Topic: nunavut

Boom times ahead for Yukon and Nunavut, but not N.W.T., report says

The Conference Board of Canada's latest economic forecast, released Thursday, says Yukon and Nunavut will outpace much of the country in terms of growth between now and 2025.

Man charged after vandalism causes flood at Winnipeg airport

A Nunavut man is facing charges after vandalism to a washroom at Winnipeg’s airport Wednesday started fire sprinklers and led to water flooding through a section of the airport.

4 years of boil advisories expected to end in Whale Cove with new treatment plant

Whale Cove, Nunavut, has been under summer boil water advisories for the past five years, but a new treatment plant is expected to end this.

Police ask for public's help in investigation of Iqaluit's Northmart fire

Nunavut RCMP are asking for the public’s help in its ongoing investigation into the fires set on Nov. 8, including the fire that destroyed the warehouse for Iqaluit’s Northmart.

Early data suggest no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization, police say

Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say.

Kivalliq hotels, tourist attraction to receive major investments

More than $5 million will be spent on upgrades to hotels and a cultural site in Nunavut's Kivalliq region.

After 18 months in uninsulated shack, Pond Inlet family to get a home

'It gets really cold at night,' said Jeannie Kasarnak. 'I have to stay awake all night to make sure the kids are not cold.'

Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

Canada's territories are spending the most per capita on costs related to substance use, according to a report released Thursday.

Iqaluit's Northmart to reopen Saturday after fire

Iqaluit's largest grocery store is preparing to open on Saturday after a fire last week that destroyed its warehouse.

Inuit lives must be protected over polar bears, Nunavut community says

Government officials must do a better job of controlling the polar bear population along the west coast of Hudson Bay, according to residents left scared and angered by a pair of recent and deadly attacks.

Indigenous women coerced into sterilizations across Canada: senator

New research shows the forced sterilization of Indigenous women is not just a shameful part of Canadian history. Reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the territories suggest it is still happening.

'So many bears': Draft plan says Nunavut polar bear numbers unsafe

There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn't yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking.

Hemp and hops: Yukon brewery experiments with new ingredient

Yukon Brewing has signed a deal with an Ontario company that promises a new invention; the brewery plans to start experimenting with hemp mash this winter, creating a beer that could be the first of its kind.

Youth spread kindness like confetti in Cambridge Bay

Youth in Cambridge Bay are posting notes with positive messages in the community to promote mental wellness.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Nov. 5

Winter has landed in much of the North, but it's not stopping you — or the local wildlife — from getting out and exploring in your best photos of the week.

These driving dogs will make you go 'aww'

Meet the northern pups that love to feel the wind in their ears.

Montreal advocates hope to tackle TB by helping Inuit train as health care aides

See Change Initiative, a non-profit in Montreal, and Ilisaqsivik Society in Clyde River, Nunavut, want to focus on a “bottom-up” approach to tackle the TB crisis in the north by putting Inuit communities at the heart of the project.

Man killed in Pond Inlet, RCMP say it's a homicide

RCMP in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, say a 23-year-old man was killed on Nov. 9. A suspect is in custody.

Youth charged with arson after Iqaluit Northmart fire

A youth has been charged with arson and disregard for human life in connection to a fire that destroyed the warehouse of Iqaluit's largest grocery store.

Wave of bells to ring out across Canada to mark 100 years since WWI

Bells will ring out 100 times Sunday evening as the sun sets in communities across Canada, echoing the church bells that tolled in celebration of the armistice 100 years ago.

Wave of bells to ring out across Canada to mark 100 years since WWI

Bells will ring out 100 times Sunday evening as the sun sets in communities across Canada, echoing the church bells that tolled in celebration of the armistice 100 years ago.

Ottawa business races to fill orders after Iqaluit grocery store fire

Northern Shopper, an Ottawa company that ships goods to Nunavut, says orders have come pouring in as word of a major fire in one of Iqaluit's two grocery stores spreads.

