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Agnico Eagle launches rapid COVID-19 testing at mine site laboratory

Agnico Eagle has set up a COVID-19 testing lab for employees at its Meliadine gold mine and has enlisted the services of a distinguished doctor and researcher to lead the project. Testing of employees, on...

Qulliq Energy Corporation warns of scam calls

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) demanding immediate payment under the threat of disconnecting your power supply, it's likely a scam. QEC circulated...

Nunavut Mining: Businessman Patrick Tagoona’s strategy is to diversify

Imagine a Kivalliq region with no gold mining. When businessman Patrick Tagoona pictures it in his mind, he envisions an entirely different line of work for himself. “The likelihood of me being an entrepreneur and getting...

Nunavut Mining: Lionel Quinangnaq rises through the ranks at Amaruq

Lionel Quinangnaq has climbed the ladder from surveyor's helper to relief supervisor at Agnico Eagle's Amaruq gold deposit. He's now responsible a crew of close to 20 mine vehicle operators. “I like it,” Quinangnaq says of...

Kissarvik Co-op strives to protect staff, customers

Things look the same from the outside, but once one ventures inside it doesn't take long to realize that changes have taken place at the Kissarvik Co-op in Rankin Inlet since the COVID-19 pandemic...

Chambers of commerce embrace federal wage subsidy, but some concerns remain

The federal government's efforts to aid businesses and non-profit organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being hailed by Nunavut's chambers of commerce but questions and concerns linger. The Government of Canada increased the...

Nunavut Mining: Ryan St. John is always searching for new opportunities

Ryan St. John has been building business around the Kivalliq mining and exploration industries for decades and he isn't slowing down. Through Northern Networks Ltd., a general contractor under Arviat's Eskimo Point Lumber Supply, St....

ITK wants guarantees on air transport during COVID-19 crisis

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is calling upon the federal government to designate air transport as an essential service to 51 Canadian Inuit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to fund the airlines accordingly. Airlines have...

Nunavut Mining: From pickups to bulldozers and haul trucks, Ola Arnaquq has learned to...

Sometimes at 5:30 a.m. sometimes at 5:30 p.m., Ola Arnaquq climbs up into giant bulldozers to begin her 12-hour shift at the Mary River iron mine, 160 km south of Pond Inlet. She's also capable...

Agnico Eagle puts Meliadine mine in ‘lockdown’ mode; contract worker disciplined

To strengthen its COVID-19 response, Agnico Eagle is placing its Meliadine gold mine in "lockdown mode" starting on Monday. That means all workers required at the mine site, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, will...

Entrepreneur hopes to set up shop in his motherland

Jay St. Germaine only recently visited Inuvik, but his roots to the community run deep. "We wanted to stay all week," he said of a recent visit to town that was cut short by the...

City of Iqaluit updates which businesses are open and closed

For Iqalummiut wondering which businesses are still accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Iqaluit has issued an update. The following businesses are open: Arctic Ventures DJ’s Convenience Store North-mart Canada Post Baffin Gas Bar Co-op Gas Bar All Quick-Stop locations Businesses...

Union to file grievance with Dominion over Ekati mine closures

A letter sent by the Union of Northern Workers to its Ekati Mine members on March 25 states that it intends to file grievance with owner Dominion Diamond Mines over the recent suspension of...

Heart-shaped display lights up Yellowknife hotel

Many Yellowknifers have likely spotted an eye-grabbing addition to the city’s skyline in recent days. The Explorer Hotel is lighting up vacant rooms to form a heart-shaped beacon in the heart of the city, part...

Agnico Eagle reduces activity at Meliadine and Meadowbank

Agnico Eagle announced Tuesday that it will reduce activities at its Meliadine gold mine and Meadowbank complex, which processes ore from the Amaruq gold deposit. "Even with the reduction in mining activities, we plan to...

Chief medical health officer approves of Agnico Eagle’s COVID-19 protocol, according to Municipality of...

Agnico Eagle's ongoing operations at the Meliadine gold mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, don't pose "significant risk" under the mine's COVID-19 protocol, according to a quote attributed to Nunavut chief medical health...

COVID-19 devastates hospitality industry; numerous layoffs, hotel bookings plunge

As of today, there are no bars open in Nunavut and restaurants can only serve takeout meals. More than 100 staff at Iqaluit bars and restaurants have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and the...

Agnico Eagle allows Nunavummiut workers to go home due to public health emergency

Agnico Eagle has amended its plans based on the public health emergency declared in Nunavut on Wednesday and its 400-500 Nunavut-based workers will be permitted to stay home for the next four weeks, effective...

COVID-19 puts Baffinland regulatory process in limbo

Not even teleconferences, which are growing in popularity because of COVID-19, are going to move forward Baffinland Iron Mines' Mary River phase two expansion proposal at this time. The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) announced...

Qiniq, SSi Micro ask customers to conserve data to avoid network congestion

Qiniq internet customers and SSi Micro cellphone customers are being asked to conserve "precious network capacity" during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting data, whenever possible. That would mean, for example, not sending large files and...

TMAC Resources sending Nunavummiut workers home from Hope Bay with pay

TMAC Resources is in the process of sending its Nunavummiut employees home with pay from Hope Bay to wait out the COVID-19 virus risk. Close to 60 direct hires and contract workers will receive standby...

Canadian North reduces flight schedule due to drop in passenger demand

Canadian North is reducing its number of flights due to lower passenger demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Wednesday, flights on the airline's main routes including Ottawa-Iqaluit and Edmonton-Yellowknife-Inuvik will be reduced...

Agnico Eagle forges ahead despite COVID-19 risk; introduces screening of employees

With a much larger Inuit workforce than Baffinland Iron Mines, Agnico Eagle isn't in a position to allow its Nunavut employees to stay home temporarily as Baffinland has chosen to do, said Dominique Girard,...

Baffinland Iron Mines tells its Nunavut workforce to stay home to limit COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 concerns, Baffinland Iron Mines is temporarily telling its Nunavummiut employees not to report for work at the Mary River mine. Nunavummiut workers currently at the site will return to their home...

Northwestel proposes waiving internet overage charges; doubling usage caps

Northwestel has applied to its federal regulator for temporary relief on customer internet usage as part of its COVID-19 response. The Northern communications company is proposing to waive any overage charges for customers exceeding their...
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has been granted the authority to take investment advisers to court to collect fines in cases of wrongdoing in the NWT. NNSL file photo

Nunavut to raise minimum wage to $16 an hour, highest in Canada

Nunavut's minimum wage will rise to $16 an hour as of April 1, Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak announced in the legislative assembly on Thursday. That pay rate, up from the existing $13 an hour, will...

Nunavut Mining Symposium cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

There won't be a Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit this year due to precautions surrounding COVID-19. The decision to cancel the event, scheduled for March 30-April 2, was announced Wednesday afternoon. “We recognize that our event...

Many missed opportunities at mines, Economic Development minister admits

After being questioned about low Inuit employment rates at Nunavut's operational mines, Economic Development Minister David Akeeagok admitted that too many jobs are going to southerners. "Yes, we’re missing out. There’s a big opportunity. Yeah,...

Canadian North updates its response to coronavirus threat

Canadian North has enhanced its cleaning of planes and is temporarily suspending change and cancellation fees on connections for international flights in reaction to the threat posed by the coronavirus Covid-19. Although health officials have...

BUSINESS PROFILE: Global Storm IT makes waves in telecom industry

A Yellowknife IT service provider is taking the world by 'storm' after being nominated for an award at a major Avaya international annual conference recently. Global Storm IT, a Kam Lake-based phone and telecommunications company, ...