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Iqaluit February 28, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Photo: Soldiers hold exercise in Iqaluit

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Nunavut February 28, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Pauktuutit wants action on violence against Inuit women, but Ottawa denies funding

Pauktuutit says Ottawa rejected proposals on helping victims and combating child exploitation

DAVID MURPHY

Pauktuutit says it’s “disappointed” that the federal government has yet again turned down a funding proposal related to women and violence.

This lack of financial support is part of a troubling pattern that’s become evident over the past couple of years, Pauktuutit said in a Feb. 28 statement...

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Nunavut February 28, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Canada should capitalize on seal ban exemption: EU ambassador

Goodwill trip to Nunavut includes talk of Arctic Council observer status

DAVID MURPHY

There’s an exemption to the European Union seal products ban if Canada wants it.

That’s the message from Marie-Anne Coninsx, the EU ambassador to Canada, who stopped by Iqaluit Feb. 27 and 28 to meet with public officials.

“The legislation of the European Union explicitly foresees the...

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Nunavik February 28, 2014 - 11:26 am

Quebec’s new fight against homelessness targets Inuit

Plan includes $1 million to help Montreal's Aboriginal homeless

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Quebec launched its first-ever national policy to fight homelessness Feb. 27, including a strategy to respond to what it calls the rapid influx of homeless Inuit to Montreal.

That plan is attached to money announced in last week’s provincial budget, which allots $6 million to new social...

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Nunavik February 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Photo: The newest members of the KRPF

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Nunavik February 28, 2014 - 9:45 am

Broadband network would increase Nunavik’s GDP: study

“And if we don’t do it, we lose that opportunity"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Building a high-speed broadband network in Nunavik would be worth the investment, says a new study prepared by the Kativik Regional Government.

The KRG has already done a pre-feasibility study to determine that building a high-capacity network to meet the long terms needs of Nunavik is...

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Nunavik February 28, 2014 - 8:20 am

Photo: Street hockey in Kuujjuaq

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Nunavut February 28, 2014 - 8:19 am

Overdue Rankin Inlet hunter found after second aircraft joins search

Gilbert Pissuk, 24, has returned home

PETER VARGA

An overdue Rankin Inlet hunter, Gilbert Pissuk, 24, returned home late Feb. 27 after Rankin Inlet search and rescue teams got added help from the air.

“Time for a feast and a square dance! Way to go SAR!!! So glad Gilbert is found! Happy for and with the Pissuk family!” a Rankin resident said on...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Five Arctic coastal states stop short of total fishing moratorium

But officials vow scientific cooperation to study and protect unknown ecosystem

LISA GREGOIRE

The five Arctic Ocean coastal states have stopped short of calling for a total moratorium on fishing the high seas in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, but they have agreed to work toward “interim measures to deter unregulated fishing” in that area until further scientific study of the ecosystem has...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Photo: Team Iqaluit wins Avataq Cup in Rankin Inlet

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Couple charged with murder in death of Loretta Saunders

Victoria Henneberry and Blake Leggette to appear in court Feb. 28

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The couple who were first charged with car theft and fraud related to the disappearance of Loretta Saunders, an Inuk from Nunatsiavut, have now been charged with her homicide.

Victoria Henneberry, 28, and Blake Leggette, 25, were charged on the afternoon of Feb. 27 by the Halifax Regional...

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Nunavik February 27, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Nunavik’s social housing agency says it’s in a “political jam”

Region has asked Quebec for rent freeze to quell tenant concerns

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Questions were raised about the future of Nunavik’s social housing body at a meeting of the Kativik Regional Government’s regional council Feb. 27, as frustration grows over the quality and availability of public housing in the region.

Over the last year, the Kativik Municipal Housing...

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Iqaluit February 27, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Iqaluit police arrests in decline since 2009: RCMP report

Detachment targets vehicle safety violations, bootlegging and drug-trafficking for start of 2014

PETER VARGA

Police arrests in Iqaluit have been declining progressively since 2009, according to the city’s RCMP detachment, even though calls for service continue to grow as the city’s population increases.

In a quarterly briefing to Iqaluit city council, Staff Sgt. Monty Lecomte reported that his detachment...

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Nunavut February 27, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Counting polar bears from space

Satellite monitoring might be a less intrusive method for animal surveys

DAVID MURPHY

Polar bears in Nunavut have a lot less privacy these days as a new satellite tracking system helps researchers spy on them from space.

Basically, a satellite takes pictures of a landscape, and researchers count the bears — something that once took over 100 hours of manual labour.

And you don’t...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2014 - 11:19 am

Inuit Affairs, of a different kind

These affairs involve hardcore pop music from Germany

LISA GREGOIRE

If you search the word “Inuit” on social media and other Internet venues, you will find some peculiar entries that have nothing to do with northern peoples and everything to do electric guitars.

There’s a Christian rock band from Birmingham, Alabama; an indie musician from Brighton, England; a......

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Iqaluit February 27, 2014 - 10:21 am

Canadian North backs down on baggage rule, opens east coast route

Summer flights from Iqaluit to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland in the works

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Canadian North airlines announced Feb. 27 they will introduce a seasonal direct flight between Iqaluit, Halifax, N.S. and St. John’s, Nfld. every Friday from June to September.

The airline also announced that they will again allow jet aircraft passengers to check two 70-lb bags for free,...

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Iqaluit February 27, 2014 - 10:09 am

Photo: Inuktitut language week at Joamie school

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2014 - 8:41 am

Body of missing Inuk woman found off New Brunswick highway

Police said a homicide investigation is continuing

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The RCMP located the body of missing Inuk woman Loretta Saunders Feb. 26 just west of Salisbury, N.B.

The discovery ends a two-week search for the woman, originally from the Nunatsiavut region, in a case police now call a homicide investigation. 

Saunders, 26, had been studying sociology at...

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Nunavik February 27, 2014 - 8:23 am

Kuujjuaq’s crime rate stays the same following legalized beer, wine sales

KRPF says bootlegging remains major problem elsewhere in Nunavik

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — On a cold Wednesday evening, there’s a steady stream of cars and snowmobiles parked outside Kuujjuaq’s co-op store.

Drivers leave their engines running while they enter the store and exit minutes later with cases of beer, and less often, tetrapacks of wine.

It’s been almost a year...

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Iqaluit February 27, 2014 - 7:55 am

Liquor store could reduce bootlegging in Iqaluit, RCMP says

Lead officer anticipates long-term bootlegging decline, but temporary spike in police calls

PETER VARGA

The RCMP’s lead officer at the Iqaluit detachment said Feb. 25 he believes retail beer and wine sales in Iqaluit would curtail bootlegging, but at the same time lead to an temporary spike in calls to police.

“I’m almost anticipating a spike, for the first little while. But I can see that leveling...

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