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Nunavut February 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Indigenous MPs urge government to rename parliamentary building

"This kind of thinking and sentiment should not be commemorated"

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Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has added his voice to a group of Indigenous MPs asking the federal government to change the name of a building near Parliament Hill named after one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system.

The MPs made the request Feb. 16, asking Public Services minister...

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Iqaluit February 17, 2017 - 8:29 am

RCMP in Nunavut’s capital sound “bad drug” alarm

"Consuming even small amounts of an unknown street drug could be sufficient to cause death"

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Iqaluit police say they’re concerned about “bad drugs” on the streets of Nunavut’s capital city, substances that could endanger the lives of users—and lead to more conflict with police.

“We believe at this time that there are possibly ‘bad drugs’; or illegal controlled substances being distributed...

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Around the Arctic February 17, 2017 - 7:00 am

We’ve got hard decisions to make on Nutrition North, Carolyn Bennett says

Consultation tour wraps up, minister awaits report from officials

JIM BELL

Now that her department’s consultation tour of northern communities has ended, Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, said in the Senate Feb. 8 that she and her officials still have hard decisions to make before figuring out what to do with the much-criticized Nutrition...

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Corporal stationed at Alert last year faces sex charge

Accused served at remote Nunavut listening station in June 2016

THOMAS ROHNER

A member of Canada’s armed forces who was stationed in northern Nunavut in 2016 has been charged with sexually assaulting another member of the forces, a Department of National Defence news release said.

Cpl. Frédéric Richer, a member of the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at the Royal Canadian...

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Iqaluit February 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut capital’s new pool is popular, early report finds

Drop-in visits high, pass sales low, programs coming down the pipe

STEVE DUCHARME

Backed by strong attendance figures over its first weeks in operation, Iqaluit’s new aquatic centre continues to roll out its official schedule, but the city’s recreation chair said more work must to be done hammering out the kinks, during an update at Iqaluit City Council Feb. 14.

“Things are...

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Around the Arctic February 16, 2017 - 1:10 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12

Swiss International jet repairs, closure of Iqaluit deli top the news

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The saga of the stranded Swiss International Air Lines jet, which made an emergency landing on one engine Feb. 1 in Iqaluit, continued to lead the most-read story list on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

That’s according to Google Analytics, which tracks our website’s online traffic.

A huge Antonov aircraft...

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 11:45 am

Nunavut man charged after attempted break-in at police station

Man, 23, faces charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer

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A 23-year-old man in Rankin Inlet, alleged to have attempted a break-in at the local police station, faces charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in connection with the Feb. 13 incident.

“Unfortunately for him, the building he chose was the RCMP station,” said a recent posting...

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Iqaluit February 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

Busy year for Iqaluit first-responders, but fire losses low: report

Firefighter morale to become a priority this year

STEVE DUCHARME

While Iqaluit dispatch lines glowed red hot throughout 2016, the actual damage caused by fires was kept to a minimum, city’s emergency and protective services director, Luc Grandmaison, said Feb. 15 in a report to councillors.

“Dispatch has been tremendously busy,” the city’s emergency and...

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavut RCMP defuse firearms incident in Pangnirtung

"These situations can be extremely volatile and unpredictable"

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An armed man caused the community of Pangnirtung, population roughly 1,500, to go under a partial lockdown last week.

On Feb. 6, at about 9:30 a.m., the Pangnirtung RCMP detachment received a complaint that a 24-year-old man had assaulted a resident in a home and “was possibly in possession of a...

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 8:02 am

Photo: A little bit of Cape Dorset in Portland

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 7:44 am

Photo: Big bird makes first landing in Hall Beach

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 7:00 am

Agnico Eagle presses the start button on two new Nunavut mines

Company will invest US $1.2 billion on construction at Meliadine, Amaruq

JIM BELL

After 10 years in Nunavut, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. will invest more than $1.2 billion to construct two new Kivalliq region gold mines that will likely produce local jobs and contract opportunities for many more years to come.

The company pressed the start button Feb. 15 on its long-awaited...

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Nunavut February 16, 2017 - 6:41 am

Photo: Cape Dorset fire chief honoured for long service

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Nunavik February 16, 2017 - 6:19 am

Photo: New renewable power joint venture in Nunavik

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Nunavut February 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut Planning Commission announces public hearing on draft land use plan

But many Nunavut organizations say they're struggling to meet submission deadlines

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The Nunavut Planning Commission has announced dates for a public hearing to gather feedback on its Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan, but some territorial organizations say they’re not yet prepared to weigh in.

The NPC has recently announced a week-long hearing that will run March 21 to March 28 at the...

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Iqaluit February 15, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Photo: Celebrating Inuit writers and artists

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Iqaluit February 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

The Snack diner applies for liquor licence in Nunavut’s capital

But owners say they'll only sell beer and limit sales to three or four per customer

THOMAS ROHNER

Would you like a beer with that grilled cheese?

The Snack, a popular diner in Iqaluit, is applying for a liquor license, according to papers filed with the Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board.

But the public will have its say on that application, filed in December 2016, one of the diner’s co-owners...

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Nunavik February 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Hockey program advocates say Nunavik leadership made a bad call

"Losing this will be a big blow"

SARAH ROGERS

Staff, players and families involved with the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program say the findings of the program’s 2016 evaluation don’t fall in line with their own experience.

The 11-year-old hockey development program lead by former NHL player Joé Juneau was recently reviewed to see if it...

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Nunavut February 15, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut community demands morning prayer be allowed in local schools

But Nunavut government says it never banned the practice in the first place

SARAH ROGERS

The Government of Nunavut’s education department said it has never restricted the use of prayer in the territory’s schools, despite claims in Arviat that the practice was recently banned.

Some residents of Arviat are circulating a petition asking the education department to “reinstate traditional...

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Nunavut February 15, 2017 - 6:50 am

Photo: Sun dogs and sled dogs… a piece of Arctic Bay

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