Thomas Mulcair, leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons and national leader of the New Democratic Party, speaks to a reporter Sept. 2 at the Karibrew Café in Iqaluit during a visit to the community. He says his biggest problem with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Northern Strategy is that the prime minister doesn't have a plan. He also said he's "deeply disappointed" with Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq's performance as federal environment minister. Mulcair and Romeo Saganash, the NDP MP for Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik- Eeyou, will hold a town hall meeting at Iqaluit's francophone centre at 6 p.m. Read more later on nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
September 02, 2014 - 5:24 pm
NDP leader Mulcair slams PM Harper’s northern record
“He doesn’t have a plan. It’s all photo-ops”
When asked what he thinks about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s northern strategy, Thomas Mulcair doesn’t hold back.
“He doesn’t have a plan. It’s all photo-ops,” Mulcair told Nunatsiaq News Sept. 2 in a short interview in Iqaluit.
Mulcair, the national leader of the New Democratic Party and the...
September 02, 2014 - 3:50 pm
Arctic Council brings polluters to Nunavut meeting: Greenpeace
Greenpeace and AC chair Leona Aglukkaq continue to spar
Environmental group Greenpeace dumped on Arctic Council chair Leona Aglukkaq as she hosts closed-door meetings in Iqaluit this week, accusing the federal environment minister of cozying up to “some of the biggest polluters on the planet.”
Greenpeace and Aglukkaq exchanged words publicly Sept. 2,...
September 02, 2014 - 2:09 pm
Transport Canada response to Resolute crash not good enough: TSB
“Unstable approaches continue to be a high risk to safe flight operations"
The Transport Safety Board has called on Transport Canada to take action to reduce the number of unstable aircraft approaches that continue on to landing attempts.
The recommendation, released Sept. 2, is the TSB’s take on Transport Canada’s response to the August 2011 crash of First Air flight......
September 02, 2014 - 1:09 pm
Nunavut MLA committee hearings to look at safety, privacy, language
Canada's auditor general to appear Sept. 16, Sept. 17
Nunavut’s legislative assembly is holding standing committeee hearings later this month to discuss a host of newsworthy topics including child and family services and the privacy of information held by government, a Sept. 2 news release from the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut said.
September 02, 2014 - 11:50 am
Nunavut-based marine training helps grow Inuit fishing crews
“This is going to be my career, for sure"
Nunavut has more then 40 per cent of Canada’s coast line, but very few marine crew members in here are actually from the territory — or even Inuit.
The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium wants to change that, starting with the territory’s fishing industry.
Since its launch in 2005,...
September 02, 2014 - 10:47 am
Aglukkaq: Arctic economic body makes northerners “the decision-makers”
“The people of the Arctic are the world’s Arctic experts”
The new Arctic Economic Council will help northerners become “the decision makers,” Leona Aglukkaq said Sept. 2 in a speech that opened the council’s founding meeting in Iqaluit.
“By working side-by-side with the industry and businesses in the region, we are developing the North for northerners,”...
September 02, 2014 - 7:41 am
Hired hands dig into Nunavut’s biggest dump fire
Industrial firefighting crews spray and scrape away at Iqaluit’s dumpcano
Plans to extinguish Iqaluit’s summer-long dump fire finally came together Sunday, Aug. 31, when a team of industrial firefighters began their assault on the 10-metre-high smoking mass of garbage.
“It’s more than a fire,” site manager Mike Noblett, of Global Forensics Inc., said of the...
September 02, 2014 - 5:55 am
Nunavut review board staff to hold uranium meetings in Saskatchewan
“Our land and environment is priceless and necessary for our way of life"
Nunavut Impact Review Board staff will head to northern Saskatchewan at the end of this month to hold public meetings in three Dene communities whose residents have expressed concerns about Areva Resources Canada’s proposed uranium mine in the Kivalliq region.
Those meetings will follow a Baker...
September 01, 2014 - 9:45 am
Frustrated Iqaluit cab companies want fare increase
Cabbies want first increase in seven years, raising prospect of a strike
Iqaluit’s taxi companies are starting to wonder if the city will ever increase cab fares, after the City of Iqaluit’s taxi committee backed off on a recommendation to raise fares Aug. 28.
The city’s taxi bylaw calls for a review of cab fares every year, but fares have remained unchanged, at $6,...
September 01, 2014 - 8:59 am
Arctic Council biodiversity group chooses Cambridge Bay for annual meeting
CAFF works towards international biodiversity congress this December in Norway
Special to Nunatsiaq News
CAMBRIDGE BAY — The western Nunavut town of Cambridge Bay hosted visitors from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Greenland and Sweden last week for the annual meeting of the board in charge of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna group — one of the Arctic...
August 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm
First Air cuts regular service to Naujaat as of Oct. 1
“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically”
First Air is cutting scheduled service to Naujaat, the Nunavut community formerly called Repulse Bay, starting Oct. 1, a vice president of the airline told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 29.
“It’s not been a very good route for us, economically,” said Bert van der Stege, First Air’s VP of commercial...
August 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm
Hungry Nunavik children shorter than their well-fed peers
“I want to be careful how we interpret this, but let’s just say it’s a stark difference"
The results of a new study in Nunavik seems to suggest that children who don’t get enough to eat are shorter than their food secure peers, and more at risk for iron deficiency and anemia.
The study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared the height of 294...
Fries with that? About a dozen people came out for the official opening of Iqaluit's own food truck, the Nanook Express, Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Patrons can choose from the usual fast foods — burgers, pogos, fish and chips, and poutine. Owner Dallas Letemplier is hoping to keep it running until November or early December. Letemplier had planned to open earlier this summer but has been waiting on a food shipment. "Went to Arctic Ventures to get potatoes so we'd have fries," Letemplier said Aug. 31, adding once winter is over, he hopes Nanook Express will open again in April. (PHOTO BY AARON WATSON)