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This week's headlines
Daycare needed to tip scales, says sole female MLA
Of the 17 new members elected to Nunavut's legislative assembly so far, only one is a woman. "I was floored. I was very surprised and disappointed," said Eva Aariak, recently elected as the MLA for Iqaluit East.
New MLAs get down to business
Enuk Pauloosie was busy last week clearing out the desk at his old GN job. "I got the call, and they told me I had to get out," said the newly-elected MLA for Nattilik with a laugh.
Tourism award goes to Dorset
A Cape Dorset company has been tapped for Nunavut Tourism's annual Hans Aronsen Bursary of Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Kristiina and Timmun Alariaq, owners of Huit Huit Tours and Cape Dorset Suites, were unable to collect the award in person last week, but said they are "honoured" by the accolades.
Nunavut's MP named federal health minister
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet selection Oct. 30 put Nunavut's new MP among those at the top. At a ceremony on Thursday, Leona Aglukkaq was sworn in as Canada's minister of health, making her the first Inuk to hold a top cabinet position.
Arctic Adventure at the arena
With animal skulls, muskox hair and a polar bear weigh station, a trip to Iqaluit's new arena has gotten a little bit wilder. Until Nov. 7, its spacious lobby plays host to Science North's Arctic Adventure, an interactive museum installation geared to get young people into science.
Okalik clings to his crown
Premier Paul Okalik clung to his crown in a tight race against Iqaluit mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik last night. Okalik held on to the riding of Iqaluit West, winning by only 44 votes. "I'm very pleased with being given another mandate by the good people of Iqaluit West," said Okalik. "I think any election is something you work hard for.... I ran on my record and I was very pleased with the results I was getting."
Bank worker stole more than $500,000
It's not often a four-year-old takes an interest in financial matters. So when a bank manager in Rankin Inlet discovered the name of one on a loan application, they started to ask questions. That led to the discovery of 19 loans totalling almost $600,000, made out to fictitious names and approved by one of the staff.
Mayor returns from campaign
The Iqaluit mayor received a warm welcome from council, having returned from her territorial election campaign. Sheutiapik was back in council chambers on Tuesday night after taking a leave of absence this past month to run for MLA in the riding of Iqaluit West.
IIK elects new head
The Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council has elected a new president. After a vote at IIK's recent annual general meeting, it was announced that Jesse Mike, a youth policy analyst with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. would replace former president Sheila Levy.
The spear and the brush
From mermaids to polar bears, John Pauloosie's imagination contains a menagerie of Northern and mythical creatures from which to draw inspiration. The soft-spoken 21-year-old from Iqaluit began to hunt and paint at a young age. Eventually, the one became a reflection of the other.
Throatsingers travel to Russia for performance
A throatsinging duo from Arviat is travelling across the planet to share their art. Lois Uyaupiq Suluk-Locke and Maria Illungiayok will perform throatsinging, drum dancing and storytelling at the Yamal Festival in Northwest Siberia later this month. They will perform each day of the week-long festival, which is titled Polar Rhapsody.
Iqaluit rallies to end violence against women
Iqalummiut turned out in the hundreds for this year's Take Back the Night march on Oct. 9, waving banners and signs calling for an end to violence against women and children.
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