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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 4:05 pm

GN to conduct energy audits in Rankin Inlet

Audits reveal how housing construction, lifestyle affect energy consumption

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Looking to cut back on your heating and electricity costs?

If you live in Rankin Inlet, the territorial government might be able to help.

The Government of Nunavut is looking for 10 homeowners in the Kivalliq community who want to get a free energy audit done at their home in October.

“This is...

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Nunavik September 30, 2015 - 3:15 pm

New Nunavik youth group has same mandate, fresh vision

"We have all the support we need now," new president says

SARAH ROGERS

The head of Nunavik’s new youth association says mental health awareness and Inuit cultural values will sit at the top her agenda over the next three years.

But the rest of the association’s work will be guided by Nunavik youth themselves, Alicia Aragutak says.

Aragutak, the former director of...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2015 - 2:05 pm

New pan-Arctic org seeks EU, international support for seal product market

Inuit Sila hosts seal-meat tasting event in Brussels, launches online petition

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On Oct. 1, members of the European Parliament will get a chance to sample seal meat at the Brussels launch of a new pan-Inuit organization.

Its goal: to defend and promote the right of Inuit seal hunters to market seal products within the European Union member states.

Those EU officials at the...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm

On Nunavut visit, Mulcair takes aim at Nutrition North

NDP would add $32 million over four years to NNC program

STEVE DUCHARME

The New Democratic Party electoral machine didn’t pull its punches as it rolled through Iqaluit Sept. 29 with visiting leader Tom Mulcair and Nunavut candidate Jack Anawak, their sights fixed on the Conservative-backed Nutrition North program.

“Stephen Harper has used northern communities as...

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Nunavik September 30, 2015 - 11:40 am

Nunavik’s Conservative candidate says economic development is key

“Past MPs have not pushed Ottawa hard enough”

SARAH ROGERS

The Conservative candidate running to represent Nunavik in the country’s second-largest riding says one major issue continues to dominate the conversation in northern Quebec — and that’s how to drive economic development.

Steven Hébert, 28, is hoping to unseat New Democratic Party MP Romeo...

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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 10:30 am

Nunavut’s federal candidates: Hunter Tootoo

I have many years of experience, Tootoo says

THOMAS ROHNER

To help inform our readers, Nunatsiaq News posed seven questions to candidates from the three major political parties contesting the Nunavut seat in the Oct. 19 federal election — Canada’s biggest riding and the only one that spans three time zones. We will run them in alphabetical order.

Here’s...

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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 9:19 am

Nunavut song contest offering big prizes to winners

GN seeking original Inuktut songs to record and distribute for language month

LISA GREGOIRE

Maybe you’ve got a rap song bouncing around in your head. Maybe it’s more of a gospel song. Maybe it’s just a melody you’ve been humming that your anaanatsiaq used to sing when she was sewing.

If you feel like writing a song with Inuktut lyrics, there’s no better time than right now.

The...

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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 8:14 am

Nunavut still the youngest place in Canada: StatsCan

Half of Nunavut's population younger than 25.8 years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut continues to be the youngest jurisdiction in Canada. That’s according to a Sept. 29 Statistics Canada report.

StatsCan reveals that in 2015, 31 per cent of Nunavut’s population — slightly less than one in three Nunavummiut — is under the age of 14.

This makes Nunavut by far the province...

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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 7:00 am

Nunavut pedophile priest convicted on four more sex charges

Eric Dejaeger earned Alberta parents' trust, babysat their kids

THOMAS ROHNER

Defrocked and disgraced, ex-priest and convicted pedophile Eric Dejaeger pleaded guilty to four more charges involving sex crimes against children Sept. 29 during an appearance before Justice Sue Cooper at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

The four charges relate to incidents involving...

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Nunavut September 30, 2015 - 6:50 am

Photo: Drone view of Arctic Bay’s emerging new health centre

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Photo: Kivalliq’s arts and crafts on display

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Western Nunavut hub plans territory’s first contaminated-soil storage site

"We desperately need a land farm"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — By next year this time, Cambridge Bay should be the first community in Nunavut to create a land farm for the storage of contaminated soil.

Right now there’s “nowhere to put it,” said Cambridge Bay’s SAO, Stephen King.

Every year, between three and four diesel spills, generally...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Arctic, Inuit issues arise in federal leaders’ debate

"One thing they keep saying about you up there Mr. Harper is you’re big sled, no dogs"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Inuit and Canada’s North have “arrived,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a federal leaders’ debate Sept. 28 — in no small part thanks to his government’s efforts in the Arctic.

If Inuit in Canada feel they’ve been largely left out of the election campaign so far, they wouldn’t be wrong, but...

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Nunavik September 29, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Luc Ferland of the Bloc Québécois says he understands Nunavik

Conservatives “completely detached from the economic and cultural needs of Nunavik”

SARAH ROGERS

This week, Nunatsiaq News is running profiles of major party candidates running in the upcoming federal election, including four who are vying for the Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou seat. We will run them in alphabetical order.

Our second feature focuses on the Bloc Québécois’ Luc Ferland. Right...

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 11:30 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27

Dramatic SAR near Iqaluit, top story of the week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two stories led this past week’s top five online stories, according to Google Analytics which tracks reader traffic on Nunatsiaqonline.ca: the gripping story of a successful search and rescue operation near Iqaluit and the death of a man at Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.

Thousands followed the search...

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 10:00 am

Nunavut’s federal candidates: Jack Anawak

The candidate’s more important than the party, Anawak says

THOMAS ROHNER

To help inform our readers, Nunatsiaq News posed seven questions to candidates from the three major political parties contesting the Nunavut seat in the Oct. 19 federal election — Canada’s biggest riding and the only one that spans three time zones. We will run them in alphabetical order.

Here’s...

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Nunavik September 29, 2015 - 9:00 am

Lack of housing, violence, addictions impede Nunavik women’s success: study

Three-quarters of respondents were victims of violence

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik women are at the heart of their families and communities, but that comes with a number of challenges, they say.

A new report on the life and concerns of Nunavimmiut women shows that they consider the housing shortage, domestic violence, substance abuse and shortfalls inthe education and...

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 8:00 am

Long overdue Nunavut children-youth office opens for business

New representative for youth says suicide warrants state of emergency

STEVE DUCHARME

We work for you.

That’s the message Sherry McNeil-Mulak, the appointed representative for children and youth, wants to broadcast to Nunavut’s young people ahead of opening their headquarters Sept. 30.

“As of Sept. 30, Nunavut’s children, youth and their families will have an organization to go...

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 7:30 am

Cape Dorset votes Sept. 28 to keep restrictions on booze purchases

Alcohol committee, old rules will stay in place; only 35 per cent cast ballots

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Residents in Cape Dorset voted Sept. 28 to keep their existing liquor restrictions, in which a local alcohol committee issues permits and sets limits for those who want to buy alcohol.

Elections Nunavut announced at about 9 p.m. that a proposal to get rid of those restrictions failed to get the 60...

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Nunavut September 29, 2015 - 6:56 am

Baffinland imposes 10-per-cent wage cut at Nunavut’s Mary River iron mine

All's not well at Baffinland's financially-troubled Mary River operation

JIM BELL

Hammered by rock-bottom iron ore prices and missed production targets, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., operator of Nunavut’s Mary River project, has temporarily cut wages by 10 per cent.

“Baffinland is experiencing the challenge of ramping up production against a market of global iron ore prices...

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