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Iqaluit January 11, 2017 - 8:29 am

Mark your calendars: Iqaluit’s aquatic centre opens Jan. 26

Official opening to be followed by two free days of use before fees kick in

LISA GREGOIRE

Get your water wings ready Iqalungmiut—the new pool is about to open.

Coun. Jason Rochon announced at a city council meeting Jan. 10 that Iqaluit’s new aquatic centre will officially open Jan. 26 with speeches, a ribbon-cutting, cake to eat and self-guided tours for anyone who wants to take a look...

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Around the Arctic January 11, 2017 - 8:02 am

Photo: Rangers learn leadership skills in Yellowknife

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Iqaluit January 11, 2017 - 7:00 am

Resignation leaves Nunavut’s capital with only six city councillors

Megan Pizzo-Lyall resigns, city will soon set by-election date

LISA GREGOIRE

(Updated 3:45 p.m., Jan. 11)

Iqaluit’s first council meeting of 2017 started with a bombshell: Coun. Megan Pizzo-Lyall says she has all but accepted a job offer in another community and therefore, must resign her city council seat.

Pizzo-Lyall, who, at age 27, earned the second highest number of...

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Nunavut January 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut court sets aside a week in spring to re-open Meeko case

New evidence that casts doubt on guilt of former Sanikiluaq teacher expected

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The Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit has set aside a week of court time, starting May 29, to hear new evidence in the historic sex abuse case of former Sanikiluaq teacher Johnny Meeko.

Meeko appeared in court Jan. 9 before Justice Neil Sharkey, Meeko’s lawyer, James Morton, told Nunatsiaq

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Nunavut January 10, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Photo: Learning to teach the arts

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Nunavik January 10, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Photo: One way to say Thank You

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Iqaluit January 10, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Photo: The bead generation… making art with tiny things

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Nunavut January 10, 2017 - 10:00 am

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8

Death of Nunavut artist Tim Pitsiulak leads the week's five most-read stories

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News about events in late December led the top five most-read stories during the first week of 2017 on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.

A story on the unexpected death of Nunavut artist Tim Pitsiulak, 49, Dec. 19 was the most-read story of the new year’s first week, according to Google Analytics, which tracks...

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Nunavik January 10, 2017 - 8:30 am

Nunavik community develops after-school care program

“It’s youth that will organize it long-term and they’re really enthusiastic"

SARAH ROGERS

Over the last decade, Nunavik has grown a successful child care program, offering more than 1,000 spaces to pre-school-age children across the region.

But Nunavik has next to nothing in place for school-age children whose parents work full-time.

Pivallianiq hopes to fill that gap in one...

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Nunavut January 10, 2017 - 7:00 am

Trudeau’s cross-Canada tour might include northern stops

Prime Minister's Office "currently working to make that happen"

LISA GREGOIRE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to reconnect with Canadians during a town-hall style tour of the country in the coming weeks and that tour may include stops in the North.

“We are hoping to include the North in the Prime Minister’s upcoming tour, and are currently working to make that...

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Nunavut January 09, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Year 2016 confirmed as warmest on record

“Global temperatures still remained well above average in the second half of 2016"

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The year 2016 is confirmed as the warmest year on the planet since record-keeping began, Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said Jan. 5. The agency, based in Reading, England, said 2016 was 0.2 C warmer than 2015, which was previously the warmest year on record.

And the Copernicus centre’s...

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Around the Arctic January 09, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Makivik fights Nunavut government polar bear quota in court

Complex Southern Hudson Bay management area straddles one territory, two provinces, three Indigenous groups

THOMAS ROHNER

Makivik Corp., the organization that represents Nunavik Inuit, has taken a spat over polar bear hunting quotas in the southern Hudson Bay management area to the Nunavut court, documents filed at the Nunavut Court of Justice reveal.

In a notice filed Nov. 4, 2016, Makivik said a Government of...

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Climate Change January 09, 2017 - 11:45 am

As Arctic warms, interest in geoengineering increases

"We have to do something"

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Get ready to take part in a planet-wide experiment, which could see science helping to cool the world’s temperature and provide a cheap, short-term fix to climate-warming.

With the Arctic sea ice extent breaking more than 200 daily record lows in 2016—which also goes down in history as the hottest...

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Nunavut January 09, 2017 - 10:00 am

Bye, bye BIPR: Nunavut port-road scheme still frozen

Two Kitikmeot road projects remain stuck in the ditch

JIM BELL

The two mining companies that own the Bathurst Inlet Port Road project will keep their once highly-touted proposal in the deep freeze for at least one more year, if not longer, the proponents told regulators Jan. 4.

First conceived in the late 1990s under different proponents, the BIPR has long...

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Nunavut January 09, 2017 - 8:30 am

No injuries reported as earthquakes rock Nunavut’s High Arctic

Seismic event centered near Resolute Bay measured at magnitude of 5.8; second quake Jan. 9

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(Updated Jan. 9, 2:45 p.m.)

People in Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay and Arctic Bay felt the impact of a moderate earthquake that occurred at 5:47 p.m. central time Jan. 8, centred at a spot about 93 kilometres east-southeast of Resolute Bay.

Earthquakes Canada said the seismic event was of a...

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Nunavut January 09, 2017 - 7:00 am

Nunavut RCMP field many holiday calls, nearly half from Iqaluit

Thefts include ATM heist in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The RCMP in Nunavut says its officers throughout the territory were busier than ever over the recent holiday period.

Overall, calls for service were up—568 this year, up from 555 last year—according to a recent RCMP release.

And about four in 10 calls to the RCMP came from Iqaluit, the release...

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Nunavut January 06, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Sled dogs, caterpillar women and hungry owls: Inhabit Media’s best reads of 2016

Read for a chance to win your own book

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Inhabit Media keeps doing what it does best: promoting Nunavummiut authors and Inuit storytelling.

The Iqaluit-based, Inuit-owned publishing house put out a whole new crop of children’s books in 2016; stories to entertain, to inform and to frighten readers.

Here are a few of Nunatsiaq News’...

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Iqaluit January 06, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Photo: Nothing stops hockey in Iqaluit

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Nunavik January 06, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Did 2016 mark the end of Nunavik’s famed candy drop?

Veteran pilot Johnny May says he's leaving the door open for future Xmas flights

SARAH ROGERS

Like every holiday season over the last half century, this Christmas came twice for many Kuujjuammiut: once at home under the tree, and a second time, from the sky.

Local pilot Johnny May flew his 51st annual candy drop over Nunavik’s largest community Dec. 25.

Kuujjuammiut came out in large...

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Around the Arctic January 06, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Nunavut review board works on overlaps with Cree, Nunavik counterparts

"The boards are committed to working collaboratively..."

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board has worked out an agreement with its marine counterparts in Nunavik and the James Bay Cree region on transboundary environmental assessments, information sharing and mutual support, the three organizations announced Jan. 4.

“Recognizing the shared nature of marine...

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