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A rare congregation of moon and planets aligned over Arctic Bay Feb. 19 and photographer Clare Kines, who loves the night sky, was bundled up with his tripod to capture the heavenly gathering. It was just after supper and about -35 C when Kines went out with his camera, knowing ahead of time that Mars, the smaller dot, and Venus would be near the crescent moon. He fired off a dozen shots or so and switched lenses to get a tighter image. He said this was shot number two or three. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
A rare congregation of moon and planets aligned over Arctic Bay Feb. 19 and photographer Clare Kines, who loves the night sky, was bundled up with his tripod to capture the heavenly gathering. It was just after supper and about -35 C when Kines went out with his camera, knowing ahead of time that Mars, the smaller dot, and Venus would be near the crescent moon. He fired off a dozen shots or so and switched lenses to get a tighter image. He said this was shot number two or three. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
COMMENTARY March 27, 2015 - 4:21 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, March 27

The Secrets of the Arctic

JOHN AMAGOALIK

To most Canadians, the Arctic is still a mysterious place. Only a small percentage of Canadians have ever travelled to or worked up here.

Even those who have experienced living and working here rarely venture outside of the community where they work. Some of them do travel the land during the warm...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Make way — the Stanley Cup’s in town

Following a stop in Kuujjuaq, the Stanley Cup arrived in Iqaluit March 27

JANE GEORGE

KUUJUAQ — If there was a trending theme to the selfies taken in Kuujjuaq March 27, it would be selfies with the Stanley Cup or with two former National Hockey League players, Marty McSorley and John LeClair.

The Stanley Cup and the two NHL alumni stopped off in Kuujjuaq on their way to Iqaluit to...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Kivalliq hunters to get an additional bowhead this season

DFO approves increase to region's whale quota

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hunters in the Kivalliq region will be able to take home an extra bowhead whale this season, now that the federal government has approved an increase to the total allowable harvest for the region.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said March 27 that it has okayed the Nunavut Wildlife Board’s...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 11:43 am

Four face charges linked to western Nunavut break-ins

Cambridge Bay hit by a rash of thefts since March 1

SARAH ROGERS

Four people in Cambridge Bay have been charged in connection with a series of break-ins around the Kitikmeot community, the Nunavut RCMP said March 27.

From March 1 to March 25, police responded to break-ins at a number of local businesses, including at the airport, a local convenience store and...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 8:57 am

Iqaluit meeting: NNC board says sales receipts must show subsidy

System will ensure “customers can see how and when the NNC subsidies apply”

PETER VARGA

The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board wants northern consumers to see the money they’re saving from the Nutrition North Canada food freight subsidy program itemized on their grocery bills at the point of sale.

“I want to see what is presented to each individual [on their sales receipt] as...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 7:25 am

Quebec’s budget sets millions aside for Nunavik’s Plan Nord

$100 million earmarked for northern and Aboriginal education, training

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Is the 2015-16 Quebec budget a bit like spare change found in sofa cracks, as suggested Philip Authier of the Montreal Gazette, a skimpy “Walmart” budget, according to Québec Solidaire’s Françoise David, or the solid balanced financial plan touted by the Quebec government, which is looking to...

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NEWS March 27, 2015 - 6:21 am

Puvirnituq mushers win big at Nunavik’s Ivakkak race

Mushers cross finish line after nine days

SARAH ROGERS

The community hosting the finish line of this year’s Ivakkak dog sled race got to welcome home their local mushers, who finished in the race’s top three places March 26.

According to preliminary results, Puvirnituq musher Novalinga Novalinga and partner Juani Uqaituq finished in first place March...

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NEWS March 26, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Iqaluit’s new administrative boss to start work April 7

Sanikiluaq’s former SAO to return to Nunavut

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit City Council approved the appointment of a new chief administrative officer March 24.

Muhamud Hassan, who served as senior administrative officer for the hamlet of Sanikiluaq from 2008 to 2012, will take the top city manager’s position for the Nunavut capital on April 7.

“We’re looking...

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NEWS March 26, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Nunavut man gets 18-month sentence for sex with underage relative

Judge underlines "the importance of rehabilitation of the accused as a member of the community"

JANE GEORGE

A 31-year-old Nunavut man who pleaded guilty to having sex with the 15-and-a-half-year-old sister of his common-law wife will spend 16 more months in jail.

That sentence came after his plea on two charges, sexual assault and sexual interference, in relation to events that occurred April 19, 2013,...

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NEWS March 26, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Tiny Nunavut community reviving eiderdown industry

Film about Arctic eider ducks creates demand for unique Sanikiluaq products

LISA GREGOIRE

From the time he was an infant in his mother’s amauti to age 22, which is what he is now, Alex “Puasi” Ippaq has been going out on the land every summer.

From his home in Sanikiluaq in southern Hudson Bay, his family — grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters — would set off to various...

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NEWS March 26, 2015 - 10:32 am

More than one-third of Nunavut households go hungry: StatsCan

"The Conservatives have refused to acknowledge how ineffectual Nutrition North has been"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

A new report from Statistics Canada confirms what most Nunavummiut already know: that the territory has the highest rate of food insecurity in the country.

The report, Food Insecurity in Canada, released March 25, found more than one-third of Nunavut households don’t get...

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The NHL's famed Stanley Cup gets some love from Makivik Corp. president Jobie Tukkiapik, left, and Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services president Jusipi Padlayat March 27 at the Kuujjuaq Forum, where the trophy was on display for the public this morning. This afternoon, the Cup boards a First Air flight to Iqaluit where the public can come out and see it at the Arctic Winter Games arena from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
The NHL's famed Stanley Cup gets some love from Makivik Corp. president Jobie Tukkiapik, left, and Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services president Jusipi Padlayat March 27 at the Kuujjuaq Forum, where the trophy was on display for the public this morning. This afternoon, the Cup boards a First Air flight to Iqaluit where the public can come out and see it at the Arctic Winter Games arena from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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