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Low, slanted sunlight, clouds and a breathtaking South Baffin vista combine for a surreal cookies-and-cream scene Nov. 10. Our photographer says he captured this shot at a place locals call
Low, slanted sunlight, clouds and a breathtaking South Baffin vista combine for a surreal cookies-and-cream scene Nov. 10. Our photographer says he captured this shot at a place locals call "End of the Road," because that's precisely what it is, during a lunch-hour ride with his three children just outside of Pangnirtung. He says they were listening to the kids new favourite song, "For What It's Worth," Buffalo Springfield's 1967 protest hit which beckoned people to, "Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down." (PHOTO BY DAVID KILABUK)
NEWS November 17, 2017 - 3:30 pm

No deal: bargaining between union and City of Iqaluit nears two-year mark

“The city employees have lived in fear for the last two years of their jobs"


Bill Fennell has one wish for the coming holiday season: that the City of Iqaluit will come through on a new wage-benefit deal that is nearly two years in the making. 

December will bring the next step in what the president of the Nunavut Employees Union called a “way-too-long bargaining...

NEWS November 17, 2017 - 3:00 pm

One Gjoa Haven man dies of stab wound, another held in custody

Suspect to be held until bail hearing


One man is dead and another is in custody after a stabbing incident in Gjoa Haven Nov. 16.

“Gjoa Haven RCMP responded to a report of a man with a stab wound who was found by police on the front step of a residence,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Henry Coman said in a Nov. 17 release. 

“The man was...

NEWS November 17, 2017 - 1:45 pm

Four vie for premier’s job during Nunavut leadership forum

Patterk Netser, Paul Quassa, Joe Savikataaq and Cathy Towtongie now fielding questions from MLAs; vote still to come


Deliberations are well underway for who will lead Nunavut’s fifth government, as the next batch of MLAs spent their morning questioning four candidates for the territory’s top job during a leadership forum in Nunavut’s legislative assembly, Nov. 17.

Aggu’s Paul Quassa is the sole Qikiqtaaluk...

NEWS November 17, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut man from Igloolik charged with child luring, touching

Police seize computer, electronic equipment


An Igloolik man faces charges of luring and sexually assaulting an underage child, after police seized his computer and other electronic equipment, Nov. 15.

Identified by police as “in his 20s,” the man faces two charges of luring a child under the age of 16 and invitation to sexual touching of a...

NEWS November 17, 2017 - 9:15 am

Senate approves new Arctic committee, membership to come

"Sustainable development in the Arctic requires the involvement of Indigenous peoples"


The Senate of Canada has voted in favour of setting up a special committee on the Arctic, but we’ll have to wait until December to see who’s on it, who’s chairing it and what they hope to accomplish.

Sen. Charlie Watt, who represents the Nunavik region, put forward a motion to form the special...

NEWS November 17, 2017 - 8:00 am

Nunavut’s capital suffers violent week in string of attacks

Man found inside garbage bin after suffering brutal beating


Three men face serious charges after a pair of brutal attacks in Iqaluit that occurred after the Remembrance Day long weekend, Nunavut’s RCMP “V” Division reports, Nov. 16.

The unrelated attacks resulted in serious injuries for two victims.

Hannas Braun, 26, and Christopher Henderson, 35, face...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Fox tests positive for rabies near Baker Lake, Nunavut

Nunavut government warning people to stay away from foxes


Nunavut’s health department has confirmed a case of rabies in a fox specimen obtained near Baker Lake.

A Nov. 16 news release from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health said the fox was “recently caught” in the Kivalliq community and later tested positive for rabies.

“Dogs and foxes...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Ex-priest Dejaeger’s appeal starts moving through Nunavut court

Notorious sex offender appealing some of his 2014 convictions


Lawyers representing notorious ex-priest Eric Dejaeger, 70, who is appealing several of his September 2014 sex crime convictions, say they are poring over “boxes of volumes” of legal documents, but expect to set their appeal date in March.

Scott Cowan, the Toronto-based lawyer representing...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 1:09 pm

Nunavut killer denied legal aid for appeal

Jeffrey Salomonie, found guilty of murdering Daisy Curley in 2009, now considering other options


The Cape Dorset man convicted of murdering Iqaluit resident Daisy Curley will have to explore his options for appeal now that Nunavut’s legal services office has rejected his application for funding assistance.

Jeffrey Salomonie, 50, appeared by video link at the Nunavut Court of Justice in...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 11:30 am

Down to the sea in ships: Nunavut trainees learn about maritime jobs

“I can see myself working on a boat like this”


A bell chimes six times on the bow of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Henry Larsen, as the crew weighs anchor in Frobisher Bay.

