Around the Arctic
October 24, 2014 - 11:59 am
My Little Corner of Canada, Oct. 24
It’s Time to Change the Inuit Writing System
The time has come to seriously consider changing the Inuktitut writing system from syllabics to Roman orthography.
When I first made this suggestion almost 40 years ago, I was criticized, dismissed and even ridiculed by some people.
Today, many people who are concerned about the survival of the...
October 24, 2014 - 11:00 am
Low polar bear quotas hurt Nunavut communities, MLAs say
“There’s just too many bears around Arviat right now”
Ever-increasing polar bear traffic may be threatening to the residents of Arviat and disappointing for Halloween trick-or-treaters, but that won’t translate into a bigger harvest for hunters in that Kivalliq community this year.
Any hope of an increase to polar bear hunt quotas in Arviat and...
October 24, 2014 - 9:45 am
In 2013, Nunavut saw highest fire numbers in five years: fire marshal
But actual fire losses dropped significantly last year
Fires across Nunavut claimed one life and resulted in $4.3-million worth of damages in 2013, says a report tabled in the Nunavut legislature Oct. 22.
Nunavut’s 161 fires in 2013 represented the most fires in one year over the past five years, according to the 2013 Office of the Fire Marshal’s...
October 24, 2014 - 8:20 am
Tory budget bill would merge Canadian Polar Commission, new research station
Legislation sets out governance for Canadian High Arctic Research Station
The Harper government will merge its $188-million Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay with the Canadian Polar Commission, through legislation embedded within Bill C-43, its omnibus budget bill, the federal government announced Oct. 23.
The project now under construction in......
October 24, 2014 - 6:55 am
Pond Inlet phone screw-ups a big safety concern: Nunavut MLA
Joe Enook calls on Northwestel to review local telecommunications infrastructure
Tununiq MLA Joe Enook called on Northwestel Oct. 22 to review and upgrade Pond Inlet telecom infrastructure to fix continuing problems with telephone service in the north Baffin community.
Enook told the legislative assembly that shoddy local and long-distance phone service in Pond Inlet has been...
October 24, 2014 - 5:56 am
Hydro-Québec says Nunavik wind, underwater power projects “not profitable”
Quebec power corp. says there's no indication the technology could be used in the near future
Hydro-Québec will not move ahead with plans for experimental wind and underwater power projects in Nunavik — for now.
The Quebec power corporation has scrapped plans for a pilot wind farm in Kangiqsualujjuaq meant to start next year, as well as an underwater generator outside of Kuujjuaq, saying...
October 23, 2014 - 5:17 pm
Northern leaders react to Parliament Hill shooting
“I lost of bit of my innocence following what happened today," says Nunavik's MP
Northern reactions to the Oct. 22 shooting on Parliament Hill poured in Oct. 23, with many paying homage to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial.
“Corporal Cirillo will forever be remembered as a great Canadian,” said Nunavut MP...
October 23, 2014 - 4:42 pm
Airlines announce First Air-Canadian North merger is dead
“No such further discussions are envisaged."
In a surprise announcement issued Oct. 23, Makivik Corp. and Norterra Inc., the owners of First Air and Canadian North, said they’ve killed talks aimed at merging their two airlines.
“No such further discussions are envisaged,” a joint news release stated.
Neither company is offering a reason why...
October 23, 2014 - 1:01 pm
Mental health key to reducing crime: NTI state of Inuit culture report
Report slams territory's "continuing lack of basic infrastructure and resources to care for its citizens"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Much more prevention and early intervention to improve the mental health of Inuit: that’s what must be done to keep at-risk Nunavummiut out of the territory’s overburdened justice system and jails, says a Nunavut Tunngavik report called “Examining the justice system in Nunavut,”...
October 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm
Jury acquits Nunavut man accused of killing his brother
Ruben Arnakallak of Pond Inlet now a free man following five-week re-trial
A Pond Inlet jury deliberated for nine hours Oct. 17 before finding a man not guilty of killing his older brother in 2011.
