Sara Minogue

Sara Minogue has been reporting in the North since 2004. She is based in Yellowknife.

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Airline merger creating 'dire' situation for Beaufort Delta passengers, says MLA

Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson says constituents are telling him they've been bumped off flights, and that some are missing medical appointments in the South.

Freak snowstorm doesn't stop 4 who complete Yukon-Alaska bike relay — by unicycle

For the 1st time in 25 years, a freak snowstorm cancelled the annual Yukon-Alaska bike relay. Word didn't reach Ned Rozbicki and his unicycle relay team.

'State-of-the-art' caribou protection plans draw broad support for Sabina gold mine

Paul Emingak, executive director for the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, calls Sabina's latest plans to protect caribou 'state-of-the-art in the Arctic.'

Some fear outcome inevitable as 2nd round of Sabina gold mine hearings get underway in Cambridge Bay

'I just don't see this project... not getting approved,' says a regulatory research specialist with the Yellowknives Dene, who won't be at this week's hearings.

Facing Inuit teacher shortages, Nunavut Education Minister wants to move deadlines on bilingual instruction

'Due to the fact that we have been short of Inuktitut teachers and [a] lack of resources, this is something that we have not been able to meet,' Education Minister Paul Quassa said last week.

Lack of planning for Inuit staff in Education Act 'nothing short of scandalous,' says Toronto prof

In a new report timed to coincide with proposed changes to the Education Act, professor Ian Martin predicts only 4 per cent of Inuit will speak Inuktitut at home by 2051, and says even that 'may be too generous.'

Iqaluit airport plots new breakwater to build bigger, better lighting system

A new plan to replace the 30-year-old approach lighting system at the Iqaluit International Airport is drawing some concern about how exactly it will be built and what the impact will be.

'Inadequate and unsafe' Inuit housing needs national fix, say senators

'[We] were invited into this dark, plywood shack, where a young couple with a young child had spent what is a very cruel winter in the High Arctic,' says Senator Dennis Patterson.

'I made a life here:' Iqaluit's first mayor, and curmudgeon-in-chief, dead at 82

Bryan Pearson, one of Iqaluit's most colourful characters, has died after 60 years as a businessman, politician and impresario in the city.
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Remembering Luke Charpentier, 2 years after deadly crash

A judge's sentencing last week in Calgary brought the criminal case to a close, but it changes little for the family still living without him.

Bluenose East caribou quota would 'undermine traditional Dene conservation,' board rules

'It's been shown elsewhere that approach doesn't work,' says Paul Latour, vice-chair of the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board.

Hospital builders pitch 150-person camp near Fieldhouse, and councillors like it

After rejecting the idea of a temporary work camp in Yellowknife's Kam Lake area last month, city councillors reacted warmly to the idea of a smaller camp located much closer to downtown — and away from residential areas.

Shell leaving Lancaster Sound 'a relief' to Inuit, cynical ploy to Greenpeace

While three federal ministers, a Baffin Inuit group and WWF-Canada are extolling Shell's move to relinquish its exploration permits in Lancaster Sound, at least one conservation group views it differently.

Danger of Russian rocket debris downplayed by officials, but Arctic locals fear it

A Russian rocket stage slated to fall in northern Baffin Bay this weekend is nothing to fear, say Russian and Canadian officials, but that message isn't sitting well with hunters.

Separation, detour and death: couple recounts harrowing Fort McMurray escape

For Sue and Tom Clarke, fleeing Fort McMurray meant separation, a harrowing detour to rescue someone in need, and witnessing death on the highway.