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  1. NEWS: GN broadens Inuit language incentive program

    09.21 / 20:20 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    The Government of Nunavut is offering its Inuktut-speaking employees a new incentive it hopes will help promote the use of the Inuit language in the public service. The GN, in partnership with Nunavut’s language authority, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, will on Oct. 2 launch its new Inuit Language Incentive Policy, which will pay out an annual bonus to Inuktut-speakers based on their proficiency. The new policy replaces an existing bilingual bonus the GN has overseen…
  2. NEWS: What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17

    09.21 / 18:33 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    A Sept. 15 story, published late in the day on Friday, ended up leading the top five most-read stories of the week that started Sept. 10. Nunatsiaq News readers were keen to learn about how a former Nunavut senior administrative officer received a sentence of house arrest for a $150,000 theft from the Hamlet of Baker Lake. Baker Lake’s Dennis Zettler, convicted of skimming lottery revenues from the hamlet coffers since 2009, hid cash around his house until he could bring it…
  3. NEWS: Nunavut, mining company, link arms to improve Kivalliq quality of life

    09.21 / 17:32 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. wants to do more than just dig for gold in Nunavut. The multinational corporation, which operates mine sites in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Nunavut Sept. 20, pledging to collaborate with the territory on 10 high-profile “priority areas.” Those areas are: health, education, training, economic development, infrastructure, housing, heritage resources, wildlife, public safety, and climate…
  4. NEWS: Fires produce big costs for Nunavut: 2016 fire marshal report

    09.21 / 14:13 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    More than 100 fires in Nunavut—18 of which were “suspicious” in origin—ran up a bill of about $2.9 million in losses across the territory in 2016. That figure comes from the Office of the Fire Marshal’s 2016 Annual Report, tabled Sept. 18 in the Nunavut Legislature, on fire-related statistics for Nunavut. While no one in Nunavut died in fires during 2016, unlike 2015 when five people died, 15 people did suffer injuries from fires in 2016. The 2016 fire…
  5. NEWS: Made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act bill will die with assembly dissolution

    09.21 / 13:05 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    A made-in-Nunavut Corrections Act bill, meant to replace decades-old legislation grandfathered from the Northwest Territories, will be buried alongside another failed bill amending Nunavut’s Education Act, after MLAs quietly dropped the legislation on the final day of their last sitting before government dissolved for elections. “This assembly has simply run out of time,” said the chair of the standing committee on legislation, Rankin Inlet…
  6. NEWS: Ex-RCMP officer who smuggled Nunavut narwhal tusks gets 62-month sentence

    09.21 / 12:19 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Here’s what you shouldn’t do: smuggle narwhal tusks into the United States. This is why a retired RCMP officer, Gregory Logan, received a sentence of 62 months Sept. 20 in a Bangor, Maine courtroom. “When law enforcers become law breakers, it causes the rest of society to despair,” said U.S. District Judge John Woodcock as he sentenced Logan on money-laundering charges. Woodcock also said “the narwhal whale is worth more to the rest of us alive than it…
  7. NEWS: Report reveals Nunavut MLAs raked in big bucks last year

    09.21 / 11:14 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    It’s not hard to understand why so many Nunavut MLAs want to seek re-election this Oct. 30. As revealed in a report tabled in the legislative assembly Sept. 19, members of the Nunavut legislature make big bucks — and they rank among the best paid wage earners in Nunavut. All MLAs fall within the top 5 per cent of wage earners in Canada and some are close to the top 1 per cent. The only downside? An MLA’s job is highly precarious — subject to the whims of…
  8. NEWS: Verdict in historic Nunavut sex case delayed two more months

    09.14 / 21:20 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    The final verdict in the long-standing litigation of alleged sex-offender, Johnny Meeko, has been postponed for at least two months due in part to “overly optimistic” estimates for time needed to go through materials, Nunavut Chief Justice, Neil Sharkey, admitted on Sept. 14. In a brief statement read at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, Sharkey said he has made “great progress” sifting through hundreds of pages of testimony, which was heard during…
  9. NEWS: Kugaaruk students still await installation of portable classrooms

