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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Next Nunavut election set for Oct. 28, 2013

New 22-seat electoral map to kick in next year

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Nunavut voters will head to the polls Oct. 28, 2013 to elect 22 members to the fourth Nunavut legislative assembly, the assembly’s latest sitting calendar reveals.

The current 19-member assembly, which came into existence after the Oct. 27, 2008 territorial election, will dissolve Sept. 22,

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Ell urges year-round breast cancer awareness for Nunavummiut

Breast Cancer Awareness month officially ends Oct. 31

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As October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month — came to an end,  Monica Ell, Nunavut’s minister responsible for the Status of Women, said Oct. 31 in the Nunavut legislature that all Nunavummiut “should be aware of the signs of breast cancer every month.”

“Early detection and prevention is so...

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Nunavik October 31, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Candidates file nomination papers for Nunavik municipal elections Oct. 31

Municipal elections take place Nov. 7

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Today municipal offices across Nunavik are accepting nomination papers for candidates in the region’s Nov. 7 municipal elections.

After the municipal election, Nunavik’s 14 communities may see new mayors and councillors elected for three-year terms — and these changes in municipal leadership will...

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Nunavik October 31, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Photo: A scary time for all in Kangiqsualujjuaq

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut tables plan for implementing language laws

“It is the responsibility of every community, organization and individual in Nunavut to keep our languages alive”

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With the tabling of the Uqausivut Plan in the legislative assembly Oct. 30, the Government of Nunavut has spelled out how it plans to protect Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and Canada’s two official languages, English and French.

The plan’s aim: to put English, French, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on an...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 11:45 am

Nunavut MLA wants patient boarding homes to serve country foods

"When something is wrong with your body, the person has to eat food that the body is most familiar with"

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The Government of Nunavut needs to make sure patient boarding homes serve nutritious food to Inuit, Akulliq MLA John Ningark said in the Nunavut legislature Oct. 30.

“If you’ve had surgery, then your stomach also notices that. This is part of our Inuit traditional knowledge. When something is...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 10:15 am

MLAs ask for update on Nunavut Housing Corp. capital budget request

Housing Corp. to provide complete list of community public and staff housing at 2013 winter session

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(updated 11:40 a.m.)

Nunavut MLAs moved Oct. 30 to ask the Nunavut Housing Corp. for more information about how it plans to spend $13 million to build $5 million worth of Nunavut staff housing and $8 million worth of public housing.

“I move that this committee recommends that the Minister...

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Nunavik October 31, 2012 - 9:41 am

Fednav, Canadian Royalties ink deal for Nunavik Nickel mine icebreaker

The icebreaker will carry nickel and copper to Europe

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The Fednav Group and Canadian Royalties Inc. have signed long-term contract for the transportation of nickel and copper concentrates from Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik Nickel Project to Europe and to ship in from mine supplies and equipment to the mine.

Speaking yesterday at the 5th Arctic Shipping...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 8:37 am

Nunavut MLA questions GN delay on family violence strategy

“While the family violence strategy is being polished, the most vulnerable of our residents continue to suffer"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The fate of the Government of Nunavut’s promised Ilagiitsiarniq family violence strategy: that’s what Moses Aupaluktuq, the MLA for Baker Lake, wanted to learn more about Oct. 30 in the territorial legislature.

The plan for Nunavut’s family violence strategy was first announced in December 2010,...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 8:33 am

Photo: CamBay’s cutest Halloween witches

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2012 - 8:17 am

Trick-or-treaters can stay safe on Halloween: RCMP

Nunavut RCMP releases safety tips for Halloween

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Planning to head out tonight for Halloween? The “V” Division RCMP has some tips to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters:

• Wear makeup instead of a mask. This will allow you to see and be aware of everything going on around you while walking house to house;

• Wear reflective clothing;

• Make...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 7:33 am

Pang firefighters receive Governor-General fire services medals

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honours long-standing members of Canadian fire departments

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Six firefighters from the Pangnirtung fire department received the Governor General’s fire services exemplary service medal Oct. 26 in Pangnirtung.

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honours members of Canadian fire departments who have completed 20 or more years of service, of which 10...

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Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 6:03 am

Time to get vaccinated against the flu: Nunavut’s health officer

“People protect themselves and loved ones from influenza when they are vaccinated"

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The annual campaign to vaccinate Nunavummiut against influenza is now underway, the Government of Nunavut announced Oct. 30.

