Université Laval in Quebec City is getting more than $7.5 million to fund Arctic research aboard the CCGS Amundsen, Canada's only dedicated research icebreaker, according to a news release from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Ed Holder, the minister of state responsible for science and technology, made the announcement Jan. 23 on board the Amundsen, describing the contribution as part of a $25-million pot of money earmarked for operations and maintenance of nine national research facilities across the country. The ship's facilities and equipment make it a huge draw for national and international scientists interested in Arctic ice, water, animals, plants weather and atmosphere and an ideal platform to study the changing climate.“The Amundsen serves as an invitation to researchers to come work in the Canadian Arctic," said Louis Fortier, the Amundsen's scientific director, in the release. "This funding will allow for new, high-calibre international collaborations to take place.” (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
January 23, 2015 - 5:08 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 23
Bits and Pieces
Iqualuit, Ikaluit, or Iqaluit
When Iqaluit changed its name from Frobisher Bay to its original name several years ago, some bureaucrat spelled the name Ikaluit and most non-Inuit pronounced it that way because they couldn’t pronounce “qa” in the Inuktitut language.
People from the south and the...
January 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm
Life on the margins: poverty, fear and violence for Aboriginal women
Cousin of murdered woman still fighting for social justice
When the dead body of Holly Jarrett’s cousin, Loretta Saunders, was discovered by police in New Brunswick in Feb. 2014, Jarrett says she was left with many questions.
Shortly after her cousin’s murder, Holly, 41 and a mother of four, remembers talking to Loretta’s professor at St. Mary’s...
January 23, 2015 - 1:44 pm
Parents say Iqaluit’s French-language school leaving them in the dark
“We want to assure you there is no crisis," school board says
Parents with children enrolled in Nunavut’s only French-language school say they’re not getting enough information about recent changes occurring at the school.
Over the past several months, administrators at Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils have had to contend with a number of teacher absences...
January 23, 2015 - 11:40 am
Hip hop instructor shaping Nunavut b-boys and b-girls
“Seeing the children happy is my main goal"
When Jenni Linkson walks into the Kullik Ilihakvik elementary school gym in Cambridge Bay, all of the kids run over to hug her.
She’s a bit of a rock star around here.
For the last five years, Linkson has been teaching students hip hop dance and all the pride and confidence that comes from...
January 23, 2015 - 8:11 am
Nunavik communities to share $8 million for infrastructure projects
Federal gas tax fund distributed in region over five years
Communities in Nunavik will share more than $8 million in infrastructure funding over the next five years, the region learned Jan. 22.
The money flows from the federal gas tax fund, coupled with a contribution from the Quebec government.
Under the Canada-Quebec agreement, communities receive a...
January 23, 2015 - 7:05 am
Iqaluit police investigating laser pointed at incoming aircraft
“These light sources are hazardous to pilots and threaten passenger safety"
Nunavut police are looking for an individual or group responsible for pointing a laser at an aircraft coming in to land at the Iqaluit airport earlier this month.
Police say they received reports that a laser pointer was directed at a Keewatin Air Pilatus flying from Kimmirut and on approach to...
January 23, 2015 - 5:57 am
Wage-benefit talks between union, Nunavut power utility hit a wall
Union says it will likely hold strike vote in the coming weeks
The Nunavut Employees Union says contract talks with the Nunavut power corporation have gone nowhere and they are now looking at holding a strike vote among their 140 or so members.
Bill Fennell, union president, said Jan. 22 that attempts by a mediator to arrive at a negotiated contract between...
January 22, 2015 - 3:37 pm
Not here, not now: Nunavut residents, others, still wary of uranium project
“Will the caribou be safe? Will it be safe to eat?"
Too many unaddressed community concerns persist for many Kivalliq residents, and others, to support Areva Resources Canada’s proposed uranium mine near Baker Lake.
That came across loud and clear from a number of organizations who submitted comments and recommendations on Areva’s final......
January 22, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Mining investment shrinks in Nunavut: NRCan
“These continue to be challenging times for funding exploration and mining projects"
Mining companies spent less on exploration in Nunavut in 2014 than the previous year, according to new estimates compiled by Natural Resources Canada.
The federal department looked at mineral exploration and deposit appraisal expenditures in all three territories last year, noting an increase in...
January 22, 2015 - 10:52 am
Nunavut ex-priest Dejaeger says he’s sorry for sex crimes against Inuit children
Judge will likely issue written sentence decision before March at the latest
(Updated, 12:50 p.m., Jan. 22)
As some of his sexual abuse victims wept and howled in the courtroom gallery, 67-year-old Eric Dejaeger, convicted child molester and former Roman Catholic priest, rose Jan. 22 at the end of his sentencing hearing in Iqaluit to apologize and plead for...
January 22, 2015 - 8:02 am
Ottawa mulls “special concern” status for eastern bowhead whale
DFO says designation would not impact current harvesting quota
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to know what you think about listing some Arctic species under its Species at Risk Act, including the eastern Arctic bowhead and orca whales.
Ray Ratynski, the DFO’s central and Arctic region manager for the Species at Risk program, said Jan. 16 that...
January 22, 2015 - 6:55 am
On the lookout for Nunavut’s wisest women
Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council opens nominations for annual awards
The Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council is looking for Nunavut’s outstanding women of 2015.
Every year, the women’s organization recognizes women across the territory for outstanding contributions to their communities and regions by handing out Wise Women and Outstanding Young Woman...
January 22, 2015 - 5:50 am
Solomon Uyarasuk film gets Nunavut screening next week
Film about suicide will be followed by live discussion at Astro Theatre
A documentary film about Solomon Uyarasuk — the young Igloolik artist found dead in a local RCMP detachment cell in 2012 — will get its Nunavut premiere in Iqaluit next week.
Sol, an Arnait Video Production feature by filmmakers Susan Avingaq and Marie-Hèlene Cousineau, had its world premiere at...
January 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Nunavik childcare centre closes after mould discovery
“Whenever it rains or there’s a blizzard, water comes in"
Updated Jan. 21 at 4:50 p.m.
Public health officials in Nunavik said Jan. 21 that they’re investigating a mould outbreak at a Kangirsuk daycare centre and the possibility that it caused illness among the centre’s children or staff.
People in the Ungava Bay community allege that six different...
Jenni Linkson shows off one of her signature moves to an after school dance class in Cambridge Bay, claiming she can teach students as young as Grade 2 how to do this very thing. An Ontario first responder by day and hip hop dance maestro by night, Linkson takes time out every year to visit a Nunavut community and teach local kids how to bust a move and build confidence. She's in Cambridge Bay this week and next, with a show planned for Jan. 30. See story later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)