Adam Nattar, youth MLA for Rankin Inlet North–Chesterfield Inlet, speaks as minister of community and government services at the Fifth Nunavut Youth Parliament, as his fellow Nunavut government cabinet colleagues wait their turn to address the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit. Nunavut Premier – the real one – Peter Taptuna, listens in, rear to the left, with ministers Johnny Mike and Jeannie Ugyuk. “It is often said that youth are the leaders of tomorrow,” legislative assembly speaker George Qulaut told the 22 youths from throughout Nunavut, who took part in the afternoon-long session, Nov 27. “I believe you are also the leaders of today, and as with all leaders, you have a number of challenges to overcome and responsibilities to fulfill.” (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
November 27, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Iqaluit RCMP to keep an eye out for illegal vehicles
Detachment received 17 new members this summer — nearly three-quarter turnover rate
Police in Iqaluit promise to continue with their vehicle-stop initiative, which has proved successful at ensuring drivers and businesses keep their vehicles legally registered and insured, RCMP Cpl. Denis Lambe told city council at a Nov. 25 meeting.
Police were surprised, in October last year,...
November 27, 2014 - 2:59 pm
Complaints against police? File them, say Nunavik leaders
“This has to stop. We have to find a way to deal with this"
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavimmiut who feel they’ve been treated unfairly by local police officers should make their concerns heard through the proper channels, says Kativik Regional Government chair Maggie Emudluk.
And that includes filing reports through the Kativik Regional Police Force or with Quebec’s...
November 27, 2014 - 12:51 pm
Arctic Council indigenous orgs rally for secretariat’s 20th anniversary
"It’s been a tremendous success"
Celebration and caution — these were the themes explored by Aqqaluk Lynge, the former international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, when he spoke Nov. 27 about the early struggles of indigenous peoples globally and how Arctic indigenous peoples’ began to connect to one another.
November 27, 2014 - 10:59 am
Nunavut RCMP knew holding cell meal-slot posed suicide risk
Arresting officers testify at coroner's inquest into death of Igloolik's Solomon Uyarasuk
IGLOOLIK — Before Solomon Uyarasuk hung himself from the meal slot of a prison door in the Igloolik RCMP detachment two years ago, RCMP members in that community, and their bosses in Iqaluit, knew the slot’s broken latch posed a suicide risk.
That’s according to one of two RCMP members who...
November 27, 2014 - 9:21 am
High Arctic polar bears face starvation, reproductive failure: study
"Early break-up of sea ice could result in reproductive failure in 55 per cent to 100 per cent of pregnant females"
Arctic conditions may become “critical” for polar bears by end of 21st century, suggests a new study, which says shifts in ice cover may impact polar bear populations in the High Arctic islands.
The study links climate change and the future health of polar bears, stating that “under...
November 27, 2014 - 8:42 am
Nunavik to draft its own food security plan
"We feel the problem is worsening and needs to be addressed"
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik needs its own food security policy or strategy to address hunger and malnutrition in the region, says its director of public health, Serge Déry.
And the wheels are already in motion: Déry said regional organizations plan to sit down the first week of December to look at where to...
November 27, 2014 - 7:44 am
Nutrition North Canada: the finger-pointing begins
"When it’s left up to the retailer to pass on the savings, they’re responsible to their shareholders"
For a federal MP, this week’s release of the Auditor General of Canada’s report on the flaws of the unpopular Nutrition North Canada freight subsidy is either something to capitalize on, or something to answer to, depending on your political stripes.
The NDP’s Romeo Saganash, who represents...
November 27, 2014 - 6:27 am
Iqaluit aquatic centre construction hits budget target
Council approves contract with builder
Iqaluit hit its budget — almost exactly — for construction of the city’s aquatic centre.
City council approved the contract to Kudlik Construction, Nov. 25, almost a full month after the Iqaluit-based company hit a target of $30.16 million — beating out four other bidders to put up the...
November 26, 2014 - 3:10 pm
Nunavut students sharpen political skills at youth parliament
Legislature to broadcast mock parliament Nov. 27, starting 1:30 p.m. eastern
Even if you’re not at Nunavut’s legislative assembly in Iqaluit on Nov. 27, you’ll be able to watch the fifth Nunavut Youth Parliament, when Nunavut students take on the roles of speaker, premier, cabinet ministers and regular members.
That’s because the youth parliament will be televised live...
November 26, 2014 - 2:10 pm
Nunavik says no to uranium mining
Final round of Quebec public hearings to visit the region next week
KUUJJUAQ — Nunavik’s leadership has taken a position on the future of uranium mining in the region — and it’s a resounding “no.”
And Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Regional Government plan to say so in a joint brief that will be submitted to public hearings in Nunavik next week.
November 26, 2014 - 1:19 pm
Iqaluit council appoints Mary Wilman to mayor’s job
Acting mayor takes full title after six months at head of council table
Iqaluit councillor and deputy mayor Mary Wilman finally took on the full title of mayor Nov. 25, more than six months after she began sitting in the mayor’s seat as acting mayor.
Wilman succeeds John Graham as the top elected official at the city five months after the former mayor resigned by way...
November 26, 2014 - 11:55 am
Iqaluit’s dumpcano-dousing bill comes to $2.75 million
Reserves pay off dump fire expenses; councillors question garbage-disposal financing and tools
The City of Iqaluit’s bill for extinguishing its summer-long dump fire came to a full $2.75 million, administration told city council at a regular meeting, Nov. 25.
Council approved payment of the amount, as planned, when administration asked final approval to pay the full amount out of the city’s...
November 26, 2014 - 10:16 am
Full disclosure a must to fix Nutrition North subsidy, says ex-MLA
“You can hide profits so easily... you can put all kinds of costs in there"
The Nunavut MLA who was instrumental in prompting the Auditor General of Canada to examine the shortcomings of the Nutrition North subsidy says the program will never be fixed until retailers are forced to show exactly what they pay for freight.
Fred Schell, now an ex-MLA living in Cape Dorset,...
Kim Kielsen, leader of Greenland's Siumut party, tries to get a point across to Sara Olsvig, leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, in a Nov. 24 television debate on campaign issues. A new poll by the Sermitsiaq AG newspaper — carried out two days before the election — shows Kielsen's Siumut party could take 36.7 per cent of the vote or 12 seats. This means "Siumut could get another mandate," Sermitsiaq said Nov. 26, but not enough to gain a clear majority. Kielsen would then have to forge a coalition with another party to form a new government after the votes are counted. (PHOTO BY LEIFF JOSEFSEN/ SERMITSIAQ AG)