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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Arson suspect turns himself in

A man wanted by police last week in connection to an arson on Otto Drive and an attempted arson at Copper Sky Condominiums has turned himself in, RCMP say.

Last week, RCMP issued a news release stating Steven Tsetta, 22, was sought in connection to the fires, one of which destroyed a vehicle and damaged a home. Const. Elenore Sturko stated in an e-mail that Tsetta walked into the detachment Thursday and was taken to court the next day, charged with arson.

- Shane Magee

Dettah road blasting shakes city

A boom and shaking felt in parts of the city Sunday evening was caused by blasting by the Department of Transportation at the Dettah quarry.

Department spokesman Nick Hurst said the blast was to produce more material for construction work being carried out on the Dettah Access Road.

Several residents took to social media saying they felt or heard the blast from the city.

- Shane Magee

Prosperous Lake boaters warned against launching

Briony Wright, spokesperson for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, said warning signs have been posted at the boat launch on Prosperous Lake, to let boaters know that the water is dangerously low.

She stated in an e-mail that the department's North Slave office posted the signs in the last week of July after boaters told them the water was getting too low for safe launching.

- Evan Kiyoshi French

Bear spotted at Reid Lake park

A bear that was spotted at Reid Lake Territorial Park last weekend appears to have left the area.

The bear was seen in the park but was scared away by park staff, according to Judy McLinton, manager of communications and public affairs for the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in an e-mail.

It is not exactly clear where in the park it was seen.

Officers from the department were at the park on Monday but did not see any sign of the bear, McLinton stated.

- John McFadden

Arts festival wraps up

Rankin Inlet/Nunavut

The Nunavut Arts Festival wrapped up its return to Rankin Inlet this past Monday, Aug. 24.

The festival ran in Rankin from Aug. 21 to 24.

Numerous workshops, exhibitions and events highlighted the festival, including an art fair, carving demonstrations, square dance, and workshops on crafts, qiviut spinning, ulu making, sealskin, glove trimming and beading.

For the complete story on the festival, please see the Sept. 2 edition of Kivalliq News.

Public meeting over Meliadine Gold Mine Project

Rankin Inlet

The Nunavut Impact Review Board has announced it will be hosting a community information session in Rankin Inlet on the Meliadine Gold Mine Project on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The session will be held at the Rankin Inlet community hall, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The session will focus on the monitoring of the Meliadine project.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available, refreshments will be served and prizes given away at the session.

Anglican church hosts Gospel Music Revival


St. Francis Anglican Church will be holding a Gospel Music Revival from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Arviat.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

A special guest, to be announced, will be attending the event and counselling will be available from qualified counsellors.

Permission has been given to publish the phone number (8678572337) and e-mail ( of Annie Ollie for anyone seeking more information on the event.

Iqaluit film in production


Shooting began earlier this month for the movie, Iqaluit, to be directed by Benoit Pilon.

The movie is produced by ACPAV of Montreal and coproduced by Nunavut's Piksuk Media.

Nunavut actors, including Natar Ungalaaq, Paul Nutarariaq and Christine Tootoo of Rankin Inlet, have been cast in leading roles.

Ungalaaq starred in the award winning movie, Necessities of Life, also directed by Benoit Pilon.

Tootoo is making her movie debut performance in Iqaluit. Both will perform alongside noted actors such as MarieJose Croze and Francois Papineau.

Shooting will take place over a sixweek period at various locations in and around the city of Iqaluit.

Major economic spinoffs are expected to be generated for Nunavut by the project.

Qulliq Energy strike ends


Unionized workers at Qulliq Energy Corp. and their employer ratified a new collective agreement this past week.

Members voted in favour of the new agreement, which was reached through a new round of negotiations during the fourth week of the strike.

The new collective agreement provides workers with a cost of living increase of two per cent during the first year, and 1.5 per cent during years two and three of the new contract.

Culture camp completed


The Kivalliq Inuit Association wrapped up its annual Puunnaqsiniq Culture Camp at the Niaquungut-North Pole River outside of Naujaat earlier this month.

The camp provides an opportunity for Inuit youth ages 15 to 29 in the Kivalliq to learn traditional-and-cultural skills out on the land with a group of elders.

The youth learn to sew traditional Inuit clothing, prepare and use marine and land-mammal skins, and prepare and preserve traditional foods.

They also learn survival skills on the land, as well as fishing and pipsi-making skills, land and sea mammal harvesting/hunting skills, traditional Inuit weather observation and attend workshops on grief, loss and healing.

For the story and photos from the camp, please see the Sept. 2 edition of Kivalliq News.

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