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Greenland government rejects resumption of air link with Nunavut

Greenland infrastructure minister says new airport construction is a bigger priority

The Greenland government has rejected the idea of using government-owned Air Greenland to re-establish a scheduled air service between Nunavut and Greenland, the Sermitsiaq newspaper reported on Oct. 17. The story, published in Danish and Greenlandic, quoted Greenland’s minister of housing and infrastructure, Karl Frederik Danielsen, as saying that his government’s current priority is new…

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Cape Dorset’s annual print collection on show

An onlooker examines one of 32 prints that are part of Dorset Fine Arts’s 2019 annual print collection, which were debuted and sold at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Nunavik riding goes bleu

Bloc Québécois MP Sylvie Bérubé to represent northern Quebec in the House of Commons

Western Nunavut hub’s first voter heads to the NDP

Meet Ron Qamukaq of Cambridge Bay, who was the first to vote Oct. 21 in the western Nunavut community of about 1,800. The former loyal Liberal Party voter said he had decided to switch to the NDP, voting for Mumilaaq Qaqqaq due to his disappointment with the former Liberal MP Hunter Tootoo. Many in Nunavut appear to have made similar decisions, leading the NDP to win the riding with 40 per cent of the votes. For more, see our coverage at Nunatsiaq.com. (Photo by Jane George)

Nunavik riding goes to Bloc Québécois

The Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou riding, long held by the NDP, went in a surprising direction on Monday night, electing Sylvie Bérubé of the Bloc Québécois with 38 per cent of the vote. Bérubé, centre, is pictured here prior to election night with Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet (right) and neighbouring Bloc Québécois MP Sébastien Lemire, who took Abitibi-Témiscamingue. (Photo from Facebook)

NDP candidate keeps the lead in Nunavut

The New Democratic Party’s Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, shown here during a campaign stop in Cambridge Bay, looks to be the winner of the Oct. 21 federal election in Nunavut after taking—and keeping—a lead early in the election count. At about 1:50 a.m. on Oct. 22, with 43 of 59 polls reporting and 7,387 ballots tallied, preliminary results showed Qaqqaq with 41.2 per cent of the vote, or 3,043 votes, the Liberal Party’s Megan Pizzo-Lyall with 29.4 per cent of the vote or 2,175 votes, the Conservative Party’s Leona Aglukkaq with 27.5 per cent or 2,029 votes, and Douglas Roy of the Green Party with 1.9 per cent or 140 votes. Across Canada, the NDP won 24 seats. You can read more election news later on Nunatsiaq News. (Photo by Jane George)

Iqaluit local spends day driving residents to the polls

Kimberly Smith, an Iqaluit local, pulls over at the side of the road to note down the address of her next pickup. Inspired by a friend in Yellowknife who gave free rides to polls during the territorial elections there, Smith decided to do the same in Iqaluit. With a short time to go before the polls close, Smith figures she’s made roughly 40 trips to the cadet hall since around 10:30 this morning. “I’ve had such a good time doing this,” she said, after dropping off another grateful guest. She’s already making plans to do it all again next election. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Preparing to fly south

This chubby snow bunting in Cambridge Bay has stocked up on food in preparation for its journey south. Although temperatures in the western Nunavut hub have been above average, most snow buntings appear to have already departed. (Photo by Jane George)