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Nunavut August 29, 2017 - 2:20 pm

Photo: Just another day on the bountiful sea

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Around the Arctic August 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm

National Inuit org takes wait-and-see approach to INAC dissolution

“Without more detailed information, it is unclear what these changes will mean for Inuit”

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The leader of Canada’s national Inuit organization is adopting a wait-and-see stance in reaction to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to dissolve Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and replace it with two new departments.

Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, “noted...

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Nunavut August 29, 2017 - 11:30 am

Land ho! Nunavut teen sails across Atlantic Ocean in tall ship

Alassua Hanson—seasickness- and blister-free after 25-day journey to France

BETH BROWN

Alassua Hanson will always remember being caught in a trans-Atlantic storm aboard a 54-metre three-mast schooner—where crew members were harnessed to the deck for safety.

“The ship was going side to side, people were slipping and sliding. It was very fun,” said the 16-year-old Iqaluit youth.

It...

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Nunavut August 29, 2017 - 8:00 am

Ottawa to spend $400 million on transportation in Nunavut, NWT, Yukon

Trade corridor fund spread out over 11 years

JANE GEORGE

Ottawa has $400 million to hand out to transportation projects across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon, the federal transportation minister Marc Garneau, announced Aug. 28 in Yellowknife.

Speaking at a news conference in the NWT Legislature, Garneau offered up more information about...

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Nunavut August 29, 2017 - 7:00 am

Feds fund new water filtration system for Nunavut community

Whale Cove remains under boil water alert

SARAH ROGERS

A boil water alert remains in place for residents of Whale Cove, while the Kivalliq community awaits the arrival of a new water filtration unit.

For the last three summers, the Nunavut community has seen high levels of coliform in its drinking water, forcing the territorial government to issue...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 6:25 pm

Nunavut RCMP makes contact with Cape Dorset fugitive

Police now negotiating with David Mikkigak, 37, who has evaded police for seven weeks

JANE GEORGE

After seven weeks, the Nunavut RCMP report a promising development: they have made contact with David Mikkigak, 37, of Cape Dorset, and are negotiating with him to find a way for him to surrender peacefully.

The Nunavut RCMP said late Aug. 28 that they are working with Mikkigak’s family “with a...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Vets head to the High Arctic for spay and neuter clinic

Two thirds of dogs get fixed; vet performs animal surgery with community spectators

BETH BROWN

Dogs in Resolute Bay are recovering from surgery, which means the vet has been to town—and fewer puppies are on the way.

About two out of every three dogs in the community that had not been spayed or neutered before, received the reproductive operation when the High Arctic community hosted the...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Cambridge Bay dancers and drummers perform for Crystal Serenity

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: It’s OK to clown around at daycare

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Bye, bye INAC: Trudeau to split department into two pieces

“The level of the ambition of this government cannot be achieved through existing colonial structures”

JIM BELL

Declaring that “existing colonial structures” do not work, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Aug. 28 that the federal government department known as Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will be dissolved and replaced by two new entities to be handled by two cabinet ministers.

“I’m...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Feds head to western Nunavut to announce $175-million marine safety plan

Ottawa to spend $29.9 million on new Arctic National Aerial Surveillance Program Complex in Iqaluit

JANE GEORGE

Two days before the huge, 600-passenger Crystal Serenity cruise ship’s Aug. 28 arrival in Cambridge Bay, federal ministers arrived in the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay to introduce new measures designed to protect the marine environment and coastal communities in Canada’s Arctic.

These...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 11:30 am

Researchers lichen what they see on High Arctic islands

Museum botanists focus on Arctic lichen during this summer's field season

BETH BROWN

Lichens come to life in the Arctic each summer, spreading across the rocky tundra in blooms of orange, green and yellow.

Considered extremophiles, they thrive in the extreme polar desert environment, growing where other organisms cannot.

And, as a fungi that partners symbiotically with algae or...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 8:00 am

Fog, cold likely killed 400 snow geese in western Nunavut: biologist

"There are so many things that can kill geese, including cold weather, in the Arctic"

JANE GEORGE

Hundreds of dead snow geese lying along the sandy Long Point Beach, which stretches for kilometres to the west of Cambridge Bay, alarmed people in the western Nunavut town so much they quickly alerted the territorial and federal environment departments.

