Nunavut Arctic College nursing student Samantha Cooper, left, takes the blood pressure of teaching student Louisa Meeko March 6 as part of a Blood Training Blitz at Iqaluit's Nunatta campus. The event was a training exercise for first, third and fourth-year nursing students, while teaching students volunteered as their patients. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NAC)
March 06, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Nunavut legislature imposes lengthy suspension on Uqqummiut MLA
Samuel Nuqingaq booted for entire winter sitting; may face more sanctions
Nunavut MLAs voted March 6 to suspend Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq for the Nunavut legislature’s entire winter sitting, which runs March 6 to March 22.
After Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq moved to suspend him near the end of the assembly’s March 6 sitting, 16 members voted in favour.
March 06, 2014 - 3:22 pm
Nunavut coroner’s office looking at all 2013 deaths by suicide
Only three cases chosen for public inquest will hear family testimony
Part of the Nunavut coroner’s office inquest into the record number of suicides in 2013 will include a review of all 45 deaths by suicides — and not just the three cases that will be targeted by the public inquest planned for later this year, the territory’s chief coroner clarified this week.
March 06, 2014 - 1:35 pm
Wildlife board considers further reduction of Southampton caribou harvest
Herd is one-quarter of what it was in 1997
The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board is seeking public input on whether to further decrease the total allowable harvest for Southampton Island caribou.
The Government of Nunavut’s environment department and the Coral Harbour Hunters and Trappers Organization agree the TAH should go down from the...
March 06, 2014 - 12:11 pm
NTI president won’t apologize for comments about Iqaluit’s rainbow flag
“If Nunavut is to be truly an open society, than we need to communicate”
Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., says she will not apologize for remarks made about the rainbow flag raised at Iqaluit city hall last month.
At an Iqaluit meeting of Baffin mayors March 5, Towtongie commended Iqaluit city councillor Simon Nattaq for speaking out against...
March 06, 2014 - 12:06 pm
NTI president responds to letter on rainbow flag comments
"We need to openly discussed the issue of sexual orientation without fear"
I feel honoured that you wrote me this letter, Laakkuluk.
My comments were to commend Simon Nattaq at the mayors’ forum. I said as an Elder within the Inuit prevailing authority… that consensus is sought for, as a dynamic democracy.
Those were my comments, as a young Inuit person like...
March 06, 2014 - 11:17 am
Inuit resident denounces NTI president’s opposition to rainbow flag
“I am in complete shock that you would use your capacity as president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to spread such prejudice”
This morning [March 6] on CBC radio, I heard your discouraging comments about the raising of the pride flag at Iqaluit City Hall and furthering this by saying that homosexuality is not a part of Inuit culture.
I am in complete shock that you would use your capacity as president of Nunavut...
March 06, 2014 - 8:31 am
Giant virus emerges from Siberia’s melting permafrost
"Important implications in terms of public health risks"
Researchers have uncovered a new type of giant virus, dubbed “Pithovirus,” from the frozen ground of north-eastern Siberia, Le centre national de la recherche scientifique, France’s major science research centre, said March 4.
The remains of mammoths and other large mammals, which roamed Arctic...
March 06, 2014 - 7:35 am
Language, culture are top Nunavimmiut concerns, Parnasimautik consultation finds
Final Parnasimautik report expected mid-2014
The need to protect and promote Inuit language, culture and identity was identified as a clear priority in the Parnasimautik consultations that visited each and every Nunavik community in 2013 for feedback on a plan for Nunavik’s future development.
The Kativik Regional Government and the Makivik...
March 05, 2014 - 4:43 pm
Firm hiring for Nunavut seismic testing, but project not yet approved
Consortium cites short hiring window for timing of advertisement
Updated March 5, 4:45 p.m.
The mayor of Clyde River is wondering why the consortium that wants to conduct seismic testing off the east coast of Baffin Island is hiring people when it hasn’t received approval for the project yet.
This makes him wonder if they know something he doesn’t.
March 05, 2014 - 2:50 pm
Nunavut Search and Rescue calls for added land and water support
“I’m very concerned,” says Ed Zebedee
Nunavut needs to get expanded search and rescue capability on the sea as well as on land, says the head of the territorial government’s search and rescue unit.
The territory’s waters are covered by no more than five Canadian Coast Guard vessels in the ice-free season and three volunteer auxiliary...
March 05, 2014 - 12:33 pm
Trekking, unassisted, from Kugaaruk to Greenland
"This particular journey is one he’s been planning for several years"
Fancy a walk to Greenland?
Vincent Cochin does.
The 29-year-old French adventurer began an 80-day trek from Kugaaruk, Nunavut to Qaanaaq, Greenland on March 3.
Cochin is trying to break the record for the longest unassisted, unsupported polar journey — that means no resupplies, no dog sled,...
March 05, 2014 - 12:16 pm
Quebeckers head back to the polls April 7
Ungava MNA Luc Ferland — who represents Nunavik — will run again
After weeks of speculation, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois called a provincial election that will send Nunavimmiut back to the polls April 7.
The Quebec election will happen only 19 months after the province’s last election on Sept. 4, 2012, which shut out then-premier Jean Charest and his...
March 05, 2014 - 8:03 am
Nunavut MLAs to ponder capital budget, hear throne speech
“Education has been at the forefront of the majority of conversations"
Nunavummiut will soon learn how much money the Government of Nunavut plans to spend on construction projects this fiscal year, when the fourth legislative assembly resumes March 6.
That’s because the GN’s 2014-2015 capital budget will be one of the biggest items on the assembly’s agenda. ...
The recently-elected MLA for Rankin Inlet South, Alexander Sammurtok, with Commissioner Edna Elias March 6 at his swearing-in ceremony, held inside the legislative assembly building in Iqaluit. Sammurtok beat ex-MLA Lorne Kusugak in a by-election this past February. The legislative assembly is to resume sitting at 1:30 p.m. March 6. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)