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Nunavut September 02, 2014 - 7:41 am

Hired hands dig into Nunavut’s biggest dump fire

Industrial firefighting crews spray and scrape away at Iqaluit’s dumpcano

PETER VARGA

Plans to extinguish Iqaluit’s summer-long dump fire finally came together Sunday, Aug. 31, when a team of industrial firefighters began their assault on the 10-metre-high smoking mass of garbage.

“It’s more than a fire,” site manager Mike Noblett, of Global Forensics Inc., said of the...

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Nunavut September 02, 2014 - 5:55 am

Nunavut review board staff to hold uranium meetings in Saskatchewan

“Our land and environment is priceless and necessary for our way of life"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Impact Review Board staff will head to northern Saskatchewan at the end of this month to hold public meetings in three Dene communities whose residents have expressed concerns about Areva Resources Canada’s proposed uranium mine in the Kivalliq region.

Those meetings will follow a Baker...

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Iqaluit September 01, 2014 - 9:45 am

Frustrated Iqaluit cab companies want fare increase

Cabbies want first increase in seven years, raising prospect of a strike

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s taxi companies are starting to wonder if the city will ever increase cab fares, after the City of Iqaluit’s taxi committee backed off on a recommendation to raise fares Aug. 28.

The city’s taxi bylaw calls for a review of cab fares every year, but fares have remained unchanged, at $6,...

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Nunavut September 01, 2014 - 8:59 am

Arctic Council biodiversity group chooses Cambridge Bay for annual meeting

CAFF works towards international biodiversity congress this December in Norway

KELCEY WRIGHT

Special to Nunatsiaq News

CAMBRIDGE BAY — The western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay hosted visitors from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Greenland and Sweden last week for the annual meeting of the board in charge of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna group — one of the Arctic...

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Nunavut August 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm

First Air cuts regular service to Naujaat as of Oct. 1

“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically”

THOMAS ROHNER

First Air is cutting scheduled service to Naujaat, the Nunavut community formerly called Repulse Bay, starting Oct. 1, a vice president of the airline told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 29.

“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically,” said Bert van der Stege, First Air’s VP of commercial...

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Nunavik August 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Hungry Nunavik children shorter than their well-fed peers

“I want to be careful how we interpret this, but let’s just say it’s a stark difference"

LISA GREGOIRE

The results of a new study in Nunavik seems to suggest that children who don’t get enough to eat are shorter than their food secure peers, and more at risk for iron deficiency and anemia.

The study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared the height of 294...

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Nunavut August 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Nunavut court: Igloolik man guilty in panda bear weed bust

Man staying at Baffin Larga in 2010 given drug shipment for Igloolik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Igloolik man — arrested Dec. 9, 2010 after police caught him at the Iqaluit airport with more than 1.6 kilograms of marijuana sewn into a stuffed panda bear — knew exactly what he was doing and is guilty of possession for the purpose of trafficking, Justice Earl Johnson found in a written...

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Nunavut August 29, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Inuit language comedy back for another season

IBC's Qanurli's fourth season to kick off Sept. 1

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit language television fans have good reason to celebrate this weekend: Inuk Qablunaaq and Nipangi Huittuq are back for another season.

The popular Inuit Broadcasting Corp. comedy show, Qanurli, will premiere its fourth season Sept. 1 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, said an Aug....

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Iqaluit August 29, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Camo on the tundra: a visit to Op Nanook in York Sound

Rangers providing predator patrol, and hunting caribou too

THOMAS ROHNER

The privately owned helicopter, chartered by Canada’s armed forces and carrying four members of the media, made good time on a clear, sunny day over Frobisher Bay Aug. 27, hugging the coastline on its way to York Sound.

We were on our way to a military camp,  located about 175 kilometres outside...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Yukon power trio Speed Control heading to Iqaluit

Alianait concert to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Elders may want to bring earplugs, but young rock fans in Iqaluit ought to enjoy an upcoming concert courtesy of Alianait and the Embrace Life Council.

