Arviat to update emergency plan after blizzard, 4-day power outage

Warming shelter did not open until 4 days into outage

Arviat’s mayor says local leaders will revisit the hamlet’s emergency plan after a blizzard that blew through the community last week knocked out power to some homes for days.

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Thanksgiving northern lights over Iqaluit

Iqaluit residents enjoyed several northern lights shows over the course of the Thanksgiving long weekend. This photo, taken Sunday at Iqaluit’s old cemetery, was captured using a 30-second-long exposure. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

Winds whip Iqaluit

Schools closed on Thursday due to 90 km/h wind forecast

Waves pushed by high winds crash against the shore in Iqaluit on Thursday morning. Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a wind warning for Nunavut’s capital, forecasting easterly winds up to 90 km/h until mid-day. Early in the morning, the Iqaluit District Education Authority posted on Facebook that all schools were to be closed in the morning because of the high winds. At 11 a.m., the DEA said that Aqsarniit Middle School, Inuksuk High School and Joamie and Nakasuk elementary schools would be closed for the remainder of the day. Schools will reopen Friday unless the DEA advises otherwise. High winds pounded the Nunavut capital throughout the day, making buildings shake and causing waves to splash over the breakwater at low tide. By 3 p.m., wind speeds had dropped to 50 km/h. (Photo by Jason Sudlovenick, special to Nunatsiaq News)

Photos: A fog falls over Iqaluit

City was blanketed by fog Tuesday morning

Normally a scenic seaside view, Iqaluit’s cemetery near the start of the Apex Trail is blanketed in fog early Tuesday. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)


A walk in the park in Iqaluit

Rhoda Ungalaq, centre, leads a group of people on an educational Arctic plant walk through sunny Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park in Iqaluit on Tuesday afternoon. Ungalaq showed participants how to identify some of the many plants and berries found at the park, such as crowberries, saxifrage and Labrador tea, and shared how Inuit use them for different medicinal and culinary purposes. The plant walk was one of the park’s “Learn To…” events, a series of cultural activities hosted at Nunavut’s territorial parks in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Kugluktuk throughout the summer. Thursday’s event at Sylvia Grinnell park, called How to Light a Qulliq, starts at 1:30 p.m. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

Double rainbow over Iqaluit

After a rainy and cloudy week, a double rainbow could be seen over Iqaluit from the pavilion area of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park late Friday afternoon. The bright weather carried into the weekend with blue skies over the Nunavut capital on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)


Sunny days again in Iqaluit after week of rain, clouds and fog

Anglers in Iqaluit cast their fishing lines from the rocky shoreline of Sylvia Grinnell River on Sunday evening. After a week of clouds and rain, residents of the Nunavut capital were blessed with sunny weather over the weekend. The beautiful weather is set to stick around for most of the coming week, according to an Environment and Climate Change Canada forecast, with the exception of Tuesday which is calling for a 60 per cent chance of rain. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

Hunter shares his first narwhal: ‘I couldn’t stop smiling’

Randy Ryan Innukshuk, from Rankin Inlet, poses with a narwhal he caught off Marble Island roughly 40 kilometres southeast of the hamlet on Sunday. Innukshuk, 20, said it was his first-ever narwhal catch. “I was so happy I couldn’t stop smiling,” he said. He added “this is special, because Rankin rarely has narwhals around here.” The young hunter said he gave all of it out to the community to celebrate. (Photo courtesy of Randy Ryan Innukshuk)