COVID-19 response ‘nothing short of incredible,’ premier says as Arviat reports 4 new cases

'Now is not the time to make assumptions or hurtful comments about COVID-19 in Arviat,' Savikataaq says

Arviat has four new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Friday. With one new recovery, that leaves the territory with 17 active cases, all in Arviat. Premier Joe Savikataaq urged Nunavummiut to be supportive of Arviat residents who remain under lockdown. “Now is not the time to make assumptions or hurtful comments about...

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Iqaluit mass vaccine clinic starting mid-March

Iqaluit’s much-anticipated mass vaccine clinic for everyone over the age of 18 will kick off on March 15, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak announced in the legislative assembly on Friday. So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted in the territorial capital to priority groups, including older residents, front-line health workers and shelter residents, because the city’s…

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Nunavut judge says no to protesters, yes to Baffinland

Even though their blockade has ended, the protesters who call themselves the Nuluujaat Land Guardians are now forbidden from returning to the Mary River iron mine to impede or obstruct activities, especially the tote road and airstrip, judge Susan Cooper has ruled. And if they do return to impede operations, the RCMP is authorized to…

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Ivakkak dog teams pause mid-race due to poor snow conditions

Soft snow and sore dog paws have forced Ivakkak dog teams to take a break mid-race, while prompting some teams to withdraw from the annual event. Twelve teams competing in Nunavik’s annual dog-sled race departed Salluit Feb. 24, heading southwest towards the Hudson coast and onwards to the race’s finish line in Puvirnituq. But soft…

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MP Qaqqaq will run again

Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq will seek a second term as the territory’s voice in the House of Commons, she says. The rookie New Democrat announced on Twitter she and party leader Jagmeet Singh will participate in a Zoom meeting Tuesday night to talk about “our shared vision and goals, and to start my re-election campaign…

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