A City of Iqaluit backhoe sits idle over the lunch hour July 28 with Iqaluit's Nunavut Employees Union building and Arctic Ventures in the background. A public service announcement from the city, issued July 27, says "unforeseen circumstances" have led the City's utilidor department to perform an emergency water main shutdown affecting a large swath of Iqaluit near downtown. The affected areas include buildings numbered in the 100s, 200s and 300s, as well as the Qammaq Elders Centre, Arctic Ventures and homes in the Creekside Village housing units. A city spokesperson said the shutdown would likely last until the early evening July 28.
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...
July 28, 2015 - 9:20 am
Russian pilot tells extraordinary tale of survival in Nunavut waters
“Of course I must finish what I started. And I can do it again"
If you consider each element of Sergey Ananov’s unimaginable story — surviving a crash landing in Arctic waters, fighting off polar bears on an ice floe, a searcher’s fluky glimpse of Ananov’s last, dying flare — every part of it seems impossible.
On July 25, Ananov, a Russian citizen, crash......
July 28, 2015 - 7:19 am
As election campaign heats up in Nunavut, Liberals anoint Hunter Tootoo
"I’m not afraid to say what needs to be said"
The veteran Nunavut politician, business owner and chair of the Nunavut Planning Commission, Hunter Tootoo, will now run for the Liberals in the upcoming federal election.
Tootoo, a former MLA in Iqaluit, announced his Liberal candidacy before about two dozen people gathered July 27 at the...
July 28, 2015 - 5:57 am
Nunavut DM: lawyers ponder cuts to strikers’ housing subsidies
“It may or may not be a benefit the corporation can elect not to cover”
Lawyers in Nunavut’s finance department are looking into whether the territorial government can legally withdraw housing subsidies paid to the Qulliq Energy Corp.‘s striking workers, the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of finance said July 27.
And if the GN gets the legal go-ahead, Chris...
July 27, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Team studying sea ice near Pond Inlet before shipping starts
Two time-lapse cameras will capture floe edge in Eclipse Sound
If Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. ever gets permission to break ice in spring to ship ore from its Milne Inlet port, the impact of that shipping on the floe edge in Eclipse Sound will all be caught on camera.
Researchers from the Université du Québec à Rimouski and The Pew Charitable Trusts are...
July 27, 2015 - 12:50 pm
Nunavut ranks last, again, in animal welfare report
Stronger protection required, says Animal Legal Defence Fund
Nunavut is letting its animals down.
That’s the message from the latest 2015 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
“Quebec continues to occupy the bottom tier when it comes to animal protection, along with Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and...
July 27, 2015 - 11:45 am
Nunavut court: Anglican catechist acquitted on 30-year-old sex charge
“The gloom of history obscures truth”
After descending into what he called a 30-year-old “place of shadow and uncertainty,” Justice Robert Kilpatrick, in a written judgment released July 20, acquitted a prominent elder and church leader from Cape Dorset on a charge of sexually assaulting a family friend.
Naudla Oshoweetok, now aged...
July 27, 2015 - 7:30 am
Carving studio a gathering place for Ottawa Inuit youth
"For these guys, it gives them a skill"
OTTAWA — Joe Juralak unties inline skates and enters the small, crowded carving studio at the back of a building in Vanier in sock feet.
It’s hot out this July afternoon and he’s sweaty from the journey. He cracks open a water bottle and downs it.
Two boys he’s fostering, Neil Evaglok and...
July 27, 2015 - 6:42 am
Nunavik nickel firm wants to nearly double Raglan’s lifespan
Glencore proposing to dig five new underground mines at Raglan
The operators of Nunavik’s Raglan nickel mine hope to expand its lifespan well beyond 2020, with the addition of five new underground mines across the region’s nickel belt.
Glencore, the corporation that operates Raglan and its four current underground mines, has submitted the project to the...
Makivik Corp. president Jobie Tukkiapik, second from left, receives a $4 million cheque July 27 in Kuujjuaq from Brian McNamara, president of Newfound Resources Ltd., while Makivik staff and executive members look on. The two organizations have been harvesting shrimp together in Ungava Bay and Hudson Strait since July 2013, when they signed a joint development agreement. Makivik's profit sharing from the fishery is up from $3.3 million in 2014. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MAKIVIK CORP)