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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Vandalism suspected after major fuel spill in Nunavut community

An estimated 200 litres of jet fuel leaked from Gjoa Haven's tank farm

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut police are investigating a suspected case of vandalism at Gjoa Haven’s tank farm this past weekend that may have drained the western Nunavut community’s aviation fuel supply.

On Feb. 25, the RCMP members in Gjoa Haven learned that there had been damage to the community’s fuel pump station....

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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Photo: Fishery Alliance partners with Ottawa university

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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 2:30 pm

North Baffin wildlife jobs go unfilled due to staff house glitches

While Pond Inlet Environment office is understaffed, staff houses lie vacant

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s Department of Environment is woefully understaffed and showing little sign of improvement at its Pond Inlet branch, Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq said Feb. 27 in Nunavut’s legislature.

Five of seven environment department positions in Pond Inlet have been vacant since at least...

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Nunavik February 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Canadian Rangers celebrate mid-point of Aqikgik exercise

"It's a privilege to be a Ranger"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The photo session alone lasted 15 minutes, starting with the ceremonial presentation of the axe, shots of Kuujjuaq’s Junior Canadian Rangers, then more senior Rangers, their commander and visiting dignitaries.

Participants in the 2017 Aqikgik exercise arrived in Kuujjuaq this week, where...

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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Photo: Project Naming celebrates 15th anniversary

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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

Western Nunavut hamlet wants better dog care and control

"Think about the responsibilities that come with being an owner"

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The Hamlet of Cambridge Bay wants the community’s dogs to be better taken care of, and at the same time, for residents to be protected from loose dogs running around town.

To that end, it’s publicizing new bylaws that deal with the prevention of animal cruelty and animal control.

Last week a...

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Ottawa February 28, 2017 - 10:00 am

Carleton University screens doc about Nunavut mining and the land

"We’re the smiling Eskimo. We sort of look dumb. But times are changing and we’re learning how the system works"

LISA GREGOIRE

Award-winning Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is excited about this week’s screening of his 2014 documentary My Father’s Land in Ottawa and he’s looking forward to going to the capital to answer questions from the audience when the film is over.

But he almost didn’t get there.

Kunuk recently lost...

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Nunavut February 28, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut RCMP officers under investigation for conduct in Holland arrest

Police start internal investigation after judge criticizes cops in court

THOMAS ROHNER

Some Iqaluit police officers could face disciplinary action after a Nunavut judge found they broke the law during an arrest, committed an assault on the person they arrested and then provided “not reliable” and “inconsistent” testimony at trial about that arrest.

The Nunavut RCMP “V” Division is...

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Nunavik February 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

A room with a view, support for the whole family

New Kuujjuaq centre will house perinatal and early childhood program

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—It’s a room with a view, but a new space in Kuujjuaq dedicated to health services promises much more than that.

The Ungava Tulattivik Health Centre is the first in the region to roll out an integrated perinatal and early childhood services program, often called by its French-language...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Canadian North now free of NTCL entanglements, IDC says

Airline transferred from Norterra to direct ownership by Inuvialuit

SARAH ROGERS

Ownership of Canadian North has been transferred directly to the Inuvialuit Development Corp. from Norterra Inc., and the airline is now free of any financial entanglements created by the recent demise of its former sister company, Northern Transportation Co. Ltd., the IDC announced last...

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut MLA wants to know if raven feces cause cancer

“Is this not a danger? I think a study should be initiated”

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak suspects the trickster raven might be playing fatal pranks on Inuit in a most filthy way—with its own feces.

The member from Uqqummiut used a member’s statement at the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit Feb. 22 to sound the alarm on what “many of you may not have...

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Despite improvements, language gaps at QGH continue: Nunavut minister

“It’s a continual challenge to make sure the staff we have are familiar with terminology"

STEVE DUCHARME

Nunavut’s health minister, George Hickes, says his department is making progress in responding to complaints of poor language services at the Qikiqtani General Hospital, brought to light last year in a critical report by the Office of the Nunavut Languages Commissioner.

But there is still much to...

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Photo: Cheeky behaviour

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Military, local SAR team rescue Nunavut man in frigid temperatures

Operation Nunalivut participants help rescue three Hall Beach men

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A Canadian Armed Forces exercise involving patrols and Arctic survival skill training, now underway in Hall Beach, became a real search and rescue operation Feb. 23, RCMP said in a news release.

That’s when two teams of local ground searchers from Hall Beach, helped by spotters aboard an armed...

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Iqaluit February 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

Cold snap: How to fight fires, and stay alive, North of 60

Five years ago today, the Creekside Village fire destroyed 22 units and left two dead in Iqaluit

LISA GREGOIRE

When your ears freeze, the cartilage and skin shrink to about half their normal size until they are hard, numb lumps.

When they thaw, they fill with fluid and grow to three times their normal size and the pain, like blow torches cooking both sides of your head, is excruciating.

If you’re a...

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Nunavik February 27, 2017 - 9:30 am

Photo: A sunny day on Stewart Lake

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 8:30 am

Some NTEP grads “prefer to teach in English:” Nunavut minister

Quassa said review will lead to revamped teacher education program by the end of this year

JIM BELL

Some graduates of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program “prefer to teach in English,” and that’s one reason the Government of Nunavut is now reviewing it, Education Minister Paul Quassa said Feb. 23 in the Nunavut legislative assembly.

The GN first promised that NTEP review in 2013, in its ......

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 7:00 am

Many Nunavut hunters still don’t use SPOT devices: report

Most SAR operations triggered by hunters who run out of fuel or suffer mechanical breakdowns

THOMAS ROHNER

It appears many Nunavut hunters are not getting the Government of Nunavut’s message that urges them to take SPOT devices out on the land in case they get lost or run into an emergency.

While more search and rescue operations were carried out in 2015 than in the previous year, fewer searches were...

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 6:47 am

Photo: Three Nunavummiut receive the territory’s top honour

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Iqaluit February 27, 2017 - 6:42 am

Photo: Suicide in the North, a circumpolar perspective

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