Bertol dismissed as Iqaluit planning director
“News like that rattles you”
Updated Jan. 27, 10:21 a.m.
Michele Bertol is out as Iqaluit’s director of planning and lands, Nunatsiaq News has learned.
Sources said Bertol was no longer working for the city after a meeting on the morning of Jan. 26.
Bertol, who worked for city hall for seven years, said she was fired, but also didn’t want to discuss specifics.
“News like that rattles you,” she said.
Bertol’s departure comes the day after a tense city council meeting, where councillors shot down a major development proposal for the area around Creekside Village, also known as White Row.
Nunastar, which holds leases for three lots near White Row, wanted to build four apartment buildings containing 118 apartment units. Councillors were skeptical about elements of the proposal, which had Bertol’s clear backing.
In a telephone interview Jan. 27, John Hussey, the city’s chief administrative officer, said Bertol’s “dismissal” had nothing to do with the Jan. 25 council meeting.
“There’s no link at all to that,” he said.
Planner Arif Sayani, who had been the acting director of public works, will now take over as acting head of planning and lands while the search commences for a replacement.