Rankin Inlet Mayor Robert Janes succumbed to cancer on May 15 after a lengthy battle with the disease.

Rankin Inlet Mayor Robert Janes died May 15 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
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The Hamlet of Rankin Inlet issued a news release May 16 extending condolences to Janes’ family.

Janes served six years as mayor and was a hamlet councillor for many years prior to that.

“He served his community with great dedication during this time and had always worked towards the best interest of the residents of Rankin,” the hamlet’s news release reads.

Deputy mayor Harry Towtongie will take over duties as mayor.

More to come.

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Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...