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Wanted: Safe drivers. Kugluktuk RCMP Cst. Jeffrey Guenther hands all-terrain vehicle driver Liam Mulgrew a coupon for refreshments at a local store this past week. Throughout July and August, RCMP have partnered with local businesses to promote safe riding in the Kitikmeot community, by patrolling local streets and rewarding safe drivers with coupons, mechanic gloves, helmets and other ATV gear. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NUNAVUT RCMP)
Wanted: Safe drivers. Kugluktuk RCMP Cst. Jeffrey Guenther hands all-terrain vehicle driver Liam Mulgrew a coupon for refreshments at a local store this past week. Throughout July and August, RCMP have partnered with local businesses to promote safe riding in the Kitikmeot community, by patrolling local streets and rewarding safe drivers with coupons, mechanic gloves, helmets and other ATV gear. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NUNAVUT RCMP)
NEWS August 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut women’s group calls Tootoo’s conduct an “abuse of power”

“We expect our elected leaders to respect and model respect for women"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut women’s group has spoken out against Hunter Tootoo’s conduct, calling the now-independent MP’s recent behaviour an “abuse of power.”

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women broke a weeks-long silence among many organizations in the territory, issuing a release Aug. 24 that denounces the...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Liberals paid Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo a salary during 2015 campaign

Tootoo asked for $18,000, settled for $10,000 during 78-day election campaign

JANE GEORGE

Unlike other candidates in the last federal election, Hunter Tootoo, the Liberal candidate for Nunavut MP, received a salary.

Tootoo, according to documents filed with Elections Canada, was paid $10,000 on Sept. 15, out of $18,000 he billed for — that’s about $238 a day for the 78-day election...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut capital makes emergency infrastructure repairs

Mayor says full audit of city facilities, maintenance protocols and human capacity to follow

LISA GREGOIRE

After letting some infrastructure replacement and maintenance lapse, the City of Iqaluit is trying to get its house in order, starting this week with up to $150,000 in emergency repairs.

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern confirmed Aug. 24 that about 80 per cent of the work, authorized by a motion...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

Unionized city workers demonstrate at Iqaluit City Hall

NEU upset that presentation to city councillors was re-scheduled

STEVE DUCHARME

About 20 unionized employees of the City of Iqaluit, weearing neon green shirts reading, “I support my bargaining team,” gathered outside the doors of city hall as mayor Madeleine Redfern and other city councillors arrived for regular city council meetings Aug. 23.

The demonstration followed the...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut court softens impact of victims of crime surcharges

Judge rules surcharges can be imposed concurrently

THOMAS ROHNER

The Nunavut Court of Justice has dealt a blow to a controversial fine surcharge levied against convicted offenders in Canada.

In October 2013, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government amended a federal law that forced convicted offenders to pay a mandatory victim of crime surcharge for...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Ottawa gallery to celebrate Nunavut’s Alootook Ipellie in 2018 exhibit

Curator reaching out to collectors to share their works

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — Nine years after his death, the Carleton University Art Gallery is gearing up to celebrate the life and works of Alootook Ipellie, described by a curator as one of the most unsung Inuit artists of modern times.

Ipellie, an illustrator, photographer, poet and writer, spent most of his...

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NEWS August 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut board recommends green light for Crystal Serenity Northwest Passage tour

"Unlikely to result in significant adverse environmental and social impacts"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has recommended that Canada’s Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister, Carolyn Bennett, and other Canadian authorities, approve a plan by the Crystal Cruises firm to bring its Crystal Serenity vessel through the Northwest Passage.

The tourism project is “not likely...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

E. coli found in Nunavut community’s water system

Sanikiluaq continues to see high sodium levels in drinking water

SARAH ROGERS

Sanikiluaq’s water woes continue this summer, with the recent detection of E. coli bacteria in the community’s water system.

The E. coli is not in the larger water supply, said the Government of Nuvaut’s health department, but the bacteria has been detected in two different locations in the...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Quebec investigators look into Nunavik vehicle collision

Male passenger ejected from ATV during Puvirnituq police chase

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec’s newly-established office of independent investigations is looking into a Nunavik vehicle collision that left a passenger seriously injured Aug. 21.

