Around the Arctic
April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
New industrial poisons may threaten Arctic environment: AMAP
Arctic Council group says new chemicals need more research, monitoring
Newly discovered industrial poisons are entering the Arctic food chain, but scientific researchers don’t know enough about them to figure out which ones are harmful and which ones need regulation, an Arctic Council monitoring group said April 25 in a report.
“There is a general lack of information...
April 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm
Inuit engagement critical to Nunavik’s expanded mine project: KRG
Glencore hopes to extend Raglan's life to 2040 and beyond
(Updated at 2:00 p.m.)
The mining sector might be key to the health of Nunavik’s economy, but Makivik Corp. says Glencore’s Raglan mine has yet to deliver its full potential of benefits to the region.
The Kativik Regional Government has other concerns; the KRG says it wants better communication...
April 28, 2017 - 11:45 am
Using Gladue report, Nunavut court offers alcoholic offender some leniency
Sam Nookiguak gets 45-day jail sentence
If you want to listen to sad stories that reveal the difficulties many live with in Nunavut’s capital city, and to gain insight into the use of Gladue reports, you can always go to the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.
April 27 saw Sam Nookiguak, 44, wearing a black leather jacket and his long...
April 28, 2017 - 10:00 am
Eight is enough: Nunavut capital back to full strength
All male council, and female mayor, get back to work after byelection
Iqaluit’s city council is ready to get back to work with a full membership for the first time in nearly a year, following a swearing-in ceremony for two new councillors elected in a recent byelection.
Kyle Sheppard and Noah Papatsie raised their hands and took their oaths of office shortly before...
April 28, 2017 - 8:30 am
Quebec to launch regional air transport summit in 2018
Province wants to find ways to lower cost of air travel to isolated regions
The Quebec government announced plans to host a summit on regional air transportation next year with the goal of making the province’s North more accessible.
The province says it wants to identify the best ways to improve Quebec’s air travel network, while lowering air fares to the province’s most...
April 28, 2017 - 7:00 am
QIA seeks applications from Inuit students for $5,000 scholarship
Deadline for 2017-18 John Amagoalik Scholarships falls Aug. 18, 2017
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association has started accepting applications for the 2017-18 version of the $5,000 John Amagoalik Scholarship.
The QIA’s deadline for receipt of applications is Aug. 18, 2017.
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be:
• an Inuk under the Nunavut Agreement and the...
April 27, 2017 - 3:59 pm
Nunavut judge considers tossing out five-year-old medevac lawsuit
“This is not a contract for coffee machines in the courtroom, this is a contract for the very lives of the people of Nunavut"
A Nunavut judge is now considering a final judgment on a $31.5 million dollar lawsuit against the Government of Nunavut by Adlair Aviation Ltd. over a Kitikmeot medievac contract.
That action could end almost five years of litigation and sidestep the need for a trial.
Justice Paul Bychok said...
April 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm
National product recall prompts GN warning against jalapeño chips
Salmonella detected in Miss Vickie's brand
If you like jalapeño potato chips, you better make sure what brand they are.
Nunavut’s Department of Health has issued a warning about a food recall on Miss Vickie’s brand Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.
That’s because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified possible salmonella...
April 27, 2017 - 1:10 pm
Nunavik teachers union frustrated with stalled wage-benefit talks
Union says it's planning further action
Six months after the Quebec labour board ordered Nunavik’s school board back into negotiations with its unionized teachers and support staff, the union representing them says there’s been little progress.
Nunavik teachers, school professionals and support staff have been without a contract for two...
April 27, 2017 - 8:30 am
What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 16 to April 23
Music and marijuana law changes lead the week's most-read stories
Forget about crime: this week readers of Nunatsiaq News were keen to read about music and marijuana, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, among other things.
The top most-read story of the week, according to Google Analytics which tracks traffic on Nunatsiaqonline.ca, talked about a Nunavut pop...
April 27, 2017 - 7:00 am
Post-codeshare, Canadian North will end flights to Clyde River
But airline promises expanded flight schedule to other Nunavut communities
Canadian North plans to stop serving the northern Baffin community of Clyde River once its codeshare arrangement with First Air comes to an end next month.
As part of the two airlines’ codeshare agreement, a First Air ATR has flown between Iqaluit and Clyde River five days each week.
April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Iqaluit mayor: Nunavut capital needs “transformational investment”
"We can't do it by ourselves"
Huge changes and opportunities for business lie ahead for Iqaluit, but the city could use more support from government to help build and maintain its infrastructure.
That was main message from Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern during an April 26 breakfast talk hosted by the Iqaluit Chamber of...
April 26, 2017 - 2:30 pm
AMAP report: Arctic warming comes with a big global price tag
“What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic”
An assessment report with contributions from more than 90 scientists warned this week that, between now and the end of this century, continuing climate change in the Arctic could inflict tens of trillions of dollars of cumulative costs on the global economy.
“What happens in the Arctic does not...
April 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm
Nunavik health officials try to stem new tuberculosis outbreak
Six active cases of TB detected in Kuujjuaq since January
Nunavik health officials are asking Nunavimmiut to “remain vigilant” as health care workers deal with a new outbreak of tuberculosis in the region, this one targeting its largest community.
The regional health department says it has seen six cases of active TB in Kuujjuaq since the beginning of...
April 26, 2017 - 11:45 am
Nunavut volunteers pick up Governor General awards
Kathleen Irwin and Mary Fredlund help run Rankin Inlet's food bank
Two Rankin Inlet volunteers are recipients of Governor General awards for their long-time work with the Nunavut community’s food bank.
Ikurraq, also known locally as the Deacon’s Cupboard, has operated in Rankin Inlet since the mid-1990s. The food bank provides meal packages to local families in...
Around the Arctic
April 26, 2017 - 10:00 am
Nunavut airfield nominated for engineering history honour
“Instrumental in shaping Canada’s North and the present day Nunavut territory”
A group of engineers want to recognize Iqaluit’s airfield for the trailblazing ingenuity required to build it and its lasting impact on history and on northern infrastructure, in a government-backed pitch to label the airport as a historic site.
The Cold Region Engineering Division, with support...
April 26, 2017 - 8:30 am
National Inuit youth organization looks for its next president
Candidates have until May 17 to apply
The National Inuit Youth Council president, Maatalii Okalik, says she won’t seek another term as president, a position that’s up for election again later this year.
This week, the NIYC opened a call for nominations of candidates for the unpaid volunteer position, with a deadline of May...
Around the Arctic
April 26, 2017 - 7:00 am
At UN, Inuit leader praises Canada for support of Indigenous declaration
"An important step towards real change"
Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Okalik Eegeesiak, the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, heaped big praise on Canada April 25 for its “unequivocal” support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Eegeesiak followed Bolivia’s president, Evo...
April 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm
For Greenland, east Nunavut, a warmer, wetter climate’s on the way
New Arctic climate assessment predicts big changes for Baffin Bay-Davis Strait region
People who live on each side of Davis Strait and Baffin Bay will see major changes in their climate by the middle of this century and beyond, including more rain, less snow and higher winds, says a report issued April 25 by scientists working for AMAP, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment
April 25, 2017 - 2:30 pm
First Air adds extra flight to Nunavut-NWT route
Flight comes as First Air-Canadian North codeshare concludes May 16
First Air will add a new trans-territorial flight spanning Nunavut and the Northwest Territories next month, following the end of its codeshare agreement with Canadian North.
Starting May 21, the airline is adding a fourth weekly flight on its Iqaluit-Rankin Inlet-Yellowknife route, First Air said...
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