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Got your tickets yet? Alianait's big top in front of Nakasuk School is going up today and it heralds the start of Nunavut's biggest annual music festival in Iqaluit. Set to unfold from Wed., June 29 to Sun., July 3, this year's line-up will feature local and visiting musicians, songwriters, dancers, actors and other performers from rock, pop and blues music to traditional Inuktitut folk and all styles in between. Go to alianait.ca for more details or to download the festival's
Got your tickets yet? Alianait's big top in front of Nakasuk School is going up today and it heralds the start of Nunavut's biggest annual music festival in Iqaluit. Set to unfold from Wed., June 29 to Sun., July 3, this year's line-up will feature local and visiting musicians, songwriters, dancers, actors and other performers from rock, pop and blues music to traditional Inuktitut folk and all styles in between. Go to alianait.ca for more details or to download the festival's "pocket guide." The first concert is slated for Nakasuk School June 29 at 7 p.m. Watch also for Inuit games, films and children's events over the next five days. You can buy tickets online or at Ventures Marketplace. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
NEWS June 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut government pitches big changes to welfare policy

With 39 per cent of population on welfare, government wants simpler system, more incentives to work

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut’s welfare, or “income assistance,” system is too complicated and throws up too many barriers that reduce incentives to work or train, a GN report released last week has found.

To fix that, the report, released June 23 and entitled Reducing dependence. Supporting......

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 3:15 pm

More changes at QEC, as chairperson resigns

Julie-Anne Miller leaves; Elijah Evaluarjuk steps in as interim chair

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Qulliq Energy Corp. is facing more changes to its senior ranks, with the resignation of the organization’s chairperson last week.

Julie-Anne Miller resigned as chair of the QEC June 20, the corporation said in a June 24 release.

In her absence, the board’s vice-chair Elijah Evaluarjuk has been...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm

Nunavut Housing Corp. will fix flooded Rankin Inlet home

Local housing org will raise house, pour gravel into flood-prone lot

SARAH ROGERS

The Nunavut Housing Corp. says a Rankin Inlet home that faces regular flooding each spring is scheduled for renovations this year.

Mary-Rose Angoshadluk sent a photo of the social housing unit her elderly mother lives in to Nunatsiaq News last week.

The bungalow is pictured surrounded by water,...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Nunavik hotel manager faces allegations of workplace harassment, abuse

“I don’t like what he’s doing to us"

SARAH ROGERS

A manager at the co-op hotel in Puvirnituq is no longer employed after allegations that he sexually harassed a number of staff members.

Housekeeping staff at the Nunavik hotel allege the man propositioned sex from female staff, some of them minors. The women also accuse him of inappropriate...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 11:30 am

First Air drops one flight, adds another

Airline will no longer serve Coral Harbour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air will drop flights from Iqaluit to Coral Harbour and add additional connections to Cape Dorset, the airline announced June 27.

The airline will stop its three-times-a-week service to Coral Harbour July 14, leaving its partner airline Calm Air to service the Kivalliq community.

“This...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Western Nunavut man steps up to fix damage caused by vandals

Terry Aknavigak donates new basketball hoop for community court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Youth in Cambridge Bay have a new basketball hoop on their community’s court, replacing one that vandals, who spray-painted the words “No more ball court,” destroyed earlier this month.

“This is for the kids enjoyment of playing, not vandalizing. If you see anyone caught vandalizing my hoop,...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 8:30 am

Next big Nunavik health survey postponed to summer 2017

Qanuilirpitaa shipborne health survey follows 2004's Qanuippitaa survey

DAVID MURPHY

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — The second edition of the massive Inuit health survey in Nunavik has been delayed.

That’s because the research icebreaker, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Amundsen, from which researchers collect data, is not available for this coming August and September.

The...

