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In Iqaluit upset, Lightstone wins over deputy premier

Iqaluit-Manirajak elected Nunavut's youngest MLA Oct. 31 – Adam Arreak Lightstone – after he went to bed. Polls for the riding came in late, after midnight. But by then, unofficially, he knew he'd beaten incumbent...

Rankin sweep

It was a sweep for the host community when the V-Team captured the Laura Gauthier Memorial (LGM) Tournament female crown and Hang'n'Bang took the men's title in Rankin Inlet on Oct. 27. Ten teams battled...

Learning the financial ropes

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. The lesson was...

Soccer program scores major award

The pride is all over Paul Stroeder's face when he talks about how the kids themselves are responsible for the U12 boy's Rankin Wolves soccer program winning the Recreation and Parks Association's Community Organization...

Darvish meltdown good news for Jays

Baseball fans across the Kivalliq were treated to a classic World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros, which wrapped up on Nov. 1. I predicted, in this very paper on Oct. 4,...

Fun, land and learning

Grade 9 students at Tuugaalik High School entered their biggest classroom when the class took part in one of their two annual trips out on the land on Oct. 27 in Naujaat. The students travelled...

The Main event

John Main captured the seat in the Arviat North/Whale Cove riding in convincing fashion, receiving 408 votes to incumbent George Kuksuk's 115. Main, 37, will be going to Iqaluit to represent his riding for the...

Territorial Camp

The community of Rankin Inlet will be hosting a futsal camp from Nov. 17 to 19 for the final team selection to represent Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games.

Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags. The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to...

MLAs must follow new path

The people have spoken, and they have spoken for change. We're hoping the new legislative assembly will be able to achieve the changes candidates have identified in their campaign platforms. Most notable in this move...

Cruise ship worker ‘boot camp’ underway

Ten Nunavummiut are enrolled in a new two-week 'boot camp' to become qualified to work on cruise ships in the Arctic. The training, taking place in Iqaluit, will allow the participants to meet formal qualifications...

Revving through the snow

It's the time of the year when wide-open throttles are racing through the minds of many snowmobile riders. Aaron Tartak is one of them. He's in Edmonton taking a heavy equipment mechanic course until Dec....

Amateur poll correctly predicts 16 of 22 ridings

A survey run on Facebook the weekend before the Oct. 31 territorial election correctly predicted 16 of the 22 soon-to-be MLAs. The survey, said its creator Robin Anawak, was a spur-of-the-moment thing. The budding pollster...

Voter turnout drops five percentage points

Voter turnout for the 2017 territorial election fell to 65 per cent, down from 2013's 70 per cent. Iqaluit ridings, along with Netsilik, had the lowest turnout – below 60 per cent – while Arviat...

Five years worth of celebration

Hard to believe but the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) has been around for five years now. “I can't believe how fast it's gone and how much we've grown over that time,” said...

Fire hall under repair

A late August fire in the Kugaaruk fire hall caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage to the building, according to John Ivey, the community's senior administrative officer. "We managed to get power reintroduced to...

Calm Air partnership with Aeroplan continues

Some Aeroplan members may have noticed that Aeroplan points are no longer being accumulated when they purchase flights through Calm Air. That doesn't mean the partnership between Aeroplan and the airline is ending anytime soon,...

Avid snowmobilers ready to ride, and repair, if necessary

It's the time of the year when wide-open throttles are racing through the minds of many snowmobile riders. Aaron Tartak is one of them. He's in Edmonton taking a heavy equipment mechanic course until Dec....

Amateur poll correctly predicts 16 of 22 ridings

A survey run on Facebook the weekend before the Oct. 31 territorial election correctly predicted 16 of the 22 soon-to-be MLAs. The survey, said its creator Robin Anawak, was a spur-of-the-moment thing. The budding pollster...

Nunavut Election 2017 – Recount hangs over Cambridge Bay results

After winning by just nine votes in Cambridge Bay, Jeannie Ehaloak admits that she's facing anxious days ahead as a mandatory recount takes place due to winning with less than a two per cent...

Nunavut Election 2017 – Quassa ready to become premier

After being elected to a second term as Aggu MLA by 10 votes, Paul Quassa is prepared to become the territory's premier. "Oh definitely," he said. "That's why I wanted to get re-elected. I feel...

Half of Kivalliq MLAs turfed in territorial election

Kivalliq voters went old school and voted for experience on an election night that saw three of the region's six incumbents defeated. Lorne Kusugak avenged his loss in the Rankin Inlet South riding during the...

Learning the financial ropes

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. The lesson was...

People will stop caring when even Corn Pops become racist

There are those among us who don't think society has reached the apex of oversensitivity yet. I can't see how we can become any more sensitive when just this past week, the finger of...

Mine tour

Martin Plante, general manager of Agnico Eagle Mine's (AEM) Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, will be on hand when bus loads of Rankin residents head out to tour the Meliadine camp and mine...

Nunavut Election 2017 – Akeeagok runs away with Quttiktuq

Quttiktuq was a crowded field with nine candidates, but one stood out among the rest: David Akeeagok. The senior GN bureaucrat far outpaced his competitors, racking up 189 votes compared to only 78 for Mishak...

Nunavut Election 2017 – Towtongie promises to boost Chesterfield Inlet

Cathy Towtongie said she won't allow her name to stand for premier or a cabinet seat until she meets with constituents in Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet first. The former Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president...

Tricks and treats postponed in Nunavut capital

Mother Nature is providing all the chills and thrills today. With the announcement from the City of Iqaluit that it was shutting down the morning of Oct. 31, all human Halloween activities and celebrations were...

Hail junior fire chiefs

Five students from Leo Ussak Elementary School (LUS) got the royal treatment from Fire Chief Mark Wyatt, captains Kyle Lowe and George Aksadjuak, and Lieut. Kelly Kabvitok while serving as junior fire chiefs at...

Art world still mourns

More than a month after his death on Sept.21, Canadian art lovers are still mourning the loss of Baker Lake carver and sculptor Barnabus Arnasungaaq. He was 93. Arnasungaaq was the last of the first...