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Nunavik February 27, 2017 - 6:35 am

Photo: Something smells good in Kuujjuaq

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Nunavut February 27, 2017 - 6:30 am

Photo: Mother Nature’s frosting

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Nunavik February 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik addiction treatment centre eyes family approach

“We look at it as an investment in Nunavik’s future"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The strongest words Mary Aitchison has heard are “I need help,” spoken by fellow Nunavimmiut struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.

Through her role on the Isuarsivik treatment centre’s board of directors, Aitchison has seen dozens of Nunavimmiut struggle to make the decision to...

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Nunavut February 24, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut’s Qulliit council holds women’s day photo contest

Winning images to be part of Iqaluit exhibit this March

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Corrected Feb. 27, 1:25 p.m.

Get your cameras out, ladies—the Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council has launched a photo contest for women photographers in the territory.

As part of International Women’s Day 2017, the organization is celebrating women’s traditional clothing around the world...

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Around the Arctic February 24, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Designer envisions huge all-terrain Arctic cruise vehicles for Nunavut

"Designed to explore the vast expanses of the Arctic and Antarctic regions on tracks"

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When you look at the design of this futuristic all-terrain cruise vehicle, you have to wonder how Nunavut regulators, who scrutinize cruise ship travel plans, would react to a proposed trans-Nunavut overland voyage by such a vehicle.

Designed by Imaginactive, the all-terrain ship, dubbed the...

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Around the Arctic February 24, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Agnico Eagle says federal carbon tax would hurt Nunavut mine operators

“Northerners should have the same right to a prosperous economic future as the rest of Canada”

STEVE DUCHARME

The federal government’s upcoming carbon tax rollout is “another blow” to northern development, and could deter the development of northern mines, Agnico Eagles Mines Ltd. said in a letter to Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna last month.

The company could lose approximately $20 million a year by 2023...

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Nunavut February 24, 2017 - 11:00 am

Nunavut justice department seeks members for Arctic Bay committee

Tininniq Justice Committee needs two members

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If you live in Arctic Bay, you can weigh in on how justice is delivered in your community.

The Tininniq Justice Committee is looking for two members—one for a one-year term, and another for a three-year term.

Justice committees in Nunavut use a community-based justice approach to assist victims...

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Nunavut February 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Political feud continues over Nunavut beer and wine store

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik renews his opposition after budget address

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik slammed finance minister Keith Peterson Feb. 22 over alleged missteps leading to the opening of an Iqaluit beer and wine store, after a budget address by Peterson in the legislature that lauded the store as “another step in harm reduction.”

“I wanted to state my...

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Nunavut February 24, 2017 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit woman’s death “heartbreaking” Nunavut health minister says

“We will have further information in the fairly near future”

JIM BELL

The Jan. 3, 2015 death of 61-year-old Annie Kootoo was “heartbreaking,” and the Department of Health continues to review Nunavut Coroner Padma Suramala’s report on it, Health Minister George Hickes said Feb. 22 in the legislative assembly.

“It’s heartbreaking. I know members of the family under...

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Around the Arctic February 24, 2017 - 7:00 am

PM Trudeau sets up group to look at laws affecting Indigenous peoples

Six ministers will make recommendations on changes to federal laws and policies

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The federal government has created a working group made up of six cabinet ministers to review all federal laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Feb. 22 in a news release.

Trudeau said after the working group does its review, the members will...

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-none- February 24, 2017 - 6:15 am

Photo: All you need is wind

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Nunavut February 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Inuit org will lobby to lift polar bear ban, increase quota in eastern Arctic

“The most recent scientific results shows that the Inuit traditional knowledge was accurate"

LISA GREGOIRE

A recent scientific report that Baffin Bay and Kane Basin polar bear populations are stable and possibly thriving may have surprised scientists, but not Inuit who hunt in those areas.

James Eetoolook, vice president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Nunavut’s land claims body, said Feb. 22 that Inuit...

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Nunavut February 23, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut government investigates Cambridge Bay’s yellow drinking water

New filtration plant now off-line as construction company, consultants, GN look at system

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Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services wants to find out what’s turning the water yellow in the western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay.

The water is safe to drink, tests say, but now consultants and the contractor who built the system have been called in to evaluate the...

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Nunavik February 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Quebec responds to ombudsman report with plans for new detention facility

KRG hopes for more infrastructure for "slow" justice system

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Kativik Regional Government officials are reviewing a proposal from the Quebec government to build a new police station and detention area in the Nunavik community of Puvirnituq.

The proposal comes a year after the release of a scathing report by Quebec’s Protecteur du Citoyen (Ombudsman)...

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Nunavut February 23, 2017 - 10:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19

News of two more mines, jobs and investment leads past week's top five stories

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The most-read story of the week was—no surprise—about the opening of two new gold mines in Nunavut and the promise of new jobs and money for the territory.

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. said it plans to invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold...

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Nunavik February 23, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik police force continues to struggle with turnover

“It takes them a while before they get comfortable, and then it seems they're leaving"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The Kativik Regional Police Force has its work cut out for it on a good day, but recruiting and retaining police officers is a struggle all of its own.

And this applies to officers, as well as to senior officers, who have experience working in the region’s communities.

In 2016, the force...

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Nunavut February 23, 2017 - 7:00 am

New Nunavut police allocations based on crime stats, workload

Finance minister says tracking lost productivity from workplace stress a goal

THOMAS ROHNER

It’s not every day that the Government of Nunavut offers reporters access to officials from any department to answer questions.

But that’s exactly what the GN did during the 90-minute budget lockup Feb. 21 at the legislature in Iqaluit.

This rare access to senior bureaucrats revealed some...

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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Nunavut government’s 2017-18 budget closes in on $2 billion

But Finance Minister Keith Peterson warns federal transfers will grow more slowly after this year

JIM BELL

In his final budget speech prior to the Oct. 30 territorial election this year, Finance Minister Keith Peterson said that, in spite of the nearly $2 billion the Government of Nunavut expects to receive in 2017-18, the GN faces a leaner future.

In the speech, given early in the afternoon Feb. 22,...

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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut airline medical, duty travel contracts extended two years

Dissolution of codeshare deals convinced GN to keep the status quo

STEVE DUCHARME

The Government of Nunavut has extended its current medical and duty travel contracts with at least two airlines—and likely three—after negotiating two-year extensions to agreements that were set to expire this August.

“At this time, for two of the airlines involved, there’s been a negotiated...

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Nunavut February 22, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Photo: Soldiers descend on Hall Beach for annual Operation Nunalivut

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