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Nunavut April 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Nunavut court: Clyde River men get jail time for sex offences on minors

Young girl kicked one man to ward off his advances

DAVID MURPHY

Two Clyde River men will get short stints in jail for sex crimes against a minor following proceedings April 16 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Steven Aipeelee, 44, director of finance at the hamlet of Clyde River, was handed the longest sentence of the two — 30 days imprisonment for...

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Nunavik April 16, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Most at-risk Inuit in Montreal say they want to stay in the city

"We’re a strong people and we endure"

SARAH ROGERS

MONTREAL — It’s an unusually cold April day in Montreal, as Annie finishes a warm meal in the front room of Chez Doris.

The Montreal women’s day shelter is full of women during the lunch hour, and occasionally, the sound of Inuktitut conversation floats across the room.

Chez Doris has been an...

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Around the Arctic April 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

Canada boycotts Arctic Council meetings in Moscow to protest Russian moves in Ukraine

Canadian government condemns "illegal occupation" in Ukraine

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

To protest Russia’s involvement in the escalating crisis in Ukraine, Canadian delegates will not attend Arctic Council working group meetings scheduled in Moscow this week.

“These actions build upon the tough stance, including imposing sanctions, Canada has already taken against Russia for its...

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Nunavut April 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

Nunavut court: trial of Arviat man accused of sex charges against children continues

Crown, defence lawyers argue over accuracy of evidence given by witnesses

DAVID MURPHY

The first of two trials for an Arviat man who faces various sex charges against minors wrapped up April 15, with a defence lawyer attempting to poke holes in a child witness’s story.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is charged with sexual assault and touching a person under the age of 16 stemming from an...

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Iqaluit April 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

Crown stays sex charges after Nunavut Court Services pulls funding for witnesses

Young witnesses leave Iqaluit following "incident" at hotel

DAVID MURPHY

A Clyde River man is effectively off the hook on four sex charges involving minors after two key witnesses lost their accommodation allowance from Nunavut Court Services and left Iqaluit before they could give evidence

Crown prosecutor Doug Garson said April 15 that the two complainants, the main...

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Nunavut April 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Igloolik’s Arnait video group to premiere its next feature film in Iqaluit

Uvanga is one of the collective's first contemporary stories

SARAH ROGERS

The Arnait Video Collective’s newest film, Uvanga, will celebrate its northern premiere in Iqaluit later this month.

Uvanga — “myself” in Inuktitut — is based on a narrative common to Nunavut: children of mixed ancestry trying to bridge the gap between the North and the South.

The film tells the...

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Nunavut April 15, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race returns to Toonik Tyme

Festival’s second week features more contests and games

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme festival got off to a quick start April 11 with a weekend full of festivities and contests, and week two promises even more.

Added to the spring festival line-up this week is the Iqaluit-Kimmirut snowmobile race.

“Requests from the community have been very high,” said Travis...

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Nunavut April 15, 2014 - 7:29 am

Photo: Uvanga to premiere in Iqaluit

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Nunavut April 15, 2014 - 6:09 am

Nunavut court: Arviat man on trial for raping eight-year-old, sex charges against two others

Child uses dolls to illustrate sexual assault allegation

DAVID MURPHY

An Arviat man faces two trials in Iqaluit this week on sex charges against minors, including an allegation that he snuck into the bedroom of an eight-year-old girl and raped her.

Billy Iblauk, 28, is accused of 11 charges involving three complainants, including three counts of touching a person...

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Nunavut April 14, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Iqaluit’s young artists embrace Nunavut’s arts community

"I’d never really done anything like that — working together with all those creative minds"

SARAH ROGERS

“Community makes art, and arts makes a community,” muses Jonathan Pitseolak.

After a conversation with the 14-year-old budding hip hop artist from Pond Inlet — now based in Iqaluit — those are the words that linger.

Because Pitseolak isn’t just the future generation of Nunavut’s arts community;...

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Nunavut April 14, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Parks Canada sponsoring northerners for Students on Ice program

Program includes a summer job and Arctic cruise

PETER VARGA

Parks Canada will sponsor a group of northern aboriginal students to join Arctic educational expeditions with Students on Ice.

The Gatineau, Quebec-based organization promotes education of the Earth’s polar regions.

In a three-year agreement with Students on Ice, Parks Canada will sponsor 13 new...

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Nunavik April 14, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Photo: Meet the winners of Kuujjuaq’s annual snowmobile race

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Climate Change April 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

Global greenhouse gas reduction efforts not enough, IPCC says

"A wide array of technological measures and changes in behaviour"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Governments, businesses and consumers must work together to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its latest report, issued April 13 in Berlin.

“To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move...

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Iqaluit April 14, 2014 - 6:26 am

Nunavut government will vet, video all Iqaluit school visitors

New security clamp-down to start this September

DAVID MURPHY

(Updated April 14, 5:30 p.m. with correction: visitors will be screened by video, but not photographed)

Get ready for an elaborate screening process if you plan on visiting your kid at school in Iqaluit next fall.

The Government of Nunavut is installing new security systems at all Iqaluit...

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Nunavut April 11, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Arctic airlines First Air and Canadian North talk merger

“We think this would provide powerful benefits to our customers and employees"

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavut’s airline industry may be on the verge of getting a little smaller.

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. and Norterra Inc. — owners, respectively, of First Air and Canadian North — confirmed April 11 that they are in talks aimed at merging the two airlines.

In a joint release, Makivik and Norterra...

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-none- April 11, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Photo: Toonik Tyme in full swing with ice golf

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Nunavut April 11, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Union “deeply disappointed” with firing of two First Air pilots

Air Line Pilots Association pledges to investigate incident

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The union that represents pilots at First Air called the company’s decision to terminate two flight crew members earlier this week a rushed judgement that the union intends to investigate.

First Air dismissed two pilots who flew a Boeing 737-200 off course last month during a scheduled flight from...

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Around the Arctic April 11, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Diavik mine’s wind-driven power saves $5 million a year in diesel costs

Turbines top expectations in Diavik's first full year of operation

PETER VARGA

Powering an Arctic mine on anything other than diesel fuel — flown or shipped in via supply lines thousands of kilometres long — once seemed unthinkable, but Diavik Diamond Mines recently proved it can be done.

Diavik’s diamond mine on Lac des Gras in the Northwest Territories, near the Nunavut...

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Nunavik April 11, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Nunavik voter turnout still low, still Liberal

Only 27 per cent of Nunavimmiut cast ballots in April 7 Quebec election

SARAH ROGERS

A highly-publicized campaign and the presence of an Inuk candidate did not seem to attract more Nunavimmiut to the polls in the April 7 Quebec election.

A regional breakdown of election night results in the Ungava shows that, despite a bump in the riding’s overall voter turnout, only 27 per cent...

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Nunavik April 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

Nunavik’s co-ops celebrate profitable year

Member co-ops brought in revenues of almost $100 million in 2013

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik’s co-operative network, La Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, says it enjoyed a successful year in 2013, when its 14 member co-ops brought in combined revenues of $89 million.

That’s an increase of 3.5 per cent over last year.

At the FCNQ’s annual assembly held in Kangirsuk...

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