Idlout calls for $180M from feds to fix Iqaluit water problems

City says another 'small contamination event' occurred at water treatment plant Wednesday

Nunavut MP Lori Idlout is calling for $180 million from the federal government to “end the water emergency in Iqaluit.” The government should “fix an issue of basic human rights … as the federal government would for any other major Canadian city,” Idlout wrote in a Friday letter to federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic...

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Military’s Operation Lentus leaves Iqaluit

Air force cargo plane picks up last of the Canadian Armed Forces water purification equipment

A Canadian air force cargo plane approaches the Iqaluit airport Friday afternoon. It arrived in Nunavut’s capital to pick up the last remaining pieces of equipment used by the Canadian Armed Forces’ Operation Lentus. The military ran a portable water purification system from Nov. 8 to Dec. 16 during Iqaluit’s two-month water emergency, which was caused by diesel fuel contaminating the city’s water supply. Approximately 35 military personnel produced more than 307,000 litres of drinking water for the city by pumping water from the Sylvia Grinnell River and running it through a specialized purification system. The last of the equipment remained in Iqaluit over the holidays because of the military’s flight and staff availability, spokesperson Maj. Susan Magill said. (Photo by Corey Larocque)