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The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut has lowered its flags to half-mast to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist who was standing on guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Oct. 22 when he was shot by a gunman at around 10 a.m. Ottawa's downtown core remained on lockdown for most of the day Wednesday. The gunman, who was later shot and killed after he made his way into Centre Block on Parliament Hill with a rifle, has been identified as Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut has lowered its flags to half-mast to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist who was standing on guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Oct. 22 when he was shot by a gunman at around 10 a.m. Ottawa's downtown core remained on lockdown for most of the day Wednesday. The gunman, who was later shot and killed after he made his way into Centre Block on Parliament Hill with a rifle, has been identified as Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS October 23, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Mental health key to reducing crime: NTI state of Inuit culture report

Report slams territory's "continuing lack of basic infrastructure and resources to care for its citizens"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Much more prevention and early intervention to improve the mental health of Inuit: that’s what must be done to keep at-risk Nunavummiut out of the territory’s overburdened justice system and jails, says a Nunavut Tunngavik report called “Examining the justice system in Nunavut,”...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Jury acquits Nunavut man accused of killing his brother

Ruben Arnakallak of Pond Inlet now a free man following five-week re-trial

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Pond Inlet jury deliberated for nine hours Oct. 17 before finding a man not guilty of killing his older brother in 2011.

The re-trial of Ruben Arnakallak, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Esa Arnakallak, wrapped up in Pond Inlet last week after five weeks.

A summary of the...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 10:30 am

Nunavut needs big waste management overhaul, MLA says

“Protecting our environment becomes more critical with each passing day”

PETER VARGA

It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and Pat Angnakak, the MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, made the most of it by calling on the Government of Nunavut to implement recycling programs in the territory.

“Waste Reduction Week runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26 across the country,” Angnakak said in the...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 8:17 am

New Iqaluit airport dominates Nunavut’s capital budget

Of $205.6 million in capital spending, Iqaluit airport eats up $77.3 million

PETER VARGA

Of the $205.6 million that Government of Nunavut officials plan to spend on capital projects next year, they’ll spend a whopping $77.3 million on their Iqaluit airport project, the GN’s main estimates reveal.

About 40 per cent of the territory’s capital budget for 2015-16 — $81.4 million — will go...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 7:12 am

Nunavik to follow Quebec’s response plan for Ebola virus

Health officials say risk remains "very low"

SARAH ROGERS

Should the Nunavik region ever have to deal with a case of infection by the Ebola virus, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services says it will follow Quebec’s response plan.

In West Africa, the largest Ebola epidemic in history has infected more than 9,000 people and killed at...

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NEWS October 23, 2014 - 5:56 am

Iqaluit water licence needs full screening: NIRB to Ottawa

City's water licence too complex, requires public input, Nunavut board says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board shot back at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Oct. 21 saying the board must conduct a full screening of Iqaluit’s new water licence because of the potential impact and complexity of the city’s proposal.

The debate centres on the interpretation of...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Nunavut women, elders call for end to overcrowded homes, domestic violence

"It is not safe at times. We are running out of options to stop the abuse"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — We need safer, healthier living conditions — this was the message from two delegates representing women and elders at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 22 in Cambridge Bay.

Improved housing, food security and domestic peace were at the top of the list of needs...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

First Nations Bank opens kiosk in Pond Inlet

Bank now eyeing a fourth centre in Kugluktuk in 2015

SARAH ROGERS

Residents of Pond Inlet can now bank on local financial services after the First Nations Bank of Canada opened a kiosk this week in the north Baffin community.

First Nations Bank, which specializes in banking in small Aboriginal communities, inaugurated its new Community Banking Centre Oct. 22 at...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Ottawa Inuit, northerners say they’re safe in wake of shooting incidents

"Those halls that always felt so safe and hallowed will never feel the same again."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated 3:45 p.m., Oct. 22)

Inuit and northern people who work in and around Parliament Hill all say they’re safe, amidst a series of shooting incidents Oct. 22 at the National War Memorial and the Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Nunavut fuel prices won’t go up, CGS minister says

Legislature to consider repeat of one-time home fuel rebate

PETER VARGA AND THOMAS ROHNER

Fuel prices in Nunavut will not increase this winter, Tom Sammurtok, the minister of Community and Government Services said in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Oct. 21.

Sammurtok made the announcement during the first day of the second session of Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly.

Sammurtok...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 9:57 am

Iqaluit MLA wants plebiscite on proposed beer, wine store

Finance minister not ready to say yes or no to a public vote

PETER VARGA

The Government of Nunavut should run a plebisicite to decide whether it should open a beer and wine store in Iqaluit, Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu, said Oct. 21.

But Keith Peterson, the minister of finance, said the government cannot commit to a plebiscite on the issue until after it...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 9:01 am

Nunavut MLAs censure South Baffin member for drunk driving conviction

“The blame lies entirely with me,” David Joanasie says

PETER VARGA

Nunavut’s legislative assembly reprimanded South Baffin MLA, David Joanasie, Oct. 21, for a drunk driving charge stemming from an incident in Prince Edward Island this past summer.

MLAs voted unanimously to censure Joanasie on the first day of the assembly’s fall session.

The censure amounts to...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 8:00 am

Arctic airlines survive with little support, First Air boss says

"There is not much economic about flying to and within the Arctic"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A First Air executive said Oct. 20 that the northern airline industry is not economically viable and that the federal government should do a lot more to improve airport and air safety infrastructure across the North.

Bert van der Stege, the airline’s vice president-commercial, told an Oct. 20 gala...

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NEWS October 22, 2014 - 7:01 am

NTI delegates want united support for Clyde River seismic testing appeal

"This is about the livelihood of the people — the impact will be substantial"

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY — Delegates at NTI’s annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay Oct. 21 called on Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to support Clyde River in the community’s fight against seismic testing.

That’s when Kono Tattuinee of Arviat, a delegate for the Kivalliq Inuit Association, and Levi Barnabas of...

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NEWS October 21, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Two Nunavut homicide cases put over to November

Steven Akittirq and Jeffrey Killikte will appear again in Iqaluit Nov. 25

THOMAS ROHNER

Nunavut’s criminal court in Iqaluit adjourned two high-profile homicide cases Oct. 21, pending full disclosures from Crown prosecutors.

Defence lawyer Alison Crowe requested a one-month adjournment in the case of Steven Akittirq, who is accused of first degree murder in an incident alleged to have...

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Joe Enook, MLA for Tununiq and chair the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut’s committee of the whole, left, directs member’s questions Oct. 22 during a review of the territorial government’s $205-million capital budget estimates for 2015-2016. The government is proposing to spend more than one third of that money on a new airport in Iqaluit. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
Joe Enook, MLA for Tununiq and chair the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut’s committee of the whole, left, directs member’s questions Oct. 22 during a review of the territorial government’s $205-million capital budget estimates for 2015-2016. The government is proposing to spend more than one third of that money on a new airport in Iqaluit. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

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