Each chime marks a shot, or 27.4 metres of chain link, indicated by a swatch of chipped red paint that prompts the ringing brass bell.

It takes over 10 minutes for the...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 9:15 am

Legal Ease, Nov. 16

Protecting your identity


Even here in Nunavut, identity theft is an issue.

Just recently, a client called me about a demand made against her by a bank she had never dealt with. But the bank said she owed significant money on her line of credit and demanded payment.

The difficulty was that the bank was acting through a...

NEWS November 16, 2017 - 8:00 am

New Nunavut training fund to boost Inuit jobs in mining sector

Program aims to train 360 workers over four-year period


The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is kickstarting a $19-million employment program for Baffin Inuit with new funding from the federal government and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.

The QIA announced the new Qikiqtani Skills and Training for Employment Partnerships, or Q-STEP, Nov. 15, which aims to...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik mother wants answers in daughter’s death

“I just want something good to come from the horrible, painful thing"


Friends, family and community members filled an Umiujaq church Nov. 7 to say goodbye to Alacie Inukpuk, the 11-year-old girl who died in the Nunavik community last month.

It was a ceremony that made the girl’s mother feel proud of who her daughter was and feel supported by her community. But it...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Indigenous participants help keep Finland’s Arctic conference on track

"What are you going to do so that it's not just words on a piece of paper?


ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—In his keynote speech at an Arctic conference now underway in Rovaniemi, Timo Soini, Finland’s foreign affairs minister, summed up what many feel is a crucial element to international gatherings such as this.

“There must be a respect for Indigenous people’s cultural identity and...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 11:30 am

Alianait seeks applicants for 2018 festival

2018 to mark the 14th edition of Iqaluit art and music fest


Iqaluit’s Alianait arts festival is looking for a line-up of artists to take the stage at its 2018 event.

The festival is inviting both northern and southern performers to apply for a chance to come and play at next summer’s festival.

Northern performers may include artists from Canada’s four...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

What you read on from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12

Allegations against former CEO of Baffin Fisheries lead the news


Our most-read story of the week: a Nunavut fishing firm alleges its ex-CEO diverted $1.4 million into a towering new house.

Baffin Fisheries, owned by five Baffin hunters and trappers organizations, alleges their ex-CEO, Garth Reid, diverted $1.4 million of company money into construction of an...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 9:15 am

Offshore oil-gas assessment meetings in Iqaluit this week

Nunavut Impact Review Board hosts early scoping sessions over two nights


Iqaluit residents will get a chance to participate in public sessions this Nov. 15 and 16 for a big environmental review of oil and gas resources in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board will hold the meetings at the Roman Catholic parish hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. on each...

NEWS November 15, 2017 - 8:00 am

Next Nunavut MLAs confirm how they’ll choose premier, cabinet, Speaker

MLAs-in-waiting to pick new government with eight cabinet members, starting 10 a.m. Nov. 17


The members of Nunavut’s next legislative assembly will choose a new territorial government by secret ballot on Friday, Nov. 17, the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut confirmed Nov. 14, following behind-closed-doors caucus meetings that started last week.

For many months, the Nov. 17 date has been...

NEWS November 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Ottawa police to investigate death of Baker Lake man following police chase

Man, 23, took ATV and died after crashing it


A 23-year-old man, suspected to have been impaired, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Baker Lake after police gave chase to him, the Nunavut RCMP said Nov. 14 in a release.

Nunavut’s RCMP “V” Division said Baker Lake officers responded to calls during the late afternoon of Nov. 11...

NEWS November 14, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Arctic Finland’s newspaper seeks to boost online popularity

Lapin Kansa also features North Saami stories


ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—When you walk into the sleek and airy high-tech newsroom of Lapin Kansa, the newspaper serving Finland’s Arctic region, you feel as if you have stepped into a newsroom of the future.

But, despite its ultra-modern look and the obvious availability of high-speed internet, some of...

Nunavut's leadership forum, which will decide the government for Nunavut's fifth assembly, was quick out of the gate, Nov. 17, with the acclamation of Tununiq MLA-elect Joe Enook, as the next Speaker of the House.
Nunavut's leadership forum, which will decide the government for Nunavut's fifth assembly, was quick out of the gate, Nov. 17, with the acclamation of Tununiq MLA-elect Joe Enook, as the next Speaker of the House. "Let's get to work," Enook said as he took over presiding duties of the forum. Four candidates were nominated for the position of premier: Arviat's Joe Savikataaq, Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet's Cathy Towtongie, Aivilik's Patterk Netser and Aggu's Paul Quassa. The forum will continue over the course of the day with speeches by each candidate, followed by questions from MLA-elects, and the appointment of members to cabinet. Follow for updates. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)