The free vaccine is available at health centres throughout Nunavut, and in Iqaluit at the public health unit in the Qikiqtani General Hospital.

As in Nunavik, Nunavut also...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Photo: Nunavut kicks off flu vaccine campaign

SAMANTHA DAWSON

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Nunavut ethics chief: Schell breached Integrity Act six times

Pickell finds Schell lied under oath at integrity hearing

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(Updated 7:05 p.m., Oct. 30)

Nunavut’s Integrity Commissioner, Norman Pickell, has upheld six of nine Integrity Act allegations against South Baffin MLA Fred Schell.

In the report (see document embedded below), tabled in the late afternoon of Oct. 30 in the Nunavut legislative assembly, Pickell...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Nunavut MLAs mourn loss of elder Kanayuk Bruce

Bruce “was never shy to give her opinion on matters affecting the community”

DAVID MURPHY

It’s not often that members of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly openly display grief.

But that was the case Oct. 29 when several MLAs talked about the lasting impact that elder Kanayuk Bruce, who died this past July at 88, had on their lives.

Personal eulogies from Nanulik MLA Johnny Ningeongan...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Nunavik’s Lac Otelnuk iron mine project on a fast-track to production

"The largest iron ore deposit in Canada”

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Move over Mary River, Hopes Advance , Roche Bay and Haig Inlet: yet another huge iron mine project appears to be poised to move ahead.

It’s the incredibly iron-rich Lac Otelnuk project in Nunavik.

A fact sheet on the Lac Otelnuk deposit calls it “the largest iron ore deposit in Canada” and one of...

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Iqaluit October 30, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Photo: Iqaluit’s humane society van gets a makeover

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Nunavut Housing Corp. plans sea can sale

Leftover sealift containers could generate up to $3 million for cash-poor housing corporation

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The Nunavut Housing Corp. may add up to $3 million to its coffers by selling about 1,000 sea cans for $3,000 a piece.

The housing corporation has been taking stock of surplus materials used to build public housing under the Nunavut Housing Trust and Canada’s Economic Action Plan and its numerous...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 11:31 am

Nunavut needs to stretch its dollars to build 907 staff units

“There are 25 communities and the need is just so huge"

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There’s no way that the Government of Nunavut can meet a demand for 907 new staff units it needs, so, with the Nunavut Housing Corp., the GN plans to look at “alternative ways” to house its employees.

Speaking Oct. 29 in the Nunavut legislature’s committee of the whole, Peter Taptuna, the minister...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 10:28 am

Nunavut childcare system needs more money, more GN support: MLA

"You can't make enough cupcakes to heat and pay electricity bills every month"

DAVID MURPHY

Jeannie Ugyuk knows a thing or two about the ailing daycare system in Nunavut: the MLA for Nattilik previously worked as a teacher, hamlet councillor and social worker in Taloyoak.

“We have a brand new [daycare] building that operated for about a year or two, and it’s been closed for the last...

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Around the Arctic October 30, 2012 - 9:14 am

Photo: The Love You Gave

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Nunavik October 30, 2012 - 8:37 am

Nunavik starts flu vaccination campaign Nov. 1

New no-needle vaccine available for kids aged two to 17

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If you live in Nunavik and don’t want to catch the flu this winter, you can get vaccinated against the flu starting Nov. 1, when the Nunavik public health department kicks off its annual vaccination program.

As is the case every year, vaccination is offered free of charge to everyone in...

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Iqaluit October 30, 2012 - 7:10 am

The language everyone can understand: music

NAC orchestra delights Iqaluit audiences

SAMANTHA DAWSON

When people in the packed Nakasuk School gym listened carefully to the sounds of the National Arts Centre’s orchestra Oct. 27, many in the audience may have felt they were out on the land.

The 20 musicians on stage were playing Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s piece “Take the Dog Sled,” which...

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Nunavut October 30, 2012 - 6:15 am

Arviat produces new crop of diamond drillers

Ten finish demanding eight-week training program in Arviat

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The graduation of 10 more future diamond drillers gave people in Arviat a reason to celebrate on Oct. 26.

That’s the day which marked the end of the third Arviat diamond driller’s training course, which saw 10 of the 12 students completing the training program.

The program included both classroom...

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