Tasiana Shirley, 8, right, and Kloe Irniq, 9, take a break between rides at this week's popular skateboard camp in Iqaluit. Children as young as eight and those into their teens made daring trips down the ramp, often tumbling onto the concrete but always springing back up like rubber toys, to try their moves again. Twenty youth signed up for the annual camp, which is put on by the City of Iqaluit with visiting instructors from southern Canada. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
August 28, 2014 - 4:07 pm
Scandinavian, Russian, Alaskan business reps to meet in Iqaluit next week
Arctic Economic Council meeting to include Inuit, Saami, Dene, Russian indigenous peoples
Canada’s heavily-touted Arctic Economic Council will start to take shape next week in Iqaluit, when Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the Canadian minister responsible for the Arctic Council, presides over its founding meeting.
“The Arctic Economic Council will facilitate business opportunities, trade,...
August 28, 2014 - 10:55 am
Chesterfield Inlet bowhead hunters tough it out despite setbacks
Half the hunting party quits; remaining crew determined to continue
First-time bowhead whale hunters from Chesterfield Inlet returned to their community empty-handed, but undiscouraged, Aug. 24, after three weeks at sea in search of the elusive sea mammal.
Their search for a bowhead will continue, hunt captain Remi Aggark said, after a week of rest and new...
August 28, 2014 - 5:55 am
Inquiry into missing, murdered Aboriginal women must include Inuit, ITK says
ITK joins premiers in calling for inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women
The president of Canada’s national Inuit organization says Inuit women must be part of any inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, even though, because of their unique and isolated circumstances, they rarely go “missing.”
On the phone from Charlottetown, P.E.I., where he is...
August 27, 2014 - 10:19 am
Iqaluit’s mushrooming stocks of cars, trucks spark worries about safety
“We are no longer a tiny community where everyone is safe from accidents”
Iqaluit’s escalating volumes of vehicle traffic drew words of warning at a city council meeting Aug. 26.
“According to recent news reports, there are 5,500 vehicles in Iqaluit,” Iqaluit resident Janet Armstrong told council in a brief citizen’s presentation. “Approximately 300 new vehicles are...
August 27, 2014 - 8:29 am
Iqaluit city councillors divided over by-election, cost of acting mayor
Proposal to choose mayor in by-election dies by one vote
(Corrected 10:00 a.m., Aug. 27)
Iqaluit’s acting mayor will remain in place for the time being.
Council narrowly voted down a motion Aug. 26 for a $90,000 election to choose a full-time mayor with a $109,000 starting salary to fill the position until the next municipal general election in October...
August 27, 2014 - 6:53 am
StatsCan: state of Inuit health declined after 2001
One in five go hungry because they can’t afford to buy food
Only 45 per cent of Inuit in 2012 reported they were in excellent or very good health, down from 56 per cent in 2001, Statistics Canada said in a report released Aug. 26.
In comparison, 63 per cent of the entire Canadian population reported excellent or very good health.
And 14 per cent of Inuit...
August 26, 2014 - 3:51 pm
Iqaluit fitness rally draws prime minister, star Olympians
Nunavut sports and recreation gets celebrity support from two groups
A visit from three Olympic gold medalists seemed like enough star power for a day.
But that wouldn’t quite do at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Aug. 25, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in to lend a hand at an afternoon-long promotion of sports and recreation for youth.
The prime minister’s...
August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Nunavut artists create, learn and sell in Cambridge Bay
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association holds 15th annual festival
Kidlapik Paniloo and Alina Tungilik sat at a grey, plastic table full of traditional jewelry, carvings and gloves for sale on the afternoon of August 25.
“I’ve really enjoyed [the festival], said Paniloo, from Taloyoak.
“I’ve seen it take place in Iqaluit, but this was a good chance to get the...
August 26, 2014 - 12:15 pm
Nunavut’s most notorious dump fire could be put out soon
Firefighters to start sea water fire suppression Aug. 27
After 97 days of griping, foul wind, national media attention, air quality monitoring, fear of toxic contamination and continuous health advisories, residents of Nunavut’s capital city can now start counting down the days to when their notorious dump fire is likely to be extinguished.
August 26, 2014 - 10:44 am
Ottawa confirms five-year broadband subsidy extension for Nunavut, Nunavik
Subsidies will keep Arctic internet from collapsing after 2016
Industry Canada confirmed Aug. 25 that they’ll continue to subsidize broadband internet for about 12,000 households in Nunavut and Nunavik through $50 million in spending over five years.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the spending, which will start in 2015-16, during a visit to Pond...
August 25, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Does Iqaluit need camo-clad peace officers in counter-insurgency gear?
"There’s a time and place — and age — for playing cowboy"
I spent a summer on a ranch in High River, Alta. riding fence and branding and castrating yearling steers when I was 16, and made the embarrassing mistake of trying to mimic my cowboy heroes by keeping my chaps on when we drove the pickup downtown for hamburgers.
The cowboys said “Um… we don’t...
Laureen Harper drops the puck during a ball hockey game at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Aug. 25, as her husband, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, stands ready to join in the action. Laureen lent a hand in the afternoon event, put on by Canadian Tire Corp., which promoted sports and recreation at schools in Nunavut and included Olympic gold medalists Hayley Wickenheiser, Charles Hamelin and Kaillie Humphries. The prime minister dropped in during the Iqaluit leg of his week-long tour of northern Canada. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION)