Slower internet spurs calls for better connection in Nunavut

One Iqaluit resident says his speeds are half of what they usual are

The new year has brought slower internet to Nunavut, spurring some to call for better communications infrastructure in the North. “It’s been extremely slow,” said Jared Ottenhof, who lives in Iqaluit. Ottenhof, who uses Northwestel as his internet provider, says his internet speed tests in January have been half what they usually are. Typically, Ottenhof...

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Trainees fix engines in Rankin Inlet free-of-charge

Fifteen snowmobile or ATV engines, like the one in this picture, were patched up last week in Rankin Inlet for free by Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. trainees from across Nunavut. From left: Jimmy Evalik, Scott Kadlutsiak, Silas Etuk and Sandy Kaunak were four of eight participants for the co-op’s small engine repair workshop. Its last workshop like this was in 2018, also held in Rankin Inlet, but was led by technicians from the south. This year, Jamie Nakashuk and Jackie Nowdluk from Pangnirtung led the group and helped form the first all-Inuit workshop put on by the co-op, said training co-ordinator Sherry Smadella. (Photo by Sherry Smadella)

Baffin businesses recognized at award ceremony

Here are the winners of the 2021 Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce business awards, seen on Nov. 26. The chamber handed out the awards for its 26th year at Iqaluit’s Aqsarniit hotel. Typically, the awards are handed out at the Nunavut Trade Show, but the trade show was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. From left: Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Chris West; Tommy Manning, accepting the lifetime achievement award on behalf of Timmun Alariaq from Huit Huit Tours in Kinngait; volunteer of the year Mike Wilkins from RL Hanson Construction Ltd.; special achievement award winner Thor Simonsen from Hitmakerz; businessperson of the year Clarence Synard from NCC Investment Group Inc.; business of the year award winner Allan Mullin from Al’s BnB and his two employees, Lester Taqqaugaq and Samuel Illupalik. (Photo courtesy of Chris West)