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Around the Arctic January 31, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Canada and Norway continue to battle EU seal ban

Governments appeal WTO’S November ruling

PETER VARGA

Canada and Norway have followed through on their challenge to the European Union’s ban on seal products through the World Trade Organization.

The dispute entered another stage, Jan. 24, when each country filed appeals against a WTO ruling that the EU ban is justified on moral grounds.

The...

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Nunavik January 31, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Makivik Corp. repeats demand that Canada, Quebec build more Inuit housing

"Canada and Quebec must stop playing ping-pong with the people of Nunavik"

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — Jobie Tukkiapik, the president of Makivik Corp., used a Jan. 31 speech to northern stakeholders to drive home one of the organization’s biggest demands of late: to get the federal government to provide much-needed housing to Nunavik’s 14 communities.

Tukkiapik, speaking to a luncheon...

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 11:11 am

Nunavut must turn growth into prosperity: economist

“There are more Nunavummiut in full-time jobs now than there has ever been before"

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — Nunavut’s 2013 economic outlook shows the territory inching closer to its production potential, largely thanks to mining projects.

But the territory has much work to do before that growth is turned into prosperity for average Nunavummiut.

That’s according to Graeme Clinton, author of the...

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 10:04 am

ASIST workshops schedule for 15 Nunavut communities starting February

Workshops help people recognize and respond to those at risk of suicide

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Two-day suicide intervention workshops will be held in 15 Nunavut communities starting February.

The ASIST — or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training — workshops train people to respond to those at risk of suicide.

In 2013, 45 people died by suicide, the highest number of suicides in any...

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 7:12 am

Kivalliq mine workforce worth its weight in gold

Agnico Eagle training programs growing Inuit hires

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — With its Meadowbank mine expected to produce nearly 400,000 ounces of gold this year, and its Meliadine project contemplated to go into production for the next two years, Agnico Eagle has a good reason to invest in Nunavut.

But the Canadian-based gold producer wants that investment to...

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 6:01 am

Aglukkaq fundraiser should not have been held, Liberal ethics critic says

”It’s not very ministerial to host something like that on the eve of this conference"

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — Avalon MP Scott Andrews, the Liberal critic for access to information, privacy and ethics, said a Jan. 28 fundraiser for Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq — complete with a northern guest list — shouldn’t have happened.

The $100-per-ticket fundraising event, advertised as “A Celebration for Our...

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Nunavik January 31, 2014 - 6:00 am

Photo: Makivik Corp. signs agreement with Cree, Northern Quebec partners

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 6:00 am

Photo: Joamie school hosts traditional clothing day

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2014 - 6:00 am

Photo: Nunavut curlers compete in Nova Scotia tourney

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 5:59 am

Photo: Google street view in Cambridge Bay

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Nunavik January 31, 2014 - 5:55 am

Photo: Nunavik atoms take provincial tournament

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Nunavut January 31, 2014 - 5:30 am

Photo: Beavers in an igloo: Cam Bay Beaver troup at the library

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Nunavut sealift firm renews call for basic beach infrastructure

“Everything in Iqaluit is growing, except for marine infrastructure”

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — Suzanne Paquin started with the good news and ended with the bad.

As part of a Northern Lights conference session on northern transportation Jan. 30, Paquin, president and CEO of Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping, told delegates her company is reliable, pioneering, fast-growing and...

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Iqaluit January 30, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Photo: Inuksuk High School shuts down following bomb scare

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Aglukkaq: fundraiser held on eve of Northern Lights event broke no rules

Nunavut premier says he did not attend

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(Updated Jan. 30, 3:30 p.m.)

Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, rose in the House of Commons Jan. 29 to deny that she breached ethics rules when she attended a Conservative fundraising event Jan. 28 at the tony Westin Hotel in...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Nunavut premier says targeted training needed to build the future

“I continue to believe that education is the single most effective way to improve lives and reduce poverty.”

LISA GREGOIRE

OTTAWA — Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna says Nunavut is on the brink of an economic boom, but Inuit won’t benefit unless the territory makes training and education its top priority.

Speaking to a large, lunchtime crowd attending the Northern Lights conference and trade show at Ottawa’s downtown...

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Iqaluit January 30, 2014 - 8:46 am

After seven years, Iqaluit adopts sustainable community plan

“It’s going to be a very interesting time over the next five years”

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit city councillors say they are hopeful that the city’s sustainability community plan will improve the city’s ability to plan as it grows over the coming decades.

More than seven years’ work on drafting the plan concluded when council passed it unanimously at a regular meeting Jan. 28. Now...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2014 - 6:01 am

Pan-Arctic business council hopes to guide resource development

"We’re hoping to get advice on how businesses can work better with Arctic communities"

SARAH ROGERS

OTTAWA — As Canada’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council nears its halfway mark, efforts to create a circumpolar business forum are still taking shape.

Nunavut MP and Arctic Council chair Leona Aglukkaq formally announced the Arctic Economic Council Jan. 29 at the opening of this year’s Northern...

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Around the Arctic January 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Polar bears adapt to climate change by eating caribou, goose eggs: researchers

“We’re finding that they might be more resilient than is commonly thought"

DAVID MURPHY

Polar bears are using their inner brown bear genes to adapt to climate change by changing their diets.

That’s what two researchers from the American Museum of Natural History found after studying Hudson Bay polar bear diets. 

When there is no sea ice available for seal hunting, polar bears are...

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Nunavut January 29, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Photo: A test run of Singuistics

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