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Iqaluit November 08, 2018 - 7:09 am

Photo: North Mart fire burns Tuesday morning in Iqaluit

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Iqaluit November 07, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Student attendance data under scrutiny at Nunavut’s legislative assembly

“It is no secret that several communities have seen reductions in the number of teacher positions allocated to their schools in recent years”

COURTNEY EDGAR

Nunavut Education Minister David Joanasie has been in the hot seat in the legislature over allegations that his department has under-counted students, resulting in less money being doled out for teachers and school programming.

On Monday, Nov. 5, Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone brought up...

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Nunavut November 07, 2018 - 1:30 pm

He ain’t heavy, he’s my education minister

“I ended up carrying my colleague on my back to cross the creek”

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Aivilik MLA Patterk Netser gave a whole new meaning to the term “burden of office” last summer.

That was when he lugged Education Minister David Joanasie across a swollen creek near Coral Harbour, Netser’s hometown.

“I ended up carrying my colleague on my back to cross the creek. However, I don’t...

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Nunavut November 07, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut minister touts territory-led sealift resupply

Government of Nunavut operations contrasted with cancelled MTS barge to the Kitikmeot

JANE GEORGE

Maybe residents and businesses in the western Nunavut communities of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay would be better served by sealift companies based in the east.

That appeared to be the suggestion made by David Akeeagok, Nunavut’s minister of economic development and transportation, during a Nov. 2...

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Nunavut November 07, 2018 - 9:30 am

Pond Inlet man died from single gunshot fired by police, inquest hears

Ottawa Police Service investigation report made public

BETH BROWN

WARNING: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

POND INLET—Kunuk Qamaniq, 20, of Pond Inlet, died on March 18, 2017 from a single gunshot fired by an RCMP member during an armed standoff at the local graveyard, a six-member coroner’s jury learned yesterday, Nov....

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Nunavut November 07, 2018 - 8:07 am

Iqaluit’s French school to get long-awaited expansion

École des Trois-Soleils will get a gym, four more classrooms and additional daycare space

SARAH ROGERS

Iqaluit’s sole francophone school will be expanded, following the settlement of a lawsuit in June between the Government of Nunavut and the territory’s French-language school board.

École des Trois-Soleils first opened its doors in 2001 to a tiny population of 35 students, which has roughly...

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Nunavut November 07, 2018 - 8:00 am

Photo: Speaker gives House a talking to

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Iqaluit November 07, 2018 - 7:30 am

Photo: Two Coast Guard vessels spotted from Iqaluit

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Nunavut November 06, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Inuktut training won’t yet be mandatory for GN jobs, Nunavut premier says

“We should focus on filling the positions first”

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Citing the chronic shortages of teachers and nurses in Nunavut, Premier Joe Savikataaq says that his government is not yet ready to declare that Inuktut training be a mandatory requirement for Government of Nunavut jobs.

“At this time I don’t wish to state that if you don’t take Inuktitut...

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Nunavut November 06, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut wants a say on overlapping Kivalliq land claims

Ottawa and northern Manitoba Dene have been in negotiations for years over land along Nunavut's border

SARAH ROGERS

The Government of Nunavut says it wants to play a bigger role in negotiations between the federal government and the Sayisi Dene and Northlands Denesuline of northern Manitoba, who for decades have asserted treaty rights to land on the Nunavut side of the Nunavut-Manitoba boundary.

These talks...

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Nunavik November 06, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Nunavik mayors, councillors up for election Nov. 7

All but one of 14 communities will elect or re-elect a mayor

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Nunavik voters go to the polls tomorrow—on Wednesday, Nov. 7—to elect new mayors and municipal councillors in the region’s 14 communities.

In each of Nunavik’s Northern Villages, polls open at 9 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m.

Nunavimmiut will elect or re-elect mayors in all but one community;...

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Nunavut November 06, 2018 - 11:00 am

Bye, bye, dumpcano: Iqaluit moves on its $35M waste plan

City to hold consultation on new landfill, new recycling station

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Iqaluit residents can take a look at how their municipal government plans to close, clean up and replace its notorious eyesore of a landfill site off the road to the causeway, at a consultation to be held at the Qajuqturvik Food Centre in building 655 next week, on Thursday, Nov. 15.

It’s part of...

