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COVID-19 batters Nunavut’s travel industry; 75% of tourism businesses may close in second quarter

Nunavut's $300-million travel and tourism industry is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic with 75 per cent of businesses in the sector indicating that they may have to shut down during the second quarter and...

GN and NTI fund $2 million worth of food for Nunavut communities

The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are collaborating to invest $2 million in community food programs for children and elders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iqaluit will receive $200,000. Communities with more...

Degrees of Success: Scholarship opportunities abound

Expenses related to post-secondary education can be substantial: tuition, room and board, textbooks, among them. Scholarships and grants can make the difference for promising students who desire a college or university education. Below is...

Qulliq Energy Corporation warns of scam calls

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) demanding immediate payment under the threat of disconnecting your power supply, it's likely a scam. QEC circulated...

Nunavut health minister extends public health emergency until April 16

The territorial public health emergency enacted due to COVID-19 on March 18 will be extended until at least April 16, Health Minister George Hickes announced Thursday. “There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in...

Minister frustrated by Ottawa’s modest compensation for medical travel

After fighting for years with the federal government to get greater reimbursements for extremely expensive Non-Insured Health Benefits medical travel, Finance and Health Minister George Hickes is threatening to dump the problem in Ottawa's...

Chambers of commerce embrace federal wage subsidy, but some concerns remain

The federal government's efforts to aid businesses and non-profit organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being hailed by Nunavut's chambers of commerce but questions and concerns linger. The Government of Canada increased the...

Qulliq Energy Corp applies to reduce customers’ bills

Qulliq Energy Corporation has applied to have power bills reduced -- an amount that will save the average customer $14.50 per month. The power corp. announced the application to the territory’s Utility Rates Review Council...

Patterson welcomes federal COVID-19 compensation that can aid Nunavummiut

*UPDATE: The federal government will issue cheque payments in addition to direct deposit. The federal government's $2,000 per month payments to Canadians who have lost work due to COVID-19 can benefit Nuanvummiut carvers, seamstresses, actors...

Nunavut introduces fines up to $50,000 or jail time for not self-isolating

A “relatively small group” of individuals are not adhering to the mandatory 14 day self-isolation rule. This a recurring problem where some people, who have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, continue...

Taloyoak man imprisoned for a minimum of 13 years after strangling spouse

Editor's note: The following story contains disturbing details.  A Taloyoak man with a history of violent acts against his spouse has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 13 years...

Agnico Eagle puts Meliadine mine in ‘lockdown’ mode; contract worker disciplined

To strengthen its COVID-19 response, Agnico Eagle is placing its Meliadine gold mine in "lockdown mode" starting on Monday. That means all workers required at the mine site, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, will...

Does Nunavut’s quality of education get a passing grade?

The number of high school graduates in Nunavut has gradually been rising, but is the quality of their education adequate? MLA John Main has been trying to get an answer to this question, but he...

Degrees of Success: Child welfare specialist hones her craft in B.C.

Christa Kunuk had a career-altering moment while in her early years as a counsellor at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit. A restless and troubled young boy approached her and said, “If I grow up, I'm going...

Agnico Eagle reduces activity at Meliadine and Meadowbank

Agnico Eagle announced Tuesday that it will reduce activities at its Meliadine gold mine and Meadowbank complex, which processes ore from the Amaruq gold deposit. "Even with the reduction in mining activities, we plan to...

Some Nunavut students scramble home from the south, go into self-isolation

As COVID-19 created growing alarm across the country over the past week, Nunavut students studying in the south were faced with the choice of hunkering down or rushing home. Alassua Hanson, who's enrolled in the...

Stephen Mansell named Nunavut’s deputy minister of Justice

Stephen Mansell will take over as deputy minister of Justice as of April 27, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced on Tuesday. Mansell, who grew up in Nunavut, has been director of Nunavut Law Program since May...

Nunavut residents must self-isolate before flying back into the territory

Starting Wednesday, Nunavummiut returning to the territory, including medical travel patients, will have to self-isolate for 14 days prior to flying back into the territory. The isolation will take place in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or...

Expect some COVID-19 questions when calling for service, RCMP advise

Those who contact the RCMP for assistance should be prepared to answer some questions about the coronavirus COVID-19 before the police arrive, as a safety precaution. The Mounties' telecommunications operators have been instructed to inquire...

Chief medical health officer approves of Agnico Eagle’s COVID-19 protocol, according to Municipality of...

Agnico Eagle's ongoing operations at the Meliadine gold mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, don't pose "significant risk" under the mine's COVID-19 protocol, according to a quote attributed to Nunavut chief medical health...

Judge sentences Cambridge Bay man to 3.5 years for manslaughter in a case rife...

Editor's note: This story contains some disturbing details.  A Cambridge Bay man who killed a father of 12 on a night when liquor was consumed heavily has been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and...

Degrees of Success: Inuit superintendents guide school operations in all three regions

The term “capacity building” has often been repeated over the years, but the Nunavut Department of Education has proof that it's actually happening. Inuit superintendents are now overseeing Nunavut's school operations in all three regions....

Agnico Eagle allows Nunavummiut workers to go home due to public health emergency

Agnico Eagle has amended its plans based on the public health emergency declared in Nunavut on Wednesday and its 400-500 Nunavut-based workers will be permitted to stay home for the next four weeks, effective...

Nunavut declares public health emergency; bars to close; restaurants takeout only; limitations on taxis

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes officially declared a public health emergency on Wednesday due to COVID-19. As of Friday, all bars in the territory will be forced to close. Restaurants will only be able to...

Qiniq, SSi Micro ask customers to conserve data to avoid network congestion

Qiniq internet customers and SSi Micro cellphone customers are being asked to conserve "precious network capacity" during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting data, whenever possible. That would mean, for example, not sending large files and...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance minister says The Government of Nunavut approved budget overages of $19.5 million for nurses across the territory and $1 million for...

Nunavut’s RCMP commanding officer confronts public trust

The RCMP's commanding officer in Nunavut is aware that some Inuit want the territory's police force to be more accountable. “If there's a mistrust then that's something that we need to work on. That's the...

Canadian North reduces flight schedule due to drop in passenger demand

Canadian North is reducing its number of flights due to lower passenger demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Wednesday, flights on the airline's main routes including Ottawa-Iqaluit and Edmonton-Yellowknife-Inuvik will be reduced...

Nunavut RCMP scale back front counter services but keep officers on the streets

Nunavut RCMP have temporarily stopped issuing criminal record checks and will not offer optional fingerprinting services until further notice as efforts are made to limit contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mounties are asking the...

Agnico Eagle forges ahead despite COVID-19 risk; introduces screening of employees

With a much larger Inuit workforce than Baffinland Iron Mines, Agnico Eagle isn't in a position to allow its Nunavut employees to stay home temporarily as Baffinland has chosen to do, said Dominique Girard,...