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Artists from across Nunavut come together from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26 in Cambridge Bay to make, learn and sell traditional artwork, like this polar bear being carved outside the community hall in Cambridge Bay. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)
Artists from across Nunavut come together from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26 in Cambridge Bay to make, learn and sell traditional artwork, like this polar bear being carved outside the community hall in Cambridge Bay. (PHOTO BY KELCEY WRIGHT)
NEWS August 27, 2014 - 8:29 am

Iqaluit city councillors divided over by-election, cost of acting mayor

Proposal to choose mayor in by-election dies by one vote

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit’s acting mayor will remain a bargain for taxpayers for the time being.

Council narrowly voted down a motion Aug. 26 for a $90,000 election to choose a full-time mayor with a $109,000 starting salary to fill the position until the next municipal general election in October 2015. (See...

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NEWS August 27, 2014 - 6:53 am

StatsCan: state of Inuit health declined after 2001

One in five go hungry because they can’t afford to buy food

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Only 45 per cent of Inuit in 2012 reported they were in excellent or very good health, down from 56 per cent in 2001, Statistics Canada said in a report released Aug. 26.

In comparison, 63 per cent of the entire Canadian population reported excellent or very good health.

And 14 per cent of Inuit...

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NEWS August 26, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Iqaluit fitness rally draws prime minister, star Olympians

Nunavut sports and recreation gets celebrity support from two groups

PETER VARGA

A visit from three Olympic gold medalists seemed like enough star power for a day.

But that wouldn’t quite do at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, Aug. 25, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in to lend a hand at an afternoon-long promotion of sports and recreation for youth.

The prime minister’s...

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NEWS August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut artists create, learn and sell in Cambridge Bay

Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association holds 15th annual festival

KELCEY WRIGHT

Kidlapik Paniloo and Alina Tungilik sat at a grey, plastic table full of traditional jewelry, carvings and gloves for sale on the afternoon of August 25.

“I’ve really enjoyed [the festival], said Paniloo, from Taloyoak.

“I’ve seen it take place in Iqaluit, but this was a good chance to get the...

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NEWS August 26, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Nunavut’s most notorious dump fire could be put out soon

Firefighters to start sea water fire suppression Aug. 27

THOMAS ROHNER

After 97 days of griping, foul wind, national media attention, air quality monitoring, fear of toxic contamination and continuous health advisories, residents of Nunavut’s capital city can now start counting down the days to when their notorious dump fire is likely to be extinguished.

Efforts...

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NEWS August 26, 2014 - 10:44 am

Ottawa confirms five-year broadband subsidy extension for Nunavut, Nunavik

Subsidies will keep Arctic internet from collapsing after 2016

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Industry Canada confirmed Aug. 25 that they’ll continue to subsidize broadband internet for about 12,000 households in Nunavut and Nunavik through $50 million in spending over five years.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the spending, which will start in 2015-16, during a visit to Pond...

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LETTERS August 25, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Does Iqaluit need camo-clad peace officers in counter-insurgency gear?

"There’s a time and place — and age — for playing cowboy"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I spent a summer on a ranch in High River, Alta. riding fence and branding and castrating yearling steers when I was 16, and made the embarrassing mistake of trying to mimic my cowboy heroes by keeping my chaps on when we drove the pickup downtown for hamburgers.

The cowboys said “Um… we don’t...

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NEWS August 25, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Women in Action group raises $90,000 in second walk for cancer

“People of Whale Cove really set the tone at the start for us"

THOMAS ROHNER

This year’s Steps of Hope campaign wrapped up Aug. 19 when Edna Elias, Commissioner of Nunavut, presented a $90,000 cheque for breast cancer research to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

The campaign, which saw four women trek 113 km from Whale Cove to Rankin Inlet over three days in May...

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LETTERS August 25, 2014 - 12:33 pm

ITK president responds to Aug. 20 editorial

"Inuit organizations are now more directly eligible to access public-private investments"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In the same way that public governments are accountable to voters and constituents, Inuit organizations across Inuit Nunangat are responsible and accountable to Inuit beneficiaries.

With elected leadership responding to the interests of people, Inuit organizations such as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.,...

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NEWS August 25, 2014 - 7:17 am

Study probes link between climate change, contaminants in Arctic wildlife

Are whales, seals ingesting more toxic chemicals?

THOMAS ROHNER

If you live in the North and love eating seal and beluga, but wonder whether they contain harmful contaminants, a new research project may offer more knowledge.

That’s because this new, well-funded study plans to look at whether climate change is increasing levels of contaminants in ringed seals...

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NEWS August 25, 2014 - 5:58 am

Nunavik mine site turbine ready to catch wind

"We hope this technology can be of benefit to all of Nunavik"

SARAH ROGERS

The construction of Nunavik’s newest and possibly tallest structure is complete — a hulking 120-metre (393 foot) high wind turbine, with blades extending 40 metres from the turbine’s centre.

The new turbine is the work of Glencore, which owns the Raglan nickel mine, located about 100 kilometres...

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NEWS August 22, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Iqaluit fire department lines up info session on dump-dousing plan

Firefighting contractor will share details with Iqalummiut

PETER VARGA

Iqaluit residents can learn more about the city’s plans to extinguish the three-month-old dump fire in a public information session Aug. 25.

The fire department will host the meeting with Hellfire Suppression Services Inc., an Alberta-based industrial firefighting company recently contracted to...

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NEWS August 22, 2014 - 3:41 pm

NDP leader Mulcair, MP Romeo Saganash, to visit Nunavut next month

Leader of official opposition to host town hall Sept. 2 in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit residents will get a chance to talk to Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons, and Romeo Saganash, the New Democratic Party member for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, at a public town hall meeting Sept. 2 at Iqaluit’s francophone centre.

Billed as a...

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About 50 people turned up to an evening public meeting in Iqaluit Aug. 25 to hear how the City of Iqaluit hopes to extinguish its dump fire, which has been burning for nearly 100 days. Residents expressed concerns and frustration, but also relief and gratitude that the fire will soon be put out. Iqaluit Fire Chief Luc Grandmaison said he expects to begin dousing the smouldering dump with sea water on Aug. 27 and that residents should not be alarmed when they see plumes of white smoke billowing from the site. Above, officials answer questions at the meeting. From left: Matthew Hamp, Iqaluit director of engineering, Eric Jacobsen, from Tower Arctic Ltd., Grandmaison and Ryan Stambaugh from Hellfire Suppression Services Ltd. Tower Arctic and Hellfire have been contracted to help with the project. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.com. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
About 50 people turned up to an evening public meeting in Iqaluit Aug. 25 to hear how the City of Iqaluit hopes to extinguish its dump fire, which has been burning for nearly 100 days. Residents expressed concerns and frustration, but also relief and gratitude that the fire will soon be put out. Iqaluit Fire Chief Luc Grandmaison said he expects to begin dousing the smouldering dump with sea water on Aug. 27 and that residents should not be alarmed when they see plumes of white smoke billowing from the site. Above, officials answer questions at the meeting. From left: Matthew Hamp, Iqaluit director of engineering, Eric Jacobsen, from Tower Arctic Ltd., Grandmaison and Ryan Stambaugh from Hellfire Suppression Services Ltd. Tower Arctic and Hellfire have been contracted to help with the project. See story later on nunatsiaqonline.com. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

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