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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

First Air to phase out rotational cargo staff in Iqaluit

Airline will lay off nine workers to make way for seven local employees

PETER VARGA

First Air is laying off nine employees at its cargo facility in Iqaluit, to be replaced by seven new positions for residents of the city.

The layoffs take effect Nov. 1, and are part of a move to phase out rotational staff who do not live in Iqaluit, Bert van der Stege, vice president of...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Boy, 11, becomes Nunavut’s latest suicide statistic

“There doesn’t seem to be a concentrated effort to tackle this issue head on"

SARAH ROGERS

People in Cape Dorset are mourning the loss of a young community member after an 11-year-old boy died by suicide this past weekend.

The Nunavut’s coroner’s office is investigating the death of the boy, who was one month shy of his 12th birthday at the time of his death.

Jack Anawak, a former...

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Nunavik September 30, 2014 - 11:45 am

Photo: Small, hearty group runs for diabetes in Kuujjuaq

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 10:22 am

Western Nunavut muskox under pressure from disease, predators, inbreeding

About 56 per cent of the diet in Cambridge Bay still consists of country food

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Heaps of coffee beans and non-invasive sampling kits for muskox may reveal more about how food sources change due to social, economic and environmental pressures.

For a research study now underway in Cambridge Bay, participants made piles of beans of varying sizes to show the importance of muskox...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 9:51 am

Photo: Fashion on display at Kivalliq Trade Show

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

Nunavut power utility boss leaves big plans to his successor

Alain Barriault to pick up on Peter Ma’s call for “greater accountability”

PETER VARGA

It took almost 10 months for Peter Ma to get a grasp of the issues facing Qulliq Energy Corp., Nunavut’s government-owned power corporation, which he heads as president and CEO.

Then, Sept. 23, just three days before a week-long board of directors’ conference, Ma got word from Nunavut Premier...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 7:08 am

Harvesters find possible commercial shrimp stock near Nunavut’s northernmost hamlet

Exploratory project turns up healthy shrimp, sea snail stocks off Grise Fiord

SARAH ROGERS

Hunters from Grise Fiord, Nunavut’s northernmost community, say they’re excited about the prospect of developing a local fishery after netting a big catch in local waters.

The Arctic Fishery Alliance — made up of hunters and trappers organizations from Qikiqtarjuaq, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, and...

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Iqaluit September 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Sold out Pride event brings diversity to Nunavut’s capital

“I knew this was going to be more of a straight-people party, looking to see a man in a dress”

THOMAS ROHNER

Pride parties celebrate the diversity of sexual and gender identity and have been held in communities around the world for decades, but the event that unfolded in Iqaluit Sept. 27 could only have happened in Iqaluit.

That’s because the lineup of talented performers, and the crowd itself, was a...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Qikiqtani Inuit org prepares for Dec. 8 elections

QIA beneficiaries to choose new president, seven community directors

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If you are 16 or older as of election day, a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and you live in the Baffin region, you will be eligible to vote Dec. 8 in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association election to chose a new president and seven community directors for the organization’s board.

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 11:00 am

Baker Lake high school moves classes to community hall

Crews still dealing with lingering fumes from week-old fuel leak

SARAH ROGERS

Updated Sept. 29

Jonah Amitnaaq secondary school is moving classes to Baker Lake’s community hall this week as crews continue to deal with maintenance issues and lingering fumes from a fuel leak last week.

On Sept. 22, a fuel tank in the school`s mechanical room overflowed during refueling, said...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 8:18 am

In plaid we trust: Nunavut’s quest for a tartan

Nunavut the only Canadian province or territory without one

SARAH ROGERS

Like other Canadian provinces and territories, Nunavut has its own flag, its own coat of arms, not to mention an official bird, rock and animal.

But the territory has existed for 15 years without an official tartan, the famed Scottish fabric pattern, or plaid, used to represent clans,...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 7:11 am

Nunavut court: CamBay sex assault trial features conflicting stories

Court reserves judgment until Jan. 20, 2015

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After listening to three days of conflicting and sometimes confusing evidence at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Cambridge Bay this past week, Justice Susan Cooper decided Sept. 25 to postpone her verdict judgment in the trial of a 45-year-old man facing two counts of sexual assault.

Cooper said...

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Iqaluit September 29, 2014 - 5:51 am

Iqaluit approves second loan for aquatic centre

City set to finance $34 million project

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit stitched up the last portion of financing for the city’s $34-million aquatic centre Sept. 23, when councillors approved a loan and grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

A loan of $7.5 million loan tops up all the funds needed to cover construction costs.

The...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 5:45 am

Photo: Kivalliq Trade Show ramps up in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 5:45 am

Photo: Inupiaq reality TV star’s next stop: Kugluktuk

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Nunavut September 27, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Photo: Baffin staff on the job at Mary River

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Nunavut September 26, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Nunavut government announces big senior management shake-up

QEC, NAC, Family Services get new bosses

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The Government of Nunavut announced a major shakeup of senior civil servants late on Sept. 26, including new bosses for the Department of Family Services, the Qulliq Energy Corp. and Nunavut Arctic College.

Veteran bureaucrat Peter Ma, who took over QEC from Peter Mackey in November 2013, will...

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Around the Arctic September 26, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Property crimes top the list of cyber-crimes in Canada

Sexual violations fewer than one fifth of reported computer crimes

THOMAS ROHNER

A new Statistics Canada report says property violations, such as fraud, account for almost two-thirds of all cyber-crimes in Canada, as reported by police services who participated in a 2012 survey.

Property violations accounted for 61 per cent of all reported computer crime violations, and...

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Around the Arctic September 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

National Inuit org “concerned” about Canada’s position on indigenous rights

ITK says federal government contradicts its 2010 support of UN indigenous rights declaration

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Canada’s national Inuit organization says it’s concerned about Ottawa’s interpretation of a section of the outcome document passed at this week’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

In that document, Inuit and Aboriginal delegates from around the world reaffirmed support for the United Nations...

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Nunavut September 26, 2014 - 11:25 am

Gay in Nunavut: discovering a new language

How politics, culture, religion and the English language shape sexuality in the North

LISA GREGOIRE

Years from now, when the children of homosexual Inuit are old enough to understand, they’ll learn how Nunavut joined the global gay rights movement on a bitter cold, blue-sky morning, Feb. 10, 2014, when a man in a hoodie hoisted a rainbow flag on a pole outside Iqaluit city hall.

As is often the...

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