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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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Iqaluit May 17, 2018 - 8:10 am

Photo: Save our skate park, says Iqaluit family

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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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Nunavut May 17, 2018 - 8:00 am

Pictorial guide aims to keep Arctic marine mammals safe from shipping

Posters offer images of animals, maps, charts

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A new pictorial guide should help mariners in the eastern Arctic to identify and avoid disturbing marine mammals like whales, walrus, seals and polar bears.

The Eastern Arctic Mariner’s Guide, unveiled at a Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting on Monday by the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, is...

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Iqaluit May 16, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Arctic security group returns to Nunavut for first meeting in a decade

"Those relationships are crucial"

SARAH ROGERS

It’s a scenario that few can really imagine, but some people have to: what happens when an Arctic community’s critical infrastructure breaks down?

Imagine a Nunavut community’s power plant going down, or a major fire at a tank farm threatening the lives of residents. It may be unlikely, but that’s...

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Around the Arctic May 16, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Arctic Inspiration Prize seeks nominees for 2018

Up to $3 million to be given away this year

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The Arctic Inspiration Prize is once again looking to give away up to $3 million to help fund innovative projects to improve life in the Canadian North.

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

As well, a youth prize category,...

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Nunavut May 16, 2018 - 11:30 am

Redfern loses fight to change QIA community director election practice

Nunavut judge rules QIA is a public organization

BETH BROWN

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association was never obligated to make community director ballots available in Ottawa during its Dec. 8, 2014 election for an Iqaluit community director position, Justice Susan Cooper has ruled.

That brings to an end a four-year legal dispute that began after Madeleine...

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Nunavut May 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

Federal government scrambles to restore Nunavut wildlife powers

N.W.T. devolution law might have unintentionally erased GN’s authority over muskox, caribou, polar bear

JIM BELL

Whoops! The federal government may have unintentionally erased the Government of Nunavut’s legal authority to regulate the harvest of caribou, muskox and polar bear four years ago, members of the Senate special committee on the Arctic heard last week in Ottawa.

“The situation creates a regulatory...

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Iqaluit May 16, 2018 - 8:00 am

Floe edge near Iqaluit closer than usual: Canadian Ice Service

Percentage of thick, durable multi-year ice has decreased

JANE GEORGE

The sea ice in Frobisher Bay is thinner than usual this time of year, and the floe edge is closer. Flying into Iqaluit, you can see blue open water not far from the city.

The floe edge is now about 30 nautical miles down Frobisher Bay. That’s closer than usual, and it’s not as extensive, confirmed...

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Nunavut May 16, 2018 - 7:40 am

Photo: A ring around the sun

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Nunavut May 16, 2018 - 7:25 am

Photo: Signs of spring in Arviat

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Iqaluit May 16, 2018 - 7:10 am

Photo: Inuit Broadcasting Corp. serves up comedy with Qanurli

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Nunavut May 15, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut government issues stomach illness alert for Baker Lake

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, temperature and diarrhea

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If you live in or are travelling to Baker Lake, be careful: a stomach illness is making its way around the community, the Government of Nunavut said on Tuesday.

The GN did not say how many in this community of about 2,000 people are affected by the illness, but it did mention that its symptoms...

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Iqaluit May 15, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Iqaluit skate park shuts down due to decreased use

Petition asks city to keep skate park open; city says tee-ball, tennis and minigolf in store

BETH BROWN

The City of Iqaluit has chosen not to open its skateboard park this year, following a drop in daily attendance.

The park—fitted with ramps and rails for ambitious young boarders—opens each May.

But on Sunday, the City of Iqaluit posted a notice on social media explaining that the skate park will...

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Iqaluit May 15, 2018 - 11:00 am

Iqaluit shed burns in Nunavut capital’s third fire of 2018

Unoccupied structure is a loss, but no one was hurt

JANE GEORGE

Iqaluit firefighters doused a burning shed in the centre of Iqaluit late Monday afternoon.

What remains of the badly damaged structure, located behind the row of housing known as Green Row, not far from Nakasuk School, will be demolished over the next two days.

The fire department received a call...

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Nunavik May 15, 2018 - 9:30 am

Nunavik Inuit welcome move to regulate salmon harvest

Quebec government now requires visiting fishermen to hire outfitters

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. is welcoming a recent decision by the Quebec government that now requires non-Indigenous salmon sport fishers visiting the region to use an outfitting service.

Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks recently amended its regulations for fishing licences to require...

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Iqaluit May 15, 2018 - 7:59 am

Iqaluit pushes the start button on upgrade to Federal Road

Contractor to start preparing dilapidated road next week, repaving to start in July

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It may be pothole season in Nunavut, but Iqaluit residents can look forward to at least one newly-paved stretch of road by the end of the summer.

The City of Iqaluit announced that a long-awaited upgrade to Federal Road will get started next week. This will see a stretch of the airport road paved...

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Around the Arctic May 15, 2018 - 7:40 am

Photo: Jerry Cans to play Montreal International Jazz Festival

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