A holiday message from Nunatsiaq News. We hope all our readers and advertisers enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. The Nunatsiaq News office in Iqaluit will close at the end of the day Dec. 19 and re-open Dec. 29. The last print paper for 2014 will appear Dec. 19 and we will not publish a paper on Dec. 26. The first print paper of 2015 will appear Jan. 2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Nunatsiaq News! (FILE PHOTO)
December 20, 2014 - 11:59 am
Happy New Year: Nunavut bans caribou hunting on Baffin
Interim moratorium starts Jan. 1, charges and fines possible for illegal caribou hunting
People who hunt caribou on Baffin Island could face charges and fines, after an interim hunting ban kicks in Jan. 1, the Government of Nunavut said Dec. 19 in a news release.
“As of January 1, 2015, hunting caribou on Baffin Island may result in an investigation that could lead to fines and/or...
December 19, 2014 - 5:41 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Dec. 19
Predictions for 2015
• There will be a general federal election in Canada. The campaign and the advertising will be nasty. The result will be a minority government.
• The support for Leona Aglukark will have become weaker and she will have to struggle to keep her seat — if she decides to run again.
• The corruption...
December 19, 2014 - 4:55 pm
Ottawa cops bust weed and coke ring, seize Nunavut-bound dope
Woman, 84, faces cocaine and marijuana possession charges.
Ottawa police charged 10 people with drug trafficking Dec. 17 in connection with a smuggling ring that used Canada Post to send marijuana to Nunavut.
Police seized multiple kilograms of weed and hash, nearly a kilogram of cocaine, and about 1.3 kilograms of an unknown powder that was sent for...
December 19, 2014 - 1:45 pm
Arctic research station gets new mandate, money to spread around
CHARS ramping up in Cambridge Bay with pilot projects and calls for proposals
Canada’s premier Arctic science and research facility, currently under construction in Cambridge Bay and slated for completion and full operation in 2017, got its official marching orders this week.
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act, buried deep within Bill C-43, the Economic Action......
December 19, 2014 - 1:23 pm
Nunavut fire marshal investigates fatal Iqaluit shack fire
Blaze takes one life, but not considered suspicious
The Nunavut Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that burned through a shack on the beachfront in Iqaluit, Dec. 18, and killed one person.
RCMP are assisting in the investigation. Police on patrol discovered the fire at around 9:00 p.m. Firefighters found a body within the debris, which...
December 19, 2014 - 9:40 am
Susan Aglukark gives Nunavut food banks a boost for the holidays
Singer-songwriter’s Arctic Rose Project flies food to Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet
Iqaluit’s food bank is fully stocked for the holiday season, thanks to a big helping hand from Susan Aglukark.
The singer-songwriter brought enough food to the community’s Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank to last through to the start of the new year — about 300 kilograms — and paid a visit to...
December 19, 2014 - 8:08 am
New map lets students walk the Arctic without leaving the classroom
Schools across Canada can use the map, free of charge
A new education program aims to help southern classrooms visit Canada’s Arctic, without the expensive plane ticket.
Canadian students now have the chance to “walk” across the tundra and sea ice, captured on a giant floor map that can be rolled out in gyms or classrooms.
“Arctic Alive: Explore the...
December 19, 2014 - 6:59 am
Abandoned Nunavut diamond mine now belongs to the Crown
Court documents show Shear Diamonds has legally forfeited assets and mineral leases
Nunavut’s first and only functioning diamond mine, which changed hands a few times before being deemed “closed or abandoned” about a year ago, has officially changed hands again.
The Jericho mine, about 240 kilometres southeast of the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk, is now owned by the...
December 19, 2014 - 5:58 am
Iqaluit org to monitor impact of land-based programs on mental health
“We all know intuitively that they work, but we’ve never had the data"
Land-based camp programs in Nunavut got a major boost last month with a multi-million dollar grant to look at how much the program improves mental health among Inuit boys and men.
The Movember Foundation’s Canadian Mental Health Initiative awarded $3 million in November to deliver and evaluate...
December 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm
Obituary: Elashuk Pauyungie of Salluit, 73, veteran Inuit broadcaster
“She was an outspoken individual who was not afraid of speaking the truth.”
SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS
Sallumiut and Nunavimmiut have lost Elashuk Pauyungie, dear friend to many, a hard worker, an elder, a counselor and a board member for different organizations.
She was an outspoken individual who was not afraid of speaking the truth.
Elashuk was a good communicator and a...
December 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm
Warmer, unpredictable Arctic affects regions elsewhere in the world
NOAA annual report says global warming creating dramatic changes
Another year, another report confirming global warming is impacting the Arctic more than anywhere else on Earth.
This report, released Dec. 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — an agency within the United States department of commerce — says Arctic air temperatures continue...
December 18, 2014 - 12:34 pm
Nunavut’s economy looks strong for 2015: report
Mining, construction, even fishing industry considered major drivers
Your holidays may look merry and bright, and now so does Nunavut’s economic outlook for the upcoming year.
A new forecast published by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North predicts that the Nunavut’s economy will grow by 6.8 per cent in 2015, thanks to a number of mining projects...
December 18, 2014 - 11:55 am
Western Nunavut town gears up for two weeks of games and feasting
Cambridge Bay annual events run from Dec. 19 to Dec. 31
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — If you’re looking for something fun and festive to do this Christmas break, and you happen to live in Cambridge Bay, you’re in luck.
That’s because the annual Christmas Games run from Dec.19 until Dec. 31 in that western Kitikmeot town.
“It’s always a...
December 18, 2014 - 10:45 am
Verdict for accused in 2010 Nunavut killing expected in February
Colin Makpah charged with manslaughter in death of Donald James Gamble
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Nunavut Court Justice Neil Sharkey said by the end of February, he will decide the fate of Colin Makpah, who stood trial this year for manslaughter in the 2010 death of Donald James Gamble in Rankin Inlet.
Sharkey, who presided over the judge-alone trial this past...
December 18, 2014 - 8:54 am
YWCA Agvvik invites Iqaluit’s less fortunate for Christmas Eve dinner
Society sets sights on opening transitional homes for 2015
Christmas is a time of giving and festivity, and YWCA Agvvik Nunavut in Iqaluit will be ready, Dec. 24, to make sure no one misses out.
The society’s fourth annual Christmas Eve dinner will offer a holiday meal, a food basket and gifts for the homeless and other less fortunate families in the...
December 18, 2014 - 7:30 am
Holiday reading: prominent Nunavummiut share challenges, triumphs
Jordin Tootoo, Louis Tapardjuk, Bill Lyall released biographies this year
Nunavut might not have a long history as a territory, but it already has its share of remarkable people who seemed to defy the odds to make extraordinary achievements.
Late this year, the stories of no fewer than three, as told in their own words, hit the bookstores within a few months of each...
December 18, 2014 - 5:58 am
Study finds capture-based research is safe for polar bears
But GN continues to move towards less invasive methods
A new study suggests that tranquilizing, handling and collaring polar bears does not inflict any negative long-term harm on the animals.
The United States Geological Survey released those findings Dec. 15, which were based on 40 years of research on the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear
The doors to Santa's workshop: students from Kullik Ilihakvik elementary school in Cambridge Bay spent the month of December decorating their classroom doors as part of annual contest. Grade 6 students, from left, Malachai Angulalik, Mesha Hogaluk and Brandy Tootiak, pose by their winning entry. The contest was judged by all the high school and elementary school classes. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)