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Nunavut May 05, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Big flu outbreak cripples Pangnirtung schools, hamlet office

Nunavut health officials: many patients show influenza A symptoms

STEVE DUCHARME

A nasty outbreak of the flu that’s spread throughout Pangnirtung has crippled day-to-day operations in the Nunavut hamlet of about 1,700 people.

Pangnirtung’s two schools have been closed since May 3.

The schools will remain closed until next week as teachers and staff recover from the illness,...

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Iqaluit May 05, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Morning lockdown at Iqaluit elementary school ends safely

Police seize knife, hold assembly with students, staff

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A morning lock-down at Nakasuk Elementary School ended without incident May 5 after police seized a knife, the Nunavut RCMP said May 5 in a news release.

“As per school protocol, Nakasuk school was put on lock-down [which] has since been lifted. The situation was defused without incident,” the...

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Nunavik May 05, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Iqaluit city councillor quits, gives no public reason

"The current side show is a self-serving matter and not in the best interest of the city"

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated May 5, 3:05 p.m.)

Iqaluit city councillor Gideonie Joamie has resigned from his seat on Iqaluit’s city council, effective May 5.

In a news release dated May 5, Iqaluit mayor Madeline Redfern expressed surprise and disappointment over Coun. Joamie’s tendered resignation, issued to the...

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Nunavut May 05, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut Inuk reaches Everest Base Camp

“I can’t believe I saw Everest with my own eyes. I was up in the clouds”

STEVE DUCHARME

As a child growing up in Coral Harbour, Elena Kataluk dreamed of seeing Mount Everest — Earth’s highest mountain, perched in the Himalayas and a world away from her home in Nunavut.

Kataluk got to live out that dream in April when she accompanied a group of adventurers on a mammoth, multi-week...

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Nunavut May 05, 2016 - 10:00 am

Aging ex-RCMP member wants trial held outside Nunavut

Lauren McKiel, 79, faces three sex charges dating to late 1960s

THOMAS ROHNER

An aging former Nunavut RCMP officer facing historic sex crimes asked the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit May 2 for his trial to be held outside of Nunavut because of his deteriorating health.

Nunavut police charged Lauren McKiel, 79, with three sex crimes in August 2015, alleged by a single...

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Around the Arctic May 05, 2016 - 8:30 am

Governor General starts tour of Churchill, Nunavut, Nunavik

GG David Johnston and wife Sharon Johnston to visit eight Hudson Bay communities

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David Johnston, the Governor General, with his wife, Sharon Johnston, plan to visit eight Arctic communities this month on a tour that started May 4 in Churchill, Man.

The couple’s journey will take them around Hudson Bay, ending May 10 at Kuujjuaraapik-Whapmagoostui.

“We’re very much looking...

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Around the Arctic May 05, 2016 - 7:00 am

Per capita funding doesn’t help us, northern premiers say

Territorial trio want northern SAR bases, pan-northern science, more work on Nutrition North

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The distribution of federal infrastructure funds via population-based per capita methods won’t help northern Canada, the three northern premiers said in a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Yukon last week.

“Funding programs in the North must recognize that strict per capita funding does...

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Nunavut May 04, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut government launches climate change website quiz

Tukisigiaqta designed to help Nunavummiut deal with climate change

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you want to better understand climate change, there’s a new website quiz — in Inuktitut, English and French — for you.

The Nunavut Climate Change Centre has launched a new website quiz called Tukisigiaqta to help Nunavummiut understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

You can......

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Around the Arctic May 04, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Montreal Inuk discovers her past through filmmaking

"I’m just thinking about how much I love being Inuit. It’s a great thing"

DAVID MURPHY

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — When Isabella Weetaluktuk was younger, she escaped the city in an effort to learn more about her people — and that curiosity never left her.

“I used to work on the Cruise North cruise ship and I went around the Canadian Arctic. And I think I did that because...

