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Airline merger reaction: Greater accountability would be welcomed, says Stanley Anablak

Stanley Anablak, president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association thinks the terms and conditions placed on the merger should bring accountability. "Overall I'm OK with it – with the strict terms and conditions, with no price...

Airline merger reaction: Cautious, watching closely and unwilling to comment on impacts to GN’s...

Cautious and monitoring developments closely is how David Akeeagok, minister of Economic Development and Transportation, described his reaction to the airline merger. He expressed relief over the terms that Transport Canada imposed. "Some of the conditions...

Airline merger reaction: Skepticism over enforcement and wishes for a return of former routes...

Transport Canada apparently listened to what Nunavummiut had to say in approving the merger, Madeleine Redfern, president of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, said of the conditions the regulatory body put in place. However, she...

Airline merger reaction: Long-term protection for Northerners and hope for Nunavut Inuit as airline...

Hunter Tootoo, Nunavut's Member of Parliament, credited Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau for imposing airfare and flight route conditions that address concerns expressed by Northerners in regards to the First Air merger with Canadian...

Federal government approves First Air, Canadian North merger

The proposed merger of First Air and Canadian North has received all necessary regulatory approvals, according to the Inuit-led proponents behind the deal. Transport Canada set the following terms: No price increases for both passenger...

Award-winning Arctic Fresh plans to expand

Arctic Fresh, an Iglulik-based online retailer that brings groceries and other products to Nunavummiut, is ambitiously aiming to serve all of Nunavut, perhaps as soon as next year, says CEO Rhoda Angutimarik. The company, which...

Food prices in Clyde River motivate brothers to open grocery store

Martin Kigutaq wants to make a difference for his family and his community. To that end, over the past year, he's transformed old shipping containers into the Baffin General Store or, as the community affectionately...

GN awards sealift contracts

The Government of Nunavut has chosen Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc. (NEAS) as its dedicated sealift supplier for Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Arctic Bay, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay, Baker...

Nunavut MLA insists government can hire more Inuit in construction

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 The Government of Nunavut can employ more Inuit on its capital projects, insists Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. "We're 20 years into Nunavut this year...
Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. The new business is owned by Chris Connelly and Leo (Dali) Kaludjak...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That's a far cry from the 18 members – eight...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Hanson is a former Government of Nunavut deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation and a former chief negotiator and chief...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines' CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner's phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping...

Mining North Works ‘demystifies’ the industry

Mining is working for Nunavut, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Today we are seeing more and more Nunavummiut finding meaningful jobs in mining. We are seeing Nunavut mining business on...

Arctic Co-operatives wins Baffinland flight contract

Baffinland Iron Mines has chosen Arctic Co-operatives to transport employees and cargo from the south to its Mary River mine. The air services contract was officially awarded in March and takes effect as of April...

Sabina delays gold mine by a year due to lack of equity investment

Instead of opening in 2021, Sabina Gold and Silver's gold mine will now start operations in late 2022, at the earliest. That's a decision the company made in February when it couldn't find a taker...

With technical performance improving, TMAC focuses on profitability at Doris North

A flawed processing plant and some "poor decision making" at TMAC's Doris North gold site led to struggles meeting production expectations during the mine's first two years of operation. That's a candid admission from Jason...

Meliadine moves to the forefront for Agnico Eagle

The torch is being passed between Agnico Eagle's Kivalliq gold mines. After years of exploration, planning and construction, Agnico Eagle poured its first gold at the Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, on...

Mining companies seek more Inuit employees

Mining companies across the territory share the aspiration of hiring more Inuit employees, a requirement outlined in Inuit Impact Benefit Agreements. But it's easier said than done. In the Kitikmeot, TMAC Resources has a 600-person...