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Nunavut March 02, 2015 - 3:29 pm

NWC boss says he can’t make food affordable for everyone in Nunavut

"We have to get around to looking at incomes as well, and equity of incomes"

PETER VARGA

As one of Nunavut’s two major food retailers, the North West Co. faces the greatest number of complaints about the lack of access to affordable, nutritious food for the poorest people in Nunavut.

The Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy, in place since 2011, was supposed to help make healthy...

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Nunavik March 02, 2015 - 2:24 pm

KRG says yes to Nunavik’s waste management plan

Quebec's approval will deliver funds to launch recycling programs across region

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Kativik Regional Government councillors have voted to adopt a region-wide plan to implement recycling and compost programs across Nunavik.

Councillors passed a bylaw that will send Nunavik’s Residual Materials Management Plan on to Quebec’s National Assembly, where the bylaw will wait...

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Nunavut March 02, 2015 - 10:45 am

Father-son NHLers run hockey camp in western Nunavut

“I love it. It keeps me young"

KELCEY WRIGHT

Special to Nunatsiaq News

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Kids from across Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region scored big last week if they happened to be in Cambridge Bay during their week off from school.

Former National Hockey League players and Stanley Cup winners Jamie and Reggie Leach hosted a hockey camp in the...

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Nunavut March 02, 2015 - 8:33 am

Kivalliq hunters’ org opposes Nunavut’s first uranium project

Weekend blizzard delays Kiggavik final hearing by a day and a half

THOMAS ROHNER

Hunters’ organizations in the Kivalliq are banding together to oppose the Kiggavik uranium project, days before a blizzard-delayed final hearing on the project is set to start in Baker Lake on the afternoon of March 3.

A Feb. 26 resolution from the Kivalliq Wildlife Board — created under the...

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Iqaluit March 02, 2015 - 7:45 am

Nunavut photographer selling photos for crisis line

"It’s hard being in a lost and suffering state"

LISA GREGOIRE

He’s a videographer by trade and he comes from a small town in Ontario’s cottage country called Victoria Harbour. You’ve probably never heard of it.

But since he and his dog Isaac came to work for Atiigo Media in Iqaluit two years ago, Mark Aspland has made good friends and they’ve taught him a...

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Around the Arctic March 02, 2015 - 6:59 am

National roundtable to focus on violence prevention campaign

Inuit leaders say campaign should address violence against Indigenous women at home

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Governments and Indigenous groups from across the country say they’re committed to joining efforts to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, following the first ever national roundtable on the issue.

Indigenous families and leaders, premiers, provincial and territorial...

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Nunavik March 02, 2015 - 5:55 am

Alcohol-fueled crime falls a bit in Kuujjuaq, after two years of retail wine, beer

But alcohol sales still a heated issue in Nunavik’s largest community

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — The empty Budweiser cans scattered around Kuujjuaq provide a visual reminder that this Nunavik community remains the only one in this region — or in the eastern Arctic for that matter — where you can buy beer and wine over the counter.

But as the sale of retail beer and wine sales in...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Nunavut government hopes to increase debt cap to $750 million

Iqaluit MLA wants to know how the GN plans to pay it all back

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut’s projected surplus of $23 million in its 2015-2016 budget, unveiled this week, might look good but Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes cautioned that the territory already owes $305 million in long-term debt, and hopes to increase its borrowing limit to $750 million in the...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 11:59 am

Nunavut offender agrees to let cell-block footage go public

“He wanted everyone to see the video"

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated Feb. 27, 2015, 11:59 a.m., with excerpts of video footage)

Eetooloo Ejetsiak, the Iqaluit man depicted in cell-block security footage being manhandled by Iqaluit RCMP members, has waived his right to privacy so the video can be made public.

The video — which had been entered into...

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Nunavik February 27, 2015 - 11:40 am

Police ethics boss visits Nunavik, explains complaint process

“The sooner we receive the complaints, it’s a lot easier for us to do our job"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Quebec’s police ethics commissioner received 10 complaints from Nunavimmiut over the last year, a number that the office says is about average for the last few years.

But that number could rise following the commissioner’s first visit to the region in 25 years.

Quebec’s police ethics...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 10:20 am

Review of Nunavut nurse scandal too narrow, ex- director says

“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external review”

THOMAS ROHNER

A former regional director for the Government of Nunavut’s health department is questioning the scope and independence of the recently-announced external review into the 2012 death of baby Makibi Akesuk Timilak in Cape Dorset.

“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 8:43 am

Five Nunavut hamlets bring water licences into line with federal standards

“There is still more work to do,” minister says

PETER VARGA

Nunavut’s minister of Community and Government Services, Tom Sammurtok, happily announced a small victory Feb. 26 in the big struggle to bring the waste management and water use practices of Nunavut hamlet’s into compliance with their water licences.

The federal department of Aboriginal Affairs...

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 7:39 am

Nunavut RCMP seize drugs, cash in Kitikmeot community

Two residents of Taloyoak charged with possession, trafficking marijuana

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Taloyoak have arrested and charged two people with drug possession and trafficking, Nunavut RCMP said Feb. 26.

On Feb. 23, the RCMP said that its members in Taloyoak executed a search warrant in a local residence as part of investigation into trafficking in the Kitikmeot...

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Around the Arctic February 27, 2015 - 6:53 am

Inuit prepare list of priorities for women and violence roundtable

"You can’t look the other way anymore”

LISA GREGOIRE

With dozens of high-ranking delegates expected to attend today’s first roundtable discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Ottawa — all of them with their own priorities and political agendas — Terry Audla admits it’s a challenge to hope for change from a lot of talk.

But the...

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Nunavik February 27, 2015 - 6:50 am

Photo: 1, 2, 3, pull!

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Iqaluit February 27, 2015 - 6:30 am

Photo: Language conference opens with a book launch

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Nunavut February 27, 2015 - 5:55 am

Meet Nunavut’s overtime champs: health workers

In two years, health department paid out nearly $24M in overtime

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Casual and permanent employees at Nunavut’s health department racked up nearly $24 million in overtime pay during the two-year period between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2014, a document tabled in the legislature reveals.

Finance Minister Keith Peterson tabled the document Feb. 24. It’s a written...

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Nunavut February 26, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Nunavut MLAs confused about caribou hunting ban

“My constituents want written confirmation of any limitation"

LISA GREGOIRE

Moratorium? Where does it say that?

Two members of Nunavut’s legislature rose in the house this week to ask about the New Year’s Day interim ban on caribou hunting on Baffin island, and to get details about what’s going to happen next.

One even questioned whether the ban was in place at all,...

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Nunavik February 26, 2015 - 2:15 pm

KRG votes to dismiss senior Nunavik police officer

KRPF's deputy chief of operations alleged to have "discredited" police force with heavy drinking

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government council voted Feb. 26 to terminate a senior officer of its regional police force for unruly and dangerous behaviour.

In a resolution passed during council meetings in Kuujjuaq this week, councillors voted to dismiss the Kativik Regional Police...

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Iqaluit February 26, 2015 - 8:18 am

Robbery arrests draw praise, concern from Iqaluit City Council

Armed hold-ups throughout city “seemed like they were progressing”

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit City Council commended police Feb. 24 for solving an unusual rash of store robberies over the past four months.

But councillors also wondered if such incidents could become commonplace, and asked the RCMP what the city can do to prevent more from happening.

“It’s of grave concern that...

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