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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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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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Around the Arctic August 26, 2014 - 10:44 am

Ottawa confirms five-year broadband subsidy extension for Nunavut, Nunavik

Subsidies will keep Arctic internet from collapsing after 2016

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Industry Canada confirmed Aug. 25 that they’ll continue to subsidize broadband internet for about 12,000 households in Nunavut and Nunavik through $50 million in spending over five years.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the spending, which will start in 2015-16, during a visit to Pond...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Photo: PM Harper drops in to Nakasuk School

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Nunavut August 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Photo: Canadian Rangers take part in Operation Nanook 2014

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Nunavut August 25, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Women in Action group raises $90,000 in second walk for cancer

“People of Whale Cove really set the tone at the start for us"

THOMAS ROHNER

This year’s Steps of Hope campaign wrapped up Aug. 19 when Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, presented a $90,000 cheque for breast cancer research to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

The campaign, which saw four women trek 113 km from Whale Cove to Rankin Inlet over three days in May...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2014 - 7:17 am

Study probes link between climate change, contaminants in Arctic wildlife

Are whales, seals ingesting more toxic chemicals?

THOMAS ROHNER

If you live in the North and love eating seal and beluga, but wonder whether they contain harmful contaminants, a new research project may offer more knowledge.

That’s because this new, well-funded study plans to look at whether climate change is increasing levels of contaminants in ringed seals...

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Nunavik August 25, 2014 - 5:58 am

Nunavik mine site turbine ready to catch wind

"We hope this technology can be of benefit to all of Nunavik"

SARAH ROGERS

The construction of Nunavik’s newest and possibly tallest structure is complete — a hulking 120-metre (393 foot) high wind turbine, with blades extending 40 metres from the turbine’s centre.

The new turbine is the work of Glencore, which owns the Raglan nickel mine, located about 100 kilometres...

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Iqaluit August 25, 2014 - 5:55 am

Photo: Music to my ears

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Nunavut August 25, 2014 - 5:25 am

Photo: Nunavut artists put on a show in Cambridge Bay

KELCEY WRIGHT

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Nunavut August 22, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Iqaluit fire department lines up info session on dump-dousing plan

Firefighting contractor will share details with Iqalummiut

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit residents can learn more about the city’s plans to extinguish the three-month-old dump fire in a public information session Aug. 25.

The fire department will host the meeting with Hellfire Suppression Services Inc., an Alberta-based industrial firefighting company recently contracted to...

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Around the Arctic August 22, 2014 - 3:41 pm

NDP leader Mulcair, MP Romeo Saganash, to visit Nunavut next month

Leader of official opposition to host town hall Sept. 2 in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit residents will get a chance to talk to Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons, and Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party member for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, at a public town hall meeting Sept. 2 at Iqaluit’s francophone centre.

Billed as a...

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Nunavut August 22, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Star athletes to visit Iqaluit, seeking support for sports, recreation

Group to donate 100 bags of hockey gear during afternoon of activities at Nakasuk School

PETER VARGA

School doesn’t start on Iqaluit until Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, but a group of Olympic gold-medal winners promise to make the idea of coming back more attractive when they drop in on Iqaluit Aug. 25.

Winter Olympic medal winners Hayley Wickenheiser, arguably Canada’s best women’s hockey player of all...

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Nunavut August 22, 2014 - 11:48 am

Stay clear of sealift unloading areas: Nunavut government

“Heavy equipment operators may not be able to see people or vehicles in or near those areas"

SARAH ROGERS

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services is reminding Nunavummiut to stay clear of vessel landing sites during sealift season.

In an Aug. 20 release, the department warns pedestrians and drivers to avoid unloading areas — particularly heavy machinery — during the...

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Nunavut August 22, 2014 - 10:01 am

PM launches northern tour, announces money for Arctic technology

PM Harper's entourage to start Nunavut tour Aug. 23 in Cambridge Bay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched his annual Northern tour Aug. 21 in Whitehorse, Yukon, announcing money for the development of cold-climate technology in the Canadian Arctic.

During a stop at Yukon College, Harper announced a new partnership between the college’s Cold Climate Innovation...

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