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Iqaluit’s Discovery making room for medical travel clients

For people travelling to Iqaluit for medical travel, the news that Nova Hotels has bought the Discovery Boutique Hotel may be of interest. Nova Hotels officially announced Oct. 16 that it has purchased the hotel. Nova...

Hub editorial: Diversity brings pride

The Hay River Fire Department has once again done the community proud. As reported in this issue of The Hub, the department and one of its members – Capt. Terence Fischer – have been named...

Disposing of the pain

The second annual Embrace Life celebrations at Tuugaalik High School this past month were emotional, meaningful and, at times, deeply personal. The event opened lines of communication and built strength amongst the student body...

Top of his field

After years of training and study, Meadowbank gold mine employee Gabriel Ulayok is now a production equipment operator. Ulayok is qualified to operate the RH120 shovel, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated...

Classroom heads outdoors

Two groups of students from Tuugaalik High School sailed out on a boat trip with their teachers in Naujaat this past month. The trips are an important part of student culture and school curriculum and,...

Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut's...

David talks, facts walk

I shake my head every time I see someone voicing concerns on social media using data from David Suzuki to back their stance. I have written in the past on Suzuki and Ronald Hites's demarketing...

Going alternative in Arviat

While bad weather and poor scheduling combined to make this year's Kivalliq mayor meetings a non-event, Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard is excited about the direction his community is taking. Leonard said there was no participation...

Recruitment time

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Canadian program. All youth between the ages of 15-20 (as of June 1, 2018) living in Nunavut are invited to apply before Nov. 15. The NYA...

Arviat joins the circus

Many folks in Arviat were captivated by a world of performance art, skill and fantasy when the Iglulik-based Artcirq paid a visit to the community earlier this month. John Arnalukjuak High School drama teacher Gord...

Total makeover

First Air has re-branded after 71 years as one of Canada's pre-eminent Northern airlines. Two aircraft in the airline's new livery went into service immediately with the Oct. 12. announcement. First Air noted in a press...

Tourney dates announced

Listed below are the 2018 hockey tournaments hosted or attended by Kivalliq teams that have been confirmed for the upcoming 2017-18 hockey season. The listings show the date, name of the tournament, age bracket...

Nunavut is a land of opportunity

The most popular story on our new website, nunavutnews.com, has so far been last week's profile on Anu Boucher, the young environmental technology student who has a dream of launching her own outfitting business...

Feds join TB fight

Eliminating the extreme and disproportionate rate of tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit in Canada is the goal of a new task force announced in early October by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott. A result of the...

Who’s running where? Your guide to the territorial election, by riding

  Qikiqtaaluk Aggu (Iglulik) Candidates: Richard Amarualik Paul A. Quassa (incumbent) Jerome Sheaves Matt Teed Eligible voters: 485 2013 election: Paul Quassa 43.4 per cent John Illupalik 37.6 per cent Voter turnout in 2013: 49.4 per cent Did You Know? So...

Working to help entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn how to handle the essentials of operating a small business or non-profit as the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce makes its first foray into Small Business Week. The...

Kugluktuk prepared to build continuing care facility

The Hamlet of Kugluktuk is ready to build and staff a 24-bed continuing care centre, if the Department of Health will sign a service agreement to use the facility. The hamlet has its own equity...

Marine rescue station site to be chosen soon

The Canadian Coast Guard will reveal the site of its first Arctic in-shore marine rescue station within weeks, says Peter Garapick, its superintendent of Arctic search and rescue. Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, Pond Inlet...

Political tug of war

There's a movement in Hall Beach to get the next Amittuq MLA elected from that community, and Hall Beach Mayor Peter Siakuluk is on board. "If we had a person from Hall Beach representing Hall...

Rankin hearts Toronto

Kids get excited about the smallest things, but a group of young hockey players from Rankin Inlet have something pretty big to raise their excitement levels. The excitement was unmistakable as more than 30 players...

First Air gets a makeover

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff. After 71 years in business, the arctic's flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red...

Polar bear activity slowing down

Several polar bears were coming into Resolute during the first week of October, primarily at night, but their presence more recently has mostly been limited to the outskirts of the community, by the dump,...

Worries over Russian rocket debris

A Russian rocket launch is raising red flags in Nunavut, where the debris is set to land in the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya, in Baffin Bay between Ellesmere Island, Devon Island, and Greenland. "We...

Kugluktuk man jumps at apprenticeship opportunity, becomes journeyman mechanic

Darren Ihumatak doesn't hesitate to upgrade his skills when a chance presents itself. That philosophy has taken him from community maintainer – where he often worked with plumbing and heating – to journeyman heavy-duty technician...

Rankin hearts Toronto

The excitement was unmistakeable as more than 30 players from the Rankin Rock atom and peewee hockey teams, their coaches and chaperones left Rankin Inlet on Oct. 6 to begin the first leg of...

Vandals must know the consequences

For the most part, those of us living in Rankin Inlet have been pretty lucky when it comes to major acts of vandalism over the years, especially when compared to many other Nunavut communities. Break-and-enters...

Hockey camp

The Season Opener hockey camp will get underway in Rankin Inlet this coming week, running from Oct. 17 to 21. The camp is open to all registered minor hockey players and offers both on-ice and...

Pride and commitment

A promotion can mean many things to many people, but, in the cadet program, one thing you can count on is that it's well-deserved. Cadets are not promoted simply because they attended regularly the previous...

Whooping cough

Nunavut's Department of Health has asked everyone to ensure their immunization records are up to date after confirming cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in Arviat and Rankin Inlet. Whooping cough is preventable with a vaccine,...

One step at a time

The final public hearings on the Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM)-owned Whale Tail Pit project were held in front of the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in Baker Lake from Sept. 19-22. Whale Tail is an...