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Nunavut July 31, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Nunavut ex-priest heads back to court, this time in Alberta

Eric Dejaeger faces two sex-related charges from late 1970s in Edmonton

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Eric Dejaeger, the disgraced and defrocked priest who is currently in custody awaiting verdicts in 68 sex-related charges stemming from incidents in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982, will face a new judge soon, in Edmonton.

The Canadian Press is reporting that Dejaeger waived his right to a...

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Nunavut July 31, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Emergency landing in Taloyoak ends safely

Engine on Canadian North Dash 8-100 failed during scheduled flight

SARAH ROGERS

A Canadian North Dash-8 made an emergency landing in Taloyoak July 28 after one of the aircraft’s two engines failed.

The incident took place on flight 8578 during a scheduled route between the western Nunavut communities of Kugaaruk and Taloyaok.

The crew aboard the plane declared an emergency...

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Nunavut July 31, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Nunavut gold operator explores new sites, reports profit

High ore grades at Meadowbank contribute to Agnico Eagle's profitable second quarter

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Despite softening gold prices, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. posted net income of $37.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, a big improvement over the $24.4 million net loss they reported for the same period in 2013, the company said July 30.

This means that for the first six months of 2014, Agnico...

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Nunavik July 31, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Mineral exploration firm eyes Nunavik’s nickel belt

“West Raglan has yielded multiple shallow, high grade nickel and platinum group metal intersections"

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A new technical report says prospects look good for an early stage nickel exploration project in Nunavik’s Cape Smith belt.

Located roughly 90 kilometres southwest of Salluit and east of Akulivik, the West Raglan property is owned by True North Nickel, while the Toronto-based Royal Nickel...

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Iqaluit July 31, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut’s dumpcano remedy to be discussed Aug. 1

Even P.E.I. newspaper urging government to put the fire out

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On the eve of an Aug. 1 meeting between municipal, territorial and federal officials that will likely result in a final solution for Iqaluit’s 72-day-old waste dump fire, the Nunavut government is reporting that the air in Nunavut’s capital is still smoky and potentially dangerous to human

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Around the Arctic July 31, 2014 - 7:59 am

Forest fires, heat wave colour otherwise normal Arctic summer

Smoke drifts into western Nunavut; Nunavik heat sets new record highs

PETER VARGA

Weather across Nunavut and Nunavik has played out normally so far this summer, although huge forest fires to the west and a short heat wave in the east have already marked 2014 as unusual for some communities.

In July, heavy smoke from more than 200 forest fires in the Northwest Territories...

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Nunavut July 31, 2014 - 5:55 am

Pilot project hopes to recycle Nunavut’s end-of-life vehicles

"If we can do it here, we can do it anywhere"

SARAH ROGERS

Once vehicles roll off the sealift and into Nunavut communities, they never roll out again.

But a new recycling project hopes to take back the tundra by removing thousands of kilograms of vehicle waste from the territory this summer.

The Toronto-based not-for-profit environmental group,...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Private Inuit orgs may qualify for federal infrastructure bucks

Kitikmeot Inuit take credit for Ottawa’s new rules

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Private Inuit corporations may now compete with municipal, territorial and provincial governments for federal infrastructure dollars — and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association takes credit for the change.

That’s because of new rules governing who is allowed to get money from two big federal programs:...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2014 - 11:43 am

Open water means more big waves in the Arctic Ocean, researchers say

Larger waves will affect ice break-up, marine navigation, coastal erosion

LISA GREGOIRE

Cargo, research and cruise ships can add one more thing to the list of unpredictable obstacles coming to a warmer, less frozen Arctic sea: big waves.

Researchers at the University of Washington studying the ice-free Beaufort Sea in 2012 have concluded that not only do the warmer, open northern...

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Iqaluit July 30, 2014 - 10:36 am

City of Iqaluit to pick up garbage, cardboard on different days

Residents also asked to separate wood, metal, from regular waste

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The City of Iqaluit is making more changes to local garbage collection.

After requesting that residents separate their cardboard garbage earlier this month, the City of Iqaluit is now asking residents to also separate wood and metal from their regular household waste.

In a July 29 release, the...

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Nunavik July 30, 2014 - 6:35 am

Investigation into death of Nunavik man finishes in Inukjuak, but still continues

Investigators will turn findings over to Quebec's Crown prosecutor

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec’s provincial police looking into the July 17 death of Jobie Napartuk, 29, of Inukjuak, have finished their work in the community.

But Sûreté du Québec investigators will continue to look at factors that led to Napartuk’s death before they turn the matter over to Quebec’s Crown...

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Nunavik July 29, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Montreal bird plucker still could face charges

“I couldn’t believe that anyone would make a big deal out of it"

SARAH ROGERS

(Updated 5:30 p.m.)

CORRECTION: A Montreal police spokesperson told Nunatsiaq News earlier on July 29 that the investigation into the bird-plucking incident had been closed, when in fact, it had not.

Montreal police now say they’ve handed over evidence related to a bird-plucking incident on the...

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Nunavut July 29, 2014 - 11:22 am

Nunavut departments of health, justice get new deputy ministers

"I am confident the appointments are sound additions to our government"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut has hired two new deputy ministers, Premier Peter Taptuna announced July 29.

Colleen Stockley, a civil servant with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s department of health, has been appointed as Nunavut’s deputy minister of health, effective Sept. 2.

Stockley...

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Nunavut July 29, 2014 - 8:07 am

Pangnirtung RCMP go door-to-door to reduce gun violence

Campaign aims to reduce firearm-related incidents in Nunavut

PETER VARGA

Members of the RCMP in Pangnirtung started a door-to-door firearms safety campaign July 26, offering trigger locks and safety pamphlets to residents in Inuktitut, English and French.

The campaign is part the RCMP’s territory-wide effort to reduce gun violence, said Sgt. Yvonne Niego of “V”...

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Nunavut July 29, 2014 - 5:55 am

Nunavut residential school survivor hopes records are not destroyed

"Canadians have a right, duty and responsibility to know what happened to us"

LISA GREGOIRE

The fate of thousands of pages of testimony about physical, sexual and psychological abuse at Canada’s notorious residential schools now lies with Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, but at least one residential school survivor hopes they are not destroyed.

Piita Irniq, who attended three...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Clyde River groups challenge Nunavut seismic testing in court

"The NEB's decision violates the fundamental rights of the people of Nunavut"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated 4 p.m. July 28

A lawyer representing groups in Clyde River filed an application at the Federal Court of Appeal July 28 that seeks a judicial review of a recent decision by the National Energy Board to permit a five-year seismic testing project in Baffin Bay and Davis...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Photo: What goes up, must come down

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Nunavut production company gets funding for two new TV projects

Film drama and elders' series will receive $762,984

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Two new television projects are on the way from Igloolik’s Kingulliit Productions Inc.

The Canada Media Fund announced July 28 that Kingulliit will receive $762,984 in 2014-15 under it’s Aboriginal Program funding for a television film project and a series called Stories of our...

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Photo: Young scientists at work in Cambridge Bay

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Nunavut July 28, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Photo: Elisapee Ishulutaq, hometown celebrity

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