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Nunavik May 27, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Nunavik housing body tallies up largest amount of rent arrears — ever

Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau is more than $17 million short

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Nunavik’s social housing agency says 2014 stands as the year with the highest amount of unpaid rent across the region.

The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau’s cumulative arrears have now increased to $17.8 million.

Here’s why: the KMHB invoiced $13.9 million to its tenants last year,...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Nunavut mayor overjoyed that seismic testing won’t happen this year

"It means we can spend the summer still narwhal hunting without any migration problems"

LISA GREGOIRE

Jerry Natanine is about 3,000 kilometres from Nunavut as the raven flies and he’s talking on a borrowed cell phone from a location near Pictou, Nova Scotia, but there’s no mistaking his pleasure, even at that distance.

Natanine found out this morning, May 27, that the companies who are currently...

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Iqaluit May 27, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Learning to focus on needs of child victims in Nunavut

Joint GN-RCMP course trains professionals in child abuse investigations

LISA GREGOIRE

When a child discloses physical or sexual abuse, a whole series of professional and personal responsibilities kick in for the person who hears that information, whether it’s a teacher in Iqaluit or a family friend in Gjoa Haven.

But what to do first, and how?

More than two dozen people from...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Iqaluit company fined for allowing smoking inside the workplace

J & N Moving Ltd. to pay $2,000 penalty

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An Iqaluit moving company has been sentenced under Nunavut’s Safety Act after an inspection found evidence of smoking inside the workplace.

On May 20, a representative of J & N Moving Ltd. appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Iqaluit and pleaded guilty to section 1(a) of the territory’s...

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Nunavik May 27, 2015 - 11:26 am

Nunavik plans smaller social housing allocation in 2016

"We need more from the federal government to catch up with the region’s needs"

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Kativik Regional Government councillors have approved the allocation of Nunavik’s social housing units for 2016, with 60 new homes to be built in the region next year.

But this time around, May 26, at the council meeting still underway in Inukjuak, they had fewer houses to distribute...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 9:38 am

Nunavut teens go online to fund-raise for world female hockey fest

"A wonderful tournament which helps build the girls' self-esteem, confidence, and team playing skills" — coach

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A group of eager young teenage hockey players who live in Rankin Inlet — all girls 14 to 19 years old — have been baking, running teen dances and holding other fundraising events.

Their goal: to attend the Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival run by Olympic female hockey star Hayley...

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Iqaluit May 27, 2015 - 9:20 am

Photo: Police, GN team up for course on child abuse investigation

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Iqaluit May 27, 2015 - 8:30 am

Iqaluit council votes narrowly to help Carrefour fundraiser

“I see the economic benefit a lot more than the $500 in revenue the city would lose"

LISA GREGOIRE

Iqaluit city councillors didn’t quite jump at the idea, but after bouncing it around for a while, they voted narrowly to do a favour for Carrefour Nunavut in the hope of increasing Iqaluit’s profile in Quebec.

François Fortin appeared before city councillors May 26 to ask for permission to use the...

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Nunavut May 27, 2015 - 7:29 am

Nunavut MLAs appoint Tom Sammurtok to legislative standing committees

Ex-cabinet minister eases into work as regular member

THOMAS ROHNER

Former Nunavut cabinet minister Tom Sammurtok, who still faces two impaired driving charges, now appears to be easing into the work of a regular MLA.

When the legislative assembly opened May 26, Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes moved to appoint Sammurtok to three legislative standing committees:...

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Around the Arctic May 27, 2015 - 6:03 am

NDP MPs repeat demand for Nutrition North reform

“People are going hungry," Nunavik MP says

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Repeating their message that the Conservatives have failed to ensure that northerners have secure access to nutritious and affordable food, New Democratic Party MPs vowed again May 26 that they will take concrete action to fix the Nutrition North Canada program.

Among their demands — that the...

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Nunavik May 26, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Quebec won’t maintain low childcare fees in Nunavik

Daycare fees could go from $7.30 to up to $20 a day for families

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — The Quebec government has refused a request by the Kativik Regional Government, aimed at protecting parents from higher childcare feeds, to maintain its current contribution to the region’s childcare program.

The province introduced amendments to its Education Childcare Act last fall,...

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Nunavut May 26, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Nunavut lodge needs to protect history, caribou, commenters say

"Avoidance of disturbance to caribou should be the highest priority"

THOMAS ROHNER

Protecting nearby caribou and potential archaeological sites topped the list of concerns recently submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board on the proposed expansion of an eco-resort in the southwest corner of Nunavut.

The review board received a project proposal on March 10 from proponents of...

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Nunavut May 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Nunavut mine training society gets $1.7 million from Ottawa

Society has helped place hundreds of Kivalliq Inuit into mining jobs

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Nunavut’s Kivalliq Mine Training Society will get $1.7 million in federal funding to continue helping Nunavummiut get jobs in the mining industry.

The Rankin Inlet-based training organization has helped train and place hundreds of Inuit into mine-related jobs since its launch in January...

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Nunavut May 26, 2015 - 11:05 am

Franklin expedition morphs into education website on “life and death in the Arctic”

"This is an ongoing detective story"

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The failed expedition of Sir John Franklin is set to form the basis of an educational website: on June 4 in Ottawa, on the 170th anniversary of the first full day at sea of the unsuccessful British mission to find the Northwest Passage, the University of Victoria officially launched a website...

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Nunavik May 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

Starting a business in Nunavik: it’s tough, but there’s support from KRG

Nunavimmiut call for creation of regional chamber of commerce

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — Most Nunavimmiut will agree — doing business in the region is tough.

That’s why the Kativik Regional Government wants Nunavimmiut to be aware of the financial support available to business people in the region

“There are pros and cons of starting to grow a business,” said Adel Yassa,...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2015 - 9:05 am

Photo: RCMP looking for a few good men and women

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Nunavik May 26, 2015 - 8:30 am

Local food production plan aims to feed Nunavik communities

Regional government orders chicken coops, design for portable abattoir

SARAH ROGERS

INUKJUAK — In Nunavik, the chicken will come before the egg.

The Kativik Regional Government’s department of regional and local development has put in an order for 115 egg-laying chickens which will be flown up to Kuujjuaq this summer, KRG councillors heard May 25.

In Kuujjuaq, the local hunter...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2015 - 7:09 am

Iqaluit parents fume over possible loss of school phys ed teacher

“You would think that the principal would have communicated with the parents"

LISA GREGOIRE

(Corrected 9:20 a.m., May 26)

If rumours are correct and the principal of Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit is planning to cut the physical education teacher’s position in September, he’ll have to do battle with a number of angry local parents.

About 20 people showed up at an Iqaluit District...

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Nunavut May 26, 2015 - 6:05 am

PASS program helps high school drop-outs earn diplomas online

"You can go to school even when you’re older, so don’t give up"

LISA GREGOIRE

When asked why she didn’t finish high school, Iqaluit’s Geelasia Boileau isn’t ashamed to say it: she was kind of a slacker and didn’t think school was important anyway.

She was also shy, a bit anti-social, distracted by relationships, slept in a lot and thought she would eventually get a job with...

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Nunavik May 26, 2015 - 5:20 am

Photo: Nunavik youth cycles in major Quebec event

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