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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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Nunavik September 19, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Incident involving young boy, drugs and firearms shakes Salluit

"Considering the age of the person involved, the KRPF will unfortunately be unable to comment on this incident"

JANE GEORGE

A young boy has been medevaced out of Salluit to the Inuulitsivik health centre in Puvirnituq, after a Monday afternoon incident that left one resident of Salluit concerned about the health of youth in the community of about 1,500 people on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait.

The resident told Nunatsiaq News...

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Nunavut September 19, 2018 - 10:49 am

North West Company takes over Cambridge Bay’s Kitnuna pharmacy

"We are excited to welcome Kitnuna Pharmacy into our banner"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Earlier this week the North West Company, which owns the Northern and Northmart stores scattered across northern Canada, announced it has acquired the Kitnuna Pharmacy in Cambridge Bay.

With this addition, North West now operates 17 community pharmacies—five of which are in Nunavut.

Previously,...

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Nunavik September 19, 2018 - 9:30 am

Police charge minor in connection with Nunavik fire

Officials do not believe building was targeted

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated Sept. 19 at 12:15)

Quebec police have arrested and charged a teenager in connection with a fire that destroyed a youth protection office in Kuujjuaq on Monday, Sept. 17.

Police arrested a 17-year-old girl late Tuesday, the Sûrete du Québec said Sept. 19. She now faces charges of arson...

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Nunavut September 19, 2018 - 8:30 am

Legalized gambling beef threatens Sanikiluaq’s daycare

Nunavut hamlet cancels 20-year-old daycare’s bingo, Nevada licences

JIM BELL

The Najuqsivik Daycare in Sanikiluaq, which serves dozens of families in the community, is now threatened with closure following a recent decision by the Hamlet of Sanikiluaq to cancel bingo and Nevada licences they had issued to Najuqsivik this past June.

“Our bingos are our main source of...

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2018 - 8:00 am

Photo: Greenlandic gourmets

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2018 - 7:10 am

Photo: Game on!

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Nunavik September 18, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Rollout of Nunavik’s cellular service faces delay

In other KRG news: cost-of-living agreement will have to wait; Nunavik works with Naskapi nation to protect watershed

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Cellular service, set to be delivered to all of Nunavik’s 14 communities last June, has hit a few road bumps.

Ice Wireless, which already operates in Iqaluit, is set to offer national and international roaming and cell phone service in the region, through its parent company Iristel’s...

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Nunavut September 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut community continues crackdown on ATV mayhem

Rankin Inlet bylaw officials and RCMP hand out tickets, seize ATVs

JANE GEORGE

Rankin Inlet’s bylaw officers are continuing their efforts to make all-terrain vehicle drivers—especially the young ones—slow down and comply with the law.

And lately they’ve begun to receive more support from the RCMP.

Two weekends ago, Rankin Inlet’s bylaw officers were “very busy,” as they...

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Nunavut September 18, 2018 - 1:25 pm

New school in Nunavut, three years after fire

Peter Pitseolak opens in Cape Dorset

BETH BROWN

Almost everything about Cape Dorset’s $34-million state-of-the-art high school is shiny and new, except for the building’s exterior nameplate and decorative steel cut-outs of artist Peter Pitseolak, a sled driver and dog team.

After a 2015 fire destroyed the Baffin community’s high school,...

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Nunavik September 18, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavik community worker running to speak up for Inuit in Quebec election

"We don't want to be brushed off"

SARAH ROGERS

Québec Solidaire may not be a well-known political party in Nunavik, but it’s hoping to gain some support in the region with the help of an Inuk candidate.

In a last-minute change to the ballot, Alisha Tukkiapik, 27, is running to represent Québec Solidaire in the riding of Ungava.

The Quebec......

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Nunavut September 18, 2018 - 9:30 am

Western Nunavut community to vote on opening up alcohol access

Kugluktuk residents will decide whether or not to keep alcohol education committee

JANE GEORGE

Kugluktuk residents will vote next month on whether or not to dump their alcohol education committee.

The vote comes 11 years after, in 2007, residents decided to clamp down on the amount of alcohol flowing into their community by establishing the committee.

An advance vote takes place on Oct. 15...

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Nunavik September 18, 2018 - 8:25 am

Police investigate early morning Nunavik fire

Blaze destroys youth protection office in Kuujjuaq

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec provincial police are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a youth protection office in Kuujjuaq.

Sometime late on Sunday, Sept. 16, through until early next morning, a fire tore through a new Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services building that housed its...

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Around the Arctic September 18, 2018 - 8:00 am

Photo: Relics of Greenland’s oily past

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Nunavut September 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Northwestel introduces faster, cheaper internet in Nunavut

Tamarmik Nunaliit triples internet speed, doubles monthly data cap for residential customers

COURTNEY EDGAR

Northwestel is offering faster, more affordable internet services in Iqaluit, starting Oct. 1.

The company announced its new broadband internet service, Tamarmik Nunaliit, at a sealskin-ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning. In English, the name means “every community.”

The service should be...

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Around the Arctic September 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Nationwide salmonella scare prompts Nunavut public health alert

Most breaded chicken products can cause salmonella; chili powder also fingered

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’ve got store-bought frozen chicken in your freezer, be careful how you cook it.

Because if you aren’t, you and your family could get very sick.

Officials from Nunavut’s Health Department have joined a nationwide campaign aimed at warning Canadians about the dangers posed by food products,...

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Nunavut September 17, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq up for big literary award

Split Tooth describes "a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning"

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After receiving numerous awards for her experimental music, Nunavut’s Tanya Tagaq is now up for a prestigious literary award.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize’s long list of 12 nominees was announced today from a field of 104 books submitted by publishers from across Canada.

Among the nominated books...

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Nunavik September 17, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Nunavik’s concerns rise as marijuana legalization nears

“This feeling of unpreparedness is being felt across the country"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—With the federal legalization of marijuana just a month away, Nunavik’s regional leaders say they’re worried and unprepared for the changes it could bring.

The federal Cannabis Act comes into force on Oct. 17, which will legalize the recreational use of marijuana across the country.

In...

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Nunavut September 17, 2018 - 9:29 am

Nunavut United for Life event offers show of support for youth

"It is important that we create safe spaces to discuss heavy issues"

JANE GEORGE

Last week more than 100 Nunavummiut gathered in Baker Lake to connect during a three-day-long United for Life gathering for suicide prevention.

The meeting, organized by the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy partners, which include the Nunavut government, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Isaksimagit...

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