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Arctic Bay rec director hopes new ball diamond will bring out local sluggers

Hamlet recipient of grant from Jays Care Foundation, along with Whale Cove

By the end of summer, Arctic Bay’s recreation director is hoping the hamlet will have a baseball diamond complete with stands, player’s benches, a backstop and turf. “We’re completely prepared for this,” said Thomas Levi. The charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays — the Jays Care Foundation — announced on April 22 that Arctic...

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Kyle St. Laurent named Iqaluit’s coach of the year

Iqaluit Deputy Mayor Solomon Awa, left, presents Kyle St. Laurent with the 2021 Coach of the Year award at city hall Tuesday evening for his work as a coach with the Nunavut Speed Skating Association. St. Laurent has been a member of the association for 29 years, Awa said, and has coached athletes for the Arctic and Canada Winter Games. (Photo by David Venn)

Iqaluit first responders receive award for saving a life

2 RCMP officers and 4 firefighters received lifesaver pins Monday

Fire Chief Steve McGean, left, presents firefighter Emily Galipo, Cst. Eric Noel, Capt. Solomon Tagak, Cst. Greg Beauchamp, and firefighters Lucas Manders and Eegeesiak Aniqmiuq with lifesaver pins on Monday at the Iqaluit fire hall. The emergency responders were awarded for applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and saving a resident’s life, said city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron. (Photo by Aleksey Cameron)

Free vet services on Baffin Island

Veterinarians Without Borders tended to 89 animals in Kimmirut

Queen, a Kimmirut dog, gets an intravenous catheter prior to being spayed by vet technologist Wendy Kane (left) and Dr. Michelle Tuma (right) in Qaqqalik School’s shop on March 15. Tuma and Kane are part of Veterinarians Without Borders, an organization that partnered with the hamlet to offer free services in Kimmirut from March 14 to 17. Overall, the team saw 89 animals during its time in Kimmirut, and now, Kane and Tuma are in Qikiqtarjuaq until Tuesday to do the same thing. (Photo courtesy of Marieke Van Der Velden)

Baker Lake housing authority employee retires after 4 decades

Nick Kingunkotok began as an apprentice oil burner mechanic in 1978

Nick Kingunkotok cuts a cake on March 11 at the Baker Lake Housing shop. Surrounded by family and colleagues, Kingunkotok celebrated his retirement after 44 years with the Bake Lake Housing Authority. He began in 1978 as an oil apprentice oil burner mechanic before moving to journeyman, and retiring this month as the housing authority’s maintenance manager. (Photo courtesy of Charles Eva)

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Winter sports on Iqaluit’s Frobisher Bay

Mika Simic, 11, kick-sleds on a sunny Sunday at the end of February when temperatures rose to about -25 C in Iqaluit — balmy, compared to weeks prior when temperatures fell to -40 C. (Photo by Jovan Simic)

A ‘good afternoon’ in Igloolik

Michael Irngaut and his nephew, Calvin Irngaut, caught 2 qamutiks full of Arctic char in 6 days

Igloolik residents had the chance to take home some Arctic char caught by Michael Irngaut Monday afternoon. The result of Irngaut’s six-day fishing trip with his nephew, Calvin Irngaut, was two qamutiks filled with more fish than Michael could count. He said he normally tries to do this trip once a year, sometimes twice if he doesn’t catch enough the first time. “I try to catch bigger so I won’t have to go back up,” he said, adding the distance to his fishing spot is more than 100 kilometres from town. “A lot of people came to pick up some fish. It was a good afternoon.” (Photo by Michael Irngaut)

Sports are back in Iqaluit

Teams from the Koojesse Hockey League returned to play for the first time in more than 2 months

Qikiqtaaluk Properties Inc. forward Matt Norman (77) bears down on Northern Guardian goaltender Paul Dainton, right, while he plays the puck away from his net. Northern Guardian ended up beating QPI 10-2 in Iqaluit’s Arnaitok Arena Thursday evening. This was the Koojesse Hockey League’s first week back to gameplay since Dec. 22, when chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson implemented health restrictions due to a COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by David Venn)

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Nunavut’s legislative assembly lights up for the holidays

Nunavut’s legislative assembly got festive over the holiday season, as part of the Christmas Lights Across Canada program. In its 37th year, capital cities across the country will light up prominent buildings in a similar way until Jan. 7, 2022. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “these lights are a reminder of our bright future and better days in the year ahead,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement. (Photo by David Venn)