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Nunavut December 31, 2012 - 6:45 am

Nunavut board issues project certificate for Mary River

NIRB now moves into monitoring role

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As expected, the Nunavut Impact Review Board has issued a project certificate to the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for its massive Mary River iron project.

Elizabeth Copland, the review board’s chairperson, sent the certificate to Baffinland in an email sent at 4:12 p.m. mountain time Dec. 28.

“The...

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Around the Arctic December 31, 2012 - 6:30 am

Aglukkaq’s doctor-nurse student loan relief plan to kick in this April 1

Rural doctor says long-term training of local people is the best solution

BRIELLE MORGAN

Third time’s a charm — apparently — when it comes to government announcements.

The Harper government first revealed plans to forgive student loans for medical professionals in rural communities back in 2011. The $9 million in spending formed part of the government’s 2011 Economic Action Plan....

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Nunavut December 27, 2012 - 10:54 am

Coroner: dead Sanikiluaq infant not strapped into plane seat

Baby suffered head injury after being thrown from mother’s lap

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Isaac Appaqaq, the six-month old baby who died Dec. 22 in a plane crash near Sanikiluaq, was held in his mother’s lap and not strapped into a seat belt, Nunavut’s chief coroner, Padma Suramala, said Dec. 27.

Surumala said the infant, who was thrown from his mother’s lap during the crash, suffered...

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Nunavut December 27, 2012 - 9:59 am

A happy day: searchers rescue missing Iqaluit hunter

Airborne spotters locate 32-year-old man Dec. 26

BRIELLE MORGAN

Eepeebee Campbell, the Iqaluit resident missing since the evening of this past Dec. 23, has been found.

The 32-year-old was reported missing when he didn’t come home from a caribou hunt.

He was spotted late this morning by a search and rescue team in a Twin Otter aircraft. He was just northwest...

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Nunavik December 24, 2012 - 8:19 am

Photo: A fly-in Christmas for Kuujjuaq

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Around the Arctic December 23, 2012 - 8:00 am

Six-month-old child dies in crash near Sanikiluaq airport

"Nunavummiut from across the territory stand with those affected by the crash"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 4:00 p.m., Dec. 23)

A six-month-old infant died Dec. 22 when a Fairchild Metro 3 turboprop aircraft chartered by Keewatin Air and operated by Perimeter Aviation LP crashed about half a kilometre from the end of the runway at Sanikiluaq, the Nunavut RCMP said Dec. 23.

Another six...

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Nunavut December 21, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Cape Dorset unites to bring Christmas to everyone

“The amount of community spirit that Cape Dorset has is overwhelming”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

When a group of people heard that Cape Dorset wasn’t going to get an annual Christmas gift donation from the South, they decided to do something about it.

Teachers from Sam Pudlat Elementary School, the hamlet, the community justice committee, the health centre, the youth mentors, mental health...

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Nunavik December 21, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Nunavik health board vows to improve services

Board looks at FASD, youth, addictions, mental health

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Earlier this month, at the Nunavik regional board of health and social services’ annual general meeting in Montreal, members completed a crucial step in an initiative to improve health services in Nunavik, said the board’s director of planning, Yoan Girard.

Board members unanimously adopted the...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Iqaluit emergency responders tackle two early morning fires

No one injured, “multiple families” left homeless

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In the early morning hours of Dec. 21, Iqaluit firefighters quelled two fires, one of which left “multiple families” homeless, the City of Iqaluit said.

The first broke out around 2:10 a.m. at building 2245, a 17-unit row of apartment units near the Apex Rd. Quickstop store, called The

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Nunavut December 21, 2012 - 6:00 am

This Nunavut man could be Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All

Abe Qammaniq of Hall Beach to compete on reality TV show

BRIELLE MORGAN

Residents of Hall Beach, Nunavut, probably aren’t used to seeing people from their small community starring in a nationally televised reality television show.

But on Jan. 14, they’ll get a chance to cheer on one of their own when the second season of Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All airs on the...

