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NEWS: Iqaluit March 11, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Photo: Blizzard shuts Iqaluit March 11

JANE GEORGE
Gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour buffet flags outside the Nunavut legislature building in Iqaluit. With the city of Iqaluit shutting down around them due to increasingly blizzard-like conditions, Nunavut MLAs adjourned their March 11 sitting  early in the afternoon, before the end of the regular question period. Shortly after 2 p.m., schools, daycares, offices and businesses decided to close down and events such as the evening screening of the Greenlandic film Inuk were postponed. The City of Iqaluit also pulled its snow plows off the roads. Two trucks along the road to Apex had already gone off the road, other drivers reported. The blizzard, with winds gusting up to 90 and wind chills dipping to  -39, continued into the morning of March 12, with schools, daycares and Iqaluit's municipal services remaining closed until 1 p.m. Despite warnings from Iqaluit's mayor, John Graham, to stay off the roads, Government of Nunavut offices re-opened March 12, Government of Nunavut offices re-opened March 12, but the airport, federal government offices and many other offices and business and schools remained closed for the morning. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour buffet flags outside the Nunavut legislature building in Iqaluit. With the city of Iqaluit shutting down around them due to increasingly blizzard-like conditions, Nunavut MLAs adjourned their March 11 sitting early in the afternoon, before the end of the regular question period. Shortly after 2 p.m., schools, daycares, offices and businesses decided to close down and events such as the evening screening of the Greenlandic film Inuk were postponed. The City of Iqaluit also pulled its snow plows off the roads. Two trucks along the road to Apex had already gone off the road, other drivers reported. The blizzard, with winds gusting up to 90 and wind chills dipping to -39, continued into the morning of March 12, with schools, daycares and Iqaluit's municipal services remaining closed until 1 p.m. Despite warnings from Iqaluit's mayor, John Graham, to stay off the roads, Government of Nunavut offices re-opened March 12, Government of Nunavut offices re-opened March 12, but the airport, federal government offices and many other offices and business and schools remained closed for the morning. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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