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Kuujjuaq youth of all ages rode in a bike rally through the Nunavik community July 23, coordinated by the Kativik Regional Police Force's Cadet program. The annual event is held to promote bike safety. Lucky participants went home prizes like new bicycles, helmets locks and gift certificates, thanks to sponsorship from a number of regional organizations. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
Kuujjuaq youth of all ages rode in a bike rally through the Nunavik community July 23, coordinated by the Kativik Regional Police Force's Cadet program. The annual event is held to promote bike safety. Lucky participants went home prizes like new bicycles, helmets locks and gift certificates, thanks to sponsorship from a number of regional organizations. (PHOTO BY ISABELLE DUBOIS)
NEWS July 24, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Nunavik community cancels this year’s bowhead hunt

“It’s a big task that communities are reluctant to take the initiative to plan for"

SARAH ROGERS

Five years after Nunavik harvested its last bowhead whale, the community of Quaqtaq was preparing to host the hunt this fall – a first for the community of 375 people.

But the costs and planning required to prepare for the hunt proved too much for the Ungava Bay community, which says they must...

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NEWS July 24, 2014 - 7:22 am

Fire prompts Iqaluit to make more space at smouldering dump site

City unveils solutions for wood waste, worker safety

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s public works department is working fast to create more space at its troubled landfill site, where a two-month-old dump fire continues to smoulder.

The latest changes, approved by city council at a July 22 meeting, include the purchase of a burner box for wood and paper waste, and an...

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NEWS July 24, 2014 - 6:21 am

Arviat group get their hands dirty in the name of food security

“It’s lettuce that actually tastes like something"

SARAH ROGERS

Arviat’s new greenhouse project produced its first lettuce harvest earlier this month, but the produce went to an unlikely group.

Dozens of school-age children attending a local camp got the first taste of locally-grown salad, and the lettuce was gone by the end of the lunch hour.

While kids...

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NEWS July 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Frustrated Nunavut protesters look to federal MP for support

“We’d rather protect our animals than fill our pockets with money"

SARAH ROGERS

Protesters in Clyde River had a question for their member of Parliament July 23: where are you?

Elders were among more than 100 residents who marched the Baffin community’s streets July 23 in opposition to planned seismic testing in the waters of eastern Nunavut.

Many of them chanted in...

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NEWS July 23, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Iqaluit council says yes to cheaper dumpcano fix

Rejigged proposal would extinguish smouldering heap for $2.2 million, with 15 per cent contingency added

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit took its first step towards extinguishing its two-month-old dump fire July 22 at half the $4.5 million cost initially estimated by a landfill fire expert.

City council passed a pair of motions at a regular meeting that evening, requesting the territorial and federal governments help the...

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NEWS July 23, 2014 - 7:12 am

Aglukkaq ignoring concerns of Nunavummiut: Greenpeace

“We are being called on to support communities where government is failing to protect the rights and interests of its own people"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Greenpeace fired back at Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq July 22, suggesting the federal environment minister has failed to respond to the concerns of Nunavummiut about proposed seismic activities in Baffin Bay.

The environmental group was responding to comments Aglukkaq made in a keynote speech to the...

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NEWS July 23, 2014 - 6:41 am

Nunavut’s first mosque to start construction this summer in Iqaluit

Facility to be “epicentre of daily life” for Muslims in the community

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit will soon host Nunavut’s first mosque, with a little help from an Islamic charity that brought the country’s most northerly mosque to the Northwest Territories four years ago.

“For a Muslim community, especially in small remote cities and towns in Canada, a mosque is the epicentre of daily...

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NEWS July 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Eastern Nunavut seismic testing postponed until summer 2015

MKI wants more time for benefits plan, NEB terms and conditions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Multi-Klient Invest, a group of companies set to do seismic testing in the Canadian waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, say they are postponing the work, which was supposed to start this year, until the summer of 2015.

The National Energy Board approved MKI’s five-year testing plan on June

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NEWS July 22, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Police investigate deadly car roll-over in Whale Cove

One man dies; woman medevaced south with life-threatening injuries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP in Nunavut are investigating a car accident in Whale Cove that killed a man from Arviat and injured a Whale Cove woman.

On mid-afternoon July 20, a vehicle with two passengers rolled over off the road that connects the Hudson Bay community to its airport.

An Arviat man was pronounced dead at...

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NEWS July 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Nunavut court: Iqaluit murder accused told cops he didn’t do it

Pitseolak Peter last year denied causing injuries that led to Kathy Michael’s death

JIM BELL

Pitseolak Peter of Iqaluit told RCMP investigators soon after his arrest last year that he did not inflict the brutal injuries that led to the February 2013 death of his common-law partner inside an Ottawa hospital.

“One thing I know is, I didn’t do it,” Peter told an RCMP investigator in a...

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NEWS July 22, 2014 - 11:29 am

Some social housing tenants in Nunavik to get partial rent freeze

Freeze will create time for stakeholders to “find a fair solution for all Nunavik households"

SARAH ROGERS

(updated at 4:50 p.m.)

The Quebec government has agreed to negotiate a new rent scale for Nunavik’s social housing tenants, Ungava MNA Jean Boucher announced July 22.

And in the meantime, the government will freeze rents for certain tenants, retroactive to July 1.

The move is in response to a...

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Louise Flaherty was one of more than 100 people who took to the streets of Clyde River July 23 to protest plans for seismic testing in Baffin Bay and David Strait, recently approved by the National Energy Board. The Clyde River-based Fight Against Seismic Testing, which organized the protest locally and throughout the territory, says that seismic testing activities could have severe impacts on marine life and the traditional Inuit lifestyle. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK ILLAUQ)
Louise Flaherty was one of more than 100 people who took to the streets of Clyde River July 23 to protest plans for seismic testing in Baffin Bay and David Strait, recently approved by the National Energy Board. The Clyde River-based Fight Against Seismic Testing, which organized the protest locally and throughout the territory, says that seismic testing activities could have severe impacts on marine life and the traditional Inuit lifestyle. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK ILLAUQ)

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