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Nunavut April 24, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Nunavut hamlet gets new playground, courtesy of CanNor

“This will be a great family gathering spot in the community"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Children and young people in Kugaaruk can look forward to some outdoor fun when the community installs new playground equipment this summer.

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency minister Leona Aglukkaq announced $100,000 in funding April 24 to help replace deteriorated playground...

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Nunavut April 24, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Nunavut man gets time served for sex offence against minor

“Billy, what you did was very bad"

DAVID MURPHY

The Arviat man who faced two trials last week in relation to multiple alleged sex crimes against children is now free, after having served two-and-a-half years of pre-trial detention.

Justice Bonnie Tulloch found Billy Iblauk not guilty on one charge of sexual assault, but guilty on a second count...

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Around the Arctic April 24, 2014 - 3:15 pm

U.S. agency aims to keep better tabs on Arctic weather, changing climate

NOAA will use data-collecting sensors on land, sea and sky

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration has announced a five-year-long project to help better understand and predict weather and changing climate in its Arctic region.

The initiative is part of NOAA’s newly-released Arctic action plan, a document that lays out how the agency plans...

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Nunavut April 24, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Northern research must be directed, informed by northerners, Polar Commission says

New report highlights gaps in northern knowledge

LISA GREGOIRE

For northerners to cope with the escalating wave of economic, social and climactic changes, scientists and researchers must learn to cooperate more — with each other and with northern stakeholders — says a new report from the Canadian Polar Commission.

Based on interviews with more than 100...

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Nunavut April 24, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Nunavut residents honoured for bravery and public service

"I thank all who put others before themselves"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Amaujaq Groves was only four years old in December 2007, when his baby sister started choking on her cereal in their Iqaluit home.

But the pre-schooler reacted with the wisdom of someone many times his age. Groves quickly stuck his finger in his sister’s mouth and pulled out the piece of food she...

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Iqaluit April 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

Iqaluit councillor quits five committee chairmanships

Kenny Bell calls for improved roads and waterfront development

PETER VARGA

Lashing out at what he called an absence of administrative support, Iqaluit city councillor Kenny Bell resigned from his chairmanships on five city committees at an April 22 meeting.

Mayor John Graham and seven fellow councillors accepted Bell’s resignations as chair of Iqaluit’s public safety...

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Around the Arctic April 24, 2014 - 8:09 am

Revived Inuit Art Foundation eyes international audience

Foundation opens new Toronto headquarters

SARAH ROGERS

TORONTO — Artists across Inuit Nunangat say they continue to face challenges that include finding tools and space to create, as well as accessing markets to sell their work.

That’s what a 13-stop, 18-month-long consultation process led by the Inuit Art Foundation found, when staff and board...

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Nunavut April 23, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Nunavut teachers charged for keeping booze in dry community

Teachers still working at Coral Harbour school

DAVID MURPHY

Three Coral Harbour teachers will face a judge later this month after being charged with unlawful possession of alcohol in the dry community.

Last February, the Sakku School teachers were charged under the Nunavut Liquor Act.

Possession of liquor is prohibited in Coral Harbour, a community of...

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Nunavut April 23, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Faulty fuel truck in Taloyoak a nuisance, but not affecting flights

Week-long repairs could change cargo and baggage loads, Canadian North says

PETER VARGA

The First Air and Canadian North airlines each say trouble with a fuel dispenser at the Taloyoak airport has not affected their flight schedules to the community.

Airport authorities discovered trouble with the dispenser on the airport’s fuel truck April 11, and the Government of Nunavut issued a...

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Nunavut April 23, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Nunavut’s Alianait hopes to become unique circumpolar festival

Community outreach, training and mentoring still part of strategic plan

LISA GREGOIRE

While it’s been an informal part of their mandate since 2007, the Alianait Arts Festival staff and board of directors want to put a new focus on circumpolar performers within a new five-year strategic plan released this week.

Executive Director Heather Daley said April 23 that they will continue...

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Nunavik April 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Photo: Nice catch

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Nunavut April 23, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Nunavut judge wants to finish Dejeager trial on week of May 26

Ruling on Crown's similar fact evidence application will have to wait

DAVID MURPHY

Justice Robert Kilpatrick is insisting that the trial of former Oblate missionary Eric Dejaeger be wrapped up, as scheduled, during the week of May 26.

The trial at the the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit is still in an adjournment — the third break in proceedings since it began five months...

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Nunavik April 23, 2014 - 8:08 am

Plight of homeless Montreal Inuit women often hidden from view

"Women are doing what they can to survive"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL — Though homeless Inuit men outnumber homeless Inuit women in Montreal, it’s homeless women who may find themselves at greater risk, a Japanese researcher, Nobuhiro Kishigami, has found.

That’s no surprise to outreach worker Tina Pisuktie, who works with Inuit women out of Montreal’s Chez...

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Nunavut April 22, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Nunavut women prepare to take their first steps of hope

“I will be sustained during the walk by memories of those who died too soon"

SARAH ROGERS

Veronica Tattuinee-Connelly couldn’t commit to the 200-kilometre trek, but she’s decided to become part of Women in Action anyway.

She recently organized a loonie-toonie sale that brought in $2,100, along with other donations she drew from businesses and organizations in her hometown of Rankin...

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Nunavut April 22, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Nunavut arts festival heads west to Cambridge Bay this summer

"We need to make sure we’re fostering the development of new artists"

DAVID MURPHY

The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association plans to showcase its talent in Cambridge Bay this year.

The Kitikmeot community of 1,500 people will host the 15th anniversary of the Nunavut Arts Festival between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26 — the first time it’s been held in Cambridge Bay since 2001.

The idea...

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Nunavik April 21, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Nunavik writers: tell CPAWS what you love about your natural environment

Parks and wilderness group launches contest to raise awareness about Nunavik's ecosystem

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Quebec chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has teamed up with some Nunavik organizations to launch a contest called Northern Inspiration, which aims to raise awareness about the region’s natural environment.

CPAWS, along with the Kativik Regional Government and the Fédération...

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Around the Arctic April 21, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Gazprom announces first shipment of offshore Arctic oil

Greenpeace says it continues to stand against Arctic oil drilling

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the first shipment of oil from the state-owned energy company Gazprom April 18, marking the first-ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe.

The new blend, extracted from the Pechora Sea, called ARCO, debuted on the global market April...

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Nunavik April 21, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Photo: Dog sled team pulls into Kuujjuaq’s Tasialuk

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Nunavut April 21, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Nunavut woman’s fits of jealousy lead to jail time

Nipisa Shaa threatened, assaulted women in Cape Dorset for five months

DAVID MURPHY

A Cape Dorset woman will head to jail for a month after a five-month campaign of death threats and violence, fueled by jealousy of women she believed had become her ex-boyfriend’s new lovers.

Nipisa Shaa, 25, pleaded guilty to 11 counts at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit April 17 — most of...

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Climate Change April 21, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Three million years ago, when Greenland really was green

Ancient tundra landscape preserved for at least 2.7 million years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

New research has revealed evidence of an ancient, three-million-year-old tundra landscape that lies preserved and untouched beneath the more than three kilometres of ice that form the vast Greenland ice sheet.

The research, reported April 17 in the journal Science, reveals that even during the...

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