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Nunavut December 31, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut RCMP kept hopping over the Xmas weekend

Assaults, mischief, vehicle collisions mar the holiday in Iqaluit

STEVE DUCHARME

Police worked a busy holiday weekend across Nunavut this Christmas, responding to 200 calls for service between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, the RCMP said Dec. 30 in a news release.

Nearly half those calls, 98, occurred in Iqaluit, police said.

Between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, the Iqaluit RCMP responded to...

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Nunavik December 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

Johnny May’s candy drop lives on in Nunavik, in real life and in print

"You know, I love what I do"

SARAH ROGERS

High winds and a slippery runway postponed what was supposed to be Johnny May’s last-ever Christmas Day candy drop in Kuujjuaq this year, but Kuujjuaq residents still have a number of reasons to celebrate.

That’s because Nunavik’s famed pilot managed to get up in the air Dec. 29 to make one of his...

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Nunavut December 31, 2015 - 8:30 am

Icelandic storm makes North Pole feel like Vancouver

But system will have little impact on Nunavut, say meteorologists

STEVE DUCHARME

Santa likely had to doff his red suit post-Christmas this year.

That’s because a North Atlantic weather anomaly briefly made temperatures at the North Pole comparable to those felt the same day in Vancouver, B.C.

Meteorologists at Environment Canada confirmed Dec. 30 that an ocean buoy near the...

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Nunavut December 31, 2015 - 7:00 am

2015: a year of sweeping change for Nunavut

Economic upheaval, new leadership, painful self-examination

JIM BELL

What a year it was.

In 2015, Nunavut residents watched the decade-old commodity boom nearly shrivel up and die and then turned their backs on a developer-friendly Conservative government in favour of the Liberals.

At the same time, the Government of Nunavut’s department of Health endured a year...

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Nunavik December 31, 2015 - 5:54 am

Photo: A new year, a new life… Nunavik’s first 2016 baby

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut’s new employment skills program produces first grads

Program designed to start moving students away from income assistance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new territorial employment skills program designed to help Nunavummiut transition from income assistance produced its first batch of graduates before Christmas.

Getting Ready for Employment and Training, called G.R.E.A.T. for short, was launched last September by the Department of Family...

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 10:00 am

Wash away your stress with Iqaluit’s Uasau Soap products

Couple makes natural Nunavut soaps, body butters, and skincare remedies at home

THOMAS ROHNER

As soon as you walk into the Iqaluit home of Justin and Bernice Clarke, wafts of citrus, spices and flowers welcome you.

In neatly-stacked piles inside their living room and kitchen, you’ll find soaps, body butters, bath products and skincare remedies, wrapped in a small logo bearing the word...

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 8:30 am

DNA evidence links Nunavut suspect to murder victim

Judge expected to render verdict in Peter Angutimarik case in February

STEVE DUCHARME

DNA tests on rubber gloves allegedly used during the murder of an Igloolik teenager inside his home confirm that his roommate was the man who wore them.

Peter Angutimarik, now in his 30s, has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Esa Angutiqjuaq nearly......

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 6:59 am

Nunavut releases text of May 9, 2016 land sales ballot question

Freehold or leasehold? Each community will decide for itself

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut has released the text of the ballot question that voters in each Nunavut community will answer when they go to the polls May 9, 2016 to decide if city or hamlet governments can be allowed to sell municipal lots.

The question, released Dec. 29, reads as follows:

“Do you...

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 6:30 am

Photo: Net gain for Igloolik fisheries students

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Nunavut December 30, 2015 - 6:30 am

Photo: Hockey fans play the jersey game in Clyde River

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Nunavik December 29, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik health agency announces new board, new executive

Elisapi Uitangak re-elected as NRBHSS chair

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has a new board of directors and executive, the health agency said Dec. 18.

The health board re-elected its Puvirnituq representative, Elisapi Uitangak, as its chairperson during meetings in Kuujjuaq earlier this month.

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Nunavut December 29, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Iqaluit animal shelter teams up with First Air

Partnership will allow IHS to service more Nunavut communities

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The Iqaluit Humane Society and First Air have begun a two-year partnership that will see the airline transport rescued dogs to and from Iqaluit.

The Iqaluit Humane Society is a volunteer-run organization that takes in abandoned and unwanted dogs in Iqaluit and other communities in Nunavut.

Its...

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Nunavik December 29, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Screening clinic detects new TB cases in Nunavik community

Screening to resume Jan. 11

SARAH ROGERS

A tuberculosis screening clinic in Salluit has uncovered six new cases of the disease in the Nunavik community since mass screening began in early November.

