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Iqaluit November 21, 2017 - 9:15 am

Film school’s scouting tour sets sights on Nunavut

“American-Idol style” try-outs for Vancouver Film School to be held Nov. 25 in Iqaluit

JOHN THOMPSON

Aspiring actors in Iqaluit will get a chance later this week to audition in front of bigwigs from the Vancouver Film School.

Among the film school’s visiting panel of judges will be Grace Dove, a Shuswap actress from Prince George, British Columbia. Shortly after graduating from Vancouver Film...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Finland’s ULapland offers glimpse of an Arctic university

Founded in 1979, ULapland now has 5,000 students

JANE GEORGE

ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—You can touch the white ice floes made of flat white felt and the leads between them will light up.

Or you can try on the “Breaking of the Dawn” jacket, with its reindeer-leather trim and heat and light sensitive sensors. Or you can dabble your hand in the water emerging from...

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Iqaluit November 20, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Iqaluit RCMP seek hit-and-run driver who struck five-year-old

Police want info on man driving dark pick-up with "4x4" printed on the back

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut police are asking the public to help identify an Iqaluit driver involved in a weekend hit-and-run incident that injured a five-year-old boy.

On the evening of Nov. 18, the boy was playing hockey in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 500s area of the city.

The RCMP said the...

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Nunavik November 20, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik school board welcomes new crop of commissioners

Nunavimmiut elect 12 commissioners; one acclaimed and another election postponed

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Nunavimmiut elected 12 Kativik Ilisarniliriniq commissioners Nov. 15 to sit on the council that oversees the region’s school board.

The commissioner for Puvirnituq, Sarah Beaulne, was acclaimed, and one other community—Umiujaq—has postponed its nomination and election until a later date.

The...

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Climate Change November 20, 2017 - 10:45 am

Global climate talks must see more Inuit inclusion, says ITK

"We can offer solutions to the weather changes affecting our planet"

JANE GEORGE

Indigenous peoples of the world—including Inuit—left the United Nations’ COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany Nov. 17 with some assurance they could play a bigger role in future UN climate meetings.

“Inuit can be part of the climate solution. Inuit have the ambition to be leaders in the international...

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Nunavut November 20, 2017 - 9:15 am

Nunavut housing shortage still two to three times worse than Canada’s: CMHC

More than one-third of Nunavummiut living in crowded, rundown homes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The proportion of Canadian households in need of more or better housing has now been stable for a decade—but that’s not a good thing if you live in Nunavut.

It’s still the highest in Canada of unnacceptable housing.

Core housing needs in Nunavut are two or even three times those of other regions...

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Nunavut November 20, 2017 - 8:00 am

Federal government seeks northern input on new Arctic policy

Quebec government calls on Ottawa to ensure Nunavik is part of process

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(Updated at 9:40 a.m.)

Residents of Nunavut and Nunavik have until the new year to weigh in on a new Arctic policy that’s meant to improve the federal government’s approach to Canada’s North.

And that consultation promises to be crucial, given the government’s position that a new strategy should...

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Nunavut November 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm

MLAs-elect make their choice: it’s Paul Aarulaaq Quassa for Nunavut premier

David Akeeagok, Pat Angnakak, Jeannie Ehaloak, David Joanasie, Lorne Kusugak, Joe Savikataaq and Elisapee Sheutiapik chosen to sit in cabinet

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated 7:45 p.m., Nov. 17)

Nunavut’s newly elected MLAs have rallied behind Aggu MLA Paul Quassa, electing him to serve as the territory’s next premier when Nunavut’s fifth legislative assembly convenes next week.

Quassa was the sole Qikiqtani region candidate for premier, beating out three...

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Iqaluit November 17, 2017 - 3:30 pm

No deal: bargaining between union and City of Iqaluit nears two-year mark

“The city employees have lived in fear for the last two years of their jobs"

BETH BROWN

Bill Fennell has one wish for the coming holiday season: that the City of Iqaluit will come through on a new wage-benefit deal that is nearly two years in the making. 

December will bring the next step in what the president of the Nunavut Employees Union called a “way-too-long bargaining...

