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The City of Iqaluit suspended services Nov. 20 when high winds and blowing snow began to batter the community around noon that day. Environment Canada has issued wind warnings across Nunavut's Qikiqtani region. Winds from the east are forecast to remain at sustained speeds of 70 km/h or more in the Iqaluit area, with gusts as strong as 110 km/h, and temperatures around -1 C, this afternoon. Periods of flurries, expected to continue until Tuesday, will contribute to low visibility and dangerous snow drifts. For Tuesday, Environment Canada forecasts periods of rain or snow and 60 km/h winds gusting to 80 km/h with temperatures ranging from 3 C to -2 C. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
The City of Iqaluit suspended services Nov. 20 when high winds and blowing snow began to batter the community around noon that day. Environment Canada has issued wind warnings across Nunavut's Qikiqtani region. Winds from the east are forecast to remain at sustained speeds of 70 km/h or more in the Iqaluit area, with gusts as strong as 110 km/h, and temperatures around -1 C, this afternoon. Periods of flurries, expected to continue until Tuesday, will contribute to low visibility and dangerous snow drifts. For Tuesday, Environment Canada forecasts periods of rain or snow and 60 km/h winds gusting to 80 km/h with temperatures ranging from 3 C to -2 C. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
NEWS November 20, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Iqaluit RCMP seek hit-and-run driver who struck five-year-old

Police want info on man driving dark pick-up with "4x4" printed on the back

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut police are asking the public to help identify an Iqaluit driver involved in a weekend hit-and-run incident that injured a five-year-old boy.

On the evening of Nov. 18, the boy was playing hockey in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 500s area of the city.

The RCMP said the...

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NEWS November 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik school board welcomes new crop of commissioners

Nunavimmiut elect 12 commissioners; one acclaimed and another election postponed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavimmiut elected 12 Kativik Ilisarniliriniq commissioners Nov. 15 to sit on the council that oversees the region’s school board.

The commissioner for Puvirnituq, Sarah Beaulne, was acclaimed, and one other community—Umiujaq—has postponed its nomination and election until a later date.

The...

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NEWS November 20, 2017 - 10:45 am

Global climate talks must see more Inuit inclusion, says ITK

"We can offer solutions to the weather changes affecting our planet"

JANE GEORGE

Indigenous peoples of the world—including Inuit—left the United Nations’ COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany Nov. 17 with some assurance they could play a bigger role in future UN climate meetings.

“Inuit can be part of the climate solution. Inuit have the ambition to be leaders in the international...

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NEWS November 20, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut housing shortage still two to three times worse than Canada’s: CMHC

More than one-third of Nunavummiut living in crowded, rundown homes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The proportion of Canadian households in need of more or better housing has now been stable for a decade—but that’s not a good thing if you live in Nunavut.

It’s still the highest in Canada of unnacceptable housing.

Core housing needs in Nunavut are two or even three times those of other regions...

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NEWS November 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Federal government seeks northern input on new Arctic policy

Quebec government calls on Ottawa to ensure Nunavik is part of process

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated at 9:40 a.m.)

Residents of Nunavut and Nunavik have until the new year to weigh in on a new Arctic policy that’s meant to improve the federal government’s approach to Canada’s North.

And that consultation promises to be crucial, given the government’s position that a new strategy should...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm

MLAs-elect make their choice: it’s Paul Aarulaaq Quassa for Nunavut premier

David Akeeagok, Pat Angnakak, Jeannie Ehaloak, David Joanasie, Lorne Kusugak, Joe Savikataaq and Elisapee Sheutiapik chosen to sit in cabinet

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated 7:45 p.m., Nov. 17)

Nunavut’s newly elected MLAs have rallied behind Aggu MLA Paul Quassa, electing him to serve as the territory’s next premier when Nunavut’s fifth legislative assembly convenes next week.

Quassa was the sole Qikiqtani region candidate for premier, beating out three...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 3:30 pm

No deal: bargaining between union and City of Iqaluit nears two-year mark

“The city employees have lived in fear for the last two years of their jobs"

BETH BROWN

Bill Fennell has one wish for the coming holiday season: that the City of Iqaluit will come through on a new wage-benefit deal that is nearly two years in the making. 

December will bring the next step in what the president of the Nunavut Employees Union called a “way-too-long bargaining...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 3:00 pm

One Gjoa Haven man dies of stab wound, another held in custody

Suspect to be held until bail hearing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One man is dead and another is in custody after a stabbing incident in Gjoa Haven Nov. 16.

“Gjoa Haven RCMP responded to a report of a man with a stab wound who was found by police on the front step of a residence,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Henry Coman said in a Nov. 17 release. 

“The man was...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut man from Igloolik charged with child luring, touching

Police seize computer, electronic equipment

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Igloolik man faces charges of luring and sexually assaulting an underage child, after police seized his computer and other electronic equipment, Nov. 15.

Identified by police as “in his 20s,” the man faces two charges of luring a child under the age of 16 and invitation to sexual touching of a...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 9:15 am

Senate approves new Arctic committee, membership to come

"Sustainable development in the Arctic requires the involvement of Indigenous peoples"

LISA GREGOIRE

The Senate of Canada has voted in favour of setting up a special committee on the Arctic, but we’ll have to wait until December to see who’s on it, who’s chairing it and what they hope to accomplish.

