Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet
The 16-and-under Kivalliq Junior Softball Tournament will be going ahead once again this year.
The announcement was made in Rankin Inlet this past week.
The tournament was launched in Rankin Inlet in 2019, with Coral Harbour capturing the initial championship title. Coral defeated the upstart 14-and-under squad in the tourney final. This year’s tournament returns to Rankin Inlet, with the event scheduled to be held in Rankin during the final weekend of July.
– Darrell Greer
City of Iqaluit attempting to resolve email problem
City of Iqaluit staff are currently unable to receive emails from anyone other than a fellow city worker.
The municipality is attempting to fix the issue and says it will provide an update on July 21.
In the meantime, residents are asked to contact city employees by means other than email. The main switchboard phone number is 867-979-5600. City staff phone numbers by department are listed on the city’s website: https://www.iqaluit.ca/city-hall/departments
The municipality offered its apologizes for the temporary inconvenience.
– Derek Neary
Federal government introduces measure to aid junior miner exploration companies
Junior mining exploration companies operating in the North could be granted a 12-month extension to spend the capital they raise via flow-through shares, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced on Friday.
The Government of Canada introduced the proposed measure in recognition of “significant challenges” that junior mining exploration companies are facing due to Covid-19. Some of these ventures have voluntarily shut down operations during the pandemic while others are experiencing difficulty getting into the field.
The government’s suggestion to lengthen grace period would allow these companies “additional time to incur eligible expenses, allowing them to safely plan when to best continue operations, while allowing them to avoid costs from not meeting original flow-through share timelines. This initiative would protect the good, well-paying jobs that many Canadians depend on, including those in rural, remote, northern and Indigenous communities,” a federal news release stated.
“This announcement is another example of our government continuing to respond to the needs of individuals and business in the North during this difficult time,” said Dan Vandal, minister of Northern Affairs. “Mining is critical to the economies of the territories and we have heard from the mining sector that the measures announced today are essential to sustain the minerals sector during the Covid-19 crisis and position the North for a strong post-Covid-19 economic recovery. Our government will continue to be there to help this vital industry and its workers.”
In Nunavut, 97.5 per cent of local residents who work in the mining and exploration industry are Indigenous. In the NWT, it’s 52.5 per cent of Indigenous residents who comprise the industry’s workforce.
– Derek Neary
Byelection called
Qamanittuaq/Baker Lake
A byelection has been called to elect a member of the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Baker Lake.
The filing of a declarations of candidacy will open on July 20, 2020 and close on July 24, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.
The declarations of candidacy or candidates must be delivered to the returning officer by that time.
Anyone wanting to find out how to become a candidate, or how to obtain a declaration of candidacy form, are asked to please contact their returning officer or Elections Nunavut.
The official date for the byelection is Aug. 24. Ballots may be cast from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the community hall.
– Darrell Greer
Swing Flames, swing
Qamanittuaq/ Baker Lake
The first annual 2020 Swing Flames mini softball tournament will be held in Baker Lake from July 31 until Aug. 2.
The registration fee for the tournament will be $100 per team, with the registration fees being used to provide prize monies for the first-, second- and third-place teams.
Each team is to be made-up of seven male and three female players aged 18 years of age and older and may be registered with Shawn Attungala.
The Tulurialik and Nagyougalik families have already happily announced that the mini tournament is being held in remembrance of the late Sala (Solomon) Tulurialik of Baker Lake.
– Darrell Greer

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