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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Despite support, uncertain timeline for beer-wine store openings: Nunavut minister

"The government is not bound to move forward"

JANE GEORGE

Unless you live in Iqaluit—where a beer and wine store is set to open this July—you will be obliged to order in your stock for a while yet.

Despite strong support from voters May 1 in Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay for the establishment of beer-wine stores in their communities, it’s likely to take...

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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Photo: Sunrise in Kivalliq

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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Financial irregularities at YWCA Agvvik Nunavut, audit reveals

Expenses included a tour of Kensington Palace in London, England

STEVE DUCHARME

Bounced cheques, personal travel expenses, expired licenses and undocumented wages, these are only a few of the more dubious financial irregularities pointed out in an audit last year of YWCA Agvvik Nunavut, the organization responsible for running Iqaluit’s only women’s shelter.

That’s according...

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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Canada Post launches Nunavut stamp for Canada’s 150th

Arctic Bay's Clare Kines—"proud that it was a photo of my wife that would be shared with the country"

JANE GEORGE

Next time you buy stamps, ask Canada Post for the Nunavut special.

You just might see someone you know on the stamp, issued by Canada Post as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.

The stamp, unveiled May 30 in Iqaluit, features the image of Leah Ejangiaq Kines, photographed by...

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Nunavik May 31, 2017 - 1:22 pm

Photo: Telling stories through images and film

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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 1:20 pm

Photo: Honouring the legacy of the late Mark Kalluak

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Iqaluit May 31, 2017 - 11:45 am

Crowded school classrooms, buses prompt options in Nunavut capital

Iqaluit DEA considers rejigging which grades get taught where

BETH BROWN

Packed classrooms have the Iqaluit District Education Authority looking for new ways to organize which grades attend the four schools under its mandate.

The IDEA suggested during its annual community consultation meeting, May 29, that the Department of Education throw out the catchment model in...

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Nunavut May 31, 2017 - 10:00 am

On World No Tobacco Day, Nunavut urges people to go tobacco-free

GN also seeking applications for tobacco-reduction projects

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For World No Tobacco Day, May 31, Nunavut’s Department of Health would like to see Nunavummiut put down the cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

More than two in three Inuit living in Nunavut and aged 15 and older are daily smokers, according to Statistics Canada.

To lower the numbers of...

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Nunavik May 31, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavik looks to Quebec for new, improved police facilities

Request follows 2016 report on poor conditions in the region's holding cells

SARAH ROGERS

UMIUJAQ—The Kativik Regional Government has presented Quebec a five-year plan to upgrade the region’s police stations and improve holding cells.

The regional government has submitted a plan requesting the construction of three new police stations and renovations to stations in the region’s 11...

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Nunavut May 30, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Verdict in Nunavut teacher sex crime case expected in September

“It’s been a long and difficult, detailed and serious case, and now of course we move towards its conclusion”

STEVE DUCHARME

A final verdict ending nearly five-years of courtroom litigation over alleged historic sex crimes by former-Sanikiluaq teacher, Johnny Meeko, will be read on Sept. 14, Justice Neil Sharkey announced at the Nunavut Court of Justice, May 30.

Sharkey opened court for a special sitting, following...

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Nunavut May 30, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Feds announce split of Indigenous language money for NWT, Nunavut

GN "thrilled with this new multi-year agreement"

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The promotion and protection of Inuktut will see a $15.8 million boost.

That comes after the ratification of agreements between Ottawa and the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, which divide money set aside in the 2016 budget to support the preservation of Indigenous languages,...

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Ottawa May 30, 2017 - 10:59 am

Historic charges abruptly dropped against former Nunavut Mountie

Lauren McKiel, 80, had been accused of sex-related crimes against a child in the 1960s

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OTTAWA—In a surprising turn of events, the Crown has withdrawn three sex-related charges against former RCMP superintendent Lauren McKiel who served in Cape Dorset in the 1960s.

