 death considered accidental: Quebec police

Alacie Inukpuk, 11, was found frozen to death in Umiujaq last October

SARAH ROGERS

The death of an 11-year-old Nunavik girl was accidental, an investigation has concluded.

In October 2017, Alacie Inukpuk went missing in her home community of Umiujaq. A few days later, someone walking just outside the village found the girl frozen to death.

Inukpuk died of hypothermia, but the...

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Nunavut May 23, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut power utility’s solar installation starts to show results

"Larger installations with newer technologies should see more efficiencies"

SARAH ROGERS

The first grid-integrated renewable energy installation in Nunavut came with a hefty price tag, but the Qulliq Energy Corp.‘s pilot solar project has started to produce results.

Since Nunavut’s energy corporation installed 11 panels along the side of its Iqaluit power plant in March 2016, the...

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Nunavut May 23, 2018 - 8:00 am

Terminally-ill Iqaluit youth raising money for trip of a lifetime

“It’s all good,” Yugh Ahuja says

BETH BROWN

Yugh Ahuja likes to keep up on current affairs, especially when the news has to do with Donald Trump.

One time, Ahuja got to ride a Ferrari in Las Vegas. He has a poster of a red Ferrari in his living room.

When he’s home, the 17-year-old plays PS4, watches wrestling, and tries to keep up on...

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Iqaluit May 23, 2018 - 7:30 am

Photo: Helen Webster displays at Iqaluit museum

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Nunavut May 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut woman accused of killing her child appears at preliminary inquiry

Shepa Jar of Coral Harbour faces one count of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder

JANE GEORGE

The preliminary inquiry in the case against a Coral Harbour woman charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder got underway Monday morning at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Thirty-year-old Shepa Jar, a stocky young woman with cropped hair, wearing a...

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Nunavik May 22, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Hydro-Québec still undecided on release of dammed-up water into Nunavik river

"We are still analyzing the situation closely"

SARAH ROGERS

Hydro-Québec officials have held more consultations in Kuujjuaq about potential plans to release water from a nearby dam this summer, but the power corporation has yet to confirm if and when that could happen.

The final decision will be made in the next few weeks, Hydro-Québec said.

Hydro-Québec......

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Around the Arctic May 22, 2018 - 1:30 pm

To boost co-operation, Greenland hosts circumpolar states in Ilulissat

"Greenland wishes ... to actively contribute to the conservation of the Arctic as a peaceful region"

JANE GEORGE

Today and tomorrow, the spotlight is on a big circumpolar meeting in Ilulissat, the coastal Greenlandic town whose scenic iceberg-strewn fiord is a World Heritage Site.

That’s where Vivian Motzfeldt, the newly appointed Greenlandic minister responsible for foreign affairs, and the Danish minister...

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Nunavut May 22, 2018 - 11:00 am

As sitting approaches, Nunavut MLAs want answers on cannabis

“There was no meat, no substance,” MLA George Hickes says of government's performance at last sitting of the legislature

BETH BROWN

The Turaaqtavut mandate is now public, there’s been a couple of minor cabinet shuffles, and new MLAs have had a chance to cut their teeth.

It’s now time for the third sitting of the current Nunavut legislature, starting Thursday, May 24 in Iqaluit.

Nunavummiut can expect to hear Finance Minister...

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Nunavut May 22, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: Cawing and cooing in Clyde River

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Around the Arctic May 22, 2018 - 8:00 am

Pangnirtung waits for GN, RCMP support on suicide, violence

“Once we know what they can offer, we can look at what the community can do”

BETH BROWN

PANGNIRTUNG—“An urgency” is how Pangnirtung’s hamlet council describes its plea for help in its ongoing struggle with attempted suicide and alcohol-related violence, says hamlet councillor Markus Wilcke.

That’s why, within weeks of receiving a formal letter of invitation from the hamlet,...

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-none- May 21, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: Inside the hoodoos

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Nunavik May 18, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Photo: Kuujjuaq church gets its crowning touch

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Nunavut May 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut fire marshal issues reminder to protect sheds from fire

Blaze in Iqaluit shed prompts warning about safety

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Nunavut’s fire marshal is issuing a safety warning to the owners of sheds located near residential buildings.

The advice comes several days after a shed in the centre of Iqaluit burned down on May 14. It has since been torn down.

On Friday, the fire marshal issued a public service announcement...

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Around the Arctic May 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from May 5 to May 12

Death of woman at Iqaluit boarding home leads the news

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The two most-read stories on Nunatsiaq.com last week dealt with the death of a Clyde River woman staying at the Tammaativvik patient boarding home in Iqaluit.

Police investigators have concluded the 22-year-old woman’s death was part of a murder-suicide.

The woman’s male domestic partner, 31, was...

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Nunavut May 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

Jordin Tootoo, Calm Air launch video contest to improve youth mental health

"How do you breathe calm air?"

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If you’re under 18 and live in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, you could win airline tickets with Calm Air by creating a short video to share your thoughts on mental health.

The contest, called “Breathe Calm Air,” is being launched this week by National Hockey League star Jordin Tootoo and the...

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Nunavut May 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavut appeal court increases sentence for stabbing a cop

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out remainder of two-years-less-a-day sentence

BETH BROWN

A young Cambridge Bay man who repeatedly stabbed a police officer last spring is returning to jail, following a decision this week by the Nunavut Court of Appeal to increase his original sentence.

Buddy Mala, 19, must now serve out the remainder of a two-years-less-a-day jail sentence for a...

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Nunavut May 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Western Nunavut slated for new marine surveillance system

Cambridge Bay one of seven coastal communities to receive new system

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The western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay is among seven coastal communities in Canada that will test out a new marine information system.

The system, which will track ship traffic and other important maritime information, is part of Transport Canada’s $62.5-million Enhanced Maritime...

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Nunavik May 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Proportional representation wouldn’t serve Quebec’s North: Nunavik MNA

"Inuit deserve to be better represented than that"

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit stand to lose the most in a plan to revamp Quebec’s electoral system, says the member of the National Assembly who represents Nunavik.

Earlier this month, Quebec’s opposition parties agreed to table a bill following the next provincial election—currently set for Oct. 1—that would implement...

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Nunavut May 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm

First Air, Nunavut community airports get Ottawa money for upgrades

First Air will get $12.7M towards a new cargo warehouse in Iqaluit, while $22.5M goes to terminal revamps in five Nunavut communities

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(Updated at 2:25 p.m.)

Ottawa plans to spend roughly $35 million from its National Trade Corridors Fund on two projects to improve air cargo transportation and airport safety in Nunavut.

One will see a new cargo warehouse built for First Air in Iqaluit. The other will see aging airport terminals...

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Iqaluit May 17, 2018 - 10:30 am

As Iqaluit’s sharing economy grows, so does need for business licences

"It's always been the rule"

SARAH ROGERS

Planning to visit Iqaluit this summer?

Options for places to stay have thinned considerably in the city this year with the closure of Hotel Arctic.

But that gap has encouraged Nunavut’s sharing economy. Over the last year, the number of Iqaluit homes advertising on Airbnb.com—the popular website...

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Nunavut May 17, 2018 - 9:30 am

Iqaluit principals complain they can’t find substitute teachers

No applicants for Inuktut language specialist job at Inuksuk High School

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit schools don’t have the substitute teachers they need, and the shortage sometimes forces schools to cancel classes, members of Iqaluit’s District Education Authority heard from school principals and vice principals at a meeting on Monday.

“We are in an extreme crunch for substitutes right...

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Ottawa May 17, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: An NS graduate glows with pride

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-none- May 17, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: Exploring Canada in Rankin Inlet

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