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Nunavut May 04, 2016 - 11:45 am

Connect, take time for fun during Mental Health Awareness Week: GN

Communities hosting wellness activities May 2 to May 8

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Tea with elders on the sea ice — that’s among the many activities organized by the Cambridge Bay Wellness Society to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 2 to May 8.

No matter where you live in Nunavut the Government of Nunavut’s health department is urging people to connect with others...

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Iqaluit May 04, 2016 - 10:00 am

Summer reno work means Nunavut greenhouse to lie fallow this year

"It's necessary... and we're going to grow from this”

THOMAS ROHNER

For the Iqaluit Greenhouse Society, 2015 was a big year — and not just because of high-profile visits by local and international elected officials and media outlets such as the Weather Network.

“We grew carrots big enough to eat last year,” Stephen Leyden, the society’s president, said April 30...

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Nunavut May 04, 2016 - 8:30 am

Big Nunavut suicide prevention summit starts May 4

Gathering aimed at shaping long term action plan

THOMAS ROHNER

A summit on suicide prevention gets underway in Iqaluit this week, when stakeholders in the Nunavut suicide prevention plan, and others, meet from May 4 to May 6, a joint news release said.

The group call themselves Atausiuqatigiingniq Inuusirmi, or “United for Life.”

The stakeholders in the...

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Around the Arctic May 04, 2016 - 7:00 am

Inuit-owned shipping firm goes to court to stave off imminent collapse

In 2015, NTCL lost $29.36 million, carries $120.6 million in liabilities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Burdened by many tens of millions of dollars worth of losses and debts it can’t pay, the Inuvialuit-owned Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. has turned to the courts for protection against its imminent demise, court documents filed last week in Alberta reveal.

In a sworn affidavit filed April 26 at...

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Nunavut man arrested, charged after shots fired in Cape Dorset

Pitseolak Manning, 35, faces firearms charges after May 1 incident

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Cape Dorset man faces several firearms charges after allegedly firing five to six shots in the early hours of May 1 at a residence in Cape Dorset.

No one was injured, the RCMP said in a May 3 news release.

Police responded to a call about the shots at about 2:30 a.m. May 1, the RCMP said.

At a...

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from April 24 to May 1

Iqaluit city news leads the Top Five stories of the week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit residents went onto Nunatsiaqonline.ca in droves this past week to read — and comment on — city-related news.

That’s according to Google Analytics which tracks online traffic numbers on our website.

The top story: a City of Iqaluit employee continues to recover from injuries he suffered...

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 10:00 am

Judge says no to Nunavut mining company’s request for tax rebate

Case centres on how much fuel AEM used and what it was used for

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The courts have come down once again on the side of the Nunavut government in a tax dispute between Nunavut and the owners of one the territory’s two operating mines — Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

In a judicial review judgment delivered on April 28, Justice Bonnie Tulloch of the Nunavut Court of...

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 8:30 am

MMIW inquiry must have Inuit-run component, Pauktuutit says

National Inuit women’s org releases report on MMIW pre-consultation, plus anti-violence and healing strategy

STEVE DUCHARME

About Inuit, by Inuit, for Inuit.

That’s the message from Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s organization.

The organization is calling for Inuit-controlled leadership during the upcoming national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.

“There is a concern that because Inuit are a...

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 6:59 am

Lawyers argue over sentencing of Nunavut killer

Pauloosie Padluq of Kimmirut pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2014 death of Qummuattuq Simeonie

THOMAS ROHNER

The defence lawyer for Kimmirut-born Pauloosie Padluq, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2015, asked the Nunavut Court of Justice April 29 for a lenient sentence for his client to bolster Padluq’s chances of rehabilitation.

Lawyer James Morton admitted to Justice Bonnie Tulloch during...

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Iqaluit May 03, 2016 - 6:55 am

Photo: Cops walk to promote mental health

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Nunavut May 03, 2016 - 6:30 am

Photo: Kicking up snow during Pakallak Days in Rankin Inlet

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