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Nunavut November 25, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Pathologists describe rotating, mistaken causes of death at Nunavut inquest

"I regret that error, but I’m owning up to it"

THOMAS ROHNER

The pathologist who performed three-month-old Makibi Olayuk Akesuk’s autopsy in 2012 made “an error in judgment” when he concluded the infant died of a common virus infection, the jury of a coroner’s inquest into the baby’s death heard Nov. 24.

“I own up to that error. I regret that error, but...

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Nunavut November 25, 2016 - 10:30 am

New research project aims to improve weather reporting in Nunavut

Environment Canada collaborates with NAC on new aerosol detection station

SARAH ROGERS

It’s not extraterrestrial life communicating with earth, and it’s not a new type of aurora borealis.

If you’ve noticed a green light stretching up and across the sky over Iqaluit, follow it down. It leads to the city’s Environment Canada compound, where the federal agency has launched a new...

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Nunavut November 25, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut Inuit org wants to drop words like “beneficiary” and “land claim”

“Inuit are very much active participants and decision-makers"

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Nunavut’s Inuit birthright organization wants to change the language people use when they talk about the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, signed in 1993.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. board members voted to move away from the terms “land claim” and “beneficiary”  last month at the organization’s annual...

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Iqaluit November 25, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nunavut diamond project near Iqaluit prepares for next exploration phase

Jobs, partnerships, offices, a warehouse and a road: Iqaluit City Council gets full update

STEVE DUCHARME

Peregrine Diamonds executives told an eager Iqaluit City Council Nov. 22 that work toward developing a diamond mine at their Chidliak property is set to hit a new level of intensity, following a promising early economic assessment completed at the site.

Both parties now have their eyes fixed on...

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Iqaluit November 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Arctic College expansion gets a $10M federal infusion

New building in Iqaluit will house labs and expand classroom space

STEVE DUCHARME

The table is set for Nunavut Arctic College’s Iqaluit campus to begin planning for a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, following the commitment of nearly $30 million in territorial and federal money for the project.

Federal minister of small business and tourism as well as Government House...

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Iqaluit November 24, 2016 - 1:10 pm

To unlock old CBC building, Nunastar wants former police station

“If we were given the opportunity to purchase it, we would pay fair market value”

STEVE DUCHARME

A proposed redesign and expansion of the Astro Hill area in Iqaluit is on hold pending an agreement between developer Nunastar Properties and the City of Iqaluit to decide the fate of the old RCMP building located near the site.

Nunastar executives appeared before Iqaluit City Council Nov. 22 to...

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Photo: Time to hang the lights in Rankin Inlet

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Nunavik November 24, 2016 - 12:45 pm

Photo: Kuujjuaq’s new golf course is swinging

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

On-call nurse breached protocol, Nunavut inquest witnesses say

“Children under 90 days old have a very low tolerance for any type of infection”

THOMAS ROHNER

If any of the three other nurses working at the Cape Dorset health centre had been on-call the night Baby Makibi Olayuk Akesuk had trouble breathing, the infant would have been treated in-person at the centre.

That’s what the jury of a coroner’s inquest into the three-month-old baby’s death heard...

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 9:59 am

Ottawa names 15 new deputy judges for the Nunavut court

Two permanent judges to be recommended later by reconstituted judicial advisory committee

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As the Nunavut Court of Justice awaits the appointment of two permanent judges, 15 new deputy judges are appointed to help fill the gap, the federal government said Nov. 23 in a news release.

Following the recent resignations of Justice Robert Kilpatrick earlier this year and Justice Earl...

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Around the Arctic November 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavik mine project looks at airships for remote transport

Lockheed-Martin airships could carry 200,000 tonnes of rare earth concentrate to southern Quebec

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A Nunavik-based mineral exploration project is eyeing airships to provide transportation to and from its remote mine site.

Montreal’s Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. has proposed a project that would mine more than 350,000 tonnes of rare earth concentrate over a 30-year period from its Strange Lake......

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 8:25 am

Photo: The Trans Canada comes north

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

We killed codeshare because it was despised, unnecessary: First Air boss

“No matter how you slice it or who you talked to, they simply didn’t like it”

STEVE DUCHARME

First Air’s president says his company’s unexpected announcement to drop its unpopular codeshare policy next May was based on one fairly obvious reason: nobody wanted it.

“No matter how you slice it or who you talked to, they simply didn’t like it,” First Air CEO and President Brock Friesen told......

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Nunavut November 24, 2016 - 6:30 am

Photo: Countdown to Christmas

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Nunavut November 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut police charge Gjoa Haven woman after person injured in assault

Woman, 45, charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats, property damage

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A 45-year-old Gjoa Haven woman faces three charges, including aggravated assault, in connection with an incident Nov. 20 in the western Nunavut community, the Nunavut RCMP said in a release.

On Nov. 20, at 4:15 p.m., members of the Goja Haven RCMP were called to a residence to investigate a report...

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Nunavut November 23, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Canadian North scrambles to bring new combi jet to Iqaluit route

Airline's new, post-codeshare schedule to launch soon

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Canadian North plans to introduce a new combi jet service on its Ottawa-Iqaluit route in early January rather than its originally-planned launch in March 2017, the airline announced this week.

Earlier this month, Canadian North said its Boeing 737-200 would go into scheduled maintenance Dec. 13...

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Nunavut November 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut review committee formed in wake of baby’s death

Nunavut coroner absent from inquest but apologizes to family for "miscommunication"

THOMAS ROHNER

CAPE DORSET—The Nunavut coroner’s office will set up a committee to review all deaths of Nunavut children under the age of five, a statement from Chief Coroner Padma Suramala said Nov. 22.

Suramala made the announcement in a written release issued on the first day of the coroner’s inquest into...

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Nunavut November 23, 2016 - 11:13 am

Photo: Nunavut baby death inquest nearing conclusion

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Iqaluit November 23, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavut capital’s finances improving but deficit risks remain, say top staff

“As you know, Waterless Wednesdays—it was actually bringing in some savings”

STEVE DUCHARME

The City of Iqaluit’s financial health appears to show further signs of recovery from the massive deficits reported in the city’s accounts last year, according to a release of third quarter statements to city council, Nov. 21.

But city administrators warned councillors that while the symptoms are...

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Nunavut November 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

Grieving Nunavut mother recalls her baby’s last living moments

Neevee Akesuk said Baby Makibi had breathing problems and wouldn’t stop crying

THOMAS ROHNER

CAPE DORSET—The long-awaited coroner’s inquest into the 2012 death of three-month-old Makibi Olayuk Akesuk got underway in Cape Dorset Nov. 22 with testimony from the baby’s grieving mother.

The family’s lawyer, Kathryn Kellough, called Neevee Akesuk as the first witness of the inquest, which is...

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