Nunavut's new cabinet minister, Patterk Netser, gets Housing and Arctic College portfolios

Patterk Netser, who was acclaimed as a cabinet minister in Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly last week, was assigned portfolios Thursday in a cabinet shuffle.

Prices won't rise after Iqaluit grocery store burns, Northmart says

An early morning fire on Thursday at the Northmart store in Iqaluit forced the evacuation of nearby homes, including one for seniors, as crews worked to put out the blaze and respond to other fires reported in the area.

3-year mandatory minimum 'abhorrent and intolerable,' rules Nunavut judge

Justice Earl Johnson sentenced Sigurdson Irkootee to six months for illegally selling a firearm in June 2016, instead of the the three-year sentence set out in the mandatory minimum.

Arctic Bay outfitter gets booking boost after winning Indigenous tourism award

Three years after getting started, an outfitting company in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, has won a national tourism award for maximizing social benefits while running an environmentally-friendly business.

Double-murder trial remains on track as Calgary judge elevated to Alberta's top court

A Calgary judge who was elevated to Alberta's Court of Appeal on Monday will still preside over a high-profile, double-murder trial as her final case in the province's superior court.

2 foxes in Igloolik test positive for rabies

Nunavut's Health Department issued a public health advisory on Monday. Rabies is commonly found in foxes and wolves in Nunavut and can spread to humans and dogs.

PJ Akeeagok acclaimed as president of Qikiqtani Inuit Association

PJ Akeeagok will return as the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association after no challenger put forth a nomination. However, several community director positions will be contested in the Dec. 10 election.

Ozone layer is healing, but maybe not the Arctic ozone hole, UN says

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is recovering at a rate of one to three per cent per decade, reversing years of dangerous depletion caused by the release of harmful chemicals, a UN study said on Monday.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 29

October is in the rearview mirror, but it left with a bang: providing incredible landscapes and sights for your best photos of the week from across the North.

Northern Haze returns with new album 'Siqinnaarut,' their 1st in 33 years

Nunavut's Inuktitut-speaking band from Igloolik is releasing a new album later this month, 33 years after they broke ground with the first Indigenous-language rock album recorded in North America.

Texting now an option for kids in crisis in N.L.

"It is something young people told us they wanted," says the Kids Help Phone manager for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dene left in the dark about Ottawa's new Arctic region, chief says

Before it made the decision about the new region, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it held open discussions with the Inuvialuit and Inuit. But no one consulted with Dene communities on Treaty 11 territory.

Nunavut premier changes cabinet perks after Iqaluit-based ministers claim home travel

Within the first two weeks of taking over as Nunavut's premier, Joe Savikataaq put his foot down on ministers' home travel allowances, after the ambiguously written policy saw taxpayers foot thousands of dollars on home travel for ministers who live in Iqaluit.

3-month treatment for latent tuberculosis on its way to the N.W.T.

A drug that can cut the amount of time it takes to treat latent tuberculosis down to just three months will soon be available in the Northwest Territories.

N.W.T. gov't accused of prioritizing private business over communities during MTS cargo update

During a Wednesday update on cargo being shipped to three communities affected by a government barge cancellation, N.W.T. government officials faced accusations that the shipping issues were partially caused by prioritizing private contracts.

Baker Lake's mayor will not resign despite a vote from council asking him to

Baker Lake’s mayor will stay in his position despite a vote from the hamlet council asking him to step down, after he was charged with assault last month.

Iqaluit bids farewell to popular one-stop shop for Nunavummiut

A nut here, a bolt there, that specific swath of fabric — Nunavummiut are bidding farewell to Baffin Electronics, Iqaluit’s popular one-stop shop for hardware, electronics repair and sewing supplies.

Nunavut's former premier asks for harassment review of health department

Nunavut’s former premier Paul Quassa asked for a review of workplace harassment in the health department in the legislature yesterday.

