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Nunavut March 31, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Photo: Earth Hour falls March 31

JANE GEORGE

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Iqaluit March 31, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Photo: Iqaluit kids drum pint-sized drums

JANE GEORGE

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Around the Arctic March 31, 2012 - 9:56 am

Support Earth Hour tonight and turn off your lights: ITK

"For this symbolic hour, let’s all be in this together"

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On Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m., more than a billion people around the world will switch off their lights to observe Earth Hour — and take a stand against climate change.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami said on its website that “Inuit appreciate” the symbolic gesture.

“Why? Because the Arctic and...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2012 - 9:43 am

Photo: Nunavut’s fledging speed skaters

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavut March 31, 2012 - 6:32 am

Photo: Bathurst Inlet port and road project springs back

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavut March 31, 2012 - 6:02 am

Mining companies revive Nunavut’s Bathurst road and port project

Sabina, Xstrata mine projects have “increased development activity in the region and reignited demand for BIP[A]R"

JANE GEORGE

Like a cat with nine lives, the Bathurst Road and Port project in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region has landed back on its feet.

Sabina Gold and Silver said March 30 that it plans on reviving the port and road project, which would provide easy access to its Back River gold mine, with up to six million......

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Iqaluit March 31, 2012 - 5:07 am

Photo: Kamiks bloom in Iqaluit

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Nunavut March 31, 2012 - 5:04 am

Budget is good news: Nunavut and NWT Chamber of Mines

Budget recognizes "the significance of natural resources in driving the northern economy"

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The federal government’s latest budget might be taking criticism from some northern and Inuit leaders, but it’s good news for the northern mining industry, said the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines in a March 30 news release.

The chamber’s president Pamela Strand said the March 29 budget...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Photo: CamBay will miss Tommy Kilaodluk

JANE GEORGE

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Iqaluit March 30, 2012 - 3:31 pm

RCMP operation in Iqaluit leads to six drug and booze-related arrests

Operation Vegas leads to charges against five men and one woman

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A week-long undercover operation in Iqaluit called “Operation Vegas” has led to the laying of charges against five men and one woman, all of whom now face a variety of counts related to drug trafficking and bootlegging in Nunavut’s capital city, police said March 30.

The operation, which took...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Residents of Iqaluit not taking flooding “lightly”

Three properties were flooded this year as a result of the use of fluorescent light bulbs

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CHANTAL MACK
Postmedia News

Light bulb changes are often suggested to residents who want to save energy, but in Iqaluit, it’s suggested to those who want to save their homes from flooding.

A minimum of three properties in the Nunavut capital were flooded this year as a result of the use of...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Kimmirut man charged in March RCMP shooting appears in Iqaluit court

Justice of the peace adjourns hearing of David Lyta, 22, until April 10

JANE GEORGE

The Kimmirut man accused of shooting at the homes of two sleeping RCMP members March 18 will remain in custody at least until April 10.

David Lyta, 22, a slim, clean-shaven young man with traces of teenaged acne, dressed in a blue sweatshirt,  appeared for a show cause hearing at the Nunavut Court...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Nunavut narwhal plan proposes new management system

More controls, big revisions to quota numbers

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut’s first narwhal management plan will bring more change to the age-old Inuit hunt of the tusked Arctic whales.

That hunt has been governed by quotas since 1996, but now, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to see Nunavut hunters adopt a new more regulated system for narwhal...

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Around the Arctic March 30, 2012 - 11:20 am

NDP northern critic highly skeptical of Tory budget

“We need to take a close look at the details”

JIM BELL

Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington, the New Democratic Party’s associate critic for northern development, is treating Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s March 29 budget with a big dose of skepticism.

“We’re huge territories with huge infrastructure requirements… we need to take a close look at the...

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Nunavik March 30, 2012 - 11:03 am

Photo: Leaders talk in Chisasibi

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Nunavik March 30, 2012 - 10:41 am

Nunavik not “ready yet” for governance

"We’ll be ready to pick up the dialogue when the Inuit are ready"

SARAH ROGERS

The March 29 visit by Quebec native affairs minister Geoff Kelley to the Makivik Corp. annual general meeting in Chisasibi came as delegates discussed a big agenda item: the future of a Nunavik government.

Delegates from each Nunavik community were sent to this week’s meeting to discuss the...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 6:02 am

Arctic Bay needs more than a Nanisivik port upgrade: MLA

"We didn’t see much benefit for the community"

SARAH ROGERS

People in Arctic Bay were among first to hear about the federal government’s downgraded plans for a Nanisivik naval facility.

But Quttiktuq MLA Ron Elliott says the downsizing decision wasn’t a surprise.

Elliott said that move isn’t a blow for people in the community, because they never expected...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2012 - 5:57 am

Photo: YK singer comes to Iqaluit

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 5:51 am

Nunavut Humans Rights Tribunal seeks two new members

Experience dealing with social issues a must

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The Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal is looking for two new members.

The tribunal, mandated to hear discrimination complaints under the Human Rights Act, has an opening for a Kivalliq representative and another for a Nunavut-wide representative.

Members are required to judge or decide on matters...

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Nunavut March 30, 2012 - 5:19 am

It’s official — the KIA takes over the KEDC

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association will now deliver the region's business and training programs

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Starting April 2, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association assumes responsibility for programs previously delivered by the Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission, the KIA said in a March 29 news release.

The KIA decided to fold the KEDC on March 31 after the KEDC, whose mandate is to assist business and...

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Tory budget a disappointment, national Inuit leader says

Nunavut MP responds by pointing to “very hard” work with northern governments

JIM BELL

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget for 2012-13, tabled March 29 in the House of Commons, does not impress Mary Simon, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

In a statement, ITK said the Conservative government budget does not propose any spending in three priority areas that ITK listed in...

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Nunavik March 29, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Photo: Makivik Corp. talks government

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Budget: Pension changes and public service cuts define Flaherty’s vision

"We are avoiding foreseeable problems"

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MARK KENNEDY AND JASON FEKETE
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — For the first time since taking office in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have put their imprint on Canada through a budget that includes major changes to pensions, industrial research, immigration, energy and the size of...

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Budget: Government confirms plan to raise pension eligibility age

Starting in 2023, the age of eligibility for OAS benefits will gradually increase to 67 from 65

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MARK KENNEDY
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — Canadians under the age of 54 will be forced to wait longer to qualify for their Old Age Security pensions, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Thursday.

The controversial shift means that starting in 2023, the age of eligibility for OAS benefits will...

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Sea ice project will help bring Inuit knowledge into Arctic Council: ICC

"Inuit from Chukotka to Greenland" will participate in study

JANE GEORGE

The Inuit Circumpolar Council received some good news this past week in Stockholm, Sweden, during a meeting of top officials from the Arctic Council’s eight member nations and its indigenous Arctic participants.

The ICC learned that its “Sea ice is our highway” project will move ahead as an...

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