The re-trial of Ruben Arnakallak, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Esa Arnakallak, wrapped up in Pond Inlet last week after five weeks.
A summary of the...
October 23, 2014 - 10:30 am
Nunavut needs big waste management overhaul, MLA says
“Protecting our environment becomes more critical with each passing day”
It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and Pat Angnakak, the MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, made the most of it by calling on the Government of Nunavut to implement recycling programs in the territory.
“Waste Reduction Week runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26 across the country,” Angnakak said in the...
October 23, 2014 - 8:17 am
New Iqaluit airport dominates Nunavut’s capital budget
Of $205.6 million in capital spending, Iqaluit airport eats up $77.3 million
Of the $205.6 million that Government of Nunavut officials plan to spend on capital projects next year, they’ll spend a whopping $77.3 million on their Iqaluit airport project, the GN’s main estimates reveal.
About 40 per cent of the territory’s capital budget for 2015-16 — $81.4 million — will go...
October 23, 2014 - 7:12 am
Nunavik to follow Quebec’s response plan for Ebola virus
Health officials say risk remains "very low"
Should the Nunavik region ever have to deal with a case of infection by the Ebola virus, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services says it will follow Quebec’s response plan.
In West Africa, the largest Ebola epidemic in history has infected more than 9,000 people and killed at...
October 23, 2014 - 5:56 am
Iqaluit water licence needs full screening: NIRB to Ottawa
City's water licence too complex, requires public input, Nunavut board says
The Nunavut Impact Review Board shot back at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Oct. 21 saying the board must conduct a full screening of Iqaluit’s new water licence because of the potential impact and complexity of the city’s proposal.
The debate centres on the interpretation of...
October 22, 2014 - 3:24 pm
Nunavut women, elders call for end to overcrowded homes, domestic violence
"It is not safe at times. We are running out of options to stop the abuse"
CAMBRIDGE BAY — We need safer, healthier living conditions — this was the message from two delegates representing women and elders at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 22 in Cambridge Bay.
Improved housing, food security and domestic peace were at the top of the list of needs...
October 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm
First Nations Bank opens kiosk in Pond Inlet
Bank now eyeing a fourth centre in Kugluktuk in 2015
Residents of Pond Inlet can now bank on local financial services after the First Nations Bank of Canada opened a kiosk this week in the north Baffin community.
First Nations Bank, which specializes in banking in small Aboriginal communities, inaugurated its new Community Banking Centre Oct. 22 at...
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October 22, 2014 - 1:22 pm
Ottawa Inuit, northerners say they’re safe in wake of shooting incidents
"Those halls that always felt so safe and hallowed will never feel the same again."
(Updated 3:45 p.m., Oct. 22)
Inuit and northern people who work in and around Parliament Hill all say they’re safe, amidst a series of shooting incidents Oct. 22 at the National War Memorial and the Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
October 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm
Nunavut fuel prices won’t go up, CGS minister says
Legislature to consider repeat of one-time home fuel rebate
PETER VARGA AND THOMAS ROHNER
Fuel prices in Nunavut will not increase this winter, Tom Sammurtok, the minister of Community and Government Services said in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Oct. 21.
Sammurtok made the announcement during the first day of the second session of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly.
October 22, 2014 - 9:57 am
Iqaluit MLA wants plebiscite on proposed beer, wine store
Finance minister not ready to say yes or no to a public vote
The Government of Nunavut should run a plebisicite to decide whether it should open a beer and wine store in Iqaluit, Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, said Oct. 21.
But Keith Peterson, the minister of finance, said the government cannot commit to a plebiscite on the issue until after it...
October 22, 2014 - 9:01 am
Nunavut MLAs censure South Baffin member for drunk driving conviction
“The blame lies entirely with me,” David Joanasie says
Nunavut’s legislative assembly reprimanded South Baffin MLA, David Joanasie, Oct. 21, for a drunk driving charge stemming from an incident in Prince Edward Island this past summer.
MLAs voted unanimously to censure Joanasie on the first day of the assembly’s fall session.
The censure amounts to...
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