April 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Assault trial for Nunavut artist set to begin Sept. 21
Jonathan Cruz will faces three charges in judge-alone trial
Jonathan Cruz, an Iqaluit-based graffiti and hip-hop artist whose murals appear around Nunavut, will stand trial on three assault charges on Sept. 21, Justice Neil Sharkey said at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 29.
Cruz, 33, who has held art workshops for Nunavut youth to help...
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April 29, 2016 - 1:15 pm
EU trade deal good for Nunavut fish harvesters, Tootoo says
Better access to European customers could bring growth to Nunavut fishery
Canada’s upcoming trade agreement with the European Union, which eliminates tariffs on nearly all Canadian seafood products, could provide a major boost to Nunavut’s commercial fish harvesters, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, the minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard, said April 28 from...
April 29, 2016 - 11:00 am
Nunavut capital gives green light to Grizzlies graveyard shoot
Councillors discuss drafting a city film permitting system
Iqaluit city councillors gave the green light to the crew of the Kugluktuk Grizzlies movie to shoot near Iqaluit’s old cemetery, in a motion passed at a regular council meeting April 28.
Council’s motion is conditional on whether producers allow a city official to monitor the filming and that they...
April 29, 2016 - 6:59 am
From blizzards to Lake Iqaluit: wonky warmth in eastern Nunavut
Record high temperatures in Pangnirtung and Iqaluit this week
With an early and dramatic spring thaw underway on Baffin Island, drivers and pedestrians alike are disappearing into the enormous water-filled potholes that now litter Iqaluit’s streets.
Well, not quite. But almost.
In Nunavut’s capital this week, temperatures soared above freezing and historic...
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April 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Arctic sea ice tracker suspends updates after weird data readings
National Snow and Ice Data Center says sensor is providing "spurious data"
Want to know how Arctic sea ice is doing?
For now, you’ll have to take a look outside instead of relying on satellite images of the Arctic sea ice extent from the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center.
The NSIDC says the sensor on its F-17 satellite has experienced “difficulties,” so...
April 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Long-time Nunavut leader James Arvaluk passes away
"It would be my great honour to do half of what he did for our community"
The people of North Baffin are today mourning the death of James Arvaluk, long-time territorial politician and national Inuit leader.
Arvaluk, who resigned as Tununiq MLA in May 2011 due to failing health, passed away April 27 at a hospital in Winnipeg. He was 68.
“I have said this more often...
April 28, 2016 - 1:25 pm
I’ll give up any benefits the union gives up, Iqaluit mayor says
April 26 bylaw amendment was incorrectly written, adding to the confusion
(Updated 1:40 p.m., April 28)
Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said, in an email statement released April 28, that she’s willing to forego vacation travel assistance and other benefits if the Nunavut Employees Union recommends city employees do the same.
Redfern’s comments arrive after city...
April 28, 2016 - 10:00 am
Nunavut still leads in victimization rates for spousal violence
Territorial victimization rates dropping, but still higher than rest of Canada
Rates of spousal violence in Canada’s territories, including Nunavut, remain much higher than in the rest of the country, especially for Aboriginal residents, according to new data released April 27 by Statistics Canada.
The study, called Criminal Victimization in the Territories, 2014, reveals...
April 28, 2016 - 8:30 am
Canadian High Arctic Research Station seeks art designs
Proposals should reflect "ingenuity of Inuit culture"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — While construction teams continue to work on the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, architects want to ensure the inside of its main science building honours “the timeless creative genius of the Inuit.”
That’s according to a document on CHARS art integration...
April 28, 2016 - 7:00 am
Sabina’s caribou protection plans not enough, Nunavut, NWT governments say
Back River gold project can't shut down when caribou with calves appear, company says
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. needs to do more and act more quickly to protect barren ground caribou herds.
That was the shared message from the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories on day three of the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s final hearing into the Back River...
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April 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Muskox rump-hair study reveals effects of Arctic climate change
"Changing temperature and snow conditions affect the diet of muskoxen"
Analysis of hairs from the rear ends of muskoxen in Greenland show that snow-heavy winters are hard on these animals.
That’s according to a study published April 20 in the online journal Plos One, called “Show Me Your Rump Hair and I Will Tell You What You Ate — The Dietary History of Muskoxen,”...
April 27, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Nunavik community wants better veterinary services: survey
Kuujjuaq survey finds only a third of dogs are spayed or neutered
A new survey of dog owners in Kuujjuaq has found that 40 per cent of people in that community have personally been bitten or scratched by a dog, or know a family member who has.
The vast majority of them are Inuit, and they reported that, as a response to the bite or scratch, they visited the...
April 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Snowmobile mishap leads to death in Cambridge Bay
Sources identify deceased man as George Nahogaloak, 26
(Updated, 7 p.m., April 27)
A 26-year-old man died near the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay April 24 after a single-vehicle snowmobile crash, Nunavut RCMP said April 26.
Sources in the community identified the deceased man as George Nahogaloak, an apprentice electrician.
“We can confirm we...
April 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Iqaluit council refuses to give mayor VTAs in midst of contract talks
"It’s very disrespectful and poor timing"
Insulting. Disrespectful. Untimely.
Those were a few of the words tossed out at Iqaluit city council April 26 as councillors deferred on a bylaw granting Mayor Madeleine Redfern vacation travel assistance benefits.
Dubbed the “Council Indemnities Bylaw Amendment,” deputy mayor Romeyn Stevenson...
April 27, 2016 - 10:00 am
Mining firm defends caribou monitoring plan against Nunavut critics
"We don't want to commit to something we can't do"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Participants at a Nunavut Impact Review Board hearing in Cambridge Bay hammered Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. for most of April 26 over how its proposed four-mine complex and 157-kilometre winter road can co-exist with two caribou herds that migrate through that area of western...
April 27, 2016 - 8:30 am
Iqaluit City Council pours waterless Wednesdays down the drain
Council votes to suspend unpopular policy, pending information from administration
The City of Iqaluit’s infamous waterless Wednesdays policy, which affects many households and businesses on trucked water service, is suspended, following a motion passed April 26 by Iqaluit City Council.
Council demanded that city administrators provide them with information proving the policy is...
April 27, 2016 - 7:00 am
Iqaluit councillors slam city administrators over badly injured worker
"I'm taken back. Administration is again leaving council in the dark"
(Updated 6:30 a.m., April 27)
As a City of Iqaluit employee continues to recover from injuries he suffered in a serious workplace accident April 18, Iqaluit City Councillors are slamming city administrators for failing to inform city council about the incident.
“I’m taken back. Administration is...
April 26, 2016 - 2:59 pm
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 17 to April 24
Readers have their say on the Government of Nunavut's new HR directive
A Nunavut resident says new Government of Nunavut hiring restrictions go too far: that story was the most-read item between April 17 and April 24 on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, according to Google Analytics, which tracks online traffic on our website.
Directive 518 allows the GN to limit any job...
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April 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Nunavik MP makes another bid to enshrine UN declaration
"The legislative framework for a national reconciliation that is long overdue in this country”
Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party MP who represents Nunavik, wants to find out if Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government intends to keep one of its big election promises: implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or UNDRIP.
To that end, he’s...
April 26, 2016 - 10:00 am
Legal aid lawyers still carry weight of busy Nunavut court: StatsCan
Contracted legal services more than double at Nunavut's Legal Services Board
The Legal Services Board of Nunavut, which annually provides legal aid services to more than 90 per cent of all Nunavummiut who appear in criminal, civil and family court, are hiring more and more private lawyers to provide legal aid services.
That’s according to new data released April 20 by......
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