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Here’s a holiday weekend message from Nunatsiaq News to all our readers and advertisers. If you live in Nunavut or Ontario, we hope you and your families enjoy the Civic Holiday on Monday, Aug. 1. Though we’ll have staff available to handle serious breaking news on the weekend, we’ll resume the posting of regular stories on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Please have a safe and rewarding break. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS July 29, 2016 - 5:00 pm

No arrests in Rankin Inlet accident that injured two-year-old

Girl sustained injuries after running behind a truck, police say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A young child from Rankin Inlet is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after she was run over by a truck July 28 in the Kivalliq community.

At about noon on July 28, members of the Rankin Inlet RCMP detachment responded to a call at the Northern Store, where a two-year old child had...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut youth faces charges after July 28 Qikiqtarjuaq incident

Teen, 17, charged after man, 24, found unconscious, bleeding

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 17-year-old Qikiqtarjuaq boy, charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose in connection with a July 28 incident, remains in custody, the RCMP said July 29.

Members of the RCMP detachment in Qikiqtarjuaq responded to a call about an unconscious man outside a...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Iqaluit council says yes to Nunavut Brewery Co. Ltd.

To redirect "hundreds of thousands of dollars leaving Iqaluit every year from purchasing beer from southern producers"

STEVE DUCHARME

Locally brewed suds are another step closer to reality after Iqaluit city councillors gave partners in the Nunavut Brewing Co. Ltd. the green light July 26 to develop their beer facility on the outskirts of the built-up area of town.

Council’s approval is the latest lap in a gauntlet of red tape...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 1:35 pm

Nunavut constituents want answers on MP Tootoo’s conduct, political future

"Should he resign and run as an independent? Those questions are being asked."

SARAH ROGERS

Things were looking pretty good for Nunavut, politically, in the fall of 2015 — almost half of the territory’s voters helped elect a new MP, Hunter Tootoo, a member of Justin Trudeau’s victorious Liberals who was soon appointed to cabinet as minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 11:45 am

Ottawa okays open pit expansion at Nunavut mine

Meadowbank plans to expand Vault Pit later this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government has given its stamp of approval to an expansion at Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake.

Last April, the Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended the expansion of the Vault Pit operation go ahead — a proposal to expand the open put into nearby Phaser

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nunavut man jailed 13 years for beating his girlfriend to death

The tragic elements of a Nunavut homicide: booze, jealousy and battered woman syndrome

THOMAS ROHNER

(This story contains details that might upset some readers.)

Edith Angalik died the same way far too many other women in Nunavut have died — brutalized by the man she loved.

The violence that Dwayne Sateana used to kill her is shocking, but many Nunavummiut will recognize a tragic pattern:

• a...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 8:30 am

With an eye to the future, AEM reports good earnings this year

Nunavut gold mine operator gains approval for Vault Pit, files EIS for Whale Tail

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As Agnico Eagle Mines contemplates expansion of gold mining activities near Nunavut’s Meadowbank gold mine, the company on July 27 reported solid earnings for the second quarter of 2016.

“Given these strong results and a more robust gold price environment, we have significantly improved our...

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NEWS July 29, 2016 - 6:59 am

Iqaluit RCMP: police service calls on the rise this year

Police say they need more officers to cope with increased needs

STEVE DUCHARME

Iqaluit RCMP officers responded to 3,084 calls for service over the first quarter of their fiscal year, according to a briefing given to Iqaluit city councillors at their July 26 council meeting.

That’s 114 more calls over the same period, between April and June, in 2015.

During the briefing,...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Steer clear of Sanikiluaq dump following wood fire, GN says

Dump fire now extinguished, but continues to produce smoke

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut officials have warned residents of Sanikiluaq with respiratory problems to stay clear of the community’s dump after it caught fire earlier this week.

A fire that started in the wood disposal section of the local dump has been extinguished, although it continues to produce smoke, the...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut chamber of mines sides with northern premiers on carbon tax

“Like our communities, our exploration and mining industry faces costly challenges"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A carbon tax in Canada’s North would deal a major blow to mining in the territories, said the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines this week.

The organization welcomed the statement put out by northern premiers July 21 at last week’s Council of the Federation meetings in Whitehorse:...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 11:00 am

NTI names 2016 Kusugak memorial scholarship winners

April Ollie of Arviat, Rosemary Akulujuk of Pangnirtung each earn cash awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavut education students have won this year’s Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Scholarship.

April Ollie of Arviat and Rosemary Akulujuk of Pangnirtung will each receive $5,000 to spend towards their studies, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Cathy Towtongie announced July 21.

