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Despite repeated attempts by the Government of Nunavut to assess the tax value of the Mary River Project, a September court judgment has nullified its 2016 notice of assessment. NNSL file photo.

Court voids tax assessment on Mary River Project lands

A court ruled that the Government of Nunavut failed to properly notify the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and its lessee Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. that the Mary River Project lands were open to tax...

Baffinland, QIA sign updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced the signing of an updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) on Wednesday that the company says will strengthen Baffinland's commitments to Qikiqtani communities. Baffinland and...
The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT

Lawsuit possibility raised as final Kitikmeot barge cancelled

Ice is preventing the final sealift barge from reaching Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk and alternative delivery options and compensation measures are being discussed. The barge, under the Government of the Northwest Territory's Marine Transportation Services...
A smiling Dustin Kapolak, right, takes a seat next to Sabina employee George Aitaok in a piece of heavy equipment. Sabina is constructing a gold mine in the area and continues to explore for additional sources of the precious metal.

Getting acquainted with the mining neighbours

Residents of Bathurst Inlet paid a visit to their mining neighbours on July 16. A full site tour, dinner and discussion of the exploration and mining activities ensued. Matthew Pickard, Sabina Gold & Silver's vice-president...
Pond Inlet realized $250,000 in revenue from a cruise ship docking fees during a busy summer season this year. Mike Beedell/Adventure Canada photo

Pond Inlet seeks ways to use cruise ship tourism proceeds

The Hamlet of Pond Inlet is consulting on how to manage the financial returns from this year's cruise ship season, said senior administrative officer Daryl Dibblee. The hamlet earned $250,000 in cruise ship docking fees...
From left, Ziggy's Taxi driver Jeffrey Komak, cab company co-owners Elaine Zikalala and Charles Zikalala and driver Leonard Epilon stand with two of the company's cabs in Cambridge Bay. Zikalala is planning to offer taxi service in Kugluktuk and Rankin Inlet by October. photo courtesy of Charles Zikalala

Cam Bay cab company expanding to Kugluktuk, Rankin Inlet

Charles Zikalala can remember landing in a Nunavut community and having to walk from the airport into town, luggage in hand. "It was kind of hard," he said. He's also felt sympathy while watching elders...

Ice spoils cruise ship season in some communities

A summer of extensive ice in the Queen Maud Gulf prevented any cruise ships from getting into Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay. That resulted in substantial lost revenue for artists who would have sold their...

Copperhouse consultant clarifies fired chef’s status

A controversial dismissal of a migrant employee at Copperhouse Eatery and Lounge has caused some confusion about how immigration papers are processed and what are the best avenues for protecting newcomers with appropriate status. Liang...

Great Slave Helicopters granted bankruptcy protection

Great Slave Helicopters, one of three Yellowknife-based subsidiary companies belonging to Discovery Air, is restructuring its operations and selling assets, stated a Canadian News Wire news release yesterday. In March, Discovery Air had filed for...

Fat Fox building demolished over the weekend

The plot thickens with the future of Range Street as the historical building that housed the Fat Fox was demolished over the weekend. Brad Good, co-owner of the property, announced plans for the tear-down of...

Fat Fox building to be demolished within days

The plot thickens on what the future holds for 50 Street now that the owners of the old Diner building are confirming the historic eatery will be demolished within days. “That building is being demolished...

Twenty years and counting at Co-op

Kissarvik Co-op retail store manager Glenn Woodford was recognized for his 20 years of service to Arctic Co-operatives during a special ceremony for long-service awards held in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 17. Kissarvik's David Bond...

Copperhouse co-owner grilled after chef fired

The co-owner of a popular restaurant is responding to recent accusations that his acting head chef was unjustly fired. And several staff members walked out in response to the dismissal, forcing Copperhouse Eatery and Lounge...

Diavik targets increased productivity with new kimberlite pipe

Diavik Diamond Mine expects to sustain productivity for the next four years after tapping into a new source of diamonds last week.The A21 kimberlite pipe was officially opened at a ceremony held Aug. 20...

Shipping companies blame extensive ice, Coast Guard for sealift delays

Impassable sea ice in some Nunavut waters coupled with too few Coast Guard ships has led to sealift delays of up to three weeks this year, according to the heads of sealift companies serving...

Private event pushes public from downtown park

Concerns have been raised over the use of public parks after a private function took over a large portion of Somba K'e Civic Plaza, a popular public space last week. Nancy Vail said she was...

Dangers of pot usage to be addressed by driving schools

As law enforcement and educators in Yellowknife prepare for the legalization of marijuana this fall, another institution in the city is quietly shifting gears to address new realities for young people and impairment behind...

Local cafe owner wins entrepreneurial award

Jawah Bernier opened her very first business at 24 and has since watched her cafe Birchwood Coffee Ko grow into a community and a labour of love. On Aug. 8, Bernier was recognized with the...

Turaarvik Inns North gets total makeover in Rankin Inlet

Turaarvik Inns North is undergoing a massive overhaul in Rankin Inlet this month. The hotel and restaurant shutdown on Aug. 8 and is expected to be closed for about another week as the renovations take...

Sushi Cafe reopens after crash

Sushi Cafe has reopened after a stolen truck ran into the front of the business in mid-July. Anita Wei, the cafe's manager, said she is “excited, of course” to resume serving patrons. “I see all of...

Transportation industry unlikely to see rebates

The GNWT has released it's proposal for implementing carbon pricing across the territory. The new federally mandated tax on greenhouse gas emissions comes into effect next year, setting a minimum $10 per tonne of emissions...

She Takes the Cake looks for new, loving owner

The owner of She Takes the Cake is putting the beloved Hay River cafe up for sale. After more than five years in business, Melissa Beck is ready for a change and is seeking a...

The case for a road

Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann said a highway up the Mackenzie Valley will have a huge impact on the NWT – as will each step along the way."If the Mackenzie Valley Highway is completed, it's...

The GNWT’s next big ask

Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann says the GNWT is going to push hard for an all-weather road to the Slave Geological Province in the federal government’s next round of National Trade Corridor funding later this...

Yellowknife’s best kept caffeine secret

It’s rarely open and when it is, it’s hard to get to but when it’s open Mario’s Marvelous Movie Emporium is one of Yellowknife’s best kept secrets. First opening a year ago, the cafe is...

No occupant for shuttered visitors centre building

Repairs to the Northern Frontier Visitor's Centre won't necessarily spell a return of visitors services to the building, which shut its doors in 2017, in need of tender loving care to remain safely open...

De Beers acquires Peregrine Diamonds

  Peregrine Diamonds, with its advancing Chidliak diamond project 120 km from Iqaluit, is now property of global mining giant De Beers. News of the acquisition came Thursday morning. De Beers is paying $107 million in...

No cannabis plebiscite in Hay River

Cannabis will be sold legally in Hay River after prohibition of the substance lifts on October 17. On July 9, Hay River town council voted three-to-one to forego a plebiscite on whether to ban or...

Sorting out the regulatory review for an airline merger

Canada's Competition Bureau is aware of the proposed merger between First Air and Canadian North and will review the ramifications. The Competition Bureau will aim to determine whether the deal would "result in a substantial...

Council approves design money for Courtoreille

Courtoreille Street could be getting a makeover. On Monday, town council approved a $20,000 budget for engineering firm Stantec to draft a redesign of the downtown strip. The idea is to convert Courtoreille Street into a...