The withdrawal of charges on May 30, which came after a day of emotional witness testimony...

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Nunavut May 30, 2017 - 9:59 am

Rabies found in Igloolik fox, Nunavut government warns

Wildlife officers caught the fox May 23

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A fox captured in Igloolik has tested positive for rabies, Nunavut’s Department of Health said in a news release, May 29.

Wildlife officers caught the fox on May 23, within the boundaries of the hamlet—where about 1,600 people live.

Foxes spotted in and around communities are considered a danger...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2017 - 9:40 am

Photo: Islamic Society of Nunavut remembers Iqaluit’s hungry

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Nunavik May 30, 2017 - 9:38 am

Photo: A gymnasium full of pride

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Nunavut May 30, 2017 - 9:34 am

Photo: Iqaluit team champs at Nunavut volleyball tournament

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Nunavik May 30, 2017 - 9:00 am

DFO approves Nunavik’s new three-year beluga management plan

The region's beluga harvest opened May 26

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—The federal government has approved Nunavik’s new beluga management plan just in time for this year’s harvest season, which opened May 26.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans issued the decision May 15, signing off on a submission made by the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2017 - 8:00 am

Toxic Cold War legacy hidden under thin ice in Greenland

American "Camp Century" contains PCBs, radioactive coolant, diesel fuel

STEVE DUCHARME

Buried beneath the Greenland ice sheet, a top secret American base decommissioned during the Cold War is on track to prove its engineers wrong by releasing toxic chemical and radiological material into the environment from a melting ice-tomb once thought “preserved for eternity” less than 60 years...

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Historic Nunavut sex crime case heading for a verdict

Accused ex-teacher Johnny Meeko drops submission that witnesses colluded

STEVE DUCHARME

The long-standing litigation over alleged historical sex crimes by former Sanikiluaq teacher, Johnny Meeko, is on course for a final verdict this summer, after Meeko abandoned his submission to enter new evidence into his nearly two-year-old trial, May 29.

Dressed in a grey T-shirt with navy...

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Nunavik May 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavik MNA pushes to resolve diploma issue for next school year

"It shouldn’t be the kids who are paying for it"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ—Jean Boucher, the MNA for the Quebec riding of Ungava, says he’s working to ensure Nunavik high school graduates in the region can begin receiving secondary diplomas again next year.

The MNA also wants to see students who’ve completed high school in Nunavik over the last few years receive...

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Western Nunavut gold project gets a second chance

Sabina to bring "significant new information" on Back River to second round of hearings in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

You can expect to hear a lot of detailed—and even nitpicky—discussions when the Nunavut Impact Review Board, federal and territorial agencies, Inuit organizations and Métis and Dene groups from the Northwest Territories, come back to Cambridge Bay this week for the regulator’s second public review...

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut police charge man for reckless shooting inside home

No one was injured in early morning altercation in Igloolik

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Nunavut police arrested an Igloolik man May 27 for allegedly threatening RCMP members and for firing his weapon inside a residence where a number of people were at home.

Early May 27, at about 4 a.m., the RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance at an Igloolik home. When officers arrived, police...

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut deputy minister dishes on what will drive northern economy

“Nunavut has a consumer market that didn’t exist two decades ago.”

BETH BROWN

Record public spending on infrastructure, along with a surge in mining and exploration, could cause as much economic growth as Nunavut saw in the late 1990s.

That’s according to Sherri Rowe, deputy minister for the Department of Economic Development and Transportation for the Government of...

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Photo: Spring fishing… Arctic style

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Nunavut May 29, 2017 - 11:44 am

TMAC’s western Nunavut gold mine moves into commercial production

"A significant achievement"

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(Updated with new information, 5 p.m.)

Commercial production at Nunavut’s second operating gold mine—and the first for western Nunavut—is now underway, “a significant achievement of which our entire team is proud,” said Catharine Farrow, CEO of TMAC Resources Ltd. of its Doris North operation....

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