Ollie is in her fourth year...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 8:30 am

Arctic sea ice vital to polar bear habitat: biologists

Polar bears head inland when ice cover drops below 50 per cent

STEVE DUCHARME

How much sea ice do polar bears need before heading onto land: that’s the question that biologists from the University of Alberta wanted to answer.

Their recently published study found that polar bears started to migrate onto land only when sea ice cover dropped below 50 per cent.

For their...

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NEWS July 28, 2016 - 7:00 am

“Disappointed” by Ottawa’s decision, Areva suspends Nunavut uranium project

Project "may be revisited at some point when it is feasible"

SARAH ROGERS

Areva Resources Canada Inc.‘s Kiggavik uranium project is officially suspended, and the company says it has no immediate plans to re-submit a proposal to Nunavut regulators.

Earlier this week, the federal government accepted the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s 2015 recommendation, which advised......

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 5:00 pm

National Inuit org releases suicide prevention plan

Federal health minister announces $9 million for Inuit mental wellness

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated 12:26 p.m., July 28)

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed on July 27 followed through on a promise to release a national Inuit suicide prevention plan — the first of its kind among Canadian Aboriginal organizations.

The 44-page document, called the National Inuit Suicide...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut MP returns from addictions treatment to face constituents

Tootoo's assistant offers no comment on Globe and Mail sex allegation

STEVE DUCHARME

(Updated 12:05 p.m., July 28)

In his first public remarks since completing addictions treatment, Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo said his first priority is to regain the trust of constituents.

Tootoo’s vow came 57 days after he stepped down as minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Pregnant women in Hall Beach, household members should get vaccinated: GN

Health officials hope to prevent more cases of whooping cough in Baffin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

With more than 20 cases of whooping cough now being treated in Hall Beach, Nunavut health officials are asking pregnant women in the Baffin community and those who live with them to get vaccinated against the bacterial infection.

Nunavut’s first case of the viral infection this year showed up in...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Health researchers home in on Iqaluit dog feces

“Our main task right now is to collect dog poop"

THOMAS ROHNER

Iqaluit, meet the Poop Group: Danielle Julien and Anna Bunce, researchers from the University of Guelph.

You might find them hanging around sled dogs in the coming days, excitedly bent over a warm, freshly formed dog turd.

Or you might find them at the Greenhouse Society’s trivia nights where...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 11:13 am

Latest dump fire not suspicious: Iqaluit fire chief

"The overall cause is considered unknown"

STEVE DUCHARME

Fire investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of Iqaluit’s latest dump fire, which overran a temporary collection area and blanketed the city in smoke June 20.

The city’s director of emergency and protective services, Luc Grandmaison, said investigators could not find the source of the...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 8:30 am

International team of women scientists, divers, en route to Nunavut

Expedition will study underwater climate, mentor young Inuit women

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An all-women team of international scientists, researchers and environmentalists is on its way to Iqaluit this week to study climate change and mentor a group of young Inuit woman across Nunavut.

The Sedna Epic Expedition is a four-year long project that launched in 2014. This year’s expedition is...

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NEWS July 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

Pauktuutit wants Inuk appointed as sixth commissioner on MMIWG inquiry

"We feel like only an Indigenous person know what we’ve been through"

SARAH ROGERS

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has asked the federal government to appoint a sixth, Inuk commissioner to oversee the upcoming national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Pauktuutit expressed concerns last week that a draft list of five commissioners did not include an......

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An anxious parent: A long-tailed jaeger, sometimes called an Arctic skua, tries to fend off intruders from her chick’s nest, located about 20 kilometres east and inland from Arctic Bay. Jaegers are sometimes referred to as “avian pirates” for their deft skills stealing food from other birds. The birds often nest in colonies along the tundra, although this family was found alone July 16. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
An anxious parent: A long-tailed jaeger, sometimes called an Arctic skua, tries to fend off intruders from her chick’s nest, located about 20 kilometres east and inland from Arctic Bay. Jaegers are sometimes referred to as “avian pirates” for their deft skills stealing food from other birds. The birds often nest in colonies along the tundra, although this family was found alone July 16. (PHOTO BY CLARE KINES)
NEWS July 26, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Premiers meeting highlights Nunavut’s energy needs

“We have a region in Canada that’s underdeveloped and that’s Nunavut"

SARAH ROGERS

Canadian premiers left a three-day meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon last week citing progress on responsible energy development and policy.

But Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna knows the territory has its work cut out for it and can’t do it alone.

During the annual summer meeting of the Council of the...

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