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Iqaluit August 11, 2017 - 8:00 am

Iqaluit HTA moves slowly on community freezer

Long-awaited country food freezer delayed by multiple snafus

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit’s Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association has three years to work on start-up snags with its proposed community freezer, which was most recently stalled when a land survey they paid for did not meet the City of Iqaluit’s legal requirements.

“We had a survey done about a year ago but we...

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Nunavut August 11, 2017 - 6:59 am

Nunavut RCMP apologizes for advice to women on sexual assault

"The way it was worded rubbed me the wrong way, and a lot of other women”

BETH BROWN and SARAH ROGERS

The Nunavut RCMP has issued an apology for advice given to women to be “vigilant and keep safe” to avoid the risk of sexual assault.

The advice, which offended some women, came within a news release on the Aug. 5 arrest of a Clyde River man, Mark Paneak, 21, who is accused of sexually assaulting a......

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Around the Arctic August 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7

Top story looked at coroner's inquest into Baker Lake man's death

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Members of the Nunavut RCMP must ensure that detainees get medical help if they need it, whether or not they appear to be intoxicated.

That was among the 17 recommendations made by a jury in Baker Lake July 27. These recommendations were covered in a story that became the most-read online story of...

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Nunavik August 10, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik gains regional status under Quebec’s labour board

Designation gives Nunavimmiut priority hiring on region's construction sites

SARAH ROGERS

It’s taken years, but Nunavik finally has its own place within Quebec’s powerful construction industry board, which means Nunavimmiut construction workers will now have priority hiring on construction projects in the region.

They’ll also receive social benefits, access to pension and insurance...

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Nunavut August 10, 2017 - 11:45 am

The dog days of summer arrive in western Nunavut

Veterinary team spends three busy days in Cambridge Bay

JANE GEORGE

You might say the first week of August in Cambridge Bay for two veterinarians, a veterinarian technician and the 23 people—some as young as 13—who came out to volunteer at a three-day vet clinic was a busy one.

When its members visited the western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay from Aug. 2 to...

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Nunavut August 10, 2017 - 9:59 am

Nunavut community en route to getting a new power plant

Qulliq Energy Corp. requests permission to build $31.4 million plant in Kugluktuk

STEVE DUCHARME

Kugluktuk is one step closer to getting a modern electrical power plant, after Nunavut’s Qulliq Energy Corp. formally requested approval from the minister responsible to begin construction.

The Nunavut minister responsible for the QEC, Johnny Mike, is currently reviewing the QEC’s permit request...

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Nunavik August 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

New Nunavik greenhouse will convert waste to energy

Quebec touts fresh food, big benefits for Nunavimmiut

SARAH ROGERS

Quebec ministers travelled to Kuujjuaq earlier this week to launch a $5 million commercial greenhouse pilot project in Nunavik’s largest community.

The $5 million comes from money earmarked for Plan Nord and first announced in Quebec’s spring budget.

Quebec’s minister of energy and natural...

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Around the Arctic August 10, 2017 - 8:00 am

Parks Canada, Inuit org to open new Nunavut national park

Qausuittuq National Park has legally existed since 2015

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The federal minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, and the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, P.J. Akeeagok, will mark the creation of Nunavut’s newest national park at a ceremony to be held 2 p.m. today, Aug. 10, in Resolute Bay.

Qausuittuq National Park, about...

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Iqaluit August 09, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Iqaluit mayor to attend meetings of city senior managers

“We have the city saying one thing to the Government of Nunavut and the mayor saying another”

BETH BROWN

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern will now sit in on weekly staff meetings held by city directors—despite opposition from the chief administrative officer, Muhamud Hassan.

Councillors approved a motion to have the mayor attend high-level meetings of the city’s senior managers, in an effort to keep...

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Nunavut August 09, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Photo: Redrawing the map around Lancaster Sound

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Around the Arctic August 09, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Suicide prevention a priority, new national Inuit youth president says

“That’s my goal, to make us equal with the rest of Canada”

STEVE DUCHARME

Young Inuit from across Canada have spoken: suicide prevention is the top priority for the National Inuit Youth Council, and will take precedence in new strategic planning meetings coinciding with the appointment of the group’s new board and president.

The newly-elected NIYC president, Ruth...

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Climate Change August 09, 2017 - 1:10 pm

It’s fire, not ice in Greenland, as tundra fires sweep across northwest coast

More than 40 fires have broken out in 2017, compared with only 10 last year

JANE GEORGE

Only weeks after a deadly tsunami hit Greenland, the island now faces a new natural disaster: tundra wildfires along its northwest coastline, from Sisimiut to north of Ilulissat.

“We have been going yesterday, all night, and are still running out there,” Bjarne Gregersen, who heads firefighting...

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Iqaluit August 09, 2017 - 11:30 am

Federal government to build new Iqaluit child care centre on Apex Rd.

Montreal's EVOQ firm will design 60-place child care centre

BETH BROWN

The link between Iqaluit’s Tundra Buddies Day Care Society and a new child care centre whose construction will be funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada was confirmed Aug. 3, when the federal department announced an award for a contract to design the building.

The Montreal based company...

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Nunavut August 09, 2017 - 10:00 am

Military plans mock sealift disaster in Rankin Inlet

“Casualties will swamp the community resources”

BETH BROWN

Rankin Inlet is gearing up for a mock sealift disaster.

A barge carrying resupply goods is set to blow up later this month as part of the annual northern military exercise Operation Nanook—but it’s just for practice.

The two-part sovereignty operation runs Aug. 14 to Aug. 27 in Nunavut and parts...

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Around the Arctic August 09, 2017 - 9:00 am

Book Review: Too Many People by Willem Rasing

Thirty-year study looks at the breakdown of Inuit customary rules and the rise of criminality and disorder

JIM BELL

Willem Rasing’s Too Many People, published this past spring by Nunavut Arctic College, arrives at a timely moment: a year when the people of Nunavut and Nunavik find themselves suffering once more from the painful consequences of yet another rash of anti-social behaviour and lethal violence.

Since...

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Nunavut August 09, 2017 - 8:00 am

After attack in Clyde River, Nunavut RCMP urge women to stay safe

“Keep your eyes and ears open and your hands free”

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Women need to be “vigilant and keep safe.”

That’s the advice from the Nunavut RCMP after a woman was sexually assaulted in an incident alleged to have occurred Aug. 5 in Clyde River.

“We know women aren’t to blame for tragic assaults, but we nevertheless want to make sure we’re doing everything...

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Nunavut August 09, 2017 - 7:30 am

Photo: Iqaluit bluesmen join Nunavut record label

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Nunavut August 08, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut man jailed for sabotaging ex-MLA’s business

Jamesie Alariaq set fire to $77,000 worth of equipment in Cape Dorset owned by Fred Schell

STEVE DUCHARME

A Cape Dorset business owner has received an 18-month prison sentence for stealing and burning a sealift container in 2014 that belonged to a rival business owned by former Nunavut MLA and cabinet minister Fred Schell.

In November last year, a jury convicted Jamesie Alariaq of one count of arson...

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Nunavut August 08, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Inquest into Nunavut man’s death exposes emergency care shortfalls

Jury heard about disagreements between nurses and doctors at Kivalliq Health Centre

STEVE DUCHARME

A coroner’s jury that last week examined the medical treatment and subsequent death of a Rankin Inlet man says the incident should serve as a lesson for Nunavut’s health care system.

They said the Nunavut health department must develop stronger guidelines for emergency treatment, documentation of...

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Nunavut August 08, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Photo: The sturgeon moon

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