Sen. Charlie Watt, who represents the Nunavik region, put forward a motion to form the special...

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NEWS November 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut’s capital suffers violent week in string of attacks

Man found inside garbage bin after suffering brutal beating

STEVE DUCHARME

Three men face serious charges after a pair of brutal attacks in Iqaluit that occurred after the Remembrance Day long weekend, Nunavut’s RCMP “V” Division reported, Nov. 16.

The unrelated attacks resulted in serious injuries for two victims.

Hannas Braun, 26, and Christopher Henderson, 35, face...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Fox tests positive for rabies near Baker Lake, Nunavut

Nunavut government warning people to stay away from foxes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s health department has confirmed a case of rabies in a fox specimen obtained near Baker Lake.

A Nov. 16 news release from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health said the fox was “recently caught” in the Kivalliq community and later tested positive for rabies.

“Dogs and foxes...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Ex-priest Dejaeger’s appeal starts moving through Nunavut court

Notorious sex offender appealing some of his 2014 convictions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Lawyers representing notorious ex-priest Eric Dejaeger, 70, who is appealing several of his September 2014 sex crime convictions, say they are poring over “boxes of volumes” of legal documents, but expect to set their appeal date in March.

Scott Cowan, the Toronto-based lawyer representing...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut killer denied legal aid for appeal

Jeffrey Salomonie, found guilty of murdering Daisy Curley in 2009, now considering other options

STEVE DUCHARME

The Cape Dorset man convicted of murdering Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley will have to explore his options for appeal now that Nunavut’s legal services office has rejected his application for funding assistance.

Jeffrey Salomonie, 50, appeared by video link at the Nunavut Court of Justice in...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 11:30 am

Down to the sea in ships: Nunavut trainees learn about maritime jobs

“I can see myself working on a boat like this”

BETH BROWN

A bell chimes six times on the bow of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen, as the crew weighs anchor in Frobisher Bay.

Each chime marks a shot, or 27.4 metres of chain link, indicated by a swatch of chipped red paint that prompts the ringing brass bell.

It takes over 10 minutes for the...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 9:15 am

Legal Ease, Nov. 16

Protecting your identity

JAMES MORTON

Even here in Nunavut, identity theft is an issue.

Just recently, a client called me about a demand made against her by a bank she had never dealt with. But the bank said she owed significant money on her line of credit and demanded payment.

The difficulty was that the bank was acting through a...

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NEWS November 16, 2017 - 8:00 am

New Nunavut training fund to boost Inuit jobs in mining sector

Program aims to train 360 workers over four-year period

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is kickstarting a $19-million employment program for Baffin Inuit with new funding from the federal government and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.

The QIA announced the new Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnerships, or Q-STEP, Nov. 15, which aims to...

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NEWS November 15, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik mother wants answers in daughter’s death

“I just want something good to come from the horrible, painful thing"

SARAH ROGERS

Friends, family and community members filled an Umiujaq church Nov. 7 to say goodbye to Alacie Inukpuk, the 11-year-old girl who died in the Nunavik community last month.

It was a ceremony that made the girl’s mother feel proud of who her daughter was and feel supported by her community. But it...

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NEWS November 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Indigenous participants help keep Finland’s Arctic conference on track

"What are you going to do so that it's not just words on a piece of paper?

JANE GEORGE

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—In his keynote speech at an Arctic conference now underway in Rovaniemi, Timo Soini, Finland’s foreign affairs minister, summed up what many feel is a crucial element to international gatherings such as this.

“There must be a respect for Indigenous people’s cultural identity and...

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NEWS November 15, 2017 - 11:30 am

Alianait seeks applicants for 2018 festival

2018 to mark the 14th edition of Iqaluit art and music fest

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s Alianait arts festival is looking for a line-up of artists to take the stage at its 2018 event.

The festival is inviting both northern and southern performers to apply for a chance to come and play at next summer’s festival.

Northern performers may include artists from Canada’s four...

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NEWS November 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12

Allegations against former CEO of Baffin Fisheries lead the news

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Our most-read story of the week: a Nunavut fishing firm alleges its ex-CEO diverted $1.4 million into a towering new house.

Baffin Fisheries, owned by five Baffin hunters and trappers organizations, alleges their ex-CEO, Garth Reid, diverted $1.4 million of company money into construction of an...

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Introducing the big cheese: Northmart deli manager Mike Thorton cracks into a 70-lb round of Parmigiano Reggiano during a cheese-cracking event Nov. 17 at the Iqaluit grocery store. Some came just to taste the exotic treat while others lined up to purchase a slice to take home. The cheese, priced at $6.59 per 100 g, was a good deal, Thorton said, and it sold quickly.
Introducing the big cheese: Northmart deli manager Mike Thorton cracks into a 70-lb round of Parmigiano Reggiano during a cheese-cracking event Nov. 17 at the Iqaluit grocery store. Some came just to taste the exotic treat while others lined up to purchase a slice to take home. The cheese, priced at $6.59 per 100 g, was a good deal, Thorton said, and it sold quickly. "We decided to bring something new to Iqaluit. We thought there might be a market, based on how much cheese we sell." The cheese wheel, flown in from Winnipeg, was imported from the Parma region of Italy, assistant manager Hassan Kassar said. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)

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