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Nunavut November 17, 2017 - 3:00 pm

One Gjoa Haven man dies of stab wound, another held in custody

Suspect to be held until bail hearing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One man is dead and another is in custody after a stabbing incident in Gjoa Haven Nov. 16.

“Gjoa Haven RCMP responded to a report of a man with a stab wound who was found by police on the front step of a residence,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Henry Coman said in a Nov. 17 release. 

“The man was...

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Nunavut November 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut man from Igloolik charged with child luring, touching

Police seize computer, electronic equipment

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Igloolik man faces charges of luring and sexually assaulting an underage child, after police seized his computer and other electronic equipment, Nov. 15.

Identified by police as “in his 20s,” the man faces two charges of luring a child under the age of 16 and invitation to sexual touching of a...

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Nunavik November 17, 2017 - 9:41 am

Photo: Rush hour in Puvirnituq

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Around the Arctic November 17, 2017 - 9:15 am

Senate approves new Arctic committee, membership to come

"Sustainable development in the Arctic requires the involvement of Indigenous peoples"

LISA GREGOIRE

The Senate of Canada has voted in favour of setting up a special committee on the Arctic, but we’ll have to wait until December to see who’s on it, who’s chairing it and what they hope to accomplish.

Sen. Charlie Watt, who represents the Nunavik region, put forward a motion to form the special...

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Nunavut November 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut’s capital suffers violent week in string of attacks

Man found inside garbage bin after suffering brutal beating

STEVE DUCHARME

Three men face serious charges after a pair of brutal attacks in Iqaluit that occurred after the Remembrance Day long weekend, Nunavut’s RCMP “V” Division reported, Nov. 16.

The unrelated attacks resulted in serious injuries for two victims.

Hannas Braun, 26, and Christopher Henderson, 35, face...

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Nunavut November 16, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Fox tests positive for rabies near Baker Lake, Nunavut

Nunavut government warning people to stay away from foxes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s health department has confirmed a case of rabies in a fox specimen obtained near Baker Lake.

A Nov. 16 news release from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health said the fox was “recently caught” in the Kivalliq community and later tested positive for rabies.

“Dogs and foxes...

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Nunavut November 16, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Ex-priest Dejaeger’s appeal starts moving through Nunavut court

Notorious sex offender appealing some of his 2014 convictions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Lawyers representing notorious ex-priest Eric Dejaeger, 70, who is appealing several of his September 2014 sex crime convictions, say they are poring over “boxes of volumes” of legal documents, but expect to set their appeal date in March.

Scott Cowan, the Toronto-based lawyer representing...

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Nunavut November 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut killer denied legal aid for appeal

Jeffrey Salomonie, found guilty of murdering Daisy Curley in 2009, now considering other options

STEVE DUCHARME

The Cape Dorset man convicted of murdering Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley will have to explore his options for appeal now that Nunavut’s legal services office has rejected his application for funding assistance.

Jeffrey Salomonie, 50, appeared by video link at the Nunavut Court of Justice in...

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Around the Arctic November 16, 2017 - 11:30 am

Down to the sea in ships: Nunavut trainees learn about maritime jobs

“I can see myself working on a boat like this”

BETH BROWN

A bell chimes six times on the bow of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen, as the crew weighs anchor in Frobisher Bay.

Each chime marks a shot, or 27.4 metres of chain link, indicated by a swatch of chipped red paint that prompts the ringing brass bell.

It takes over 10 minutes for the...

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Nunavut November 16, 2017 - 9:15 am

Legal Ease, Nov. 16

Protecting your identity

JAMES MORTON

Even here in Nunavut, identity theft is an issue.

Just recently, a client called me about a demand made against her by a bank she had never dealt with. But the bank said she owed significant money on her line of credit and demanded payment.

The difficulty was that the bank was acting through a...

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Nunavut November 16, 2017 - 8:00 am

New Nunavut training fund to boost Inuit jobs in mining sector

Program aims to train 360 workers over four-year period

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is kickstarting a $19-million employment program for Baffin Inuit with new funding from the federal government and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.

The QIA announced the new Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnerships, or Q-STEP, Nov. 15, which aims to...

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