Speed Control, a talented young trio of musicians from the Yukon, equally comfortable playing piano ballads and blistering rock, are heading to...

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Scandinavian, Russian, Alaskan business reps to meet in Iqaluit next week

Arctic Economic Council meeting to include Inuit, Saami, Dene, Russian indigenous peoples

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 5:00 p.m., 2014)

Canada’s heavily-touted Arctic Economic Council will start to take shape next week in Iqaluit, when Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the Canadian minister responsible for the Arctic Council, presides over its founding meeting.

“The Arctic Economic Council will facilitate...

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Nunavut August 28, 2014 - 10:55 am

Chesterfield Inlet bowhead hunters tough it out despite setbacks

Half the hunting party quits; remaining crew determined to continue

PETER VARGA

First-time bowhead whale hunters from Chesterfield Inlet returned to their community empty-handed, but undiscouraged, Aug. 24, after three weeks at sea in search of the elusive sea mammal.

Their search for a bowhead will continue, hunt captain Remi Aggark said, after a week of rest and new...

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Around the Arctic August 28, 2014 - 5:55 am

Inquiry into missing, murdered Aboriginal women must include Inuit, ITK says

ITK joins premiers in calling for inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

LISA GREGOIRE

The president of Canada’s national Inuit organization says Inuit women must be part of any inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, even though, because of their unique and isolated circumstances, they rarely go “missing.”

On the phone from Charlottetown, P.E.I., where he is...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2014 - 10:19 am

Iqaluit’s mushrooming stocks of cars, trucks spark worries about safety

“We are no longer a tiny community where everyone is safe from accidents”

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s escalating volumes of vehicle traffic drew words of warning at a city council meeting Aug. 26.

“According to recent news reports, there are 5,500 vehicles in Iqaluit,” Iqaluit resident Janet Armstrong told council in a brief citizen’s presentation. “Approximately 300 new vehicles are...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2014 - 8:29 am

Iqaluit city councillors divided over by-election, cost of acting mayor

Proposal to choose mayor in by-election dies by one vote

PETER VARGA

(Corrected 10:00 a.m., Aug. 27)

Iqaluit’s acting mayor will remain in place for the time being.

Council narrowly voted down a motion Aug. 26 for a $90,000 election to choose a full-time mayor with a $109,000 starting salary to fill the position until the next municipal general election in October...

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Nunavut August 27, 2014 - 8:20 am

Photo: Cruisin’ into Cambridge Bay

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2014 - 6:53 am

StatsCan: state of Inuit health declined after 2001

One in five go hungry because they can’t afford to buy food

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Only 45 per cent of Inuit in 2012 reported they were in excellent or very good health, down from 56 per cent in 2001, Statistics Canada said in a report released Aug. 26.

In comparison, 63 per cent of the entire Canadian population reported excellent or very good health.

And 14 per cent of Inuit...

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Nunavut August 26, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Iqaluit fitness rally draws prime minister, star Olympians

Nunavut sports and recreation gets celebrity support from two groups

PETER VARGA

A visit from three Olympic gold medalists seemed like enough star power for a day.

But that wouldn’t quite do at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Aug. 25, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in to lend a hand at an afternoon-long promotion of sports and recreation for youth.

The prime minister’s...

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Nunavut August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut artists create, learn and sell in Cambridge Bay

Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association holds 15th annual festival

KELCEY WRIGHT

Kidlapik Paniloo and Alina Tungilik sat at a grey, plastic table full of traditional jewelry, carvings and gloves for sale on the afternoon of August 25.

“I’ve really enjoyed [the festival], said Paniloo, from Taloyoak.

“I’ve seen it take place in Iqaluit, but this was a good chance to get the...

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Iqaluit August 26, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Nunavut’s most notorious dump fire could be put out soon

Firefighters to start sea water fire suppression Aug. 27

THOMAS ROHNER

After 97 days of griping, foul wind, national media attention, air quality monitoring, fear of toxic contamination and continuous health advisories, residents of Nunavut’s capital city can now start counting down the days to when their notorious dump fire is likely to be extinguished.

Efforts...

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