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Nunavut November 20, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Nunavut police custody death finally goes to inquest next week

Coroners inquest, with community jurors, will seek answers in 2012 death of Solomon Uyarasuk

THOMAS ROHNER

Friends, family and fellow Iglulingmiut will finally learn about the circumstances surrounding the death of Solomon Uyarasuk, who died while in RCMP custody in Igloolik more than two years ago, when a mandatory coroner’s inquest into his death gets under way in that community Nov. 24.

The purpose...

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Nunavik November 20, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Nunavik gets eight new KSB commissioners

New council of commissioners meets next month in Montreal

SARAH ROGERS

The Kativik School Board’s Council of Commissioners has eight new members, following a Nov. 19 election in Nunavik.

Nunavimmiut elected a total of 10 commissioners in the regional election, while four others were acclaimed.

Overall, six incumbent commissioners will return to the 14-member...

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Around the Arctic November 20, 2014 - 1:50 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Nov. 21

The Sounds of Music

JOHN AMAGOALIK

When the missionaries first arrived in Inuit Nunangat, they began to discourage Inuit from practicing our traditional forms of music: the drum dance, chanting and throat singing.

The missionaries considered these practices as paganism and declared them as anti-Christian. Told that they would burn...

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Nunavut November 20, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Botched medevac contributed to wife’s death, Nunavut man says

Leonard Epilon points to absence of promised Learjet for Kitikmeot medevacs

JANE GEORGE

Nearly three years have passed since Betty Atighioyak, 32, of Cambridge Bay died — but her common-law husband, Leonard Epilon, wonders why a promised Learjet air ambulance was not available then and why it’s still rarely available now in his community.

“I’m still worried anything could happen and...

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Around the Arctic November 20, 2014 - 10:25 am

Nunavik-Nunavut mobile firm moves from CDMA to GSM

Got an unlocked phone? Lynx Mobility to start switch in December

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re a Lynx Mobility customer in Nunavut, northern Quebec or Labrador, get ready to replace your mobile device, Lynx said Nov. 14 in a news release.

The small wireless provider offers mobile service in Cape Dorset, Sanikiluaq, Gjoa Haven, Arctic Bay, Coral Harbour, and Repulse Bay in Nunavut...

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Nunavut November 20, 2014 - 7:30 am

Agnico Eagle proposes to empty Nunavut lake, expand open pit mine

NIRB seeking public input on potential project certificate amendments

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has launched a public review of an application by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to expand one of the open pit operations at its Meadowbank gold mine site — a move that could extend the mine’s life.

This past July, Agnico Eagle proposed to expand the current Vault Pit...

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Nunavut November 20, 2014 - 6:05 am

Nunavut’s five correctional outpost camps plenty for now

Corrections director says many inmates don't want to use outpost program

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s justice minister, and some MLAs, say they want more correctional outpost camps across the territory for rehabilitating convicted criminals — but, at present, the five camps that already exist rarely operate at capacity.

The issue of rehabilitative outpost camps came up in the Nunavut...

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Iqaluit November 19, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Start-up company pitches tidal power for Nunavut

Frobisher Bay tides could phase out high-cost diesel generation, says Iqaluit entrepreneur

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s tides are close to the highest in Canada. And so is the cost of power in Nunavut.

So, says Kirt Ejesiak, why not harness one extreme to offset the other?

The Iqaluit entrepreneur, former public servant and one-time city councillor recently joined a start-up company, Apqak Renewable...

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Nunavut November 19, 2014 - 10:57 am

First Air bows out of annual charity gala, Canadian North steps in

First Air plans to host a new summer event in 2015

SARAH ROGERS

Preparation is underway in the lead up to one of Iqaluit’s biggest annual social events and fundraisers, but this year’s holiday charity ball will look a little different than those of years past.

That’s because First Air has bowed out of hosting the annual ball, while its major competitor has...

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Nunavut November 19, 2014 - 8:16 am

South Beaufort Sea polar bear population dropped in early 2000s: study

New research associates decline with loss of sea ice due to climate change

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new study published by researchers from Canada and the United States suggests that the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population saw a decline of about 40 cent in the early 2000s.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, Environment Canada and the University of Alberta used mark and...

