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Iqaluit September 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

Iqaluit councilors applaud dumpcano firefighters

“It’s land that can be used later, that’s why it’s called a landfill.”

THOMAS ROHNER

Many Iqalungmiut loved to hate the four-month-old landfill fire that came to be known as “dumpcano,” but that love has gone up in smoke now that the fire is extinguished.

The last smouldering ash was laid to rest Sept. 16, some 13 days ahead of schedule, Mike Noblett of Global Forensics Inc....

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 7:12 am

Nunavut’s school principals review new standardized curriculum

New program "will support consistent and relevant learning experiences for all Nunavut students"

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Nunavut school principals are meeting this week in Iqaluit to get a handle on the territory’s new standardized curriculum and tools for evaluation.

Principals are meeting with consultants from Pearson Education Canada, the firm that developed the territory’s new assessment and literacy...

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Nunavut September 19, 2014 - 5:55 am

Ottawa to study oil-eating bacteria in Nunavut waters

But one expert says "natural attenuation" doesn't work in icy water

LISA GREGOIRE

While northerners grapple with the spill potential associated with future oil extraction beneath the waters where they fish and hunt, the federal government’s industrial research body is studying whether tiny organisms can help to dispel their fears.

The National Research Council, which conducts...

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Around the Arctic September 19, 2014 - 5:50 am

Photo: NYC marchers pledge support for Clyde River

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Nunavik September 19, 2014 - 5:50 am

Photo: Italian media visit Wolf Lake, Nunavik

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut’s population will soar over the next 25 years: StatsCan

Population projection pegs Nunavut growth at between 23 and 50 per cent

THOMAS ROHNER

The number of people living in Nunavut is projected to grow faster than anywhere else in Canada except Alberta over the next 25 years, Statistics Canada reported Sept. 17.

Nunavut’s population stood at about 35,600 in 2013, StatsCan said, and is expected to grow to between 44,000 and 53,000 by...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The nuts and bolts of studying Nunavut waters

B.C. team recovers underwater ocean observatory for maintenance

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Raising an awkward shaped, 250-pound device connected to hundreds of feet of fluorescent ethernet cable from the icy Arctic waters is no simple task.

But a team of divers and young researchers with the University of Victoria did just that Sept. 16, when they retrieved their ocean observatory from...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 11:35 am

Harper government releases action plan on violence against Aboriginal women

"These abhorrent acts of violence will not be tolerated"

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The Conservative government has tabled a plan to combat violence against Aboriginal women and girls that commits to paying for support programs to help victims and their families, as well as the creation of a DNA-based missing persons index.

The federal status of women minister, Kellie Leitch,...

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 10:59 am

Photo: Nunavut leadership program instructors get Order of Canada

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Nunavut September 18, 2014 - 10:55 am

Nunavut needs more local, qualified social services staff, MLAs say

Legislative standing committee uncovers staffing weaknesses

PETER VARGA

A March 2014 report by the Auditor General of Canada says the Government of Nunavut has improved staffing of social service workers in all communities of the territory, but some members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly are sceptical about the quality of those staff members.

Documented figures on...

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Nunavik September 18, 2014 - 5:57 am

Meet Kuujjuaq’s first Inuk midwife-in-training

Marilyn Mesher has caught 30 newborns in her first year

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Kuujjuaq mother and student Marilyn Mesher recently overheard her five-year-old daughter talking to a friend.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” the friend asked.

“I want to work at the hospital, like my mom,” answered the little girl.

“She’s one of my biggest motivators,”...

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Iqaluit September 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut’s capital moves closer to approving big downtown development

Rezoning next step for QIA's Federal Road project

THOMAS ROHNER

City staff updated a proposed development project by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Sept. 16 that would transform a large empty stretch of land on Iqaluit’s Federal Road into a commercial, residential and cultural hub.

“I think we’ve all been excited about this development since we first heard...

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Nunavik September 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Nunavik’s young mine workers pave way for future generations

“Sometimes it’s hard, but I keep at it because I’m always learning something new"

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — Siasi Kanarjuak never imagined working at a mine.

Growing up in Kangiqsujuaq on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait coast, she was aware of the nickel mine operating only 60 kilometres to the south. She knew people from her community who commuted there for work.

But in her mid-20s, something...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 11:30 am

2014 Arctic sea ice extent sixth lowest on record: data centre

Melt season wraps up

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Cambridge Bay residents woke up this morning to see a sheen of ice floating on top of the water in the bay.

That’s no surprise because the end of this year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is “imminent,” according to the National Snow and Ice Date Centre, which bases its analysis on satellite images...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 10:19 am

Family Services touts “action plan” to fix child protection in Nunavut

Department unveils plan at start of MLA committee hearing with auditor general's staff

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut promises to work its way out of failing grades on its child protection services with an “action plan” that covers weaknesses first highlighted by Canada’s auditor general in 2011.

While this is a step in the right direction, Ronnie Campbell, Canada’s assistant auditor...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 10:15 am

Photo: Kugluktuk opens its new heritage centre

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Nunavik September 17, 2014 - 10:13 am

Photo: Nunavik’s David “Tivi” Dupuis honoured as hockey hero

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 8:12 am

National business council honours Inuit leader Mary Simon

Simon selected for advancing "critical social, economic and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit"

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The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has honoured Inuit leader Mary Simon with its 2014 Award of Excellence in Aboriginal Relations.

The national non-profit council, which encourages Aboriginal participation in Canada’s economy, presents the award each year to a Canadian who has...

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Nunavut September 17, 2014 - 7:05 am

House dust, ammunition lead to high lead levels in Inuit: study

"The aim is to reduce lead exposure as much as we can, because studies are showing toxic effects at lower and lower doses"

THOMAS ROHNER

A new study identifying household dust as a major contributor to the high lead levels found in the blood of some Inuit has prompted the Government of Nunavut to repeat a general health guideline: practice good housekeeping.

The study, conducted in 2012 by University of Ottawa researchers and...

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Climate Change September 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

June clouds may mean low Arctic sea ice in September: new research

Lowest sea ice minimum matches up with cloudy early summers in the Arctic

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When you look up and see high clouds in early summer, the clouds may look pretty.

But, in the Arctic, these clouds appear to be linked to less sea ice cover on the Arctic Ocean in September and October, say a group of Korean researchers.

They found a connection between that high cloud cover over...

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