Nunavik’s public health department launched the screening clinic last month after the Hudson Strait community of about 1,300 people reported...

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Around the Arctic December 29, 2015 - 11:30 am

May they rest in peace: those we lost in 2015

Over the past year, Nunavut and Nunavik residents saw the passing of many familiar people

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• Nellie Angutiguluk, 29, of Nunavik, a homicide victim, died May 18 in the Côte-des-Neiges area of Montreal.

• Don Chart, 83, a veteran employee of the Northwest Territories Housing Corp. and well-known Iqaluit resident, died Nov. 30 in eastern Ontario.

• Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, two...

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Nunavik December 29, 2015 - 10:00 am

Nunavik man charged in Montreal stabbing death

32-year-old man died in late-night altercation

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A Kuujjuaq man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of another man in Montreal.

In the early hours of Dec. 18, two men got into a heated argument in front of a restaurant at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Fort streets in Montreal’s Ville-Marie...

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Nunavut December 29, 2015 - 8:30 am

Nunavut high schools to put more weight on classroom work, less on exams

GN hoping to graduate more self-reliant Nunavummiut

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In an effort to more accurately assess student achievement, Nunavut’s education department has reduced the weight it gives to Grade 12 Alberta exams.

Until now, Grade 12 exams have made up 50 per cent of a student’s final mark. Under the change, Alberta departmental exams will now constitute only...

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Around the Arctic December 29, 2015 - 7:00 am

More methane seeping into atmosphere from Arctic: new studies

Tundra, ponds, and lakes may emit more methane than previously thought

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The Arctic may be warming itself through the release of potent, climate-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from land and water — even during the winter.

The amount of methane gas emitted from the ground in the Arctic during the long cold period each year is likely much higher than...

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Around the Arctic December 29, 2015 - 6:50 am

Photo: Ice chart image shows Arctic deep freeze

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Nunavik December 28, 2015 - 4:00 pm

New film offers advice, tools for breaking cycle of violence in Nunavik

“Nobody wants to hear about it, but it exists and it’s not going to go away"

SARAH ROGERS

People in Nunavik have kept quiet about conjugal and sexual abuse for too long, although Inuit women should feel like there is always a way out.

That’s the message the Saturviit Women’s Association of Nunavik wants to get across in a new video designed to serve as a resource tool to reduce...

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Around the Arctic December 28, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Toxic flame retardants turn up in Arctic reindeer poop: new study

PBDEs, widely used in many household products, also found in Arctic birds, animals, people

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Santa’s reindeer have come and gone in their annual Christmas journey over the North, but reindeer — and many other Arctic animals and people — may face health impacts from toxic flame retardants that are banned, but still present, in Canada.

A recent study found the feces of reindeer in Arctic...

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Nunavut December 28, 2015 - 1:05 pm

New Year’s treat: Nunavut government to reduce gasoline, diesel prices

Prices will go down by 10 cents a litre as of Jan. 1

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Nunavummiut can look forward to cheaper fuel in 2016.

The territorial government announced last week that in the New Year the petroleum product prices will drop in Nunavut.

The cost for both diesel and gasoline will decline by 10 cents a litre starting Jan. 1, the Government of Nunavut said in a...

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Nunavut December 28, 2015 - 11:30 am

NIRB sets public hearing dates for three Nunavut gold projects

NIRB to host final public hearings in CamBay for Sabina’s Back River, TMAC’s Hope Bay; hearing in Baker Lake for small Meadowbank expansion

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(Corrected Jan. 4, 11:50 a.m.)

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has announced final public hearing dates in April for two major Kitikmeot gold projects: Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s Back River proposal, and a proposal by TMAC Resources Ltd. to take the long-dormant Doris North mine out of...

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Around the Arctic December 28, 2015 - 10:10 am

Say that again? Our favourite quotes of 2015

Some our favourite quotes of 2015, from the pages of Nunatsiaq News.

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Words. Those are the tools we use to tell our stories, day after day, week after week.

Many of our favourite words are those our sources use to speak to us and to you directly — in quotes.

So here’s a collection of some our favourite quotes of 2015, lifted from the pages of Nunatsiaq News.


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Nunavut December 28, 2015 - 8:10 am

Yellowknife cops seize booze bound for western Nunavut

Northwest Territories RCMP grab two dozen mickeys headed for Kugaaruk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Christmas was a bit drier than it could have been in the western Nunavut community of Kugaaruk, a community of about 800 people where the possession of alcohol is prohibited.

That’s after members of the Yellowknife RCMP seized “a quantity of alcohol” Dec. 22 at the Yellowknife airport.

Shortly...

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