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Nunavut June 30, 2011 - 4:33 pm

RCMP in Igloolik cope with armed, suicidal 16-year-old

Boy, now in custody, faces six charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP members in Igloolik managed to cope with a suicidal 16-year-old boy with a firearm June 30, in an incident in which no one was injured and no shots were fired.

Police were called to the incident at around 7:20 a.m. that day, and managed to arrest the boy before anyone was hurt.

Later in the...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 3:44 pm

U.S. court upholds “threatened” status for polar bears

Environmentalists say ruling doesn’t far enough

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A U.S. court has upheld a decision to protect polar bears as a “threatened” species under the American Endangered Species Act.

In the June 30 decision, U.S. district judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favour of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife service’s 2008 decision to protect the bear because of the melting...

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Nunavut June 30, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Cops score booze, dope seizures in Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq

Searches head off more trouble, RCMP says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut RCMP says they’ve reduced a possible “spike in calls for assistance” because of two sets of contraband seizures in Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq this past week.

In Pangnirtung, a dry community, cops arrested a man and a woman June 26, seizing 14 bottles of bootleg vodka and 28 grams of...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 3:08 pm

Territories ink deal on northern university development

Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories “exploring approaches”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The education ministers for Canada’s three northern territories signed an agreement June 30 to look at the idea of expanding university education for northern students.

“It is the next logical step in the evolution of our post-secondary institutions…,” Jackson Lafferty, the Northwest Territories...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Nunavut and Nunavik gear up for Canada Day

Festivities planned across the eastern Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada turns 144 years old July 1.

And residents of Nunavut and Nunavik will be celebrating Friday, with festivities planned in most communities.

Iqaluit residents can enjoy a full day of Canada Day events, starting with a pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at the AWG arena.

At noon, a Canada Day...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Ottawa announces new phase for Franklin search in Nunavut

New Parks Canada search to start Aug. 21

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ROBERT HILTZ
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Peter Kent announced June 30 the third phase of the search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships from an 1845 expedition to discover the Northwest Passage.

In an announcement attended by British High Commissioner Dr. Andrew Pocock, and...

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Iqaluit June 30, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Iqaluit to ponder menu of waste disposal choices

Recycling, composting, 40-year landfill part of the mix

SARAH ROGERS

The architects of Iqaluit’s waste management project have presented a vision on how the city can improve waste treatment, including possible recycling, composting and waste-to-energy programs.

The city’s current landfill is not only full but considered a hazard after it burned for several weeks...

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Nunavut June 30, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Live bullet fragment injures Cape Dorset boy

Kids hammered .22 calibre shell with a rock

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Cape Dorset boy was wounded in the thigh June 29 after he and four other boys began playing with live .22 calibre bullet they found on the ground, a Nunavut RCMP news release said.

When one of the boys began hitting the bullet with a rock, the round exploded and another boy was struck in the...

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Nunavut June 30, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Nunavut government named parent to four neglected kids

Mother “lacks capacity” to care for children: judge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut will become permanent guardians of four children born to a mother deemed incapable of providing them with adequate care, under a judgment issued June 27 by the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Justice P.M. Clarke, a fly-in deputy judge from Alberta, wrote the decision after a...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 10:59 am

Searchers find canoe used by missing Salluit hunters

Another local ground search planned

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Searchers have found a canoe used by three missing Salluit hunters who disappeared June 8 after setting out on a seal hunting trip, a spokesperson for the Kativik Regional Government said June 30 in an email.

“It has been confirmed that this boat is the one that was used by the hunters missing...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2011 - 10:13 am

Photo: Artcirq performs at Alianait

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Nunavut June 30, 2011 - 4:00 am

Photo: Canada Day fun in Iqaluit July 1

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Photo: a Canada Day square dance

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2011 - 10:23 pm

Photo: Freighter canoe found, hunters still missing

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Nunavut June 29, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Council announces first Order of Nunavut recipients

Jose Kusugak, Mark Kalluak, Mike Gardener to be honoured in ceremony this fall

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Late Inuit leader Jose Kusugak, retired Anglican minister Mike Gardener and the late translator and educator Mark Kalluak have become the first recipients of the Order of Nunavut, the order’s advisory council announced June 29 in a news release

The new order, established in 2010, is the highest...

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Climate Change June 29, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Signs of Arctic climate change increasing: 2010 State of the Climate report

2010 brings high temps, less snow, warmer permafrost, lots of ice melt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Worldwide, 2010 was one of the two warmest years on record, says the 2010 State of the Climate report, released June 27 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On the Arctic, the State of the Climate shows how 2010 marked the end of the warmest decade since instrument records...

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Nunavut June 29, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Cambridge Bay’s bridge gets a fix

Bridge leading to Ovayuk Territorial Park closed June 23 due to erosion damage

JANE GEORGE

People in Cambridge Bay who want to drive out of town to Mount Pelly have been out of luck since June 23.

That’s when a bridge that spans the river en route to Ovayuk Territorial Park was closed for safety reasons, hamlet SAO Stephen King told Nunatsiaq News

The water levels under the bridge...

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Nunavik June 29, 2011 - 11:58 am

Nunavik youth association cancels summer gathering

"We did not succeed in meeting all the deadlines as required"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s Saputiit Youth Association decided June 29 to cancelled a regional youth conference planned for next month.

The Qanak steering committee said it had “no other choice but to cancel.”

The gathering was scheduled to take place in Kangiqsujuaq in early July — the second edition of last...

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Iqaluit June 29, 2011 - 11:48 am

Iqaluit appoints a new city councillor

Stephen Mansell replaces outgoing councillor Mary Akpalialuk

SARAH ROGERS

Iqaluit’s city council has a new member, with the June 28 appointment of Stephen Mansell.

And he says he’s committed to developing the city’s infrastructure and services – particularly Iqaluit’s landfill site.

“I really support getting a better solid waste program,” he told Nunatsiaq News. “As a...

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2011 - 5:28 am

Ottawa foots the bill for travel to TRC gathering: Duncan

Opening provides chance for Ottawa to self-promote

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ottawa helped pay the cost of bringing hundreds of students and counsellors to Inuvik this week for the Truth and Reconciliation gathering there, John Duncan, the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, said June 28 in a statement.

Duncan, who attended the June 28 opening...

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