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NEWS: Nunavut August 31, 2016 - 11:45 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28

Soda pop online auctions story reels in the readers

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The top photo of this past week on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page, by far, based on views, likes and shares: Bryan Pearson's final homecoming: Bryan Pearson, 82, Iqaluit's first mayor and founder of the community council that eventually evolved into today's Iqaluit City Council, made one last journey home Aug. 27. Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer more than six months ago, Pearson flew via medevac from Ottawa to Iqaluit, where an ambulance took him home. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
The top photo of this past week on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page, by far, based on views, likes and shares: Bryan Pearson's final homecoming: Bryan Pearson, 82, Iqaluit's first mayor and founder of the community council that eventually evolved into today's Iqaluit City Council, made one last journey home Aug. 27. Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer more than six months ago, Pearson flew via medevac from Ottawa to Iqaluit, where an ambulance took him home. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

Nearly everyone in Nunavut is drinking soda pop.

So it’s no wonder that a story about soda pop re-sellers looking for big online profits in the territory received the highest number of readers between Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks online reader traffic on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

The past week’s top story reported how some in Nunavut gouge consumers for cans of soda pop through online Facebook auctions.

These can see the price per can of soda pop jump to more than five times higher than on the shelves in local stores.

In the Kitikmeot community of Kugaaruk, for example, there was a lack of soda pop, leading up the annual resupply — and people recently made bids on the community’s sell and swap Facebook which would see soda pop sell for $14, or more, for a can.

You can read the whole story — and 45 comments — here.

The other top five stories of the week included:

a 10-day survey by archeologists for a proposed project by the Inuit Heritage Trust to reconstruct an ancient Thule homestead at a site near Iqaluit;

new revelations about Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo on how the Liberals paid Tootoo, who now sits as an independent MP, a salary during 2015 campaign — Tootoo asked for $18,000, settled for $10,000 during 78-day election campaign

a statement from a Nunavut women’s group calling Tootoo’s conduct an “abuse of power” — “We expect our elected leaders to respect and model respect for women…As with all employer/employee relationships, he should have removed himself from his position of power to pursue this relationship,” Qulliit said. “We expect our elected leaders to respect and model respect for women, and to not exercise male privilege over their female staff.”

• a successful bowhead whale hunt, when after months of planning and five days of hunting on the sea, two dozen Igloolik hunters bore down on a 27-foot bowhead whale Aug. 20.

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