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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Nunavut coroner’s jury retires to consider recommendations

Lawyers put forward suggestions aimed at improving policing, safety in cells

THOMAS ROHNER

A coroner’s inquest jury examining the death of Solomon Uyarasuk has begun deliberating recommendations after receiving final instructions from the inquest’s presiding coroner, Garth Eggenberger, shortly after noon Nov. 28.

Lawyers put forward their suggestions before proceedings concluded,...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Taptuna moves Paul Okalik into Nunavut’s troubled health department

Monica Ell takes ED&T, Keith Peterson takes QEC, and George Kuksuk takes culture, language jobs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Peter Taptuna has appointed a new minister to head the Government of Nunavut’s battered, scandal-ridden health department: Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Paul Okalik.

Okalik will retain responsibility for the justice department and immigration issues, Taptuna said in a statement released late in the...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Nunavut government and NTI set to sharpen poverty-reduction plan

Roundtable delegates vet document at two-day conference

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. announced Nov. 28 that they are set to sharpen the first draft of their five-year poverty reduction action plan for the territory, which they hope to approve early in 2015.

Presented at the third meeting of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Nunavut MP denies APTN reports she sought apology from Rankin officials

“The allegations made against me by the Deputy Mayor of Rankin Inlet... are completely false and must be corrected”

LISA GREGOIRE

(Updated 2:55, Nov. 28)

In a story that keeps changing by the hour, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq is denying allegations published by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network that she called hamlet officials in Rankin Inlet to seek an apology from the deputy mayor.

In a statement posted on her...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Nunavut tots — more dental surgery than other Canadian kids: report

Nunavut's rates of extreme tooth decay among young children are tops in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s not pleasant for a young child to suffer from painful cavities or to be put to sleep for dental surgery.

But if you’re the parent of a child under the age of five in Nunavut, your child is more than 10 times more likely than a child of a similar age in Ontario to require surgery for the...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 10:32 am

Cold, dark western Nunavut town struggles with another power failure

"Is this going to happen all winter?" No, says power corp. president

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 11:25 a.m.)

As temperatures in the western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay dropped, with windchills lowering temperatures to below -35 C, and the sun set shortly after 12:30 p.m., people in this community of about 1,600 experienced what’s become an all-too-frequent occurrence: a black-out,...

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Nunavik November 28, 2014 - 8:27 am

KRG working to keep Nunavik’s childcare fees low

Fees remain at $7.30 a day

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Government says it’s working to keep childcare fees low in Nunavik, despite Quebec’s plan to hike those fees across the province in 2016.

Quebec’s Liberal government announced last week that Quebec families will begin to pay for childcare on a sliding scale, based...

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Nunavut November 28, 2014 - 6:55 am

Nunavut inquest highlights gaps in police training

RCMP officers: “residents [of Nunavut], when intoxicated, become hostile and combative, without provocation”

THOMAS ROHNER

IGLOOLIK — Neither of the two relief-duty RCMP officers who arrested Solomon Uyarasuk — and who were on duty at the time of Uyarasuk’s death in an Igloolik police cell two years ago — had ever received Nunavut-specific cultural training nor heard of the principles of Inuit traditional knowledge,...

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Around the Arctic November 28, 2014 - 5:42 am

Big retail bosses say they like AG’s Nutrition North audit

“The co-op system has always put people before profit”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two of northern Canada’s biggest grocers support the Auditor General of Canada’s recommendations for fixing the federal government’s Nutrition North Canada scheme, the two operators say.

“The co-op system has always put people before profit and welcomes the opportunity to further improve its...

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Iqaluit November 27, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Iqaluit RCMP to keep an eye out for illegal vehicles

Detachment received 17 new members this summer — nearly three-quarter turnover rate

PETER VARGA

Police in Iqaluit promise to continue with their vehicle-stop initiative, which has proved successful at ensuring drivers and businesses keep their vehicles legally registered and insured, RCMP Cpl. Denis Lambe told city council at a Nov. 25 meeting.

Police were surprised, in October last year,...

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Nunavik November 27, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Complaints against police? File them, say Nunavik leaders

“This has to stop. We have to find a way to deal with this"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavimmiut who feel they’ve been treated unfairly by local police officers should make their concerns heard through the proper channels, says Kativik Regional Government chair Maggie Emudluk.

And that includes filing reports through the Kativik Regional Police Force or with Quebec’s...

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Around the Arctic November 27, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Arctic Council indigenous orgs rally for secretariat’s 20th anniversary

"It’s been a tremendous success"

JANE GEORGE

Celebration and caution — these were the themes explored by Aqqaluk Lynge, the former international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, when he spoke Nov. 27 about the early struggles of indigenous peoples globally and how Arctic indigenous peoples’ began to connect to one another.

Lynge’s...

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Nunavut November 27, 2014 - 10:59 am

Nunavut RCMP knew holding cell meal-slot posed suicide risk

Arresting officers testify at coroner's inquest into death of Igloolik's Solomon Uyarasuk

THOMAS ROHNER

IGLOOLIK — Before Solomon Uyarasuk hung himself from the meal slot of a prison door in the Igloolik RCMP detachment two years ago, RCMP members in that community, and their bosses in Iqaluit, knew the slot’s broken latch posed a suicide risk.

That’s according to one of two RCMP members who...

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Climate Change November 27, 2014 - 9:21 am

High Arctic polar bears face starvation, reproductive failure: study

"Early break-up of sea ice could result in reproductive failure in 55 per cent to 100 per cent of pregnant females"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic conditions may become “critical” for polar bears by end of 21st century, suggests a new study, which says shifts in ice cover may impact polar bear populations in the High Arctic islands.

The study links climate change and the future health of polar bears, stating that “under...

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Nunavik November 27, 2014 - 8:42 am

Nunavik to draft its own food security plan

"We feel the problem is worsening and needs to be addressed"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik needs its own food security policy or strategy to address hunger and malnutrition in the region, says its director of public health, Serge Déry.

And the wheels are already in motion: Déry said regional organizations plan to sit down the first week of December to look at where to...

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Around the Arctic November 27, 2014 - 7:44 am

Nutrition North Canada: the finger-pointing begins

"When it’s left up to the retailer to pass on the savings, they’re responsible to their shareholders"

LISA GREGOIRE

For a federal MP, this week’s release of the Auditor General of Canada’s report on the flaws of the unpopular Nutrition North Canada freight subsidy is either something to capitalize on, or something to answer to, depending on your political stripes.

The NDP’s Romeo Saganash, who represents...

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Iqaluit November 27, 2014 - 6:27 am

Iqaluit aquatic centre construction hits budget target

Council approves contract with builder

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit hit its budget — almost exactly — for construction of the city’s aquatic centre.

City council approved the contract to Kudlik Construction, Nov. 25, almost a full month after the Iqaluit-based company hit a target of $30.16 million — beating out four other bidders to put up the...

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Nunavut November 27, 2014 - 6:00 am

Photo: Leaders of today: youth take over legislature

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Nunavut November 27, 2014 - 5:27 am

Photo: Holiday giving has already begun in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut November 26, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Nunavut students sharpen political skills at youth parliament

Legislature to broadcast mock parliament Nov. 27, starting 1:30 p.m. eastern

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Even if you’re not at Nunavut’s legislative assembly in Iqaluit on Nov. 27, you’ll be able to watch the fifth Nunavut Youth Parliament, when Nunavut students take on the roles of speaker, premier, cabinet ministers and regular members.

That’s because the youth parliament will be televised live...

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