Nunatsiaq Online
EDITORIAL July 08, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Valcourt picks the lose-lose option

The federal government has poisoned its relationship with the people of the High Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When faced with the question of what to do about the prospect of seismic testing for potential oil and gas reserves in Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, likely had more policy choices available to him than he has yet been...

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EDITORIAL June 06, 2014 - 7:21 am

By the numbers

"Those who lack a basic knowledge of numbers are condemned to poverty and powerlessness."

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Take heed, educators.

When Joe Savikataaq, the MLA for Arviat South, rose in the legislative assembly May 26 to ask that the Department of Education — as soon as possible — begin teaching mathematics in English from kindergarten onwards, he issued a statement that challenges the Nunavut Education...

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EDITORIAL April 22, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Should Nunavut build a university?

Does Canada need an Arctic university? The answer to that question is yes.

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When James Nasso, the chair of Agnico Eagle’s board of directors, declared April 10 that his firm would donate $5 million to a future Nunavut university, a sympathetic audience of mining symposium delegates gave him a standing ovation.

When we published the ensuing story on our website, the issue...

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EDITORIAL March 12, 2014 - 8:04 am

Did the MLA for Uqqummiut get due process?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Samuel Nuqingaq, the beleaguered MLA for Uqqummiut, does not likely inspire much public sympathy these days.

Even before he took his oath of office this past fall, he got into trouble with his peers. He missed two days of orientation and slept through the morning segment of their Nov. 15...

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EDITORIAL February 11, 2014 - 7:21 am

Nunavut and Nunavik need the Senate

"You have nothing to gain and much to lose if the Senate were abolished"

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Who needs the Senate?

If you live in Nunavut or Nunavik, you may not like whoever happens to represent you in the Senate right now. You may not like the arbitrary means by which the prime minister of the day appointed them. And you may be appalled by the Senate expense claim scandals that have...

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EDITORIAL December 17, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Nunavut schools: stop the lying, stop the fantasizing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Most of us heard Nunavut’s new premier, Peter Taptuna, respond late last month to the territorial election campaign’s biggest issue. He declared his government will bring an immediate end to a longstanding practice that parents, employers and young people are sick and tired of: social...

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EDITORIAL November 05, 2013 - 1:24 pm

MLAs should drop their secret ballots

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Some time next week, Nov. 15 possibly, Nunavut’s new group of MLAs will make one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever get to make.

They’ll elect a government.

Under our non-partisan system, Nunavut voters, through 22 concurrent elections scheduled on the same day, are able to elect or acclaim...

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