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Federal government approves First Air, Canadian North merger

The proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North has received all necessary regulatory approvals, according to the Inuit-led proponents behind the deal. The First Air and Canadian North merger has been approved by the...

Award-winning Arctic Fresh plans to expand

Arctic Fresh, an Iglulik-based online retailer that brings groceries and other products to Nunavummiut, is ambitiously aiming to serve all of Nunavut, perhaps as soon as next year, says CEO Rhoda Angutimarik. Iglulik-based Arctic Fresh...

Food prices in Clyde River motivate brothers to open grocery store

Martin Kigutaq wants to make a difference for his family and his community. To that end, over the past year, he’s transformed old shipping containers into the Baffin General Store or, as the community affectionately...

Anti-superboard bill in final stages

A federal bill to stop the amalgamation of the NWT's regulatory boards into one 'superboard' is currently on track to pass before this fall's election. The many components of Bill C-88 contain both provisions that...
Tiffany Thiem-Pennell, left, chats with Al Matesic at the Good Times Soap Company booth at the trade show in 2017. Business owner Karen Wood can be seen chatting with a visitor in the background. The 2019 trade show begins tomorrow at the Multiplex, starting at 10 a.m. NNSL file photo

Trade show returns to Multiplex

The Multiplex will host over 185 exhibitors this weekend for the 2019 Yellowknife Spring Trade Show. With last year's event drawing an estimated 8,000 visitors, the show promises to allow local businesses to develop new...

Winter road haul amounts to 257,176 tonnes

The Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road saw 7,286 loads delivered to the diamond mines for a total of 247,618 tonnes from Jan. 30-March 29. Another 9,294 tonnes of freight was taken back from the mines...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

EDITORIAL: Satellite sighs of relief

The long-awaited approval of federal licensing for California-based Planet Labs and its satellite imaging station in Inuvik is now over and all we can say is: thank goodness. For three years — from the time...

GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main: “The...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from 2018-19 when the housing corporation had $65.7 million earmarked...

Rebuilt lodge to open this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family...
An image of Planet Labs’ Inuvik ground station site, located at the Canadian Satellite Ground Station Inuvik (CSGSI). Photo courtesy of Planet Labs

After three years, satellite finally ready to receive

After receiving a long-awaited full operating license for their ground station site in Inuvik, Planet Labs is ready to put their satellite receivers to use at last. The San Francisco-based Earth imaging company was granted...

Remote family lodge to be operational this summer

Much like the six-foot saplings and fireweed growing back into the area where old growth trees used to be, longtime family getaway Namushka Lodge  is slowly coming back to life at Harding Lake. The family...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. A customer takes a close up look at some of the numerous...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That’s a far cry from the 18 members – eight...
Shane Clark, owner of now defunct HomeLifeYK, has decided to hang up the keys of his family business and join Coldwell Banker YK Courtesy of Coldwell Banker YK

HomeLifeYK shuts its doors

Shane Clark, owner and operator of HomeLifeYK, has recently decided to shut the doors on the long running family real estate business and join Coldwell Banker YK. His father James Clark started the company, then...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Udloriak Hanson will take on the role of vice- president of community and strategic development with Baffinland Iron Mines as of...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines’ CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner’s phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping...

GUEST COMMENT: Mining North Works ‘demystifies’ the industry

Mining is working for Nunavut, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Terry Dobbin is the Nunavut general manager with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines Today we are seeing more and...

Sabina delays gold mine by a year due to lack of equity investment

Instead of opening in 2021, Sabina Gold and Silver’s gold mine will now start operations in late 2022, at the earliest. Sabina Gold and Silver is constructing a 164-km winter road that will connect the...

Arctic Co-operatives wins Baffinland flight contract

Baffinland Iron Mines has chosen Arctic Co-operatives to transport employees and cargo from the south to its Mary River mine. Arctic Co-operatives has earned a contract to provide passenger and cargo service to Baffinland’s Mary...

With technical performance improving, TMAC focuses on profitability at Doris North

A flawed processing plant and some “poor decision making” at TMAC’s Doris North gold site led to struggles meeting production expectations during the mine’s first two years of operation. Production metrics have improved at TMAC’s...

Meliadine moves to the forefront for Agnico Eagle

The torch is being passed between Agnico Eagle’s Kivalliq gold mines. The first gold bar from Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine mine was produced in late February. Weighing close to 64 pounds, it’s composed of approximately...

GUEST COMMENT: In response to Mr. Bromley: Mining is still key to the Northern...

by Tom Hoefer, executive director of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines It’s virtually impossible to shift the opinions of someone who opposes mining, but to those with an open mind, let me provide...

Arviat’s Ashton Kadjuk meeting the challenge as a mine supervisor

Ashton Kadjuk has parlayed his experience in drilling into a supervisory position at Agnico Eagle’s new Meliadine gold mine. Arviat’s Ashton Kadjuk is an underground supervisor at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine. “I’ve got to make...

Mining survey says: streamline regulations

The North’s geology is alluring to exploration and mining companies but regulatory red tape remains a stumbling block, according to the recently released Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2018. Exploration and mining companies...
The new logo for the Yellowknife Cabs Ltd. Company that hopes to get on the road by April 1, should the company be able to install soft meters in their vehicles. They currently have 30 vehicles in waiting. Photo courtesy of Sibhat Berhane

New cab company hits metering speed bump

Yellow Cabs Ltd., the newest addition to the Yellowknife cab community plans on opening its doors April 1, but the new business has already hit a snag on the way to its grand opening. Sibhat...

Slave Geological Province road planning, aerial surveys funded $5M

The GNWT and federal government are spending $5.1-million toward aerial surveys of the Slave Geological Province and planning an all-season road from Yellowknife to the Nunavut border. The proposed road would replace winter roads with...

Focus on business: YK Rocks

The man behind YK Rocks, the newest concert promotion company in town, is looking to invigorate the music scene by hosting open jam nights and running a concert series at the Black Knight Pub. Patrick...

Nakashuk presses GN for airline merger response; says Nunavut ‘not mentioned even once’ by...

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk is urging the GN to publicly release its input into the proposed First Air and Canadian North airline merger and expressed concern that Nunavut is being overlooked in the deal. Pangnirtung...