November 25, 2015 - 11:50 am
Big workload, job vacancies, hinder Nunavut languages commissioner
“The retention of employees is the most difficult part since I’ve started”
Empty desks at the Office of the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut are to blame for many of the challenges the organization faces trying to be a watchdog for language rights across the territory.
That’s the main takeaway for MLAs after a full day spent questioning languages commissioner Sandra...
November 25, 2015 - 9:30 am
Iqaluit council moves fast on bleak financial position
Councillors vote on five bylaws aimed at eliminating deficit, reducing debt
(Updated Nov. 25, 11:20 a.m.)
In their second meeting since being sworn into office, Iqaluit city councillors continued their push to fix the city’s sinking finances by pushing a flurry of bylaws through first and second reading Nov. 24.
Muhamud Hassan, Iqaluit’s chief administrative officer and...
November 25, 2015 - 8:30 am
Nunavik regional government councillors elect new chair
"It was time for change and new ideas"
(Updated Nov. 25, 10:00 a.m.)
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government councillors elected the regional government’s first new chairperson in a decade on Nov. 24.
Jennifer Watkins, a Kuujjuaq municipal councillor and health board administrator, surprised many when she won a two-way race...
November 25, 2015 - 7:00 am
CGS blocks Nunavut mayor from seeking re-election
Confusion over pay increase leaves Jerry Natanine ineligible
An “honest mistake” has thwarted Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine’s plan to seek another term of office in Nunavut’s hamlet elections this Dec. 14, Natanine told Nunatsiaq News Nov. 24.
That’s because the Department of Community and Government Services declared him ineligible to run as a candidate...
November 24, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut child-youth advocate holds writing contest
Deadline for kids to submit writing falls Jan. 20, 2016
Nunavut’s Representative for Children and Youth is inviting young people to submit their writing to a contest in celebration of National Child Day, held Nov. 20.
The contest, dubbed “Your, Story, Your Voice,” asks children from kindergarten to Grade 12 to write a few words on “the right to your...
November 24, 2015 - 1:20 pm
Refugees are welcome, but Nunavut just doesn’t have capacity: Taptuna
Territory's housing shortage hinders ability to sponsor refugees
(Updated, 3:45 p.m.)
Syrian refugees fleeing that country’s brutal civil war would be welcomed in Nunavut “with open arms,” Premier Peter Taptuna said, but the territorial government cannot and will not sponsor any refugees as part of the federal government’s latest resettlement efforts.
November 24, 2015 - 11:00 am
Mark the date: Nunavut hamlet voters head to the polls Dec. 14
Nineteen candidates seek four council seats in Whale Cove
The last big voting event of the year takes place Dec. 14, when voters in 24 Nunavut hamlets go to the polls to choose hamlet councillors and mayors.
All 24 hamlets will see expired or empty spots on their councils filled by either election or acclamation and seven hamlets will choose mayors....
November 24, 2015 - 8:30 am
Employment support centre gives hope to Nunavik youth
"I came here because I need more job experience"
Tamussie Echalook is a typical Inukjuak youth: he likes to hang out with friends, play hockey and hunt.
But the 18-year-old, who recently completed his studies at Innalik school, is also at a crossroads in his life. He needs to find work, to support himself or to support future studies.
November 24, 2015 - 7:01 am
Inuktitut will be protected in schools, Nunavut education minister says
“We will always respect and abide by the Inuit Languages Protection Act"
The Nunavut government sees an education system where both the Inuktitut and English languages are on equal footing, and where Inuit societal values are incorporated into the curriculum.
That’s according to Education Minister Paul Quassa who responded Nov. 23 to concerns raised recently by the...
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November 23, 2015 - 4:00 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca between Nov. 15 and Nov. 22
A mixed bag: weather, education policy, crime attracted readers
The top draw for Nunatsiaq News readers from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22: a photo, by Nunavik’s George Berthe, who shared his image of an icy Inukjuak on Nov. 19 with readers on the Nunatsiaq News Facebook page.
The 4 C noted by Environment Canada in Inukjuak Nov. 19 was a record-breaker for the day in...
