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Nunavut December 31, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Spending New Year’s Eve at the bar? Take a taxi voucher

"We just want to get people home safely"

SARAH ROGERS

If you’re ringing in the New Year tonight in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet or Cambridge Bay and you plan to celebrate with a few drinks, you might have some help getting home.

This year, the Government of Nunavut’s Liquor Commission and sponsors across the territory are handing out taxi vouchers to...

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Nunavut December 31, 2014 - 11:30 am

Glencore delays submission of Hackett River DEIS

Mining company points to volatile metal prices, delays draft environmental impact statement

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Volatile metal prices have delayed the submission of a draft environmental impact statement for Glencore’s proposed Hackett River mine, a zinc-silver project based in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region.

News from the project, located about 75 kilometres southwest of Bathurst Inlet, has been slow to come...

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Nunavut December 31, 2014 - 7:30 am

Nunavut training program produces skilled crop of welding helpers

"Graduates are now well-equipped to take advantage of significant job opportunities"

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Six new graduates of the second Arviat Welding Trade Readiness program are ready to test out new skills in Nunavut’s construction and mining industries.

During the eight-week program, students learned how to safely operate all equipment involved in welding, as well as how to read blueprints and...

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Nunavik December 31, 2014 - 5:58 am

In 2014, Nunavik comes to terms with development

Regional leaders ponder new Plan Nord but say no to uranium

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As Philippe Couillard’s new Liberal government settled into power in Quebec City following the April 7 Quebec election, Nunavik leaders began staking out their positions on resource development in their region.

By year’s end, the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp. declared their...

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Ottawa conference to evaluate Nunavut’s first 15 years

Speakers free to speak, but reporters not allowed to quote them

SARAH ROGERS

Fifteen years in, can we call the Nunavut project a success?

That’s what an upcoming conference hopes to explore as the territory celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The Northern Institute for policy and law, a private Iqaluit-based entity, is hosting the conference, called “Nunavut at 15 — Taking...

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Iqaluit December 30, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Iqaluit councillors limit homeowner taxes to seven per cent, despite deficits

2015 budget raises property taxes by about 24 per cent overall

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s property taxes will rise by about 24 per cent on commercial, industrial and institutional properties in 2015, and by about seven per cent on private homes, city council agreed this month as it wrapped up its draft budget for next year.

In a successful bid to avoid the drawn-out budget...

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:46 am

Justin Trudeau to visit Iqaluit Jan. 12, Jan. 13

Liberal leader touring northern territories next month

SARAH ROGERS

Justin Trudeau will make his first visit to Nunavut as federal Liberal leader next month on a New Year’s tour of the three northern territories.

Michel Potvin, the president of the Nunavut Liberal Association, said Trudeau is scheduled to visit Iqaluit Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, his only Nunavut...

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:44 am

Ottawa puts money into two Inuit-language books

Culture group to distribute 500 copies of each volume

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An entity called the Unaaq Cultural Society will get $80,300 from the Department of Canadian Heritage to produce two Inuit-language school books for children and youth, the department said in a news release.

The group will produce a 48-page Inuit-language book about constellations and cosmology...

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:41 am

Photo: A New Year, a new life

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Nunavik December 30, 2014 - 11:40 am

Photo: Kuujjuaq’s historic co-op store moves to bigger digs

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:40 am

Photo: Moondogs over Clyde River

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:20 am

Photo: The power of a polar bear on the run

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 11:20 am

Photo: Tony: Back from the Brink screens in Clyde River

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Iqaluit December 30, 2014 - 9:55 am

New year brings new electricity meters to Iqaluit

New "smart" meters can be read remotely

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If you live in Iqaluit, the new year will bring something new to your home or business: “smart” electricity meters, the first to be installed in the Canadian Arctic.

The city-wide installation of the new meters — which will cost $3.3 million — follows what a Dec. 23 news release from Qulliq Energy...

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Around the Arctic December 30, 2014 - 8:45 am

Our top 10 most-read online stories of 2014

"I was just plucking out feathers"

JANE GEORGE

People — and the elusive bigfoot — these were the stories on Nunatsiaqline.ca that attracted the greatest number of online readers throughout Nunavut, Nunavik, southern Canada and elsewhere in the world in 2014.

The most-read story over the past 12 months was about Christina David of Nunavik, who...

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Nunavut December 30, 2014 - 6:56 am

Federal, territorial orgs weigh in on Meadowbank pit expansion proposal

Project needs more review, community consultations, says AANDC

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Nunavut organizations and federal agencies have weighed in on Agnico Eagle Mines’ recent proposal to expand its current pit operations at its Meadowbank mine, with some suggesting the company’s application needs more thorough review and community consultations.

This past fall, the Nunavut Impact...

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Iqaluit December 30, 2014 - 5:55 am

Iqaluit in 2014: Year of dumpcano opened with a weather bomb

Nunavut capital clears turbulent year, with lessons learned

PETER VARGA

The year began in Iqaluit with a sharp blast of stormy weather Jan. 7 when a ruthless but brief blizzard some referred to as a “weather bomb” brought on winds up to 141 kilometres an hour.

The city was in for more turbulent times in the year that followed, but they were caused by humans, not...

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Nunavut December 29, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Missing Igloolik family returns home

Search delayed due to blizzard conditions in parts of Baffin, Kivalliq

SARAH ROGERS

Updated Dec. 30

A family who went missing for 24 hours on their trek from Hall Beach returned home to Igloolik the evening of Dec. 29 without incident.

Search and rescue crews from both Baffin communities were on the lookout for the family of three through the day after the travellers did not...

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Iqaluit December 29, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Iqaluit taxi fares set to rise Jan. 1

Two biggest cab firms agree to raise fares to $7 on New Year’s Day

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit residents can expect basic taxi fares to increase to $7 from $6 at the start of the new year, the city’s two major cab companies, Caribou Cabs and Pai-Pa Taxi Ltd., confirmed Dec. 29.

City council passed an amendment to the taxi by-law, Dec. 23, which set the standard fee at $7.

The...

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Around the Arctic December 29, 2014 - 10:12 am

Nunavik co-op pioneer, ex-First Air boss named to Order of Canada

HBC veteran Peter Murdoch, aviation executive John Crichton win country’s highest civilian honour

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Peter Murdoch, 84, a veteran Hudson’s Bay Co. clerk who helped start the co-op movement in Nunavik and John Crichton, 68, the man who ran First Air for many years and became the founding CEO of Nav Canada, are named as members of the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s office announced Dec.

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