After months of practicing with coach Ruth Roberts, Cambridge Bay speed skaters Nathan Maksagak, left, Joyce Evetalegak, centre, and Sasha Evetalegak are psyched up and ready to head to Yellowknife for the 2015 Speed Skating Territorials which take place this weekend. Other members of the team not pictured are Nykesha and Peyton Dyer-Aknavigak. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)
February 27, 2015 - 3:25 pm
Nunavut government hopes to increase debt cap to $750 million
Iqaluit MLA wants to know how the GN plans to pay it all back
The Government of Nunavut’s projected surplus of $23 million in its 2015-2016 budget, unveiled this week, might look good but Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes cautioned that the territory already owes $305 million in long-term debt, and hopes to increase its borrowing limit to $750 million in the...
February 27, 2015 - 11:59 am
Nunavut offender agrees to let cell-block footage go public
“He wanted everyone to see the video"
(Updated Feb. 27, 2015, 11:59 a.m., with excerpts of video footage)
Eetooloo Ejetsiak, the Iqaluit man depicted in cell-block security footage being manhandled by Iqaluit RCMP members, has waived his right to privacy so the video can be made public.
The video — which had been entered into...
February 27, 2015 - 11:40 am
Police ethics boss visits Nunavik, explains complaint process
“The sooner we receive the complaints, it’s a lot easier for us to do our job"
KUUJJUAQ — Quebec’s police ethics commissioner received 10 complaints from Nunavimmiut over the last year, a number that the office says is about average for the last few years.
But that number could rise following the commissioner’s first visit to the region in 25 years.
Quebec’s police ethics...
February 27, 2015 - 10:20 am
Review of Nunavut nurse scandal too narrow, ex- director says
“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external review”
A former regional director for the Government of Nunavut’s health department is questioning the scope and independence of the recently-announced external review into the 2012 death of baby Makibi Akesuk Timilak in Cape Dorset.
“People are not going to feel confident that this is a true external...
February 27, 2015 - 8:43 am
Five Nunavut hamlets bring water licences into line with federal standards
“There is still more work to do,” minister says
Nunavut’s minister of Community and Government Services, Tom Sammurtok, happily announced a small victory Feb. 26 in the big struggle to bring the waste management and water use practices of Nunavut hamlet’s into compliance with their water licences.
The federal department of Aboriginal Affairs...
February 27, 2015 - 7:39 am
Nunavut RCMP seize drugs, cash in Kitikmeot community
Two residents of Taloyoak charged with possession, trafficking marijuana
Police in Taloyoak have arrested and charged two people with drug possession and trafficking, Nunavut RCMP said Feb. 26.
On Feb. 23, the RCMP said that its members in Taloyoak executed a search warrant in a local residence as part of investigation into trafficking in the Kitikmeot...
February 27, 2015 - 6:53 am
Inuit prepare list of priorities for women and violence roundtable
"You can’t look the other way anymore”
With dozens of high-ranking delegates expected to attend today’s first roundtable discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Ottawa — all of them with their own priorities and political agendas — Terry Audla admits it’s a challenge to hope for change from a lot of talk.
February 27, 2015 - 5:55 am
Meet Nunavut’s overtime champs: health workers
In two years, health department paid out nearly $24M in overtime
Casual and permanent employees at Nunavut’s health department racked up nearly $24 million in overtime pay during the two-year period between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2014, a document tabled in the legislature reveals.
Finance Minister Keith Peterson tabled the document Feb. 24. It’s a written...
February 26, 2015 - 3:45 pm
Nunavut MLAs confused about caribou hunting ban
“My constituents want written confirmation of any limitation"
Moratorium? Where does it say that?
Two members of Nunavut’s legislature rose in the house this week to ask about the New Year’s Day interim ban on caribou hunting on Baffin island, and to get details about what’s going to happen next.
One even questioned whether the ban was in place at all,...
February 26, 2015 - 2:15 pm
KRG votes to dismiss senior Nunavik police officer
KRPF's deputy chief of operations alleged to have "discredited" police force with heavy drinking
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government council voted Feb. 26 to terminate a senior officer of its regional police force for unruly and dangerous behaviour.
In a resolution passed during council meetings in Kuujjuaq this week, councillors voted to dismiss the Kativik Regional Police...
February 26, 2015 - 8:18 am
Robbery arrests draw praise, concern from Iqaluit City Council
Armed hold-ups throughout city “seemed like they were progressing”
Iqaluit City Council commended police Feb. 24 for solving an unusual rash of store robberies over the past four months.
But councillors also wondered if such incidents could become commonplace, and asked the RCMP what the city can do to prevent more from happening.
“It’s of grave concern that...
February 26, 2015 - 7:00 am
Young scientists win big at Nunavik fair
“We were really hoping to win — and we won"
KUUJJUAQ — It was a lot to learn in a couple of days.
When you walked into the gym at Pitakallak school in Kuujjuaq this week, you might have discovered at what pressure balloons will pop, how stars are born or the impact of second hand smoke.
The Kativik School Board hosted its regional science...
February 26, 2015 - 6:09 am
First Air raises its country food shipping rate
But airline says it remains "the cheapest possible rate to ship cargo"
If you’re shipping country food to family and friends, shipping rates at the North’s two major airlines are now on par.
That’s since First Air bumped up its country food cargo rate this month to a base of $1.50 per kilogram. That’s the same rate already being charged by its major competitor,...
February 25, 2015 - 3:44 pm
Nunavut to spend more on health, education next fiscal year
“We see a Nunavut whose people are happy and whose education, skills and self-reliance give us an advantage”
In an cheery speech given Feb. 25 at the Nunavut legislature, Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson unveiled a budget for 2015-16 that will see Nunavut get more and spend more, especially on education, health, economic development and staff housing.
“We are driven by a vision. We see a Nunavut...
February 25, 2015 - 2:03 pm
Broken sewage trucks plague Nunavik communities too
“Even when you maintain them, they keep breaking down"
KUUJJUAQ — By the time three of Pond Inlet’s four sewage trucks had broken down, the north Baffin community had finally seen enough.
With sewage overflow frozen to the ground, and busted sewage tanks forcing some residents out of their homes, the hamlet called a state of emergency earlier this...
Elisapie Isaac, Salluit's first lady of song, sings to an appreciative audience outside Montreal's downtown Place des Arts centre Feb. 26 during a free concert as part of the Montréal en Lumière festival. The festival, which runs from mid-February to March 1, is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, according to its website. With art, dance, music and circus performances as well as food and wine elements on offer, the festival claims more than 1.3 million visits during its two week duration. Featured performers hail from Quebec, Canada and beyond and this year, include Bryan Adams. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)