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Canada Winter Games excitement building

Every time you turn around, there seems to be another major Games that the territory will be competing in. That's the beauty of living in the North – never a dull moment. We're now less...

SPORTS CHECK: Coaches and officials wanted

Iqaluit Nunavut Speed Skating is looking for a few good people to help out with its coaching and officiating needs for this season. The association will be hosting a Level 1 officiating course from Nov. 22...

SPORTS TALK: A sad end to a great love story

Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club was the toast of the sports world after putting the exclamation mark on one of the greatest sports fairy tales ever written. The little team that could,...
Quentin Sala of Sanikiluaq goes over some notes during a breakout session as part of the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut's annual conference in Iqaluit on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Natalie Maerzluft.

Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut hosts sixth annual conference

Judging by the turnout this year, it would appear sport and recreation in Nunavut is pretty healthy. The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) hosted its sixth annual conference in the capital from Oct....

SPORTS CHECK: Communities set for battle in Nunavut

Iqaluit The first big futsal tournament of the new season is on the horizon and it's happening in Iqaluit. It's the U18 Nunavut Futsal Championships and it gets going on Nov. 2 at Inuksuk High School...
Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler. His real name is Joe Anoa'i and he broke character on Oct. 22 for a very, very good reason. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPORTS TALK: Professional wrestling is very real sometimes – just ask Joe Anoa’i

You know the best way to troll millennials? Play a song they have no clue about and watch them eat it up. Fatboy Slim, the legendary British DJ, played a set at the Boiler Room...

Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association joins in on World Girls Hockey Weekend

The weekend of Oct. 5 to 7 was World Girls Hockey Weekend, an event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow the game on the female side. Several countries, such as Ireland,...

SPORTS CHECK: A night of awards in Iqaluit

Iqaluit The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) was busy in the capital earlier this month with education and awards on the agenda. RPAN hosted its annual Recreation and Sport Leaders Conference from Oct. 19...

SPORTS TALK: Usain Bolt is about to take over another sport

Emotional support squirrels. That's what this has come to in 2018. If you don't know by now, a woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight in Orlando, Florida after she tried to bring her...

SPORTS CHECK: Hockey time in Iqaluit

Iqaluit The Iqaluit Amateur Hockey Association's 2018-2019 season is officially underway. Day one of play began on Oct. 13 at the newly-refurbished Arctic Winter Games Arena with the novice group one, peewees, bantams and midgets hitting...
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass, something he's done for more yards than any other quarterback in National Football League history. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPORTS TALK: The UFC deserves its criticism after UFC 229

How about that Banksy deal earlier this month? You'll recall after one of the street artist's images, Girl With Balloon, was sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby's in London, it began to shred itself thanks...

SPORTS CHECK: Blue Jays offer help

Nunavut The Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, puts out a call every year for organizations to submit requests to help build and maintain play areas for youth. The Recreation and...

SPORTS TALK: People just never learn sometimes, isn’t that right Tom Wilson?

So we have a new NAFTA. We're calling it the USMCA now. I think USCAM sounds better but what do I know? Anyway, Ezra Klein of Vox was a little fuzzy on why the U.S....
Thomas Levi, the recreation co-ordinator in Arctic Bay, drives the new Zamboni the community received on a sealift earlier this month. It's the first working Zamboni the community has had in the 23-year history of the Tununirusiq Arena. Photo courtesy of Thomas Levi.

Tununirusiq Arena finally gets working Zamboni

Imagine having an arena that's been open for close to a quarter-century and no resurfacing machine to keep the ice in good shape. That's the state of affairs which has plagued the Tununirusiq Arena in...

SPORTS CHECK: Training for the zebras

Iqaluit It's getting to that time of year in the North where arenas will be full of games and the officials that oversee them. Hockey North is getting the officials ready by hosting a certification/recertification course...

SPORTS CHECK: New dates for volleyball tournament

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet One of the most popular volleyball tournaments in the territory now has its dates confirmed. The annual Laura Gauthier Memorial in Rankin Inlet will be held from Nov. 22 to 25. The original date...
Daniel Nestor retired from tennis on Sept. 15 following his Davis Cup doubles match against the Netherlands in Toronto. So ends the career of Canada's greatest-ever men's player. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPORTS TALK: The Ottawa Senators got fleeced but Pierre Dorion still looks smart

One of these days, a news correspondent is going to lose their life covering a hurricane. This was never going to happen this time around. Hurricane Florence was a nasty storm, of that there is...

SPORTS TALK: Careful what you say – your kids might pay for it in...

If you're going to criticize Donald Trump – and there are plenty of ways to do so because he makes it way, way too easy – make sure the image you're using to accompany...

SPORTS TALK: The greatest first pitch ever thrown – and she’s a nun

It takes a special sort of dingus to pull this trick. Someone thought it would be a good idea to phone in a bomb threat to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Aug. 22. A...

SPORTS TALK: I love sports – and Sig did as well

I've often told anyone who will listen that I love my job. I write about sports and get paid to do it. How bad can my life be? Jack Sigvaldason also loved sports and that's...
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