What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from March 5 to March 12
Search in Ottawa, Nunavut tobacco tax increase lead the most-read story list
The successful search for a missing Inuk woman led the top five most-read stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca last week
Early March 10 the Ottawa Police Service put of the call for help in finding a missing Inuk woman, Padluq Ashoona, 51, and, later that day, announced she had been located.
Community research project keeps tabs on Nunavik’s sea ice
"We need to keep an eye on it for us to be able to travel safely"
Every few weeks, Juupi Tuniq travels from his home community of Salluit, snowmobiling roughly 50 kilometres east along the Hudson Strait coast to Deception Bay.
There, his job is to check about 20 different markers in the sea ice. Using a handheld auger, or Eskimo drill, Tuniq bores into the sea...
Nunavik’s annual dog sled race set for March 27 start
"We believe we are reaching our ultimate goal, to ensure the return of the qimmituinnaq"
Thirteen dog teams will take off from Umiujaq March 27 as part of Nunavik’s 16th annual dog team race.
Ivakkak 2017 teams will navigate the Hudson coast this year, stopping in Inukjuak, Puvirnituq and Akulivik en route to the race’s finish line in Ivujivik.
Ivakkak has grown into a popular winter...
Child and Family Services Act conflicts with Inuit culture, MLA alleges
Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook wants removal of words that deter physical discipline
Quttiktuq MLA Isaac Shooyook wants the Government of Nunavut to remove words from the Child and Family Services Act that say “parents should use methods other than force by way of correction towards their children or in the discipline of their children.”
Shooyook raised the issue with Family...
Photo: Nunavik teacher wins Global Teacher Prize for 2017
Photo: Keeping canines safe, and healthy
Nunavut senator says he won’t quit after promised eight-year limit
“The promised Senate reforms have not materialized, so I’m not intending to step down”
Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said March 14 that he won’t resign his seat this fall despite a promise he made in 2009 to quit the Senate after eight years.
Patterson, who was sworn in to the Senate on Sept. 15, 2009, is one of nine Conservative senators who Stephen Harper, then the prime...
Nunavut MLAs vote to enshrine transgender rights
Gender identity, gender expression added to Human Rights Act
Nunavut joined a growing club of Canadian jurisdictions that protect transgendered people from discrimination March 13, following a unanimous vote by Nunavut MLAs on third and final reading of a bill to amend Nunavut’s Human Rights Act.
“This is a tremendous day for people who are transgender in...
Photo: A look at Nunavut’s vast art collection
Photo: The Kitikmeot’s new long-term care centre opens its door
Alianait offers sneak peek into its 2017 lineup
Joel Plaskett returns to Iqaluit for pre-festival concert
The lineup for the 2017 Alianait arts festival has come together, with organizers offering a sneak peek into what festival goers can look forward to for the Iqaluit festival’s 13th year.
And it’s good news for Joel Plaskett fans—the veteran Nova Scotia musician and songwriter will kick off this...
Photo: Young Inuit activists defend sealing on Parliament Hill
Nunavut language laws to be fully in force by July 9, minister says
“When are we going to have a full terminology in Inuktitut and utilize it?”
Sections of Nunavut’s Inuit Language Protection Act and the Official Languages Act that enforce the use of Inuktut in the private sector will come into force on July 9 this year, the territory’s minister of languages, George Kuksuk, recently announced in the legislative assembly.
Nunavut judge blocks discharge of bankrupt taxi operator
Owner of former S&G Taxi has failed to provide info for three years worth of tax returns
A judge at Nunavut’s Court of Justice in Iqaluit has indefinitely adjourned an application to discharge from bankruptcy a Rankin Inlet taxi operator who failed to pay back more than a million dollars in loans to the public lending agency Nunavut Business Credit Corp.
A discharge is a standard...
Nunavut welcomes new Franklin expedition painting to collection
As collection moves out of storage, GN sees uptick in donations
The Government of Nunavut’s art collection has welcomed a new painting into its fold; a depiction of grave markers for three seamen who died during Sir John Franklin’s last expedition to Beechey Island in 1846.
Dr. Maurice Haycock painted “The Three Franklin Expedition Graves” during a 1975 summer...
Nunavut has the highest incarceration rate for adult offenders in Canada: Stats Can
But the rate of Nunavummiut entering community supervision is dropping
Compared with all other provinces and territories, Nunavut has the highest proportion of inmates housed in correctional facilities—more than six times the national average, says data released by Statistics Canada last week.
The rate of Nunavummiut adults in custody sits at 575 for every 100,000...
Nunavut MLAs ask how beer-wine store will affect nearby hamlets
“I’m sure the officials who review the applications will likely ask certain questions"
As Nunavut’s first walk-in beer and wine store heads towards a tentative summer opening in Iqaluit, MLAs representing hamlets with stricter rules on alcohol say they’re worried about the store’s impact on their communities.
Responding to questions March 8 in Nunavut’s legislature from South Baffin...
Photo: Power to the people… of Pangnirtung
Boomtown perks: new café and inn for Nunavut’s Kitikmeot hub
“We're trying to bring a community element to what we’re doing, not just a café"
It’s official: you can now order quinoa salad and spinach smoothies in Cambridge Bay.
Well, perhaps not every day, because the menu changes, but the Kuugaq Café, launched by a pair of former Government of Nunavut employees in mid-February, is now offering healthy cuisine such as salads,...