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To our readers and advertisers: an August long weekend message. To give our staff time to enjoy the August civic holiday, in effect today across most of Canada, we will not publish any online stories Aug. 3 and our offices will close for the day. We will resume normal hours Aug. 4. If you happen to live in a jurisdiction where today is a holiday, enjoy your day off! (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
To our readers and advertisers: an August long weekend message. To give our staff time to enjoy the August civic holiday, in effect today across most of Canada, we will not publish any online stories Aug. 3 and our offices will close for the day. We will resume normal hours Aug. 4. If you happen to live in a jurisdiction where today is a holiday, enjoy your day off! (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS July 31, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Nunavik gets $26 million to renew satellite internet services

But region still looks to fibre optics to improve "lagging" internet speeds

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Government has received $26 million from provincial and federal governments to help extend basic internet service through its Tamaani service provider.

Quebec and Ottawa announced the funds in Quebec City July 30 — money that will renew satellite broadband service in the...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut woman accused of second-degree murder denied bail

Farrah Siakuluk, 32, faces charges related to death of Manasie Qamaniq

THOMAS ROHNER

The Nunavut Court of Justice denied bail July 31, at least for now, to an Igloolik woman charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2013 death of her partner.

Farrah Siakuluk, 32, appeared before Justice Earl Johnson in an Iqaluit courtroom July 31 for a bail hearing on two charges:...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Rankin Inlet man charged with second degree murder

26-year-old man died July 30

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

(Updated July 31)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the second degree murder of another man in Rankin Inlet.

At around 7 a.m. July 30, police and Rankin Inlet Emergency Medical Services “responded to a report of a male in medical distress,” Nunavut RCMP said.

The 26-year-old...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 11:00 am

Nunavut Liberal candidate praises port, dumps on Aglukkaq

Hunter Tootoo: “a decade of neglect and underfunding from the Harper/Aglukkaq regime”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Though he supports the Conservative government’s plan to help pay for a deep sea port at Iqaluit, Nunavut Liberal candidate Hunter Tootoo lashed out at the “Harper/Aglukkaq regime” July 31, accusing them of ignoring the territory’s infrastructure needs for years.

“Nunavut greatly suffers from a...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 9:30 am

Gold mine operator’s updated FEIS conforms, Nunavut regulator finds

Mine's proposed expansion now under review

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has okayed Agnico Eagle Mines’ latest environmental impact submission to expand its Meadowbank gold mine operations, and launched a public review of the project.

Last summer, Agnico Eagle proposed to expand Meadowbank’s Vault Pit operations southwest into nearby...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 8:35 am

Researcher studying unique food web in western Nunavut waters

“From what I’ve experienced to now, this community is amazing"

LISA GREGOIRE

Who eats what? When? And how much?

These are the kinds of questions that keep marine biologists up at night.

Well, maybe not up at night, but busy, at least.

Marianne Falardeau has been busy for the past month in Cambridge Bay — catching fish, scooping up zooplankton, collecting fish and marine...

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NEWS July 31, 2015 - 6:04 am

Nunavut police investigate sudden death of Iqaluit infant

Baby arrived unresponsive at Iqaluit's Qikiqtani General Hospital July 29

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Nunavut RCMP are investing the sudden death of an infant in the territory’s capital.

Police were called to Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital July 29 just after 4:30 p.m., where the infant had arrived unresponsive some time earlier, the RCMP said July 30.

Police did not provide...

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NEWS July 30, 2015 - 4:45 pm

As election campaign looms, Aglukkaq announces Iqaluit port scheme

Long-awaited marine project includes small-craft harbour, deep sea port

THOMAS ROHNER

(Updated 9:00 a.m., July 31)

You might want to call it convenient timing because of the federal election campaign that could be launched as early as this weekend.

But Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq announced in Iqaluit July 30 that Ottawa will pay for 75 per cent of a marine infrastructure project in...

