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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo leaves cabinet, Liberal caucus

PM Trudeau says Tootoo “will be taking time to seek treatment for addiction issues"

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(Updated, June 1 10:45 a.m.)

Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo is no longer the minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and will seek addictions treatment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said May 31 in a terse statement.

“Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has...

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Nunavut airline raising baggage fees on most flights

Changes part of strategy to reduce baggage volume and increase sustainability

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If you’re planning to travel on Canadian North in the near future, you may want to pack light.

Canadian North announced new baggage restrictions May 31 that will lower the maximum checked baggage weight to 50 pounds from the current 70 pounds, and apply extra fees for the second and subsequent...

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Woman in Iqaluit shaken by daylight assault in public area

“I went into survival mode… and started screaming ‘Don’t f--king touch me.”

SARAH ROGERS AND THOMAS ROHNER

Dolena Matthews was out for a regular evening walk with her dog last week in Iqaluit, when something happened that rattled her sense of security.

The setting was one she considered safe — Matthews was walking with her dog, on a well-lit May evening, in a relatively central part of town, while she...

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Nunavik May 31, 2016 - 1:06 pm

Photo: A river runs free

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Photo: Getting to school is half the work

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Photo: Good day, sunshine

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Nunavik May 31, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Photo: Name Quebec’s new walrus pups

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavut NNI tribunal lacks transparency, MLA complains

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak says dispute resolution body should report publicly

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut’s newly-amended Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti policy, unveiled in Iqaluit May 12, drew sharp criticism from Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak on May 30, the first day of the spring 2016 sitting of the third session of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly.

The NNI...

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut court: possible plea deal could prevent third Van Eindhoven trial

Lawyers set June 20 date for "facts and sentencing"

THOMAS ROHNER

Adrian Van Eindhoven of Rankin Inlet is not expected to stand trial for a third time in connection with the 2004 death of his common law partner, Leanne Irkootee.

That’s because Justice Beverly Browne, now a deputy judge from Alberta, on May 30 at the Nunavut Court of Justice, scheduled Van...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2016 - 8:30 am

Ottawa announces start of Nutrition North consultation roadshow

Federal Indigenous affairs and health departments leading attempt to improve NNC food subsidy scheme

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The Trudeau government has finally announced its long-anticipated consultation tour of up to 20 northern and mid-northern communities, aimed at finding ways of improving the much-reviled Nutrition North Canada food subsidy program.

Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Indigenous and Northern...

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Nunavut May 31, 2016 - 6:59 am

Nunavut police stop hundreds of drivers at long weekend checkpoints

Only one individual charged with impaired driving

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Nunavut RCMP stopped more than 700 drivers across the territory over the May long weekend, as part of the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

Of the 776 vehicles stopped May 21 in sobriety checkpoints throughout Nunavut, one individual was charged with impaired driving, the RCMP said in a...

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Nunavut May 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Confirmed whooping cough cases down to five: GN

Two other cases of the infection are pending; one of them in Iqaluit

SARAH ROGERS

Health officials in Nunavut say a number of suspected cases of whooping cough in the north Baffin community of Pond Inlet have come back negative.

Last week, health care staff were looking at as many as 18 possible cases of the bacterial infection in the community of 1,500.

But as of May 30,...

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Nunavut May 30, 2016 - 2:20 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, May 22 to May 29

Grolar? Pizzly? Questions about unusual bear draw the readers

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Here’s the story that caught the interest of thousands of Nunatsiaqonline.ca readers this week: a Nunavut biologist has sent a possible “grolar” bear in for DNA analysis.

This move came after an unusual bear was killed in Arviat.

Nunavut residents and people from around the world then invented...

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Nunavik May 30, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Another big seizure of hash oil in Nunavik: police

This one — 800 vials of hashish oil in Kangiqsujuaq

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(Updated, 3:20 p.m.)

Police in Nunavik say they’ve made the second largest drug seizure this year in the community of Kangiqsujuaq.

That seizure, announced May 27 in a release from Kativik Regional Police Force, took place May 26.

That’s when the KRPF said it obtained a search warrant that...

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Nunavut May 30, 2016 - 11:45 am

Nunavut should look at how Yukon handles workplace conflict, MLA says

“It's not the government investigating itself behind closed doors where intimidation can and does happen”

THOMAS ROHNER

If the Government of Nunavut seeks a model to follow on how to address bullying and harassment within its workforce, it should look to Yukon, says Iqaluit Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak.

Angnakak is spearheading efforts to address unresolved harassment complaints within the GN.

The Respectful......

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

Ottawa unveils final report on MMIW inquiry consultation

No official word yet on when inquiry will start or how it will work

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Though they’re not yet ready to say when and how they’ll conduct their national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the federal government is now ready to report what others want them to do.

Ottawa’s final report on what they heard between December 2015 and March 2016...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2016 - 8:30 am

Northern tour takes foreign ambassadors across Canadian Arctic

"We place a great importance on the Arctic region," U.S. ambassador Bruce Heyman says

JANE GEORGE

This week, if you live in northern Canada you may cross paths with a group of dignitaries —  including ambassadors, top-ranked diplomats and federal civil servants — who have started a northern tour in which they’ll travel more than 10,000 kilometres between May 29 and June 5, from Happy...

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Nunavut May 30, 2016 - 8:20 am

Photo: Smiles all around

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Nunavut May 30, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut internet meat sales worrying, caribou board says

“We are putting out feelers to all the communities — we really need to get better harvesting information"

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In the absence of reliable harvesting numbers, and suspecting that internet caribou meat sales and other factors are seriously impacting the Kivalliq region’s Qamanirjuaq caribou herd, an advisory board that monitors caribou has increased the herd’s vulnerability rating to “medium-high.”

That...

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Nunavut May 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut administrator charged with fraud, theft

Dennis Zettler, veteran SAO in Baker Lake, faces three criminal charges

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A long-time senior administrator for the hamlet of Baker Lake has been charged with fraud and theft, following the discovery of a large amount of cash in a local residence May 27.

Early May 27, Dennis Zettler called the local RCMP to report a theft from his home.

During the investigation, local...

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