New housing minister among 13 MLAs to censure Nunavut premier, cabinet

Nunavut’s newly appointed housing minister, Lorne Kusugak, was among thirteen MLAs who publicly reprimanded Premier Joe Savikataaq and his cabinet for stripping Pat Angnakak of her portfolio after what the premier called a 'serious breach' of cabinet confidentiality.

43-year-old Igloolik man charged with murder

RCMP in Igloolik have charged Jerry Ulayuruluk with murder after a woman in the community was assaulted and later died from her injuries.

'It's a people issue': Million pounds of cargo from cancelled barge going to communities

People in Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay and Paulatuk are starting to see the much needed cargo they’ve been waiting for.

'Fired' chief medical officer says Nunavut's Health Department is a toxic workplace

Dr. Kim Barker, Nunavut's former chief medical officer of health, says the Department of Health is rife with dysfunction caused by deputy health minister Colleen Stockley.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 22

There's no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, but foxes and a pair of mischievous ravens highlight this week's selection of your best photos of the week from across the North.

How can we heal suicide-related trauma? CBC Nunavut asks at public event Saturday

CBC is hosting a panel discussion in Iqaluit Saturday, about ways people have healed after suicide-related trauma.

Canada to apologize for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis in mid-20th century

Inuit across the North were plucked from their communities and taken to sanatoriums in southern Canada for tuberculosis treatment in the mid-20th century, and now the federal government is poised to apologize.

In explosive speech, Pat Angnakak resigns from Nunavut cabinet

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak has resigned from Nunavut's cabinet, one day after being stripped of her duties as the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation and the minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation.

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation president pleads not guilty to assault charge

The Qikiqtaaluk Corporation's president Harry Flaherty pleaded not guilty to an assault charge Thursday morning in the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Iqaluit cab driver quits over violence on the job

A cab driver in Iqaluit is speaking out about what he describes as a recent increase in abuse toward drivers who work at night, especially since the beer and wine store opened.

Nunavut housing minister stripped of portfolio after 'serious breach,' says premier

Minister Pat Angnakak is no longer the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation and the Qulliq Energy Corporation, after what Premier Joe Savikataaq describes as a 'serious breach of cabinet confidentiality in the legislative assembly.'

DFO, Canadian Coast Guard create new Arctic region

In a move to put Inuit and Indigenous peoples in the North at the heart of decision-making, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard have announced the creation of a new region focused specifically on the Arctic.

'All the way' now means giving back for the NHL's 1st Inuk player

Jordin Tootoo says sobriety and family are his greatest gifts in life and he now wants to give back by advocating for mental health, suicide prevention and substance abuse treatment.

UCP vow to scrap carbon tax would see Ottawa 'impose their will' on Alberta: Ceci

And while UCP leader Jason Kenney would almost certainly disagree with that phrasing, he does say his proposed challenge against the federal plan could fail — but he asserts that even then, the province would be better off.

Nunavut's chief coroner fired in part due to 'fraudulent activity' at YWCA, gov't says

The government also alleges Padma Suramala forged a document to appear as a court order in order to seize health records from the Qikiqtani General Hospital.

Premier Scott Moe slams newly detailed carbon tax as a Liberal plan 'to buy your vote with your money'

Setting the backdrop of “rapidly approaching and potentially deadly risks” of climate change, Canada’s Public Safety Minister laid out the federal government’s climate change and carbon tax plan, that would apply to Saskatchewan.

In razor-thin vote, Kugluktuk votes to lift liquor restrictions

The community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, has voted to lift restrictions for community members looking to purchase alcohol.

Iqaluit's education authority in spat with gov't over how students were counted

The chair of Iqaluit's District Education Authority says its students are losing out on thousands of dollars in funding because of when the territory's Department of Education counted the student population.

Email scammers con Nunavut corporation out of $300K

The Nunavut Resources Corp. is out around $300,000 after months of falling victim to an email scam.