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NEWS June 28, 2016 - 7:00 am

Nursing body strips former Nunavut health administrator of supervisory duties

Heather Hackney, supervisor during Baby Makibi scandal, gets five-year nursing restriction

THOMAS ROHNER

The nursing licence of a senior Nunavut nurse and health administrator connected to a 2012 scandal that involved the death of an infant has been put under a five-year restriction.

Heather Hackney, who was regional health director when three-month-old Makibi Timilak died in Cape Dorset in 2012,...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Preliminary surveys for Iqaluit port set to begin this fall

Nunavut Impact Review Board screening geotechnical work

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has begun screening preliminary work that will take Iqaluit’s deep water port project one step closer to reality.

The much-anticipated port is expected to include a vessel docking face with an additional sealift barge landing, plus a laydown area for the...

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COMMENTARY June 27, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Psychiatrist pleads for Nunavik’s anguished youth

"The suffering of Nunavimmiut youth is sometimes so intense, it questions our collective humanity"

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

LUCIE NADEAU

I’ve just returned from Nunavik, where I travel regularly to work as a child psychiatrist consultant in communities along the Hudson coast. The number of suicides the region has seen in recent months feels catastrophic.

Over the years, I’ve met many families, befriended Inuit...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 1:15 pm

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from June 19 to June 26

Dismissal of GN employee for harassment leads top five stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The most read of the top five stories on Nunatsiaqonline.ca last week, according to Google Analytics: a story on how a Government of Nunavut employee was dismissed after Nunavut ethics officer’s findings.

The ethics officer investigated a case of workplace sexual harassment that went on for seven...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 11:30 am

First Air follows Canadian North in lowering baggage allowance

New policy does not apply to beneficiaries, who are still permitted two 70-pound bags

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First Air has announced new baggage restrictions that will lower the maximum checked baggage weight for some of its customers.

Just a month after Canadian North dropped its maximum baggage weight from 70 pounds to 50 pounds, First Air followed suit June 24, quietly announcing restrictions that...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 10:00 am

Health officials confirm case of whooping cough in Iqaluit

The best way to avoid the infection? Get vaccinated, says the GN

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut health officials have confirmed the first case of whooping cough in Iqaluit, the territorial government said June 24.

The highly-contagious bacterial infection, also known as pertussis, is most likely linked to an outbreak in that began in Pond Inlet last month.

That’s where health...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 8:30 am

Massive Nunavut wastewater study wrapping up this summer

Dalhousie University experts say well-designed, simple wastewater treatment can work

LISA GREGOIRE

A woman in Kugaaruk flushes the toilet.

If you follow that flush, it eventually ends up on the tundra outside of town.

Before alarm sets in, consider this: A team of researchers from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Water Resources Studies say this is actually fine, provided that such a...

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NEWS June 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

Heavy metal plunder: Nunavut capital to rid dump of scrap piles

Temporary scrap yard, and site of recent fire, should be emptied this summer

STEVE DUCHARME

Hundreds, if not thousands, of tonnes of scrap metal will make its way south this summer, and out of Iqaluit’s overflowing landfill, thanks to a contract recently awarded by the city to dispose of its excess garbage.

Deputy mayor Romeyn Stevenson confirmed to Nunatsiaq News June 24 that...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Controversial Cape Dorset nurse wants to practice in Nunavut again

Debbie McKeown looking for GN reference to renew nursing licence

THOMAS ROHNER

Deborah McKeown, the former Cape Dorset nurse at the centre of a nursing scandal involving the death a three-month-old baby, wants to practice nursing again in Nunavut.

McKeown tried to regain her Nunavut nursing license in both 2015 and 2016.

But to date she has been unsuccessful.

That’s...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Chris D’Arcy becomes Nunavut government’s head bureaucrat

Bruno Pereira, professional engineer from Ontario, becomes new permanent president of QEC

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Chris D’Arcy, now serving as the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of Finance, will become the GN’s top administrative boss as of July 29, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna announced June 24.

D’Arcy, who has headed the Department of Finance since June 13, 2011, will become deputy minister of the...

