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Mayor of Iqaluit proposes taxing churches

Will make motion at next City Council meeting
Photo of shoes placed at the Iqaluit Catholic Church in late May. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

Mayor of Iqaluit Kenny Bell posted on Twitter on June 24 that he is planning a motion to have the land tax exemption for churches in the city removed at the next city council meeting.

This comes in light of the discovery of 751 graves located near a former residential school in southern Saskatchewan in an announcement made by Cowessess First Nation, one of multiple such revelations around residential school grounds in Canada since late May.

In addition, Bell has asked city staff to lower all flags on city property and city hall — with the exception of the Pride flag — until June 30, as per a previous council motion.

The next council meeting is set to take place on July 13.

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