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Nunavut November 06, 2018 - 9:30 am

Science at Nunavut’s Canadian High Arctic Research Station awaits wake-up call

Main science building features luxurious, but empty, facilities

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The Canadian High Arctic Research Station looks like a facility on standby—maybe for an army of scientists working on a topic of national or international importance, such as a biochemical threat, a new disease or the landing of an alien spacecraft, or perhaps to house the entire top...

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Nunavut November 06, 2018 - 8:12 am

Report finds disconnect between Nunavut departments, front-line staff who aid children

“We are concerned that no tangible improvements have been made to address this major barrier”

BETH BROWN

The Government of Nunavut continues to be disorganized when it comes to streamlining front-line services for children, according to the territory’s children and youth advocacy office.

In an annual report tabled on Oct. 26 in the Nunavut legislature, the Representative for Children and Youth,...

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Photo: Trick or treat

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Nunavik November 05, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Downed 2015 Nunavik flight faced zero visibility, which pilot was unqualified to navigate

Piper Aztec crashed outside Kangirsuk in June 2015, killing three

SARAH ROGERS

Investigations into a 2015 plane crash in Nunavik that killed three have found the pilot of the private twin-engine aircraft was unqualified to fly in the heavy fog that was likely responsible for the downed flight.

Sometime late on June 11, 2015, the 1970 Piper Aztec went down about two......

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Around the Arctic November 05, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Arctic Yearbook’s 2018 edition focuses on China in the Arctic

"The main driving force is Beijing’s long-term aim to ensure great power influence in the Arctic"

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China’s role in the Arctic is the focus of the latest Arctic Yearbook, produced by the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic.

This year’s edition of the academic publication, released online last week, puts a spotlight on China’s interest in Arctic resources and shipping...

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Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Northwestel touts higher-speed internet in three Nunavut communities

Bell Canada subsidiaries promise improved internet and wireless service across territory in 2019

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People in Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay and Arviat may now sign up for Northwestel’s higher-speed, lower-cost Katittuq DSL internet offering, the company says.

This follows the introduction of the same service to Iqaluit on Oct. 1.

In the three communities that recently received the service, the...

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Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 10:30 am

Nunavut MLAs keep beavering away at next year’s capital budget

GN seeks non-government partners for elder care

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Despite the recent political conflicts that grabbed most of the headlines last week, Nunavut MLAs have been quietly beavering away at the Government of Nunavut’s capital spending plans for the next fiscal year, 2019-20.

So far, they’ve looked at GN plans for new community health centres, a...

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Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 9:29 am

Nunavut’s education minister says most of territory’s teacher vacancies filled

NTEP program sees highest enrolment this year, expects 23 grads in 2019

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Nunavut is still short of teaching positions, but the territorial government’s Department of Education says it has now filled the majority of those vacancies.

As schools started to open in August for the 2018-19 school year, there were more than 60 teaching positions vacant Nunavut-wide, creating...

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Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 8:30 am

P.J. Akeeagok acclaimed to second term as QIA president

Kitikmeot Inuit Association sees four-way race for president, while NTI sees two-way contest for vice-president

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(Updated Nov. 5)

Qikiqtani Inuit Association President P.J. Akeeagok will serve a second term, after being acclaimed to the position.

Friday, Nov. 2, was the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to run for QIA president or for community director in seven Baffin communities. Election...

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Nunavut November 02, 2018 - 4:34 pm

Photo: Meet Nunavut’s newest cabinet minister

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Nunavut November 02, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Nunavut assembly welcomes new, but veteran cabinet minister

“I hope to bring stability," Aivilik MLA Patterk Netser says

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut MLAs have installed an old cabinet minister as the territory’s newest one.

Aivilik MLA Patterk Netser was acclaimed to serve on the Legislative Assembly’s executive council during a leadership forum held this afternoon.

Netser was nominated by Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak. There were no...

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Around the Arctic November 02, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Grab an extra hour of sleep this weekend

Clocks fall back one hour early this Sunday morning

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You can look forward to getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

That’s because time-keeping devices throughout most of North America will turn back by one hour at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 4.

This will mark the end of daylight saving time and a return to standard time.

For most Nunavut and...

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Around the Arctic November 02, 2018 - 3:15 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaq.com from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28

Minister stripped of cabinet portfolios

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By far the most-read story on Nunatsiaq News last week was about how Premier Joe Savikataaq removed Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak’s cabinet responsibilities, saying she had committed a serious breach of cabinet confidentiality in remarks she made at the first day’s sitting of the legislative...

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