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Yellowknife budget threatens 8.4 per cent tax hike

Yellowknifers could pay hundreds more in property taxes next year. The first draft of the city's 2020 budget was made public Monday and features an 8.4 per cent property tax spike. It's now up to councillors...

MLAs chastise minister over lack of funds for community learning centres

Repairs and replacements for community learning centres need to be a higher priority, several MLAs reinforced to Patterk Netser, minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, on Monday. “When the government is making capital estimates, there’s usually...

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...
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...

Hickes has the boots, so time to get working

Last week, we reported that Finance Minister George Hickes was instructed by his father, former Manitoba MLA George Hickes Sr., not to follow in his footprints, but to leave his own – and they...
Dylan Short/NNSL photo Carly Bradley, Folk on the Rocks executive producer, presents to council asking for renovations to the festival’s main stage to be funded in this year’s budget.

Public pitches on budget

A number of user groups lobbied City Council Monday evening to persuade them that they deserved funding in the 2019 budget. A total of four groups spent close to two hours asking for a number...