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NEWS July 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Inuit org boss heaps praise on Valcourt’s NNC re-announcement

NTI wants in on the NNC decision-making process

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cathy Towtongie, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., said July 30 that she welcomes a move re-announced by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt on July 27 that would list Nutrition North Canada savings on sales receipts next year.

“Minister Valcourt’s decision...

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NEWS July 30, 2015 - 9:09 am

Owners of Iqaluit’s iconic cafe reminisce before moving on

"Whether you sat at that table or this table, everyone got involved in the conversation”

DAVID MURPHY

Iqaluit’s Grind and Brew is for sale.

That’s not breaking news — many in the city have seen the “For Sale” sign tacked onto Brian Twerdin and Elisapee Sheutiapik’s iconic beach-front business for a while now.

As much as the pair have enjoyed running the café for more than 15 years, they say...

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NEWS July 30, 2015 - 7:35 am

Nunavut walrus tests positive for trichinella, GN warns

“We advise all hunters to test walrus prior to consuming"

SARAH ROGERS

A walrus recently hunted in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region tested positive for trichinella this week, prompting health officials to issue a warning.

The Government of Nunavut’s health department is advising any Nunavummiut who have recently eaten uncooked walrus to note any adverse reactions and report...

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NEWS July 30, 2015 - 6:04 am

Nunavik rare earths project moves to feasibility study phase

"Quest is poised to ultimately meet that demand"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s one of the few commodities in demand among global metal markets — and Nunavik could see its first rare earth mine go into production as early as 2019.

Montreal-based Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. has proposed a project that would mine more than 350,000 tonnes of rare earth concentrate each year...

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NEWS July 29, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Old vehicles can go to the Iqaluit dump again, for a fee

City of Iqaluit disposal permits needed to junk that old snowmobile

THOMAS ROHNER

The smoke from Iqaluit’s infamous 2014 dump fire — dubbed “dumpcano” by some residents — may have cleared a year ago, but City of Iqaluit officials are still taking steps to restore full service at the dump site.

Beginning Aug. 1, Iqalungmiut can bring end-of-life vehicles, including cars,...

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NEWS July 29, 2015 - 11:55 am

Judge blocks Nunavut lawyers from pursuing complaints against JP

Pair of lawyers don’t have legal standing for review of 2014 JP disciplinary ruling

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two Nunavut lawyers don’t have standing to seek a judicial review of a disciplinary decision issued last year into the conduct of a justice of the peace in Cambridge Bay, Justice Vital Ouellette has ruled.

The two lawyers, Tamara Fairchild and Clare Henderson, wanted the Nunavut Court of Justice...

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NEWS July 29, 2015 - 7:45 am

Nunavut offers tourism development funds to communities

Organizations and businesses may apply for up to $150K in tourism readiness projects

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut organizations and businesses are now eligible for money from a new territorial tourism program, the Government of Nunavut announced last week.

The newly-launched Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program aims to support local infrastructure and tourism readiness, by helping...

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NEWS July 29, 2015 - 6:00 am

Nutrition North subsidies to be added to receipts by next April: AANDC

"[It's] an important and needed step to show clear transparency"

SARAH ROGERS

By next spring, shoppers in Nunavut and Nunavik will be able to see their Nutrition North savings on their sales receipts.

Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, announced July 27 that a point-of-sale system will be made mandatory for Nutrition North...

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Nunavik's social circus program, Cirqiniq, wrapped up its summer camp in Kangiqsualujjuaq July 27 with a community performance. Cirqiniq's youth performers teamed up with the Pivallianiq program and its streetworker Shatterstar, who brought street dancing to the week-long workshop.
Nunavik's social circus program, Cirqiniq, wrapped up its summer camp in Kangiqsualujjuaq July 27 with a community performance. Cirqiniq's youth performers teamed up with the Pivallianiq program and its streetworker Shatterstar, who brought street dancing to the week-long workshop. "We showed that cooperation and motivation were the keys to exceptional projects showcasing the talent of our youth," said Shatterstar, otherwise known as Yves Soglo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PIVALLIANIQ)

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