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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Nunavut government hopes to increase debt cap to $750 million

Iqaluit MLA wants to know how the GN plans to pay it all back

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut’s projected surplus of $23 million in its 2015-2016 budget, unveiled this week, might look good but Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes cautioned that the territory already owes $305 million in long-term debt, and hopes to increase its borrowing limit to $750 million in the...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 11:59 am

Nunavut offender agrees to let cell-block footage go public

“He wanted everyone to see the video"

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated Feb. 27, 2015, 11:59 a.m., with excerpts of video footage)

Eetooloo Ejetsiak, the Iqaluit man depicted in cell-block security footage being manhandled by Iqaluit RCMP members, has waived his right to privacy so the video can be made public.

The video — which had been entered into...

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Nunavik February 27, 2015 - 11:40 am

Police ethics boss visits Nunavik, explains complaint process

“The sooner we receive the complaints, it’s a lot easier for us to do our job"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Quebec’s police ethics commissioner received 10 complaints from Nunavimmiut over the last year, a number that the office says is about average for the last few years.

But that number could rise following the commissioner’s first visit to the region in 25 years.

Quebec’s police ethics...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 10:20 am

Review of Nunavut nurse scandal too narrow, ex- director says

“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external review”

THOMAS ROHNER

A former regional director for the Government of Nunavut’s health department is questioning the scope and independence of the recently-announced external review into the 2012 death of baby Makibi Akesuk Timilak in Cape Dorset.

“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2015 - 10:15 am

Photo: Long-lost NTCL barge migrates to Russia

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 8:43 am

Five Nunavut hamlets bring water licences into line with federal standards

“There is still more work to do,” minister says

PETER VARGA

Nunavut’s minister of Community and Government Services, Tom Sammurtok, happily announced a small victory Feb. 26 in the big struggle to bring the waste management and water use practices of Nunavut hamlet’s into compliance with their water licences.

The federal department of Aboriginal Affairs...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 7:39 am

Nunavut RCMP seize drugs, cash in Kitikmeot community

Two residents of Taloyoak charged with possession, trafficking marijuana

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Police in Taloyoak have arrested and charged two people with drug possession and trafficking, Nunavut RCMP said Feb. 26.

On Feb. 23, the RCMP said that its members in Taloyoak executed a search warrant in a local residence as part of investigation into trafficking in the Kitikmeot...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2015 - 6:53 am

Inuit prepare list of priorities for women and violence roundtable

"You can’t look the other way anymore”

LISA GREGOIRE

With dozens of high-ranking delegates expected to attend today’s first roundtable discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Ottawa — all of them with their own priorities and political agendas — Terry Audla admits it’s a challenge to hope for change from a lot of talk.

But the...

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Nunavik February 27, 2015 - 6:50 am

Photo: 1, 2, 3, pull!

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Iqaluit February 27, 2015 - 6:30 am

Photo: Iqaluit blizzard blows away the competition

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Iqaluit February 27, 2015 - 6:30 am

Photo: Language conference opens with a book launch

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 5:55 am

Meet Nunavut’s overtime champs: health workers

In two years, health department paid out nearly $24M in overtime

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Casual and permanent employees at Nunavut’s health department racked up nearly $24 million in overtime pay during the two-year period between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2014, a document tabled in the legislature reveals.

Finance Minister Keith Peterson tabled the document Feb. 24. It’s a written...

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Nunavut February 26, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Nunavut MLAs confused about caribou hunting ban

“My constituents want written confirmation of any limitation"

LISA GREGOIRE

Moratorium? Where does it say that?

Two members of Nunavut’s legislature rose in the house this week to ask about the New Year’s Day interim ban on caribou hunting on Baffin island, and to get details about what’s going to happen next.

One even questioned whether the ban was in place at all,...

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Nunavik February 26, 2015 - 2:15 pm

KRG votes to dismiss senior Nunavik police officer

KRPF's deputy chief of operations alleged to have "discredited" police force with heavy drinking

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government council voted Feb. 26 to terminate a senior officer of its regional police force for unruly and dangerous behaviour.

In a resolution passed during council meetings in Kuujjuaq this week, councillors voted to dismiss the Kativik Regional Police...

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Iqaluit February 26, 2015 - 8:18 am

Robbery arrests draw praise, concern from Iqaluit City Council

Armed hold-ups throughout city “seemed like they were progressing”

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit City Council commended police Feb. 24 for solving an unusual rash of store robberies over the past four months.

But councillors also wondered if such incidents could become commonplace, and asked the RCMP what the city can do to prevent more from happening.

“It’s of grave concern that...

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Nunavik February 26, 2015 - 7:00 am

Young scientists win big at Nunavik fair

“We were really hoping to win — and we won"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — It was a lot to learn in a couple of days.

When you walked into the gym at Pitakallak school in Kuujjuaq this week, you might have discovered at what pressure balloons will pop, how stars are born or the impact of second hand smoke.

The Kativik School Board hosted its regional science...

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Around the Arctic February 26, 2015 - 6:57 am

Photo: Inuit honoured at Indspire awards in Calgary

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Nunavut February 26, 2015 - 6:09 am

First Air raises its country food shipping rate

But airline says it remains "the cheapest possible rate to ship cargo"

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If you’re shipping country food to family and friends, shipping rates at the North’s two major airlines are now on par.

That’s since First Air bumped up its country food cargo rate this month to a base of $1.50 per kilogram. That’s the same rate already being charged by its major competitor,...

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Nunavut February 26, 2015 - 6:00 am

Photo: Lace up those skates

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Nunavut February 25, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Nunavut to spend more on health, education next fiscal year

“We see a Nunavut whose people are happy and whose education, skills and self-reliance give us an advantage”

JIM BELL

In an cheery speech given Feb. 25 at the Nunavut legislature, Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson unveiled a budget for 2015-16 that will see Nunavut get more and spend more, especially on education, health, economic development and staff housing.

“We are driven by a vision. We see a Nunavut...

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