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Nunavut: Week in pictures

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Read the full Geetah sentencing decision

Justice Neil Sharkey did not impose a life-time firearm ban on Elee Geetah. - photo courtesy Nunavut Court of Justice
Fifteen years for shooting brother
Judge denounces 'increasing, and disturbing, incidence of firearm crime in Nunavut'

Michele LeTourneau
Northern News Services

The sentencing decision for Elee Geetah, 23, of Cape Dorset, in custody since the fatal shooting of his brother in 2010, was released March 20.
Justice Neil Sharkey imposed a 15-year sentence, minus six years and three months for time served. Sharkey had previously informed the community of his decision. ARROW Continued

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Happenings around Nunavut

As City of Iqaluit facilities like the Arctic Winter Games Arena crumble, councillors forced themselves to return to the budget table to discuss possible cuts or changes to increases in the mill rate after rejecting their own plan March 10. Strong opposition from community members and businesses sparked the turnaround. Council puts brakes on tax hike
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - It was back to the drawing board this weekend as Iqaluit city councillors forced themselves to review their 2015-16 mill rates, which were criticized by city businesses and homeowners alike. Council voted March 10 against the first reading of a bylaw that would allow a mill rate increase to go ahead. "It was honestly a surprise for me," said deputy mayor Romeyn Stevenson.

The Nunavut Impact Review Board's public hearing into Areva Resources Canada Inc.'s proposed Kiggavik uranium project near Baker Lake took place in the community March 3 to 14. Seated at the table are Pamela Bennett with Bennett Environmental Consulting, Barry McCallum, manager, Nunavut affairs, Areva Resources, Dale Huffman, vice-president, safety, health, environment and quality, Areva Resources, and Diane Martens, regulatory process manager, Areva Resources. Uranium decision expected in April
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - By all accounts, the Nunavut Impact Review Board's final public hearing over 10 days in Baker Lake on Areva Resources Canada Inc.'s final environmental impact statement for the Kiggavik project were productive and satisfactory. Despite a motion to suspend the hearing on its first day, March 3, Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization chairperson Richard Aksawnee says the hearing was good.

Dustin Schneider, seen in action with the Canadian men's national volleyball team, was in Iqaluit earlier this month to play in the Canadian North Open Tournament and work with youth at the city's schools.

Playing volleyball with the best
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Iqaluit has been fortunate to have had several notable sports people pay the city a visit and that trend continued earlier this month. Dustin Schneider, who is a setter with the Canadian men's national volleyball team and professional player in Europe, was in the capital earlier this month for a week-long trip to both play in the Canadian North Open Tournament from March 13 and 14 and impart some of his knowledge on the city's schoolchildren.

Printmaker Germaine Arnaktauyok tells her life story in her autobiography My Name is Arnaktauyok, which will be published by Inhabit Media Inc. in April.

Printmaker puts life on paper
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Iglulik printmaker Germaine Arnaktauyok has made a name for herself as an internationally recognized artist over the years and led a charmed and interesting life in the process. At 69 years old, she's putting her story onto paper – not through art, but through words. In her soon to be released autobiography My Name is Arnaktauyok, the printmaker shows off a different side of herself by delving into the details of her personal life and the way it has impacted her creatively.



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