November 23, 2015 - 3:08 pm
Here’s your chance to vent about Nunavut’s social assistance system
GN to hold community session at parish hall 7 p.m., Nov. 24
If you live in Iqaluit and you’re frustrated by how the Government of Nunavut doles out social assistance, the government is giving you a chance to vent — in a constructive manner.
The departments of Family Services and Economic Development and Transportation are hosting a public session at...
November 23, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Nunavik school board launches new Inuktitut keyboard
iNaqittaq software offered free, compatible with Apple products
Nunavik’s Kativik School Board has launched new Inuktitut keyboard software for iOS devices, hoping it will encourage the use of the Inuit language at home and at school.
The KSB’s iNaqittaq keyboard uses the Nunavik syllabary and is now available to be downloaded for free from the Apple App...
November 23, 2015 - 10:02 am
Inuit org completes first round of Mary River consultations
“There was a really good turnout, right from elders down to youth"
Residents of communities affected by the proposed Phase II expansion of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.‘s Mary River iron mine project got their first chance to say what they think about the proposal in a series of forums hosted by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association that concluded Nov. 16.
The QIA will...
November 23, 2015 - 8:20 am
Nunavut tent fire survivor still seeks help
"It's has been a hard and painful healing process for Nina and son"
A family devastated by a tent fire in August still needs help.
The Aug. 16 tent fire near Pond Inlet claimed four victims: Ikie Kautuq, father of four, and three of his children.
After the fire, members of the injured family were medevaced to hospitals 3,000 kilometres to the south, in Winnipeg...
November 23, 2015 - 7:00 am
Nunavut Housing Corp. faces high arrears, dire need for more units
NHC targeting communities with the worst rent collection rates
The Nunavut Housing Corp. is coping with $27 million in unpaid rent and tenant damage bills, the agency said in its annual report, a situation that creates a “formidable challenge” for the territory’s public housing body.
The NHC’s 2014-15 annual report, tabled last month in the legislative...
November 20, 2015 - 4:45 pm
Rankin Inlet woman hospitalized; Nunavut man, 26, faces multiple charges
Police in the Kivalliq community also make arrest related to break-in spree
A Rankin Inlet woman is recovering in a Winnipeg hospital this week after suffering injuries inflicted in a major assault.
The RCMP said Nov. 20 that officers in Rankin Inlet responded to an incident at a residence, where they discovered the injured woman with a “faint pulse.”
The woman was...
November 20, 2015 - 3:04 pm
Merry Christmas: the Nunavut power utility’s giving you a refund
Driven by lower fuel price, refund worth 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour
Corrected Nov. 22, 7 a.m.
No, you’re not dreaming. The Qulliq Energy Corp. really does want to give you a break.
Between Nov. 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, the QEC — because of lower fuel prices — will give customers a refund worth 1.8 cents per kilowatt hour.
That means if you consume 700...
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November 20, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Airline calls RCMP to deal with “unruly” Winnipeg-Iqaluit passenger
“The RCMP was present on arrival. No impact to operations."
An “unruly” passenger on a Keewatin Air Learjet flight from Winnipeg to Iqaluit Nov. 13 posed a threat to the safety of the aircraft, says a Nov. 18 Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report System report filed with Transport Canada.
“The RCMP was present on arrival. No impact to operations,” the...
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November 20, 2015 - 11:56 am
ArcticNet director Louis Fortier gets Northern Science Award
ArcticNet grew with funds from many sources, including oil and gas industry
Louis Fortier, the scientific director of the ArcticNet research network, is the 2015 winner of the Northern Science Award, Polar Knowledge Canada announced Nov. 19.
“He has inspired and fostered the creation of knowledge that directly benefits northern societies and communities,” the federal...
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November 20, 2015 - 8:30 am
Warm wet Arctic weather leads to flight disruptions, bad roads
Houses damaged in Salluit, flights grounded, schools cancelled elsewhere in Nunavik
As the weekend approaches, unseasonably warm temperatures combined with strong winds and rain, are likely to bring more dangerous conditions across Nunavut and Nunavik.
Temperatures in Iqaluit rose to a high of 2.6 Celsius Nov. 19 — and were at 3 C at 8 a.m. Nov. 20, Environment Canada said in its...
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