Government announces funding for Iqaluit port
IQALUIT, Nunavut — For decades, high tide has been rush hour in Iqaluit as fishermen and hunters scramble to run their boats up on shore and anchor them before the sea ebbs. “All the boaters and hunters start to come in all at once,” deputy Iqaluit mayor Simon Nattaq said through a translator . “Sometimes it can get pretty dangerous.” Those days may become a thing of the past. The federal government on Thursday committed up to $64 million to finance a deepwater port, which has been at the top of Nunavut’s wish list for years. “I’m glad it’s in my lifetime,” laughed transportation minister Monica Ell.