The Canadian government announced a major investment in Iqaluit's marine infrastructure in Iqaluit July 30. In a well-timed pre-election windfall, Nunavut's MP, Leona Aglukkaq, said at a press conference in Iqaluit's Qamutik Building that Ottawa would commit $63.7-million in funding for a deep sea port, sealift facility and small craft harbour in Iqaluit. The Government of Nunavut would be on the hook for the remaining $21.2-million of a project estimated to cost about $85 million. The GN's minister of economic development and transportation, Monica Ell, said at the same conference that she will table the proposed project and budget during the fall's sitting of the legislature. Above, Aglukkaq, right, along with Simon Nattaq and Cathy Towtongie, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., listen to Ell during the July 30 announcement. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
July 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm
Inuit org boss heaps praise on Valcourt’s NNC re-announcement
NTI wants in on the NNC decision-making process
Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said July 30 that she welcomes a move re-announced by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt on July 27 that would list Nutrition North Canada savings on sales receipts next year.
“Minister Valcourt’s decision...
July 30, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Police investigating sudden death in Rankin Inlet
26-year-old man died July 30
Members of the RCMP in Rankin Inlet are investigating a sudden death.
At around 8 a.m. July 30, police and Rankin Inlet Emergency Medical Services “responded to a report of a male in medical distress,” says a July 30 RCMP news release.
The 26-year-old later succumbed to his injuries, the release...
July 30, 2015 - 9:09 am
Owners of Iqaluit’s iconic cafe reminisce before moving on
"Whether you sat at that table or this table, everyone got involved in the conversation”
Iqaluit’s Grind and Brew is for sale.
That’s not breaking news — many in the city have seen the “For Sale” sign tacked onto Brian Twerdin and Elisapee Sheutiapik’s iconic beach-front business for a while now.
As much as the pair have enjoyed running the café for more than 15 years, they say...
July 30, 2015 - 7:35 am
Nunavut walrus tests positive for trichinella, GN warns
“We advise all hunters to test walrus prior to consuming"
A walrus recently hunted in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region tested positive for trichinella this week, prompting health officials to issue a warning.
The Government of Nunavut’s health department is advising any Nunavummiut who have recently eaten uncooked walrus to note any adverse reactions and report...
July 30, 2015 - 6:04 am
Nunavik rare earths project moves to feasibility study phase
"Quest is poised to ultimately meet that demand"
It’s one of the few commodities in demand among global metal markets — and Nunavik could see its first rare earth mine go into production as early as 2019.
Montreal-based Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. has proposed a project that would mine more than 350,000 tonnes of rare earth concentrate each year...
July 29, 2015 - 2:30 pm
Old vehicles can go to the Iqaluit dump again, for a fee
City of Iqaluit disposal permits needed to junk that old snowmobile
The smoke from Iqaluit’s infamous 2014 dump fire — dubbed “dumpcano” by some residents — may have cleared a year ago, but City of Iqaluit officials are still taking steps to restore full service at the dump site.
Beginning Aug. 1, Iqalungmiut can bring end-of-life vehicles, including cars,...
July 29, 2015 - 11:55 am
Judge blocks Nunavut lawyers from pursuing complaints against JP
Pair of lawyers don’t have legal standing for review of 2014 JP disciplinary ruling
Two Nunavut lawyers don’t have standing to seek a judicial review of a disciplinary decision issued last year into the conduct of a justice of the peace in Cambridge Bay, Justice Vital Ouellette has ruled.
The two lawyers, Tamara Fairchild and Clare Henderson, wanted the Nunavut Court of Justice...
July 29, 2015 - 7:45 am
Nunavut offers tourism development funds to communities
Organizations and businesses may apply for up to $150K in tourism readiness projects
Nunavut organizations and businesses are now eligible for money from a new territorial tourism program, the Government of Nunavut announced last week.
The newly-launched Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program aims to support local infrastructure and tourism readiness, by helping...
July 29, 2015 - 6:00 am
Nutrition North subsidies to be added to receipts by next April: AANDC
"[It's] an important and needed step to show clear transparency"
By next spring, shoppers in Nunavut and Nunavik will be able to see their Nutrition North savings on their sales receipts.
Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, announced July 27 that a point-of-sale system will be made mandatory for Nutrition North...
July 28, 2015 - 1:50 pm
Canadian North, First Air carry out codeshare pact in Nunavut this week
Airlines promise "enhancements" between north and south
Canadian North and First Air launched their new codeshare agreement July 27, which will see the two major northern airlines team up on north-south connections to, from, and within the Kitikmeot and Baffin regions of Nunavut.
The agreement, first announced this past May, means flights operated by...
July 28, 2015 - 10:30 am
Four of a kind: Nunavut stories that drew your attention
Crime, punishment and sealift woes make our top five online list
Nunatsiaq News followers love to read about crime and punishment — and that would have been a clean sweep of our most popular online stories last week were it not for a piece about ongoing problems with this year’s sealift.
According to Google Analytics pageviews, our readers flocked to stories...
July 28, 2015 - 10:00 am
Nunavut court sees major drop in criminal charges: 2014 report
Court also sees a drop in family files
The Nunavut Court of Justice saw a major drop in criminal offences against Nunavummiut in 2014, a new court report reveals.
Last year, a total of 5,896 charges were laid in Nunavut — the lowest number the territory has seen since 2006.
Since Nunavut’s creation in 1999, the number of charges...
About 25 striking workers from the Qulliq Energy Corp. shout chants and slogans at the QEC office building in Iqaluit on the morning of July 29. Unionized workers from Nunavut's energy company walked off the job at midnight July 16 so today is the two-week mark. Neither side has shown any sign yet of coming back to the negotiating table. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)