Happy Halloween everyone! Nunavummiut children will be out on the roads trick-or-treating tonight so be extra careful. Several Nunavut MLAs took the time to wish everyone an enjoyable evening including Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes who pointed out the roads of Iqaluit are slick from rain and wet snow which makes it extra dangerous for drivers, and young children in costume. Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt said though he won't be home tonight, he wished everyone in Sanikiluaq a safe and happy night of spooks and candy. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
October 31, 2014 - 2:03 pm
GN moves on 258 new public housing units
But territory still short well over 3,000 homes
The Nunavut Housing Corporation has tendered all 213 housing units flagged under its 2015-16 capital plan, the legislative assembly heard this week.
While the agency’s capital funding remains the same as last year — its budget sits at $34,362,000 — George Kuksuk, the minister responsible for the...
October 31, 2014 - 9:22 am
My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 31
The Garden of Eden
There are so many pressing problems facing the human race in this finite little place floating in the enormous expanse of the universe.
If things go wrong in this beautiful blue planet in our cold and dark solar system, we can’t pack up and move to the next planet. For now, this is the only...
October 31, 2014 - 8:35 am
Suspended Nunavut RCMP officer faces six months probation for firearm charge
Ian Kaulback now enrolled in out-of-territory training program
A suspended RCMP constable who was living in Nunavut was given a conditional discharge related to June firearm incident at his home in Arviat.
Cst. Ian Kaulback, already facing previous charges of child luring over the internet, was charged this past summer with one count of careless storage of a...
October 31, 2014 - 7:12 am
Nunavut MLA wants answers on Baffin caribou decline
Multi-stakeholder meetings scheduled for next week in Iqaluit
Recent surveys on the declining Baffin caribou population clearly demonstrate a need for new management measures, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie said in the Nunavut legislature Oct. 24.
And while the Government of Nunavut might not have a plan yet, stakeholders in the Baffin region will get a...
October 31, 2014 - 5:52 am
Another Nunavut MLA calls for increase to polar bear quota
Aivilik MLA Steve Mapsalak says too many polar bears means fewer caribou
Communities in Nunavut’s Aivilik riding, Repulse Bay and Coral Harbour, are inundated by too many polar bears, but scientists don’t believe their traditional knowledge — Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit — when it comes to managing polar bears, MLA Steve Mapsalak told the legislative assembly in...
October 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm
GN releases new guide to the human body, in Inuktut
“During times of stress, it is common for patients to revert to their first language"
Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage has released its first Inuktut-language glossary of human anatomy, the department’s minister, Paul Okalik, announced Oct. 29.
The illustrated glossary, which identifies more than 400 terms referring to the human body, will help improve communication...
October 30, 2014 - 2:13 pm
In Nunavut, Nunavik, keep safe and have fun on Halloween
Tricks and treats for all on Oct. 31
Communities in Nunavut and Nunavik are gearing up for the spookiest, sweetest day of year.
Halloween festivities will occur in communities across the North and little trick-or-treaters on the prowl for candy will hit the streets — in most places, anyway.
In Arviat this year, hamlet officials have...
October 30, 2014 - 11:01 am
Nunavik modular construction project seeks partner
Project would produce Nunavik-built storage sheds, cabinetry, furniture and housing panels
Here’s a housing-related project just waiting to spring into action.
The Kativik Regional Government has earmarked $750,000 in seed money from its 2014 budget for a Nunavik-based modular housing project.
But there’s the trick: this money will only remain available until the end of March...
October 30, 2014 - 9:34 am
Housing crisis in Gjoa Haven “disturbing,” Nunavut MLA says
Akoak invites housing minister to visit community
Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak spent part of this past summer conducting an informal survey in his community on overcrowded living conditions, the MLA said in the legislature in Iqaluit Oct. 29.
“The results were very disturbing,” Akoak said in a member’s statement.
Akoak shared some of the results...
October 30, 2014 - 8:46 am
Iqaluit council agrees to increase basic taxi fare to $7
New fare likely to take effect early December, after third reading
Iqaluit City Council took a first step to increase the basic taxi fare to $7 per ride, Oct. 28.
The $1 increase could take hold as early as December, after it passes three readings in council.
Fares for seniors and children under 10 will not change, councillors said.
Elders would continue paying...
Iqaluit's best jokesters and storytellers took to the stage at the Francophone Centre Oct. 30 for the Mahaha comedy open mic presented by Asukuluk Entertainment. Okalik Curley, above, had the audience in tears when she read passages from Fun With Dick and Jane to the tune of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Other talented Iqalungmiut also braved the microphone with embarrassing stories and hilarious encounters including Wade Thorhaug, Bibi Bilodottir, Franco Buscemi, Nicole Etitiq and even Polarman, whose bit about ordering take-out from The Snack, while sitting in The Snack, was a true crowd pleaser. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.com. (PHOTO BY LISA GREGOIRE)