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Nunavut May 30, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Latest Nunavut survey shows Baffin caribou decimated

“It was almost a shock in North Baffin, to see such low numbers there”

LISA GREGOIRE

Although they’re still analyzing the data from the most recent aerial survey, the Nunavut government’s environment department is reporting that the numbers of caribou on Baffin Island are so low, serious conservation measures, and possibly even a moratorium on hunting, might be necessary to allow...

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Nunavik May 30, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Violent crime continues to rise in Nunavik

Three quarters of assaults fuelled by alcohol

SARAH ROGERS

Violent crime continues to rise in Nunavik, with police reporting a spike in assaults this year compared to 2013 and 2012.

The Kativik Regional Police Force says that assaults reported throughout Nunavik are up by a third so far this year, compared to 2013.

In a report tabled at this week’s...

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Nunavut May 30, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Photo: Nunavut storyteller tours Asia

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Nunavut May 30, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut teachers’ contract secures pay raises for next three years

New contract will cost GN about $16.9 million

PETER VARGA

(Updated May 30, 1:30 p.m.)

The Nunavut Teachers’ Association signed a new collective agreement with the territorial government May 29 that immediately increases teachers’ wages by three percent.

The four-year agreement, valid from July 2013, will provide additional two per cent increase to wages...

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Nunavik May 30, 2014 - 11:55 am

Major cutbacks necessary at Nunavik’s Tulattavik Health Centre

Centre faces $6.8 million accumulated deficit

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Nunavik’s Tulattavik Health Centre must make major spending cuts to reduce an annual deficit of more than $6 million, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said May 29.

The Kuujjuaq-based hospital, which serves communities all along the Ungava coast, was unable to balance its...

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Nunavut May 30, 2014 - 9:30 am

Nunavut corrections staff to receive mental health training

Awareness timely in light of prison watchdog report

DAVID MURPHY

Nunavut corrections and probation staff are getting a lesson in mental health this week.

Thirty-two corrections and probation officers will start a three-day training program today to help them recognize an assortment of mental health symptoms, Justice Minister Paul Okalik said in the Nunavut...

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Nunavut May 30, 2014 - 7:10 am

Pond Inlet setting the bar high in water stewardship

Nunavut community monitoring fresh water quality amid changing climate

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The community of Pond Inlet has been awarded a national Excellence in Water Stewardship award for showing leadership and best practice in the use of its water resources.

The award was announced in Nunavut’s legislative assembly May 29 by Premier Peter Taptuna.

The honour is awarded to one...

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Nunavut May 29, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Nunavut body gives go-ahead to Mary River iron mine

Early revenue phase proposal will ship ore out of Milne Inlet

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board has given Baffinland Iron Mines a thumb’s up to the company’s early revenue phase proposal, which could see up to 4.2 million tonnes of iron ore per year shipped from Milne Inlet to markets in Europe.

Under the new project certificate, Baffinland must abide by 182...

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Nunavut May 29, 2014 - 11:49 am

Nunavut rock hounds dig for treasure on the tundra

“Prospecting is not a slam dunk — it takes work, perseverance and luck"

SARAH ROGERS

Harry Iyerak is an avid hunter.

As one of the few active Nunavummiut prospectors in the territory, his game is rocks and minerals — the wealth that lies etched into Nunavut’s landscape.

He came by it naturally; his father mined nickel in Rankin Inlet in the 1950s.

Iyerak took a shine to minerals...

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Nunavut May 29, 2014 - 11:43 am

Site of tragic Nunavut killings remains vacant

South Baffin MLA questions housing minister about plans for Kimmirut housing unit

DAVID MURPHY

A public housing unit in Kimmirut is sitting vacant because of a murder-suicide that occurred there on March 30, 2013.

A man, a woman and a child of were all found dead in the community of just under 500 people last year.

At the start of the Easter weekend, a 27-year-old man murdered his...

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Nunavik May 29, 2014 - 10:45 am

Photo: A practice run for Kangiqsualujjuaq’s grads

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Nunavik May 29, 2014 - 8:45 am

Nunavik childcare centres create jobs, independence, school success: KRG

“From where we were to where we are now, it’s made a big impact"

SARAH ROGERS

More than 15 years after it was first launched, Quebec’s universal childcare program has seen a number of positive spin-offs in Nunavik communities, the Kativik Regional Government says.

Offering $7-a-day childcare to Nunavimmiut parents and caregivers has allowed more parents to go back to work...

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Iqaluit May 29, 2014 - 6:55 am

Iqaluit council debates real and virtual access to city hall

New website and Arnaitok renos spark cost concerns

PETER VARGA

City councillors’ wish to improve access to Iqaluit City Hall seemed more complicated than they thought, May 27, when two projects on the agenda ran into cost concerns.

The first to run into snags was a plan to install a stair-lift or elevator for residents with disabilities. But planners said...

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Nunavut May 29, 2014 - 6:00 am

Nunavut MLAs question premier on performance bonus formula

Peter Mackey, ex-head of Qulliq Energy, tops bonus list

DAVID MURPHY

Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq wants more transparency around how and why deputy ministers, and the heads of Crown corporations, get paid in performance bonuses.

At the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit May 28, Savikataaq asked Premier Peter Taptuna about a recently tabled document that outlines how...

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Nunavik May 28, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Ungava MNA thanks Nunavik voters, promises to work with Inuit

"For the first time in history, a citizen in Nunavik, has been elected as a member of this assembly"

SARAH ROGERS

Ungava MNA Jean Boucher’s inaugural speech in Quebec’s National Assembly May 26 highlighted his commitment to work with the Aboriginal population is his riding.

Boucher, a Liberal, ousted long-time Parti Québécois MNA Luc Ferland last April.

Boucher’s speech also included snippets of Inuktitut...

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Nunavut May 28, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Nunavut prison fires resulted from drug deal gone sour

2012 fracas at BCC left guards scrambling, fearful

DAVID MURPHY

It was pandemonium inside Iqaluit’s Baffin Correctional Centre on Nov. 12, 2012, the night of its infamous two-blaze fire, the Nunavut Court of Justice heard May 26 and 27.

And it all started when Herbert Janes’ plot to smuggle drugs into Iqaluit’s notoriously drug-ridden prison went awry.

The...

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Nunavut May 28, 2014 - 12:12 pm

MLA wants Nunavut government to study potential impacts of airline merger

"Our territory’s communities and residents depend on accessible and affordable air travel"

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Tununiq MLA Joe Enook worries a northern airline merger could hike airfares and hurt service to Nunavut’s remote communities.

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. and Norterra Inc. — owners, respectively, of First Air and Canadian North — announced this past April that they are in talks aimed at merging the......

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Nunavut May 28, 2014 - 11:55 am

Nunavut math classes need more English: Arviat MLA

“Math, along with reading and writing, is critical to any student’s success"

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Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq wants Nunavut’s education department to amend its current language of instruction regulations to ensure that students are getting a proper mathematics education.

That would mean allowing more English language instruction.

Most of the bilingual education models...

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Nunavut May 28, 2014 - 9:55 am

Photo: Health Minister says tobacco has no place here

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Iqaluit May 28, 2014 - 9:45 am

Photo: Homework club volunteers at Joamie

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