    09.14 / 20:17 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Six portable classrooms have arrived in Kugaaruk, but these can’t yet be set up, Education Minister Paul Quassa said in the Nunavut Legislature Sept. 13. The foundations for the modular buildings, which will serve as part of an interim school, didn’t arrive at the same time as the portables. “That has created a little bit of a delay,” Education minister Paul Quassa told members of the legislative assembly during a Sept. 13 sitting. A fire destroyed the…
  10. NEWS: Nunavut Coroner, RCMP will investigate Sept. 14 Iqaluit death

    09.14 / 19:35 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    The Nunavut RCMP said it is “not looking for any suspects at this time and there are no public safety concerns” in its statement about the discharge of a firearm in Iqaluit on Sept. 14. At about noon, members of the Iqaluit RCMP responded to an incident on Amaaq St., the RCMP said in a release. While the officers were speaking to a person outside a house, “a firearm was discharged inside the residence,” the release said. “Police entered that residence and…
  11. NEWS: Nunavik community says video footage could lead to teen’s killer

    09.14 / 18:52 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Quebec provincial police investigators have returned to Nunavik to look into the unsolved July death of an Inukjuak teenager. Bethany Nastapoka, 14, was found dead July 22 outside a home in the Hudson coast community. The Kativik Regional Police Force handed the investigation over to the Sûreté du Québec, which initially said it had evidence that suggested the teen’s death was a homicide. But almost two months later, no arrests have been made. SQ investigators…
  12. NEWS: Elections Nunavut hopes to hire students before voters go to the polls

    09.14 / 17:26 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Elections Nunavut and Nunavut’s Department of Education are looking for youth to work on the administration of the upcoming territorial election. Nunavut’s election agency is calling on Nunavut high school students to apply for paid positions as registration and polling clerks ahead of the Oct. 30 vote. Dustin Fredlund, chief electoral officer for Elections Nunavut, said the jobs are targeted to youth who haven’t yet reached legal voting age in a move to promote an…
  13. NEWS: Iqaluit councillors approve scaled-back fix for Federal Road

    09.14 / 15:37 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Long awaited upgrades to Iqaluit’s potholed and dust-ridden Federal Road are on the horizon, now that the city has awarded a $2.5-million construction contract to Kudlik Construction Ltd. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services presented the city with a project plan for fixing the road last fall, saying they would complete a design and pay all construction and engineering expenses. After receiving all design and tender documents in…
  14. NEWS: Nunavut pilot-in-training spreads her wings

    09.14 / 14:30 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    From the time she was a newborn, Jamila Gordon has spent hundreds of hours in the air. It started during her first flight home from the hospital in Yellowknife, where she was flown to her hometown of Rankin Inlet, and every other time she left the Kivalliq community on holidays, medical travel or to visit friends in other communities. And from the looks of it, the young pilot-in-training will be spending hundreds and hundreds more hours in the sky. In her early 20s, Gordon…
  15. NEWS: Kivalliq hunters demand increase in Western Hudson Bay polar bear quota

    09.14 / 13:24 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Although the Government of Nunavut wants quotas for Western Hudson Bay polar bears to stay where they are now, Kivalliq wildlife officials issued a desperate plea for more tags to protect their communities, during a contentious meeting at the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board in Iqaluit, Sept. 11. “Every night we’re having bear problems, every single night, and I’m not just saying it,” said the president of the Kivalliq Wildlife Board, Stanley Adjuk of Whale…
  16. NEWS: Nunavut’s Kivalliq region fundraises for Hurricane Irma victims

    09.14 / 12:20 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    Nunavummiut, many of whom live in substandard housing on incomes that barely cover basic essentials, are once again ready to step up and share with those who are less fortunate. This time, it’s to help those who lost everything when Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean region into Florida last weekend, bringing storm surges and waves over low-lying areas and winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour.  To that end, a Rankin Inlet woman, Sally Kusugak, has planned a…
  17. NEWS: Iqaluit man, 30, charged in last May’s brutal attack on elder

    09.14 / 11:18 nunatsiaqonline.ca Nunatsiaqonline.ca - Quebec
    The Iqaluit RCMP have arrested and charged a man they believe is responsible for a brutal home invasion this past May, when a handicapped elder was attacked in her own bed while she slept. John John Pauloosie, 30, was arrested Sept. 8 and faces charges of assault and breaking and entering, the RCMP’s “V” Division announced in a news release Sept. 13. Police said Pauloosie will be held in remand custody until his first court appearance, scheduled for Oct. 3 at the…