Iqaluit mayor pays tribute to late Nunatsiaq News editor

‘Jim Bell [was] a prominent journalistic voice who spent the majority of his life dedicated to the North,’ said Mayor Kenny Bell

Jim Bell pictured in his hometown of Iqaluit in 2012. Bell died on Aug. 24. (Photo courtesy of Lynda Gunn)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell added his voice to the growing number of tributes to Nunatsiaq News’ former longtime editor Jim Bell, who died on Tuesday.

Bell died of cancer Tuesday evening in Ottawa. He was 69.

Oh behalf of Iqaluit city council, they mayor offered condolences to the family and friends of the late editor on Thursday. The two are not related.

“We are dearly saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Jim Bell —a prominent journalistic voice who spent the majority of his life dedicated to the North and putting issues and concerns of Nunavummiut at the forefront in his work,” the mayor said in a Thursday release.

“I’m holding your family in my heart right now.”

Jim Bell, born in Scotland and raised in Ontario, first moved to Iqaluit — then Frobisher Bay — in the late 1970s. He worked for Nunatsiaq News in different capacities, including as its editor, for more than 30 years.

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