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Nunavut October 31, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Nunavut moves on 258 new public housing units

But territory still short well over 3,000 homes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Housing Corp. has tendered all 213 housing units flagged under its 2015-16 capital plan, the legislative assembly heard this week.

While the agency’s capital funding remains the same as last year — its budget sits at $34,362,000 — George Kuksuk, the minister responsible for the NHC,...

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2014 - 9:28 am

Photo: A big scary haunted house in Kuujjuaq

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2014 - 9:22 am

My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 31

The Garden of Eden

JOHN AMAGOALIK

There are so many pressing problems facing the human race in this finite little place floating in the enormous expanse of the universe.

If things go wrong in this beautiful blue planet in our cold and dark solar system, we can’t pack up and move to the next planet.  For now, this is the only...

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Nunavut October 31, 2014 - 8:35 am

Suspended Nunavut RCMP officer faces six months probation for firearm charge

Ian Kaulback now enrolled in out-of-territory training program

SARAH ROGERS

A suspended RCMP constable who was living in Nunavut was given a conditional discharge related to June firearm incident at his home in Arviat.

Cst. Ian Kaulback, already facing previous charges of child luring over the internet, was charged this past summer with one count of careless storage of a...

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Nunavut October 31, 2014 - 7:12 am

Nunavut MLA wants answers on Baffin caribou decline

Multi-stakeholder meetings scheduled for next week in Iqaluit

THOMAS ROHNER

Recent surveys on the declining Baffin caribou population clearly demonstrate a need for new management measures, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie said in the Nunavut legislature Oct. 24.

And while the Government of Nunavut might not have a plan yet, stakeholders in the Baffin region will get a...

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Around the Arctic October 31, 2014 - 6:50 am

Photo: NS students show some skin

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Nunavut October 31, 2014 - 5:52 am

Another Nunavut MLA calls for increase to polar bear quota

Aivilik MLA Steve Mapsalak says too many polar bears means fewer caribou

THOMAS ROHNER

Communities in Nunavut’s Aivilik riding, Repulse Bay and Coral Harbour, are inundated by too many polar bears, but scientists don’t believe their traditional knowledge — Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit — when it comes to managing polar bears, MLA Steve Mapsalak told the legislative assembly in...

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Nunavut October 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm

GN releases new guide to the human body, in Inuktut

“During times of stress, it is common for patients to revert to their first language"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage has released its first Inuktut-language glossary of human anatomy, the department’s minister, Paul Okalik, announced Oct. 29.

The illustrated glossary, which identifies more than 400 terms referring to the human body, will help improve communication...

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Nunavut October 30, 2014 - 2:13 pm

In Nunavut, Nunavik, keep safe and have fun on Halloween

Tricks and treats for all on Oct. 31

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Communities in Nunavut and Nunavik are gearing up for the spookiest, sweetest day of year.

Halloween festivities will occur in communities across the North and little trick-or-treaters on the prowl for candy will hit the streets — in most places, anyway.

In Arviat this year, hamlet officials have...

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Nunavik October 30, 2014 - 11:01 am

Nunavik modular construction project seeks partner

Project would produce Nunavik-built storage sheds, cabinetry, furniture and housing panels

JANE GEORGE

Here’s a housing-related project just waiting to spring into action.

The Kativik Regional Government has earmarked $750,000 in seed money from its 2014 budget for a Nunavik-based modular housing project.

But there’s the trick: this money will only remain available until the end of March...

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Nunavut October 30, 2014 - 9:34 am

Housing crisis in Gjoa Haven “disturbing,” Nunavut MLA says

Akoak invites housing minister to visit community

THOMAS ROHNER

Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak spent part of this past summer conducting an informal survey in his community on overcrowded living conditions, the MLA said in the legislature in Iqaluit Oct. 29.

“The results were very disturbing,” Akoak said in a member’s statement.

Akoak shared some of the results...

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Iqaluit October 30, 2014 - 8:46 am

Iqaluit council agrees to increase basic taxi fare to $7

New fare likely to take effect early December, after third reading

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit City Council took a first step to increase the basic taxi fare to $7 per ride, Oct. 28.

The $1 increase could take hold as early as December, after it passes three readings in council.

Fares for seniors and children under 10 will not change, councillors said.

Elders would continue paying...

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Around the Arctic October 30, 2014 - 7:50 am

Ancient Thule site in northern Manitoba still used by Kivalliq Inuit

“I get shivers up my spine every time I think about this site"

LISA GREGOIRE

When the ice melts at Qikiqtaarjuit, you will find thousands of migrating beluga along with flocks of geese and herds of caribou. You’ll also find seals there, and polar bears.

Because of the abundance of animals, Hubbard Point, as it’s known in English, is a popular hunting ground and stopping...

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Nunavut October 30, 2014 - 6:54 am

Photo: Walking the night to combat blood cancer

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Nunavut October 30, 2014 - 6:50 am

Clyde River driver found not guilty in ATV crash death

Judge ruled Joe Aipeelee was not speeding at time of crash

SARAH ROGERS

A Clyde River man has been found not guilty of dangerous driving in a July 2013 incident in which a 16-year-old boy was killed.

A judgment by Justice Andrew Mahar says that on July 29, 2013, Joe Aipeelee, who was 18 at the time, borrowed an all-terrain vehicle from his uncle.

Aipeelee drove the...

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Around the Arctic October 30, 2014 - 6:44 am

Photo: Arctic patrol ship scheme running out of cash?

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Nunavut October 29, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Cape Dorset man charged with kidnapping, assault of local woman

31-year-old man to appear in Iqaluit court Nov. 4

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut RCMP said police in Cape Dorset have arrested and charged a man with the kidnapping and assault of a local woman.

Cape Dorset RCMP responded to a call just after 9 p.m. Oct. 24, with reports of a woman being assaulted and dragged into a nearby residence.

Police said in an Oct. 29 news...

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Nunavut October 29, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Iqaluit entrepreneurs pitch incinerator proposal to council

High school will adopt co-op option to keep pop cans out of dump

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit’s summer-long dump fire and struggles with waste disposal have spurred two separate groups to present some solutions to city council, Oct. 28.

Bryan Pearson, an entrepreneur who served as mayor of the community in the 1970s and 1980s, proposed to offer the city a...

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Nunavut October 29, 2014 - 12:20 pm

MLAs press Nunavut government on fresh, affordable food

Auditor General's report on Nutrition North expected in November

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Just over a week into the fall sitting of Nunavut’s legislative assembly, MLAs say they’re hungry for information on what the government is doing to ensure healthy, affordable and quality food in the territory’s grocery stores.

Grocery stores in Iqaluit might offer a full selection, but some...

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Around the Arctic October 29, 2014 - 11:54 am

Photo: Nunavut premier, MLAs, pay homage to John Amagoalik

THOMAS ROHNER

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