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Iqaluit December 20, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Last-minute gifts available at Iqaluit elders’ Christmas craft fair

Knitted hats, socks, mitts on offer Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Iqaluit Elders Qammak Society will hold a Christmas Craft Fair from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at Building 226.

Napatchie McRae, the program coordinator for the society, said the elders have been working since April to create a bounty for tomorrow’s fair.

There will be a variety...

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Around the Arctic December 20, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Marius Tungilik: Inuit leader, whistleblower and public servant, dead at 55

“We will miss Marius, but we will remember his accomplishments”

LISA GREGOIRE

The man whose disclosures about sexual abuse at the Catholic-run Sir Joseph Bernier residential school in Chesterfield Inlet led to a cascade of other disclosures and eventually, an apology from the church, died alone in his bed last week, still struggling with the demons that pursued him all his...

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Nunavut December 20, 2012 - 11:08 am

Nunavut board’s Mary River project certificate workshop moves at a quick pace

NIRB ready to develop monitoring program for Baffinland’s iron project

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The Nunavut Impact Review Board’s project certificate workshop for the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. Mary River iron-ore project held in Iqaluit Dec. 18 and 19, proved to be useful, Ryan Barry the executive director of the NIRB said on the last day of the workshop.

“We have issued a draft project...

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Nunavut December 20, 2012 - 7:57 am

Nunavut Water Board gets set for Mary River licencing meetings

NWB to hold meetings in Pond Inlet this January

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The Nunavut Water Board is preparing for meetings to start the process for issuing a water license to Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for the Mary River iron ore project, to be held this coming January in Pond Inlet, its executive director Damien Côté said at the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s project...

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Nunavut December 20, 2012 - 5:05 am

Photo: the NIRB gets back to work on Mary River project

SAMANTHA DAWSON

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Nunavut December 19, 2012 - 10:50 am

Nunavut board gets back to work on Mary River

Workshop clarifies how agencies will regulate Baffinland’s iron project

SAMANTHA DAWSON

The Nunavut Impact Review Board’s two-day project certificate workshop for Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s proposed Mary River iron ore project got underway at the Frobisher Inn’s Koojesse Room in Iqaluit Dec. 18.

Federal and territorial agencies and representatives from Baffinland are to go over...

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Around the Arctic December 19, 2012 - 6:05 am

Larga Baffin: a place for those who can’t come home for Christmas

“They’re the people who are in our thoughts and our prayers”

BRIELLE MORGAN

Joanna Innualuk-Kunnuk joins a long line of people at the Tim Horton’s counter inside the Ottawa airport.

She’s flying home to Pond Inlet for Christmas, and she says that makes her one of the lucky ones.

“The people who can’t come home – they’re the people who are in our thoughts and our...

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Nunavut December 18, 2012 - 11:55 am

Skills Nunavut helps soup kitchen feed the hungry

“The giving aspect of the idea is what makes it extra special”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

This year, the Skills Nunavut Iqaluit Cooking Club youth group is starting a new tradition – donating food to the Iqaluit soup kitchen.

They’ve been meeting for a few years now, and this is something the group’s been wanting to organize, instructor Aaron Watson said.

“It’s always been an idea...

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Around the Arctic December 18, 2012 - 10:50 am

Inuk law graduate challenges stereotypes about Inuit

“I have photos of Inuit in traditional and non-traditional clothing”

SAMANTHA DAWSON

When Joey Flowers listened to the radio last year during the holiday season, he heard Justin Bieber singing the line “…and folks dressed up like Eskimos” in “The Christmas Song” or “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Flowers, an Inuk man living in Ottawa who recently graduated from law school at...

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Nunavut December 18, 2012 - 6:45 am

Newmont prepares to sell Nunavut’s Hope Bay gold project

Colorado gold giant will hold interest in new firm

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Newmont Mining Corp. is preparing to sell its mothballed Hope Bay gold property in the Kitikmeot to a privately-held firm that hopes to bring the dormant project back from suspended animation.

A new privately-held firm called TMAC Resources Inc. signed a letter of intent with Newmont Dec. 17...

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