Members of the Cambridge Bay Canadian Rangers packed up their qamutiit Jan. 24 and took off, around sunrise, for a five-day exercise on the land near Ellis River. The days are quickly getting longer above the Arctic Circle with the sun coming up around 10 a.m. in Cambridge Bay and going down around 2:30 p.m. According to Environment Canada, temperatures today were expected to reach a high of -24 C with overnight lows this week ranging from -30 C to -35 C. (PHOTO BY DENISE LEBLEU IMAGES)
January 27, 2015 - 2:38 pm
Inuit org sets Pangnirtung community byelection for April 7
QIA to fill vacant community director spot
Eligible Inuit beneficiaries from Pangnirtung will choose a new community director in a byelection set for April 7, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association said Jan. 26 in a news release.
The byelection is to fill a spot that Tommy Akulukjuk left vacant when he resigned from the post this past November,...
January 27, 2015 - 11:47 am
Arctic PCBs may cause performance issues for male polar bears: new research
Study finds PCBs weaken bears’ penis bones
Climate change may affect the higher latitudes of the globe more than anywhere else on earth, putting habitats like that of the polar bear at risk.
And now a new study suggests industrial pollutants put the polar bear’s nether regions at risk as well.
That’s because wind and water-borne...
January 27, 2015 - 7:57 am
Nunavut man rescued after three nights out on the land
Canadian Forces personnel spotted man from aircraft Jan. 24
A weekend search and rescue in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region ended successfully when a 51-year-old man was found between the communities of Rankin Inlet and Arviat.
The Arviat man left Rankin Inlet on a skidoo Jan. 20 en route to Arviat, about 250 kilometres away, the RCMP said in a Jan 26 release. On...
January 27, 2015 - 6:56 am
Nunavut regulators to revisit Meadowbank gold mine project certificate
Agnico Eagle must detail pit expansion proposal in addendum to its 2005 FEIS
The Nunavut Impact Review Board says it will have to reassess Meadowbank gold mine’s project certificate following Agnico Eagle’s proposal to expand its open pit operations near the Nunavut community of Baker Lake.
Last July, the company proposed to expand its current Vault Pit operations......
January 27, 2015 - 5:58 am
Western Nunavut youth home set to re-open soon
Home will have new management, new staff, new vision and new clients
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Nearly two years after the youth group home in Cambridge Bay closed down, a new facility is set to open its doors in this western Nunavut community.
The 4D North Centre, run by Atlantic Youth Consulting, is still completing the hiring process, but the...
January 26, 2015 - 3:20 pm
Yes, Iqaluit, it’s cold — but you’ve seen worse
“You’re getting near a record — but not quite.”
The extreme cold gripping much of Nunavut recently made its way to Iqaluit this week, shutting down schools, daycares, some government offices and even freezing water and sewage trucks off the road Jan. 26.
But Iqaluit has seen colder days.
“The record minimum temperature for today is -44.8...
January 26, 2015 - 2:10 pm
Trois-Soleils doing what it can, French school board says
“Criticizing is easy, but working through these issues is much harder"
Nunavut’s French-language school board, the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut, says it’s doing the best it can to communicate with Iqaluit parents about staffing changes in the territory’s only French-language school.
Parents with children enrolled at École des Trois-Soleils recently went...
January 26, 2015 - 1:09 pm
Nunavut Planning Commission names Hunter Tootoo as its next chair
Massive draft land use plan still mired in dispute with federal government
Hunter Tootoo, the former Nunavut politician, will serve as the next chair of the Nunavut Planning Commission, the NPC said Jan. 26 in a news release.
Tootoo becomes the first full-time NPC chairperson since 2013, when former chair Paul Quassa resigned to run for a seat in the Nunavut legislative...
January 26, 2015 - 11:51 am
Federal government considers changes to Nutrition North program
Aboriginal Affairs posts RFP looking to "develop subsidy models" for NNC
Changes to the federal Nutrition North Canada program could be on their way.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada posted a request for proposals Jan. 26, looking to “develop subsidy models and support an engagement with communities for the Nutrition North Canada program in
January 26, 2015 - 10:30 am
Nunavut man to serve nearly four more years for shooting home invaders
"Shots taken in anger fall outside the privilege of self-defence"
Chris Bishop, the man who defended himself against four home invaders in Cambridge Bay in 2007 — but did so with excessive and unjustifiable force — will now serve just under four years in prison in addition to the nearly eight years in jail he’s already served.
In a judgment released Jan. 22,...
January 26, 2015 - 5:55 am
Nunavut cadets learn the biathlon for Yukon competition
“I think we are close to being ready to go"
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — Before 14-year-old Mindy Tootiak joined the Cambridge Bay Cadets, you could say she lacked motivation.
“I didn’t want to finish anything at all,” she said. “Now I can finish everything I want to and I have friends with me to support me.”
Tootiak and 14...
January 23, 2015 - 5:08 pm
My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 23
Bits and Pieces
Iqualuit, Ikaluit, or Iqaluit
When Iqaluit changed its name from Frobisher Bay to its original name several years ago, some bureaucrat spelled the name Ikaluit and most non-Inuit pronounced it that way because they couldn’t pronounce “qa” in the Inuktitut language.
People from the south and the...
January 23, 2015 - 1:44 pm
Parents say Iqaluit’s French-language school leaving them in the dark
“We want to assure you there is no crisis," school board says
Parents with children enrolled in Nunavut’s only French-language school say they’re not getting enough information about recent changes occurring at the school.
Over the past several months, administrators at Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils have had to contend with a number of teacher absences...
Sasha Evetalegak, left, and her friend Sarah Koighok, make paper snow people at a CHARS science camp Jan. 24 at Kullik Illihakvik school in Cambridge Bay. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station has started holding free science camps for Cambridge Bay students in an effort to spark young imaginations and grow curiosity around science. This camp focused on the properties of snow and why it melts when the sun comes out. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)