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COMMENTARY June 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Legal Ease, June 24

Crown Discretion

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The last time I was on circuit court, the Crown withdrew a number of criminal charges against various people. Someone who was to be a witness asked me what the Crown was doing and why.

My short answer was the Crown realized the various charges were not likely to succeed or the accused deserved a...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 11:45 am

High levels of sodium found in Nunavut community’s water

GN advises Sanikiluaq residents not to drink tap water

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Health officials in Nunavut are asking residents of Sanikiluaq to avoid drinking tap water.

Recent tests show high levels of sodium in the drinking water in the Hudson Bay community, the Government of Nunavut said June 23.

High sodium intake can have adverse effects on people with potentially...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Turn it up! Nunavut’s premiere music and arts festival set to begin

Outdoor shows, new mobile app and a Greenlandic play all on deck

STEVE DUCHARME

In a few short days, venues around Iqaluit will don the trademark yellow and purple banners that can signify only one thing — it’s time for Nunavut’s largest music festival to unfold in Nunavut’s capital.

This year the Alianait Arts Festival promises to deliver a steady stream of artists from...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 8:30 am

Nunavik police look into reported use of date rape drugs

The KRPF has yet to confirm drugs used to incapacitate victims

SARAH ROGERS

Police in Nunavik say they are investigating reports of the use of date rape drugs in the region’s largest community.

The Kativik Regional Police Force says it has looked into reports of three possible incidents in Kuujjuaq dating back to April, where police say drugs may have been used to “obtain...

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NEWS June 24, 2016 - 7:00 am

Online comments: Nunatsiaq News wants to hear from you

Read our draft comment policy and tell us what you think by 5 p.m., June 30

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Over the past two months, we’ve taken a long look at how we moderate and publish comments and other communications from readers, primarily on our website, but also on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

So to provide you with more clarity and to give ourselves a clear set of guidelines, we’ve...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Overcrowded Nunavut home struggles with spring flooding

“How long will it take for this to be fixed?”

SARAH ROGERS

Mary-Rose Angoshadluk is worried for her aging mother.

The family matriarch, Monica Ugjuk, is 80 years old and lives in a five-bedroom home in Rankin Inlet that she shares with 15 other family members — seven of them are children between nine months and 12 years old.

But the overcrowded social...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Backstage with dynamic throatsinging duo Tarniriik

Catching up Cailyn Degrandpré and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe at Ottawa solstice festival

COURTNEY EDGAR

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

OTTAWA — Cailyn usually wins. When she throat sings, all she’s thinking is, “who’s gonna win, who’s gonna win.” Samantha finds it harder to keep a straight face.

The two girls, Cailyn Degrandpré, 11, and Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe, 12, who now perform as the...

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NEWS June 23, 2016 - 11:45 am

Arctic Inspiration prize winners crank up sound in Qikiqtani classrooms

"Their eyes lit up and they said ‘I can hear!’”

SARAH ROGERS

Imagine flicking on a switch to have more attentive students.

It’s sounds too good to be true, but when classrooms in Pangnirtung’s Alookie elementary school were outfitted with sound amplification systems earlier this month, principal Mary Etuangat said the change was immediate and...

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The Pangnirtung Music Festival, which unfolded June 25 and 26 in that South Baffin community, featured a number of visiting performers this year including Greenland's Nanerauq and Inuk and the Ottawa-based Twin Flames. Local favourites also drew crowds such as the Daniel Kolola Band and Annie Keenainak. (PHOTO BY DANIEL KULUGUQTUK
The Pangnirtung Music Festival, which unfolded June 25 and 26 in that South Baffin community, featured a number of visiting performers this year including Greenland's Nanerauq and Inuk and the Ottawa-based Twin Flames. Local favourites also drew crowds such as the Daniel Kolola Band and Annie Keenainak. (PHOTO BY DANIEL KULUGUQTUK

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