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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 5:12 pm

First Air employees union denies support for lay-offs

Unifor “can’t support” airline’s decision until it gets the facts, rep says

PETER VARGA

The union that represents First Air cargo employees denied Oct. 1 that they ever supported a decision to lay off nine rotational cargo workers.

First Air management told employees Sept. 26 that it would replace the nine affected cargo worker positions with seven new positions, to be staffed by...

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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Nunavut RCMP lay charges in Pond Inlet homicide

Deceased man, 43, not identified

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

RCMP members investigating the death of a 43-year-old male in Pond Inlet have now charged another Pond Inlet man with second degree murder in connection with that investigation.

Members of the Pond Inlet RCMP detachment discovered a deceased man within the community Sept....

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Around the Arctic October 01, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Parks Canada identifies Franklin wreck as HMS Erebus

Franklin sailed on the recently-discovered vessel

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The wrecked Franklin expedition ship discovered in early September by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition has been identified as the HMS Erebus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Oct. 1.

The announcement of the ship’s identity follows the Sept. 9 announcement that remains of a ship were......

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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Business student from Rankin Inlet wins $4,000 scholarship

Lori Tagoona studies business and commerce at University of Winnipeg

THOMAS ROHNER

A young woman from Rankin Inlet with big plans for her future just got some help fulfilling her dreams.

Lori Tagoona has won a $4,000 scholarship from Northwestel, a news release from the telecommunications company said Sept. 29.

Tagoona, who studies business and commerce at the University of...

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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 12:15 pm

We must talk about suicide in Nunavut, says Cape Dorset’s MLA

“I just want people to know that their lives are worth living"

SARAH ROGERS

On Sept. 26, South Baffin MLA David Joanasie heard news that any politician, family member or friend dreads hearing.

An 11-year-old boy in Cape Dorset, one of the two communities in his riding, had taken his life the previous day.

Joanasie took to the local airwaves that day to talk to...

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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 11:14 am

Igloolik murder trial delayed as accused finds new lawyer

Steven Akittirq, 24, faces murder charge related to June 9 incident

THOMAS ROHNER

A Nunavut justice has delayed the case of an Igloolik man accused of murdering a young woman this past June.

That’s because the defence lawyer assigned to the case has been appointed as a provincial court judge in Alberta, an Iqaluit courtroom heard Sept. 30.

Steven Akittirq, 24, who appeared...

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Nunavut October 01, 2014 - 8:53 am

Money talks: who spent how much on Nunavut’s 2013 election campaign

Nunavut MLA candidates spent anywhere from around $16,000 to $0

SARAH ROGERS

Contributions to the campaigns of Nunavut’s MLA-hopefuls ranged anywhere from about $16,000 to zilch during the territory’s 2013 general election for the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, financial returns posted on the Elections Nunavut website reveal.

The financial campaign returns for all...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

First Air to phase out rotational cargo staff in Iqaluit

Airline will lay off nine workers to make way for seven local employees

PETER VARGA

First Air is laying off nine employees at its cargo facility in Iqaluit, to be replaced by seven new positions for residents of the city.

The layoffs take effect Nov. 1, and are part of a move to phase out rotational staff who do not live in Iqaluit, Bert van der Stege, vice president of...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Boy, 11, becomes Nunavut’s latest suicide statistic

“There doesn’t seem to be a concentrated effort to tackle this issue head on"

SARAH ROGERS

People in Cape Dorset are mourning the loss of a young community member after an 11-year-old boy died by suicide this past weekend.

The Nunavut’s coroner’s office is investigating the death of the boy, who was one month shy of his 12th birthday at the time of his death.

Jack Anawak, a former...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 10:22 am

Western Nunavut muskox under pressure from disease, predators, inbreeding

About 56 per cent of the diet in Cambridge Bay still consists of country food

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Heaps of coffee beans and non-invasive sampling kits for muskox may reveal more about how food sources change due to social, economic and environmental pressures.

For a research study now underway in Cambridge Bay, participants made piles of beans of varying sizes to show the importance of muskox...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 7:52 am

Nunavut power utility boss leaves big plans to his successor

Alain Barriault to pick up on Peter Ma’s call for “greater accountability”

PETER VARGA

It took almost 10 months for Peter Ma to get a grasp of the issues facing Qulliq Energy Corp., Nunavut’s government-owned power corporation, which he heads as president and CEO.

Then, Sept. 23, just three days before a week-long board of directors’ conference, Ma got word from Nunavut Premier...

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Nunavut September 30, 2014 - 7:08 am

Harvesters find possible commercial shrimp stock near Nunavut’s northernmost hamlet

Exploratory project turns up healthy shrimp, sea snail stocks off Grise Fiord

SARAH ROGERS

Hunters from Grise Fiord, Nunavut’s northernmost community, say they’re excited about the prospect of developing a local fishery after netting a big catch in local waters.

The Arctic Fishery Alliance — made up of hunters and trappers organizations from Qikiqtarjuaq, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, and...

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Iqaluit September 29, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Sold out Pride event brings diversity to Nunavut’s capital

“I knew this was going to be more of a straight-people party, looking to see a man in a dress”

THOMAS ROHNER

Pride parties celebrate the diversity of sexual and gender identity and have been held in communities around the world for decades, but the event that unfolded in Iqaluit Sept. 27 could only have happened in Iqaluit.

That’s because the lineup of talented performers, and the crowd itself, was a...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Qikiqtani Inuit org prepares for Dec. 8 elections

QIA beneficiaries to choose new president, seven community directors

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you are 16 or older as of election day, a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and you live in the Baffin region, you will be eligible to vote Dec. 8 in the Qikiqtani Inuit Association election to chose a new president and seven community directors for the organization’s board.

A...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 11:00 am

Baker Lake high school moves classes to community hall

Crews still dealing with lingering fumes from week-old fuel leak

SARAH ROGERS

Updated Sept. 29

Jonah Amitnaaq secondary school is moving classes to Baker Lake’s community hall this week as crews continue to deal with maintenance issues and lingering fumes from a fuel leak last week.

On Sept. 22, a fuel tank in the school`s mechanical room overflowed during refueling, said...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 8:18 am

In plaid we trust: Nunavut’s quest for a tartan

Nunavut the only Canadian province or territory without one

SARAH ROGERS

Like other Canadian provinces and territories, Nunavut has its own flag, its own coat of arms, not to mention an official bird, rock and animal.

But the territory has existed for 15 years without an official tartan, the famed Scottish fabric pattern, or plaid, used to represent clans,...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 7:11 am

Nunavut court: CamBay sex assault trial features conflicting stories

Court reserves judgment until Jan. 20, 2015

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After listening to three days of conflicting and sometimes confusing evidence at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Cambridge Bay this past week, Justice Susan Cooper decided Sept. 25 to postpone her verdict judgment in the trial of a 45-year-old man facing two counts of sexual assault.

Cooper said...

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Iqaluit September 29, 2014 - 5:51 am

Iqaluit approves second loan for aquatic centre

City set to finance $34 million project

PETER VARGA

The City of Iqaluit stitched up the last portion of financing for the city’s $34-million aquatic centre Sept. 23, when councillors approved a loan and grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

A loan of $7.5 million loan tops up all the funds needed to cover construction costs.

The...

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 5:45 am

Photo: Kivalliq Trade Show ramps up in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavut September 29, 2014 - 5:45 am

Photo: Inupiaq reality TV star’s next stop: Kugluktuk

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