That evening, just after 9 p.m., the Kativik Regional Police Force responded to a call about two Puvirnituq residents using their all-terrain...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik youth hunt butterflies on the tundra

Survey finds butterfly species never before seen in Quebec

SARAH ROGERS

Suzanna Aragutak has the careful task of pinning dozens of small and colourful winged creatures into a wooden framed specimen box.

This is the fruit of her labour: the Umiujaq teen spent a week out on the land earlier this month with a net and a basket, collecting one of Nunavik’s most delicate...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

Soda pop re-sellers look for big online profits in Nunavut

Soda pop fetches high prices at Facebook auctions

JANE GEORGE

Unlike bootlegging booze or selling drugs, there’s no law in Nunavut against selling soda pop outside of retail stores.

But some in Nunavut gouge consumers for cans of soda pop through online Facebook auctions.

These can see the price per can of soda pop jump to more than five times higher than...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut government, college to launch Iqaluit-based law program in 2017

Nunavut Arctic College to partner with University of Saskatchewan on four-year program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Arctic College will launch a new Nunavut law degree program in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan next year.

The Government of Nunavut-funded program will offer 25 spots to Nunavummiut students in the four-year program, the GN announced Aug. 22.

Classes are expected to begin...

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NEWS August 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

Young, ambitious Nunavut single mom wins Baffin scholarship

Neoma Cox, 22, earns this year's John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship

LISA GREGOIRE

She wanted to stay in school, despite raising a toddler, but she wasn’t sure she had enough money to do so.

Then the father of Nunavut stepped in to help.

Neoma Cox is this year’s recipient of the 2016 Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship — as chosen by Amagoalik...

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NEWS August 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Scientists piece together ancient archeological site in Nunavut

“We’ve got continuous occupation here for probably 3,500 years or more"

STEVE DUCHARME

Standing near the banks of the Sylvia Grinnell River just outside of Iqaluit, archaeologist Tim Rast says he’s still amazed by the four-millennia story of civilization told in the ancient homesteads and earth surrounding the “Crystal II” historic site.

“We’ve got continuous occupation here for...

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NEWS August 22, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Dying Iqaluit woman’s CD raises funds for Nunavut mental heath

"Show kindness, do no harm, find the good"

JANE GEORGE

The voice and spirit of an Iqaluit woman, now quietly dying from cancer in Ottawa, will live on.

That’s thanks to a group of Siu-Ling Han’s friends — some members of Iqaluit bands, including the Jerry Cans, Trade-Offs and Kamaalukutaaq, who helped produce a CD of her songs: To Those Who Would Show......

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NEWS August 22, 2016 - 1:10 pm

After months of planning, Igloolik hunters get their bowhead

"When you’re actually on the hunt it’s just an amazing experience"

THOMAS ROHNER

Months of planning and five days of hunting on the sea came to a head Aug. 20, when about two dozen Igloolik hunters bore down on a 27-foot bowhead whale.

Juuta Sarpinak, 41, one of those hunters, said it was all over in 20 minutes as six boats, well-orchestrated by captain and elder David...

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NEWS August 22, 2016 - 11:44 am

High waves batter Nunavut’s most northerly community

Waves poured over coastal road over the weekend

JANE GEORGE

Big waves threatened infrastructure in Grise Fiord, Nunavut — Canada’s most northerly community — during the late evening of Aug. 19 and into the early hours of Aug. 20.

The waves battered and ran over the coastal road, although winds in Grise Fiord, population roughly 170, were not strong, said...

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Students file through the front doors of Jaanimmarik high school in Kuujjuaq Aug. 18, the first day of the 2016-17 school year. But students only spent the morning in class; students and staff enjoyed an outing at the local beach in the afternoon as a chance to get to know each other. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Students file through the front doors of Jaanimmarik high school in Kuujjuaq Aug. 18, the first day of the 2016-17 school year. But students only spent the morning in class; students and staff enjoyed an outing at the local beach in the afternoon as a chance to get to know each other. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)

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