Iqaluit residents got to sample a real farmer’s market at the Francophone Centre, Saturday, Aug. 30, featuring fresh vegetables, fruit and cheeses from southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario. Organizers hope to offer fresh food from the peak growing season through a purchasers' co-op. Long line-ups outside the centre proved demand for fresh produce in the Nunavut capital is high, said Michel Potvin of the co-op group. In less than two hours, Iqalummiut bought up 700 kilograms of produce, much of it at prices lower than local supermarkets. Potvin remarked later that the success, “was beyond our wildest dreams." (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
September 01, 2014 - 9:45 am
Frustrated Iqaluit cab companies want fare increase
Cabbies want first increase in seven years, raising prospect of a strike
Iqaluit’s taxi companies are starting to wonder if the city will ever increase cab fares, after the City of Iqaluit’s taxi committee backed off on a recommendation to raise fares Aug. 28.
The city’s taxi bylaw calls for a review of cab fares every year, but fares have remained unchanged, at $6,...
September 01, 2014 - 8:59 am
Arctic Council biodiversity group chooses Cambridge Bay for annual meeting
CAFF works towards international biodiversity congress this December in Norway
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay hosted visitors from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Greenland and Sweden last week for the annual meeting of the board in charge of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna group — one of the Arctic...
August 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm
First Air cuts regular service to Naujaat as of Oct. 1
“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically”
First Air is cutting scheduled service to Naujaat, the Nunavut community formerly called Repulse Bay, starting Oct. 1, a vice president of the airline told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 29.
“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically,” said Bert van der Stege, First Air’s VP of commercial...
August 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm
Hungry Nunavik children shorter than their well-fed peers
“I want to be careful how we interpret this, but let’s just say it’s a stark difference"
The results of a new study in Nunavik seems to suggest that children who don’t get enough to eat are shorter than their food secure peers, and more at risk for iron deficiency and anemia.
The study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared the height of 294...
August 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm
Nunavut court: Igloolik man guilty in panda bear weed bust
Man staying at Baffin Larga in 2010 given drug shipment for Igloolik
An Igloolik man — arrested Dec. 9, 2010 after police caught him at the Iqaluit airport with more than 1.6 kilograms of marijuana sewn into a stuffed panda bear — knew exactly what he was doing and is guilty of possession for the purpose of trafficking, Justice Earl Johnson found in a written...
August 29, 2014 - 1:20 pm
Inuit language comedy back for another season
IBC's Qanurli's fourth season to kick off Sept. 1
Inuit language television fans have good reason to celebrate this weekend: Inuk Qablunaaq and Nipangi Huittuq are back for another season.
The popular Inuit Broadcasting Corp. comedy show, Qanurli, will premiere its fourth season Sept. 1 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, said an Aug....
August 29, 2014 - 1:10 pm
Camo on the tundra: a visit to Op Nanook in York Sound
Rangers providing predator patrol, and hunting caribou too
The privately owned helicopter, chartered by Canada’s armed forces and carrying four members of the media, made good time on a clear, sunny day over Frobisher Bay Aug. 27, hugging the coastline on its way to York Sound.
We were on our way to a military camp, located about 175 kilometres outside...
August 29, 2014 - 12:15 pm
Yukon power trio Speed Control heading to Iqaluit
Alianait concert to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day
Elders may want to bring earplugs, but young rock fans in Iqaluit ought to enjoy an upcoming concert courtesy of Alianait and the Embrace Life Council.
Speed Control, a talented young trio of musicians from the Yukon, equally comfortable playing piano ballads and blistering rock, are heading to...
August 28, 2014 - 4:07 pm
Scandinavian, Russian, Alaskan business reps to meet in Iqaluit next week
Arctic Economic Council meeting to include Inuit, Saami, Dene, Russian indigenous peoples
(Updated 5:00 p.m., 2014)
Canada’s heavily-touted Arctic Economic Council will start to take shape next week in Iqaluit, when Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, the Canadian minister responsible for the Arctic Council, presides over its founding meeting.
“The Arctic Economic Council will facilitate...
August 28, 2014 - 10:55 am
Chesterfield Inlet bowhead hunters tough it out despite setbacks
Half the hunting party quits; remaining crew determined to continue
First-time bowhead whale hunters from Chesterfield Inlet returned to their community empty-handed, but undiscouraged, Aug. 24, after three weeks at sea in search of the elusive sea mammal.
Their search for a bowhead will continue, hunt captain Remi Aggark said, after a week of rest and new...
August 28, 2014 - 5:55 am
Inquiry into missing, murdered Aboriginal women must include Inuit, ITK says
ITK joins premiers in calling for inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women
The president of Canada’s national Inuit organization says Inuit women must be part of any inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, even though, because of their unique and isolated circumstances, they rarely go “missing.”
On the phone from Charlottetown, P.E.I., where he is...
August 27, 2014 - 10:19 am
Iqaluit’s mushrooming stocks of cars, trucks spark worries about safety
“We are no longer a tiny community where everyone is safe from accidents”
Iqaluit’s escalating volumes of vehicle traffic drew words of warning at a city council meeting Aug. 26.
“According to recent news reports, there are 5,500 vehicles in Iqaluit,” Iqaluit resident Janet Armstrong told council in a brief citizen’s presentation. “Approximately 300 new vehicles are...
August 27, 2014 - 8:29 am
Iqaluit city councillors divided over by-election, cost of acting mayor
Proposal to choose mayor in by-election dies by one vote
(Corrected 10:00 a.m., Aug. 27)
Iqaluit’s acting mayor will remain in place for the time being.
Council narrowly voted down a motion Aug. 26 for a $90,000 election to choose a full-time mayor with a $109,000 starting salary to fill the position until the next municipal general election in October...
The Silver Explorer cruise ship, operated by Silversea Expeditions, arrived in Cambridge Bay Aug. 24 allowing 130 or so passengers to wander through town and attend the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association arts festival which was conveniently under way in that Kitikmeot community. The ship was purpose-built, according to the company website, with a hull designed for pushing through ice floes. A fleet of Zodiacs allow guests to visit sites and communities along their Arctic journey. On board, guests can enjoy numerous luxurious amenities including a spa, library, theatre and Internet cafe. (PHOTO BY RED SUN PRODUCTIONS)