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NEWS: Nunavut April 26, 2016 - 2:59 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 17 to April 24

Readers have their say on the Government of Nunavut's new HR directive

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Not again? This photo on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook site attracted many views, likes and shares, as residents in Nunavut's capital faced yet another storm April 20. Flights to and from Iqaluit were cancelled, while schools, daycare centres and businesses, federal and territorial offices in Nunavut’s capital closed after the start of the day due to deteriorating weather conditions. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
Not again? This photo on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook site attracted many views, likes and shares, as residents in Nunavut's capital faced yet another storm April 20. Flights to and from Iqaluit were cancelled, while schools, daycare centres and businesses, federal and territorial offices in Nunavut’s capital closed after the start of the day due to deteriorating weather conditions. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
The second most-popular photo on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page: One of the Arctic's treasured songbirds, the snow bunting, returns to its summer home in Sanikiluaq April 18. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)
The second most-popular photo on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page: One of the Arctic's treasured songbirds, the snow bunting, returns to its summer home in Sanikiluaq April 18. (PHOTO BY SARAH MEEKO)

A Nunavut resident says new Government of Nunavut hiring restrictions go too far: that story was the most-read item between April 17 and April 24 on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, according to Google Analytics, which tracks online traffic on our website.

Directive 518 allows the GN to limit any job competition by ethnicity.

Some jobs are now subject to a Department of Human Resources directive adopted by the territorial cabinet in September 2015 — Directive 518 — which allows the GN to restrict competitions for jobs by limiting the eligibility of certain candidates to specific ethnic and geographic criteria.

The new restrictions can lead to competitions available only to Inuit who are beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, internal competitions for GN employees only, or to a beneficiaries-by-location only competition.

“This process supports the GN’s commitment to the Priority Hiring Policy,” says the directive, which applies to all GN positions except deputy heads and those who are members of the Nunavut Teachers Association.

While the job-seeker who contacted Nunatsiaq News said he doesn’t expect people to feel sorry for Nunavut’s poor whites, “we have to call out on racism when we see it.”

The story received more than 100 comments — not all of which appear on the website, which can only display 100 comments at a time.

You can read the full story here as well as the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President’s April 21 response to the new GN directive.

Among the other top stories:

• Police in Nunavik investigate an apparent knife attack and a suicide death in Kangiqsujuaq: Kativik Regional Police Force members responded to a call about an injured person at about 8 a.m. April 19. A young woman was brought to the local nursing station to be treated for a severe cut to her neck.

During the same period, KRPF officers also responded to the sound of a gunshot coming from a home in this Hudson Strait community of about 700 people. Once the home was secured, police officers discovered the body of a man, who is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

• Members of the Nunavut RCMP manage to seize 46 pounds of marijuana and 137 litres of illegal liquor bound for Nunavut: That’s after teaming up with Canada Post for two months on a series of “postal inspections” at southern locations. The RCMP did not state which southern facilities they targeted in the operation or which Nunavut communities were intended as recipients for the seized contraband.

• Nunavut police subdue hostage-taker who threatened a four-year-old in Cape Dorset: During an April 20 blizzard, RCMP members in Cape Dorset disarmed and arrested a 21-year-old man who threatened the life of a four-year-old child with a large knife.

Police did not identify the man to protect the identity of the child. He’s now facing nine charges, including attempted murder, hostage taking and assault on a police officer with a weapon.

• As the summer travel season looms, and Go Sarvaq enters the market, Nunavut airlines start price war: Travellers hope to take advantage of some of the cheapest airfares that Iqaluit-Ottawa route flyers have seen in years, with one-way flights as low at $399.

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