- Pond Inlet hamlet councilor states Mayor Joshua Arreak’s approval for Baffinland went against the council’s wants.
- People in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, fete with a parade on Friday after the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) gave its long-awaited suggestion on an offered expansion of Baffinland’s Mary River mine project.
- The NIRB urged against the expansion, with the last decision yet to be made by the federal government.
A municipal councilor in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, blames the hamlet’s mayor for ignoring the council to go for a controversial mine expansion.
In a note to Canada’s northern affairs minister, Pond Inlet Coun Boazie Ootoova states Mayor Joshua Arreak broke municipal laws by “improperly” supporting the Baffinland Iron Mines project without the council’s permission.
Baffinland, which runs the Mary River iron ore mine on north Baffin Island, offers to double production and make a railway from the mine site to its port facility. Pond Inlet is the closest community, and dozens of citizens work at the mine.
On Friday, the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) gave its long-awaited suggestion on the expansion project, and it chose that it should not move ahead.
Despite a note received by the NIRB in January from Arreak, to be entered as Pond Inlet’s last submission to the assessment process. That letter insisted on the permission for Baffinland’s expansion, noting the jobs and economic advantages that the mine provides to Inuit in Pond Inlet.
Ootoova states Arreak’s letter was written without the council’s permission and that it rejects other hamlet answers that resisted the Baffinland expansion. It provides the “false belief” that Pond Inlet helps the project, and Ootoova felt it was his duty to report that, he wrote to the federal minister.
Source – cbc.ca