Iqaluit city council appoints deputy mayor, committee chairs

First-day formalities filled Tuesday’s agenda

Coun. Malaiya Lucassie looks back at Coun. Kyle Sheppard after he nominated her for vice-chair of the recreation committee during Tuesday night’s inaugural city council meeting, helmed by Mayor Kenny Bell. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Dustin Patar

Iqaluit’s new city council met for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The energy inside the council chambers was similar to that of a first day of school—nervous but optimistic—and the agenda, which lacked personal introductions and fun facts about the councillors, still consisted of first-day formalities.

The main order of business was the appointment of deputy mayors and committee chairs and vice-chairs.

Mayor Kenny Bell wasted no time in recommending Coun. Janet Brewster as deputy mayor and Coun. Solomon Awa as alternate deputy mayor, at which point they were voted on and approved by the council.

From there, the room broke out into a series of nominations and votes that resulted in the following:

  • Finance committee of the whole: chair Kyle Sheppard, vice-chair Malaiya Lucassie
  • Public works and engineering committee of the whole: chair Romeyn Stevenson, vice-chair Joanasie Akumalik
  • Planning and development committee of the whole: chair Joanasie Akumalik, vice-chair Solomon Awa
  • Economic development and strategic plan committee of the whole: chair Sheila Flaherty, vice-chair Janet Brewster
  • Development appeal board: chair Romeyn Stevenson
  • Board of revisions: chair Romeyn Stevenson
  • Taxi review committee: chair Kyle Sheppard, vice-chair Joanasie Akumalik
  • Recreation committee: chair Solomon Awa, vice-chair Malaiya Lucassie, regular member Janet Brewster
  • Grievance committee: chair Malaiya Lucassie, vice-chair Kyle Sheppard
  • Search and rescue: Mayor’s representative Simon Nattaq

Also on the agenda were several pieces of correspondence and a vote to cancel the city council meeting scheduled to take place on Christmas Eve, which passed unanimously.

The council will gather once again on Nov. 26.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Mayor Kenny Bell named both of the deputy mayors, when in fact he recommended them.

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  1. Posted by chamber pot on

    Bell didn’t name the deputy and alternate he recommended them and they were nominated and approved by council.

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