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Nunavik August 30, 2013 - 10:33 am

Photo: Air Inuit celebrates its 35th birthday

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Nunavut August 30, 2013 - 8:49 am

Nunavut hamlet finds a way to light up for less

Pangnirtung hopes new LED system saves money

DAVID MURPHY

Pangnirtung’s hamlet office has a new glow to it after diode lights have replaced standard fluorescent bulbs to save on exorbitant energy costs.

The goal is to eventually get all of the Hamlet of Pangnirtung connected to these new lights as part of a deal with the company LED Canada to save the...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Iqaluit police arrests for June, July lower than 2012

Crimes against the person and property crimes down this year

PETER VARGA

Police arrested fewer people from January to July of this year compared with the same period in 2012, according to monthly reports submitted to city council Aug. 27 by the Iqaluit RCMP detachment.

A total of 1,584 prisoners were detained in police custody from the start of the year to the end of...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

Iqaluit skateboard camp teaches perseverance

“Even when it hurts or something, you have to get back up and try again”

DAVID MURPHY

A kid no older than 12, decked out in a helmet, elbow and knee pads, climbs to the top of a steep three-metre high ramp, dragging behind him a skateboard that’s half his size.

He wedges the front of the skateboard onto the lip of the ramp, suspends the rest in mid-air, and prepares for his smooth...

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Iqaluit August 28, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Photo: Fire in Iqaluit brings out the firefighters

DAVID MURPHY

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Iqaluit August 28, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Iqaluit seeks to limit cost of new aquatic centre

Municipal federation fund could reduce interest expenses

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit’s recreation department hopes to cut back on the cost of the city’s $40 million aquatic centre through a low-interest loan and grant from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities.

City council gave the go-ahead Aug. 27 for a joint loan and grant application that could save...

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2013 - 3:21 pm

First Air acquires new jet, offers new Iqaluit service

“We’re trying to do everything we can to reduce costs”

DAVID MURPHY

If you happen to hear a bigger aircraft roaring into the Iqaluit airport, that’s probably First Air’s new 119-foot Boeing 737-400 jet arriving on a new direct Ottawa-Iqaluit service.

First Air announced the new twice-weekly direct route to Ottawa last week..

It officially starts Sept. 16,...

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Nunavut August 28, 2013 - 10:32 am

Nunasi Corp. announces opening of new subsidiary in Yellowknife

Nunasi Financial Services Ltd. to set up shop in Nunasi's former headquarters building

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new subsidiary company of Nunasi Corp., Nunasi Financial Services Ltd. will use space next month in Nunasi’s building in Yellowknife, the Nunavut Inuit birthright corporation said Aug. 27.

Nunasi’s new full-service bookkeeping and conference services company will be located on the second floor...

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Nunavik August 28, 2013 - 9:07 am

Salluit man, 23, dead following armed stand-off with Nunavik police

Man turned gun on himself, police say

JANE GEORGE

A man, 23, is dead in Salluit after an armed stand-off with Kativik Regional Police Force Aug. 27.

The man turned his firearm on himself, said the Montreal Police Service, which is investigating the latest firearms incident in Nunavik, at the request of Quebec’s public security department.

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2013 - 8:40 am

Fall outlook predicts above-normal temperatures for parts of Nunavut, Nunavik

Nunavut's Baker Lake region may see below normal levels

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Some parts of Nunavut and Nunavik can look forward to warmer-than-average weather over the next three months, according to the Weather Network’s meteorologists, who released their fall forecast Aug. 27.

Their fall outlook, forecasting weather for the months of September, October and November,...

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Iqaluit August 28, 2013 - 7:19 am

Iqaluit councillors question CAO’s hasty reappointment

“I think rushing an appointment for the CAO is a great disservice to the citizens of Iqaluit"

PETER VARGA

Two Iqaluit city councillors, back on the job after a few weeks’ absence for summer vacations, were not happy to find Chief Administrative Officer John Hussey’s contract ready for renewal at a regular meeting Aug. 27 without any possibility of debate or review.

Councillors Kenny Bell and Terry...

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Nunavut August 28, 2013 - 6:14 am

Nunavut judge finds Pond Inlet man not guilty of molesting a child

Contradictions between witness stories create reasonable doubt

DAVID MURPHY

A Pond Inlet man is not guilty of sexual assault in a case involving a five-year-old boy, Justice Bonnie Tulloch ruled Aug. 27 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit at the end of a day-long trial.

However, Tulloch did not doubt that Ivan Mucpa, 29, might have sexually abused the child.

But...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Arctic Fibre confirms Nunavut cable landing spots

Adjustments made for Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Taloyoak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic Fibre Inc. wrapped up its seven-community tour of proposed cable landing spots this past weekend with a declaration that they have now confirmed their feasibility.

“In most instances, we were able to confirm the engineering studies Arctic Fibre has undertaken over the past two years,”...

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Nunavut August 27, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Three years after Nunavut cruise ship mishap, new Polar Code still in the works

International Marine Organization slated hopes to create new, mandatory Polar Code by 2016

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Three years after the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer hit a charted hazard near Kugluktuk and grounded Aug. 27, 2010 on that shoal, leading to an evacuation of the ship’s passengers and crew, the International Maritime Organization continues to work towards the adoption of a mandatory set of rules...

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Nunavut August 27, 2013 - 11:56 am

Nunavut watchdog wants more funds for Inuit language

“With a young population, language loss can accelerate rapidly”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s language rights watchdog, Sandra Inutiq, used Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Nunavut last week to issue a plea for more language funding to help reverse the declining use of the Inuit language.

“If the federal government is genuine in their interest on economic development and social...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2013 - 10:41 am

Inuit women’s leader pleased with Harper meeting, stresses human needs

"We just had an 11-year-old child commit suicide in Nunavut”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Rebecca Kudloo, the president of the Pauktuutit Inuit women’s association, said in a statement Aug. 26 that she was “pleased to represent the views of Inuit women” at last week’s meeting, held Aug. 22, between Inuit leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Kudloo said the healthy development of...

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Nunavut August 27, 2013 - 9:22 am

Photo: The Amazing Race visits Nunavut

DAVID MURPHY

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Nunavut August 27, 2013 - 9:12 am

Photo: Sealift means new vehicles for Arctic Bay

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2013 - 8:23 am

Canada set to participate with U.S., Russia in Arctic air exercise

Aircraft will deal with "terrorist hijackers" and hijacked aircraft in international simulated emergency

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As part of the “Operation Vigilant Eagle” military exercise, starting Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” commercial aircraft during an air defence exercise.

The exercise is viewed as “a...

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Nunavut August 27, 2013 - 7:14 am

Crews remove contaminated soil at Nunavut government building in Igloolik

Disrupted diesel pipe sprung slow leak

PETER VARGA

(updated 4:20 p.m.)

Work crews contracted by the Nunavut Construction Corp. are removing soil contaminated with diesel fuel from around the Tummivut government building in Igloolik, the community’s hamlet office said, following a leak in a fuel line that was discovered July 18.

They’re removing...

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