Yukon NDP presses gov't for diabetes, kidney disease numbers

'If we don’t have the numbers of individuals with diabetes or kidney disease, then how do we know if we’ve reached a threshold for institutional hemodialysis?'

U of O students bring fresh food idea home

University of Ottawa students have come up with a fresh idea for sustainable food production, both up North and right here on campus.

Kugluktuk heads to polls to decide on lifting alcohol restrictions

Kugluktuk, Nunavut is heading to the polls today, where residents will decide whether or not to remove the community's liquor restrictions.

'It's devastating': Barge cancellation taking a toll on Kugluktuk business, residents

The community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, received its first freighter flight of goods on Saturday from a recently cancelled supply barge. It's a relief for residents, but one that has not alleviated concerns or confusion in the community.

Iqaluit student sits during national anthem to make statement about residential school curriculum

Miles Brewster, 12, says he ended up in the principal’s office after he sat during the Canadian anthem to make a statement about the residential school curriculum.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 15

The seasons are changing, and in some places across the North, the snow is here to stay — while others are enjoying another few weeks of fall colours. Take a look at fall across the territories in our gallery of your best shots from the past week from across the North.

Nunavut musicians celebrate mental health in Resolute Bay

Nunavut musician Colleen Nakashuk, also known as Aasiva, performed in Resolute Bay as part of non-profit group Alianait’s fourth Mental Health Awareness Tour.

New collection of world famous Cape Dorset prints on display today

There are 34 prints at the annual exhibit this year. The prints are always unveiled the third Saturday of October. To make the buying process fair, people have to enter their names in a draw.

Northern food security program has 'lost its way,' says LeBlanc

Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising changes to the federal government’s northern food security subsidy program in the coming weeks, acknowledging that Nutrition North has “lost its way.”

'Tokenism and optics': Inuit orgs slam feds on Nutrition North consultations

Canada's Inuit organizations have pulled out of the federal government's Indigenous Working Group on food security, saying the structure is disrespectful to Inuit rights.

School in Coral Harbour reopens despite parents' concerns about mould

The local district education authority in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, closed the community’s only school this week over health concerns.

Nunavut's chief medical officer 'no longer employed with the government'

The government of Nunavut is giving few details on why Dr. Kim Barker, former chief medical officer of health, is no longer in that position.

Legal marijuana increases liability for alcohol servers, owners worry

Servers and bartenders now have one more responsibility on their plate — detecting cannabis impairment before letting the booze flow. But there's a new concern about increased liability for waiters now that recreational marijuana is legal in Canada.

Hours after site crashes, Nunavut's online cannabis store is out of stock

The four products available on the website of Nunavut's only licensed cannabis retailer, Tweed, are all currently out of stock.

70-week wait for N.W.T. kids to see hearing specialist 'unacceptable,' says MLA

Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly says the territory's health department has to do better to get children to see specialists sooner.

Here's what you need to know about legal cannabis in the 3 territories

Canadians are waking up Wednesday morning to a country where cannabis is legal for the first time. We've broken down what that will mean for residents of the three northern territories.

Nunavut judge says mandatory minimum sentence 'grossly unfit' for Kimmirut man

Simeonie Itturiligaq has been sentenced to 2 years less a day for discharging a firearm at an occupied house, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 4 years under the Criminal Code.

Nunavut officials say cannabis legalization is start of longer conversation

Wednesday marks the start of legal cannabis in Canada and a larger conversation about its pros and cons, according to several Nunavut officials who’ve been preparing for Oct. 17.

What you asked about marijuana legalization in Ontario — and what we still don't know

Cannabis is now legal but there are a lot of questions left about how it is going to work here in Ontario. Here are some of your questions.

Cannabis is legal in Canada — here's what you need to know

Recreational marijuana is legal, but the vision of a pot-permissive Canada still remains hazy. We try to answer some frequently asked questions surrounding legal weed.