While Jim Leafloor, a Winnipeg-based goose...

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 7:00 am

Complainants dissatisfied with investigation into Nunavut airlines

"While there may be some appreciation of our northern issues, we have to live this reality. We do not have a road system"

STEVE DUCHARME

Municipal and territorial governments remain concerned following the release of a Competition Bureau investigation that failed to find sufficient evidence for anti-competitive behaviour at Nunavut’s two biggest airlines.

That much is apparent after a pair of telephone conferences that the...

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Nunavik August 28, 2017 - 6:50 am

Photo: It’s OK, we got this

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 6:49 am

Photo: Nunavut football fans represent at Celtic Park

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Nunavut August 28, 2017 - 6:49 am

Photo: So long Maud, good to know you

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut government, Kitikmeot Inuit move ahead on ambitious road-port

Despite no firm funding, no firm users, Grays Bay enters environmental screening

JIM BELL

Though there’s no firm guarantee that anyone will use it and no firm guarantee the federal government will put up the cash to pay for it, the ambitious Grays Bay Road and Port Project in western Nunavut will now undergo an environmental screening by the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the project’s...

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Nunavut August 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut fishing company wins small victory in long legal fight

Judge orders DFO monitoring reports of rival fishing vessels to be disclosed to the court

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The Nunavut fishing company Masiliit Corp. has won a small victory in trying to prove it was following industry standards when fishing for turbot in Davis Strait in October 2012.

Masiliit Corp., a member of the Arctic Fishery Alliance, and its ship master, Captain George Hudson, have been charged...

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Nunavut August 25, 2017 - 11:30 am

Theft suspect from Iqaluit boat explosion appears in court

Lawyers still await evidence from RCMP

STEVE DUCHARME

An Iqaluit woman accused of stealing carvings from the home of a man who died from injuries sustained in a recent boat explosion, made her first appearance Aug. 24 before a judge at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Christine Ammaq, 53, faces one charge of breaking and entering to commit...

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Nunavik August 25, 2017 - 10:00 am

Secondary diplomas to be issued to Nunavik grads this year

“I’m just hoping we’ll have a more positive communication"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik students started the 2017-18 school year Aug. 14 with some good news—Secondary 5 students who complete their required courses will receive a diploma at the end of the academic year.

That’s because the Kativik School Board’s Secondary 4-level math, science and technology programs have been...

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Nunavut August 25, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut man charged in ATV accident that sent two children to hospital

Two nine-year-olds remain in stable condition

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A 27-year-old Taloyoak man has been charged with dangerous driving after he allegedly hit two children in the Kitikmeot community earlier this week.

Two nine-year-old children were struck by a man driving an all-terrain vehicle in Taloyoak Aug. 21, sending them both to a southern hospital for...

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Nunavut August 25, 2017 - 7:00 am

Iqaluit pub-restaurant owners call it quits

Waters' Edge, Kickin’ Caribou will close for good today, Aug. 25

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit’s Waters’ Edge Seafood and Steakhouse restaurant and the Kickin’ Caribou pub are set to close for good, now that a judge has lifted a temporary injunction that allowed the restaurant to operate until the end of September while it awaited an appeal over the terms of its lease at the former...

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Nunavut August 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut community suffers five fires in three days

Fire chief suspects arson, asks residents to come forward with information

SARAH ROGERS

Pangnirtung’s firefighters and local police are trying to find out who or what might be behind a series of fires that appear to have been deliberately set in the south Baffin community this week.

Local fire crews have been called to put out five fires since Aug. 21; two of these started late Aug....

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Nunavut August 24, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Agnico Eagle asked to respond to concerns over Nunavut gold project

"We have seen no major improvements to our infrastructure or housing stock as a result of mining"

JANE GEORGE

As Agnico Eagle Mining Ltd.‘s Whale Tail gold mining project heads toward a final hearing next month in Baker Lake, the mining company has until Aug. 28 to respond to critical comments on its project, recently received by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

The Kivalliq Inuit Association banked a...

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