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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Eastern Nunavut seismic testing postponed until summer 2015

MKI wants more time for benefits plan, NEB terms and conditions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Multi-Klient Invest, a group of companies set to do seismic testing in the Canadian waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, say they are postponing the work, which was supposed to start this year, until the summer of 2015.

The National Energy Board approved MKI’s five-year testing plan on June

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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Police investigate deadly car roll-over in Whale Cove

One man dies; woman medevaced south with life-threatening injuries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP in Nunavut are investigating a car accident in Whale Cove that killed a man from Arviat and injured a Whale Cove woman.

On mid-afternoon July 20, a vehicle with two passengers rolled over off the road that connects the Hudson Bay community to its airport.

An Arviat man was pronounced dead at...

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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Nunavut court: Iqaluit murder accused told cops he didn’t do it

Pitseolak Peter last year denied causing injuries that led to Kathy Michael’s death

JIM BELL

Pitseolak Peter of Iqaluit told RCMP investigators soon after his arrest last year that he did not inflict the brutal injuries that led to the February 2013 death of his common-law partner inside an Ottawa hospital.

“One thing I know is, I didn’t do it,” Peter told an RCMP investigator in a...

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Nunavik July 22, 2014 - 11:29 am

Some social housing tenants in Nunavik to get partial rent freeze

Freeze will create time for stakeholders to “find a fair solution for all Nunavik households"

SARAH ROGERS

(updated at 4:50 p.m.)

The Quebec government has agreed to negotiate a new rent scale for Nunavik’s social housing tenants, Ungava MNA Jean Boucher announced July 22.

And in the meantime, the government will freeze rents for certain tenants, retroactive to July 1.

The move is in response to a...

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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 8:04 am

Cambridge Bay residents get chilled for charity

Annual Polar Bear Dip raises funds for multi-use facility

KELCEY WRIGHT

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CAMBRIDGE BAY — The frigid sea water didn’t stop Cambridge Bay residents from taking a quick dip in the river July 21.

The third annual Polar Bear Dip attracted about 20 participants who traded in their sweaters and boots for bathing suits and t-shirts to face frigid...

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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 7:01 am

NDP MP takes stock of co-ops in Nunavut

MP Hélène Leblanc visits Iqaluit and Cape Dorset on fact-finding mission

PETER VARGA

Canada’s co-operatives united under a new association in April, spanning English and French-language organizations for the first time in history.

The creation of the Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, as the new national organization is called, means the time is right for the government to ramp up...

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Nunavut July 22, 2014 - 6:02 am

Aglukkaq slams Greenpeace’s attempts to make amends with Inuit

"We have to ask how do we take control of our own future"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut MP and Arctic Council chair Leona Aglukkaq used her July 21 keynote address at the Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly in Inuvik to suggest that the environmental activist group Greenpeace is using Inuit to fight its own battles.

She also encouraged Inuit to stand up for their...

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Nunavut July 21, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Rankin Inlet school buses will keep rolling in 2014-15

Government and friendship centre agree to updated one-year contract

PETER VARGA

School buses in Rankin Inlet will continue to run in the fall as they have for the past 10 years, thanks to a one-year agreement with the Government of Nunavut to increase the value of the bus contract with the Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre.

Fears that school kids would have to go without bus...

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Around the Arctic July 21, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Circumpolar Inuit gather as ICC assembly opens in Inuvik

"We are not here just to survive, we are here to thrive"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit must unite and send a strong message to the world: that Inuit are the gatekeepers to the Arctic and know best how to map its future.

That was a message from the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Canadian president, Duane Smith, at the opening of the ICC’s general assembly July 21 in Inuvik, NWT,...

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Around the Arctic July 21, 2014 - 8:11 am

Canadian Inuit officials choose Herb Nakimayak as new VP for ICC Canada

Big cuts looming for ICC Greenland as Inuvik assembly gets underway

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Herb Nakimayak, 39, of Edmonton, will serve as the next vice president of international affairs for the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Canadian wing, following a decision made at an ICC Canada meeting July 19 in Inuvik.

Nakimayak, who works for Raytheon as a site support manager for Raytheon’s North...

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Nunavik July 21, 2014 - 6:18 am

Aupaluk’s new school slated to open in September 2016

Fire destroyed Nunavik community's only school last winter

SARAH ROGERS

The Kativik School Board says it hopes a new school in the Nunavik community of Aupaluk will be built and ready to accept students by September 2016.

A fire last March destroyed Tarsakallak school in the community of about 195 people.

But the completion of the new school depends on Quebec’s...

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Nunavik July 18, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Nunavik man dies following police intervention

Quebec provincial police to investigate incident

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Inukjuak man died overnight following a police intervention in the Nunavik community of 1,500.

Kativik Regional Police Force officers responded to an incident at a private residence on the evening of July 17 in which a 29-year-old man was seriously injured, said Quebec’s provincial police...

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Iqaluit July 18, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Air quality in Nunavut’s capital now failing provincial health standard

Levels of cancer-causing dioxins and furans higher than Ontario guidelines

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The latest data collected on air quality in Iqaluit show that while fine particulate matter in the air, as a result of the burning dump, remains low, the levels of dioxins and furans are exceeding Ontario health standards.

A July 18 news release from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of...

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Photo: A warm up for Team Nunavut’s girls basketball players

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Photo: Cambridge Baymiut take the annual plunge

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Nunavut coroner to hold inquest into Igloolik man’s jail cell death

Solomon Uyarasuk, 26, died Sept. 23, 2012 inside an RCMP holding unit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The people of Igloolik will finally get a chance to learn how and why 26-year-old Solomon Uyarasuk died Sept. 23, 2012 inside an RCMP jail cell in Igloolik.

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Nunavut announced July 18 that they will hold an inquest into Uyarasuk’s death in Igloolik, from Nov. 24...

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Around the Arctic July 18, 2014 - 12:15 pm

ICC’s pan-Arctic meetings kick off in Inuvik next week

In an ever-evolving Arctic, assembly could be "pivotal," says ICC Canada president

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One of the largest Inuit-focused assemblies of the year kicks off in Inuvik, NWT, this weekend.

Canada will host the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s pan-Arctic general assembly, which comes to Canada only once every 12 years, starting July 20.

And ICC Canada president Duane Smith says the assembly...

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Nunavut court to give Cape Dorset man’s manslaughter sentence this fall

Killing occurred during October 2010 shooting rampage

JIM BELL

The people of Cape Dorset will wait until at least early September for the sentencing of Elee Geetah, 23, who earlier this year was found guilty of manslaughter in the Oct. 10, 2010 killing of Jamesie Simigak, Geetah’s 23-year-old brother.

Justice Neil Sharkey said in court July 18 that he needs...

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 7:41 am

Arviat tries to scare off its unwanted polar bear visitors

Wildlife officers can't explain high number of polar bear sightings this summer

SARAH ROGERS

It was another loud evening in Arviat July 16, as bear bangers went off to scare away a nuisance polar bear that had ventured into the Kivalliq community.

Arviat has received a number of visits from polar bears this week, prompting the hamlet to issue a warning, as polar bears have been spotted...

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Nunavut July 18, 2014 - 6:03 am

The char are running, and getting caught in western Nunavut

Kitikmeot Foods harvests Arctic char from Surrey River

KELCEY WRIGHT

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Warm weather has come to Nunavut, which means it’s time for Kitikmeot Foods’ first Arctic char catch of the season.

“It’s all become a routine,” said Stéphane Lacasse, general manager of Kitikmeot Foods in Cambridge Bay, July 16. “But every catch we bring...

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