Nunavummiut speak out about Iqaluit mayor's controversial statement on Inuit leaders

Sexual harassment and how to talk about it has been a focus of conversation on and off social media in Nunavut over the last week.

Cambridge Bay woman charged after allegedly running someone over with ATV

The victim was flown to the Yellowknife hospital with serious injuries. The accused faces a variety of charges for allegedly running someone over with an all-terrain vehicle on Oct. 7.

How will Canadians buy pot? It depends where they live

Pot becomes legal on Wednesday, but the rules vary widely across the country, with some provinces allowing private retail sales and others putting recreational cannabis under the control of government-run monopolies. Here's a guide to the rules.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 8

The colours of the North are on display in this week's selection of the best photos from across the territories. Lose yourself in the best user-submitted photos from Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

'Canada is so hungry for these stories': Iqaluit hosts 1st Arctic Comedy Festival

The inaugural Arctic Comedy Festival is raising money for the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line, a suicide support phone line.

Around 550 Nunavut children waiting up to a year for urgent dental care

'If a child requires services under general anaesthetic in the hospital they have some serious dental health problems,' chief dental officer says as hundreds of children wait for treatment.

Search called off near Cape Dorset for 3rd missing hunter

A hunter who has been missing since Tuesday evening is presumed to be dead, and search and rescue crews called off the search for him late Thursday afternoon.

Nunavut RCMP arrest 2nd person in death of OJ Taparti Jr.

Nunavut RCMP have arrested and charged a youth with murder in the 2017 death of Ray 'OJ' Taparti Jr. The accused's identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation president's hearing on assault charges adjourned

Harry Flaherty was expected to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Thursday morning to enter a plea on an assault charge, but the matter was adjourned.

1 hunter found, 2 still missing near Cape Dorset

A search is going on in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, for two hunters whose canoe capsized on Tuesday afternoon.

Iqaluit mayor faces backlash after calling out some male Inuit leaders as sexual predators

Sexual harassment in the workplace remains a challenge for women in Nunavut, Iqaluit's Mayor Madeleine Redfern told a House of Commons committee in September.

Baker Lake mayor charged with assault

The mayor of Baker Lake, Nunavut, has been charged with one count of assault after RCMP say they received a report of a domestic disturbance last month.

High Arctic fishing ban a win for future generations, says member of Alaska tribe

Some Indigenous people are applauding the “precautionary” approach several nations are taking to protect the environment through a new moratorium on commercial fishing in the High Arctic.

Meet one of the real lacrosse players behind the film The Grizzlies

The film follows a group of Inuit youth in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, depicting their struggles, as they gain a sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse.

RCMP lay murder charge in 2017 death of Rankin Inlet boy

Police in Nunavut have charged 21-year-old Glenn Kadlak Jr. of Rankin Inlet with the 2017 death of 12-year-old Ray Taparti Jr.

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 1

October is here, and the fall colours dominate your best photos of the week. Check out our gallery of the best submitted shots from Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

RCMP investigating Baker Lake house fire as arson

No one was injured in a Baker Lake, Nunavut, house fire on Sept. 30, but police are asking anyone with information to contact them as they believe the incident was arson.

Churchill liquor store to be converted into private vendor

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries plans to convert Churchill's only Liquor Mart into a private vendor next year due to declining sales, a spokesperson confirmed Friday.
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Think before you post to social media, hunters urge fellow hunters

On social media, history sometimes repeats itself. Hunter shoots animal, hunter posts photo, photo sparks public outcry, post goes viral. And the rest of the hunting community does a collective facepalm.

N.W.T. gov't commits to airlifting some cargo affected by barge cancellation

The Northwest Territories government is commiting to an airlift involving possibly more than 100 flights in order to get as much cargo as possible to three Arctic communities affected by cancelled barge service — but is stopping short of saying everything will arrive.

RCMP charge male youth, adult woman in 2 Iqaluit taxi robberies

Cash stolen but no injuries to cab driver involved in both incidents, according to RCMP.