Fiddle and accordion instructor Greg Brown directs a group of beginner accordion players at the Iqaluit Music Society’s 19th annual Music Camp at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Aug. 22. Brown came from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to join 15 other instructors in the week-long camp, which included instruction in piano, guitar, percussion, drum-dancing and throat singing. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
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...
August 25, 2014 - 1:08 pm
Women in Action group raises $90,000 in second walk for cancer
“People of Whale Cove really set the tone at the start for us"
This year’s Steps of Hope campaign wrapped up Aug. 19 when Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, presented a $90,000 cheque for breast cancer research to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.
The campaign, which saw four women trek 113 km from Whale Cove to Rankin Inlet over three days in May...
August 25, 2014 - 12:33 pm
ITK president responds to Aug. 20 editorial
"Inuit organizations are now more directly eligible to access public-private investments"
In the same way that public governments are accountable to voters and constituents, Inuit organizations across Inuit Nunangat are responsible and accountable to Inuit beneficiaries.
With elected leadership responding to the interests of people, Inuit organizations such as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.,...
August 25, 2014 - 7:17 am
Study probes link between climate change, contaminants in Arctic wildlife
Are whales, seals ingesting more toxic chemicals?
If you live in the North and love eating seal and beluga, but wonder whether they contain harmful contaminants, a new research project may offer more knowledge.
That’s because this new, well-funded study plans to look at whether climate change is increasing levels of contaminants in ringed seals...
August 25, 2014 - 5:58 am
Nunavik mine site turbine ready to catch wind
"We hope this technology can be of benefit to all of Nunavik"
The construction of Nunavik’s newest and possibly tallest structure is complete — a hulking 120-metre (393 foot) high wind turbine, with blades extending 40 metres from the turbine’s centre.
The new turbine is the work of Glencore, which owns the Raglan nickel mine, located about 100 kilometres...
Artists from across Nunavut come together from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26 in Cambridge Bay to make, learn and sell traditional artwork, like this polar bear being carved outside the community hall in Cambridge Bay. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)