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GN giving much of federal carbon tax back to Nunavummiut through tax breaks

The GN will provide tax breaks and an at-the-pump rebate to Nunavummiut to return most of the carbon tax that the federal government imposed on July 1, which drove up fuel prices by about...

Is it time for Nunavummiut to build their own homes again?

Discussion over Nunavut's housing shortage turned to reflection on the Housing Assistance Program (HAP) when Nunavut was part of the NWT. Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main asked Housing Minister Patterk Netser last week how...

New Iqaluit Councillors speak up about expectations and goals

As mayor of Iqaluit, Kenneth Bell has some expectations from his council. He expects his counsellors to represent Iqaluit and come prepared to meetings. By this he is referring to reading documents and showing...

GN must crack illicit cannabis market

Where there's smoke, there's not always fire, but someone will have to light a fire under the seat of the Government of Nunavut to sort out cannabis sales in the territory. Since cannabis went legal...

Walrus hunter recounts harrowing story of survival

On Oct. 18, 1994, 10 Inuit hunters set out on a journey from Iqaluit that would tragically affect the lives of many family and community members. Eight hunters would end up dying in the icy...

Departing development corp president gets recognition from minister

The Government of Nunavut is searching for a new president for the Nunavut Development Corporation. Darrin Nichol is stepping down from the position after 11 years at the helm. "Over the years Mr. Nichol has given...

Iqaluit’s new city council sworn in

Iqaluit's new city council was officially sworn in with a ceremony at the Nunavut Court of Justice, around 5:30 p.m on Nov. 5. A small crowd of 40, including family and friends, came to...

Newly elected Qikiqtani mayors and their priorities

On Oct. 28, 2019 municipal elections were held throughout Nunavut. Nunavut News reached out some of the mayors to learn about their priorities. Kenny Bell was elected as the new mayor for Iqaluit. Bell, who has...

Exclusive: Hall Beach family can’t escape mould

Silas Tinashlu feels trapped. He's been a tenant in a public housing duplex in Hall Beach for nine years and for much of that time black mould has been an issue. Mould can be found year...

Nunavut News Nov. 11 Edition

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QEC reports up to 20,000 litres of propylene glycol leaked in Rankin Inlet

Equipment failure led to a propylene glycol leak of 15,000-20,000 litres, which was discovered on Nov. 3, according to the Qulliq Energy Corporation. The source of the leak was the district heating system, in the...

Government should consider giving money to improve school attendance, Main suggests

Poor attendance is harming education in Nunavut and the territorial government should offer financial incentives to encourage students to show up regularly for school, Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main said. "There are draws for...

Qamaniq demands GN pay hunters compensation for meat caches eaten by polar bears

Hunters who lose their buried winter meat caches to hungry polar bears should be entitled to compensation from the territorial government, according to Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq. "Caching meat is very hard work. We have...

MLAs’ compensation, expenditures detailed in report

A report filed in the legislative assembly on Wednesday reveals compensation paid to MLAs as well as their claimed expenses for the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Below, listed from highest...

Cambridge Bay withdraws name change plebiscite

A planned community name change plebiscite to be held in conjunction with the municipal election in Cambridge Bay on Oct. 28 was withdrawn. Based on input from residents, including elders, during community planning meetings, the...

Pangnirtung’s new mayor sworn in

The community of Pangnirtung held a swearing in ceremony for their new mayor Hezakiah Oshutapik and hamlet council members. Constable Robby Burke conducted the ceremony on behalf of the hamlet on Oct. 29. The former...

RBC agency opens up in Pangnirtung

The Royal Bank of Canada has opened an agency in Pangnirtung. Since Oct. 9, the residents have had access to community banking services at the Uqqurmiut building. The Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts, a...

Finance minister explains $17.8 million in extra operations and maintenance spending

Various GN departments required more money for their operations and maintenance in 2018-19, totalling $17.8 million. Finance Minister George Hickes explained Wednesday that the Department of Finance would absorb $5.5 million on behalf of all...

Baffinland ‘must significantly change its approach,’ Qamaniq says

With public hearings for Baffinland Iron Mines' proposed expansion of its Mary River mine taking place in Iqaluit, Tununiq MLA David Qaminiq told his colleagues in the legislative assembly that the mining company has...

Quentin Sala awarded for youth leadership in Sanikiluaq

Quentin Sala, 20, is "honoured" to receive a youth leadership award for his work in sports and recreation in Sanikiluaq. He is the recipient for the 2019 One Ocean Expedition Youth Leader of the Year...