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Regular MLAs insist they’re not being fully apprised; postpone health capital budget

For the second time this week, Nunavut's regular MLAs have flexed their muscle by delaying approval of a capital budget. “We don’t want to be rubber-stampers,” Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak said of the role of...

Medical travel patients should be first priority when going home on flights, Akoak says

Nunavummiut are priority passengers when flying south for medical treatment but they should also be assured seats when they are due to fly home again, argues Tony Akoak, MLA for Gjoa Haven. Gjoa Haven MLA...

Kaernerk calls for rent reduction in mouldy homes

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk says tenants in mouldy homes should be given a reduction in rent. Kaernerk asked Housing Minister Patterk Netser in the legislative assembly on Thursday if that can be arranged. Netser pointed...

GN expands wolf sample program to Kivalliq and Qikiqtaaluk regions

After what Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq described as a successful first year in the Kitikmeot region, he announced on Thursday the expansion of the territorial government’s wolf sample collection program to the Kivalliq and...

Outgoing Iqaluit mayor and city council get praise from MLA George Hickes

George Hickes, speaking in his capacity as MLA for Iqaluit-Tasiluk, used his statement in the legislative assembly on Oct. 22 to applaud outgoing Mayor Madeleine Redfern and Iqaluit city council for their accomplishments during...

Main upset as cost of fibre optic project balloons to nearly $210 million

A fibre optic “mega-project” that will bring high-speed internet to Iqaluit and Kimmirut by 2023 has skyrocketed in price to $209 million from an estimated $126 million when it was first announced. In August, then-federal...

Kamingoak blasts GN over long-term care planning

Kugluktuk MLA Mila Kamingoak expressed “extreme frustration” Wednesday over the Department of Health’s approach to long-term care planning and for not endorsing a long-standing “very comprehensive” hamlet proposal to support a facility in her...

Quassa disputes length of housing waiting list in Iglulik; receives warning

Aggu MLA Paul Quassa repeatedly expressed doubt over the Nunavut Housing Corporation’s waiting list in Iglulik on Tuesday and he was warned not to call the housing minister a liar. Paul Quassa: “I went to...

Main demands better health service for Arviat

Nursing shortages in Arviat could leave some thinking they’re in Third-World conditions, Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main said in the legislative assembly on Tuesday. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main says Arviat needs more...

GN releases data on staff housing occupancy, vacancies, rents and leases

The Government of Nunavut had 1,664 staff units as of March 31. Of those, 131 two-bedroom units were vacant, along with 61 three-bedroom units, 33 one-bedroom units and two four-bedroom units, according to the...

Cambridge Bay’s EDO helps residents get businesses off the ground

Nunavummiut with a dream to start a business have plenty of resources. A common first stop is at the office of the community’s economic development officer. Angela Gerbrandt, economic development officer for the Hamlet of Cambridge...

Around the Kiv: Picking up Halloween costumes

Costumed approach Baker Lake The Abluqta Society Thrift Shop has been in a ghostly mood while offering a wide array of Halloween costumes for community members who want to get in the scare zone on the...

Last minute arena snag, as section of rink floor causes opening delay

Problems have surfaced at the community's new arena, preventing the facility from opening on schedule on Oct. 21 in Rankin Inlet. The delay means the annual prize-winning Rankin Rock Season Opener hockey camp could not...

Rankin ‘Swamp People’ — birthday gift incredible family experience

To say Richard Connelly's 55th birthday present was something quite special and unique would be a jaw-snapping understatement of crocodilian proportions. Connelly was treated to a trip to Lake Mary, just north of Orlando, Florida,...

Video workshop has Arviat Film Society members active again

The Arviat Film Society (AFS) played host to a special video-production workshop delivered by the Nunavut Film Development Corp. in Arviat earlier this month. AFS member Gord Billard said about 10 people registered for the...

Putting up or shutting up

Interest in governance at all-time low  There was a time, not all that long ago, when getting people out to cast their ballots was the biggest challenge faced in the Kivalliq, and right across Nunavut,...

Girl dies in accident, part of tragic week in community

An 11-year-old girl is dead following a tragic accident in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 15 in Rankin Inlet. The accident was one of three deaths during an extremely trying week for the community, which also...
Abluqta Society president Joseph Arnasungaaq and former Thrift Store manager Sharon Alerk display the original food bank donations the society received in May of 2018. Photo courtesy Erin Strachan

Almost half of Nunavut homes battle food insecurity, survey shows

Close to half of Nunavut households categorized themselves as moderately or severely food insecure in a national survey, according to Statistic Canada data released on Tuesday. With nearly half of Nunavut homes struggling to obtain...

Qaqqaq determined to help 38,000 Nunavummiut as MP

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, Nunavut’s 25-year-old newly-elected NDP member of Parliament was delighted but pensive in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq has been elected as Nunavut’s fourth member of Parliament. NNSL file photo She was...

Towtongie says health staff cover up mistakes; Hickes refutes it

When errors occur within the medical system, health professionals “cover it up,” said Cathy Towtongie, MLA for Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet. Cathy Towtongie: “…if somebody dies, they develop a professional curtain and behind that curtain...

Bus service proposed in Cambridge Bay

The viability of establishing bus service in Cambridge Bay, either as a public service or as a private undertaking, is being examined. An electric mini-bus, possibly similar to this Orion E model by Mellor, could...

Ministers tout gains in Inuit hiring

Community and Government Services Minister Lorne Kusugak and Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak reported improvements in Inuit hiring on Monday while addressing the legislative assembly. Community and Government Services Minister Lorne Kusugak says 36 more Inuit...

GN raises percentage of female polar bears that can be hunted

The GN is prepared to allow hunters to harvest up to 50 per cent females with tags issued to communities, Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq announced on Monday. The GN is permitting communities to harvest up...

Housing minister won’t put limit on rent increases

Nunavut should have a cap on annual rental increases, says Pat Angnakak, MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu. She pressed Housing Minister Patterk Netser in the legislative assembly on Oct. 18 to include such a provision in the...

K&L Pastries and Catering in Arviat still going strong after two years

Business partners Kirsten Kaludjak and Lindsay Kidlapik have made one dream a reality and they have another in mind. Lindsay Kidlapik, left, and Kirsten Kaludjak of K&L Pastries and Catering. photos courtesy of Lindsay Kidlapik The...

MLAs pay homage to the late Remi Krikort and Etulu Etidloie

As the legislative assembly’s fall sitting got underway on Oct. 17, Economic Development Minister David Akeeagok and South Baffin MLA David Joanasie gave tributes to a pair of influential Nunavummiut who recently passed away. David...

Embrace an attitude of gratitude

When you live in a community for a length of time you begin to recognize the attitude and intent of people’s involvement in the framework of the community. In most cases we have good people...

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Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins World Girls Hockey Weekend

Every year, there’s a weekend set aside for girls hockey players to get out on the ice and play with other girls and just enjoy playing. That weekend was Oct. 4 to 6 as World...

Stay off the thin ice

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