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Nunavik November 19, 2014 - 7:09 am

Nunavik school board commissioners up for election today, Nov. 19

Four acclaimed; another 49 candidates run for seats

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Voters in most Nunavik communities have a choice to make Nov. 19.

That’s when seats on the Kativik School Board Commissioners Council go up for election: 14 new or returning commissioners will join KSB’s governing body for a new three-year term.

And these commissioners will then select a new...

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Nunavik November 18, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Nunavik’s bigfoot spotters ready to share video with the world

“It was a nice bigfoot"

JUSTIN NOBEL

Special to Nunatsiaq News

The much-anticipated Akulivik bigfoot video may soon be released, if only someone in Nunavik or Nunavut with technical knowledge steps forward to help Louie Makimak clean up the footage.

It was Makimak’s cousin, Maggie Cruikshank, who in September 2012 first posted on...

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Nunavut November 18, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Sabina commits to list of changes for Back River mine

Review of Back River project continues in Cambridge Bay

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m.)

Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. answered dozens of questions about its Back River gold project during technical meetings in Cambridge Bay last week — promising to address the many concerns of experts, scientists, civil servants, Inuit leaders and Kitikmeot residents.

The...

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Nunavut November 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Nunavut court to hear Bishop re-trial next spring

Cambridge Bay man faces five charges related to 2007 shootings

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The re-trial of Chris Bishop, the Cambridge Bay man charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, will likely be heard starting April 1, 2015, his lawyer said.

Bishop’s lawyer, James Morton, said the re-trial would most likely be held in Iqaluit.

Bishop, 28, was...

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Climate Change November 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm

In wake of China-U.S. deal, NDP grills Aglukkaq on climate change

"When will the government come up with a real plan to tackle climate change?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Will the Conservatives take real action to further reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions — that’s what New Democratic Party members of Parliament wanted to learn from Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, during the Nov. 17 question period in the House of Commons, when they accused the...

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Nunavut November 18, 2014 - 11:01 am

Retired Nunavut teacher could face more sex-related charges

Johnny Meeko's trial date to be set Dec. 1

SARAH ROGERS

Johnny Meeko, a former Nunavut teacher facing 28 sex offences, may have even more charges to answer to.

Meeko, 60, a retired teacher from Sanikiluaq, currently faces 28 sex-related charges involving eight complainants, all of whom were children at the time of the allegations.

But his defence...

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Nunavut November 18, 2014 - 11:00 am

Local, timely, accurate ice info coming to Nunavut communities

Canadian Ice Service rolling out three-year pilot project

LISA GREGOIRE

(Updated 11 a.m. Nov. 18)

OTTAWA — For all those hunters and recreational snowmobilers in Nunavut who worry about fluctuating ice conditions — especially in spring and fall — good news is on the way.

The Canadian Ice Service is launching a three-year, $615,000 pilot project to see whether it’s...

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Around the Arctic November 18, 2014 - 10:58 am

Photo: Indigenous women’s conference wraps up in Yellowknife

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Nunavut November 18, 2014 - 9:50 am

Iqaluit flashes a green light for Peregrine on the Road to Nowhere

Diamond exploration firm to groom winter trail to Chidliak site

PETER VARGA

Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. promises to make sure Iqaluit’s Road to Nowhere leads somewhere this winter, when it creates an overland snow trail to its Chidliak project site.

Iqaluit’s planning and development committee of the whole agreed, Nov. 17, to let the diamond exploration company use of the...

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Nunavik November 18, 2014 - 7:14 am

Montreal shelter’s weekend closure affects Inuit clients

“Homelessness doesn’t take the weekends off"

SARAH ROGERS

It’s been almost six months since the downtown Montreal women’s day shelter Chez Doris closed its doors on weekends, and staff there say this closure has had an impact on its clients, including the many Inuit women who use its services.

Chez Doris offers a hot meal, beds, clothing and other...

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