Canadian North slows Iqaluit-bound cargo flights due to COVID-19 outbreak

'Expect that cargo will move at a slower than usual pace into communities in the Baffin,' airline says

Canadian North has asked all its corporate cargo customers to hold on to their shipments from Ottawa to Iqaluit until at least Monday before bringing them to the Ottawa cargo drop-off facility. The airline asked them to defer the shipments to next week. “Due to the COVID-19 situation in Iqaluit, Canadian North’s capacity to handle...

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COVID-19 outbreak declared in Iqaluit

Iqaluit is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Nunavut announced Friday. The announcement was made during a news conference on Friday morning, after 12 new cases were reported in the community overnight, bringing the total number of infections to 13. “It has been declared an outbreak as it involves multiple households and we have…

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Nattiq Frolics underway in Kugluktuk after festival-free year

The annual Nattiq Frolics kicked off in Kugluktuk on Monday to celebrate the arrival of spring, after a year of cancelled festivals and community gatherings in the community. Kugluktuk Mayor Simon Kuliktana said after pandemic-related restrictions put a stop to last year’s Frolics, he considers this year’s event even more of a success. He said…

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Baffinland’s new commitments too little, too late, critics say

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has a list of new commitments it has made to communities near its Mary River mine, should its proposed expansion be approved, but critics say it’s not enough. The Ontario-based mining company wants to build a 110-kilometre railway from its Mary River mine to Milne Inlet, double its iron ore shipments…

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