John Van Dusen

John Van Dusen is a journalist with CBC North based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He's previously worked with CBC in Ontario and New Brunswick. Find him on Twitter @jvdCBC.

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What can $1,800 get you for housing in the North? Nothing

Poorly insulated mouldy homes. Snow coming through the windows. Mattresses in the living room. Whole families living in a bedroom. A dozen plus living under one roof. A Senate report calls on the federal government to address a long-standing housing issue in Canada's North.

Agnico Eagle eyes hovercraft to look for gold in Nunavut

A mining company is looking to ship two hovercraft to Nunavut this summer to make it easier to search for gold year-round on the tundra.

Iqaluit man sentenced to 2 and a half years for role in shack fire assault

Peter Sharky was sentenced Friday morning at the Nunavut Court of Justice after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.

Man pleads guilty to aggravated assault in Iqaluit shack fire

Peter Sharky "cold-clocked" his girlfriend's father, poured gas on the ground and fled, leaving a shack in flames with the victim inside.

Breakaway QIA members look to HTOs, hamlets for support

One of the leaders of the movement to split the Qikiqtani Inuit Association in half says the idea has been in discussion for about a year.

Charges stayed against passenger who caused Aeroflot flight to land in Iqaluit

An Armenian man taken into custody in Canada in November after a Moscow-bound flight was diverted to Iqaluit is one step closer to going home after the Crown stayed four charges against him.

High Arctic communities consider splitting from QIA

Six High Arctic communities will petition Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to break away from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and form their own Inuit organization.

Nunavut judge reduces drunk driver's sentence after officers assault him

A Nunavut judge slashed the sentence of a repeat drunk-driver on Friday after police officers forced their way into his home and assaulted him the night he was arrested.

Starvation after weather event killed caribou on remote Arctic island

Dozens of dead caribou found on a remote, uninhabited Arctic island last summer died from starvation, likely because of a storm, says Nunavut's Department of Environment.

Iqaluit looks to add braille signs in buildings

The City of Iqaluit will look to add braille signs in all its municipal buildings to assist people with visual impairments and will ask the territory to do the same on any new government buildings, starting with Iqaluit's new airport scheduled to open in 2017.
Recap

So long, 2016: Looking back at the year in news in Nunavut

Two high profile Nunavut politicians resigned in 2016; another went missing; and an age-old shipwreck was discovered, but not without controversy. Here's a look at what made news in the territory this year.

Nunavut, N.W.T. premiers slam Arctic drilling moratorium

N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod says Ottawa's unilateral decision to ban oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters is "a step backward" from devolution, and Nunavut counterpart Peter Taptuna says it could cripple his territory's future financial independence.

Ex-Cambridge Bay housing manager accused of defrauding $133K from employer

Jim Peckham, 51, is accused of defrauding the Cambridge Bay Housing Association of $133,500 between February 2012 and May 2014, according to documents filed with the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Iqaluit breaks tax act, mistakenly publishes names on tax arrears list

The City of Iqaluit is apologizing after it mistakenly published names on its annual tax arrears list, and now potentially faces fines for not complying with Nunavut's tax act.

Iqaluit 'committed' to making sure people have access to new pool

Iqaluit city council nearly shot down a set of proposed fees Tuesday night for its new aquatic centre set to open in January.