Business

Aviation deal struck

November 21, 2017

Nunavut-based Sarliaq Aviation — in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation — has signed a 10-year deal with Agnico Eagle Mines to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s Kivalliq mining projects. Read More

GN responds to employee survey

November 19, 2017

A Government of Nunavut employee survey that showed non-Inuit workers receive more formal training than Inuit workers is not reflective of many new GN initiatives, says a senior bureaucrat.

The 2016 survey results, released earlier this month, revealed that 76 per cent of non-Inuit survey respondents and 52 per cent of Inuit survey respondents had received formal training within the past year. Read More

Burgeoning businesses in the Kitikmeot

November 18, 2017

Would you buy a fidget spinner made of caribou antler?

Cambridge Bay’s Thomas Kaohina hopes so. His innovative idea is one of many that have arisen among budding Kitikmeot entrepreneurs who are getting a grounding in how to run a business. Read More

Produce from a can?

November 17, 2017

A sea can full of greens may not solve food insecurity, but that’s not the main aim of a project called The Growcer, which is more concerned with food sovereignty and economic wellness. Read More

Sarliaq, Nolinor win Agnico Eagle contract

November 17, 2017

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. has awarded a 10-year air transportation contract to Nunavut’s Sarliaq Aviation and Quebec partner Nolinor Aviation.

“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” stated Sarliaq president Silu Panniuq. Read More

First Nation considers farming deal with feds

November 12, 2017

Members of K’atlodeeche First Nation will be voting later this month on whether to ratify an agreement with the federal government over agricultural benefits in Treaty 8.

The Crown’s agricultural commitments in Treaty 8 are often referred to as the “cows and plows” promise. Read More

Learning the financial ropes

November 6, 2017

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. Read More

Customers to see dip in monthly power bill

November 6, 2017

Yellowknife residents will be getting a lighter power bill next month, after Northland Utilities netted higher revenues than projected, said the territorial regulator on Monday.

“Last year,  they earned 13 per cent and they were approved for 8.5 per cent,” said NWT Public Utilities Board chairman Gordon Van Tighem Monday.

“So they pay it back by reducing the rate by 1.8 per cent a month.”

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Two-week cap imposed on Kugluktuk caribou tags

November 5, 2017

Hunters in Kugluktuk will now have two weeks after the date of issue to make use of their Bluenose East caribou tags.

The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, at a meeting attended by close to 20 of its members on Nov. 1, voted to adopt the rule to ensure a greater number of members have access to caribou tags. Read More

Yellowknife getting its first pot paraphernalia shop

November 2, 2017

As the countdown to marijuana legalization continues, a new paraphernalia store is looking to help Yellowknifers who want to imbibe, do so in style.

Premium MJ, a shop aimed toward the sale of marijuana accessories and goodies, is planning to open its doors to the public next month.

Sara Murphy, 28, came across the idea of opening Premium MJ after the Government of Canada announced the legalization of marijuana. The owner of Yellowknife Tattoos and Harleys Hard Rock Saloon said she just wanted to make sure residents had the proper tools necessary to prepare for the anticipated July 2018 legalization date. Read More

Learning the financial ropes

October 31, 2017

A group of students have a better idea of the cost of doing business in the Kivalliq after participating in a business module at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat this past month. Read More

Town website gets major overhaul

October 31, 2017

A major improvement is underway for the website of the Town of Hay River.

Judy Goucher, the senior administrative officer for the town, said it is still a work in progress. Read More

Mine tour

October 31, 2017

Martin Plante, general manager of Agnico Eagle Mine’s (AEM) Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, will be on hand when bus loads of Rankin residents head out to tour the Meliadine camp and mine on Saturday, Nov. 4. Read More

Small business tax changes bad for Nunavummiut

October 28, 2017

While the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) is busy collecting input from business owners in the region, the federal government – responding to public pressure – has scaled back some of its proposed tax reforms related to small businesses. Read More

Adlair’s medevac appeal runs out of gas

October 22, 2017

Cambridge Bay-based Adlair Aviation botched its 2011 bid for a Kitikmeot medevac contract – which the company had held for the previous 20 years or so – and now must pay the Government of Nunavut’s court costs, a judge has ruled. Taloyoak-based Aqsaqniq Airways Ltd. – a partnership between Aqsaqniq Ltd. and Yellowknife-based Discovery Air subsidiary Air Tindi – won the contract instead. Read More

Hello? Can you hear me?

October 22, 2017

Many recent long-distance calls to and from Cambridge Bay have involved some degree of crackling and sometimes the line temporarily cuts out.

The problem has persisted for almost a month, varying between a nuisance and an obstacle to getting work done. Read More

10,000 hours leads to success

October 21, 2017

Once a student support assistant, Gabriel Ulayok, on the urging of his brother and a friend, signed up at Meadowbank Gold Mine as a haul truck driver in 2012. Read More

Baffinland sets Canadian Arctic shipping record

October 21, 2017

Baffinland Iron Mines shipped 4.1 million tonnes of iron ore from Baffin Island to markets overseas between Aug. 2 and Oct. 17, the company announced on Oct. 18. Baffinland proclaimed that 56 Panamax cargo vessels, carrying an average of 72,600 tonnes of iron ore apiece over 75 days of open-water season, “marked the largest shipping program by volume ever executed in the Canadian High Arctic.”

No health and safety or environmental incidents occurred during transport, according to Baffinland. Read More

Farewell to Hwy 5 gravel

October 17, 2017

Highway 5’s final gravel section – which was completely chipsealed as of last month – was given a ceremonial farewell on Oct. 13. Read More

Working to help entrepreneurs

October 14, 2017

Entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn how to handle the essentials of operating a small business or non-profit as the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce makes its first foray into Small Business Week. The week-long event, scheduled for Sept 16 to 21, takes place across the country. Read More

First Air gets a makeover

October 13, 2017

First Air has cleared a new look for takeoff.

After 71 years in business, the arctic’s flagship airline has retired its multi-coloured sun logo and replaced it with a grey inuksuk graphic over a red background. Read More

Outstanding SAO recognized

October 13, 2017

Sambaa K’e’s Ruby Jumbo was named 2017’s Outstanding SAO of the Year by the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) at the organization’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5 in Yellowknife. Read More

Transport Canada responds to wildlife board

October 8, 2017

In response to the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board calling for a shutdown of Northwest Passage routes between October and July to protect caribou, Transport Canada is reiterating its commitment to “engaging” with various agencies, organizations and governments to minimize the risk for caribou, according to Julie Leroux, communications adviser with Transport Canada. Read More