GN restoring services in Gjoa Haven after fire destroys telecommunications hub
Hamlet continues investigation into Saturday blaze, fire chief says
The Government of Nunavut began working on a plan to restore some of its services in Gjoa Haven after a fire destroyed the government’s telecommunications hub for the hamlet on Saturday.
The NCC building housed the main fibre connection, workstations, community data centre, servers, and hosting services for the community such as telephone and video conferencing, the GN said in a press release on Monday.
Minister of Community and Government Services David Joanasie said the building also served as office space for employees of several government departments.
According to hamlet fire Chief Hector Nargyak, services provided in the building included motor vehicle licensing and legal services.
The issuing of driver’s licences, general identification cards and driver’s tests and other in-person vehicle-related services have been suspended, according to a government update on how the fire affected the delivery of services.
Gjoa Haven’s community care centre is unaffected but might experience some delays while some communications lines are not available, according to the Health Department’s update.
Legal operations are expected to continue “without disruption,” the Justice Department said.
The Quqshuun Ilihakvik school and the Qiqirtaq High School will operate with “little to no changes in operations,” according to the Education Department’s update.
No injuries have been reported so far and Nargyak said the next steps for the hamlet include continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire with help from assistant fire marshal Josh Doyle.
The investigation may take more than a week to be completed, Nargyak added.
A response plan is underway and includes an assessment of all internal and external impacts of the fire.
For employees working in the building, the GN said work-from-home measures will be implemented for affected staff where possible.