Nunavik gets $26 million to renew satellite internet services
But region still looks to fibre optics to improve "lagging" internet speeds
Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government has received $26 million from provincial and federal governments to help extend basic internet service through its Tamaani service provider.
Quebec and Ottawa announced the funds in Quebec City July 30 — money that will renew satellite broadband service in the...
Nunavut woman accused of second-degree murder denied bail
Farrah Siakuluk, 32, faces charges related to death of Manasie Qamaniq
The Nunavut Court of Justice denied bail July 31, at least for now, to an Igloolik woman charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2013 death of her partner.
Farrah Siakuluk, 32, appeared before Justice Earl Johnson in an Iqaluit courtroom July 31 for a bail hearing on two charges:...
Rankin Inlet man charged with second degree murder
26-year-old man died July 30
(Updated July 31)
A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the second degree murder of another man in Rankin Inlet.
At around 7 a.m. July 30, police and Rankin Inlet Emergency Medical Services “responded to a report of a male in medical distress,” Nunavut RCMP said.
Nunavut Liberal candidate praises port, dumps on Aglukkaq
Hunter Tootoo: “a decade of neglect and underfunding from the Harper/Aglukkaq regime”
Though he supports the Conservative government’s plan to help pay for a deep sea port at Iqaluit, Nunavut Liberal candidate Hunter Tootoo lashed out at the “Harper/Aglukkaq regime” July 31, accusing them of ignoring the territory’s infrastructure needs for years.
“Nunavut greatly suffers from a...
Gold mine operator’s updated FEIS conforms, Nunavut regulator finds
Mine's proposed expansion now under review
The Nunavut Impact Review Board has okayed Agnico Eagle Mines’ latest environmental impact submission to expand its Meadowbank gold mine operations, and launched a public review of the project.
Last summer, Agnico Eagle proposed to expand Meadowbank’s Vault Pit operations southwest into nearby...
Researcher studying unique food web in western Nunavut waters
“From what I’ve experienced to now, this community is amazing"
Who eats what? When? And how much?
These are the kinds of questions that keep marine biologists up at night.
Well, maybe not up at night, but busy, at least.
Marianne Falardeau has been busy for the past month in Cambridge Bay — catching fish, scooping up zooplankton, collecting fish and marine...
Nunavut police investigate sudden death of Iqaluit infant
Baby arrived unresponsive at Iqaluit's Qikiqtani General Hospital July 29
Members of the Nunavut RCMP are investing the sudden death of an infant in the territory’s capital.
Police were called to Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital July 29 just after 4:30 p.m., where the infant had arrived unresponsive some time earlier, the RCMP said July 30.
Police did not provide...
As election campaign looms, Aglukkaq announces Iqaluit port scheme
Long-awaited marine project includes small-craft harbour, deep sea port
(Updated 9:00 a.m., July 31)
You might want to call it convenient timing because of the federal election campaign that could be launched as early as this weekend.
But Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq announced in Iqaluit July 30 that Ottawa will pay for 75 per cent of a marine infrastructure project in...
Inuit org boss heaps praise on Valcourt’s NNC re-announcement
NTI wants in on the NNC decision-making process
Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said July 30 that she welcomes a move re-announced by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt on July 27 that would list Nutrition North Canada savings on sales receipts next year.
“Minister Valcourt’s decision...
Owners of Iqaluit’s iconic cafe reminisce before moving on
"Whether you sat at that table or this table, everyone got involved in the conversation”
Iqaluit’s Grind and Brew is for sale.
That’s not breaking news — many in the city have seen the “For Sale” sign tacked onto Brian Twerdin and Elisapee Sheutiapik’s iconic beach-front business for a while now.
As much as the pair have enjoyed running the café for more than 15 years, they say...
Nunavut walrus tests positive for trichinella, GN warns
“We advise all hunters to test walrus prior to consuming"
A walrus recently hunted in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region tested positive for trichinella this week, prompting health officials to issue a warning.
The Government of Nunavut’s health department is advising any Nunavummiut who have recently eaten uncooked walrus to note any adverse reactions and report...
Nunavik rare earths project moves to feasibility study phase
"Quest is poised to ultimately meet that demand"
It’s one of the few commodities in demand among global metal markets — and Nunavik could see its first rare earth mine go into production as early as 2019.
Montreal-based Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. has proposed a project that would mine more than 350,000 tonnes of rare earth concentrate each year...
Old vehicles can go to the Iqaluit dump again, for a fee
City of Iqaluit disposal permits needed to junk that old snowmobile
The smoke from Iqaluit’s infamous 2014 dump fire — dubbed “dumpcano” by some residents — may have cleared a year ago, but City of Iqaluit officials are still taking steps to restore full service at the dump site.
Beginning Aug. 1, Iqalungmiut can bring end-of-life vehicles, including cars,...
Judge blocks Nunavut lawyers from pursuing complaints against JP
Pair of lawyers don’t have legal standing for review of 2014 JP disciplinary ruling
Two Nunavut lawyers don’t have standing to seek a judicial review of a disciplinary decision issued last year into the conduct of a justice of the peace in Cambridge Bay, Justice Vital Ouellette has ruled.
The two lawyers, Tamara Fairchild and Clare Henderson, wanted the Nunavut Court of Justice...
Nunavut offers tourism development funds to communities
Organizations and businesses may apply for up to $150K in tourism readiness projects
Nunavut organizations and businesses are now eligible for money from a new territorial tourism program, the Government of Nunavut announced last week.
The newly-launched Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program aims to support local infrastructure and tourism readiness, by helping...
Nutrition North subsidies to be added to receipts by next April: AANDC
"[It's] an important and needed step to show clear transparency"
By next spring, shoppers in Nunavut and Nunavik will be able to see their Nutrition North savings on their sales receipts.
Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, announced July 27 that a point-of-sale system will be made mandatory for Nutrition North...
Canadian North, First Air carry out codeshare pact in Nunavut this week
Airlines promise "enhancements" between north and south
Canadian North and First Air launched their new codeshare agreement July 27, which will see the two major northern airlines team up on north-south connections to, from, and within the Kitikmeot and Baffin regions of Nunavut.
The agreement, first announced this past May, means flights operated by...
Four of a kind: Nunavut stories that drew your attention
Crime, punishment and sealift woes make our top five online list
Nunatsiaq News followers love to read about crime and punishment — and that would have been a clean sweep of our most popular online stories last week were it not for a piece about ongoing problems with this year’s sealift.
According to Google Analytics pageviews, our readers flocked to stories...
Nunavut court sees major drop in criminal charges: 2014 report
Court also sees a drop in family files
The Nunavut Court of Justice saw a major drop in criminal offences against Nunavummiut in 2014, a new court report reveals.
Last year, a total of 5,896 charges were laid in Nunavut — the lowest number the territory has seen since 2006.
Since Nunavut’s creation in 1999, the number of charges...