This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS image of Arctic sea ice from the Canadian Ice Service combines satellite data from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, 2015 to show you what's still frozen here. Sea ice extent usually hits its annual minimum extent in September. According to sites that monitor such things, the minimum ice extent is currently tracking below that of the last five years. The Northern Sea Route is currently open water while the Northwest Passage remains clogged with ice, as is evident in the above photo. This year's maximum ice extent — the lowest on record at 14.54 million square kilometres — occured on Feb. 25, 2015. The CIS says average air temperatures in the eastern Arctic were near normal for most of August and predicts temperatures from now into September will be above normal over most locations except southwestern Baffin Bay.
August 28, 2015 - 4:01 pm
New Nunavut hotel will funnel profits into local charity
“We have lots of dreams”
More rooms. More visitors. More money — at least that’s the hope behind the construction of a new hotel in Clyde River by the non-profit Ilisaqsivik Society.
The Naujaaraaluit Hotel, owned and operated by Tukumaaq Inc., a subsidiary of Ilisaqsivik, is meant to address critical issues in the north...
August 28, 2015 - 3:59 pm
Nunavut murder accused pleads to manslaughter
Kimmirut homicide case covered by unusual publication ban
Pauloosie Padluq, of Kimmirut, pleaded guilty to manslaughter before Justice Bonnie Tulloch at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit Aug. 27 in connection with a death in his home community on Sept. 2, 2014.
The identity of the victim appears to be protected by a publication ban ordered by a...
August 28, 2015 - 2:41 pm
Legal Ease, Aug. 28
Suppose you have been charged with an offence.
You have some options. You can argue that the prosecution cannot prove you are guilty or that you didn’t do anything wrong — which means you probably will have a trial — or you can agree you did commit the offence — which means you plead guilty.
August 28, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Nunavut court: father jailed for firearm assault on child
Dad, 39, threatens to use .375-calibre rifle to shoot seven-year-old in the head
An Arctic Bay dad who kicked his seven-year old son in the stomach and pressed the barrel of a large calibre rifle against the child’s head, threatening to shoot him, deserves a sentence of 60 weeks in jail, Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled in a judgment released Aug. 28.
In doing so, Kilpatrick...
August 28, 2015 - 11:49 am
Inuit youth set a course for future under new leader
"Disappointment has turned into determination to try to address some of the intergenerational affects of our history"
After five days of debating issues, sharing stories, reconnecting with elders, and lamenting about colonial influences, the decline of Inuktitut and the lack of a northern university, it’s time now to put those thoughts into action, says Maatalii Okalik.
Okalik, the newly-elected president of the...
August 28, 2015 - 9:36 am
Western Nunavut airline, GN still in court over 2011 contract beef
Adlair Aviation Ltd. seeks damages, termination of current medevac deal
Nearly four years after the the Government of Nunavut ended a contract for emergency medical travel with Adlair Aviation Ltd. of Cambridge Bay and gave it to a new company — and three years after Adlair filed a lawsuit against the GN — lawyers from Adlair and the GN faced off last week at the...
August 28, 2015 - 8:08 am
Open letter to City of Iqaluit and RCMP
"I am appalled."
At between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, I heard someone on my deck, but I hadn’t heard a knock on the door.
So, I went outside to see who it was.
There was a man on my deck. He was very intoxicated. He said that we had gone to primary school together. Although I didn’t recognize...
August 28, 2015 - 7:00 am
Pan-Arctic summit recommends Roman orthography for the Inuit language
Terry Audla: “Inuit in the circumpolar world are all the same people, and we use the same language"
The Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq group will recommend a shift to Roman orthography for all written Inuktut, following the Aug. 26 conclusion of a summit in Iqaluit that brought together numerous representatives from the Inuktut-speaking world.
They’ll present the draft to the National Committee on...
August 27, 2015 - 3:59 pm
The ITK presidential contest: Natan Obed
"I’m at a point in my career where I feel I have the ability to take on this responsibility"
Nunatsiaq News has published candidate profiles this week, in alphabetical order, for the three people contesting the president’s position at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. ITK members and delegates will choose a winner at a general meeting to be held Sept. 17 in Cambridge Bay.
For Natan Obed it’s time...
August 27, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Final arguments in Nunavut murder case adjourned to October
Peter Kingwatsiak on trial for killing his step-brother Mappaluk Adla in 2010
Lawyers were supposed to gather at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit to present final arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Peter Kingwatsiak Aug. 27, but instead of going ahead, Justice Bonnie Tulloch has put the matter over to October.
Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous and defence...
August 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
Western Nunavut caribou herds continue decline: preliminary survey report
Observations of Bathurst and Bluenose-East calving grounds "consistent with a natural declining trend"
New preliminary survey results on the Barrenland caribou herds that roam western Nunavut and the Northwest Territories point to continuing declines in these herds’ numbers.
This past June, survey teams with representatives from the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the Tlicho...
August 27, 2015 - 8:31 am
Iqaluit boaters, disabled craft ride home on Coast Guard ship
Coast Guard releases more info on Ward Inlet rescue
After spending the night in their disabled aluminum boat Aug. 20, awaiting rescue from the Canadian Coast Guard, four Iqaluit boaters and their disabled craft returned home aboard the icebreaker CCGS George R. Pearkes, the Coast Guard said in information released Aug. 26.
The Coast Guard said the...
August 27, 2015 - 7:15 am
Iqaluit to move eyesore fuel drums off the beach
“Unused oil drums are a hazard for people and the environment”
If you don’t use it, then lose it — that’s a warning from the city ahead of their new cleanup campaign for oil drums on the Iqaluit beach.
The City of Iqaluit, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Nunavut’s Department of Environment will remove all oil drums remaining on the beach between the...
August 26, 2015 - 4:02 pm
Nunavut man jailed for vengeance-based sex attack on step-daughter
"S.N. decides to do what he has been accused of doing. This would be his revenge"
A 32-year-old Nunavut man who sexually abused his 15-year-old step-daughter in an act of vengeance against his estranged common-law spouse has received an 18-month jail sentence.
That’s six months more than the minimum sentence set by the Criminal Code for the offence of sexual interference.
The first guests to stay at Clyde River's new Naujaaraaluit Hotel pose recently in the dining area. But it's more than just a hotel. Naujaaraaluit is something called a social enterprise — a business whose profits are funnelled 100 per cent into a charitable organization. In this case, the money goes to Ilisaqsivik, an award-winning, Inuit-run charity in Clyde River that offers dozens of community-based health and wellness programs for children, families, men, women and elders. With a shortage of hotel rooms in town, Ilisaqsivik decided to start up a hotel which they hope will provide much-needed core funding. In this photo are, standing, from left, Josie Pitseolak, Jimmy Paton, Pitsiula Michael, Asenath Ataguttak, Meleah Nookiguak and Elisapee Quassa. Sitting are Terry Garchinski and Eena Kooneeliusie. See story later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ILISAQSIVIK)