Duane Smith, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Terry Audla take a moment for the camera at the 2013 ArcticNet annual science meeting being held in Halifax this week. Audla gave a presentation to the conference Dec. 11 about the contribution of Inuit knowledge to Arctic research. The largest annual Arctic research gathering in Canada wraps up Dec. 13. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ITK)
December 13, 2013 - 6:03 am
Why Cambridge Bay has the territory’s most obedient dogs
“It’s a really good bonding experience"
In a Cambridge Bay school gymnasium, a group of two-legged residents line up beside their four-legged friends.
The four-legged participants are all learning to heel — to walk alongside their owners in a controlled manner.
That’s one of the first things instructor Denise Lebleu taught the group...
December 12, 2013 - 2:55 pm
National Inuit organization gets $325,000 to try to keep kids in school
ITK will have to coordinate efforts with four Inuit regions
Updated at 3 p.m., Dec. 12
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education is one of three recipients sharing this year’s $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize, ArcticNet announced at a Dec. 11 gala ceremony in Halifax.
ITK’s portion, $325,000, will go toward implementing a...
December 12, 2013 - 2:42 pm
Iqaluit fire department douses early morning garbage dump fire
“It’s being monitored constantly”
Iqaluit’s fire department doused a fire at Iqaluit’s waste landfill in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, after receiving a call at around 2:00 a.m.
The flare-up covered almost 40 square metres on the dump’s surface, according to mayor John Graham.
“The flames were actually coming out the side...
December 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm
Cambridge Bay business delivers a sweet Christmas to local youngsters
"So every kid has a little bit of something"
A Cambridge Bay business treated local students to sweets and a little Christmas cheer this week.
This was the 10th year that Kalvik Enterprises has stocked up on hundreds of treats, then given them to students at Kullik Ilihakvik school.
Peter Laube, who owns the local construction company with...
December 11, 2013 - 2:49 pm
Welfare plays too big a role in Nunavut’s income security system: report
Four in 10 Nunavummiut on social assistance
A report on poverty in Nunavut suggests the territory must gradually wean its residents off social assistance, and at the same time beef up income programs and child tax benefits to eventually replace welfare with a new concept called “basic income.”
Those recommendations come from a November...
December 11, 2013 - 12:18 pm
Nunavut police issue suspensions during anti-drunk driving campaign
"Community response and support for the officers, both RCMP and municipal, was remarkable"
Nunavut RCMP stopped more than 500 vehicles across the territory last weekend as part of a national campaign to crack down on impaired driving.
RCMP stopped 542 Nunavummiut drivers Dec. 7 despite winter storms and high winds, handing out “several” suspensions for infractions of the territorial...
December 11, 2013 - 11:05 am
Iqaluit council insists: No waste plan without incinerator
Project goes back to committee after two years of planning and consultations
Iqaluit City Council stopped just short of adopting a new solid waste management plan Dec. 10 — because it does not include plans for an incinerator.
In its two years of development, despite descriptions of the project proposal to the public in three open public consultations, three newsletters...
December 11, 2013 - 9:59 am
Tiny Nunavut community raises cash for Ontario hockey tournament
“The reason it blew up was the internet"
A ragtag hockey team of peewee, bantam and midget players from the Nunavut community of Whale Cove has managed to raise more than $20,000 to play a tournament in Ontario next year, an achievement that would have been nearly impossible before the advent of social media.
Andy Mcfarlane, a first-year...
December 11, 2013 - 8:00 am
Iqaluit council questions RCMP vehicle stop program
Police find “staggering number” of city drivers lack proper paperwork
Iqaluit city councillors, at a meeting Dec. 10, questioned some aspects of an RCMP vehicle checking program the local detachment started in September.
Staff Sgt. Monty Lecomte told council that the detachment started stopping and checking vehicles late that month — to look for traffic violations...
December 11, 2013 - 6:09 am
Nunavut power utility wants to keep surcharge first imposed last June
QEC files to continue 5.31 cent kw/h fuel cost rider
The Qulliq Energy Corp. will keep a special surcharge that it first began adding to customer electricity bills this past June, saying they still need protection from higher fuel prices.
Called a “fuel stabilization rider” the surcharge is intended to help replenish a revolving fund the corporation...
December 10, 2013 - 3:55 pm
Nunavummiut elect new municipal leaders
Coral Harbour, Taloyoak and seven Baffin communities choose new mayors
(Updated Dec. 11)
Hamlet elections across Nunavut Dec. 9 produced a handful of new mayors, the return of a few incumbents and the re-election of dozens of hamlet councillors across the territory.
Hamlet elections in Nunavut communities are staggered, meaning only some communities will elect new...
Adults and youth in Kuujjuaq faced off at a soccer tournament hosted at Jaanimmarik school last weekend, which hosted 50 players and six teams. Staff and students from both of Kuujjuaq's schools took part, as well as staff from the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, Kuujjuaq FC and Tuktu, to help raise money for Jaanimmarik's 2014 graduating class trip. The Pitakallak school team won the tournament, taking home a homemade version of the FIFA World Cup trophy. (PHOTO BY MARY RUSTON)